CLASSIC COTTAGE BY THE OCEAN

Stewart

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Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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CLASSIC COTTAGE BY THE OCEAN

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2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, sleeps 4

(Although June-July-August bookings are filled in Eagles Pass, please check our other two cottages at Homeaway #382569 and #3490361; both have spectacular views and lots of privacy!)

Eagles Pass is a gorgeous coastal cottage on a 7-acre property five minutes from the Cabot Trail. There’s ocean, a huge beach nearby and breathtaking panoramas because Eagles Pass has windows everywhere, along with a cathedral ceiling, pine beams, and walls finished with white boards inside and cedar shingles outside, in classic Cape Breton style. The kitchen is modern and well equipped, and there is a large deck and BBQ with stunning views of the ocean and beach. Lobster boats haul traps in front, eagles perch nearby, moose, bobcats and foxes make appearances, and whales pass by most of the year; you will wake up to these views each morning and enjoy them all day. You will enjoy seclusion and incredible views in one of the most spectacular parts of Cape Breton. As day turns to evening in technicolor, relax, listen to music or catch up on things you don't have time for at home.

If this cottage is booked for your dates, we also have a cottage identical, more or less, to Eagles Pass, The Cape Cottage #382569, which is available until late October. You could also check our Deep Blue Sea cottage #3490361, which is new for 2013, or #203860 which has the same spectacular views on an adjacent property.

About us...: Bell grew up in Margaree Valley, about twenty minutes from here, while I grew up in Toronto; we both love it here, so being here makes a lot of sense. We opened Cape Breton Clay, our pottery business in 1996 and we've been busy here ever since. Bell is also a painter and I am a photographer and filmmaker. I built this cottage by myself, integrating everything I have learned about building in the last fifteen years. The result is a cottage that has all of the charm of our SeaSky original cottage, but with excellent new amenities, and lots of privacy in a spectacular location right beside the ocean.

Special place....: There is a rich, strong culture here, historically and musically, and life unwinds at its own special pace. Although a three-day visit to the Island is not uncommon, a week is what it takes to really get a sense of the rhythms and charm of Cape Breton. Fishermen haul their lobster traps each year out in front of our cottage. Moose, eagles, deer, bobcats and foxes are regulars. It's easy to meet people here, and the daily pace here is slower than in most cities. It's nice to be in a place where you don't need air-conditioning; Cape Breton summers are warm-to-hot in the day, but perfect in the evening, and at the shore there are ocean breezes to keep any bugs at bay. Chimney Corner beach is one of the finest on the island, and it's mostly unoccupied during the week– in addition to the fine beach and swimming, there are interesting rock formations to explore nearby. Cape Breton is a spectacular place, and you'll find the scenery on this stretch of coastline particularly striking.

Other things to do:: There is no shortage of things to do in the area. In addition to Chimney Corner beach, there are other great beaches to check out nearby: Whale Cove (5 minutes away) at which you can explore a fabulous bluff by the sea, with great views north and south, Margaree Harbour (7 minutes away), with its beach and two lighthouses, the Broad Cove area, which offers a spectacular scenic drive, a great beach and a buffalo ranch. Cheticamp, about 20 minutes away, offers glimpses into Acadian culture. Only minutes from Cheticamp is Cape Breton Highlands National Park, with trails, lookoffs and waterfalls. TThere are the gorgeous rolling hills of Mabou, and the town of Inverness, which offers music, pubs and food; the acclaimed new Cabot Links golf course by the sea, which is only 20 minutes away and offers a unique golfing experience in Inverness. There are also renowned crafters in the area; interesting pottery, quilting, rug hooking, and folk-art sculpture can all be found locally.

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Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Stewart (Property Manager)
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About Stewart

I built the cottage because I always thought it would be an interesting challenge to build something from the ground up, all by myself. There was a lovely underused spot on the oceanfront property with spectacular views, and after settling on the perfect spot, I started in July of 2009 and worked through the winter and spring to finish. It was more work than I anticipated, but there were also great rewards. It was spectacular to look up from framing a wall to see a bald eagle passing overhead, or a wild hare go by on the new deck as I worked inside. There were also good times with friends and family, as they helped when there was need for more than two hands.

Why Stewart chose Margarees

Cape Breton is a spectacular place, and the scenery on this stretch of coast is particularly striking; it can also be dramatic, with 130 kph winds at many points of the year. One must keep a clean yard in such conditions! There is such a rich culture here, historically and musically, and life unwinds at its own special pace. We see some of the most dramatic sunsets anywhere, watch whales play in our front yard, and fishermen haul their lobster traps every year. There are the gorgeous rolling hills of Mabou, and the town of Inverness, which offers music, pubs and food; the new Cabot Links golf course by the sea is only 20 minutes away (rated #42 in the world by Golf Digest) and offers a unique golfing experience. Moose, eagles, deer and foxes are regulars. It's easy to meet people, and the daily rhythm here is slower than in most cities; we visit neighbors and friends whenever we can, as we are busy in the summer months. It's also nice to be in a place where you don't need air-conditioning; Cape Breton summers are warm-to-hot in the day, but perfect in the evening, and at the shore there are breezes to keep any bugs at bay. Chimney Corner beach is one of the finest on the island, but because it is not visible from the road, it's usually unoccupied during the week– we love to take our dog Ryder there for a good run.

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Classic Cottage by the Ocean
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Classic Cottage by the Ocean
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p277105
-902 235-2467
Margarees Cape Breton Island
Baden, PA
5

We loved our stay at the Cottage!

  • 5 of 5
We thoroughly enjoyed our week at the Eagles Pass cottage. Our expectations of the cottage were very high, and they were greatly exceeded! The cottage is perched on a cliff overlooking the ocean. It is surrounded by pine trees and is very private. The deck overlooking the ocean is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the spectacular view. The cottage is very clean, well stocked, and has a rustic yet modern decor. Our two girls (14 and 12) loved the cottage and fit nicely in the 2nd bedroom. The views from the cottage and deck are really spectacular. We had a perfect view overlooking the ocean and we could frequently watch eagles perched on rocks at the nearby beach. The beach near the cottage was perfect for swimming. The water was very clear and not too cold. Using our masks, we enjoyed watching lobsters and schools of fish swim by.

We really liked the location of the cottage as well. We were close to two very nice towns (Cheticamp and Inverness), and we were also close to Cape Breton National Park. We went on two amazing hikes; our favorite was probably Skyline Hike. The views seemed to come right from the Cape Breton brochures. Stewart gave us great advice on what not to miss on the island. We enjoyed many wonderful meals including one at the Red Shoe Pub and one at the Glenora Distillery. We really liked the Dancing Goat bakery for lunch sandwiches and cookies. Stewart also recommended the music at the Barn and that experience was truly a highlight of our stay in Cape Breton.
  • Submitted: Sep 2, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
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Classic Cottage by the Ocean
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p277105
-902 235-2467
Margarees Cape Breton Island
5

Don't Pass Up 'Eagles Pass'!

Don't Pass Up 'Eagles Pass'!
  • 5 of 5
You would be hard-pressed to find another cottage like this in Cape Breton Island. It was contemporary, yet maintained the historical Cape Breton look. Nearly every window boasted a view of the ocean. The property was very private and situated within a wooded area, high above a sandy cove. We recommend bringing binoculars as we had many opportunities to view whales, seals and bald eagles from the back deck. The night skies were stunning; stars and constellations literally twinkled over the water. The cottage was nicely situated near the renown ‘Cab Trail’ Highlands, where we went hiking and whale watching. There were some wonderful restaurants that had exquisite meals and great entertainment from the local fiddlers. This trip excited our senses and the cottage exceeded all expectations.
  • Submitted: Sep 16, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
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Margarees Cape Breton Island
Toronto
5

Magical retreat by the sea!

  • 5 of 5
We had a wonderful week at Eagle's Pass. The cottage itself was immaculate, comfortable, well equipped and very private....with a million dollar view of the Ocean. Little luxuries like a heated bathroom floor, music playing as we arrived, along with a welcome note and wine, made it all the more special. Close enough to the Park to get 4 full days of amazing hiking in without too much driving - The weather was on our side! Stewart and Bell were lovely (yet not intrusive) hosts and Stewart gave us lots of suggestions for our stay including some secrets off the beaten track. A wonderful cottage and beautiful place. We hope to be back soon to stay at this lovely retreat.
  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
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Classic Cottage by the Ocean
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p277105
-902 235-2467
Margarees Cape Breton Island
5

Cape Breton Shangri-La

  • 5 of 5
Eagles Pass Cottage is one of the nicest vacation rentals we have experienced. The place was built by the owner himself and has artsy touches and finishes that make it aesthetically pleasing. Everything was very clean and well kept. The place was well stocked with accoutrements of comfort and convenience, from throw blankets to games and books to kitchen appliances and utensils. The queen sized bed was very comfortable. The second bedroom is very small and would be appropriate for 1-2 small children or perhaps a single teenager. My husband and I used that room as a dressing room, which was nice. Lighting was well done in the space. The house was situated and designed to take advantage of the lovely ocean breeze coming through many windows. Description and amenities were as described and even better than expected. The house itself is off the main road a bit via gravel and dirt driveways. Our breaths were taken away as we approached the house from a steep driveway and first saw the outstanding ocean views. The views from inside the house and on the deck are spectacular and even better than the photos show. Surrounding fields are filled with beautiful wild flowers. There are banks of trees on either side that provide privacy. You could see in the distance one of the other places Stewart rents, but otherwise was isolated and private. The place was absolutely quiet with only the sounds of water, birds and wind. Very relaxing. There is a nice swimming beach 5 minutes away for a refreshing dip on warmer days. We saw lots of eagles passing by, pods of whales in the ocean before us. Stewart, the owner, spent about an hour and a half with us on the first night, giving us an orientation on what to focus on and see while we were there and what we could skip. That was so invaluable in establishing priorities for our week in Cape Breton. Superior customer service overall! The house is a distance from any major stores, so we made sure to stop in Mabou on the way up from Halifax to get grocery supplies (the Fresh Market) and there is a slightly better Co-op grocery in Inverness on the way as well. On the north side, the largest grocery was located in Cheticamp, about 30 minutes away. However, our favorite food supply was the Sunday farmer’s market in Mabou and the local Bistro (about 10 minutes away in Belle Cote) for the best lobster ever! We called ahead for carry out several nights and made that a part of our meals back at the cottage. We can’t
  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
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Margarees Cape Breton Island
5

Exceptional yet again

  • 5 of 5
This was the second stay for my family at Eagles Pass Cottage and it once again exceeded our expectations. We feel a level of comfort and a feeling of home from the moment we pull into the driveway. The cottage is pristine, unique and so welcoming. The views from the open, airy cottage are spectacular and ever-changing with the weather. My teenage sons spend there time exploring the property and take full advantage of the most amazing beach just moments away. Last year we decided to stay in the Deep Blue Cottage situated high on the hill and, while it had its own unique charm and stunning views, we felt it was a bit too cozy for four of us! Eagles Pass fits us just perfectly and we will be back again next year. We look forward to catching up with Stuart, Bell and Ryder who are lovely hosts.
  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
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Classic Cottage by the Ocean
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-902 235-2467
Margarees Cape Breton Island
Edmonton AB
5

Cape Breton's Great Escape

Cape Breton's Great Escape
  • 5 of 5
My wife and I spend a magical week at Eagles Pass cottage. Perched 25 meters above the ocean, sitting on the cottage deck was a feast for the senses. The sound of the waves crashing on the rocks below, the view of Chimney Corner beach with the Gulf of St Lawrence beyond and the smell of the pine trees surrounding the cottage mingled with the salt air delivers the most relaxing environment imaginable.

Here is why we think this is an ideal place to "get away" for a week (or two!):

- the location is very private. A long driveway through the Cape Breton forest and no neighbours to be seen or heard
- the cottage itself is spectacular. Interior decor is hip and modern, yet true to the cottage feel without being dated or kitschy. Unique light fixtures, art, authentic pine plank floors and a very solidly designed wood dining table complement the open wall construction of the cottage. The open walls and ceiling reveal what I expect were painstaking efforts to build a structure that will withstand the storms and high winds that occasionally strike the island. Cross bracing of the walls and collar ties that enhance the load bearing ability of the roof add both structural strength and character to the cottage
- very comfortable bed with the sound of the ocean waves to lull you to sleep
- our host dropped by on the evening of our arrival to share his knowledge of the area: where to dine, where to swim, where to listen and dance to live music - all jotted down on a map of the area for easy future reference. His recommendations were spot on.
- Chimney Corner beach, a 2 minute drive from the cottage. Beautiful sand, never crowded, shallow and warm enough to swim
- away from the traffic associated with the Cabot Trail, but close enough (under 10 minutes) so that most of Cape Breton's attractions are easily accessible by car.

When not swimming at the beach or enjoying the view from the cottage deck, we spent most of our time exploring the area around Chimney Corner and Inverness on our bikes. There are numerous local roads with very little traffic; the Celtic Shores Trail that stretches from Inverness to Port Hood is a superb way to tour the area on a very well maintained "rails to trails" route that takes you through several historic towns on the west coast of Cape Breton.

Eagles Pass is truly a great escape. We can't wait to return!
  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
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Nearest Golf
15 Miles
Cabot Links, Canada's only Links course, Inverness
Car: necessary

Cape Breton has been acknowledged as one of the great islands in the world to visit; there's all sorts of oceanfront-related activities: fishing wharves, lots of beaches closeby, whale watching, and swimming. World-class golf at the renowned Cabot Links (rated #42 in the world by Golf Digest) is a short-drive. There’s also salmon and trout fishing on the world-renowned Margaree River, just minutes away. This location will be a great base for other trips on the Island, and for checking out local music, entertainment, museums, craft galleries, and good eating. October features the Celtic Colors Music Festival. In our area, you'll also find excellent hiking networks, and access to the National Park, one of the wonders of eastern Canada. When you've finished for the day, come back to comfort and oceanside splendor.

Other Activities: world-class salmon fishing, beachcombing,

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Summer-Fall 2014
May 31 2014 - Nov 7 2014
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
C$1,950
 
 
spring-summer 2015
May 16 2015 - Oct 31 2015
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
C$1,975
 

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 15.0%
Notes WEEKLY BOOKINGS ONLY (UP TO 2 OR 3 WEEKS), SATURDAYS TO SATURDAYS- CHANGEOVERS SATURDAYS ONLY
50% due on booking; Balance 50% due 60 days before arrival date.
Full refund less $100 for cancellation up to 12 weeks prior to arrival dates in june-july. 120-day notice required for May and August-October dates.
If the cottage is booked on dates you desire, please check Homeaway #203860, 382569, 3490361
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Amenities

Amenities

Margarees Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Forms of Payment:
  • accept credit card
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 768 sq. ft.
  • 1 story
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Mountain View
  • Oceanfront
  • Rural
  • Waterfront
Theme:
  • Away From It All
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet ...
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Room 1 - toilet , shower , pedestal sink
  • Quaint, modern bathroom with amenities like heated floor, and large tiled shower and pedestal sink. Lots of natural light with a sun tunnel and frosted-pane french door. Easy access for bedroom and for living area.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , for one or two adults
    kids bedroom - 1 twin/ single , 1 child bed , for one adult or 2 kids
  • Master bedroom located on ground floor facing ocean right beside bathroom. Open ceilings but cozy feel. Close enough to the ocean to hear ocean sounds. Spectacular ocean views from the bedroom. Extra/room small bedroom meant for one adult or up to two children only.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • MP3 Dock
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Stereo ...
Outside:
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Deck Furniture
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Wood Deck
  • 2 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • coin laundry
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • hunting big game
  • hunting small game
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
There is open living area with a 22-foot ceiling, pine beams and ceiling fans. There are opening windows everywhere, and good ventilation. Kitchen has all equipment necessary for good cooking. For those staying more than one week, there is a housekeeper available for once/week cleaning. Propane fireplace for early-spring and fall use only. Very private location which couldn't be any closer to the ocean.

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