|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
The Artist's Beach House is situated on the Antigonish Harbour just ten minutes from a lovely university town. This quiet retreat feels like it’s worlds away. The house is surrounded by water – on 6 acres of land. The beach goes on forever and is nicely secluded – swimming is excellent in the warmest waters north of the Carolina's. So is canoing and kayaking on the harbour where there’s so much to discover. The grounds are truly spectacular with gardens everywhere including an herb garden for the gourmet. In season, the best lobster in the world can be had fresh off the boats nearby.
This architect designed house is ideal for entertaining with wrap around decks and porches complete with ample outdoor eating areas. We have a wheel chair ramp on the back deck which makes the whole first floor with two bedrooms accessible. Indoors you’ll be greeted with warm cherry wood throughout, walls full of original art, oriental rugs on the floors and sumptuous furnishings everywhere. All the amenities are there to pamper you during your stay including a portable crib and high chair for the little ones. When the nights are cool there’s nothing better than curling up in front of the fireplace with a good book or movie. The atmosphere is warm and friendly, colorful and artistic.
The views from every room are spectacular. All of our guests tell us that the photos don’t do it justice. It truly is a beautiful place!
I fell in love with Nova Scotia as an art student in the 1970's. I returned to Ontario to complete my education and life took over and I stayed. In 1994 in a quest for peace and harmony I moved back with my young children. I was so fortunate to discover Antigonish and this magical property that I purchased in 1998. Since then I have been cultivating my friends, my house, a guest cottage where I stay in the summer, and the surrounding gardens. Now that my children are grown I'm delighted to welcome guests from around world to experience what I am lucky enough to enjoy every day.
Tiiu Poder purchased this house in 1998
Being close to nature on the land and in the sea is a privilege that I wouldn't trade for anything. I watch eagles dive for prey from my windows and welcome a pair of great blue herons every spring. The pair of pileated woodpeckers in the forest are a thrill to discover when they allow themselves to be seen. The sounds of the tidal waters are a dream and jumping into them after a day of gardening in the hot sun is about as good as it gets. I visit my friends across the harbour in my canoe and every summer I hear them hollering my name from their sailboat just offshore. As an artist I am most inspired by the profound beauty that surrounds me in my little piece of heaven.
What a great week! Our wedding party really enjoyed our time here at the Artists Cottage. It was so relaxing to stay at such a beautiful place leading up to our wedding. The property was so nice for us to relax and enjoy the views We had great nights cooking big meals for the 10 of us and we enjoyed living together in this beautiful place.
We found the perfect spot for family reunion at the Artist's Beach House. The house and setting reminded us of home with a great porch overlooking the bay on beautiful grounds that were private and even remote, yet only 10 minutes from Antigonish. The house was
clean and well kept - so comfortable whether dining together, relaxing or enjoying cocktails in the sun room or on the deck. The kitchen was well equipped, beds were comfortable and there were lots of activities on the grounds as well as kayaking on the bay.
The location was well situated for daytrips exploring the coast and Cape Breton Island.
Tiiu, the owner, was a gracious hostess - welcoming, friendly and very helpful in suggesting things to do and paces to eat. We felt like we made a friend and we certainly made ourselves at home at our new friend's home.
We had the absolute pleasure to stay at this wonderful vacation property for 10 days this summer as we attended our niece's wedding at Crystal Cliffs. The location was excellent as it is only minutes from downtown Antigonish. The grounds are absolutely beautiful as well as the beach. The view from the deck was amazing! The wrap around deck was great for family gatherings and barbecues. The house was very comfortable, felt just like home. The kids had an amazing time kayaking and canoeing. We will definitely be returning to this lovely spot. Thank you Tiiu for a truly amazing stay!
We were thrilled with the Artists Cottage in Antigonish. The "cottage" was more than we could have asked for - awesome decor, clean & spacious, lots of extra bedrooms for our visitors, and everything we needed was supplied (except for grocery items). Mrs. Poder was very welcoming and helpful if we needed anthing. The deck overlooking the inlet was large with lots of comfy chairs and tables for outside entertaining. The views from the deck were gorgeous from morning to evening. The lot was huge and beautiful with trees,shrubs, flower beds and easy access to the shore.
The cottage was situated in a very private, quite area but we were only 15 minutes from downtown Antigonish where we found several craft shops, boutiques and excellant restaurants to enjoy.
As you may have quessed, the only down side of our visit was that we could not stay longer.
The other plus is that Antigonish is centrally located for travel along the east coast and Cape Breton Island.
I would recommend this vacation property to anyone who wants to experience a perfect vacation by the ocean.
We were looking for a place in Nova Scotia that could house our extended family, including 5 children and a dog. We also wanted a place that was remote and had easy access to the outdoors. Well, this place had it all - space, kayaks, canoe, great yard, beach, etc. The view was spectacular and the accommodations very comfortable. The beds and bedding were some of the most comfortable I have ever stayed in and the upstairs rooms were exceptionally lovely. The wrap-around porch provided a great vantage point from which to watch the wildlife, take in the stunning vistas, and watch the kids and dog play to their hearts content. The kitchen was spacious and well appointed and the owner took care of most every other detail. While we enjoyed sight seeing a lot of what Nova Scotia has to offer, we all looked forward to just hanging out at the house and taking in all it and it's surroundings had to offer. This artist's cottage and Antigonish are a wonderful combination for a memorable experience. If you have a chance, it's definitely worth your while.
We were fortunate enough to stay at this beautiful property for a week this summer. There are so many special things about this property that it is hard to list them all, but I will give a few of the highlights.
1. Tiiu, the owner, is fantastic. She is a kind, gentle, good soul who we instantly felt a great connection with. She is so eager to tell you about her land or about special places in and around Antigonish.
2. All over the property you will find sculptures and benches made of fallen logs.
3. The kitchen is very well equipped and a pleasure to cook in.
4. The house was very clean when we arrived.
5. The bedrooms were all comfortable and well appointed.
6. There were kayaks and canoes at our disposal. We were fortunate enough to see a couple of bald eagles on one of our excursions.
7. There is a HUGE deck that is well equipped with two tables and lots of chairs.
8. There are beautiful woods to be discovered by everyone. There are even paths carefully tended that run through the woods that make exploring that much more fun!!
It is hard to do justice to this property. It is meticulously and lovingly maintained. We chose this property based on the reviews and pictures and we were not disappointed. After reading the reviews online and in the guestbook at the house, we realize that we are just one of many who have had a very memorable vacation here. We hope to make it back more than once to this jewel.
Our family experienced a fantastic PEI vacation in 2011 so we decided to visit the East Coast again. We spent time searching for another perfect location and discovered Tiiu's place. A grand total of 5 adults and 6 kids had a fantastic week laughing and playing together. Everyone had a cozy bedroom to sleep in after spending hours in the fresh air. We were even able to squeeze in a couple of friends who dropped in to say hi and then stayed overnight.
The kids experienced kayaking for the first time in their lives. Being in control of their own 'boat' was quite a thrill. Even the local bald eagle cooperated by allowing us to kayak almost right underneath the tree he was perched on. The kids spent hours inventing games with the toys thoughtfully provided. One particular game of ultimate frisbee that we played on the large grassy yard is still the stuff of family legend.
The shoreline shoreline provided us all with the chance to unwind and enjoy nature. Whether just sitting on the benches with our morning coffee or with our afternoon glass of wine, we could watch the kids exploring on their own. Water shoes were even available for those of who didn't bring any.
We were nervous about the number of art pieces and the exuberant nature of our children. Our fears were groundless as we played and ate outside for almost every meal - indoor time was almost exclusively for sleeping. It was unique to hear them discussing the pieces amongst themselves.
We had a fantastic lobster cookout one night in true East Coast style. We loved eating outside under the covered porch. Not even a rainy night could put a damper on our trip. The picture of the porch with the Muskoka chairs is perfect. It's just like it in real life.
Tiiu was available to answer our questions and even took on a personal interest in us. That's a real plus when you're in a new part of the country.
We have recommended this place to all of our friends and extended family. It's not often that you can say that that a location can bring families together, but it certainly happened with our 3 families from Montreal and Toronto.
The property is located on a pebbly beach with 1200' of waterfront. In addition there are many beautiful sandy beaches within boating and driving distance that are relatively uninhabited. Antigonish is a university town and often has interesting activities associated with the university. It's also a community rich in the arts.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Spring and Late Summer Season
May 2 2015 - Jun 26 2015
7 night minimum stay
Jun 27 2015 - Sep 5 2015
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$500|
Standard fees apply to winter rentals. In 2015 the property is available from January 1 through to May 1 on that basis.
$1,000 deposit on reservation. Remainder due 3 months before arrival date.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.
Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (USD) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.