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Andi Rierden

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Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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3 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms, sleeps 2-5.

An Artist's House is a spacious, coastal historic Nova Scotia home situated on 60 acres in a quiet rural setting. Located just a five-minute drive from beautiful Annapolis Royal, the house looks on to a wide expanse of protected, former French Acadian marshlands and the Annapolis River-Basin. Experience breathtaking vistas of the waterfront and forested landscape while strolling along our private trail to the shore. Or take in the view while grilling, dining or relaxing on our roomy deck. The picture-book house, built in 1822 by a shipwright, retains many of its historic features. Its spacious rooms and many windows give the home a light and airy ambience. Lovingly cared for and tastefully decorated with an eclectic mix of new and antique furniture and local artwork, it includes a well-supplied kitchen for home-cooked meals, comfortable sitting areas and cozy, sun-dappled bedrooms. With its welcoming, pastoral charm and serene coastal surroundings, the property is the perfect place for families, couples, artists, birders or those looking to unwind and replenish in a beautiful natural setting. Full of character, history and calm, this enchanting property feels like it's worlds away.

Birding Paradise: An Artists’ House looks on to mixed woodlands, open fields, coastal salt marshes and the tidal Annapolis River-Basin offering some of the best birding sites in the region. Whether you observe from the deck or wander the path to the shoreline you will not be disappointed. A magnificent trail along the Bay of Fundy at Delaps Cove is a short drive away. Nearby birding locations include the French Basin Marsh Trail in Annapolis Royal and Mickey Hill Pocket Wilderness. Other excellent birding sites are found at Digby Neck and Brier Island and Kejimkujik National Park. For your use, we keep copies of field guides to the region including the excellent “Birds of Atlantic Canada.”

Great for families: The property surrounding the house offers plenty of places to explore including a private picnic area and a trail through the property that leads to the shore. It's a wonderful outdoor classroom. You’ll also discover vastly different landscapes in the two regions of the Bay of Fundy & Annapolis Valley that will definitely influence and enhance your experiences of the great outdoors. From stunning coastal areas to the quiet woods, freshwater lakes and beautiful inland areas, you can choose from a number of locations to enjoy your favorite activity whether it’s hiking, canoeing, kayaking, horseback riding, golfing or whale watching. The house is also just a short drive to Upper Clements Family Theme Park and Raven Haven Family Beach Park.

Couples Getaway: An Artist's House is a wonderful place for couples to celebrate an anniversary or simply get away. Wake up to beautiful surroundings. Enjoy your morning coffee or tea while relaxing in the cheery sunroom. Stroll down the wildflower –lined path to view the beautiful, historic marshlands and Annapolis River Basin. In the evenings, prepare your favorite meals from the well-supplied kitchen. Enjoy a glass of wine while lounging on comfortable chairs on the deck. Watch contemporary or foreign films from a wide selection of DVD’s or read a book from our library of fiction, nonfiction and Nova Scotia-themed authors. You may never want to leave the property!

Artist’s Haven: With its rolling, pastoral beauty, changing light and dynamic waterways, the Bay of Fundy/Annapolis Royal area is clearly an artist’s or photographer’s landscape. From the dramatic hills surrounding Fort Anne National Historic Site to the charming waterfronts of Annapolis Royal and Granville Ferry, you will not have to look hard for inspiration. As one reviewer stated: “The town and the area are like walking into a classic 19th painting.” Visit any number of artist’s studios and the wonderful ArtsPlace, the community’s art gallery, to view local and national art. Settle into an armchair to enjoy the many art books from the gallery’s library.

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  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters

Andi Rierden

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Hello! My husband and I live on the western end of the beautiful Annapolis Valley in Nova Scotia. I'm a landscape photographer, amateur painter, and local natural history specialist. Taking care of An Artist's House and sharing it with folks that visit our beautiful area is my passion. Looking to explore the region 'beyond the guidebooks' during your stay? Let me know if I can help with insider suggestions. Hope to see you in 2014!

Andi Rierden purchased this house in 2003

We bought this home and the 60 acres surrounding it because of its beauty, history and spacious natural landscape. The house rests on a knoll overlooking several hundred acres of conservation lands along the Annapolis River-Basin. Once you visit you'll see why one guest referred to it as 'an extraordinary place of gentle beauty, history and art.'

This is a beautiful, classic Nova Scotian farmhouse with many windows, an open design and stunning views. The decor is cheerful and bright with lots of interesting artwork. A large deck in the back with picnic table and seating faces a spacious lawn with a trail that leads through the woods and fields to the water. Private and beautiful park-like setting. I provide many special touches in hopes that your visit will become the best vacation ever. Close to town, shops, national and provincial parks and restaurants.

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Property Reviews

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An Artist's House~Classic Coastal Setting~60 Private Acres~near Annapolis Royal
average rating of 5.0 based on 14 reviews
An Artist's House~Classic Coastal Setting~60 Private Acres~near Annapolis Royal
+1 9025320200
Annapolis Valley Bay of Fundy

Five Star Plus!

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Oct 3, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
During the last week of September 2013, my husband and I had the good fortune to spend a delightful week at the absolutely charming ‘An Artist’s Home’. Situated in the quaint and historically packed area of Annapolis Royal, we found this rental to be everything, and more than advertised. This nearly 200 year old home, while still remaining true to its traditional heritage, has been beautifully updated, creating a warm and inviting atmosphere that feels more as a home rather than a house. We loved the wonderful mix of cosy century home living, coupled with the luxuries of updated appliances within a nicely modernized kitchen. The beds were a good quality, and the sitting areas were comfy. We greatly appreciated the attention to detail; as everything from a well-stocked library, inspiring art, cosy throws and an information binder with useful local information were just a few examples the extras. The property is nature lovers dream, and by its sheer grandness and beauty is truly amazing. It is excellently maintained with a lovely view of the Annapolis River. We found ourselves out walking the trails before we had even unpacked our car. We were well received by Andi (the owner), who has a good knowledge of the area and gave us excellent site seeing advice. Although, never intrusive, she made herself available as needed. We found Andi to be well organized, and prompt in all our communications. Overall it was a wonderful experience, and we hope to return.
Thanks Andi
Michele and Matt
Owner's Response: Dear Michele and Matt,
It is my pleasure to have such wonderful guests as you. Thank you very much! I find great joy in offering my guests a comfortable home with many special amenities such as the library, art, cozy quilts and a cook's kitchen outfitted with just about everything you can think of. I loved your description of the property and indeed it is a beautiful and peaceful setting and wonderful retreat. Hope to see you next year.
All the best, Andi
Helpful votes: 1/1
An Artist's House~Classic Coastal Setting~60 Private Acres~near Annapolis Royal
+1 9025320200
Annapolis Valley Bay of Fundy

Beautiful get-away

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
Our family of four had a wonderful week at The Artists' House. It has everything we could possibly ask for, plus a beautiful setting and nature all around. Annapolis Royal is just a short distance and there was plenty of things to do and explore in the area.
Lovely accommodations, warm reception, and a gorgeous corner of the world.

Thanks Andi!
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Dear Rachel, Thank you so much! I so enjoyed having your wonderful family stay at An Artists' House and look forward to your return someday. I too love the property's natural surroundings and love to hear that guests love it too and that they take with them cherished memories. Take care, Andi
An Artist's House~Classic Coastal Setting~60 Private Acres~near Annapolis Royal
+1 9025320200
Annapolis Valley Bay of Fundy
San Francisco

Gorgeous and Relaxing

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
My family and I stayed at An Artists' House during our trip to Nova Scotia. We intended the house to be a launching point for many adventures around the area (and there are many) but found we also really loved just hanging out at this beautiful house! The children ran around the yard in the twilight while we lounged on the back deck sipping wine. We even saw a small family of deer one evening. The kitchen is well supplied, the bedrooms are comfortable and so quiet! The location is great; so quiet and private, yet close to charming Annapolis Royal. Andi, you are a wonderful host and we really enjoyed chatting with you!
Recommended for:  Families with Young Children
Owner's Response: Thank you very much A & J for the complimentary review. I too so enjoyed meeting you and the boys and am thrilled you loved the spaciousness of the property and beauty of the house. It's a perfect setting for families to unwind and relax. I'm glad also you dove right into the Annapolis Royal area and discovered its many charms. Hope you'll return again in the future. Very best regards, Andi
An Artist's House~Classic Coastal Setting~60 Private Acres~near Annapolis Royal
+1 9025320200
Annapolis Valley Bay of Fundy
New York City, NY, USA

a perfect vacation spot in Nova Scotia

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
Everything at An Artists’ House either met or exceeded all of our expectations. We were looking for a nice house in a private setting with a great view. The price was reasonable and we could not have made a better choice. The home is a gorgeous and spacious three bedroom historic farmhouse that had more than enough room for the 4 of us. The meticulously maintained property offers a large lawn and vista of the charming town of Annapolis Royal. To-see sites like the Bay of Fundy trail and the town gardens are well within exploring distance. The Saturday farmers’ market is full of excellent local vegetable and bread vendors. Ye Ole Pub offers good pub fare and there are two grocery stores in town. The hand-made chocolates at Great Expectations are delicious. I can't conclude this review without stating just how wonderful and caring the owners are about their guests, and they are only a phone call or email away or just down the road if you need day trip recommendations or something for your stay. Thank you so much for one of the best vacations we have ever had!

N & L
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thank you, N & L so much for your review. We enjoyed having you stay and are so glad the house and property made it a memorable vacation. The vista of the Annapolis Basin and Town are indeed one of the property's crowning jewels. We do our best to make certain the house and surroundings are well-kempt, beautiful and relaxing. Please consider visiting us again in the near future. Andi
An Artist's House~Classic Coastal Setting~60 Private Acres~near Annapolis Royal
+1 9025320200
Annapolis Valley Bay of Fundy

A beautiful, relaxing place to stay

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Jun 19, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
Everything was very nice and clean. It was just as described. Andi has everything you would need in the kitchen as well as for your travels. Andi and her Husband Steve are the nicest folks you will ever meet. They are willing to give advice on the area and you can tell they want their guests to have a memorable vacation experience. You can't go wrong by renting the Artists House.
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for your generous review. What a treat to have you both as guests. So glad you enjoyed the house and area. We loved your curiosity and adventuresome spirit. Hope you will return soon.

All the best,

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Nearest Airport
130 Miles
Halifax Stanfield International Airport
Nearest Ferry
35 Miles
Nearest Train
120 Miles
Halifax Train Station
Nearest Motorway
8 Miles
Hwy 101
Nearest Beach
8 Miles
Raven Haven Beachside Family Park
Nearest Barpub
4 Miles
Ye Ole Towne Pub
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Annapolis Royal Golf Club, The Digby Pines
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Cafe Compose, Bistro East, Sachen Cafe
Car: necessary

The Annapolis Royal area is that special kind of place that lingers sweetly in your mind and memory. Cradled within a land and seascape of serene natural beauty, the region rests in the palm of a long glacial valley severed by the Annapolis River and Tidal Basin. Buffered by two mountain ridges on the north and south, the land on either side of the river widens into a broad swath of salt marsh and cultivated earth. Over the North Mountain lies the Bay of Fundy and to the south, an expanse of lakes, a national park and protected wilderness areas. The region’s cultural hub, the town of Annapolis Royal, is one of the Maritimes most culturally diverse and welcoming communities. With its beautifully preserved historic and architectural legacy of Victorian, Georgian and Arts & Crafts homes, it is the perfect backdrop to the artistic energy emanating from the town’s waterfront shopping district, art galleries, farmers’ market, gardens and theatre. Recently named to the top 12 list of This Old House’s “Best Old-House Neighborhoods,” Annapolis Royal also garnered praise by the CBC as one of the Maritimes top ten “most engaging and culturally dynamic communities.” Last year the Canadian and International Garden Tourism Awards lauded the town’s Historic Gardens as one of the “Top five North American Gardens Worth Travelling For.”

Things to see and do:

An Artists' House is a wonderful place for relaxing after a day of activities, which could include birding and whale watching, hiking, kayaking, bicycling and beachcombing. The Annapolis French Basin Marsh is great place for birding, particularly during migratory months. Whale watching tour boats in nearby Digby Neck will show you whales and other Atlantic marine wildlife including seals and sea birds in their natural habitat. The Shore Road is a beautiful drive winding along the Bay of Fundy coast and features three lighthouses, seven cobble beaches, five fishing wharves, and a seafood market at Parker's Cove. There are nearby provincial parks, nature preserves, and art galleries that you can visit. Kejimkujik National Park with many levels of hiking trails, is a 35-minute drive and offers canoe and kayak rentals. The O'Dell Museum, Sinclair Museum and North Hills Museum showcase local history. The area has two 18-hole golf courses. There are music concerts and films at King's Theatre, a chocolatier shop and a variety of restaurants for eat-in or take out. The Farmers' Market across from the Annapolis Wharf runs Weds. and Sats. all summer.

Other Activities:

Visit Upper Clements Adventure Park with 30 rides and a challenging wooded zip-line course or hike along the spectacular Delaps Cove Trail on the Bay of Fundy. Spend the day at nearby Raven Haven Beach. Visit an artist's studio or take in an art workshop or coffeehouse evening at ArtsPlace, the region's public art gallery. Join a Candlelight Grave Tour at Fort Anne National Historic Park or meet the 'ghosts' at the Sinclair Museum.

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Availability & Rates

Annapolis Valley House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Minimum Stay
Spring 2014
Jun 1 2014 - Jun 27 2014
C$ 900
7 nights
Summer 2014
Jun 28 2014 - Aug 29 2014
C$ 975
7 nights
Late Summer 2013
Aug 30 2014 - Sep 12 2014
C$ 950
7 nights
Fall 2014
Sep 13 2014 - Oct 31 2014
C$ 900
7 nights

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit C$200.00
Notes $50 wk heating fuel surcharge applies for the months of May and October.

Cancellation Policy

Policy available by contacting owner when booking.
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Annapolis Valley House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Forms of Payment:
  • accept credit card
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2200 sq. ft.
  • 2 stories
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Water View
  • Beach View
  • Near The Ocean
  • River
  • Rural
  • Waterfront
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Heating
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Parking
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Towels Provided
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Laundry Soap
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Shampoo
  • Basic Soaps
  • Toilet Paper
  • Linens Provided
  • Iron & Board
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Living Room
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Stove
  • Kitchen ...
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Dishwasher
  • Refrigerator
  • Freezer
  • Oven
  • Microwave
  • Stove
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Room
  • Dining ...
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Downstairs bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Upstairs bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • The convenient first floor full bathroom is adjacent to the utility room with a washer and dryer. The spacious second floor full bathroom has a tub with shower, and is adjacent to the bedrooms. The towels are plentiful and very soft for your comfort.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , New pillow-topped mattresses and 100% cotton linens
    Bedroom 3 - 1 twin/ single , daybed/study
    Principle Bedroom - 1 queen , New pillow-topped mattresses and 100% cotton linens.
  • Our spacious principle bedroom and welcoming second bedroom are wonderful for peaceful nights' rests. Both bedrooms are decorated with custom made bed frames, antique furniture, beautiful hand hooked rugs, and coastal decor. Enjoy our quality linens. colorful duvets and matelassé coverlets. Each bedroom includes floor fans, reading lamps, closet and dresser. A cozy upstairs study with a comfortable single bed with memory gel foam mattress topper and quilt can also be used as a third bedroom. The bank of windows in the principle bedroom have beautiful views of the grounds and river, while the views from the two other bedrooms give the sense of being in a tree sanctuary.
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Books ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Television ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Yard
  • Porch Furniture
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Deck Furniture
  • Terrace
  • Binoculars
  • Walkway to Water
  • Golf ...
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • 5 garden chairs
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • arboretum
  • waterfalls
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • forests
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
  • recreation center
  • festivals
  • live theater
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • beachcombing
  • horseshoes
  • paddle boating
  • photography
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf privileges optional
  • water skiing
  • fishing
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • equestrian events
  • rafting
  • tennis
The property is ideal for couples, small families, groups of artists or anyone looking to unwind in a quiet and beautiful, natural setting. There are 4 Adirondack chairs in the very spacious and private backyard sitting area. The deck provides a dining area with a picnic table, chairs, and umbrellas for up to 6 people, along with a gas grill. Another picnic table along the house to shore trail is surrounded by a pine and spruce forest. Every room has either water or forest views. In fact, the views out every window are simply beautiful. Maximum number of guests: 5. Additional members in your party are welcome to stay at An Artist's House companion cottage just up the road if available. See Homeaway #3683840 for details.

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