Lunenburg House Rental Photos and Description
House, 3 Bedrooms + Den, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 8)
A Unique Experience
Experience Nova Scotia island-living at its finest at Skyview on LaHave Island, a 17-year old home perched on the highest point of LaHave Island, above the tree tops. Our house is built high like a castle on a hill -- you drive your car up to the second floor door with a bridge to the house. As you enter, you encounter a 2-story atrium with large-window views of the ocean (there are 28 windows and skylights in the atrium alone!) Nearly every window in the house reveals a spectacular vista. Guests have a 360-degree view of the mostly uninhabited, wooded LaHave Islands, and of a picturesque cove, sprawling bay, and vast Atlantic Ocean. We've just replaced all the windows, put up new shingles, and installed three brand new decks with glass-panel railings (pictures coming soon)!
Accessible by car without the need of a ferry, SkyView is located on one of two dozen islands which make up the LaHave islands. We’re a 3-minute walk from the water, a seven-minute drive from the mainland, and a 30-minute drive from Bridgewater, which is the area’s main shopping area. We are 40 minutes from the historic seaport of Lunenburg and seaside town of Mahone Bay, and an hour-and a half southwest of Halifax on the Lighthouse Route.
Enjoy the views from 3 decks -- a wraparound deck accessible off the great room, a smaller deck off the study, and a balcony off the master bedroom and study. Relax listening to the seagulls, watching fishing boats in the bay, sunrises in the morning, sunsets at night, a full moon and stars across the sky, and view deer which roam the property.
Come home from a day at the beach to warm yourself in front of an airtight soapstone wood-burning stove in the great room. Our home can comfortably sleep 8 adults in 3 bedrooms (all with skylights), and in a den which has a pullout bed. We provide bedding and towels, and a washer/dryer. The house also has baseboard electric heating with thermostats in each room.
The kitchen is fully equipped with a stove, microwave, toaster oven, coffee maker and grinder,, food processor and quality kitchenware. The dining room has a large mahogany table with antique chairs, and we have a separate breakfast table. The den has a 36-inch flat panel TV with satellite service, and a stereo with speakers wired to the atrium. Enjoy playing ping-pong on a full-size table in the basement. Yes, we have WIRELESS internet, and the cell service is very good. We do not allow smoking of any kind inside our home.
What to Do
Locally, there are many attractions. Half a dozen beaches are within a 10-minute drive, including Risser's Beach Provincial Park, with a fine-sand beach with lifeguards, winding boardwalk along a back marsh, visitor’s center, a snack bar and shower facility. On our island are many quaint paths and roads to walk or bike, a marine museum, community hall, government wharf, boat launch, a church, and a cemetery. On nearby Crescent Beach, people love to park their cars on the beach, walk their dogs, surf, kite-board, stroll the beach at sunrise and sunset, and of course, swim!
Several fishermen and their families still live on the islands, some who will take visitors out fishing or on island tours (ask us). Locals also love to share their community's history through casual encounters along the road and at events like the Monday morning coffee hour, serving the best home-made scones and sticky buns you’ve ever tasted – really. The community hall also hosts guest lectures and other events.
Along the Lighthouse Route on the mainland are lots of craft and antique shops, artist studios, restaurants, museums, and historical sites (like Fort Point Museum in LaHave, where the French first landed in Canada in 1604). You can take in musical events, county fairs, farmers’ markets, art shows, ox pulls, movies, theater and more. For sporting activities, you can rent kayaks, golf at several courses, go horseback riding, rock climb, wind surf, para-sail, and enjoy the resort at White Point Beach, where you can get a day pass to use the pools, yard games, and boats.
Don't miss the most famous bakery in Nova Scotia, the LaHave Bakery (15 minutes away), where you can sit down in its quaint dining area and enjoy an amazing breakfast or lunch. Another guest favorite is 'The Ovens,' which is a series of ocean caves accessible by wooded walkways, where the waves pound in and out. At Ross Farm, children will love to see a “working” farm where they still raise animals and grow crops. And bake sales and lobster suppers in community halls all over the area are delicious!
We accept US and Canadian-based checks,wire transfers, e-Checks through HomeAway and VRBO, and online payments from Canadian banks through Interac.
We hope you have the chance to experience our little piece of heaven. Please respond via this website, or call Mont at 617-909-7279. He will call you back to save you any charges.
If SkyView is booked during the week you are travelling, please note that we also own 'THE FENNEL OLDHOUSE,' a renovated 100-year old home next door. It sits on a picturesque cove overlooking a wide bay. The property has gorgeous views from many vantage points, including from 5 decks, a gazebo, and dock. It sleeps up to seven people. Please see HomeAway listing #393316. Also note that SkyView is relatively new to HomeAway and so we only have a few traveler reviews.
- Long-term Renters Welcome
- pets considered
- suitable for elderly or infirm
- Minimum Age Limit for Renters
- children welcome
- non smoking only
- wheelchair accessible
About Mont Fennel
Mitzi, Dad & Mont Boating in the summer of 1966.
On the map below, click on 'Satellite' to see that OUR ISLAND IS CONNECTED VIA 2 BRIDGES TO THE MAINLAND -- a 7-minute drive away.
Mont Fennel purchased this house in 1997
Why Mont Fennel chose Lunenburg
More than 50 years ago, in 1956, our father stumbled upon the LaHave Islands while on a boat tour with a friend. He bought a house from a fishing family and our family has been up every summer since. Over the years we renovated the waterfront home and in 1997, Dad sold that house to the children. We call that the 'Fennel Old House,' and we rent that as well (HomeAway listing #393316). But in 1997, Dad then built a new home, high on the hill next door -- SkyView on LaHave Island. The children have now purchased this house as well and have been renting it for about two years.
What makes this house unique
1) Beauty -- Unparalleled views of the ocean from above the treetops -- you feel like you're soaring above the earth! Soak in, photograph or paint the vistas from our property, as well as of fishing boats, wharves, and colorful houses that dot the islands.
2) Romance -- Total privacy and relaxation. Enjoy the ambiance of our wood stove, lounging on multiple decks, walks on island paths, and more.
3) Adventure – Dozens of things to do on the popular South Shore mainland area (within 5 to 40 minutes), and quick access to beaches (5 to10 minutes). We provide guests with a guide with directions.
4) Community -- An unusually close group of families, both fishermen and summer residents, who live nearby and welcome visitors.
5) Pets – We gladly accept them.
6) Boating -- Your boat can be moored at the government wharf on Bush Island, a 4 minute drive. Kayak rentals are 10 minutes away.