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Our Baddeck Riverside cottage provides a cozy country “home away from home,” which overlooks the Cape Breton Highland Mountains. We are a short 10-minute drive from the town of Baddeck and the Cabot Trail; close enough, but away from the crowd. The cottage has two sleeping areas, and a cot on the screen porch, where you can listen to the sounds of water and wildlife on warm summer nights. From the dining and main bedroom area, you face a wall of windows which look out on the river, with nothing between you and the Highlands in the distance. It’s a stunning vista! The kitchen area has everything you will need to make yourself at home.
You can canoe or kayak in the river, or sit back and enjoy the tranquility. The river area is home to beavers, bald eagles, geese, muskrats, ducks, trout and more! From the cottage, you can observe the Bentick Farm meadow where one of Alexander Graham Bell's planes took flight, carrying the first woman ever to fly. This is a great place to unwind.
We traveled to Cape Breton Island for the Celtic Colours International Festival. We loved staying at Laverne & Gordon's lovely Riverside Cottage. It is a sweet, homey, comfortable cottage with a beautiful view out any of its many windows. We enjoyed watching the Harlequin ducks from the riverside room. We also spotted eagles during our stay. There was plenty of room for our party of four adults. It was so nice being close to Baddeck but also being out in the country where was very quiet and peaceful. Laverne and Gordon made us feel welcomed with a fire burning in the stove and a visit when we arrived. They wanted to make sure we were comfortable and that we had everything we needed. This part of God's creation is so beautiful. The fall colors were at their peak - breathtaking. Thank you Laverne and Gordon. We hope to return someday.
The booking process was easy and the communication with Laverne was friendly and we had looked forward to staying in the riverside cottage and to meeting her and Gordon. We were not disappointed on both counts. The cottage is spacious, clean and well equipped. It is appropriately furnished for a place in the country, with lots of exposed wood and plenty of windows to look out onto the beautiful surroundings. The view from the main bed has to be seen to be believed, with a marvellous vista across the river towards the hills and no other dwellings in sight. You get a feeling of peace and tranquillity but you don’t feel totally isolated as there are neighbours not too far away and Laverne and Gordon have a B&B just a short distance away. This is the sort of place where people don’t lock their doors and is reminiscent of a simpler by-gone time where you can slow down, relax and appreciate the bounty of Nature. There are beavers in the river and bald eagles flying around and sitting in the trees. Canoeing down the river was a joy, as was sitting by the campfire afterwards and having a cold beer and listening to… well, nothing really – it’s a very rare thing these days to have silence. After dark, the stars were amazing too – no light pollution here.
You’ll not be watching the TV and you might not have a phone signal or a Wi-Fi connection but none of that matters as you will have plenty to do just enjoying being there and watching the wildlife. If you can’t get them in the cottage, you can pick up Wi-Fi and phone signal in Baddeck, which is just a few minutes’ drive away, if you need to occasionally reconnect with the modern world. We managed to get a signal on the radio with a couple of local stations and then sat by the woodstove and read under the lamplights.
And if all of this doesn’t convince you, then there’s Laverne and Gordon, two of the nicest, friendliest people you will ever meet – very warm and welcoming and on hand if you need anything. The cottage makes the perfect base to explore this beautiful area and don’t miss the Cabot Trail, especially in Autumn when it’s truly breathtaking.
This cottage sits overlooking a beautiful river, and the master bedroom has windows spanning the whole length of the room. My wife and I watched golden eyed ducks and many other birds from the comfort of this bedroom, while sipping on tea and reading from the well stocked library.
Anyone who wants to get away from the city and enjoy the beauty of Cape Breton will love this cottage.
Make sure to use the canoe and paddle up or down the river to complete the experiance.
Our family has stayed at Riverside Cottage on many vacations and love it!! We kayak, go fishing, hiking. Baddeck has wonderful shopping and cafes. This is a great family vacation spot.
When we first caught a glimpse of the Riverside Cottage, we were amazed at the beauty and serenity of the place and the breathtaking view of the river, fields and mountains. The colours were gorgeous and the air so very fresh. It was so quiet and peaceful. The cottage was furnished with everything we needed, it was so cosy and comfortable, and the best part was getting to know Laverne and Gordon, the wonderfully hospitable and welcoming owners who could not do enough for us! We are heading back this year! We would recommend this place wholeheartedly!
Our cottage is located 10 minutes outside of Baddeck which is home to the Alexander Bell Museum, sailboat and kayaking adventures, the beautiful Uisege Ban Falls and hiking trails, a variety of restaurants, (casual to fancy dining), a weekly farmer's market featuring locally produced food, utensils and art, 2 golf courses. Baddeck is also centrally located, and right on the Cabot Trail, making it a great base to do day trips from to Louisbourg (largest historical recreation in north America), whale watching on the coast, or hiking in the National Park.
The GPS Coordinates to our Cape Breton cottage on the Baddeck River are N46 06.127 W60 49.394.
Take exit 9 off the Highway 105, follow Old Margaree Rd. (approx. 3km), take left onto Big Farm Rd. Travel approx. 3km to driveway #672.
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5 night minimum stay
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.
Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (CAD) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.