Emily Wells

Speaks english
Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights
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4 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, abundant charm.

If you're tired of traffic noise and urban bustle and want to relax in a rural setting, we offer a spacious handsome house with hundreds of books, set amid gardens and farmland. Take walks through the woods or along the beach, keeping an eye out for eagles, ospreys, sandpipers and chickadees. Nights are good for star-gazing, mornings for sitting on the porch in pjs, drinking coffee.

The house has four sizable bedrooms, two with double beds and two with large single beds. There's a fully-equipped kitchen, full dining room, laundry facilities, and two gracious common rooms, one with a TV/DVD player for rainy evenings.

  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • pets considered
Emily Wells (Owner)
Advertiser since 2013
Speaks english

About Emily Wells

Award-winning chef Emily Wells was born in London, England. She lived with her family in England, Germany and Sweden before returning to Canada in 1974 when her parents bought Cold Comfort Farm. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of Canada, Emily has been the Executive Chef of The Dunes Cafe in Brackley Beach, PEI since 2002. For more information on The Dunes Cafe, visit:

Emily Wells purchased this house in 1974

Why Emily Wells chose Alberton

The Wells family settled the Dock River area in the 1800's, clearing and establishing a number of farms, including one that neighbours this property. Our grandfather, Jim Wells, bought the house in 1954 from Willard Inman, the son of the original fox farm ranchers. Our family came back to the Island in 1974, fulfilling the dictum that all Islanders eventually move home. It was a glorious place to grow up, with wonderful spots in the woods and on the beach for childhood adventures.

What makes this house unique

The house itself, designed by a shipwright and built to last, is well-suited both for gatherings and for private time - the ground floor flows graciously from room to room, while the bedrooms on the second floor offer a calm retreat. Outside, we love to sit on the steps of the back porch, in the morning with coffee, and in the early evening with a beer. Between the morning and evening, walk down to the beach, beautiful at any hour, or up to the woods to follow cool meandering paths.

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Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights
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Beautiful Period Home in Peaceful Rural Setting
average rating of 5.0 based on 1 reviews
Beautiful Period Home in Peaceful Rural Setting
Alberton Prince Edward Island

A wonderful ocean side home

  • 5 of 5
This home in Alberton was more than what we had anticipated. My wife and I stayed here for our honeymoon and had such a wonderful time!
This is a 5 minute walk to a fairly secluded sandy beach on Prince Edward Island. It's well out of town and privacy is assured here. There are gardens and plum trees on the property in a very well taken care of lawn.

The inside of the house is comfortable and homey. There is an abundance of book shelves filled with books of almost any subject that suits your fancy! We also enjoyed some movies that we found near the television in the living room. With laundry in the basement and a kitchen with every cooking implement we could dream of we were want for nothing!
Emily, the landlord, was more than accommodating and let us know about many of the nearby things to do on the island. We wound up traveling to Cavendish a few nights out of the week that we stayed. It was less than an hour and a half drive away, which isn't bad to us, being from Maine where everything is about an hour away.

Our honeymoon was picturesque in this lovely home, and the kindness of Emily Wells and the people she works with made everything about our stay here a delightful adventure. We will certainly stay here again if given the chance!
  • Submitted: Sep 9, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
120 Kilometres
Charlottetown Airport
Nearest Ferry
175 Kilometres
Wood Islands
Nearest Train
200 Kilometres
Moncton VIA Station
Nearest Motorway
18 Kilometres
Route 2 Veterans Memorial Highway
Nearest Beach
20 Kilometres
Kildare Capes
Nearest Barpub
5 Kilometres
Albert and Crown Pub
Nearest Golf
15 Kilometres
Mill River Golf Course
Nearest Restaurant
5 Kilometres
Car: necessary

On PEI, the locals refer to this area as 'Up West'. West Prince is certainly less developed than the centre of the province. While this is a cause of regret to some year-round residents, it can also be a source of pleasure to the visitor looking for something different.

It’s quieter, slower-paced, less touristy and that means less traffic, uncrowded beaches and fewer kitschy attractions; more time for quiet reflection and long walks on the beach or meandering drives with views of pastoral farmland or striking red sandstone cliffs. Even if you get lost, you're never far from somewhere.

West Prince is still mostly farms and fishing villages. The land is flat or gently rolling and the eastern coastline is deeply indented by river systems, which give a gentle beauty to the landscape.

Alberton (with Northport as its harbour) is one of the three principal communities of West Prince and is made up of both farming and fishing families. It has a genuine claim to modest fame, because it was here that the silver fox industry began in the late 19th century. Robert Oulton and Charles Dalton succeeded in raising (in captivity) the black foxes with white-tipped tails and fur. Demand for their pelts created the equivalent of a gold rush on PEI in the early 20th century.

The Cold Comfort Farm house was built in 1918 with the proceeds of this boom. It is an example of what are known locally as 'fox houses', of which there are perhaps a dozen in West Prince.

The North Cape Coastal Drive will lead you on a picturesque tour of the West Prince coastline. About 15 minutes from Alberton, there is a little white Anglican church that has been the marker for the beach at Kildare Capes our family has been going to for well over 60 years. A short walk through the churchyard, the cemetery and along a sun-dappled path in the woods (watch for chanterelles and wild blueberries) brings you to magnificent red sandstone cliffs overlooking the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

The beach runs north as far as the eye can see and often it may be entirely empty. At low tide you can wade to tiny 'private' beaches sheltered on either side by the cliffs and into caves cut in the soft stone by the waves. Whether you choose to turn into our favourite family beach or continue to drive this road, you will see any number of unpaved clay roads that run down to the beach at intervals along this route.

Tignish, the second of the area's three important villages, was settled by Acadian and Irish Catholic families as they tried to escape persecution by, predominantly, Scottish and English Protestants on the rest of PEI. The fish shop at Tignish harbour sells an excellent selection of local shellfish. In the centre of the village you'll see the soaring spire of a brick church, with its beautifully restored interior and a magnificent tracker pipe organ.

North Cape, at the very tip of the Island, is like the prow of a ship, which divides the waters of the Gulf and creates different tide tables from both coasts of PEI that meet at the end. As you stand on the windswept cliffs running out from the Cape, you can see, at low tide, one of the longest natural rock reefs in the world. Also at North Cape is the official wind test site and interpretative centre that explains the many windmills you will see along the coast.

Along this very northern part of the coastline you may also see splendid draft horses in the fields or wading along the beach, hauling rakes that scoop up the Irish Moss seaweed that collects along the shore. The moss is then dried and shipped away for the extraction of carrageenen, a natural fixative used in a wide range of products, including ice cream and cosmetics. It's a time-honoured profession in the area, which has come upon hard times as synthetic versions have changed the market, but there are still a few families that keep it alive.

En route be sure to stop into small fishing harbours like Sea Cow Pond, Miminegash, Skinner's Pond (Home of Stompin' Tom Connors) or Howard's Cove. Although somewhat modernized (fishing boats are gas-powered now), you'll still have a sense of the history of fishing in the area. The fishermen you’ll see on the wharf are from families that have fished the area for many generations.

The third important village in the area is O'Leary, a farming community that is also home to the Potato Museum. Although this sounds like a bit of a joke, it does an excellent job of displaying and interpreting the history of potato farming on PEI.

Just a few minutes drive from O'Leary is Mill River, an 18-hole golf course.

Not far from there is another favourite of our family, MacAusland's Woolen Mills. Dating back to the 1930's, you can go in and watch the wool being carded, spun and woven on the original machines. The wool is for sale and their colourful blankets are loved by many, including our family. We have been giving them as wedding presents for generations.

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Availability & Rates

Availability & Rates


Alberton House Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Jun 2 2014 - Sep 29 2014
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee C$100
Tax Rate 14.0%
Notes Our changeover day is Monday. Check-in time is 4pm and check-out time is 10am.
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Alberton House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2400 sq. ft.
  • 2 stories
Location Type:
  • Water View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Beach View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Parking
  • Living Room
  • Iron & Board
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Oven
  • Microwave
  • Dishwasher
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Toaster
  • Kitchen ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 double , Large bedroom with spool bed and reading nook by the window
    Bedroom 1 - 1 double , Lovely large bright room with bay window.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 twin/ single , A cheery spot to start a PEI morning!
    Bedroom 4 - 1 twin/ single
  • Television ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo
  • Books ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Bicycles ...
  • Golf ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • pets considered
  • churches
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • forests
  • library
Leisure Activities:
  • walking
  • beachcombing
  • scenic drives
  • bird watching
  • sight seeing
  • photography
  • antiquing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • laundromat
  • fitness center
  • hospital
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • pier fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • hiking
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