'MAGGIE'S' - A CHARMING COUNTRY FARMHOUSE LOVINGLY RESTORED

Uli or Cathy Nikolai

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Sleeps8
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms1
Half Baths1
Property type farmhouse
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'MAGGIE'S' - A CHARMING COUNTRY FARMHOUSE LOVINGLY RESTORED

Skir Dhu Farmhouse Rental Photos and Description

3 bedrooms plus foldout sofa in loft, sleeps total of 8, 1 full - 1 half bath

Skir Dhu - Gaelic for 'Black Rock'- is located on the 'North Shore' of Cape Breton between the Cape Breton Highlands National Park at ingonish and the town of Baddeck on the Bras D'Or Lakes. The North Shore, originally settled by Scottish settlers in the early 1800's, is now home to a thriving crab and lobster fishery. It is also home to numerous artisans and craftspeople. Besides its stunning scenery, Northern Cape Breton is famous for its hiking, sea kayaking, salmon and trout angling, whale watching, its fresh seafood and world class golf courses. It is also has a thriving culture and is famous for its Scottish, Irish and Acadian music. Local festivals and concerts are held throughout the summer and culminate in 'Celtic Colours' ( www.celtic-colours.com ) - an international music and cultural festival in October.

Maggie's at Skir Dhu: 'Maggie's' - named after the wife of the Scottish fisherman/ farmer who built the house in the early 20th century - is located on the world famous Cabot Trail and is set in a grove of mature birch and sugar maple. It is on an 85 acre plot which goes from the Atlantic Ocean to the Cape Breton Highland. On the property there are two large ponds (Colin's Ponds) with trout, and offers access to numerous hiking trails and old-growth hemlock and pine forests.

Inside Maggie's: Maggies has been lovingly restored using many original materials which were hand cut and planed when the house was built. Although it retains much of its old charm it now has a fully equipped eat-in kitchen with a wood-burning fire place, living and dining room and a full bath on the main floor. Its second level has 3 bedrooms, a half bath plus a large family loft area with foldout sofa, TV / VCR, games and books - all great for a rainy day. Maggie's also has high speed wireless internet with a washer and dryer located in a mud room / porch. The house has many of the original furnishings and farm implements - now used as decorations. Outside it has a large deck with appropriate furniture and a gas barbeque.

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Suitability:
  • non smoking only
  • children welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Uli or Cathy Nikolai (Owner)
Advertiser since 2011
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Speaks german, english
Sleeps8
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms1
Half Baths1
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay nights
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'Maggie's' - a Charming Country Farmhouse Lovingly Restored
average rating of 5.0 based on 12 reviews
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Skir Dhu Cape Breton Island
5

"Down North" Charm

"Down North" Charm
  • 5 of 5
Reviewed alot of VRBO rentals before selecting "Maggie's". Loved the charming old farmhouse in the pictures which looked like it "belonged", and was not disappointed when I saw it in person. The pictures do it justice, beautiful shady yard, open deck, comfortable, lived-in, interior. On arrival our hosts had a homemade blueberry (from local wild blueberries!) waiting on us, and a handwritten note on the back of a piece of dried birch bark bidding us welcome to Cape Breton. (Disclaimer is that you have to make sure you arrive in peak blueberry season if you want the berry pie!)
We covered alot of territory on our week long trip, mostly on Cape Breton, and Maggie's is a good location from which to venture out in all directions; close to the entrance of Cape Breton Highlands National Park and the gorgeous hikes and views along the Cabot Trail, and an easy day trip to the Fortress at Louisburg to name a few . At the end of each full day we looked forward to returning to the relaxing surroundings at Maggie's.
The house and property are clean and well maintained. The hosts could not be more generous and welcoming, and full of information about the area. A couple of the local delicacies we enjoyed (aside from the blueberry pie!) was the seafood chower at Neil's Chowder House in Neil's Cove, and the every present Scotsburn icecream, lots of flavors to choose from!
Would definitely recommend a trip to Cape Breton, and a welcoming stay at Maggie's!
  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Skir Dhu Cape Breton Island
5

Picture perfect spot in peaceful Cape Breton!

  • 5 of 5
"Maggie's" is truly a unique home. We booked based on the lovely pictures online, but the actual place FAR exceeds what you see on screen. If you want real Cape Breton heritage, look no further. The house itself is full of character, while also fully outfitted with all the contemporary comforts you'd need (fast wifi, great washer/dryer, dishwasher, etc.) Each bedroom has its own sweet style, and the upstairs loft is great for late night lounging. The kitchen is wonderful for cooking in, although we spent most of our time using the BBQ....
We didn't know the lay of the land before arriving in Cape Breton, so we were happy to discover that Skirdu (where Maggie's is) is the less developed side of the Cabot Trail - fewer tourists, more of a local feel. We got to know some fishermen at the Little River docks (and enjoyed the local beach there), hiked local trails and went swimming in nearby ponds. Provisions are best picked up in Baddeck (or Ingonish), which are a bit of a drive, but Wreck Cove General Store - a quick jaunt up the road - often sufficed.
Uli and Cathy (Cathy is a born and bred CB'er!) were amazing, excellent, exceedingly warm hosts. They went above and beyond in welcoming us to the island. An apple pie awaited us when we arrived, and Uli thoughtful arranged for some lobster since the season was ending just as we started our stay. He also introduced my husband and baby to some long hikes behind the house and was always available on the rare occasion when we needed to be in touch.
We used Maggie's as a home base for exploring the Cabot Trail and Cape North during our three week stay, and were always so happy to return "home" each night. I'll never forget driving up to the house that first day as the sun started to set - it was like a picture in a children's book.
Don't miss: the short hike to "the gill", Little River beach, Wreck Cove General Store, the Dancing Moose, the Clucking Hen, and further away - Warren Lake, the Coastal Trail, Cabot Landing beach, and all of Cape North....
  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
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5

Like coming home

  • 5 of 5
Immediately on arriving, my friend and I felt right at home. We avoided a B&B as did not want to feel like we were someone's visitors or limited to where we could wander. Like Goldilocks, we came in and tried out all the beds, choosing the beds according to our preferences. There was a firm bed, soft bed and medium bed. Most times we sat like families do at the kitchen table, other times upstairs in the sitting area looking out the picture window at the mountains. No sooner had we settled in than A moose came up to the edge of the yard to graze on something delectable. A resident chipmunk came up on the porch in the mornings for breakfast. We were charmed. The cut logs and kindling were welcomed on one evening that turned cool after we had gotten wet on a hike. Maggie's felt like coming home. Uli is full of information and stories. His enthusiasm for the house and area are infectious. We were glad to meet his family and share a wonderful morning. There were so many special touches like fresh flowers in the house.The people in the area are friendly, inviting and happy to answer questions. I was warned a week would not be enough time, and it wasn't.

A few details: we had a good supply of dishes, pans , cups etc that we needed and baked several meals on the gas stove. Even herbs were provided. We appreciated the handmade soaps, laundry soap, dishwasher soap, Kleenex and toilet paper that kept us from having to haul a lot from the grocery store. The local water has a high mineral content. But Uli and Cathy provide the gallon jugs of bottled water. The coffee pot makes good coffee! It is an older home with its own creaks, but part of what makes it feel like a home. Uli really wanted us to find something to suggest they do to improve the experience, but we didn't need or want anything different. We did suggest a more complete list of things provided in the house like the laundry soap, But if you have a question just email them.

Enjoy the natural wonders found here. Don't be so busy going to all the sites on the map to miss the beauty right here at Maggie's.
  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Skir Dhu Cape Breton Island
5

Dreamy Sanctuary

  • 5 of 5
When my family and I arrived at Maggie's it was warm and cozy from wood burning in the stove. We felt safe, taken care of and welcomed immediately by the owners who provided tonnes of information and were approachable.

We were looking for a relaxing home away from home and Maggie's offered just that and then some!

It was easy to find (even in the dark), the property was stunning, the interior was immaculate and accessible; from the bathrooms to the fully functional kitchen (even more than in my own home) to the beautiful comfortable and clean beds.

We brought our own food to cook, went on a hike to the gorgeous beach, took in the spectacular colourful Fall leaves, and breathed-in fresh air. We cannot wait to come back many times (with family or friends) and would recommend Maggie's to anyone who appreciates a dreamy sanctuary with loads of love inside and out.
  • Submitted: Oct 23, 2012
  • Stayed: Oct 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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Skir Dhu Cape Breton Island
5

My home for a week Cape Breton

  • 5 of 5
What a great time we had !

Cape Breton is beautiful and scenic and staying at Maggie's was perfect and felt a bit like home for a week.

The house is on the Cabot trail on the Eastern part of Cape Breton. It is close to the entry to the national park as well as not a far drive from Sydney. The house is 100 years old charming and historical but also very comfortable and well equipped . There are some restaurants selection around but I would recommend bringing food from either Halifax ( they have a great farmers market every saturday with great produce and many type of middle eastern,local,asian and indian food and pastry ) or at Antigonish on route to Cape Breton . We cooked every night and eat on the patio enjoying the fresh breeze, the sounds of the crashing waves and the fragrant air.
There is a comfortable living room on the first floor and a very nice sitting area on the second story. The bedrooms were comfortable ,clean and cozy and the linen,blankets and quilts were fresh and clean.
The location of Maggie's is excellent to explore the extensive trail system of Cape Breton, the Scottish heritage, the ocean and the local artisan culture.
I will join previous reviewers in appreciating Uri and Cathy as superb and generous hosts. Fresh flowers and warm wild blueberry pie awaited at the house when we arrive, we received great advise about hiking, cultural events as well as well organized binder with helpful information maps and brochures. If you like to hike ask Uli about the unmarked trail to the waterfall close to Maggie's !
It is clear that Uri and Cathy are local people who love the land, history and culture of Cape Breton and as visitors we benefited from their knowledege and hospitality.

I will highly recommend Maggie's as a great home away value and experience .
  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

A Peaceful Dream

  • 5 of 5
Maggie's was a true relaxation paradise. Whether we were sitting on the deck enjoying the hummingbirds, relaxing after a long day of hiking and driving along the Cabot Trail, enjoying the homeyness and (especially) the fresh wild blueberry pie, it was an energizing calm and clarity that came from our stay. I can't believe how noisy the city sounds after a week here! The house was private, grand, comfy, spacious nostalgic and a little fantastic: a Victrola transports you away. The hiking was wonderfully varied, with challenges enough available to make coming home especially sweet. A guided hike with Uli was a memorable highlight. I feel like Magggie is an old friend, and look forward to our next visit!
  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
  • Source: HomeAway

Map

Map

Nearest Airport
100 Kilometres
Sydney, N.S.
Nearest Ferry
80 Kilometres
Newfoundland Ferry
Nearest Motorway
25 Kilometres
Englishtown
Nearest Beach
3 Kilometres
Little River / Ingonish Beach
Nearest Barpub
25 Kilometres
Ingoish
Nearest Ski
20 Kilometres
Cape Smokey
Nearest Golf
25 Kilometres
Highland Links
Nearest Restaurant
7 Kilometres
Clucking Hen
Car: necessary

Skir Dhu is on the world famous Cabot Trail 30 minutes from Ingonish, Cape Breton Highlands National Park, the Highland Links Golf Course and Ingonish Beach. The house is situated on an 85 acre property with two large ponds, hiking trails and old-growth forests. There are numerous opportunities for hiking, beach combing, fishing - both fresh and salt water. Local fishing wharves and beaches are nearby.

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Skir Dhu Farmhouse Rental Rates

Notes

  • 950.00
  • A deposit of 475.00 is required to secure a reservation for the Summer season, 400.00 is required for Spring and Autumn.

Amenities

Amenities

Skir Dhu Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
General:
  • Sofa Bed
  • Wood Stove
  • Fireplace
  • Iron & Board
  • Wireless Internet
  • Parking Off Street
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Bottled Water
  • Firewood
  • Laundry Soap
  • Local Maps
  • Mosquito Magnet
  • Basic Soaps
  • Toilet Paper
  • Internet
  • Towels Provided
  • Telephone
  • Linens Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Clothes Dryer
Kitchen:
  • Dishwasher
  • Refrigerator
  • Freezer
  • Oven
  • Microwave
  • Grill
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Lobster Pot
  • Pantry Items
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
  • Cooking Utensils
Dining:
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double , Pull out Sofa Bed
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • We have three bedrooms. The fourth 'bed' is a pull out sofa in an upstairs family loft / den which can be screened for privacy.
Entertainment:
  • Radio
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Toys
  • CD Player
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Games
  • DVD Player
Outside:
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • 4 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • non smoking only
  • children welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • forests
  • museums
Leisure Activities:
  • scenic drives
  • eco tourism
  • walking
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • sight seeing
  • whale watching
  • antiquing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • golf
  • swimming
  • sailing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hunting
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting small game
  • pier fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hunting big game
  • deepsea fishing
Notes:
The eat-in kitchen has a wood burning fireplace / stove. A large Family Loft upstairs has a sofa bed. The deck has a patio table, chairs and sun umbrella.