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'Maggie's' - a Charming Country Farmhouse Lovingly Restored

Uli or Cathy Nikolai

Member since: 2011
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Speaks: english, german
Sleeps8
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms1
Half Baths1
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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'Maggie's' - a Charming Country Farmhouse Lovingly Restored

Sleeps8
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms1
Half Baths1
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 3 nights

Overview

Skir Dhu Farmhouse Rental Photos and Description

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

Maggie's is an authentic Cape Breton farmhouse built at the turn of last century and restored so as to maintain its original charm and character but include modern conveniences and appliances. Many of the original furnishings and antiques from its past remain in the house. This part of Cape Breton was settled by Scottish homesteaders between 150 and 200 years ago. The son of the original settler, Angus Smith, built the house from wood he cut, milled and planed by hand for his bride - Maggie. Since she outlived her husband by many years the property became know as 'Maggie's Place'. We are proud to continue the tradition.

Staying at Maggie's is more than the usual holiday experience. To quote one of our reviewers, '...It was like we had stepped back in time and we had this beautiful historic house all to ourselves. This is a home where you can feel not like a tourist but like a local for a while - you feel like you belong.'

Maggie's is ideally located between the Highlands National Park and the village of Baddeck. and therefore an excellent place from which to explore Cape Breton, the Cabot Trail or just to relax. The area has numerous and varied hiking trails - some of which start at the back door of Maggie's. There are several sandy beaches nearby. The closest one is a 5 minute drive away and is adjacent to the local fisherman's wharf - where in season you can buy lobster and crab fresh from the boat. You may also arrange to go fishing or sightseeing on one of the many boats in this harbour or whale watching on charters nearby. Cape Breton is famous for its strong Celtic and Acadian cultures. It apparently has more fiddlers per capita than any other part of the world. You may attend a local 'Ceilidh' almost any night or Celtic Colours - the 10 day international festival in October. Several restaurants are within easy commuting distance. For those interested in our rich history, the Alexander Graham Bell Museum is a 45 min. drive and the historic Fortress of Louisbourg is less than 90 min. away.

Maggie's comes furnished with well equipped kitchen, barbeque, washer, dryer and high-speed wireless internet. It also has a spacious deck. The three bedrooms each have their own charm and period furnishings. The upstairs loft has a double sofa bed and privacy curtains. The dining table - also built by hand - comfortably seats 10 and more. The large kitchen has a fireplace / wood heater as well as a breakfast nook which seats 4.

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Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Uli or Cathy Nikolai (Property Manager)
Member since: 2011
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Speaks: english, german
Response time:
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Response rate:
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Calendar last updated:
April 26, 2015

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Sleeps8
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms1
Half Baths1
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 3 nights
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Reviews

5
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'Maggie's' - a Charming Country Farmhouse Lovingly Restored
average rating of 5.0 based on 13 reviews
5

A Very Special Cape Breton Home

  • 5 of 5

Maggie’s is a charming and historical farmhouse located on the Cabot Trail near Cape Breton Highlands National Park. On arrival we were made to feel very comfortable and welcome by Uli and Cathy, quickly noting the warmth, cleanliness, and rustic beauty of the house and area. We particularly liked the wood-burning fireplace in the kitchen which heated the whole house and produced a cosy feeling throughout. But Maggie’s is also equipped with modern conveniences such as fast WiFi, a washer and dryer, a dishwasher, and a coffee-maker. Throughout the house are books and magazines with both current and historical information about Maggie’s and the local area, not to mention period photographs on some of the walls. It is obvious that much care, good taste, and love were given to produce a special place for visitors to Cape Breton, a home away from home.

We arrived at Maggie’s in mid-October during the highly popular Celtic Colours festival amidst brilliant autumn foliage and unseasonably warm temperatures, ideal for hiking as well as exploring the Cabot Trail. On a rare rainy afternoon, we drove to Baddeck and visited the Alexander Graham Bell museum which is highly recommended. Uli took us for a walk to a nearby beach area known as the gill with his friendly dog Tomo, and also provided information about other local walks/hikes from Maggie’s and along the Cabot Trail. Both he and Cathy are very knowledgeable about the area and obviously enjoy sharing information when asked.

The local seafood was delicious, especially lobster rolls and various types of seafood chowder. It was late in the season, but we managed to have chowder at Neil’s Chowder House at Neil’s Harbour on the last day it was open. It was so good we bought two more portions to take away for another meal. Otherwise, there are grocery stores in Baddeck and Ingonish providing everything needed for home cooking.

We are already looking forward to returning to Maggie’s and Cape Breton in future and are very appreciative of the helpfulness and generosity provided by Cathy and Uli.

  • Submitted: Nov 2, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for the kind words. The truth is that we also love Maggie's and are eager to share it with others who find the charm and touch of history in the place. We look forward to your return. Uli and Cathy
5

"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
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
  • Source: HomeAway
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
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
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

Map

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

From C$114 Per night

Skir Dhu Farmhouse Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Spring
May 2 2015 - Jun 20 2015
3 night minimum stay
C$800
 
 
Autumn
Sep 5 2015 - Oct 31 2015
3 night minimum stay
C$800
 
 
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3 night minimum stay
C$1,000
 

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Amenities

Skir Dhu Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View ...
  • Rural ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Bottled Water
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Mosquito Magnet
  • Parking Off Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
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:
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Radio
  • Toys
Outside:
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • 4 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • forests
  • museums
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • hunting big game
  • hunting small game
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • swimming
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.

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