The Lark Harbour house was built in 1890 by Sam Sheppard, a young fisherman who had moved here from Spaniard's Bay, a fishing village on the east coast of the province. Typical of other fishing houses of the time, the two story, two bedroom home is constructed of local pine, some planks 12 to 18 inches wide. Sam had hand planed many of the beams in the house, and nailed the home together with square nails or homemade wooden dowels. The Lark Harbour house, the oldest standing home in the Bay of Islands, is a peek into Newfoundland's history.
The house is fully furnished. In the living room you will find a sofa bed, a rocking chair and a lovely high backed seat. Sit in the rocker and watch the fishermen go off for their morning catch and maybe see a whale chasing a pod of porpoises. Appliances are brand new and the kitchen is fully stocked - all you need to bring are your groceries, which you can pick up on your way out from Corner Brook or at the local grocery/ liquor/ gas station two minutes from the house.
After a day out on the ocean or hiking on one of our many trails, come back for a long, hot bath or shower. We also have fully equipped laundry facilities on site.
Upstairs, there are two bedrooms and an office. Sit at the office and write as you look out to the sea and mountains. I have spent many hours writing and marking papers from the desk at the window. The house also has wireless internet, free long distance and cable television. Bedroom one has a double bed and bedroom two has a couple of twin beds. You will notice the absolute silence within the house as you drift off to slumber, a comment frequently mentioned by guests.
You will fall asleep to silence and wake up to seagulls in the harbour, a calming and gentle way to arise. Sit at the dining room table as you have your morning coffee or take it outside and sit in one of the Muskoka chairs. Drinking a mug of coffee and watching the ocean is one of my favourite summertime morning rituals. As you are in a fishing community, you can stroll down the road and maybe chat with a fisherman coming in with his daily catch. You may be able to buy yourself some fresh lobster, crab, cod, mackerel, halibut or whatever fish is in season.
Hiking through the Blomidon Mountains is a must. There are many hiking trails throughout the area which are popular with tourists and locals alike. The Blow Me Down Provincial Park has a great walk up to a lookout which enables you to see the entire harbour and is breathtaking.
Once you have worked up an appetite, go to Marlaine's Cafe which has beautiful pastries, soups and sandwiches and a whale watching deck. Captain Cook's Restaurant, also in the area, sometimes offers the local catch of the day in their menu. Choose whether to eat in the restaurant or take your food back to the Lark Harbour House with you and dine, once again looking out at the ocean. Feel up for a bit of socializing? Take a walk down the road to the Drop in Lounge Pub for a pint with the locals or a bite of grub. Top off the night with a fire under the stars or, if you prefer, go inside and snuggle up with a good book in front of the woodstove.
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I am a special education teacher. Lark Harbour is the town in which I began my own schooling. I spend my time now between teaching children. I was away for many years and moved home in 2005. I am pretty happy about the decision. Fishing, skiing, hiking, and swimming all around me? It's pretty great.
Helen Himsl purchased this house in 1997
I bought the house not too long after I had finished university and was leaving Newfoundland for work. I wanted a tie to keep me connected with the place. I found an old house for sale on the ocean, a perfect fit for me. The home was 110 years old, and had been empty for 38 years. Needless to say, it has been a long project, but one that has been very rewarding. On top of the tied connection for me, the scenery is magnificent and the town is quite unique and charming. You will love it I promise.
The Lark Harbour house is a step back in time with all the modern ammenities of today.
We had a great night, so relaxing1 This is the first night I have slept on the beach in 26 years. Thanks for the experience once again.
My husband and I really enjoyed our stay at Lark Harbor. The Heritage house was all that I expected it to be. The home was clean, nicely decorated and with a homey comfortable feel to it. It was nicely renovated with hard wood floors and all the amenities to make our stay pleasurable. We dined on lobster bought at Allen s fish market with the complimentary wine we received upon arrival from Helen. We explored the areas trails that led to some spectacular views at Bottle Cove. We were situated directly across the bay from Blow Me Down provincial park. Helen provided us with an information package the clearly identified all the trails their location, length and difficulty. All in all I would highly recommend this place and the area for vacationers who enjoy hiking and beautiful scenery.
Very cozy historic home.enjoyable stay. Unlimited supply of daily necessity. Beautiful
scenery. Friendly neighborhood.
I spent a glorious week at the Lark Harbour house beginning on June 21st. A great location with absolutely stunning scenery and so many things to do. Great hiking trails,there are seven in a 10 km area a two hr drive to Gros Morne National Park and if you want civilization to completely disappear don't miss Rte.480 the Burgeo Highway. If you bring your kayak don't miss Trout R. Pond,Bonne Bay,Silver Pond on the Burgeo Hwy and the beach at Blow -Me-Down park.The sunsets at Bottle Cove are amazing.
Make sure to take in the pleasures of the town by strolling over to the Drop In Lounge for a Black Horse lager,a cinnamon bun at Marlaine's and a fish dinner at Capt. Cook's Galley
Greatly enjoyed our stay in this 1890 home. Helen, the owner, was readily available and the house was "as advertised." Loved sitting at the kitchen table admiring the view. Enjoyed Blow Me Down park, copper mine waterfalls and the trails at LIttle Port and Bottle Cove. The pastries across the street at Marlaines were outstanding...not just good, but SUPERB!
I have been to Newfoundland three times now. This is by far my most favorite visit. I loved Lark Harbour. The hikes vary from simple to challenging. Each of them offered fantastic views, and a chance at spotting moose! I loved waking up with the ocean just out the window. The people here are so friendly, helpful and easy to spend time with. It was great leaving in the mornings, go out for a day hike, or mountain bike, and returning to a fire, hot bath and a home cooked meal. This is a fabulous spot to just relax and breathe!
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