Souris Cottage Rental Photos and Description
Beach Cottage, Bay Cottage: on the beach, stunning views.
The cottages are designed to free you to drink in the panorama of sky and sea, field and trees that surround them. Beach Cottage (purchased for family vacations in 1988, expanded over the years, and rented since 2003) has 3 bedrooms (1 queen, 1 double, 2 twin beds) and 1 (shower) bathroom. Bay Cottage (built for rentals in 2009) contains two discrete 2-bedroom (1 queen, 2 twin beds), 1 (shower) bathroom units, separated but adjoined inside by a middle bedroom; it is uniquely designed to accommodate both small numbers or large groups of family or friends, whichever you choose. Both cottages contain hide-a-bed sofas suitable for 2 extra people. Both cottages are fully equipped for as much housekeeping as you'd like to do. All kitchen utensils, dishes, cutlery and pots and pans are provided, as are outdoor BBQ's, all bed linens and blankets, towels and bathroom/kitchen paper supplies. Electricity (standard North American 110/120) powers the stoves and refrigerators, microwave ovens, ceiling and/or floor fans, baseboard heaters (controlled by thermostats in each room), CD/MP3/radio players, satellite TV (English and French-language channels) and DVD players, coffee makers, electric kettles and landline telephones. Best of all, Free Wi-Fi is provided in our cottages for your cell phones and other electronic devices.
Outside, Beach Cottage boasts a deck and stairs to the beach; Bay Cottage, overlooking the beach from its wild-strawberry-and-blueberry field perch, has a cottage-length deck and a central screened-in porch ideal for outdoor dining. Both cottages boast plenty of lounge and deck chairs, as well as several beach umbrellas and a selection of children's beach toys, and outdoor games. Both cottages have long outdoor clotheslines and interior drying racks; washer, or washer-and-dryer service, is available next door. Ample windows admit the spectacular light and views into all the cottages' rooms. Hop on your bikes and bike near the cottages, on the highway and byways, or on the nearby Confederation Trail.
We, the owners, live next to you, and are just a stroll or a call away should you have any questions.
- pets considered
- children welcome
- wheelchair inaccessible
- non smoking only
- Long-term Renters Welcome
- Events Allowed
Jill and Douglas Rollins
My husband Doug and I (Jill) are Montrealers born and bred, and have lived and worked here (we're both teachers) almost all our lives. Nous pouvons vous parler en francais! In 1987, we took a family summer vacation to PEI, where I had stayed with my parents (and which I loved) in the 1960's. On a family jaunt to East Point, we happened upon our first cottage, sitting fully furnished and for sale in its glorious locale on the beach in Chepstow Bay. We fell in love on the spot, especially when a school of dolphins came by to play!. Every summer after that, we've gone back to spend a few warm months, and we've never tired of it; actually, we seem to enjoy it more and more each year, as do the legions of family, friends and welcome strangers that like to visit and/or rent. Once our children were almost grown, and when we contemplated a 3-year absence for work in Singapore, we began to rent out Beach Cottage to friends and colleagues, so they could treasure and enjoy our beautiful place. Once returned, we bought our own new cottage (which was moved, intact and furnished, from nearby Rollo Bay!) in 2004, placing it on the arm of the bay overlooking our first cottage; in 2008-09, we savoured the fun and challenges of building Bay Cottage next door to us. We've made both rental cottages the way we like them: simply but fully equipped, comfortable, and welcoming. The prices are right, too. Now, we are a formally licensed and inspected Tourism PEI operation.
Besides the beautiful scenery (which is green, red-earthed,and benign), we love the history of PEI. Many of our Souris neighbors (to whom we'll always be 'from away', though they welcome us 'Home' each summer!) are families who have lived on the same plots they were granted in 1769, victims of the Scottish Enclosure Acts. Despite their hard lives as modern-day fishermen and farmers, and now watching as their families must leave to work the oil fields in Alberta, the resourceful Islanders we know love their place, are cheerful, friendly. . .and musical down to their toes. For us, from our extremely cosmopolitan city, it's a big and restful change to see the same surname on mailboxes along the highways and bi-ways of eastern PEI. Acadian and Scottish (with a dash of Irish) history shape this small corner of the world. Our little piece of it is the place where our hearts are, and we love to share it.
Our first cottage had us on first view: sitting sturdily at the water's edge, below a sweep of woods and field, with the huge panorama of sky and water spread out around it. Walking the beach and finding shells, and seeing a dolphin playing in the waves, helped us make up our minds on the spot: we had to have it. A hare hopping along the grass in front of the cottage captured our children. Though we love the different design, scenic perspectives and characters of our subsequent cottages, the first view that first vacation day was all we needed. Our paradise.