Fall asleep to the sound of the sea in a serene cottage at the end of a private road off the Cabot Trail, one of the most beautiful drives in the world and home to fishermen, artists, writers, and musicians.
A footpath leads through meadow to a secluded pebble beach. You can’t see any neighbors, but you can watch seals, cormorants, eagles, and the occasional whale, moose, or bear from inside or from the spacious veranda.
Take after-dinner strolls on a quiet 1 km loop. Pick wildflowers, wild strawberries, and raspberries in season. Or drive thirty minutes through spectacular scenery to Cape Breton National Park with beaches, hiking trails, restaurants, and golf. Forty minutes in the other direction is the quaint town of Baddeck and nightly ceilidhs, the Alexander Graham Bell museum, restaurants, golf courses, and shops. Five minutes away is the legendary Wreck Cove General Store offering coffee, ice cream, sundries, and local color.
Golf Details: The internationally known Highland Links golf course is a twenty minute drive away. The Bell Bay golf course is one of two golf courses in nearby Baddeck.
Cape Breton National Park: The Cape Breton National Park East entrance is a 20 minute drive. Inside the park are hiking trails of all levels, supervised beaches, and scenic spots for picnics. The town of Ingonish, near the park, offers restaurants, gift shops, and groceries.
Cape Breton Music: The Cabot Trail is as renowned for its music as it is for its spectacular scenery. Ceilidhs (kitchen parties) featuring Cape Breton fiddle music are offered in Baddeck, Ingonish, and, closest to the house, in Indian Brook.
I was a garden writer who has now turned to crime. Dying for the Christmas Rose, my first garden mystery, was published in 2012. Murder Houose, a Cape Breton Mystery will be published in summer, 2013.
This property, nicknamed 'Faraway' is utterly beautiful, peaceful, and far away from the rest of the world--a perfect place to write, read, and renew.
The sounds of the waves at night, the seals that swim by the house, the eagles that fly up and down the coast, the cormorants that dive for fish, the wild strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries in season, now and then the sight of a moose grazing or a whale swimming by.