The Artist's Beach House is situated on the Antigonish Harbour just ten minutes from a lovely university town. This quiet retreat feels like it’s worlds away. The house is surrounded by water – on 6 acres of land. The beach goes on forever and is nicely secluded – swimming is excellent in the warmest waters north of the Carolina's. So is canoing and kayaking on the harbour where there’s so much to discover. The grounds are truly spectacular with gardens everywhere including an herb garden for the gourmet. In season, the best lobster in the world can be had fresh off the boats nearby.
This architect designed house is ideal for entertaining with wrap around decks and porches complete with ample outdoor eating areas. We have a wheel chair ramp on the back deck which makes the whole first floor with two bedrooms accessible. Indoors you’ll be greeted with warm cherry wood throughout, walls full of original art, oriental rugs on the floors and sumptuous furnishings everywhere. All the amenities are there to pamper you during your stay including a portable crib and high chair for the little ones. When the nights are cool there’s nothing better than curling up in front of the fireplace with a good book or movie. The atmosphere is warm and friendly, colorful and artistic.
The views from every room are spectacular. All of our guests tell us that the photos don’t do it justice. It truly is a beautiful place!
I fell in love with Nova Scotia as an art student in the 1970's. I returned to Ontario to complete my education and life took over and I stayed. In 1994 in a quest for peace and harmony I moved back with my young children. I was so fortunate to discover Antigonish and this magical property that I purchased in 1998. Since then I have been cultivating my friends, my house, a guest cottage where I stay in the summer, and the surrounding gardens. Now that my children are grown I'm delighted to welcome guests from around world to experience what I am lucky enough to enjoy every day.
Being close to nature on the land and in the sea is a privilege that I wouldn't trade for anything. I watch eagles dive for prey from my windows and welcome a pair of great blue herons every spring. The pair of pileated woodpeckers in the forest are a thrill to discover when they allow themselves to be seen. The sounds of the tidal waters are a dream and jumping into them after a day of gardening in the hot sun is about as good as it gets. I visit my friends across the harbour in my canoe and every summer I hear them hollering my name from their sailboat just offshore. As an artist I am most inspired by the profound beauty that surrounds me in my little piece of heaven.