We were delighted with our stay at TumbleSea, which exceeded our expectations. The pictures do not do justice to the spectacular sunsets we enjoyed. This cottage is a tiny gem that really is perched high on the cliffs – suitable for one or two adults who are ready to get away from it all, while also enjoying good food, outdoor activities, and music within an hour or two by car.
The listing was very helpful – but the thorough information Stewart sent after we booked and his enthusiastic introduction on our first evening provided an even better orientation to so much that the west coast of Cape Breton has to offer. The cottage was tidy and well-appointed, with everything we needed to prepare meals and live comfortably for our week-long stay. We particularly enjoyed the property's floor-to-ceiling windows, vaulted ceilings, cross-breezes, and spacious deck.
We arrived with a list of sites we hoped to explore across Cape Breton. The cottage was so lovely, however, it was hard to tear ourselves away. We enjoyed the beach at Chimney Corner with its surprisingly warm water and gentle waves, driving on the Cabot Trail, and hiking in Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Music at the Normaway Inn on Wednesday night and lunch at the Dancing Goat were real treats. Baddeck, about an hour’s drive away, offered the fascinating Alexander Graham Bell Historic Site, a delicious lunch of local seafood, and a fun afternoon around town. The Margaree area and Chéticamp are delightful to explore. As advertised, a car is a must, and no drive should be hurried because of the beautiful views around every bend.
“TumbleSea” is a perfect name for this cottage. The crashing waves at the foot of the cliffs below provide an ever-changing soundtrack--even when the windows are closed if the wind is just right. The stunning location, tasteful and comfortable living spaces, and helpful customer service make this an easy property to review, and to recommend for others who want to experience the beauty of this pleasingly remote part of Nova Scotia.