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This historic Acadian home is perched on a hill on Cheticamp Island, with hay fields leading down to the harbour and sunny views from every window. Recently renovated, the house features a very well equipped kitchen, a wood stove, laundry room, high speed WiFi, cable TV, games and puzzles and many books. The attached garage is filled with a fleet of bikes of all sizes, kayaks, small boats, a ping pong table, a barbecue, and much more- all for your enjoyment. Watch the incredible stars while toasting marshmallows around the firepit- we have lots of wood. The house provides a private retreat for a couple, or a happy vacation for an entire family. We love children, and responsible dogs.....both can run free to their hearts' content, and everyone will enjoy our delicious island spring water from the new well!
An historic Acadian house on the outside, the Blue House is nicely renovated on the inside for comfort and simple elegance. Rest in the total island quiet in the three bedrooms upstairs- two double beds and a queen, and a double fold out couch on the living room downstairs. A full bath upstairs and a lavoratory down. New hardwood floors brighten the sunny living room whose windows look out on the harbour and the mountains. All ready for you to move in- everything included!
An Acadian house with a story! This farmhouse was originally located at Cap Rouge in the National Park! When the Park was established in 1940 and the Acadians had to leave, this house's owners brought it (floated it!) to Cheticamp Island- and it almost did not make it. But it has been very happily settled on acres and acres of hay fields and forest ever since. The Island Light Road is a dirt road that runs along the harbour of Cheticamp Island, from the nice warm, sand beach along the causeway that leads to the island all the way to the Point Enrage lighthouse at the north end of the island. With no traffic it a great road for walking and for biking. Trails from the back of the house lead to the headland capes on the the 'back of the island'- 150 foot cliffs over the Gulf of St Lawrence. Whales, seals, and eagles of several kinds to watch for, and many blueberries to pick on the way.
This house on the island is a treasure. It is equipped with everything anyone could want for a week. Whatever you forgot to bring - it's already here, probably in large quantity. There are a dozen bikes in various sizes for exploring the island roads. (And do explore them. The ends of the island are wonderful places to ramble, especially at sunset.) There are so many games, sports equipment, activities in the garage that you'll never exhaust them. The bookshelves are crammed with gorgeous photo books of the area and lots of interesting reading. The view across the water to the town and the Highlands beyond is lovely and constantly changing with the light. Water access at the end of the lane makes it easy to kayak in the shelter of the harbor - but be forewarned that outside of the harbor mouth the wind ceaselessly blows and makes for challenging kayaking. We loved the hiking in the park, had the inevitable moose encounter, saw waterfalls and barrens and carnivorous plants and stunning vistas and the largest fern field I've ever seen. Mountain biking is limited in the park to a few trails, but outside the park, exploration yields many possibilities. There's also a biking rail-trail along the coast southward.
Gretchen gave us a history of the house which is amazing and made our stay there that much richer. She lives nearby and is very responsive but never intrusive. She was a wealth of information about the area and any activities we might have in mind.
We were largely untroubled by mosquitos or other biting bugs, had comfortable nighttime sleeping weather with a cool breeze blowing through. The stars at night - so many! - away from city lights. The quietness, day or night - exquisite. Snowshoe hares hopped around the lawn, a hawk perched in the evergreens outside the dining room window. The Blue House is a wonderful vacation choice.
Our party of 4 adults, our 12 year old son & dog had a fabulous week @ The Blue House August 2014. Cheticamp Island is quite unique in having both a small bay for easy watercraft enjoyment, & an expansive sand beach on open ocean for swimming & sunbathing. The cycling and hiking on the Island also rate highly. Gretchen is a fabulous host & so knowledgable about the physical, marine, social & historical dimensions of the area. Cheticamp proper is a traditionalAcadian village with a distinct, vibrant culture. The local bakery-Aucoin's-is fantastic with fair pricing. So much to do! We will definitely return.
My family stayed at this home for a week's vacation to Cape Breton from Virginia, USA. It was just perfect for the 5 of us. Lot's of room, a stocked kitchen, laundry, comfortable sitting areas, and a beautiful outdoor setting. We enjoyed walking in the woods behind the house and our dogs loved the open fields to run in! Since the house is situated on the island it was very quiet and a nice road to run or walk on.
The proximity of the house to Cape Breton National Park was perfect. We were able to hike, swim and explore the area, and then return home for dinner or to clean-up before dinner out at the wonderful restaurants in town. We absolutely loved this area of Nova Scotia and could have easily stayed for month, if not the whole summer!
Thank you Gretchen for a wonderful stay!
We had stayed at the Blue House in 2010 and loved it, so we were all looking forward to another stay. And we were not disappointed. It was clean and even new-seeming, although the house itself is old; owner Gretchen has really fixed it up beautifully.
The house is cosy without being small, and is so well decorated that it makes you want to rush out and buy blue glass jugs and brown, shell-decorated scatter cushions just like Gretchen's. It has all the stuff you need for a good stay in the way of cooking, including all the paraphenalia needed to eat lobsters and crabs from the shell. Oh yum. Or anything else, actually, like a casserole.
We used the Blue House as our base for local activities such a whale watching and beach visiting--to far-away Inverness, closer Whale Cove and nearby St. Pierre.
My grand- kids loved it. Tallis, age almost 5, went into the water at all of them, as did Devon, age 10. So did my husband and son in law. My daughter sought sea glass at all of them and had quite a collection by the time we left.
Little Tallis thrilled herself and us by finding the only pale lavender glass, which is very rare. She also reached some kind of artistic bloom on this trip, perhaps because she saw pilot whales for the first time. She was soon drawing everything she saw, from flowers to pilot whales and all kind of sea life with her colored pens.
Devon loved the whales, and enjoyed one afternoon of Gretchen's marine biology course for teenagers, claiming with excitement that she actually touched a fish. She also came home with buttons to stick on her jacket, with sea creature pictures she had drawn, which Gretchen had taught her to make into wearable art.
At night, we sang songs around the firepit, roasted marshmallows and sipped hot chocolate, while looking up at the vast sky available to be seen above the house. The lights across the bay glittered like gems. And in the house, the wind blew sweetly through the windows, soothing us to sleep when we finally climbed up to bed.
Thanks Gretchen; you are a most accomodating hostess. And you have an awesome house!
Our family of 5 stayed here in July and it was a perfect family spot. Gretchen was a very helpful host and the house supplied everything that we needed. The location was great to drive to whale watching in Pleasant Bay and to visit the National Park for hiking. The golf course (Cabot Links) was close and a very beautiful course. The house is located near all amenities and comes with bikes/beach chairs/kayak/bbq/lawn games and a beautiful view of Cheticamp. I would highly recommend this home and we hope to be back again in the future!
Me and my family had a wonderful time. It was the 6 of us; me, my husband, my mother in law and my 3 kids and there was plenty of room for all of us. The home felt very comfortable and Gretchen was most graceful!! We enjoyed Cheticamp village and all it had to offer including a whale watch boat tour, we didn't see any whales but we did see many dolphins, and of course we saw the Cabot trail. We also went to the miners museum, which was a short drive away, as well as the puffin boat tour. Gretchen really went out of her way to see that her guests are comfortable, you won't be disappointed. We spent a week and really need more time to enjoy every thing. Oh and by the way, the scenery is truly breathtaking!!
The Cheticamp Island Blue House looks over the fishing village of Cheticamp, just off the Cabot Trail. Cheticamp is the western entrance to the spectacular Highlands National Park, and is the heart of Acadian culture on Cape Breton. The Island, connected to the mainland by a causeway and beach, offers quiet privacy yet also easy access to the many restaurants, shops, local music and whale watching tours in town. Visit the Park Headquarters to learn of the many hiking trails in the Park or explore the paths on the island. Walk to to the cliffs on the Gulf of St Lawrence, to the lighthouse, or to the long warm-water sand beach. Watch whales feeding off the point, row across the harbour to town for lunch, and come home to enjoy the view. In the evening enjoy live music in Cheticamp, or find a ceidligh in Mabou or Inverness. Numerous whale watching cruises head out from Cheticamp and nearby Pleasant Bay. And a day's drive around the Park on Cabot Trail will take you through Pleasant Bay, Ingonish, Baddeck, and back through the Margaree Valley.
Other Activities: whale watching
Golf: A fine Golf course with views of the Highlands located 10 minutes a way
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May 18 2016 - Oct 31 2016
7 night minimum stay
Additional charge of $50 per person beyond six people. Rates are negotiable for rentals of more than one week, and for off season rentals.
The house is reserved with a deposit of one half of the rent. The remaining rent is paid upon arrival.