|Minimum Stay||3 - 7 nights|
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Cheticamp Island, off the coast of a small Acadian fishing village, is on the Cabot Trail, at the base of the Cape Breton National Forest. Relax on the comfortable 40' wrap-around deck and see whales, seals, bald eagles, sunrises and sunsets. Swim in the warm Gulf Stream waters just before they merge with the Atlantic. Kayak in gentle coves or in the sea where whales have been known to glide next to you. This extraordinary new house of soft yellow walls and white filmy sea-blown curtains is filled with every amenity for your relaxation and enjoyment. Thirty-six hundred sq ft in three roomy ocean front floors spaciously accommodates ten people or romances two in front of the fire. The living room, eat-in-kitchen and all bedrooms look out on the water. There are four Kohler designer bathrooms and an outside shower. Snuggle under down comforters and listen to lapping waves. From this luxurious comfort, travel thru all of Cape Breton Island, happy to return home
Cabot Trail: Cheticamp is on the Cabot Trail at the entrance to the National Forest. Driving North you overlook the spectacular Gulf of St. Lawrence where the warm Gulf Tides join the Atlantic Ocean. There are groomed hiking trails, nature walks, camping, kayaking, moose, eagles and bear. As you round the top crest, there is Gampo Abbey, the famous Buddhist Monastery; the most remote village Meat Cove and delicious Morrison's restaurant. Starting south along the Atlantic, you can whale watch on a sailing schooner, dine at the elegant Fairmont (Canadian Pacific) Keltic Lodge, and poke around numerous coastal villages. You'll come to St. Ann's Gallic College wonderful gift shop; Baddeck, the Sailing Capital of the World and Alexander Graham Bell's excellent museum; on to the Normaway Inn for dinner and fiddling, maybe even Buddy or Natalie McMasters . Now drive through the gorgeous Margaree Valley. And another day go to Louisbourg, the magnificent restored Eighteenth Century French Fort. We have heard it said the Cabot Trail is considered to be the eleventh wonder of the world!
George and I took a trip through the Atlantic Provences and Cheticamp was the one place we really wanted to return to. I told our family and friends we found a small French fishing village that reminded us of Ireland AND WE COULD DRIVE TO IT! We had the house built from 2004-2007 by local master builder Tommy Chaisson. The intention was to build small house, but two things changed that - the excavator could not do a crawl space so we got a whole level we had not planned on and then Tommy said the view from the upper floor was so fantastic he could not give us the low roof in our plans, so we got a third floor. The builders loved working on the upper level watching the whales come into the cove. We were in Vermont, and we came up to a quite a surprise. The interior is mostly wood - floors, ceilings and beams with an open spacious design that gives full view of the water. We share our time between Cheticamp and Vermont with our four children and four grandchildren. We started renting the house in 2007. We find the spaciousness of the house invites celebration. we guest weddings, birthdays and family reunions as well as intimate quiet vacations and honeymoons. We get so much joy out of hearing the great times our guests have had and so many return. So, the idea of a small cottage grew to such proportions that it is shared with many others and this has surprisingly become a wonderful gift. We especially love the Cheticamp reunions. People born in Cheticamp booking the house for their family and siblings to come home to be with parents and relatives. We get several of these bookings a year. Then we get to know the people and their relatives and so much about the area. This summer we have two weddings, one 50th birthday party, and a 60th birthday party. It is such a joy to help plan these celebrations. I love it when George and I get to come up alone. It is like returning to Paradise. Just walking into the house takes my breath away.
Marianne and George Carroll purchased this house in 2003
La Maison is at the end of Cheticamp Island attached to the mainland by a strip of land. It is quiet, peaceful, naturally raw and rugged. The house stands on a high piece of land surrounded by natural growth sloping to the cliffs above the water. Its architecture is open, spacious and elegant lending itself to an intimate vacation for two as well as a celebrations for family and friends. It is the perfect place to come and be alone and rest, read, kayak and hike and also the best place to gather with favorite people. Our children love being here. There are eight miles of hiking trails right on the island and so much wild life. One summer we had two eagles fishing for breakfast right outside the kitchen window every morning. Guests and carpenters have seen the whales from the house. We love to listen to them communicating at night Lobster and crab and mussels are caught and harvested off the island and wild berries are all over the island for picking in season. I love the sunrising over the Cape Breton Highlands and everyone loves to bring a blanket up the hill and watch the sun fall into the ocean at the end of the day. The night sky is phenomenal. It feels as if you can reach up and touch the stars... The sky is so dark and the stars so bright. This is why we love where the house is. It is just amaziing.
Whenever we walk into this house it takes our breath away| I guess its the expansive views when the glass front door opens to the high ceilings and light natural wood beams looking through to the glass back door viewing the large deck overlooking the water and rising moon over the Cape Breton Highlands. I would say and have heard guests say beside being so beautiful, the house is so spacious. One guest said that no matter how many people were in the house he could always find a quiet place to read. That meant a lot to me because that is how we tried to design the house. The colors are neutral giving way to nature outside. She is the star. The water, the mountains and wildlife.
We had a wonderful family reunion in this beautiful cottage. Its location is ideal as it is within walking distance to the beach and is very quiet. The water and mountain views from the its wraparound deck and upstairs room are stunning. We felt like time was standing still in this most unique place. The owner, Marianne, was very friendly and helpful and answered all of my questions This 'once in a lifetime' family vacation is one we are not likely to forget.
This house and area are incredibly beautiful and Marianne was an amazing host and a pleasure to correspond with. I got married on a cliff near the house in early July and will always remember it as a magical place. The house is perfectly situated on the southern end of Cheticamp Island, looking west over the bay towards mainland Cape Breton and the Highlands. The large wrap-around porch is perfect for watching the sunrise in the morning, and relaxing and looking at the moon over the mountains at night. The area feels extremely private. There are gorgeous areas to walk near the house. You can walk along the base of the cliffs where stepped rocks are covered with small tide pools, or walk along the grassy fields above the cliffs. The views are amazing, and it is so peaceful. The house comes with two kayaks, which was a highlight for our family. You can kayak along the bay where you will see jelly fish in the water, and cows at the beach across from Cheticamp town, or around the western side of the island into the Gulf of St. Lawrence where the sunset is stunning and birds are everywhere - it feels like a national park. There is one house nearby where a fisherman lives and helps care for the house. He is very kind and we only saw him once when he was helping with the kayaks. There are lobster fisherman who use the wharf near the house in the summer. You see them leaving in their boat early in the morning, and they come back in the afternoon with their traps.There is an Acadian bakery nearby called Aucoins which we frequented for pastries and fresh bread, and there is a pretty large Coop in town that has lots of produce, etc.
We had ten people sleep at the house - three in the loft, two in each of the private bedrooms on the main floor, and three on the beach level. The Kitchen/Dining area is very well equipped with dishes, spices, coffee maker, coffee, etc.! Marianne even supplied us with a bundt cake pan so that we could make my family's famous bundt cake for my wedding. We had dinner for 19 in the Dining room for the night of our wedding. We had to pull a few tables together, but it worked out great. We did a lobster boil in the front yard.
The house has a very nice washer, dryer and clothes line. The bathroom facilities were spacious and very clean.
In summary, this place is absolutely fantastic and my family and I can't wait to come back again someday. Many thanks to Marianne for sharing this beautiful place with us.
We were 2 adults and 5 children staying here for the week. We had a wonderful time. The house is beautiful and was very comfortable. The view from the front deck is spectular and a wonderful place to enjoy a cup of coffee in the morning and wine in the evening.
There were many places for everyone to gather as a group and also to find corners of privacy. The house is wonderfully secluded, but yet very conveniently located to Cheticamp when we wanted to venture out.
We took advantage of the kayaks and explored the area right in front of the house. We saw seals and other wildlife. The walk up the hill behind the house has breathtaking views of the Saint Lawrence Bay. The blueberries were out when we were there and so the kids had fun gathering them and I made a few pies in the well stocked kitchen.
We scavenged for sea glass along the rocky shore below the house and had much success finding many treasured pieces. One morning we were greeted with a bald eagle perched on the outbuilding next to the house.
We enjoyed the Zodiac whale watching tour, recommended by George and Marianne. We got to see a 70 foot fin whale while we were out. We also spent time up in Cape Breton Highlands NP, saw moose, took hikes, and enjoyed the scenery.
Cheticamp is a beautiful little town with a european feel which we enjoyed. We were able to bike there from the house. We ate dinners mostly in at the house, but the few times we ventured out, we enjoyed the local fare.
We would definitely rent this place again. In fact, our kids are constantly asking when we're going to go back. They loved it so much. The basement/den area was perfect for them to hang out in and well-equipped for movies/games, etc. They enjoyed having their own space down there.
Before we got there Marianne made sure we had everything we needed and included lots of helpful information in her welcome packet. Thank you so much for a wonderful stay. I was just creating my photo book from our vacation and was reminded of what wonderful time we had. We look forward to sometime staying again!
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at your beautiful 'home away from home'! The surroundings were magnificent! Nothing can beat the gorgeous view of the Cape Breton highlands from the living room and kitchen. We saw seals in the ocean bay right in front of the cottage. We hiked the National Park trails and enjoyed the awesome beauty! Cheticamp offered everything we needed, including wonderful fresh fish for dinners. The kitchen was well equipped, the bedrooms comfortable, and the house was remarkably spacious on the inside. We loved the fact that the house is situated on Cheticamp Island, which makes it somewhat private and remote, and yet, it's close to Cheticamp and the National Park.
It was nice but we where disapointed. The driveway was very had to see and poorley lit. They should put a light that would go on when you pull in a night. also the grass was over grown so very hard to back out, and no where to really turn around. The kids where disapointed they could not use the out door shower it was full of cobwebs and hoses. Also wasn't a clear path to it. there seemed to be alot of foot trafic from the beach, and cars turning around since it's on a dead end road which I didn't like not enough privacy. The view was very nice. I proberly wouldn't recommend this to family or friends. I would definitely go back to Cheticamp it's a very nice town, but I would stay closer to the Cabot Trail since we did alot of hiking it was beautiful!
La Maison Sur La Mer on Cheticamp island was clean, comfortable, spacious, with lovely furniture and comfortable beds. Our family of four generations had a wonderful vacation. The huge wrap around deck provided spectacular views of the ocean and a safe place for my 18month old grandson to play. I really enjoyed the hike from the cottage- beautiful scenery, peaceful, with eagles, herons, seals, cormorants and gulls to observe. The golfers recommend the cheticamp golf course, a five minute trip from the house. They also drove to the new Cabot Links and to Bell Bay in Baddeck. The kayaks are an extra bonus- when the bay was calm- I really enjoyed my paddle. The water at the beach was very warm- for the ocean- and we enjoyed swimming there.
We will be back.
Cheticamp is at the Base of the National Park on the Cabot Trail. It is an highly active small town with about twenty restaurants, hiking, shopping and an excellent Base Lodge with history and information about the area, slide shows and movies about wild life and an up-todate store for you hiking and kayaking needs. into the National Park. Cape Breton Island is the setting for Longfellow's compelling story, EVANGELINE, about the deportation of the French Acadians in the eighteenth century. The story continued for the people of Cheticamp when they bartered with their prison guards in the Channel Islands to be returned to their land for fifty years of indentured servitude. History is lived here, not only that of the Acadians and MicMac First Nation People, but also the French, Scotts and Irish, whose ships found the land and whose people stayed. Enjoy nature. Whales and eagles have been seen from the deck. Have fun dancing 'till three in the morning. Listen to the best fiddling, and eat fine food. Play golf and tennis. Tour museums and elegant Canadian Pacific hotels. Take a day at the Spa. Hike and swim and kayak and come home to relaxing luxury and dinner on the deck overlooking the water. Stay up for the beautiful northern sky and get up for a Cape Breton sunrise. Welcome to Heaven! Enjoy!
Other Activities: Hike the many trails off the Cabot Trail in the National Forest. The Skyline trail with boardwalk pathways down to the ocean is our favorite. We have seen mother and baby moose munching on branches fifty feet from us. Go whale watching on the Zodiac where you can almost touch the whales or on one of the whale cruises out of Cheticamp or Pleasant Bay. Ocean and Bay kayaking right outside the house. Listen to the best fiddlling at the Kinsman, Doreyman, Normaway Inn, Parkside , Le Gabriel and more . Walk to the beach. Swim in the warm gulf stream and soak up the strong northern sun.
Golf: LePortage Gulf Club is in Cheticamp.
Brand New Links Club in Inverness
Keltic Lodge (Canadian Pacific) Club Ingonish
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
Jun 1 2016 - Oct 31 2016
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
|Cleaning and Caretaking||$400|
|Refundable damage deposit||$500|
American and Canadian Currency Accepted.
Home can be rented per diem when available. Please contact owner for more information.