|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
This stunning oceanside cottage is located five minutes from the Cabot Trail on a 150-acre property and has been featured in Canadian House and Home and Victoria Magazines.
If the dates you are interested in (for July-October 2016) happen to be booked, I will have a spectacular new cottage beside the ocean available by that time. This will look like SeaSky, offers the same spectacular views, and is also on the ocean. You can also check Eagles Pass #277105, the Cape #382569, or Deep Blue Sea #3490361, which are a little further back from the ocean, but offer spectacular views.
You’ll love the clean air and sound of waves rolling in on the rocks below SeaSky. It's only two minutes to the beach itself. This architect-designed cottage is built on a bluff over the ocean and was designed to recall the best aspects of Maritime tradition, but to modernize them with an open-concept interior. It has a summer-y feeling, with a high ceiling, boarded walls and fresh white paint. Sunsets will knock your socks off. This design is best suited for couples, or couples with one or two children. There's a large deck with a BBQ and amazing views. The ocean and beach views are breathtaking! As you relax back at the cottage in the evening, you’ll be reassured by the steady cadence of the Margaree Island lighthouse. If your dates are already booked, you could also check #3490361, the Deep Blue Sea cottage; there is also #277105 or #382569 which are on nearby properties, equally spectacular and out of sight of each other.
American visitors should know that they are now getting approximately 25% off our published Canadian rate due to the value of the dollar.)
About us...: Bell grew up in Margaree Valley, about twenty minutes from here, while I grew up in Toronto; we both love it here, so being here makes a lot of sense for us. We opened Cape Breton Clay, our pottery business in 1996 and we've been busy here ever since. Bell is also a painter and I am a photographer and filmmaker. We built this cottage in 1994 as a summer house when we hadn't yet settled permanently in Cape Breton. There is a rich, strong culture here, historically and musically, and life unwinds at its own special pace. Although a three-day visit to the Island is not uncommon, a week is more what it takes to really get a sense of the rhythms and charm of Cape Breton.
Local residents...: Fishermen haul their lobster traps each year out in front of our cottage. Moose, eagles, deer and foxes are regulars. It's easy to meet people here, and the daily pace here is slower than in most cities. It's nice to be in a place where you don't need air-conditioning; Cape Breton summers are warm-to-hot in the day, but perfect in the evening, and at the shore there are ocean breezes to keep any bugs at bay. Chimney Corner beach is one of the finest on the island, but because it is not visible from the road, it's usually unoccupied during the week– in addition to the fine beach and swimming, there are interesting rock formations to explore nearby. Cape Breton is a spectacular place, and you'll find the scenery on this stretch of coast particularly striking.
Bell and I built the cottage in 1994 as a summer house when we hadn't yet settled permanently in Cape Breton. We are both artists, and when we decided to live here all year 'round, in 1997, we needed more room–we built another building to contain studio and production space and commuted between the buildings every day. Eventually, over the years, we migrated to the larger building permanently, and used the cottage for studio space and for guests. So, the cottage is a special place for us, and we laboured for years to make it right.
Stewart purchased this cottage in 1994
Cape Breton is a spectacular place, and the scenery on this stretch of coast is particularly striking; it can also be dramatic, with 130 kph winds at many points of the year. One must keep a clean yard in such conditions! There is such a rich culture here, historically and musically, and life unwinds at its own special pace. We see some of the most dramatic sunsets anywhere, watch whales play in our front yard, and fishermen haul their lobster traps every year. There are the gorgeous rolling hills of Mabou, and the town of Inverness, which offers music, pubs and food; the acclaimed new Cabot Links golf course (rated #42 in the world by Golf Digest) by the sea, which is only 20 minutes away and offers a unique golfing experience in Inverness. Moose, eagles, deer and foxes are regulars. It's easy to meet people, and the daily rhythm here is slower than in most cities; we visit neighbors and friends whenever we can, as we are busy in the summer months. It's also nice to be in a place where you don't need air-conditioning; Cape Breton summers are warm-to-hot in the day, but perfect in the evening, and at the shore there are breezes to keep any bugs at bay. Chimney Corner beach is one of the finest on the island, but because it is not visible from the road, it's usually unoccupied during the week– we love to take our dog Ryder there for a good run.
Thank you SO much for all of your kindness and the guide to the island! We did go visit the Big Spruce brewery (just a tiny little place, a true "mircro" brew!) Ryan ended up with a growler of the Spruce Tip IPA, he said it was a good one. We absolutely loved our time here and the funniest part is we weren’t sure what to expect; yet everything fit us perfectly. We explored the Cabot Trail, we were able to see whales, seals, and bald eagles, made it to The Barn, visited many local artisan shoppes (Bell's work is lovely and we are excited to be bringing several pieces back to the states with us), had a great anniversary dinner at the Distillery, spent some time in Mabou, had a few lobster dinners from the Bistro and more then our share of wine!
However, far and away the cottage was the highlight - I think we will miss that most. The views are breathtaking and the low key pace here allowed us to make the most of it. This 10 year trip for us turned out to be everything we wanted.
To say that this little cottage is charming, welcoming, and perfectly placed in the quiet heart of Margaree would be an understatement. My brother and I had the privilege of spending a week here this past summer, and I can honestly say I have never had a more enjoyable, more perfect vacation experience. The cottage itself, tucked away on a quiet hilltop, exceeded our expectations. It was warm and inviting - giving us a sense of home despite our being 3,000 miles away. The upstairs loft provided the perfect place for restful, peaceful nights beneath the stars, and cozy naps during the day. I love to cook, and the kitchen proved to be more than up to the task of a little Texas cooking. It's obvious that the owners, Stewart and Bell, have made it a priority to maintain this property, and I have to say, they do a brilliant job of it. In addition, I say with great certainty that you will not find two more gracious, more welcoming, and more kind hosts than Stewart and Bell. Stewart made it a point to welcome us, and make us feel at home. He was incredibly understanding and accommodating - two features that were an absolute blessing. I highly recommend that you let him walk you through the map of the island. After listening to live music and eating excellent food at the Red Shoe Pub, or grabbing lunch and a pastry at the local Dancing Goat, you won't regret this decision at all! For those wishing for a little quiet and relaxation, the true gem of staying at Chimney Corner is the beautiful beach located just down the road. My brother and I spent every day down on the quiet stretch of sand in our little cove. It's a short two minute drive to the entrance, or in my brother's case, the perfect end point on the return from his morning run. You'll love the cool, crystal clear water, climbing the rocks up the hill, and the abundance of crustaceans you'll find scurrying along the ocean floor. If I haven't expressed my enjoyment enough at this point, allow me to say this - You won't find a sweeter, more intimate and peaceful vacation spot than this. An absolute gem in the heart of Margaree Harbor, and perhaps one of my favorite places on earth. Once you walk up to the top of that hill and overlook the ocean below, you'll realize this place is worth every penny. And if you listen hard enough, you might just hear Stewart at the top of that same hill saying, "Welcome home."
This was our second trip here. We came here first two years ago for a week and loved it so much we returned for two weeks this time -- and it still went by two quickly! It’s simply a wonderful place to completely unwind and relax. The cottage itself is truly special. Very simple, but comfortable, with an expansive deck and spectacular water views. It really is even more beautiful than the pictures. In fact, the cottage was so comfortable that on any given day we had trouble getting ourselves out to get to the beach or take advantage of the numerous near-by attractions; we were just to relaxed to bother leaving.
Stewart and Belle are very accommodating hosts who truly want to ensure their gusts are happy. They are very familiar with the area and seem to know the details of every attraction in Cape Breton. I would highly recommend the cottage to anyone wanting to get away and just relax in a beautiful setting. I hope we will be back again.
My husband and I had the most wonderful vacation at the SeaSky Cottage on Cape Breton. The house was perfect - open layout, great furnishings, kitchen with everything you'll need, and the most incredible views!! We will never forget this view. . . sitting on the deck with coffee (or cocktails), gorgeous sunsets, an eagle perched on a tree right next to the house, and more. Cape Breton is delightful. We did most things Stewart suggested including hikes, whale watching, and enjoying Celtic music at the Barn at Normaway. He truly was an excellent host. We were always happy to come "home" to our beautiful cottage. We'd love to come back again!
My wife and I had intended to spend our week reading and writing, and while SeaSky is the perfect, inspiring setting to do that, there was simply so much more to do, even if such action boiled down to nothing more than staring out to sea. At times, being inside SeaSky or sitting on its beautiful deck is like being inside a Joseph Turner painting. Granted, we had perfect weather, but I can't imagine any change of light or sky that wouldn't warrant constant attention. Eagles would drift by, and each sunset, in its various forms, was memorable.
The house itself is wonderfully kept up, appealing in every way, and peaceful. Stewart clearly took his time in thinking through each detail, and the result is a triumph. Additionally, as other reviewers have noted, Stewart is generous in greeting you and relating what is most worth seeing and doing during your stay.
When we first parked our car and started up the path to the house, we were struck into stillness. That stillness, and our daily trips to various locations, made for a memorable vacation.
We stayed at SeaSky for 5 nights in mid-August (2 adults and 2 kids). We have zero complaints about this fantastic cottage. Incredible views and an aesthetic, clean and functional interior space. Stewart met us the first night and gave us his very useful list of "must-see/do" things while on Cape Breton. He was very unobtrusive after that, communicating primarily by email - just the right amount of contact for us. Stewart and Belle's house is quite close to the cottage but you never know it's there unless you look for it - not an issue. Our favorite local activities were: beaching at Chimney Corner, Exploring the Park and hiking White Point. Cape Breton was nice but having this cottage as our home base is what really "made" the trip for us.
We very much enjoyed our week-long stay at SeaSky. It was the perfect location for a weeklong stay on Cape Breton. The view is even better than pictured and the sunsets are a real treat after a long day of hiking. I wish we'd had more time to spend at nearby Chimney Corner Beach, but we were usually out and about finding a spectacular new adventure each day. Stewart was very generous with his time and insights on the many things to do on Cape B from hikes to restaurants to wildlife, which made our experience that much better. The cottage was a lovely, rustic escape from our usual hectic routine, and we would not hesitate to return!
Cape Breton has been acknowledged as one of the great islands in the world to visit; there's all sorts of oceanfront-related activities: fishing wharves, lots of beaches closeby, whale watching, and swimming. World-class golf at the renowned Cabot Links is a short-drive. Cabot has been listed at #87 on the top 100 courses in the world! There’s also salmon and trout fishing on the world-renowned Margaree River, just minutes away. This location will be a great base for other trips on the Island, and for checking out local music, entertainment, museums, craft galleries, and good eating. October features the Celtic Colours Music Festival. In our area, you'll also find excellent hiking networks, and access to the National Park, one of the wonders of eastern Canada. When you've finished for the day, come back to comfort and oceanside splendor.
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Jun 11 2016 - Oct 21 2016
7 night minimum stay
late fall 2016
Oct 22 2016 - Nov 12 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
American visitors should know that they are now getting approximately 20% off our published Canadian rate due to the value of the dollar.
WEEKLY BOOKINGS ONLY (UP TO 2 OR 3 WEEKS TOTAL) CHANGING ON SATURDAYS ONLY
50% deposit at time of booking by credit card. Balance due on card 60 days before arrival
Full refund less $275CAD for cancellation up to 90 days prior to arrival dates.. 120 day notice required for May, Aug-October dates
If this cottage is booked dates you desire, check Homeaway #277105, 382569 3490361