About the property
- Cottage860 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay7 nights
1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, sleeps up to 4
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.
Although SeaSky is now completely booked from June to August, if your dates happen to be booked, you can also check our other oceanside cottages Eagles Pass #277105, TumbleSea #4265347. The Cape #382569, or Deep Blue Sea #3490361, are a little further back from the ocean, but offer spectacular views, and are out of sight of each other.
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.
On the main floor, there's an incredibly comfortable leather couch, which is long enough to stretch out on comfortably (and snooze on).The second-floor bed area offers two Queen beds on either side of the loft. This area is accessed by regular stairway with a landing. There's a sturdy wood stove on the main floor which is great to have on a chilly Spring or Fall evening. For rainy days, there's a well-stocked library, and games for the kids. The roomy deck outside offers a BBQ and incredible views of the ocean, beach, island and horizon. You'll have a tough time leaving the cottage!
SeaSky cottage is also close to the acclaimed new Cabot Cliffs and Cabot Links golf courses by the sea, which are only 20 minutes away and offer a unique golfing experience in Inverness. The National Park is 30 minutes away, the Cabot Trail five minutes away.
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 beaches 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.
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.
American visitors should know that they are now getting approximately 25% off our published Canadian rate due to the value of the dollar.)
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- Response time:
- within a few hours
- English, French
- Calendar last updated:
- May 22, 2018
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
Why Stewart chose Chimney Corner
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 #43 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.
What makes this Cottage unique
Chimney Corner beach is one of the finest on the island, and it's mostly 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 coastline particularly striking. There is no shortage of things to do in the area. In addition to Chimney Corner beach, there are other great beaches to check out nearby: Whale Cove (5 minutes away) at which you can explore a fabulous bluff by the sea, with great views north and south, Margaree Harbour (7 minutes away), with its beach and two lighthouses, the Broad Cove area, which offers a spectacular scenic drive, a great beach and a buffalo ranch. Cheticamp, about 20 minutes away, offers glimpses into Acadian culture. Only minutes from Cheticamp is Cape Breton Highlands National Park, with trails, lookoffs and waterfalls. There are the gorgeous rolling hills of Mabou, and the town of Inverness, which offers music, pubs and food; the acclaimed new Cabot Cliffs golf course by the sea (#9 in the world in Golf Digest), offers a unique golfing experience in Inverness. There are also renowned crafters in the area; interesting pottery, quilting, rug hooking, and folk art can all be found locally.
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Sports & Adventure Activities
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 9:30 AM
Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
Magic in Margaree
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."
Outstanding place to stay in Cape Breton.
This is the second year we have stayed for two weeks at one of these cottages at Chimney Corner. Like last year we thought it was an exceptional vacation and we have booked it again for two weeks next year. The location is amazing and the cottage is very well designed and outfitted. The owners have gone out of their way to create vacation units that meet and exceed all expectations.
R&R with a view
When looking for a place to go for our first family vacation (with a 4 month old baby) we came across Stewarts property and fell in love. Originally we were only going to do a weekend get away but the cottage only rents weekly. But so glad we decided to go for the week.
Stewart was great at responding to emails back and forth. He gave us great directions to cottage (very scenic drive). The moment we parked the car and walked to the cottage we were amazed at the spectacular view. The cottage its self was very clean and had all our basic needs we needed for the week.
The next day we met up with Stewart. He gave us a very detailed review of the area. Places to go, sites to see and restaurants to eat at. We didn't have any planned itinerary going to this place but our week was filled with things Stewart suggested. It is a nice and private area. Has a beautiful beach below with minimal tourists. Cottage is a close drive to all the different towns leading up to the Cabot Trail. Has incredible non obstructive views of the sunrise and sunset.
We definitely would recommend staying here and we would love to come back in the future. Thank you so much for your hospitality Stewart. If any of our friends and family decided visit Nova Scotia we will highly recommend this place.
Amazing! Lifetime memories made here :)
We just returned from a 1 week stay at this lovely little cottage and we can't say enough about how amazing it was! To wake up everyday to this stunning ocean view, wow, what a treat! We enjoyed the most magical sunsets and created beautiful memories with our family. Our hosts, Stewart and Bell were super informative and helped us find our way around by giving us perfect "insider" pointers of where to eat & play. We've only been home for a few days but we're already dreaming of when we can go back next!!
Suzanne & Thomas
Stunning ocean view with a sunset that is second to none, SeaSky does not disappoint.
SeaSky cottage was as advertised. Upon arrival we were taken aback at the breath-taking view and privacy that this cottage offered. The inside was perfect for our little family of four. The open concept and loft bedroom above were the perfect mix of cozy and practical. The cottage was perfectly clean, well-kept and decorated wonderfully.
Stewart's visit on the first day was an essential part of our trip. Every suggestion he made, whether it be a great restaurant, terrific hike, or neat shop/boutique, his local knowledge of the area was perfect to give our family the authentic Cape Breton experience.
SeaSky cottage will forever hold a place near and dear in our hearts and we hope one day our travels will return us to this little piece of paradise.
Unspoiled and Stunning
We wanted a vacation that was quiet, calm and peaceful – an escape from the noise of life. Thank you Stewart and Bell for providing a beautifully stunning setting in which to relax and recharge. Having worked for a high-end hotel company for more than 10 years, I have an expectation about the quality of lodging. Most important for me is that my accommodations are clean. These cottages are spotless. Stewart and Bell go out of their way to make sure their guests feel comfortable and Stewart spends time with all his guests when they arrive to make sure they get settled.
The cottages ooze charm and have everything you need all nestled on the breathtaking cliffs of Chimney Corner.
Cape Breton is unspoiled and stunning, and these cottages are the perfect way to soak it all in.
Thank you both for a wonderful vacation! See you next year.
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 and the highly touted Cabot Cliffs is a short-drive. Cabot Cliffs has had many honours, including being listed at #19 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 splendour.
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
HST Government tax of 15% on all bookings American visitors should know that they are now getting approximately 25-30% off our published Canadian rate due to the value of the dollar. Canadian visitors should check when they are making request whether rates are being quoted in US$ or Canadian funds. BOOKINGS IN ONE WEEK BLOCKS ONLY; UP TO TWO OR THREE WEEKS- CHANGEOVERS ON SATURDAYS ONLY 50% deposit at time of booking by credit card or through Homeaway. Balance due on card 60 days before arrival. If dates requested fall within 60 days of booking request, all funds will be payable at booking date. Although there is a statement "There is no refund on cancellation" this is not accurate; because our policy did not fit within the categories offered by Homeaway/VRBO, there is no option other than this statement, then adding this qualification: Guests CAN get refund if they give 90 days notice, minus fee of $275. We are fully booked each summer and cannot rebook easily when guests hold reservations for months then cancel close to arrival date. If cancellation within 60 days of arrival, owner will try to rebook cottage if at all possible; if he can rebook, he will refund what he gets, minus $275.