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Watch Seals, Whales, and Sea Birds from a Romantic Oceanfront Home

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,400 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

2 bedrooms, 2 baths, sleeps 6

Wifi will keep you connected and a dozen restaurants and shops are a short drive away, but when you fall asleep in this serene cottage at the end of a private road, it will be only to the sound of the sea. In the downstairs master bedroom with its own deck, you'll wake to the sparkling blue of the sea. You won't see any neighbors, but you can watch seals, cormorants, eagles, and the occasional whale, moose, or bear from bed or from the living room, kitchen, or the spacious veranda. While you enjoy breakfast at the kitchen table, you may l see the ferry on its way from Sydney to Newfoundland.

From the upstairs bedroom, you can see the mountains, and from the upstairs deck you can take in both mountains and sea.

Take after-dinner strolls on a quiet 1 km loop. Curl up with a book in soft sea winds on the veranda or on one of the three decks. Follow a footpath that leads through meadow to a secluded pebble beach where you can find a wondrous collection of stones. Walk north along the beach to a natural pool in the French River for a cool dip on a hot day. Or take a swim in the local swimming hole, a spring-fed pond, just down the drive. Pick wildflowers, wild strawberries, and raspberries in season in the meadow around the house.

The cottage is just off the Cabot Trail, one of the most beautiful drives in the world and home to fishermen, artists, writers, and musicians. Three minutes away is Cal's Place featuring great burgers and fish and chips. Five minutes away is the legendary Wreck Cove General Store offering coffee, stamps, gas, ice cream, sundries, lobster sandwiches, and local color. No more than ten minutes away is the Artisans Glass Studio and Gallery with a fabulous array of glass. Next door to the Glass Studio is Woodsmiths, purveyor of hand-made wooden articles. When you are done shopping, cross the street to the Clucking Hen for lunch or coffee and baked goods or a glass of wine. Or take a short drive to the Leather Works by Jolene and Coloiuratura, a gallery featuring local artists. You can stop for pizza at Simply Pizza, 45894 Cabot Trail (902-929-2627) en route. A little further along, the gift shop at the Gaelic College sells tartan clothing, Cape Breton music, and quality souvenirs. Keep going for kayaking at North River Kayak Tours (902-929-2628),

Drive thirty minutes north of the house through spectacular scenery to Cape Breton National Park. You will find a Park Pass for your use in the house. In the park are supervised beaches, scenic spots for picnics and hiking trails of all levels: Franey is a trail that climbs to a lookout with a spectacular view; walk Skyline to its terminus where you can often see whales in the water; take a picnic lunch on the Jack Pine trail, enjoying beautiful flora and land forms, and have lunch with a splendid view of the Atlantic; hike Middlehead through meadows and woods to the tip of a narrow peninsula.

Cape Breton National Park also offers dining at the Purple Thistle (at the Keltic Lodge on Middlehead Peninsula, 902-285-2880) and indulgence at the spa (800-565-0444) among dozens of other attractions. Try the terrific snack shop at the beach that sells ice cream, fish and chips and burgers. Play golf at the internationally known Highland Links golf course in the Park.

The town of Ingonish, near the park, offers restaurants, a liquor store, a post office, gift shops, and groceries.

In nearby Baddeck is the Bell Bay golf course, one of two in the quaint town of Baddeck, thirty-five minutes south of the house.

Baddeck also offers nightly ceilidhs, the Alexander Graham Bell museum, many restaurants, and shops. The High Wheeler Cafe, 484 Chebucto Street, sells gluten-free breads and veg sandwiches (902-295-3006). Two Buoys is a garden cafe with a great gift shop and Bean There, is another coffee shop. Both are on Chebucto St.

Cape Breton Music: The Cabot Trail is as renowned for its music as it is for its spectacular scenery. Ceilidhs (kitchen parties) featuring Cape Breton fiddle music are offered nightly in Baddeck, in Ingonish, and, closest to the house, in Indian Brook on Tuesday and Friday evenings at the St. Ann's Bay United Church (7 pm).

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Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, german, francais--un petit peu
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
November 8, 2017

About carole

I fell in love with the sea and the scenery of Cape Breton, but it is the people who have won my undying affection.

I was a garden writer who has now turned to crime. Dying for the Christmas Rose, my first garden mystery, was published in 2012. Murder Houose, a Cape Breton Mystery was published in summer, 2014. Currently, I'm working on Corpse Finder, my third.

carole purchased this house in 2003

Why carole chose Skir Dhu

This property, nicknamed 'Faraway,' is utterly beautiful, peaceful, and far away from the rest of the world--a perfect place to write, read, and renew.

What makes this house unique

The sounds of the waves at night, the moon shining over the sea, the seals that swim by the house, the eagles that fly up and down the coast, the cormorants that dive for fish, the wild strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries in season, now and then the sight of a moose grazing or a whale swimming by.

Favorite things to do:

Eat pannekoek, a Dutch crepe, at the Dancing Moose, 42691 Cabot Trail, 902-929-2523.

Have lobster dinner at the Lobster Galley, 51943 Cabot Trail, 902-295-3100

Have lunch or dinner with a glass of wine at the Clucking Hen, 45073 Cabot Trail, 902-929-2501

Buy fresh fish from the truck at Baddeck's weekly market (usually Wednesday afternoon), buy artisan bread and organic vegetables, too!

Buy lobster in season when the lobstermen come into the wharf at Little River Rd, 3 miles south of the cottage

Eat lunch on the casual porch at the Seagull Restaurant in Ingonish, 902-285-2851

Eat mache, Alpine strawberries, and (later) blueberries right out of the garden

Have coffee on the veranda looking out over the water. Have a glass of wine on the veranda looking out over the water. Read on the veranda or one of the decks looking out over the water.


Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Sydney Nova Scotia airport
Nearest Ferry
14 Miles
Car: necessary

Within a short drive you can find: places to hear Cape Breton's fabled music, restaurants, lakes in the mountains, the 'artisan's loop' where artists and craftsmen display their works, Cape Breton National Park with its beaches, golf, and trails, and, all around you, spectacular scenery.


Skir Dhu House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1400 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • ISDN Access
  • Internet ...
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Security System
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone ...
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , first floor
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , second floor
  • A third bathroom and bedroom are located in the walk-out lower level.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 baby crib
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • The master bedroom has a queen bed and its own private deck. The upstairs bedroom has a queen bed and overlooks the mountains. The den has a desk, futon, and its own high deck with a view of both mountains and the sea The living room opens onto a veranda that overlooks the ocean. It has a sleep sofa. The lower level with a third bedroom and full bath will be complete after July 15. This level opens onto the meadow and the ocean.
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • 2 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • marina
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
Adjacent to the house is a small garden that provides herbs, strawberries, måche, and, later in the season lettuce and blueberries. A short walk leads to the French River. It often forms its own wading pool.


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Watch Seals, Whales, and Sea Birds from a Romantic Oceanfront Home
average rating of 4.888889 based on 9 reviews

Peaceful, private, and oh so pretty

  • 5 of 5

Two couples shared Faraway for a week in early July and couldn't have been more enchanted. The setting was superbly beautiful, very private, secluded, peaceful and quiet. The house itself was lovely, roomy, comfortable, fully outfitted and clean. The view from the roomy front deck was outstanding looking south to the rocky bluffs (stunning), and north to the meadow and rock beach. The ocean was right out the front door, ever-changing, and just a joy to experience at various hours of the day. We saw seals and diving gannets, and were amazed by schools of mackerel making their way north, undulating and frothing in the calm water. We wouldn't have known what we were witnessing if it hadn't been for caretaker Dave, a lovely and helpful man. We so enjoyed watching the lobster boats every morning, exploring the beach (excellent rockhounding), and dipping our toes in the chilly French River. The trail down to the beach was through the meadow, then down a fairly steep trail with a rope rail to assist. It was certainly do-able for my bunch of young senior citizens… slow and easy was the ticket. Faraway was close enough to many touristy things north and south, such as the spectacular Cabot Trail, Ingonish, Baddeck and the Bras D'or Lakes area, and there's a beautiful sand beach about five minutes up the road. Four excellent restaurants were very close (The Clucking Hen had the BEST butter tarts we've ever had, and the pizza at Simply Pizza was excellent), groceries were about 30 minutes away, and a general store for sundries was just up the road. We have experienced many, many rental properties over the years, and Faraway exceeded our expectations in every way. Carole, thank you for sharing your special, magical place. We so hope to return.

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: This thoughtful review captures the magic of a stay on Cape Breton Island. There is wildlife, spectacular scenery--ocean, mountain, wood, and meadow--the comfort of a home away from home, and the company of delightful Cape Bretoners.
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Lovely, lovely place.

  • 5 of 5

This is an immaculate home on a stunning property. This is a modern and very well-provisioned home. We saw seals many times and many, many birds, including an eagle skimming the coast right in front of us. There were blueberries and strawberries in the garden which was a real treat for us. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and whole-heartedly recommend it to others. We hope to come back to Cape Breton in the future and our first choice for lodging is Faraway.

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2015
  • Stayed: August 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Those who most enjoy staying at the house are those who fully appreciate Cape Breton’s spectacular wild beauty.
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A beautiful and wonderful place

  • 5 of 5

My husband, 3 1/2 yo son and I had a wonderful week here. The house is beautifully designed and very comfortable. The numerous windows provided constant views of the surrounding beauty. We loved the rocky beach and spent hours down there exploring and collecting rocks. We had several nice day trips to Baddeck, Ingonish, White Point and Pleasant Bay. Mostly we enjoyed just relaxing at the house, loved waking to the lobster boats off the shore every morning! Thank you so much!

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm delighted that our guests enjoyed the house and its setting as much as we do.
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Beatiful Home

  • 4 of 5

This home is well cared for and stocked for all your needs by the owner. We also enjoyed meeting Dave, the neighbor and caretaker who was able to supply us with lobsters at a very reasonable cost when we wanted to dine in. As prior renters have indicated you must shop in Baddeck because there is nothing nearby. The owner does give good advice on the nearby places to eat and we were lucky to be there when Kitchen-Fest was going on with some of the best Celtic music on a nightly basis within a short drive. The home is as advertised except the owner should change the listing for Sat/Cable tv as this is not provided. It is a great place for solitude and re-charging. The only recommendation I would give is for the owner to put some kind of rollup shade for the bedroom as the lobster boats start at 4:30 am with their lights just offshore and it would make sleep easier. It is a wonderful place to stay to appreciate the solitude and beauty that is Cape Breton.

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2015
  • Stayed: June 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: This is a fair review. I will certainly take the advice offered and find a suitable shade for the bedroom window to make sleeping more peaceful for guests.
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Very nice house with a great view

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I enjoyed the house for a week in July 2014. House is clean and the view is very nice. The caretaker and his wife were very helpful. House includes everything you need for the stay. Cape Breton was beautiful. Be prepared for a lot of driving to sites and activities. The only negatives about the house were the driveway is very rough gravel. Make sure you have a car that is high off the ground. In addition, the beach is right there by the house but difficult to access. There is a very steep drop off and you need to walk through tall grass to get there. Overall loved the house and would stay again.

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2014
  • Stayed: June 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: This is an accurate description of our place, but, in my opinion, the view is amazing.
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Truly a unique experience

  • 5 of 5

We wanted a private and secluded house with breathtaking views and that was exactly what we got. My wife and I rent about 10 vacation rentals a year and we have a big budget and this is absolutely the best house we have rented in years. I can't imagine finding a better waterfront house then this one on Cape Breton. We will be going back once my son is old enough to walk. Thank you Carole!

  • Submitted: Jun 24, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am delighted that my guests enjoyed the house as much as I do.
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $200
Refundable damage deposit $300

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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