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Cape Breton Cottage, Off the Beaten Path... Spectacular Ocean/Mountain Views!

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

2 bedrooms, 1 full bathroom, sleeps 4

If you are looking for something off the beaten path, you have found it! Out at the northern tip of Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, the cottage is located at St. Margaret's village, in Bay St. Lawrence. From the 8x28 foot front deck you have a panoramic, unobstructed, undeveloped view as the sun sets into the ocean. In season, you can enjoy the local lobster or snow crab caught in the bay in front of you.

Not far off the Cabot Trail, the cottage is a good base for golf at Highland Links in Ingonish (one of the top-rated courses in the world), whale watching or deep sea fishing from the nearby fisherman's wharf or the Hike the Highlands Festival. Cape Breton Highlands National Park is just 10 miles away where there are hiking trails and other activities in the summer. Our family spots at least one moose and one bear at this park every year! It is a thrill for the kids!

Right in the village is a friendly community center with internet access (as well as ping pong for the kids and a basketball hoop). There is a local grocery with all the basics. Right near the community center is an ice cream stand that is great for a quick dinner as well.

It is a birdwatchers paradise. Watch the eagles soar, the guillemots fly in and out of the cliffs below, or the gannets dive into the ocean from the cottage. You might even see the occasional pod of whales in the bay while you sit relaxing or reading on the deck.

See the links at the bottom of this page for more tourist information on Cape Breton.

More Details

Katy Hughes
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 9, 2017

Guestbook comments from the owner

A very comfortable cottage, well equipped and beautifully situated beside the ocean (and closer to the sea than is apparent from the photo). A wonderful place both to relax and to enjoy the mix of easy and more challenging walks in the vicinity; and the weather was warmer and drier here than in England! Very grateful to the most helpful owner, prompt and obliging in every respect.
Sep 2012
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Bay Saint Lawrence Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Mountain View
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • 6 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • forests
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming


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Cape Breton Cottage, Off the Beaten Path... Spectacular Ocean/Mountain Views!
average rating of 4.882353 based on 18 reviews

Serenity in Bay St. Lawrence

  • 5 of 5

We spent a week at this private cottage in July and loved every minute. We're birders so we had binoculars and a spotting scope with us. From the deck we spotted a few pods of pilot whales and, in the distance, humpback whales (fins and spouts). Eagles (mature and sub-adults) were around every day along with Common Ravens, Gannets, Guillemots, and occasional Common Eider. Song sparrows and their young were everywhere on the property. One early morning I briefly observed a bull moose on the lower part of the road.

The cottage is all you need for an enjoyable stay. We had excellent cell service (Verizon and AT&T) and after establishing a cell phone hot spot we had Internet access. It's nice, but this location begs you to stay "off the grid" as much as possible.

The Milky Way at night was as good as I've seen. Stay up late, block the few lights from the small motel on the hill with your car, sit close and be amazed. Binoculars, again, will show you a celestial world rarely seen. We had three great nights during our stay. Oh, and don't forget to stop at Walmart/Canadian Tire and pick up some $10 folding chairs if you're planning extended stays.

Many thanks to David and the four young men who assisted us after I got the rental car stuck in a small ditch. The warmth of the people in Bay St. Lawrence made our trip truly enjoyable.

For history buffs there's an interesting Pioneer Cemetery on Money Point Road (go left as you leave the property).

Many thanks to Katy and her family for sharing this lovely property!

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Magical location!

  • 5 of 5

This cottage is fabulous and its location is simply magical! There is a deck overlooking the water, and the property is situated on a sloping meadow looking down to the sea. The cottage is very well appointed. We simply could not have asked for a lovelier holiday. So grateful that the Hughes family shares this property!!

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The little cottage on the cliff with the wonderful ocean views!

  • 4 of 5

My husband and I spent the last two weeks of October at the little cottage on the cliff, and if you are looking for a peaceful retreat then this is the place for you. We were warm and cosy even as the tail end of 'Nicole' came through. The cottage is very comfortable and has all of the essentials for your stay. Out of season it is very quiet. One thing worth remembering is to bring any groceries that you couldn't live without because it is quite a distance to any large stores. After that, sit back, relax and enjoy all of the moods of the ocean!

  • Submitted: Nov 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

There is nothing more that one could want in this tastefully decorated ,comfortable home in a spectacular location. The owner has thought

of everything that one would need..We appreciated the detailed information and instruction about the house and the area.

Thank you for making it available..I would like to add that the house was spotless,,that a small family comfortable and the response from the owner was prompt and helpful .

  • Submitted: Oct 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Cozy relaxation in the great outdoors

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay in this cozy cottage in quiet and secluded Bay St-Lawrence. Unfortunately, we had to deal with no running water during our first night due to a technical issue with the water pump. But it turned out to be a positive since we got to meet the caretakers that came the very next day to repair what turned out to be a faulty pump switch. The cottage is basic but is well equipped, clean and private. But the highlight of this property is definitely the parcel of land it is situated on, which is simply breathtaking. A very justified 5 Star rating, it just doesn't get any better than this folks. Enjoy!

  • Submitted: Oct 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing views!

  • 4 of 5

Very nice cabin.. perfect for 2 people... quiet and away from it all.. just what we wanted!!

The kitchen could be a bit better equipped (we love cooking at home!) and furniture could do with an update but ignoring this, very very nice place to be for a week!!

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
130 Miles
Sydney Airport (YQY)
Nearest Golf
38 Miles
Highland Links
Nearest Motorway
11 Miles
Cabot Trail/Bay St. Lawrence Rd. in Cape North
Nearest Beach
20 Miles
Black Brook Beach in Cape Breton Highlands Park
Car: necessary

Great location to stay for the Hike the Highlands Festival or Celtic Colours! Just 25 minutes off the Cabot Trail!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $75
Damage Deposit $200

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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