|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
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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.
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.
Words and pictures just can't capture how beautiful and spectacular the views are from this cottage. Very clean and well maintained cottage. Just be prepared for your breath to be taken away as you approach this cabin. Great little places to eat near by. Very friendly and nice people at the Hut and Oshan whale tours. I can't say enough great thinks about the surrounding communities, the people, the cottage and it's beautiful scenery. Spectacular hiking trails near by. Great communication with Katy(owner) as well. I'm looking forward to booking our next week.
We loved our stay at this wonderful little cottage - it was everything we could have hoped for, and more! The house was well maintained, clean and absolutely perfect. The view off the back deck was unbelievably awesome. Bay St Lawrence is a charmer of a town - and really great hiking is easily accessible in the area. The hosts were also great - communicative, responsive and detailed with the instructions and directions. We would absolutely recommend this place without hesitation to anyone looking for an amazing Cape Breton get away.
PS - for those Canadians - we saw mention of no cell service in an earlier review but we had full LTE on both Telus and Bell networks, FYI.
We arrived late at night and were not able to truly take in the wonder of this location until the next morning and despite the heavy winds and fog that set in that morning, we were amazed by the natural beauty that surrounded us! The following days were much more clear. We awoke to the sight of lobsterman hauling and the waves crashing - our 22 month old son loved watching the boats 😊. We ventured around the area to beaches, trails and other points of interest. We even had plenty of room around the cottage to run around with our son and burn off his extra energy! We enjoyed starting and ending our day on the porch, taking it all in! The accommodations were as promised; clean and welcoming, as were the locals. This was our first trip to NS/cape Breton and we have fallen in love! We can't wait for our next trip and without question would look to book this cottage again!
Amazing week spent at this lovely cottage. Description very accurate, cottage was everything described and more! Owner was very helpful, provided information for everything we could imagine, giving perfect directions, suggestions for wonderful places to eat. Clean, well maintained. Loved "The Hut," food was great and the service was even better. Bought lobster at the buying station...again wonderful service. Lots of fabulous hiking close by. Loved sitting on deck ( took our own lounge chairs). Saw a few whales, many Bald Eagles...right from the deck. Fabulous sunsets. Sunset around 9pm and rose around 5am when we were there. We heard fishing boats every morning between 4-5am, but we purposely left window open with hopes of hearing whales. Our teenagers loved our week on Cape Breton Island. Full disclosure here... I was looking forward to no internet, no cell service, and no wifi. Our 14 year old was able to lean out her window and pick up faint wifi signal from the 4 room motel on next property. Canadian Coast Guard helicopter landed next door when they were working in lighthouse repairs. Was a treat to watch them work! Well worth the 3 day drive to get there! A vacation of a lifetime! Highly recommended!
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay! The mountains, ocean, sunrises, and sunsets...breathtaking as the light changed throughout the day!!! We would absolutely consider staying again-
Couple of suggestions: not sure how often the housekeeper comes by, but we had to do some vacuuming upon arrival. We had to clean out the vacuum cleaner as well. It was clogged with debris.
We stayed at the end of the summer season so many things were closed or closing up while we were there including dining options like The Hut. We picked up food at a co-op but the frig was too small and did not have a freezer option for meat. Meal planning and access became a little bit of a challenge.
These circumstances were not huge impacts on our stay but might be helpful for future renters.
Thank you for sharing your beautiful cottage and extraordinary surroundings! We made awesome memories!
Bay St. Lawrence is a bit off the Cabot Trail and a worthwhile detour... all of Cape North is spectacular - beaches, vistas, whale-watching, a reprieve from the bugs, beautiful sunsets. The cottage was better than we expected - quite spacious, adequately appointed, clean and comfortable. But the inside pales in comparison to the exterior -- this cabin has THE BEST view in BSL. The entire bay is at your feet. We saw pods of pilot whales from the deck (with the cabin binoculars)! Surrounded by wild blueberries and wild flowers. There's no wifi, or cable, but you'll never be bored - it's a true getaway. Easy access to the co-op grocery/liquor store, the Hut is down the road for hotdogs, and the docks are nearby for crab and lobster in the summer. There is no laundry at the cabin (or the local community center), so pack for your stay or be prepared to travel farther. Our favorite beach was Cabot Landing. And Meat Cove is not to be missed.
Great location to stay for the Hike the Highlands Festival or Celtic Colours! Just 25 minutes off the Cabot Trail!
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My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$200|