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Classic Cottage by the Ocean

Bedrooms 2
Space 768 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, sleeps 3

Eagles Pass is a gorgeous coastal cottage on a 7-acre property five minutes from the Cabot Trail. There’s ocean, a huge beach nearby and breathtaking panoramas because Eagles Pass has windows everywhere, along with a cathedral ceiling, pine beams, and walls finished with white boards inside and cedar shingles outside, in classic Cape Breton style.

If your dates happen to be booked our other oceanside cottages may be available: SeaSky #203860 is also on the ocean, as is TumbleSea 4265347. You can also check The Cape #382569, or Deep Blue Sea #3490361, which are a little further back from the ocean, but offer spectacular views.

The kitchen is modern and well equipped, and there is a large deck and BBQ with stunning views of the ocean and beach. Lobster boats haul traps in front, eagles perch nearby, moose, bobcats and foxes make appearances, and whales pass by most of the year; you will wake up to these views each morning and enjoy them all day. You will enjoy seclusion and incredible views in one of the most spectacular parts of Cape Breton. As day turns to evening in technicolor, relax, listen to music or catch up on things you don't have time for at home.

US visitors are now getting 25% or more on their 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. 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. I built this cottage by myself, integrating everything I have learned about building in the last fifteen years. The result is a cottage that has all of the charm of our SeaSky original cottage, but with excellent new amenities, and lots of privacy in a spectacular location right beside the ocean.

Special place....: 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 what it takes to really get a sense of the rhythms and charm of Cape Breton. Fishermen haul their lobster traps each year out in front of our cottage. Moose, eagles, deer, bobcats 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, 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.

Other things to do:: 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 Links golf course by the sea, which is only 20 minutes away and offers a unique golfing experience in Inverness. There are also renowned crafters in the area; interesting pottery, quilting, rug hooking, and folk-art sculpture can all be found locally.

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About Stewart

I built the cottage because I always thought it would be an interesting challenge to build something from the ground up, all by myself. There was a lovely underused spot on the oceanfront property with spectacular views, and after settling on the perfect spot, I started in July of 2009 and worked through the winter and spring to finish. It was more work than I anticipated, but there were also great rewards. It was spectacular to look up from framing a wall to see a bald eagle passing overhead, or a wild hare go by on the new deck as I worked inside. There were also good times with friends and family, as they helped when there was need for more than two hands.

Why Stewart chose Nova Scotia

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 new Cabot Links golf course by the sea is only 20 minutes away (rated #42 in the world by Golf Digest) and offers a unique golfing experience. 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.


Nearest Golf
15 Miles
Cabot Links, Canada's only Links course, Inverness
Car: necessary

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 (rated #42 in the world by Golf Digest) is a short-drive. 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 Colors 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.

Other Activities: world-class salmon fishing, beachcombing,


Chimney Corner Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 768 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Mountain View
  • Oceanfront
  • Rural
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Room 1 - toilet , shower , pedestal sink
  • Quaint, modern bathroom with amenities like heated floor, and large tiled shower and pedestal sink. Lots of natural light with a sun tunnel and frosted-pane french door. Easy access for bedroom and for living area.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 3
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , for one or two adults
    kids bedroom - 1 twin/ single , for one adult or one child
  • Master bedroom located on ground floor facing ocean right beside bathroom. Open ceilings but cozy feel. Close enough to the ocean to hear ocean sounds. Spectacular ocean views from the bedroom. Extra/room small bedroom meant for one adult or up to two children only.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • MP3 Dock
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Stereo ...
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Deck Furniture
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Wood Deck
  • 2 garden chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • coin laundry
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
There is an open living area with a 22-foot ceiling, pine beams and ceiling fans. There are opening windows everywhere, and also good ventilation. Kitchen has all equipment necessary for good cooking. For those staying at the cottage more than one week, there is a housekeeper who cleans changes linens etc. once/week. Propane fireplace for early-spring and fall use only. Very private location which couldn't be any closer to the ocean.


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  • 5 of 5

We ‘re only home a week and already long to return to Eagles Pass in Chimney Corner. Loving our stay at this divine destination last year, we returned this summer and hope to do the same next year. The owners of this property, Bell and Stewart, have created a beautiful experience – this private, clean, comfortably chic (and ready for a photo shoot) cottage is beautifully sited on a wildflower bluff overlooking the ocean. A wall of glass in the living room faces the ocean as well as a lush grassy green ridge and beautiful sandy cove beach (suitable for swimming). We enjoyed the ever-changing vast sky, varying “postcard” sunsets, whales and seals, terns and a tame hare while on the cottage’s deck. This property is peaceful (Stewart and Bell gave us the privacy we like), as well as many of the Cape Breton areas visited – I’ve labeled it our “Private Summer”. We’re used to summer traffic, noise and beaches lined with bathers found frequently at US summer destinations. Torn between lingering at Eagles Pass or making tracks on the island, we tried balancing our time, returning to some CBI destination only skimmed over last year. Some highlights were: walking at Whale Cove, drives river along the Margaree River photographing the fields of lupine, an hour rug hooking class in Cheticamp at the museum, dinner at The Red Shoe, followed by a Ceilidh across the street, a “wow” drive from start to finish through CB National Park, a tour of the interesting Margaree salmon museum, half day at Louisbourg (plan on a full day), lunches at The Dancing Goat and a stop in Margaree Harbor. There are great handmade souvenirs to bring home – our favorites are locally made hooked rugs and Bell’s pottery. Publications such as Travel and Leisure and National Geographic have praised Cape Breton Island for its natural beauty. We’ve found this beauty throughout the island, in the aesthetics of Bell and Stewart’s Eagles Pass cottage and in the residents of Cape Breton. Thank you.

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fantastic place to get away!!

  • 5 of 5

Great cottage on the edge of a cliff. Stewart, the owner came down to walk me through the area and had lots of suggestions on places to see and eat. Close to Cabot Cliffs/Cabot Links if you want to golf. Close to pubs and restaurants with live music. Very quiet and very comfortable. Highly recommend and I'm already planning a return visit.


  • Submitted: Sep 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A jewel box in paradise

  • 5 of 5

Cape Breton is one of the most beautiful places I've ever been--it's like Maine meets Big Sur--and Eagles Pass could not have been a better home base from which to explore it. Pulling into the driveway and seeing the view of the ocean for the first time literally took our breath away!

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Breathtaking Views

  • 5 of 5

Just finished a spectacular week at Eagles Pass Cottage Chimney Corner, Cape Breton. Everything about the week was more than we could have imagined. The view from the cottage is breathtaking. As you mount the crest of the private road you see trees, sky and water. From that moment, we never tired of the incredible view.

Eagles did pass daily and we had two sightings of whales during our 7 day stay.

Sitting on the deck with a glass of wine admiring the ever changing sunsets was definitely a highlight. Six nights, six incredible sunsets!

Stewart dropped by early in the week to provide some much appreciated tips about island highlights. Eagles Pass is a well-appointed cottage in a peaceful, private setting. Away from it all but well situated to be a great base for other trips on the Island, including the Cabot Trail, Cheticamp, beaches in Mabou, Whale Cove and Inverness, the Cabot Links golf courses, local music, craft galleries, and plenty of good eating.

Be sure to check out the Bistro in Margaree Harbour for fresh lobster, the lobster rolls were amazing and Cape Breton Clay in Margaree Forks where Bell displays her pottery that reflects the natural elements of this incredible part of Canada.

Leslie and Pat Telfer

Brantford ON

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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A truly magical place!

  • 5 of 5

What an absolutely beautiful place. Eagle’s Pass cottage is a true gem that exceeded all of our expectations.

Stewart (and Bell) are wonderful hosts, always nearby if you needed him but allowing us to enjoy this beautifully private cottage and location. Stewart gave us many great suggestions of things to do and see in Cape Breton that we would not have known about otherwise.

The cottage gorgeous, well appointed and is well situated so that day trips to many places in Cape Breton were easily done, hiking the Cabot Trail, golfing at Cabot Cliffs, enjoying restaurants, music, beaches, exploring towns....... but we would always rush back to the cottage to make sure we were there to enjoy the stunning sunset views every evening that we could.

My favourite things were enjoying our morning coffee on the deck watching the fishing boats fishing in the cove and spotting eagles soaring the rock cliffs....... then in the evenings enjoying a glass of wine on the deck while watching the stunning sunsets every night.

A truly magical place!

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful Home with Spectacular Views

  • 5 of 5

We are so happy we stayed at Eagles Pass this Spring when we visited Cape Breton! When I choose our vacation homes, I always look for a quaint home with lots of natural light and nice decorations AND with a great location (i.e. beautiful setting with lots of privacy). I chose Eagles Pass based off the beautiful pictures I saw and the great reviews I read. I did not show my husband pictures of the cottage before our arrival - I decided it would be a surprise. Stewart gave us great directions, so as we got closer we began to look for the driveway that leads to the cottage. I got a little nervous in anticipation - was it going to be the perfect little cottage I had imagined? We started down the driveway - the driveway is beautiful and storybook with a stream gurgling by. Then, we drove up a hill and all of a sudden you are sitting at a clearing above the cliffs looking over the ocean with the most picturesque cottage inviting you inside. We were both amazed at the views and the property. The inside of the cottage is charming, filled with natural light, and well appointed. We enjoyed sitting on the back deck and unwinding from our busy lives as we took in the incredible ocean views. Our last morning at the cottage was one to remember - we watched as boat after boat stopped in the area to check lobster/crabbing pots and a rainbow spread over the scene. We can’t wait to go back!

  • Submitted: Jun 11, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates


CANCELLATIONS - A ninety-day notice is required for cancellations on May-July reservations; a 120-day notice required for August-October reservations). Cancellations that are made more than 90 days (120 days for Aug.-Oct. reservations)  prior are charged $275. Cancellations or changes that result in a shortened stay, that are made within the  90 (or 120 days for Aug.-Oct dates) of the arrival date, forfeit the full advance payment. Cancellation within 60 days of arrival/ after balance paid will result if loss of payment. Cancellation or early departure does not warrant any refund of rent or deposit. Cancellation before or after arrival due to illness or family issues does not warrant any refund beyond what is mentioned above. (However, if possible, guest/ owner will try to “replace” guest by opening up week/time booked on cottage online calendar, and owner will offer some refund if it is rebooked in this way).

American visitors should know that they are now getting approximately 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.


50% deposit at time of booking by credit card. 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.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

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

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