About the property
- Cottage768 sqft
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay5 - 7 nights
2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, sleeps 3
Eagles Pass is completely booked for July-August, but there are still dates for early Sept. and October, You can also check The Cape #382569, (which may have August availability) located a little further back from the ocean, but offers spectacular views.
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.
Eagles Pass has just been listed by Dwell as one of "Eight Outstanding Cottages for Rent in Canada." It says: "A lovely holiday home by the sea on Nova Scotia’s Cape Breton Island, this cabin is surrounded by walking trails and stunning beaches. Its interior and (shingled exterior) are inspired by the region's maritime architecture."
This cottage books Saturdays to Saturdays, when you are choosing your dates.
The kitchen is modern and well equipped, and there is a large deck and BBQ with stunning views of the ocean and beach. There's also a decorative propane fireplace for cozy Autumn evenings. 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 and Cabot Cliffs golf courses by the sea, which are 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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- May 14, 2018
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 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 new Cabot Links golf course by the sea is only 20 minutes away (rated #43 in the world by Golf Digest) and Cabot Cliffs (#( in the world) 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.
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, 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 can all be found locally.
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Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 9:30 AM
Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
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.
Embraced by Beauty
We stepped into the beautifully simple, tasteful cottage in time to witness a stunning sunset accompanied by the glow of a cozy fireplace already turned on by Stewart, along with just the right music. Talk about setting a mood! He then joined us later and spent a whole lotta time filling us in on all the great things to do. We balanced our time between enjoying the cottage and exploring the island. We were there for Celtic Colours and had a fantastic time. Of course that means music, but also wonderful experiences like storytelling, guided walks incorporating history and song, chatting with local artisans, driving the Cabot Trail and taking in the spectacular fall colours. However, there is no doubt you would be enchanted any time you chose to visit. The cottage is in one of the best areas on the island. It's located very near Highland Nat Park and the Cabot Trail. We also loved nearby Margaree Valley, the drive along the river is gorgeous. Make a stop at the Dancing Goat for good sandwiches and gingerbread cookies. Visit the old -school salmon museum and chat with the sweet woman there. Spend an evening in the living room at the Normaway Inn for great music in an intimate space. Stop for excellent seafood chowder at the Bean Barn while driving the Cabot Trail. Know that Stewart is very responsive to any questions you may have and is genuinely concerned you have a memorable stay. This cottage and island will wrap their arms around you. It was hard to leave...
Beautiful cottage in a stunning setting!
Eagle Pass cottage is the perfect Cape Breton vacation rental! The cottage is charming, comfortably furnished and the ocean view is spectacular. Stewart welcomed us when we arrived and gave us great advice on things to see and do while in Cape Breton. The cottage is conveniently located with many Cape Breton attractions just a short drive away...Love, love love!
We just returned from a week's stay at Eagle's Rest (Sept 23-30), and we loved it! The cottage is cozy, lovely & well equipped; the views are spectacular; the bed and bedding were really comfy & high quality; and the location is secluded & peaceful yet only 10 minutes from the picturesque village of Margaree Harbor, complete with general store, lighthouse, restaurants, and another fabulous beach (where we found more beach glass than at Inverness Beach which is renowned as the best on Cape Breton for beach glass hunters).
As many other reviewers have noted, Stewart's personal welcoming visit with each new arrival is a really helpful, informative bonus! He brought maps & brochures and sat down with us for nearly an hour on our first evening there to highlight sights and locations that would be us interest to us as well as to identify the best restaurants from Port Hood to Cheticamp on the west coast to Ingonish on the east.
We were interested in hiking trails and had planned several in Highland National Park, but Stewart also identified several others outside the park we wouldn't have known about. He definitely recommended the trails in Mabou off Miner's road, and the Lookout, in particular, was spectacular! “Not to be missed!”
Eagle's Rest is the perfect base for day trips all up, down, and around the coast or to the Bras de Or Lake region. For anyone interested in fabric arts, Cheticamp is a gold mine, particularly for hand-hooked rugs. There's a museum dedicated to Elizabeth LeFort, whose rugs hang in the Vatican and the White House; and there were two other craft/gift shops (Flora's and Lola's “Proud to Be a Hooker”), all three of which did on the spot demonstrations of hand hooking.
We saw whales, seals, and eagles; had many fabulous meals; met so many interesting Cape Bretoners and visitors, and had a great time! On our last morning, standing on the deck we looked down to the rocks and surf below to see 3 seals and looked up to see a perfect rainbow. Then, within a kilometer of the driveway, we were treated to 4 white turkeys ambling down the road: when we stopped to take a picture, they came right up to the window. Never saw white turkeys before, but they were a delightful bon voyage committee!
Thank you, Stewart. Hope to see you again soon!
Fantastic place to get away!!
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.
A jewel box in paradise
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!
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 #43 in the world by Golf Digest) and Cabot Cliffs (#9 in world) 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. fossil searches
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
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. 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. BOOKINGS IN ONE WEEK BLOCKS ONLY; UP TO TWO OR THREE WEEKS- CHANGEOVERS ON FRIDAYS ONLY 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.