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Andi Rierden

Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
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An Artist's House—Classic Coastal Sanctuary—60 Acres—Near Annapolis Royal

20 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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3 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms, sleeps 2-5.

An Artist's House is a spacious, coastal historic Nova Scotia home situated on 60 acres in a quiet rural setting. Located just a seven-minute drive from beautiful Annapolis Royal, the house looks on to a wide expanse of protected, former French Acadian marshlands and the Annapolis River-Basin. Experience breathtaking vistas of the waterfront and forested landscape while strolling along our private trail to the shore. Breathe in the fragrance of pine and salt air while relaxing under wide-open skies on the roomy deck. The picture-book house, built in 1822 by a shipwright, retains many of its historic features. Its spacious rooms and many windows give the home a light and airy ambience. Lovingly cared for and tastefully decorated with an eclectic mix of new and antique furniture and local artwork, it includes a well-supplied kitchen for home-cooked meals, 3 comfortable sitting areas and cozy, sun-dappled bedrooms with deluxe bedding. With its welcoming, pastoral charm and serene coastal surroundings, the property is the perfect place for small families, couples, artists, birders or those looking to unwind and replenish in a beautiful natural setting. Full of character, history and calm, this enchanting property feels like it's worlds away.

Please note: We cannot accommodate wedding parties or events.

Birding Paradise: An Artist's House looks on to mixed woodlands, open fields, coastal salt marshes and the tidal Annapolis River-Basin offering some of the best birding sites in the region. Whether you observe from the deck or wander the path to the shoreline you will not be disappointed. A magnificent trail along the Bay of Fundy at Delaps Cove is a short drive away. Nearby birding locations include the French Basin Marsh Trail in Annapolis Royal and Mickey Hill Pocket Wilderness. Other excellent birding sites are found at Digby Neck and Brier Island and Kejimkujik National Park. For your use, we keep copies of field guides to the region including the excellent “Birds of Atlantic Canada.”

Couples Nest: An Artist's House is a wonderful place for couples to celebrate an anniversary or simply get away. Wake up to beautiful surroundings. Enjoy your morning coffee or tea while relaxing in the cheery sun room. Stroll down the wildflower –lined path to view the beautiful, historic marshlands and Annapolis River Basin. In the evenings, prepare your favorite meals from the well-supplied kitchen. Enjoy a glass of wine while lounging on comfortable chairs on the deck. Watch contemporary or foreign films from a wide selection of DVD’s or read a book from our library of fiction, nonfiction and Nova Scotia-themed authors. You may never want to leave the property!

Great for small families: The property surrounding the house offers plenty of places to explore including a private picnic area and a trail through the property that leads to the shore. It's a wonderful outdoor classroom. You’ll also discover vastly different landscapes in the two regions of the Bay of Fundy & Annapolis Valley that will definitely influence and enhance your experiences of the great outdoors. From stunning coastal areas to the quiet woods, freshwater lakes and beautiful inland areas, you can choose from a number of locations to enjoy your favorite activity whether it’s hiking, canoeing, kayaking, horseback riding, golfing or whale watching. The house is also just a short drive to Upper Clements Family Theme Park and Raven Haven Family Beach Park.

Artist’s Haven: With its rolling, pastoral beauty, changing light and dynamic waterways, the Bay of Fundy/Annapolis Royal area is clearly an artist’s or photographer’s landscape. From the dramatic hills surrounding Fort Anne National Historic Site to the charming waterfronts of Annapolis Royal and Granville Ferry, you will not have to look hard for inspiration. As one reviewer stated: “The town and the area are like walking into a classic 19th painting.” Visit any number of artist’s studios and the wonderful ArtsPlace, the community’s art gallery, to view local and national art. Settle into an armchair to enjoy the many art books from the gallery’s library.

Writer's Retreat: An Artist's House is extremely comfortable and so peaceful. It encourages inspiration in abundance. This classic, cozy home with its open-open surroundings stimulates creativity, feeds your imagination and allows you to concentrate without distraction. It is a wonderful writer's retreat.

More Details
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Andi Rierden (Owner)
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english

About Andi Rierden

My husband and I live on the eastern end of a beautiful expanse of historic marshlands along the tidal Annapolis River. An Artist's House is set on the western end. Taking care of the house and our guests and sharing with them our beautiful area is my passion. The serenity of the house and surrounding landscape with Annapolis Royal close by makes it an ideal setting. If you are considering a Nova Scotia vacation, I'm certain you would enjoy a stay at An Artist's House.

Andi Rierden purchased this cottage in 2003

Why Andi Rierden chose Nova Scotia

I fell in love the first time I saw it. This is a beautiful, classic Nova Scotian shipwright's house with many windows, an open design and stunning views. The decor is cheerful and bright with lots of interesting artwork. The property reminds me of my childhood summers - simple and carefree with a beautiful landscape to explore, pristine vistas and boundless skies. The house rests on a knoll overlooking several hundred acres of conservation lands along the Annapolis River-Basin. Once you visit you'll see why one guest referred to it as 'an extraordinary place of gentle beauty, history and nature.'

What makes this cottage unique

Private, historic home with modern amenities set in a beautiful park-like setting. I provide many special touches in hopes that your visit will become the best vacation ever. Close to town, shops, national and provincial parks and restaurants.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you so very much for renting your beautiful home to us! We have had one of the best vacations of our lives. I've fallen so in love with Nova Scotia & we definitely plan to return as often as we can. [My daughter] had a blast at Sandy Cove and we LOVED the hike you recommended at Delaps Cove. Nothing beats an early morning hike to the shores of Fundy and watching the fog roll in over the cliffs with hundreds of inukshuks built on them.

We saw many deer on the property, a skunk, puffins & a bald eagle! What an awesome experience. E also caught a few crabs at Sandy Cove & in the Basin! She was loving it!

We sincerely thank you for your hospitality. We will be telling anyone who listens to check out your rentals while in the area. Truly breathtaking scenery and endless inspiration for an amateur photographer like myself. It was a good thing I had several SD cards with me! Haha!

I hope we meet again in the near future.


Aug 2014
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based on 20 traveler reviews

An Artist's House—Classic Coastal Sanctuary—60 Acres—Near Annapolis Royal
average rating of 4.95 based on 23 reviews
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

An Artist's House is a gem of a retreat!

  • 5 of 5

In June of 2016, my wife and I spent a week at An Artist’s House at Granville Beach near Annapolis Royal, NS.

An Artist’s House is a gem! We needed a week to work on family history research and the reviewing and editing of photos. We could not have chosen a more suitable retreat for these tasks. There was plenty of table space for both of us to spread out our respective projects. Set back from the road by a winding lane in a cluster of mature trees, this historic house has been lovingly and meticulously renovated and restored by its owners. This home is also exceptionally clean, and the kitchen is well-equipped. As a result of carefully selected and arranged furniture, exquisite hardwood floors and pleasant carpets, An Artist’s House has a spacious, uncluttered ambiance. Each piece of artwork – often using different types of media – stands on its own and is worthy of repeated reflection.

Fortunately, our time there was not all work. I was able to go on some cycling expeditions over the Hollow Mountain Road to Delaps Cove and Parker’s Cove and thence to Phinney’s Cove on the Fundy Trail Highway. There was very little traffic.

This was our second trip to the Annapolis Royal area. We were delighted that a family of osprey had again encamped upon a tall platform beside the Annapolis Tidal Generating Station.

The owners – Andi and Steve – were friendly, helpful and not intrusive. Our only regret is that we did not make the time to get to know them better.

We look forward to a return visit to An Artist’s House.

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Everything about this property is amazing; nestled in the woods in a very private setting yet 15 minutes to Annapolis Royal to restaurants, shops, grocery stores, liquor store! The house is very spacious with lots of room to spread out among two floors; and exceptionally clean. Our hosts, Andi & Steve, were so generous and accommodating and the house was stocked with everything we could need except for some groceries. Television and internet also for those who want to get away - but not Too far away - couldn't have asked for more. We've been in Nova Scotia five or six times; and this was definitely our best experience with a rental property.

  • Submitted: May 24, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you C & B for your generous and kind review! It was a such a pleasure to host you. We so enjoyed your beautiful photos of the house and lawns. Hope you'll visit us again soon. Kind regards, Andi
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Definitely a five-star!

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I stayed for a month in the Annapolis Valley and divided our time between the artist’shouse and the owners’ other property down the road. Both were exceptionally clean and well-equipped. The Artist’s House is beautifully laid out with a well-equipped kitchen, very comfortable beds and furniture. There are also great touches such as the combining of antiques and contemporary pottery and paintings (we ended up contacting a couple of the artist’s). The owners made us feel right at home (we arrived to a fresh-baked blueberry crumble) and were available to answer questions about everything from tides to bike trails. The grounds are simply awesome. Part woods, part open space, we loved our morning and evening walk down the the mowed path to the Annapolis River. Great, very satisfying experience. Thank you!

M&A, Halifax

  • Submitted: Feb 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear M & A, Doubly thanks for your generous review of An Artist's House as well as Wildflower Cottage. What a delight to meet you both! I love how you just embraced it all. Hope you had fun with your cooking adventures. And yes, the path to the river is such a highlight for so many of our guests. So glad you enjoyed your stay and hope to see you again this coming year. Cheers, Andi
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Arbroath Scotland.

A great choice

  • 5 of 5

A week at the artist's house near Annapolis Royal is not long enough. Andi and Steven have provided a wonderful retreat. They were excellent yet unobtrusive hosts . We loved everything about the house. It is user friendly well presented well equipped and very comfortable. It is everything a holiday house should be. You can relax both in the house and in the garden. We used it as a base to explore the lovely area and as the week wore on found we were being drawn back earlier each day just to relax and enjoy the house and the garden. It was simply a pleasure to stay there.

  • Submitted: Oct 2, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Mary and Jim, I am so pleased you loved the house and its beautiful outdoor setting. It is indeed a wonderful and replenishing place to return home to after a day of enjoying the area. We enjoyed meeting you and hope to see you back some day. Say hello to Scotland! Take care, Andi
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a peaceful retreat

  • 5 of 5

This farmhouse was restored with love. It's clean rooms were decorated with art and antiques, with comfy sofa's and beds. Each morning I'd watch the sun rise on the water through my bedroom window and watch it set on the spacious deck. I slept so well there, it truly was a peaceful retreat.

  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much Marilyn for the kind review. An Artist's House is indeed the quintessential retreat; a wonderful place to unwind and restore.
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Beautiful old house with everything you need

  • 4 of 5

lovely property, beautiful house. We all felt 'at home' within the first day. Great location for touring the Annapolis Royal region.

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
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130 Miles
Halifax Stanfield International Airport
Nearest Barpub
4 Miles
Ye Ole Towne Pub
Nearest Ferry
35 Miles
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Annapolis Royal Golf Club, The Digby Pines
Nearest Train
120 Miles
Halifax Train Station
Nearest Motorway
8 Miles
Hwy 101
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Cafe Compose, Bistro East, Sachen Cafe
Nearest Beach
8 Miles
Raven Haven Beachside Family Park
Car: necessary

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Things to see and do:

An Artists' House is a wonderful place for relaxing after a day of activities, which could include birding and whale watching, hiking, kayaking, bicycling and beachcombing. The Annapolis French Basin Marsh is great place for birding, particularly during migratory months. Whale watching tour boats in nearby Digby Neck will show you whales and other Atlantic marine wildlife including seals and sea birds in their natural habitat. The Shore Road is a beautiful drive winding along the Bay of Fundy coast and features three lighthouses, seven cobble beaches, five fishing wharves, and a seafood market at Parker's Cove. There are nearby provincial parks, nature preserves, and art galleries that you can visit. Kejimkujik National Park with many levels of hiking trails, is a 35-minute drive and offers canoe and kayak rentals. The O'Dell Museum, Sinclair Museum and North Hills Museum showcase local history. The area has two 18-hole golf courses. There are music concerts and films at King's Theatre, a chocolatier shop and a variety of restaurants for eat-in or take out. The Farmers' Market across from the Annapolis Wharf runs Weds. and Sats. all summer.

Other Activities:

Visit Upper Clements Adventure Park with 30 rides and a challenging wooded zip-line course or hike along the spectacular Delaps Cove Trail on the Bay of Fundy. Spend the day at nearby Raven Haven Beach. Visit an artist's studio or take in an art workshop or coffeehouse evening at ArtsPlace, the region's public art gallery. Join a Candlelight Grave Tour at Fort Anne National Historic Park or meet the 'ghosts' at the Sinclair Museum.


Rates & Availability

Annapolis Royal Cottage Rental Rates

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Jul 2 2016 - Sep 9 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
SEPT 2016
Sep 10 2016 - Sep 23 2016
7 night minimum stay
Sep 24 2016 - Oct 28 2016
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $38

$75/wk heating surcharge for October and May.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Nova Scotia Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Floor Area:
  • 2400 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Water View
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Downstairs bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Upstairs bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • The house has two exceptionally clean bathrooms. The convenient first floor full bathroom is adjacent to the utility room with a washer and dryer. The spacious second floor full bathroom has a tub with shower, and is adjacent to the bedrooms. The towels are plentiful and very soft for your comfort.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 2 twin/ single , New pillow-topped mattresses and 100% cotton linens
    Bedroom - 1 twin/ single , Read or relax in a lovely upstairs study with day bed.
    Principal Bedroom - 1 queen , New pillow-topped mattresses and 100% cotton linens.
  • Our spacious principal bedroom and welcoming second bedroom are wonderful for peaceful nights' rests. Both bedrooms are decorated with custom made bed frames, antique furniture, beautiful hand hooked rugs, and coastal decor. Enjoy our quality linens. colorful quilts, duvets and matelassé coverlets. Each bedroom includes floor fans, reading lamps, closet and dresser. A cozy upstairs study with a comfortable single bed with memory gel foam mattress topper and quilt can also be used as a third bedroom. The bank of windows in the principal bedroom commands beautiful views of the grounds and river, while the views from the two other bedrooms give the sense of being in a tree sanctuary.
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
The property is ideal for couples, small families, groups of artists or anyone looking to unwind in a quiet and beautiful, natural setting. There are 4 Adirondack chairs in the very spacious and private backyard sitting area. The deck provides a dining area with a picnic table, chairs, and umbrellas for up to 6 people, along with a gas grill. Another picnic table along the house-to-shore trail is surrounded by a pine and spruce forest. Every room has either water or forest views. In fact, the views out every window are simply beautiful. Maximum number of guests: 5. Additional members in your party are welcome to stay at An Artist's House companion cottage just up the road if available. See Homeaway #3683840 for details. Learn more about this vacation rental and area at the owner's website:

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