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Mont Fennel

Member since: 2010
Speaks: english

Island House Above Trees! 360-Degree Oceanview, Car-Accessible, Near Lunenburg

23 Reviews
Sleeps8
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

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Overview

Nova Scotia House Rental Photos and Description

Modern Home 3 BR + Den, 2 BA, Lg Kitchen + Atrium, Skylights, 3 Decks, Sleeps 8

Please view our house tour video! On HomeAway, click on the back arrow to the left of our main picture and then hit play. On VRBO, click on the Video button at the top of our main picture. Also note: To keep our home affordable, we've reduced the cost of our rental to compensate for the sliding Canadian dollar. We are charging the same as we did one year ago.

A Unique Experience

Experience Nova Scotia island-living at its finest at Skyview on LaHave Island, a 17-year old home perched on the highest point of LaHave Island, above the tree tops. Our house is built high like a castle on a hill -- you drive your car up to the second floor door with a bridge to the house. As you enter, you encounter a 2-story atrium with large-window views of the ocean (there are 28 windows and skylights in the atrium alone!) Nearly every window in the house reveals a spectacular vista. Guests have a 360-degree view of the mostly uninhabited, wooded LaHave Islands, and of a picturesque cove, sprawling bay, and vast Atlantic Ocean. We've just replaced all the windows, put up new shingles, and installed three brand new decks with glass-panels.

Conveniently Situated

Accessible by car without the need of a ferry, SkyView is located on one of two dozen islands which make up the LaHave islands. We’re a 3-minute walk from the water, a seven-minute drive from the mainland, and a 30-minute drive from Bridgewater, which is the area’s main shopping area. We are 40 minutes from the historic seaport of Lunenburg and seaside town of Mahone Bay, and an hour-and a half southwest of Halifax on the Lighthouse Route.

Outside

Enjoy the views from 3 decks -- a wraparound deck accessible off the great room, a smaller deck off the study, and a balcony off the master bedroom and study. Relax listening to the seagulls, watching fishing boats in the bay, sunrises in the morning, sunsets at night, a full moon and stars across the sky, and view deer which roam the property.

Inside

Come home from a day at the beach to warm yourself in front of an airtight soapstone wood-burning stove in the great room. Our home can comfortably sleep 8 adults in 3 bedrooms (all with skylights), and in a den which has a pullout bed. We provide bedding and towels, and a washer/dryer. The house also has baseboard electric heating with thermostats in each room.

The kitchen is fully equipped with a stove, microwave, toaster oven, coffee maker and grinder,, food processor and quality kitchenware. The dining room has a large mahogany table with antique chairs, and we have a separate breakfast table. The den has a 36-inch flat panel TV with satellite service, and a stereo with speakers wired to the atrium. Enjoy playing ping-pong on a full-size table in the basement. Yes, we have WIRELESS internet, and the cell service is very good. We do not allow smoking of any kind inside our home.

What to Do

Locally, there are many attractions. Half a dozen beaches are within a 10-minute drive, including Risser's Beach Provincial Park, with a fine-sand beach with lifeguards, winding boardwalk along a back marsh, visitor’s center, a snack bar and shower facility. On our island are many quaint paths and roads to walk or bike, a marine museum, community hall, government wharf, boat launch, a church, and a cemetery. On nearby Crescent Beach, people love to park their cars on the beach, walk their dogs, surf, kite-board, stroll the beach at sunrise and sunset, and of course, swim!

Several fishermen and their families still live on the islands, some who will take visitors out fishing or on island tours (ask us). Locals also love to share their community's history through casual encounters along the road and at events like the Monday morning coffee hour, serving the best home-made scones and sticky buns you’ve ever tasted – really. The community hall also hosts guest lectures and other events.

Along the Lighthouse Route on the mainland are lots of craft and antique shops, artist studios, restaurants, museums, and historical sites (like Fort Point Museum in LaHave, where the French first landed in Canada in 1604). You can take in musical events, county fairs, farmers’ markets, art shows, ox pulls, movies, theater and more. For sporting activities, you can rent kayaks, golf at several courses, go horseback riding, rock climb, wind surf, para-sail, and enjoy the resort at White Point Beach, where you can get a day pass to use the pools, yard games, and boats.

Don't miss the most famous bakery in Nova Scotia, the LaHave Bakery (15 minutes away), where you can sit down in its quaint dining area and enjoy an amazing breakfast or lunch. Another guest favorite is 'The Ovens,' which is a series of ocean caves accessible by wooded walkways, where the waves pound in and out. At Ross Farm, children will love to see a “working” farm where they still raise animals and grow crops. And bake sales and lobster suppers in community halls all over the area are delicious!

A Quality Rental Experience

We've been renting our homes for 20 years to people from places as far away as Germany and Hong Kong. We strive to make our guests' stays completely enjoyable. After you reserve, we will mail you driving instructions, information about the house, and things to do in the area. The house will be thoroughly cleaned before your arrival and if something should occur during your stay, we have a handyman on standby and a variety of service specialists who should be able to fix any problems quickly. We also provide excellent communication by phone and email prior to and during your stay.

Our Rates

Our rental rates are priced similarly to other higher-end Nova Scotia oceanfront homes. The cost and the minimum nights we require vary depending on the time of year and the duration of your stay. Click on "show additional rate details" (which is a link just below our calendar on the main page) to see how costs and minimum nights compare at various times of the year. The total rent we charge is in US dollars and includes all taxes. We recently reduced our rates by 20% to help compensate Canadians, who are the majority of our guests, cope with the rising US dollar. Like most Nova Scotia rentals, we rent from Saturday to Saturday. If staying for two weeks or more, the rate is US$100 less for each additional week. Pets are welcome for a non-refundable $100 fee.

Availability

If SkyView is booked during the week you are travelling, please note that we also own 'THE FENNEL OLD HOUSE,' a renovated 100-year old home next door. It sits on a picturesque cove overlooking a wide bay. The property has gorgeous views from many vantage points, including from 5 decks, a gazebo, and dock. It sleeps up to seven people. Please see HomeAway listing #393316.

Contact Us

We hope you have the chance to experience our little piece of heaven. Please respond via this website, or call me at 617-909-7279. I will call you back to save you any charges.

More Details
Suitability:
  • Groups
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • Singles
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Mont Fennel (Owner)
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english

About Mont Fennel

Mitzi, Dad & Mont Boating in the summer of 1966.

On the map below, click on 'Satellite' to see that OUR ISLAND IS CONNECTED VIA 2 BRIDGES TO THE MAINLAND -- a 7-minute drive away.

Mont Fennel purchased this house in 1997

Why Mont Fennel chose Nova Scotia

More than 50 years ago, in 1956, our father stumbled upon the LaHave Islands while on a boat tour with a friend. He bought a house from a fishing family and our family has been up every summer since. Over the years we renovated the waterfront home and in 1997, Dad sold that house to the children. We call that the 'Fennel Old House,' and we rent that as well (HomeAway listing #393316). But in 1997, Dad then built a new home, high on the hill next door -- SkyView on LaHave Island. The children have now purchased this house as well and have been renting it for about two years.

What makes this house unique

1) Beauty -- Unparalleled views of the ocean from above the treetops -- you feel like you're soaring above the earth! Soak in, photograph or paint the vistas from our property, as well as of fishing boats, wharves, and colorful houses that dot the islands.

2) Romance -- Total privacy and relaxation. Enjoy the ambiance of our wood stove, lounging on multiple decks, walks on island paths, and more.

3) Adventure – Dozens of things to do on the popular South Shore mainland area (within 5 to 40 minutes), and quick access to beaches (5 to10 minutes). We provide guests with a guide with directions.

4) Community -- An unusually close group of families, both fishermen and summer residents, who live nearby and welcome visitors.

5) Pets – We gladly accept them.

6) Boating -- Your boat can be moored at the government wharf on Bush Island, a 4 minute drive. Kayak rentals are 10 minutes away.

Reviews

4.8
based on 23 traveler reviews

Island House Above Trees! 360-Degree Oceanview, Car-Accessible, Near Lunenburg
average rating of 4.826087 based on 23 reviews
4

Sky's the Limit for SkyView

  • 4 of 5

Here's the deal: SkyView is a remote, spacious and well-appointed property, which means you can enjoy the house itself, or venture out and discover some of the magic of Nova Scotia's South Shore in an off-the-beaten-track kind of way. We did a bit of both, and had a great week. Some things to look forward to: The sunrise over the Atlantic and the sunset over the forested coast. In between, you can choose to lounge on the house's wraparound deck or take a country walk to Crescent Beach, the local marine museum (it's in a re-purposed church), the local church in a magical forest setting and an ancient cemetery. (We always include local cemetery visits; names and dates say so much about the area's history.) You'll need a car to go farther afield, including to Bridgewater for supplies (30 minutes), but choose the back roads to experience some of the cutest towns you'll ever see. All in all, two thumbs up, including the owner's assistance throughout.

Cheers,

-Jim, Montreal, QC

  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Brookline, MA
5

Enchanting Treehouse with wifi

  • 5 of 5

As beautiful as the pictures are, they don’t do justice to the experience of living in this house. Because it’s high on a hill and the windows on all sides look out over treetops to the ocean, you have to keep reminding yourself that you’re not on a little boat. It’s so quiet that at night, as the moon shines through the skylight over your bed, you can hear the sough of the surf. Inside, too, the house is remarkable—comfortable beds, interesting antique furniture, a small library, wifi and tv, and a very well equipped kitchen. In only a week, we became addicted to bread and cinnamon rolls from the LaHave Bakery (which has an usually good crafts shop behind it). We also enjoyed a visit to Lunenberg on the little ferry. Mont was a very helpful host—his pdf’s provided us with all the info we needed about the house, and he sent someone over immediately when the island had a power-out and the hot water turned cold. We definitely look forward to returning.”

  • Submitted: Jun 3, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Halifax
5

Great spot for a quiet April retreat

  • 5 of 5

We visited SkyView in mid-April. Booking the property was quick and easy. We were provided with very accurate and detailed directions and instructions which covered situations that we did and might run it. The building was very suitable for us - a group of women friends who wanted to get away, go for walks, and sit and chat. The main room has a lovely set of windows and over our weekend we were able to watch a variety of weather systems move across horizon. Although the weather didn’t allow us to take advantage of the deck, I could see that it would be lovely to sit out on it. The kitchen was well stocked and everything was in working order. Internet worked well. The place was clean. Our only concern was the early check-out time, which Mont explained was required to allow time to prepare for the next guests. Since there were no guests arriving after us, and it was during the shoulder season, he kindly allowed us to stay a bit longer.

  • Submitted: Apr 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

SkyView is heaven

  • 5 of 5

SkyView is completely magical. That about says it all, but I'll share some more details. Mont is a wonderful, attentive, communicative, generous host who clearly loves and cherishes SkyView and his other property just down the hill. The house and property are warm, welcoming and filled with love and history while being thoroughly updated. You can just tell upon entering that this has been the site of the creation of many fond memories. Make sure to read the framed greeting on the wall just inside the main door; it communicates the full spirit of the place and its stewards. The views are spectacular, as shown in the pictures. If feels from every space as though you are on a ship riding the seas. Particularly from the master bedroom, it's like being on a ship's prow. We were there during a big nor'easter, and it stayed dramatic and rainy for most of our 9-day stay. We couldn't have been more snug or in a better place to enjoy watching the elements in motion. The wood-burning stove is great for keeping things toasty. The wifi is excellent, which is surprising for being such a secluded location. And we very much enjoyed the ping-pong table. The kitchen is a cook's dream, completely stocked and spacious for large groups. The space is completely expansive in every way. Regarding the LaHave Islands, we have been to much of Nova Scotia and to many rugged coastal spots around the world, and this is one of the most spectacular and special spots on earth. We were felt very lucky to have been led to SkyView, especially as the reason for our trip was significant since we were hosting one of our online international Weeks of World Cooperation. It is a very sacred and meditative time of service and connection with the world, humanity and the environment for us, and SkyView and the islands couldn't have been more cooperative, caring and flowing partners in that endeavor. It was completely quiet and beautifully secluded and still and yet so dynamic in the weather. Risser's Beach just down the road on the mainland is equally magical with its marsh boardwalk and rocky coastline, and we went there almost every day, even in the very cold, wild weather. It was like being on our own planet. SkyView was also a great location from which to explore the entire southern coastline and lighthouse route, as well as Halifax. The LaHave Bakery is just minutes away and a welcoming, friendly, local haven for hot drinks and fresh food. We had to tear ourselves away from SkyView!

  • Submitted: Apr 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Warming Winter Getaway

  • 5 of 5

Sometimes you just need to get out of the city. Skyview was the perfect escape for me and three friends. A little snow didn't stop us from getting up the driveway, right to the front door of the house. It was warm and clean, and we immediately lit a fire in the woodstove to get cozy. It was really easy to play our own music over the speakers as we cooked dinner and enjoyed a glass of wine. And lucky for us, even though we forgot some spices, Mont keeps them well stocked! The next morning, we drove to Crescent Beach and walked its entire length before coming back to relax by the fire. Maybe the very best part: sitting on the balcony and watching the stars come out among the trees!

Thank you for sharing your lovely home with us, Mont!

  • Submitted: Feb 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
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Nova Scotia
5

Amazing views that exude serenity!

  • 5 of 5

The house is exactly as described. It is spacious with a beautiful great room that has amazing views. Everything you could ever need is provided - including a fully equipped kitchen. This is a wonderful place to relax and explore the surrounding area.

  • Submitted: Nov 16, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Map

Old Town Lunenburg
"Idyllic town that straddles a large hill which dips down into a protected bay. Named a UNES..."
LaHave Bakery
"Tourists and others travel from all over the Provence to experience the flavors of LaHave Ba..."
Bush Island Government Wharf
"Picturesque government wharf/fish plant. It harbors fishing boats and pleasure craft, and t..."
Crescent Beach
"1.25 mile-long beach that leads from the mainland to the LaHave Islands. Attracts walkers a..."
Blue Rocks
"Quaint village, tucked against the shore, with fish shacks and colorful houses dotting a win..."
The Ovens
"The Ovens is a Provincial Park perched high above the ocean on a cliff. A well-travelled tr..."
Risser's Beach Provincial Park
"Rissers is a fabulous Provincial park complete with a life-guarded beach, shower facilities,..."
Bluenose II
"Historic ship that symbolizes Nova Scotia -- worth seeing."
Hirtles Beach
"Long wide raw beach that attracts windsurfers, boarders, and walkers enjoying fantastic view..."
LaHave Islands Marine Museum
"Fascinating fisheries exhibit inside a renovated church on Bell’s Island. Defines the histo..."
Green Bay
"Green Bay is a series of small beaches and coves, bordered by tiny cabins that dot a half mi..."
Mahone Bay
"Wonderful old seaside town on a protected bay with many gift and antique shops and restauran..."
Nearest Airport
90 Miles
Halifax (YHZ)
Nearest Barpub
20 Miles
Bridgewater
Nearest Ferry
105 Miles
Yarmouth, NS to Portland, ME
Nearest Golf
20 Miles
Bridgewater
Nearest Motorway
10 Miles
Hwy 103
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Bridgewater
Nearest Beach
2 Miles
Crescent Beach
Car: necessary

Car-Accessible. 7-minute drive from mainland, 40 minutes from Lunenburg, 1.5 hours from Halifax. Dozens of beaches within driving distance (four are within 5-10 minute drive).

Other Activities: Boating, Kayaking, Windsurfing, Para-sailing, Wildlife Viewing, Rock Climbing, Spelunking, Golf, Miniature Golf *, Basketball Courts, Shopping, Antiquing, Crafts Fairs, Art/Music/Cultural Festivals, Museums and lots of opportunities to paint and photograph vistas, fish shacks and colorful houses.

* Golf: Bridgewater, Lunenburg, White Point Resort

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Rates & Availability

Lunenburg House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
USD
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Late August/Early Sept 2016
Aug 27 2016 - Sep 2 2016
7 night minimum stay
$1,750
 
 
Early September 2016
Sep 3 2016 - Sep 16 2016
7 night minimum stay
$1,500
 
 
Late September 2016
Sep 17 2016 - Sep 30 2016
7 night minimum stay
$1,400
 
 
Early October 2016
Oct 1 2016 - Oct 14 2016
7 night minimum stay
$1,300
 
 
Late October 2016
Oct 15 2016 - Oct 28 2016
2 night minimum stay
$175
From
$200
Fri,Sat,Sun
$1,200
 
 
November & December 2016
Oct 29 2016 - Dec 23 2016
2 night minimum stay
$145
From
$170
Fri,Sat
$800
 
 
Christmas 2016
Dec 24 2016 - Dec 30 2016
7 night minimum stay
$1,200
 
 
New Year's 2017
Dec 31 2016 - Jan 2 2017
2 night minimum stay
$225
 
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$145
From
$170
Fri,Sat
$800
 

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $100
Refundable damage deposit $200

Posted rates include taxes.

$100 off 2-week stay.

Check in is Sat 3 p.m. Check-out is Sat 10 a.m.

Partial weeks possible.

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Amenities

Nova Scotia House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2200 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
  • Rural
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Alarm Clock
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Firewood
  • Free Local Calls
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Upstairs
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Downstairs
  • Both bathrooms have shower/tub combo.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Master Upstairs
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , Upstairs
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , Upstairs
    Bedroom 4 - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Downstairs Den
  • King : Master bedroom on 2nd floor which sleeps two. Double : Each of two bedrooms on 2nd floor has a double. Each double sleeps two. Sleep Sofa /Futon : Convertible bed (from couch) in 1st floor den which sleeps two.
Entertainment:
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Porch Furniture
  • Tennis ...
  • Wood Deck
Suitability:
  • Groups
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Singles
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Attractions:
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Dozens of beaches within driving distance (4 are within 5-10 minutes). On several beaches you can find yourselves one of the only people there!

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