|Minimum Stay||2 - 7 nights|
Please view our house tour video! Click on the back arrow to the left of our main picture and then hit play. Or search "SkyView on LaHave Island" on YouTube. Also note: To keep our home affordable to Canadians, we've reduced our rates to compensate for the weak Canadian dollar. Our rates are the same as they were two years 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 treetops. 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.
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.
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.
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 large and equipped with a stove, microwave, toaster oven, coffee maker, food processor, quality kitchenware and a small breakfast table. The dining room has a large mahogany table with antique chairs. The den has a 36-inch flat screen 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. We also 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 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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Very clean and well maintained property in a quaint/remote area. Breathtaking views from all decks! The property description is accurate. I'd recommend this house to anybody for a vacation!
My wife and I, along with my brother and his wife rented the SkyView home on Lahave Island in Nova Scotia for the week of September 17, 2016. As illustrated in the owner's video presentation, SkyView is beautiful inside and out and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay.
Because of the elevated site and oversized windows and skylights, there is a beautiful view virtually from every room in the house. Walk-out decks are available from the livingroom/kitchen area as well as bedrooms on the second floor. I was able to photograph early morning visitors from the surrounding forest on our first morning (two adult female deer and a fawn) from the deck on the first floor. Not to mention a glorious sunrise.
The chairs in the spacious living room area are all comfortable. I was able to fall asleep in my chair just as I do at home.
SkyView is furnished with every conceivable food preparation utensil that may be needed. We prepared all of our eat-in breakfast, lunch and dinner meals with the furnished utensils, which include multiple place-settings of dishes, glasses, including wine glasses and flatware.
We took several walks during our stay. We walked down to other homes on the water's edge, including another home owned by the owner of SkyView. We also explored a vintage cemetery with some interesting headstones and an unused church overlooking a small cove with lobster boats. Photo-ops abound in the immediate area of SkyView, as well as several vistas on the drive into the property.
We also explored other sites in the surrounding area that included a scenic board walk to a beach that we also walked. On another day, we visited a local winery and of course, sampled their wares. The winery has a comfortable out-door seating area where we sat and enjoyed a glass of their wine. We also made day-trips to the towns of Mahone Bay and Lunenburg. Mahone Bay is noted for it's three beautiful churches situated all in a row overlooking the bay. Lunenburg is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is also the home port of the famous Nova Scotia fishing schooner, Bluenose ll. A reasonably priced ferry located close to the bakery on Route 331, cuts off an otherwise longer drive to Lunenburg. Both towns have well stocked shopping areas and restaurants.
All in all, if you seek peace and quiet and a jumping-off place to visit other interesting and scenic areas of Nova Scotia, I highly recommend that you consider SkyView.
We had a wonderful stay in one of the most beautiful and boldly designed houses ever. The view of the water and sunsets all around from tree top height is astounding. The house feels relatively new, spotlessly clean and the owner's attention to detail highly commendable.
Hard to think of any real negatives except perhaps very slow internet - but then with those views - we shouldn't really care.
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.
-Jim, Montreal, QC
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.”
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.
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
|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.