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Peaceful riverside cottage fabulous for nature lovers, writers, readers, fishers

Bedrooms 2
Space 950 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 5 nights


About the property

2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, sleeps 1-6

Our Baddeck Riverside cottage provides a cozy country “home away from home,” which overlooks the Cape Breton Highland Mountains. We are a short 10-minute drive from the town of Baddeck and the Cabot Trail; close enough, but away from the crowd. The cottage has two sleeping areas, and a cot on the screen porch, where you can listen to the sounds of water and wildlife on warm summer nights. From the dining and main bedroom area, you face a wall of windows which look out on the river, with nothing between you and the Highlands in the distance. It’s a stunning vista! The kitchen area has everything you will need to make yourself at home.

You can canoe or kayak in the river, or sit back and enjoy the tranquility. The river area is home to beavers, bald eagles, geese, muskrats, ducks, trout and more! From the cottage, you can observe the Bentick Farm meadow where one of Alexander Graham Bell's planes took flight, carrying the first woman ever to fly. This is a great place to unwind.

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Laverne MacRae
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 7, 2017


Baddeck Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 950 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • River
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 double , 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • Main bed area faces wall of windows with spectacular views over river, and Highlands.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Boat Dock
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Canoe
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • swimming
TV for DVD player only. canoes and rowboat on premises. Queen sized bed and double bed. Wireless internet available .


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(9 traveler reviews)

Peaceful riverside cottage fabulous for nature lovers, writers, readers, fishers
average rating of 5.0 based on 9 reviews

Best in Baddeck

  • 5 of 5

This cottage offers the best of all possible for vacation. Very quiet and out in the country, directly on the river with easy access via canoe and rowboat, but within a 5 minute drive to Baddeck for groceries & restaurants. Great home base for traveling to all points on Cape Breton; we toured the national park one day and went to Louisburg another day. Since we had some rain we thoroughly enjoyed having a wood stove, and thanks to newly-installed satellite enjoyed both wifi and watching the Olympics. Laverne and Gordon are wonderful hosts, met us the day we arrived with a tractor to help with luggage and a fire going in the wood stove. Cottage is located at the bottom of a small hill so I would not recommend for anyone with mobility concerns.

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nice little paradise

  • 5 of 5

Very well equipped cottage offering an amazing view on the river, with birds of many species, chipmunks varieties of aquatic life. We loved the silence, the untouched landscape, the somewhat rustic and cozy comfort.

Close to Baddeck, very good as a base to explore the immediate region and Cape Breton Island in general. Perfect WiFi connection. Nice screened room for quiet reading and meditation.

Laverne and Gordon offered a warm welcoming, some good tips and a smile. We would recommend without hesitation!!!

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fort Qu'Appelle, SK, Canada

Perfect accomodation for Celtic Colours

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed this wonderful cottage by the river. It served as a home base for our travels to many Celtic Colour concerts all over Cape Breton. Everything about this cabin makes one feel welcome and comfortable. The view of the river and beyond is exceptional and canoeing on the river was very relaxing and enjoyable.

We were on the go so much that there wasn't a lot of opportunity to get to know the owners but during the little time we were together Laverne made us feel like long lost friends.

I would recommend this cabin to anyone looking for a peaceful stay surrounded by beautiful countryside.

  • Submitted: Nov 1, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Spacious, relaxing summer cottage

  • 5 of 5

This cute, spacious cottage made for a very relaxing "base" during a five-night stay on Cape Breton Is. Baddeck is just a ten-minute drive away and is well-placed for excursions throughout the island. The cottage itself is rustic but spacious and very adequately served our family of four, including a 6- and 1-year old. The cottage is located right on a small river and offers amazing views, and our 6-yr old, who I took canoeing for the first time in the canoe provided, had a blast. He also really enjoyed the large screened porch which almost gives the impression of being out in the woods. The only downside to this location - at least in the summer - is that the area can be a little "buggy", but I think that goes with the territory. Another minor downside is lack of WiFi down at the cottage if you're not looking to be completely disconnected. However, the kind owners of the cottage are very open to one accessing Internet in the large screened porch of their house which is just a five-minute walk away. And I want to use this opportunity to extend to them one last "Thank you!" for arranging baby-sitting one night so that my wife and I could spend a couple of hours on the town.

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Comfy & cozy home away from home

  • 5 of 5

We traveled to Cape Breton Island for the Celtic Colours International Festival. We loved staying at Laverne & Gordon's lovely Riverside Cottage. It is a sweet, homey, comfortable cottage with a beautiful view out any of its many windows. We enjoyed watching the Harlequin ducks from the riverside room. We also spotted eagles during our stay. There was plenty of room for our party of four adults. It was so nice being close to Baddeck but also being out in the country where was very quiet and peaceful. Laverne and Gordon made us feel welcomed with a fire burning in the stove and a visit when we arrived. They wanted to make sure we were comfortable and that we had everything we needed. This part of God's creation is so beautiful. The fall colors were at their peak - breathtaking. Thank you Laverne and Gordon. We hope to return someday.

  • Submitted: Oct 23, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Peace, perfect peace.

  • 5 of 5

The booking process was easy and the communication with Laverne was friendly and we had looked forward to staying in the riverside cottage and to meeting her and Gordon. We were not disappointed on both counts. The cottage is spacious, clean and well equipped. It is appropriately furnished for a place in the country, with lots of exposed wood and plenty of windows to look out onto the beautiful surroundings. The view from the main bed has to be seen to be believed, with a marvellous vista across the river towards the hills and no other dwellings in sight. You get a feeling of peace and tranquillity but you don’t feel totally isolated as there are neighbours not too far away and Laverne and Gordon have a B&B just a short distance away. This is the sort of place where people don’t lock their doors and is reminiscent of a simpler by-gone time where you can slow down, relax and appreciate the bounty of Nature. There are beavers in the river and bald eagles flying around and sitting in the trees. Canoeing down the river was a joy, as was sitting by the campfire afterwards and having a cold beer and listening to… well, nothing really – it’s a very rare thing these days to have silence. After dark, the stars were amazing too – no light pollution here.

You’ll not be watching the TV and you might not have a phone signal or a Wi-Fi connection but none of that matters as you will have plenty to do just enjoying being there and watching the wildlife. If you can’t get them in the cottage, you can pick up Wi-Fi and phone signal in Baddeck, which is just a few minutes’ drive away, if you need to occasionally reconnect with the modern world. We managed to get a signal on the radio with a couple of local stations and then sat by the woodstove and read under the lamplights.

And if all of this doesn’t convince you, then there’s Laverne and Gordon, two of the nicest, friendliest people you will ever meet – very warm and welcoming and on hand if you need anything. The cottage makes the perfect base to explore this beautiful area and don’t miss the Cabot Trail, especially in Autumn when it’s truly breathtaking.

  • Submitted: Oct 29, 2012
  • Stayed: Oct 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: David I am so glad you felt the beauty and tranquility of this special place we are privileged to live in the universe. Thank you for your glowing descriptive remarks of your experience here. I would love to come stay in your holiday cottage in Wales someday, meeting you and Yvonne again and to tour your public Bromeigan Gardens. We meet such lovely people from all over who come to our cottage, it is a great perk. Our wifi was not receiving by the end of summer as possibly the trees grew too high. I will look into it by next summer. Thankyou for the reminder of that. All the best, Laverne and Gordon
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Car: necessary

Our cottage is located 10 minutes outside of Baddeck which is home to the Alexander Bell Museum, sailboat and kayaking adventures, the beautiful Uisege Ban Falls and hiking trails, a variety of restaurants, (casual to fancy dining), a weekly farmer's market featuring locally produced food, utensils and art, 2 golf courses. Baddeck is also centrally located, and right on the Cabot Trail, making it a great base to do day trips from to Louisbourg (largest historical recreation in north America), whale watching on the coast, or hiking in the National Park.

The GPS Coordinates to our Cape Breton cottage on the Baddeck River are N46 06.127 W60 49.394.

Take exit 9 off the Highway 105, follow Old Margaree Rd. (approx. 3km), take left onto Big Farm Rd. Travel approx. 3km to driveway #672.


Rates & Availability

Baddeck Cottage Rental Rates

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5 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $18.3

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.

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