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Member since: 2008
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Speaks: english, french

Deep Blue Sea Cottage with Incredible Views

21 Reviews
Sleeps3
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Overview

Cape Breton Island Cottage Rental Photos and Description

2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 1-3

Deep Blue Sea Cottage is a gorgeous coastal cottage on a 130-acre property five minutes from the Cabot Trail. There’s ocean, a huge beach nearby and breathtaking panoramas. This cottage has features you'll love: a veranda with wall-to-wall, eight-foot-high windows, an open structure, contemporary yet rustic furnishings, walls finished with white boards inside, and cedar shingles outside, in classic Cape Breton style. From the spacious deck or from the veranda, you can see lobster boats, eagles perch nearby, moose, bobcats; 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.

Without exaggerating, sunsets will take your breath away. You will enjoy complete seclusion and memorable views in one of the most spectacular parts of Cape Breton, but you won't be without conveniences like wi-fi and high speed, a fully-equipped kitchen and other comforts, like a bright bathroom with heated floors and a fully-tiled shower. There is a lovely, mature hardwood forest to explore, and as day turns to evening with a knockout sunset, relax, listen to music or catch up on things you don't have time for at home.

If this cottage happens to be booked for your dates, check The Cape Cottage #382569, Eagles Pass #277105 or Sea & Sky #203860 for reviews; these other cottages are located on adjacent properties, out of sight. (American visitors should know that they are now getting approximately 20% off our published Canadian rate due to the value of the dollar.) I will have a new cottage beside the ocean available by late July..

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. We have designed this cottage to have all of the charm of a real coastal cottage, with excellent amenities, and lots of privacy in a spectacular setting with fantastic views of the ocean. Many folks rent out their seasonal homes in Cape Breton, but the Deep Blue Sea Cottage is designed specifically for visitors' pleasure and needs.

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. 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 safe swimming for children, there are interesting rock formations to explore nearby. Fossils abound. World-class golf at the renowned Cabot Links (rated #42 in the world by Golf Digest) is a short-drive. 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 itself, which offers music, pubs with local music and food; the new Cabot Links golf course by the sea, which has already received rave reviews from across North America, is beckoning for you to come for a unique golfing experience in Inverness. There are also renowned crafters in the area; beautiful pottery, quilting, rug hooking, and folk-art sculpture can all be found locally.

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Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Stewart (Property Manager)
Member since: 2008
Call Manager
Speaks: english, french

About Stewart

I built the the cottage originally as a third small gallery for our pottery business. It was eventually closed when we opened at another location, and I was determined subsequently to find a good use for this classic building. There was a lovely spot on the property with spectacular views. I moved the building in November of 2011, and started the additions to the Deep Blue Sea Cottage throughout 2012. It is a lovely location with with old-growth hardwood forests behind, and awesome unobstructed views of the ocean. These views of the ocean, Chimney Corner Beach, and Sea Wolf/Margaree Island are simply amazing. There is also all of the privacy one could want. This building has an interesting history, and makes a perfect getaway for a couple, with complete privacy and solitude.

Stewart purchased this cottage in 2002

Why Stewart chose Cape Breton Island

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! We see some of the most dramatic sunsets anywhere, watch whales play in our front yard, and fishermen haul their lobster traps every year. Moose, eagles, deer and foxes are regulars. You are also close to the Cabot Trail (5 minutes), the National Park (25 minutes), and other towns and villages (5-15 minutes). If you are a golfer, you are not far from Cabot Links in Inverness, which offers one of the great and unique golf experiences in North America; now ranked 42nd in the world, this course was developed by Ben Cowan-Dewar and Mike Keiser, who developed Bandon Dunes in Oregon. The acclaim so far is pretty much unanimous-from the New York Times to Golf Digest. And come 2015, Cabot Cliffs, a new (even more spectacular) course will open to the public.

What makes this cottage unique

There's just nothing like this cottage; it has all of the comforts of our other cottages, yet has an interesting history, and this shows in both the structure of the building and in the new additions. There's a real sense of romance and intimacy here, as well as a veranda which is stunning- what an incredible panorama stretching out before you! Not to mention unlimited walks through a gorgeous old-growth hardwood forest! You will have a woods-surrounded road to yourself for walks, and views everywhere.

Guestbook comments from the manager

From our guests who had problems entering review online:

"The cottage was exactly what we expected and more. Stewart was the perfect host. He gave us good info on things to do and places to eat. The cottage was well equipped and "over the top".

A perfect place to be near the Cabot Trail. We highly recommend."
Sep 2013
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Deep Blue Sea Cottage with Incredible Views
average rating of 5.0 based on 22 reviews
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The most perfect honeymoon

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stumbled upon this cottage on homeaway.com while it was still being built. Immediately, we emailed Stewart and chose to book it for our 2 week honeymoon...before we even chose our wedding date! There was something that drew us to this place and it couldn't have been more true when we finally stepped foot here in person some months later. We immediately fell in love, not only with the cottage, but the entire area.

The cottage: Even up to our very last night, we would arrive back to the cottage after a day at the beach or exploring the nearby sights, and just say, "Wow". The view never gets old and it is truly spectacular. The cottage itself is also bright, clean, and spacious for it's intimate coziness. Absolutely perfect for a couple, although there is a small bedroom with a twin bed that would accommodate a child perfectly. It is also secluded high up on the hill allowing you to truly "get away". The deck was one of our favorite parts, enjoying a glass of wine or a beer and watching the sunsets never got old. There is also a grill and you couldn't ask for a more beautiful spot to barbecue!

The area: In 2 weeks, we never felt like we didn't have anything to do. This place offers the perfect blend of relaxation and action. The Chimney Corner beach, which is about 1/2 a mile down the road, is one of the prettiest beaches we have ever seen. We could have been perfectly happy spending every day there! We were also so surprised to find how warm the water is! On days we didn't go to the beach we explored the Cabot Trail, went whale watching, saw giant moose, fly-fished on the Margaree River, and attended a fiddle concert and square dance, plus lots more! Not to mention all the delicious places to eat out and the breathtaking views that surround the entire area. Each view is more amazing than the next!

The hosts: Stewart and Bell are two of the most welcoming and kind people you could ever meet. They are so much more than hosts, they are true ambassadors of Cape Breton. On our first night Stewart gave us a very detailed account of everything to do around. We took all his advice and couldn't have been happier with everything! Both he and Bell made us feel so comfortable and truly helped make our experience up here so positive.

In summary, this cottage and Cape Breton are worth the trek. We had an incredible vacation here and are already planning our return trip here next summer :)

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect getaway!

  • 5 of 5

If you are looking for a place to relax and enjoy the beauty of nature, this is it. We celebrated our anniversary here and enjoyed every minute in Cape Breton. Stewart was a wonderful host and gave us tips on things to see which we may not have done otherwise. The cottage was cozy, comfortable, clean, and well furnished. We made sure we we arrived back at the cottage every evening in time to sit on the deck and witness the most beautiful sunsets we've ever seen. The hiking was fantastic in the national park. It was one of the best weeks of our lives and we would definitely return to the Deep Blue Sea Cottage. If you are looking for a romantic place to disconnect from the busy world and connect with nature, this is it!

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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This vacation cottage was heaven on earth!

  • 5 of 5

We have recommended this property to so many friends upon our return.It is just a little gem on a hill, overlooking the ocean ; very quiet & secluded .We are from a farm so please note when I say we found it to be very quiet.We met Stewart the first morning & over his shoulder I spotted whales from the deck. After that came a bald eagle just about the same time each afternoon.Stewart is a great help & can guide you in any direction. This is our fourth time to Cape Breton & we still are thrilled coming .To be honest , we ate very little at the cottage but there was all the amenities available. Besides the natural wonders of the area, make sure you eat at the Red Shoe Pub, the Normaway Inn (both for food & music), and the Big Intervale Fishing Lodge , which was an interesting drive down a gravel road.I should also mention Bell Fraser`s pottery (Stewart`s other half). He pottery is unique and reflects the images of the Margaree Valley .The people are friendly & open & we met some real characters . We also talked to a few Americans ( one as far south as Texas , who could not stop talking about Cape Breton `s beauty .Amen to that .

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
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Beautiful little cottage with incredible view!

  • 5 of 5

Charming cottage high on the hills of Western Cape Breton island with epic view! The host, Stewart, went out of his way to ensure we knew where we were and what was around us/things to do. He had some great tips for hiking and a few off the beaten path areas that we went to and loved. The Cabot trail was breathtaking and local music at various venues really fun. Would love to return some day....

Carolyn and George Graziani

  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
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Extraordinary Rental

  • 5 of 5

My wife, daughter (14 y.o.) and I just finished a fabulous week vacation at Deep Blue Cottage. This picture perfect house is perched on a hill overlooking stunning broad views of the Atlantic, and off in the distance is Chimney Cove Beach. It is surrounded by wildflowers and fragrant pines. The driveway is steep, best served with 4 wheel drive (although not necessary), and opens up to the house and vista on one side. The outdoor deck serves as a comfortable vantage point for whales, lobster boats and picture perfect sunsets. We were all struck by just how quiet the setting is. The house itself is small (but the perfect size for the three of us) and reflects the humble tone of Cape Breton, all while being tastefully conceived and decorated.

We brought our mountain bikes and found ample supply of quiet back roads and nearby trails to use. Cape Breton Highland park is filled with stunning vista views, beautiful hikes and the occasional moose or bear. Usually our day would begin with a hike or bike ride and finish at the picturesque local beach. The ocean water there is surprisingly warm and calm, just right for young children. We were all pleasantly surprised to see small lobsters wander by in just knee deep water.

This is not a rental for those who enjoy a fast paced vacation filled with casino gambling, expensive spas and buying imported tchotchkes. Shopping is limited; however the general stores nearby and Co-ops are well stocked to provide food and essentials. Nightlife involved (at least for us) laying on the deck outside and watching shooting stars (incredible) or playing cards while quietly listening to the eclectic tunes from the provided i-pod. There is a vibrant Ceilidh music scene however and Wednesday nights at the Barn are not to be missed for fiddling and square dancing. People in the area are friendly and simple, seemingly from an era long ago. Restaurant dining in the area exists for a change of pace, but frankly was hit or miss save a few spots (The Cabot Public House and Dancing Goat were great) and couldn’t compare to cooking ourselves and eating on the deck.

Simply put Deep Blue Cottage provided all the amenities and comfort for a fabulous, nature-centric, “get away from it all without giving up anything” vacation. Highly recommended!

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Sweet home away from home

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I visited Cape Breton for the first time in July. The trip exceeded our expectations, with the Deep Blue Sea Cottage being the highlight of the trip. The magnificent view was ever changing, and the constant debate was whether to leave and explore or stay put on the deck and watch. The cottage is cozy and very well thought out, and the decor perfectly reflects the owners', Stewart and Bell's, esthetic. The house, including the kitchen, was furnished with everything we needed and then some; when we arrived, Stewart's fun and eclectic music selections were playing from an iPod Shuffle. Stewart also came to meet us in person and generously spent time with us, annotating a map of the island's highlights--from a local's perspective--that proved more valuable than any of the tour guides we brought with us. We would recommend a trip to Margaree Valley to visit Cape Breton Clay (Bell's studio--she's really talented!) and the Salmon Museum (quaint and unforgettable) and to eat breakfast or lunch at the Dancing Goat. Two of our favorite hikes were White Point and Skyline, the latter of which we walked twice, since our first attempt was in a deep fog but provided a sighting of a mother moose and her two calves. Thank you again, Stewart and Bell, for your hospitality and helpful tips. We had a hard time saying good-bye to Cape Breton and the Deep Blue Sea Cottage. We will be back!

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
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Map

Nearest Airport
100 Miles
Sydney, NS
Nearest Barpub
7 Miles
Belle Cote
Nearest Ferry
80 Miles
North Sydney
Nearest Golf
15 Miles
Cabot Links, Inverness
Nearest Motorway
40 Miles
highway 105
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Duck Cover Inn
Nearest Beach
0.5 Miles
Chimney Corner Beach

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 close by, whale watching, and swimming. World-class golf at the renowned Cabot Links is a short-drive; this course is ranked 82nd in the world as of 2013! Their new much-acclaimed course, Cabot Cliffs, opens 2015, and is already being grouped with Pebble Beach and the world's top courses.

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 Colours 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.

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Rates & Availability

Margarees Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
summer 2016
Jun 10 2016 - Sep 1 2016
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
$1,423
 
 
fall 2016
Sep 2 2016 - Sep 29 2016
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
$1,271
 
 
celtic colours
Sep 30 2016 - Oct 20 2016
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
$1,423
 
 
late fall 2016
Oct 21 2016 - Oct 28 2016
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
$1,062
 

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 15.0%

American visitors should know that they are now getting approximately 20% off our published Canadian rate due to the value of the dollar.
WEEKLY BOOKINGS ONLY (UP TO 2 OR 3 WEEKS) CHANGEOVER DAY FRIDAYS ONLY
50% deposit at time of booking by credit card. Balance due on card 60 days before arrival
Full refund less $275CAD for cancellation up to 90 days prior to arrival dates in June.
120 days notice required to cancel Aug. to October dates.
If the cottage is booked on dates you desire, check Homeaway #203860, 382569, 277105

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Amenities

Cape Breton Island Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 605 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Mountain View
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Water View ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Rustic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wood Stove ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 3 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , skylight, heated floor, tiled shower, good fixtures
  • Tiled bathroom and shower with heated floors and lots of natural light.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 3
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 twin/ single , small bedroom for child/young adult.
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , lovely bedroom / loft area with lots of light
  • Cozy, main bedroom area in cottage loft, with lovely queen bed and great views; lots of light.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo ...
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda ...
Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • snorkeling
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Deck overlooking ocean, with chairs and BBQ. There is a working wood stove in the living area for heat on cool spring or autumn days. A stereo with iPod is provided. Enjoy a morning coffee as you savour incredible views in the comfortable veranda or on the spacious deck, taking in whales, eagles and unlimited ocean views. Lots of privacy at cottage, with beautiful hardwood forests behind cottage, country roads to explore without any traffic to worry about- great for family walks. Moments from Chimney Corner and Whale Cove beaches which are two of the finest on Cape Breton. Laundry available within 5 minutes or at Inverness and Cheticamp (15-20 minutes). Good restaurants and services within 5-15 minutes.

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