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 Sea & Sky #203860 or TumbleSea #4265347 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.
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
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.
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.
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."
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 :)
Beautiful, rustic yet comfortable, modern cottage with breathtaking views of the Gulf of St Lawrence, Sea Wolf Island and the surrounding hills and nature. Ultimate privacy and seclusion, peaceful and tranquil yet only a short distance from all the amenities and great restaurants etc. We have been vacationing all around Cape Breton for the past several summers and enjoy it immensely every time. This Cottage being on the west side and overlooking the water however means you get to enjoy incredible sunsets from the large wrap around deck. The cottage was fully equipped with anything we needed. Owner has thought of everything and even has kindling and logs of wood for the fireplace.
Our week here at Deep Blue Sea was amazing. We came to Cape Breton for our honeymoon and were excited to be staying in a secluded tiny house that overlooked the ocean. Stewart did a great job with the house layout, the decor and of course the view! It was the perfect home base for day trips to go hiking, sea kayaking and exploring the Acadian culture. We came at the perfect time of year to watch the lobster boats from our deck in the morning. And at night we watched the storms roll in from the sun room. We would stay at this house forever if we could!
We stayed in the Deep Blue Sea cottage in August 2016 and it was a wonderful experience! The cottage is in a great location with a quick drive to beautiful beach. The cottage is very well appointed and decorated with great taste. A lot of attention to detail went into the design yet it retains a clean simplicity. The view is one that you won't get anywhere else! Our family had a great time and it was a safe spot for our little toddler. We would definitely recommend it to family and friends!
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!
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 .
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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late fall 2016
Oct 21 2016 - Oct 28 2016
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
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