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Christopher Gillis

Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, french

Fabulous and Comfortable Renovated Church

23 Reviews
Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Half Baths1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights

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Overview

Annapolis Royal Cottage Rental Photos and Description

2.5 bedroom, 1.5 bathroom renovated church with modern amenities.

Welcome to St. Alban’s Vacation Home.

Chosen by Buzz Buzz Home as one of the '17 Coolest Airbnb Listings in Canada, and featured in East Coast Living & Herald magazines, this converted church is an adult oasis and a retreat for those needing a good break from city-life or the fast-paced work. We are thrilled that you have found your way to St. Alban’s. Please have a look around while imagining yourselves nestled into our beloved summer retreat.

This converted church is indeed a special place. We see it as an adult oasis, a home away from home and a retreat for those needing a good break from city-life or the fast-paced work world. St. Alban’s is situated along a scenic country road just a couple of minutes from Annapolis Royal, in the heart of Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley. Our 2.5 bedroom, 1.5 bathroom home has all the amenities, and more…including serenity, comfort and convenience!

The home, itself, boasts a gourmet kitchen, spa-like bathroom, private bedrooms and old world charm with modern conveniences and spacious living. St. Alban’s has been professionally decorated, by us, with the modern vacationer in mind. Eating in? Enjoy professional grade cookware and high-end appliances. Dining out? We will provide you with our own personal recommendations of local cuisine.

St. Alban’s pastoral setting blends perfectly with the natural beauty of the Annapolis Basin and the Lequille River. For the hiker or cyclist, there is much to explore. If you wish to spend a day “in town” there is lots to see and do in Annapolis Royal. Take in a sweeping view of the beautiful Annapolis Basin from the centre of Annapolis Royal at Fort Anne, Canada’s oldest national historic site. There are shops, historical walks, a beautiful waterfront, and much more. The Annapolis Valley is also home to some of the best and most interesting antique shops in Nova Scotia. Be sure to take Route 1 heading to Bridgetown and visit some of our favourite shops such as ‘The Green Barn’, ‘Treasures and Collectibles’ (hi to Norm) and especially ‘Summer House Antiques’ (tell Eric we sent you). As you can tell, there is no shortage of things to see and do during your stay at St. Alban’s Vacation Home. But if all you are looking for is time away to relax and unwind, then St. Alban’s is perfect.

We invite you to experience what we can only say is “the best decision we have ever made!

Allergy Alert: There is a ten foot, down filled sectional at St. Alban’s in the main living space. Please note this in the event you or someone you are vacationing with are allergic to down. Although we empathize with your situation, refunds will not be given based on allergies with the discovery of the sectional after booking.

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Suitability:
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Christopher Gillis (Owner)
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, french

Reviews

4.8
based on 23 traveler reviews

Fabulous and Comfortable Renovated Church
average rating of 4.826087 based on 23 reviews
5

Steeped in history,quaint,quirky, lots of attention to detail.

  • 5 of 5

Loved our stay at the church. The building us so estitically pleasing. Well appointed with interesting decor and furnishings. The surrounding area is beautiful with plenty of activities for varied interests. Excellent support from the property managers and the local merchants were so friendly and generous. The church easily accomdated our group of 6 adults. I would highly recommend this property.

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for such a positive and thorough review. We are so pleased you enjoyed the decor and furnishings and found the house comfortable. Come back soon!
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4

This is a lovely property in a beautiful setting.

  • 4 of 5

We were welcomed with a loaf of homemade bread and a jar of homemade strawberry jam. Both were delicious. Our family that stayed at other places were jealous of our accommodations. There were 13 of us in Nova Scotia for a family reunion and we had several enjoyable dinners at the converted church. Thank you for a wonderful experience.!

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the great review. Tell your jealous family members we would love to host them sometime!
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Wimberley, Texas
5

A most excellent and interesting place to stay; we loved it!

  • 5 of 5

A truly unique abode! The layout and everything about it was fascinating! We loved all the help we received from both Christopher and Rose! It was located within an easy drive to Annapolis Royal and other places in the area we wanted to visit! We have a, truly, wonderful stay and time at the "Church"!

Thank you!

  • Submitted: Jul 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad you enjoyed the uniqueness of the church as well as the location. Come back soon!
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5

Delightful Renovated Church

  • 5 of 5

Ever since booking this location on VRBO we were excited about staying in a "church". When we arrived "Wow" it was astonishing what the owners had done. It was a tasteful, beautifully decorated space that we completely loved and enjoyed for our 3 days there. Also, a special thanks to Rose (caretaker) for her bread and jam as well as help in getting to know the area. Christopher was great to work with and also attentive to every detail. We will definitely book again when we are in the area.

  • Submitted: Sep 26, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so pleased you enjoyed the church and all it has to offer. Indeed Rose is a special caretaker. Happy to be attentive and work with such great guests as you! All the best.
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5

Outstanding experience

  • 5 of 5

This is a very comfortable and well pointed accommodation with outstanding customer service, both from the owners as well as the local caretaker. Everything about the interior is exceptional . . . design, comfort, supplies, kitchen, etc. When we arrived to the caretakers home, she escorted us to the church, had a homemade loaf of bread and jam on the counter and answered all questions about the accommodations. Both she and her husband had excellent suggestions for visits, restaurants and things to do in the area.

We felt very welcomed by the owners and their communications were outstanding.

We would DEFINITELY come back!!!

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for the wonderful review. We are pleased to hear you had such great guest service. Rose is indeed a treasure. Come back soon!
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Toronto, ON
5

A gem of a house...

  • 5 of 5

The best little church in Annapolis Royal! We loved every moment of our stay in this gorgeous property. Christopher was a wonderful host-from-afar and the house was utterly charming, comfortable, well-equipped and clean. Thank you SO much for an amazing holiday!

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so happy you found the church well-equipped, comfortable and clean. Our caretaker, Rose, does an excellent job. Please keep us in mind next time you travel to the area as we would love to host you again.
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Map

Nearest Airport
150 Kilometres
Halifax
Nearest Ferry
30 Kilometres
Digby
Car: necessary

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Rates & Availability

Annapolis Royal Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Summer 2016
Jul 1 2016 - Aug 31 2016
3 night minimum stay
$132
$927
 
 
Fall 2016
Sep 1 2016 - Oct 31 2016
3 night minimum stay
$121
$850
 
 
Spring 2017
May 1 2017 - Jun 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
$127
 
 
Summer 2017
Jul 1 2017 - Aug 31 2017
4 night minimum stay
$143
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$121
$850
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $193
Tax Rate 14.0%

CHECK-IN 4:00 pm (or other predetermined time)
CHECK-OUT 11:00 am

Smoking

No Smoking

No Pets Allowed

Privacy Policy

St. Albans Vacation Home is intended to be an adult oasis and is not suitable for those wishing to entertain family or friends.

Candles

Candles are not to be used inside the home.

Allergies

There is a ten foot, down filled sectional at St. Alban's in the main living space.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Annapolis Royal Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1100 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Rustic
General:
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 sleep sofa /futon
Entertainment:
  • Stereo
Outside:
  • Lawn / Garden
Suitability:
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • festivals
  • forests
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • roller blading
  • swimming
Notes:
Allergy Alert: There is a ten foot, down filled sectional at St. Alban’s in the main living space. Please note this in the event you or someone you are vacationing with are allergic to down. Although we empathize with your situation, refunds will not be given based on allergies with the discovery of the sectional after booking.

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