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Water front home on the Cabot Trail (Acadian fishing village) with over 200 private acres nearby to hike, ATV or snowmobile. 5 min. to Cheticamp, 10 min. to National Park, 4 Bedrooms (sleeps 9), 2 Baths with washer/dryer, 2 kitchens, Living room, TV room with large screen, game room w/ping pong table, awesome sunsets, walk to lake (trout fish), walk to ocean (great rock hounding) or to the mountains (see moose), bald eagles on front lawn. Travel up the road to whale watch, Cheticamp Island to see seals and bird rookery. Golf on 3 of the best area courses. Horse back ride on trails/ocean or visit our two museums. Lots of local music and theater. Home of renowned hookers and fiddlers (As In Rugs and Music).
We have stayed in a lot of rental homes in a lot of countries and this one is our favorite. The location is perfect -- you feel remote with a 180-degree view of the ocean with no other sign of human life, yet the local market is a 3-min drive away. (Or you could walk there and forage your own oysters and mussels along the way.) You're 5 min to Cheticamp and 15 min the Highlands park Cheticamp entrance. We hiked nearly every day in the park, bought local fish on the way home, and returned to make it for dinner in the well-stocked kitchen. On our one stormy day (which was amazing to watch from inside the cozy living room), the kids played hours of table tennis downstairs in the basement which is like its own little apartment with kitchen, new shower, and bedroom. We didn't need to sleep down there though because upstairs has three bedrooms and a bath -- just right for our family of 4. The kids also loved the big grassy yard where they could play soccer, fly their kite and play catch with our dog (who was in heaven -- she never gets this much space to run!) while the grownups could watch the sunset from the rocking chairs on the front porch. We also walked down to the water's edge where we collected rocks and drift wood and across the road to the two lakes where my son attempted to catch fish. (We got worms for a $2 donation in a shack behind the Dollar Store in case you're looking!) On a practical level, the house has everything you could ever need -- an abundance of towels, blankets, pots and pans, you name it; even a food processor! -- it's very clear that this was someone's home, not a property just to rent out. It's truly a special place. Definitely worth the 16 hour drive to get here from NY!
Our family of four stayed here for two nights and loved it. House sits right across from the ocean. Stunning sunsets. Beach access is right up road. Home is very comfortable. Has all the amenities you need for your stay. Enjoy views from the porch or living room. We enjoyed nightly ping-pong tournaments in the finished basement. Peaceful and quiet. Entrance to Cape Breton Park - and arguably the most scenic section of the Cabot Trail - just 10 minutes away. Good selection of restaurants and co-op a few minutes away. Perfect home for families.
Nearby stops - Mr. Chicken soft serve ice cream is delicious.
Our family of four adults stayed at this wonderful vacation house, just off the main Cabot Trail on Old Cabot Trail Road overlooking the ocean. Germaine came by to greet us and was full of helpful information for exploring the local area. We loved the location overlooking the Bay of St. Lawrence, and accommodations were clean and well maintained. There were more bedrooms than we could use. The basement bedroom and living area had recently been renovated, including a beautiful wall mural of the local area which wrapped around us as we sat in the comfy chairs watching late night movies. Interesting works of art are found throughout the house.
The main first floor living area is perfectly situated with large roll out casement windows [which catch the lovely breezes], to watch the lobster and fishing boats complete their morning runs. Each night we would sit in the same grand theater to watch the spectacular sunsets.
The house is close to many hikes on Cabot Trail: The Bog, Skyline, Buttereau, and many more. We were very close to Cheticamp and enjoyed exploring the area. The beach is a short walk from the house and we also walked over to the two lakes, Petite and Grand Lakes across Cabot Trail toward the mountains. We enjoyed fresh seafood at one of our favorite restaurants, Seafood Stop Restaurant and Fish Market.
We hope to come back and stay here again.
The Alderfers from Pennsylvania
We were so pleased that we booked this place. It was lots larger than we needed, but of course that is not a problem. The house is well equipped and full of locally gathered mementoes like stone and driftwood. The bald eagle who enjoys a favorite perch just across the lawn is pretty astonishing. We enjoyed the lovely sunsets, the nice decks with comfortable furniture, and the good beds. The location is excellent--near enough to restaurants and other services, but very quiet. The enormous National Park which covers much of the northern Cape is an easy drive away. If they're available, don't miss buying snow crabs from the Seafood Place. The owners will really make you feel at home in this rental.
We are 8 lady friends whom stayed at your home in Grand Etang,it was an awesome stay. your home is wonderful and fully equipped and every thing we could ask for . we enjoyed the beautiful sunset in the evenings ,and also enjoyed our walks along the trail road , we would greatly suggest this home to our family and friends .
We had the most beautiful week at Russ and Joan's cottage. We enjoyed Germaine and Roland's visits to check that we had what we needed. The cottage was so much more than we expected. Every night we witnessed a stunning sunset from the front porch. We enjoyed walks along the beach choosing the best stones and driftwood to collect. The bald eagles perched at the pier would often fly by in front of our eyes. The people of Cape Breten are the warmest and friendliest. The music in the pubs was so enjoyable. This was the best part of our Nova Scotia vacation.
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Above 6 persons there is an extra charge of $20.00 per person per night
Located on the ocean with the mountains to our back. In a small fishing village and within walking distance to 2 lakes. It is a short drive to the national park (rated by National Geographic as the #1 island in North America) we own 200 hundred private acres nearby to hike. Great ATV trails.• The Cape Breton Highlands National Park is located just 15 minutes away from the house. It is just beyond Cheticamp as you travel the Cabot Trail. There are so many great hikes. A few of our favorites are the Skyline & the hike down to Fishing Cove. There are some great short ones, too - such as The Bog, and Lone Sheiling. They have maps of all the hikes at the Visitor Center
• Gampo Abbey, a Buddhist monastery in the Shambhala tradition, is not too far. Pema Chodron is the principle teacher there. It is located in Pleasant Bay, which is a town in the middle of the National Park. It takes about 45-60 minutes to get there from the house. There may or may not be tours going on (I believe they end at the end of August), but you can walk all around the grounds & visit the Stupa. There are some fun hikes on the property, the view is amazing, and in general it is just a pretty amazing place
• There are some great restaurants/cafes in the area. The All Aboard Restaurant and The Frog Pond Café in Cheticamp are two of our favorites. If you are travelling through Mabou - the Red Shoe Pub is a great spot. The Doryman Pub in Cheticamp has lots of great music (fiddling, great traditional music, etc). If you travel to Baddeck (about an hour away on the Cabot Trail) - check out the Herring Choker, a great little café & bakery. There is also the first brewery in Cape Breton there - the Big Spruce Brewing Company (beautiful spot). In Margaree (about a 30 minute drive) is a great cafe called the Dancing Goat (and across the street is a great local artisan shop called Two Macs)
• Beaches are wonderful! If you walk from the house just down our dirt road (heading in the direction of Cheticamp) in a few minutes you will get to some large boulders on the left & here is a path down to the beach. It is a rocky beach - but the rocks are incredibly beautiful & often you will find you are the only one there. One of our favorite beaches is Margaree Harbour beach (about a 20 minute drive). There is also the Cheticamp Island Beach (just 5 or so minutes away).
It is such a slow & simple place. Sunsets are beautiful from the porch. There are often bald eagles on the cliff in front of the house. There is a sweet little museum down at the harbor at the end of our road that teaches about the mi-careme (or mid-lent) festival celebrated in Cheticamp and by many Acadian communities. Le Trois Pignon is a cultural center in Cheticamp that has a wonderful display of hooked rugs & explains the history of hooking in the area.
Enjoy & let me know if you have any questions.