This charming getaway is located within walking distance of the village of Baddeck, and .3 miles from the local Bell Bay Golf course and less than an hour drive to Bandon Dunes "Cabot Links" and "Cabot Cliffs" courses in Inverness. Golfers can have the best of both worlds staying here.
World class views of the Bras d'Or Lakes are seen from every door and window. A private Cape Breton beach and dock are just steps away from the cottage.
Enjoy sightseeing and easy living- many local activities: golfing, sailing, swimming, kayaking, hiking, and relaxing! The property is absolutely beautiful and well maintained. It is spacious, lined with hedges, trees, gardens and a tall fence making it totally private and peaceful. The waterfront porch is an excellent place from which to view the morning and evening sunscapes and the restful mountainside across the lake.
This property offers a modern kitchen, cozy living area with original stone fireplace, large dining room, master bedroom with king size bed, upstairs loft bedroom with twin beds, a full size bed, and half bath. Also, a separate guest cottage: king bed, sitting area, and full bath with shower.
Local Interests and Activities: This property is just a few miles from The Cabot Trail and easy access to daily Cape Breton Island sightseeing.
Baddeck is a major tourist destination: home of the Alexander Graham Bell Museum, as well as numerous restaurants, shops,The Bras d'Or Yacht Club, a government wharf with tour boats, and Bell Bay Golf course (rated the best new golf course in Canada)
There are many ways to be part of these activities-rent a kayak, sail off the wharf, charter a boat, or take a ferry over to Kidston's Island Beach for a local swim!
Satellite TV included
Wireless internet included
Sailors and Seaworthy Crew: Sailors and those nautically inclined, will feel right at home watching colorful spinnakers on boats sailing down the Baddeck Bay along with kayaks, paddle boats and windsurfers- all able to be enjoyed from our waterfront covered porch!
1) Sailboat and motor boat tours in Baddeck at the Government Wharf
2) Charter vessels for the day or week from local villagers and businesses
3) Rent kayaks, canoes, and paddleboats in the village center by the Government Wharf
4) Other nearby cruise options include Whale watching and Puffin bird watching tours
Celtic Colours October Festival: October features the Celtic Colours Music Festival. In Cape Breton, you'll also find interesting highland dancing and music all over the island. In cafes and restaurants, in concert halls, and churches, as well as on quaint street corners.
The change of seasons and beginning of the fall weather welcome visitors to experience all that the area has to offer!
When you've finished for the day, come back to our cozy cottage for a bit of quiet relaxation and beautiful waterfront views.
Our family has been vacationing and enjoying Nova Scotia for over 40 years. We love the location, the sights, sounds and people of Cape Breton. Our extended family is here and we invite friends and relatives to visit this special spot as well!
This very special spot is located right near the Cabot Trail as well as the village of Baddeck. It makes for easy touring, golfing hiking and exploring Cape Breton by day- where ever you might plan travel- then returning to a welcoming cottage location in the afternoon or evening, with all the comforts and luxuries you need to relax while on vacation, enjoying the waterfront views across the Bras d'Or Lakes.
Consider staying on the premises for a day and take advantage of a 'day off' spent reading on the picturesque porch or down on the renovated dock area for a swim, kayak or sail! Water crafts can be rented in town for the day or the week.
Plan on staying here at least a week and look forward to memories that will ask you to return again..and again!
Before we head home, I want to let you know how much we enjoyed both houses we stayed in.
The place in Baddeck is nothing short of spectacular.
The location, the beds,the kitchen,the living room with character, the porch, the golf course,the views, the guest house and the yard have all been perfect for us and for our dogs. Norma was kind enough to babysit our 2 dogs the day we played golf at the Highlands course.
Everything has been perfect so far. We can ask for no more.
I have been renting homes through Homeaway and VRBO for at least 7 or 8 years now. This may be the best place I've ever rented. The home, its furnishings and its location on the shore of Bras d'Or Lake all combine to deliver a sense of peace and tranquility. In my aunt's words, staying in this home added "a whole new dimension to our experience" at the Celtic Colours festival of 2016. It is a premium property.
The pictures are good, but don't really do full justice when it comes to conveying the ambiance of the home and property. The level of attention to detail, all for the convenience of a guest, is remarkable. As an example, there were three small pocket size flashlights hanging on a small rack in the kitchen, in case anyone needed them. The furniture, linens and kitchen fittings were not as good as home - they were often better! The kitchen is huge and has pretty much anything you could possibly want in it. There is a half bath off the kitchen. We were a party of five. Two people stayed in the guesthouse, which includes a king size bed and a full bathroom with a huge walk in shower. Two ( I was one of the two) stayed in the master suite in the main house, which also has a full bath off of it with a tub and shower combination. It also has a small walk in closet with lots of hangers, which was really appreciated! Finally, there is an attic that has been nicely converted to a sleeping loft above the main house, running the entire length of the house. It's accessed via an outdoor staircase. My niece had that space to herself, though there are 3 or four beds in the space; one in an area right by the entrance and the others at the farther end, with a half bath between the two areas.
Jan, the property owner, was very accommodating, providing excellent instructions for reaching the property, tips for shopping ahead of arrival and she was available for any questions. She's also done a wonderful job of putting together information on the house, the town and Cape Breton. It is clear that she takes great pride in this property (as well she should), works hard to maintain it and wants her guests to enjoy it as much as she does.
This is a wonderful property for a small group of adult friends, family or extended family group, especially with children who are a little older and who can sleep in the attic on their own (or have an older child or adult to sleep up there with them).
I came to Baddeck on a whim and could not have been luckier to have landed in such a warm and comforting place. The cottage, guest house and grounds are maintained in tip top shape. The porch was lovely for a cup of coffee, visit with a friend as we watched sail boats glide by and to watch a lovely (brief) downpour. You cannot believe the view until you are there - it is even better than the pictures! The living area is well preserved and so cozy. There are many books available that detail the local rich history and plenty of board games available should it rain. The fireplace came in handy on a particularly chilly evening and was easy to maneuver. The updated kitchen was better stocked than mine at home and had not slept so well in the king size bed in years! The location is perfect to be able to walk to town, but also to hop in the car and take an excursion. I look forward to returning and bringing more family members and friends. Truly a special place for all.
Recently stayed at Kildare with 3 kids and my older parents who loved their own guest cottage. From everything you could need in the well-equipped kitchen, to the library of books, music and games in the family room, we wanted for nothing. We loved reading about the history of the cottage, and all the books on the shelves about Alexander Graham Bell (especially Mabel :)). The kids loved their loft away from everyone else, and I loved my own master with panoramic views of the lake, the sunrise, the morning mist, Beinn Bhreagh, the Amoeba sailing by, and direct access to the beautiful deck where you could sit with coffee in the morning or a glass of wine at night and take in the natural beauty. Jan as the owner was a delight to correspond with, providing helpful local suggestions of things to see and do and was always available for any questions. Baddeck is the perfect base from which to explore all of Cape Breton for day trips, and the cottage was ideally situated for morning runs along the lake, or a brisk walk into town for coffee and pastries. Even when the weather misbehaved, we had wifi, board games, and the covered porch to watch the storms. The blend of the guest cottage, kids' loft, spacious grounds, the history of the cottage and area and the beautiful views means everyone was happy, which lead to a fantastic vacation. Jan - we will be back - there's so much more to see - and Kildare has left us with some very happy memories - thank you so much for sharing!
We were a group of golfers and we had plenty of room to be comfy and enjoy your time off !
Kitchen was very well equipped !
Location was perfect for exploring the Cape's courses !
Thxs for everything !
Our group could not have asked for more from our recent stay @ the Kildare property! From the planning stages of our trip, the owner, Jan, was so gracious with her time as she addressed all of our questions about the details and the amenities of the home. All her descriptions were spot on... a lovely home on a gorgeous scenic bay - so conveniently located to our music venues, the Cabot Trail, as well as to the quaint town of Baddeck. The property was very clean and extremely well maintained. There were 5 of us, so the separate sleeping areas were ideal. The family room, with a cozy fireplace was enjoyed nightly for our group gatherings. The porch was spectacular; the place where we all started our mornings; coffee mugs in hand. Jan provided us with great recommendations for local places to eat and activities to enjoy (such as the Amoeba boat tour). We would highly recommend Kildare as a great property to stay @ in the Baddeck area!
As a frequent VRBO renter, I can honestly say that this house ranks as one of the best. The property lacks nothing -- a gorgeous setting, a beautiful home, excellent amenities, privacy, and yet proximity to the lovely town of Baddeck. The house has comfortable rooms, really nice artwork, books, music, and a deck that is a great place to eat meals and watch the sun set over Baddeck Bay. The bedrooms feature snuggly pillows and comforters, fluffy bathrobes (a nice touch!) and very upscale bathrooms. For the hardy soul, the outdoor shower with instantly hot water was delightful, even in 60 degree September weather. We love to cook, and the kitchen was stocked with every utensil, appliance, pot or pan that a cook could wish for. Plus, it's a great place to just hang out with friends, with its long island with seating for four or five people. The town of Baddeck is a central location from which to explore Cape Breton. We took day trips to hike in Highlands national park, with its jaw dropping beauty; toured Highlands Village, a very cool historic site where we learned to sing a song in Gaelic; toured the Alexander Graham Bell historic site right in Baddeck; spent a day on beautiful Mabou Beach; and attended a foot-stomping Ceilidh (a performance of traditional Celtic music). All of these were within easy drives of Kildare. Baddeck has an assortment of nice restaurants, cafes, and shops. A great micro-brewery called Big Spruce is a short drive away, and worth the visit. It's a fun place and the beer is delicious. Jan, the owner of the property, was very helpful prior to our arrival in recommending travel directions from Halifax airport, places to get groceries, and interesting things to see and do. I would highly recommend Kildare for couples, families and friends looking for a special place to vacation in Cape Breton.
Golf: This location lends itself to golf vacations for 2-3 couples experiencing a variety of Cape Breton Golf Courses.
1) Bell Bay GC just .3 miles from our waterfront cottage location.
Easy access and fun to return to any time- a 5 minute drive.
2) Cape Breton Highlands GC is just over 1 hour- an easy, scenic drive
3) Keltic Lodge-located north of Baddeck adjacent to the Cape Breton Highlands National Park
4) Cabot Links (NEW)- in Inverness-......Bandon Dunes of Oregon has developed a spectacular 'destination' golf course in a waterscape setting of unforgettable greens, golf and views. Travel distance is 30-40 minutes from our properties. A MUST!!!
|Refundable damage deposit||$375|
Payment is accepted in US dollars or Canadian currency- also accept money orders.
Pets are not allowed.
Rates and terms are subject to change without notice.
Security deposit required / cleaning fee