About the property
- Cottage2000 sqft
- Half Baths2
- Minimum Stay7 nights
3 Bedrooms with loft, 2 full bathrooms, 2 half bathrooms, easily sleeps 6
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.
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- Calendar last updated:
- May 24, 2018
About Jan Blynn
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!
What makes this Cottage unique
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!
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Kildare was fabulous!
We loved the house with all of the amenities and the beautiful porch that we spent lots of time on . We were even able to go swimming off the dock in September.
It is super close to Baddeck which was great for restaurants and shopping.
We would highly reccomend Kildare!
Fabulous! We did not want to leave!!
It is a delight to write a review about Kildare cottage at Baddeck. Our holiday to Nova Scotia was 16 days, with the last week spent at Kildare. We were thrilled on our arrival - the cottage is so amazing! The owners, the Blynns, have thought of everything (and more!) that a person would need. From our first contact with Jan to our arrival and stay at the cottage, we received helpful, thoughtful information every step of the way.
The setting of the cottage is stunning. We felt relaxed the minute we walked through the gate. Beautifully kept grounds and flower beds. I sat on the deck each morning with my coffee and just absorbed the beauty and tranquility of the location. We spent many hours on the deck enjoying the view of the lake, sailboats, and the start of the fall colours.
The cottage is simply beautiful. Obviously very well cared for and loved. It is charming, cozy, yet roomy. The separate guest cottage is lovely and worked so nicely for our party of two couples. The kitchen is huge and extremely well equipped. We loved preparing meals here - comfortable for everyone to sit, enjoy cocktails and discuss the day's adventures.
The information book with the history of the home, along with information on all of the local restaurants and attractions - was invaluable. We really enjoyed the books about the local history too.
It is the perfect location for exploring Cape Breton Island. We plan to return in the next couple of years and stay longer at Kildare. It is a very special place.
I would rather keep this a well kept secret!... but...
I fear we must spill the beans for this is one of the most magnificent places we've ever rented.
Kildare, as it was named by its original owner, sits both at the heart of Cape Breton and of historical Canadian events. On Baddeck Bay, right in front of the cottage, the first heavier than air flight in Canada took place in 1909 and a world record for boat speed was broken in 1919 on an hydrofoil. Both crafts designed by Alexander Graham Bell and his collaborators who lived in Beinn Bhreagh, the peninsula across the bay.
Numerous other review posts have already highlighted what a perfect rental this is, so I won’t repeat everything. But the charm of the cottage, the quietness of the surroundings and the gorgeous view on Bras d’or Lake can’t be fully rendered by the pictures or the reviews. The Chinese have a name for such an harmony, it is feng shui.
This kind of perfection does not happen by chance. Jan, the owner is attending to it. She was very responsive and always ahead of everything to make sure we had the best time possible while we were there.
These were perfect family vacations!
Shangri-La in Baddeck, NS
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).
Could not get enough of this delicious cottage!
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.
Piece of Cape Breton paradise
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!
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!!!
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