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Bill

Member since: 2011
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Speaks: english

Your Slice of Oceanfront Heaven, Nova Scotia

26 Reviews
Sleeps8
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Overview

Halifax House Rental Photos and Description

House, 3 Bedrooms + Den, 2.5 Baths, (Sleeps 6-8)

My oceanfront home is nestled in four acres of Maple, Birch and Spruce woodland on the rugged south shores of Nova Scotia, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Just a short drive from Halifax, the house is very inviting and every room has a different perspective on the surroundings, adding vibrancy and interest to your living space enjoyment.

Property:

Primary elevations facing South and West, maximizing the power of the sun and the changing seasonal views.

Rich sunsets with magnificent and unique colours.

Main level:

Large windows and glass doors abound, making the home very bright, and spirit lifting.

Natural wood products, adding cozy warmth and beauty

Canadian Maple and Brazilian Cherry floors.

Solid American Cherry doors for all interior rooms.

An open concept main floor, centered around a large, fully equipped kitchen, with breakfast bar.

A dining area comfortably seating eight, overlooking the forest and ocean.

A living area/great room with a two storey bank of windows, overlooking the ocean.

A modern fireplace providing a focal point, and natural heat for chilly and damp days.

The remainder of the main level includes:

powder room/half bathroom

a cozy and inviting guest bedroom

a well equipped laundry room

the main entrance foyer

Second level:

A mezzanine, overlooking the main floor two-storey windows and main fireplace.

A second set of comfortable leather sofas in the living area, with television and stereo.

Two huge bedrooms on either side of the mezzanine living area, each with their own full bathroom.

The master bedroom has a double soaker tub while the second bedroom has a spa-quality, luxurious walk-in shower.

Total bedroom privacy – The upper bedrooms are at opposite ends of the house, and well away from the bedroom on the main floor.

Keywords: Executive oceanfront retreat, serenity, beach, private, secluded, woodland, sailing, kayaking, cozy, nature, ocean, family reunion, peaceful, relaxing.

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Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Bill (Owner)
Member since: 2011
Call Owner
Speaks: english

About Bill

After many years work in mechanical engineering, I retired so I could go sailing. I also enjoy a good game of squash, which I play throughout the year. When I'm home I like to share great meals and funny stories with my friends. This home is ideal for entertaining throughout the year and a great spot to gather your family and friends from around the globe.

Bill purchased this house in 2004

Why Bill chose Nova Scotia

I transferred to Nova Scotia in 1999, and was determined to make the most of 'Canada's Ocean Playground'. I started with kayaking and was later invited to go sailing. The instant I felt the sails fill with wind to carry us across St. Margarets Bay I was hooked, I had to stay. The hospitality and friendship of Nova Scotians is so compelling I decided to build a home on the ocean so that I could enjoy the bold views and peaceful surroundings as well as the people. I built my home in 2004 and have never looked back. Now I sail whenever possible, which is why I am able to share my home with you, especially in the Summer and Fall! Come and enjoy the comfort of my home and all that Nova Scotia has to offer.

What makes this house unique

Spending time in my home you will feel any stress of the day melting away. It is so peaceful and relaxing here. If you've never sat at the edge of the ocean and watched the waves roll in, you owe it to yourself to try it.

And at night, watch in wonder at the stars. They are so clear and bright out in the country.

Reviews

5
based on 26 traveler reviews

Your Slice of Oceanfront Heaven, Nova Scotia
average rating of 5.0 based on 26 reviews
Wilkesboro ,NC
5

Ocean Retreat in Blind Bay

  • 5 of 5

We are 4 seniors in relatively good shape and we were looking for a quiet home on the ocean...we found it here at Bill's place in Blind Bay. We also wanted a home relatively close enough to attractions and places to hike and explore...that, too, was found here at Bill's place in Blind Bay. We went to the Bay of Fundy to experience the low tides and Lucketts Winery and to Halifax twice to visit the Citadel , tour the city with the Harbour Hopper, and eat at several wonderful restaurants on the Harbour Walk ...Bicycle Thief was a favorite. We loved coming back to Bill's home after our days of adventure. A suggestion for the home would be to have TV cable or satellite as we did miss the AM and evening news as well as being able to watch some shows together in the evenings after our days' adventures. The one disappointment was that we were unable to kayak due to the fog and wind conditions. We never cooked in the house as there are too many restaurants to try in the area toward Peggy's Cove, Indian Harbour, and Halifax. The house is equipped with most all you would need , has an awesome deck with 4 chairs ( a table would be nice), and the water views are beautiful. A special treat was meeting Bill who had fresh flowers, chocolates, and a bottle of wine waiting for our arrival. That made us feel pretty special.

  • Submitted: Sep 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Drumbo, Ontario
5

Peaceful Retreat

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here in early April for a geocaching getaway to explore Nova Scotia. Knowing the weather could be iffy this time of year, I wanted a peaceful place on the ocean with a fireplace for cozy evenings even if the wind was howling outside. This place fit the bill perfectly and Bill provided us with ample logs. Thankfully the fireplace was easy to use. It is a beautiful home in a peaceful location and even though neighbours aren't that far away (if needed) you'd never know it - perfect for what we were looking for. To get to this secluded location in a gated community, you need to travel approx 4 km down gravel roads. We especially enjoyed returning around dusk because there was lots of wildlife we encountered on these quiet country roads. We saw deer, porcupine and even a ruffed grouse showing off in hopes of attracting a mate. We also enjoyed evening walks along the quiet country road. Bill was great to deal with and even when we encountered a misunderstanding, he was quick to make it right. He is trusting, welcoming and helpful and we appreciated the special touch of flowers, chocolate and wine welcoming us upon arrival. Kudos to his cleaning staff (he told us who does his cleaning but that's our little secret :)) who make sure the place is spic and span. We really enjoyed our time here and wouldn't hesitate to return.

  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Amazing!!

  • 5 of 5

Our family of five stayed at this property in Aug. of 2015. We loved this place. Positives: Water views, spacious, clean...everything was perfect (except the slow internet speed..smile). Bill met us when we arrived (thanks for the wine, flowers and chocolates). The house had every thing you could think of...the kitchen was awesome! In addition to the view, we saw deer several mornings right outside the front door. We built fires by the bay, did cookouts on the deck and truly relaxed. We will be coming back. We would give 6 stars if we could.

  • Submitted: Sep 16, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your great feedback Randy. You hold the award for the longest drive anyone has made to stay at my home : ) I'm glad to hear you made good use of the kitchen, BBQ and fire pit on the bay. Nice of the deer to drop by for a visit in the mornings too. I appreciate your nod for six stars, it's very kind of you and I will gladly welcome you back to experience them all again in the future. Cheers, Bill
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Memphis, Tn
5

Perfect

  • 5 of 5

My husband, son, dau-in-law, and I had the grand luck to be able to spend three glorious weeks in Bill's gorgeous home! I can no fault with anything. Bill is a most gracious host, and handsome to boot! The house was equipped with everything one would need and all top shelf. The re-cycling system was a bit of a challenge but we muddled through as best we could. If you are looking for a place to relax and reflect on the world, read that book you have been meaning to read or take day trips to see more of Nova Scotia, this is the perfect place. Watching seals, eagles, and deer are just a bonus. THANK YOU SO MUCH Bill for sharing your world with us! M. Gore , Memphis, TN

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for your kind and lovely review MB. Blushing a little here over your personal comment : ) It was a pleasure to meet you Ralph, Cindy and Sanford. That first night chatting on the deck over drinks and munchies was so much fun. You all had great stories to share. Nice to know that you and Ralph, enjoyed the wildlife and peace and quiet. I received a really nice email from Cindy and Sanford, regarding their extensive travels and how great it was to return "home" at the end of each excursion. Thanks so much for the personalized boat gift and music CD's. A rare and wonderful treat. You did a perfect job on the recycling streams so there was no need to worry. I took your lead on the sorting method and added some specific collection bags. Nova Scotians are trying hard to minimize landfill operations by composting and recycling. You did a fine job of helping in that regard. Thank you. All the Best to you all. Cheers, Bill
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5

Beautiful

  • 5 of 5

What a magical place

I first must say how gracious Bill is. We made the long journey from Michigan and arrived at 330 am!! Bill was waiting for us and greeted us warmly. There was a bouquet of flowers chocolate and wine waiting for us. How lovely !!

The house is warm and comfortable and inviting. Perfect really. The location is stunning and a short drive to many beautiful locations. If R and R is what is needed then the deck is an ideal spot. We saw bald Eagles flying around us butterflies and humming birds.

The kitchen was great everything we needed and the sleeping accommodations very nice and peaceful. Peggy's cove is stunning Halifax a fun and beautiful city and cape Breton is a must see. Nova Scotia and Bills house will be visited again. Thank you again Bill!!

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for your kind review Lisa. Considering you all drove from Michigan, with a trailer in tow, the least I could do was wait up for you and welcome you to my home : ) I did catch a few winks on the couch before you arrived though! I found out a few days after you left that the Bald Eagles have two fledglings in their nest. My neighbours and I are like proud parents! I'd love to welcome you back any time you'd like to explore more of Nova Scotia....and indulge in a little more R and R. Cheers, Bill
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Westland, MI
5

Just a great place to relax

  • 5 of 5

We've rented homes on VRBO for 13 years but this one was simply outstanding and among the very best we've ever rented. The photos were great and certainly do the property justice, but the actual setting is even more beautiful. The home is very comfortable, spacious, well equipped, and in a perfect location to get away from everything and relax.

Bill was very gracious in welcoming us to his home and showing us around. Beyond that, he offered a variety of great suggestions on things to do in the area, ranging from kayaking and biking to local restaurants and nearby towns to visit. At Bill's suggestion, we visited Rhubarb -- a nearby restaurant -- and found the food to be incredible.

We spent the days exploring the area and the nights enjoying just sitting, talking and taking in the view from the deck. Each morning we woke to our own private view of the water (this home is nicely secluded) and, at night, enjoyed the stars from this piece of heaven. It was also great to take walks at dusk and observe the wildlife. We saw everything from a porcupine to a bald eagle in the area, which really excited our kids. In addition, several large and majestic deer wandered across the property each morning. If we ever return to Nova Scotia we'd stay at Bill's place in a heartbeat. We can't think of any place that could have been more perfect. Bill, thank you for opening your home to our family and all of your wonderful suggestions for things to do and see in the area. Your personal touch made our vacation even more enjoyable!

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Amy, For capturing the essence of my home and its setting in such a lovely manner. I spend time in the off season sculpting and maintaining the forest to optimize the setting, views and privacy. It's nice when people notice. I love answering questions from my guests to help them enjoy Nova Scotia. And you had lots of great questions. I'm glad you were able to take in some of mybsuggestions to enjoy the scenery, wildlife and food of this area and of course the tranquility here. I'm honoured to hear you compare my home to some of the best you've experienced and happy to have been a part of your vacation planning and enjoyment. If you do come back to Nova Scotia, I'll be happy to offer you more suggestions and ideas.....in a heartbeat. Cheers, Bill
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Rates & Availability

Halifax House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
September/October
Sep 4 2016 - Oct 28 2016
7 night minimum stay
$1,677
 
 
Christmas/New Year
Dec 17 2016 - Jan 7 2017
7 night minimum stay
$1,677
 
 
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
$1,220
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $762

Rates for extended stays available upon request.

Reservations are accepted with a $300 deposit. Remainder is due in two equal payments 60 and 30 days prior to arrival.

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Amenities

Halifax House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Oceanfront ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
General:
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2.5
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Queen size Beds (4) Three bedrooms with queen size beds. Fourth bed is a deep, comfortable inflatable queen size mattress with electric pump. For use in den if required.
Entertainment:
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Game Console ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Attractions:
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing

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