|Minimum Stay||4 - 7 nights|
Wildflower Cottage rests on 60 acres overlooking stunning and unimpeded views of the Annapolis River Basin – just 5 minutes from the beautiful town of Annapolis Royal, 1.5 hours from Yarmouth and 2 hours from Halifax in Nova Scotia. This artful 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom early-century cottage sleeps 4 and provides lots of beautiful outdoor space to explore. The setting is the perfect spot for a creative retreat or as a base home for touring the Annapolis Valley and other parts of western Nova Scotia. The cottage rests on a shaded hilltop in one of the most beautiful and pastoral areas of the Maritimes. Step out the front door to glorious open fields and woods, butterfly gardens, blueberry bushes and native wildflowers. Take in the magnificent, unobstructed view of the tidal Annapolis River-Basin and countryside. Savor the charms of this farm community, with its vegetable and fruit stands, vineyards, lively farmers' market, artists' shops and coffee hotspots. Enjoy the artful and vibrant Annapolis Royal just 3 minutes down the road. The cottage contains a fully equipped kitchen, upstairs queen-size bedroom with adjoining full bathroom; and downstairs bedroom with twin beds and adjoining bathroom. The dining room seats 4. Comfortable furnishings, antiques and thoughtful artwork throughout. Wildflower Cottage also comes with a deck and chairs and a picnic table overlooking the hillside and river. A perfect setting for couples, artists, small families or for an individual retreat. Owner's website: http://wildflowerns.com
Keywords: cottage, rural, farmhouse, waterfront, waterview, tidal river, wooded, peaceful, relaxing, nature, wildflowers, open space, Annapolis Royal, historic barn
I'm a photographer, writer, part-time painter and field naturalist. I fell in love with Nova Scotia many years ago, pulled up roots in New England and moved here permanently. The land and water scape, open skies and natural vistas replenish me every day. I feel so fortunate to be able to call this friendly and bucolic corner of the world my year round home. Hope you'll visit us soon!
Andi Rierden purchased this cottage in 2000
Sharing this beautiful cottage with guests is a labor of love for me. My husband and I live on the other side of this large waterfront property, though the cottage has its own private setting. Native wildflowers, mature maple, mountain ash and conifers surround the cottage. The views from the cottage evoke a classic landscape painting. Simply stunning. There's a beautiful river and marsh walk right near the cottage that tells a fascinating story of the region's rich agricultural and architectural history.
Throughout the cottage, I focus on letting in the light and bringing out its unique farmhouse features. Local art and pottery grace the walls. The rooms are spacious and comfortable. The kitchen is roomy and well-stocked. In short, Wildflower Cottage is a charmer!
Great location to town, outdoor activities, restaurants and parks; very comfortable seating; whimsical, artistic touches throughout; well-equipped kitchen, a wonderful place to photograph and paint, Certified Monarch Waystation, very private, gorgeous view with an amazing historic barn crowning the landscape.
We rented and enjoyed two weeks last August awakening each morning in the Wildflower Cottage anticipating and appreciating the surrounding beauty - a totally awesome scene from the bedroom window. Andi and Steve’s fine work is visible throughout the cottage ~ their caring shows everywhere as well as their commitment to life, beauty and service.
Since we had lived in Nova Scotia on a different hilltop many years ago, I knew the magnificence I was expecting, the beauty everyone falls in love with in Nova Scotia. I was entranced with a different perspective from the ‘Wildflower’. This enormous sky appeared more vast than ever before – clouds, like nowhere else – the ever-changing light – birds, butterflies and wildflowers everywhere. The view from my window at the Wildflower deepened my love and expanded all thoughts that I’ve ever had before regarding the beauty of Nova Scotia.
All of the reviews posted above are so accurate. The Wildflower cottage is an oasis of peace and tranquility in marvelous surroundings and the view of the Annapolis River is extra-ordinary. It was the perfect ‘home base’ for us as well as we were in this area to attend a wedding and visit with our friends. In the kitchen every tool needed to prepare a dinner was available and yes, the comfortable beds were a pleasure to return to at the end of all those beautiful busy days. Andi and Steve helped us to set up our laptop; they were available whenever we needed them.
One of my most favorite activities also was sitting in the big comfy chair enjoying the view that I carry within myself and touch into many times during my day remembering the joy I experienced. This is an excellent cottage rental – thank you.
p.s. The Port Royal Historic Site is a must for everyone ~
Immaculately clean. The views and fall color were so great. Very comfortable and hosts were so accommodating. It was private even though the owners live nearby. We will visit again so we can see more wildlife and hike. Lovely for a retreat for renewal and rest. Great music selection!
The fall colours were at their peak when our family of 3 recently stayed at wildflower cottage. After a long flight, arriving here was so soothing and sublime. The cottage, with its large picture windows displaying the beautiful meadows, matures trees, red barn and waterfront in panoramic view was out of a museum-quality painting. Hard to pull ourselves from away from this scene. The kitchen is large and definitely the best equipped of any vacation rental we've stayed at down to the stainless steel pots and pans, sharp knives and excellent coffee maker. There's a wonderfully cozy and spacious living room off the kitchen. The downstairs and upstairs bedrooms are thoughtfully designed and very comfortable. There is lots to do in Annapolis Royal and area, but we choose mainly to settle into our retreat and catch up on reading. Yet we did venture out each day and walked the town trails, had lunch or coffee at Bistro East, which we highly recommend, and explored the amazing historic gardens. We saw a good Celtic music band at the King's Theatre one evening and spent another day hiking in Keji park. The owners were delightful. We will definitely return. Many thanks. M&J
We spent one week here and loved coming back every evening to the tranquil setting after a day of exploring. The setting, although close to the road, has a beautiful view to the river at the back, with paths leading to the water, But we were gone most days to explore the area. There is so much to do and see in the area surrounding Granville Beach and Annapolis Royal.
In the immediate area we visited Fort Anne, Port Royal, the Tidal Generating Plant, Historic Gardens, and North Hills Museum. The Wolfville area included Grand Pre, rock-hounding at Scotts Bay and the hike to the gorgeous view at the end of Cape Split. One long day we even visited Lower West Pubnico's Acadian Village Museum, took the self-guided walking tour of Yarmouth's historic homes and visited scenic Cape Forchu. But our most memorable day was whale watching on a zodiac from Brier Island.
As to the home itself - it is an old home and does have fairly steep stairs leading up to the master bedroom and bathroom. Fans are provided for both the upstairs and downstairs bedrooms. When we arrived it was quite warm and stuffy, but by opening the windows and using the fans it was pleasant for sleeping. Other advantages of this rental include a large kitchen, separate dining room with huge picture window looking out to the river, and washer/dryer with detergent provided.
We would recommend this accommodation to others. It was very clean and the owner provided a detailed packet of information via e-mail prior to our arrival.
This home was built in the 1920's and has a few quirks such as some floors sloping a bit and a musty smell on first arrival. That said, it is charmingly decorated, very clean, large rooms and a great view. Close driving to Annapolis Royal. The owners live nearby and are very nice. We were two couples and had plenty of room. The kitchen is large and well stocked. Allow a little extra time if baking in the oven. Sitting in the sun room each morning, watching the sunrise and sipping our coffee will be a favorite memory. We would stay here again!
My husband and I spent a week in this wonderful home. It is exactly as pictured online, and super clean. If you are looking for a place that is so quiet in the morning, that you can hear the bee on the flower outside the window, then this is the place for you. We enjoyed the views, the property, the house, and meeting Andi and Steve. Thank you for sharing the little piece of heaven with the world.
Loved Wildflower Cottage 😍, An amazing value.
Iconic Valley view; simply breathtaking. The passion and effort the owners apply to the cottage & vast property is heartwarming. The views are abundant & diverse: encompassing wildflower meadows, lush verdant lawns, garden beds, bounded by the glorious Annapolis River & tree clad North Mountain. It is so beautiful as to be surreal. The cottage is absolutely charming, totally functional & supremely comfortable. The kitchen has great design & is perfectly equipped. House & yard are immaculate, yet warm & welcoming. Wildflower Cottage surpassed our high expectations & we hated to leave. The area is fabulous, so much to see & do. We love, love, love the bread @ The German Bakery in Annapolis Royal. Andi, the proprietress is wonderfully helpful, generous & kind !
Our experience of the cottage, property & area attractions was outstanding.
The Annapolis Royal area is that special kind of place that lingers sweetly in your mind and memory. Cradled within a land and seascape of serene natural beauty, the region rests in the palm of a long glacial valley severed by the Annapolis River and Tidal Basin. Buffered by two mountain ridges on the north and south, the land on either side of the river widens into a broad swath of salt marsh and cultivated earth. Over the North Mountain lies the Bay of Fundy and to the south, an expanse of lakes, a national park and protected wilderness areas. The region’s cultural hub, the town of Annapolis Royal, is one of the Maritimes most culturally diverse and welcoming communities. With its beautifully preserved historic and architectural legacy of Victorian, Georgian and Arts & Crafts homes, it is the perfect backdrop to the artistic energy emanating from the town’s waterfront shopping district, art galleries, farmers’ market, gardens and theatre. Recently named to the top 12 list of This Old House’s “Best Old-House Neighborhoods,” Annapolis Royal also garnered praise by the CBC as one of the Maritimes top ten “most engaging and culturally dynamic communities.” Last year the Canadian and International Garden Tourism Awards lauded the town’s Historic Gardens as one of the “Top five North American Gardens Worth Travelling For.”
Things to see and do:
Wildflower Cottage is a wonderful place for relaxing after a day of activities, which could include birding and whale watching, hiking, kayaking, bicycling and beachcombing. The Annapolis French Basin Marsh is great place for birding, particularly during migratory months. Whale watching tour boats in nearby Digby Neck will show you whales and other Atlantic marine wildlife including seals and sea birds in their natural habitat. The Shore Road is a beautiful drive winding along the Bay of Fundy coast and features three lighthouses, seven cobble beaches, five fishing wharves, and a seafood market at Parker's Cove. There are nearby provincial parks, nature preserves, and art galleries that you can visit. Kejimkujik National Park with many levels of hiking trails, is a 35-minute drive and offers canoe and kayak rentals. The O'Dell Museum, Sinclair Museum and North Hills Museum showcase local history. The area has two 18-hole golf courses. There are music concerts and films at King's Theatre, a chocolatier shop and a variety of restaurants for eat-in or take out. The Farmers' Market across from the Annapolis Wharf runs Weds. and Sats. all summer.
Visit Upper Clements Adventure Park with 30 rides and a challenging wooded zip-line course or hike along the spectacular Delaps Cove Trail on the Bay of Fundy. Spend the day at nearby Raven Haven Beach. Take in an art workshop or coffeehouse evening at ArtsPlace, the region's public art gallery. Join a Candlelight Grave Tour at Fort Anne National Historic Park or meet the 'ghosts' at the Sinclair Museum.