|Minimum Stay||3 - 4 nights|
The Sailloft sits on a private island with a wrap around deck looking out to the Atlantic Ocean. It has been designed as a haven away from all of the hustle and bustle of our busy world. Its bright interior is facilitated by large windows and the use of bright, happy colours. While its exterior showcases a traditional Cape Cod house - the interior is totally modern with a centrepiece stainless steel and wood spiral staircase.
The main floor includes a step-down living room overlooked by a a chef's kitchen that includes a six burner propane stove and oven, a microwave and large refrigerator.
A large great room is located on the other side of the staircase with a great fireplace, dining and sitting areas.
A full bathroom is also located on the main floor.
The second floor has four bedrooms. These rooms have been designed as two bedrooms each with their own "sitting rooms" that include sofa couches that turn into double beds. These sitting rooms are separated by covered glass French doors.
The second floor bathroom has an amazing high back claw foot bath. This room doubles as the laundry room with a stackable washer and dryer.
I live most of the year in Portugal operating our albergue (hostel) on the Camino de Santiago (as seen in the movie "The Way".) Since my husband's death in 2008, and my children's transition to western Canada, I found that I had to reinvent my life.
This was a very challenging undertaking since my life had revolved around my family and our beautiful property on Owls Head Island. Here was where we created an abundance of beautiful memories - swimming, sailing and enjoying the beauty of the island and the south shore of Nova Scotia.
In 2010 we held my youngest son's wedding of the front lawn of the Sailloft in a tent that accommodated 120 people.
What I want the most is to have this home "lived in" and enjoyed in the same way my family was blessed.
Lesley E Southwick Trask purchased this house in 2005
This house was built as a testament to my late husband's (Greg) life. A week after he was diagnosed with end state cancer, we were watching "Life As a House" with our then 13 year old daughter. In this movie the main character, played by Kevin Kline is diagnosed with cancer and decides to use his time to build a house as a legacy. The next day, we walked across to the other shoreline of our property where Greg decided he would build a new house as a testament to his life.
The Sailloft was built with a great deal of love, joy and laughter. Its design is completely different from the older house. Whereas Owls Head Retreat was built in a modern, open concept, the Sailloft was designed as a cozy intimate home using bright colours reminiscent of Nova Scotian folk art. Its centrepiece staircase is a European design that showcases the best of modern European design.
The magnetic energy that attracted us to the property in 1992 brings happiness to anyone who spends time on the island.
The house is filled with windows to capture of the magnificent view. The front of the house, with its wrap around covered veranda provides a glorious place to sit and watch the best ocean wild life imaginable - in shine and rain! The running of the mackerels bring with them large tuna that can be seen from the shore. Whales also make their way into view. Birdlife is abundant, and on special occasions, you might see an early morning deer. Sail and fishing boats also provide great entertainment.
Beside the house is an undeveloped coastal forest that provides for many hours of adventurous exploring.
The house itself is designed for entertaining. All of our guests have raved about the chef kitchen that over looks the step down living room- allowing for easy conversations when preparing food and washing up. The 6 burner propane stove and oven is magic to cook with. An eating counter, with high stools, faces out to the ocean and doubles as a food preparation area.
The Great Room accommodates the dining area as well as a truly comfy seating area. Here is where the fireplace is located. While producing a roaring fire, it also is designed to heat the entire house. Electric thermostats are located in each room so as to facilitate personalized temperature zones.
The house has 2 full bathrooms - one on each floor. The main floor bathroom contains a large modern shower; while the upstairs bathroom houses a beautiful high back claw foot tub. The stackable washer and dryer are located in the upper bathroom
All four bedrooms run off the second floor balcony. The 2 main bedrooms each have a sitting room divided by French Doors. These sitting rooms are easily convertible into sleeping quarters with their double sofa beds - bringing the sleeping quotient up to 8.
The stunning staircase runs up the middle of the house and is lit by a large skylight - bringing in sun as well as a magnificent view of the ocean from the second floor balcony.
Cottage is lovely, with incredible views, directly on the ocean located on a small island. Short walk to the bridge where you can catch crabs, hermits, minnows, and take a swim if you are brave enough (we were). Snorkeled right out front of the cottage and saw amazing sea life. Close to amazing beaches - we did Queensland several days. Also some of us had to travel to Halifax every day and it was short enough to zip in and back out. The only thing to be aware is that there are slotted doors on the bedrooms and bathrooms so noise was an issue as we had a combination of little children and teenagers going to bed at different times. Also, there are no curtains or blinds on the windows in the bedrooms which did impact the people who can not sleep in bright light. Overall, it is a serene, peaceful place- we had an incredible week and the cottage had everything we needed.
The Sailloft is at the end of a long winding (dirt) road on a small rocky island. Perfect for getting away from it all. The house is beautifully kept, and has all the expected amenities. It is about a half an hour from the nearest small town, and while there are a couple of other houses on the island, it feels quite remote and encourages you to stay put and admire the view. We enjoyed paddleboarding, and walking on the quiet roads. Lots of bird and wildlife to watch and views to photograph or imprint.
Loved the property everything was more than I expected. Very comfortable and what a beautiful sight with the morning sun shinning over the ocean. I will definitely be staying there again.
The Sailloft offers the best of all worlds. While located on a relatively isolated island, the location offers a quiet and serene environment, its proximity (45 minutes) to Halifax (Nova Scotia's largest city) quests can also enjoy all of the attractions, amenities and shopping of a major city.
Halifax boasts an amazing night life as well as renowned theatre. The historic nature of the city showcases fabulous museums, world class dining - and even ghost tours.
The property is 15 minutes from four of Nova Scotia's best and world famous beaches - Hubbards, Queensland, Bayswater, and Cleveland Beach Provincial Park.
10 minutes away is Freewheeling, a company that specializes in cycle tours, as well as sailing excursions, and kayaking.
The fishing is amazing. A local marina (750 metres from the house) and safe cove mooring provides docking of sail and motor boats.
The Lighthouse Route, on which the property is located hosts some of the best antique and craft shops.
|Refundable damage deposit||$375|
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.