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Sailloft Ocean Front Haven

Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights


About the property

The Sailloft is an intimate year round home located on an island.

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.

More Details

Lesley E Southwick Trask
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english, french, I can work with any language by email.
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 21, 2018

About Lesley E Southwick Trask

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

Why Lesley E Southwick Trask chose Hubbards

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.

What makes this house unique

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.


Hubbards House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double
    Bedroom 2 - 1 sleep sofa /futon
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double
    Bedroom 4 - 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • Bedrooms are bright and cozy with plenty of windows and ocean views.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • festivals
  • forests
  • marina
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hunting
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • swimming


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Sailloft Ocean Front Haven
average rating of 4.75 based on 4 reviews
Nashua, NH USA

Peace and serenity

  • 5 of 5

This home was spectacular. It is beautiful, clean, spacious, airy...the man who had this built as his legacy did a fantastic job. The windows looking out to the ocean go the whole way across the front. The bedrooms in the front have the ocean breeze all night (if the windows are open). The bedrooms in back can be completely private or open to share the breeze. The kitchen is terrific and there are two beautiful rooms downstairs- we could read in one room and play games or watch tv in the other. There was something, and space, for everyone. You can walk right down to the ocean, and make smores in the firepit next to the rocks leading to the water. If you want a peaceful, serene place to get away from it all, this is the spot for you. Most of the walks we took were down the drive and then the road, because the underbrush is generally too thick to traverse. But, there's plenty to see walking down the road - including a castle! It is a beautiful home, in a beautiful setting. Our thanks to the owner for giving us the opportunity to have an island adventure by making this a rental property!

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Incredible Location

  • 4 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are delighted that your family had an incredible week! It is always a challenge when building a cottage on a private and secluded island. The Miami door design was selected for airflow of the ocean air as well as light travel. Our guests have typically asked for open views to the ocean, which is why permanent curtains have not been installed. That said, we have curtains that block the sun which can have Velcro attachments to the window frames in the bedrooms. We will make sure that our future guests are made aware of them. Thanks for your feedback. Lesley
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Lovely home in a beautiful setting

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Extremely satistifed and enjoyed every minute

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
80 Kilometres
Robert Stanfield Halifax International Airport
Nearest Barpub
18 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
36 Kilometres
Chester Golf Course
Nearest Train
65 Kilometres
Via Rail (Halifax)
Nearest Motorway
19 Kilometres
NS 103
Nearest Restaurant
18 Kilometres
Nearest Ski
78 Kilometres
Ski Martock
Nearest Beach
350 Metres
Private Beach
Car: necessary

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.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Damage Deposit $390.26

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.