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Maggie's is an authentic Cape Breton farmhouse built at the turn of last century and restored so as to maintain its original charm and character but include modern conveniences and appliances. Many of the original furnishings and antiques from its past remain in the house. This part of Cape Breton was settled by Scottish homesteaders between 150 and 200 years ago. The son of the original settler, Angus Smith, built the house from wood he cut, milled and planed by hand for his bride - Maggie. Since she outlived her husband by many years the property became know as 'Maggie's Place'. We are proud to continue the tradition.
Staying at Maggie's is more than the usual holiday experience. To quote one of our reviewers, '...It was like we had stepped back in time and we had this beautiful historic house all to ourselves. This is a home where you can feel not like a tourist but like a local for a while - you feel like you belong.'
Maggie's is ideally located between the Highlands National Park and the village of Baddeck. and therefore an excellent place from which to explore Cape Breton, the Cabot Trail or just to relax. The area has numerous and varied hiking trails - some of which start at the back door of Maggie's. There are several sandy beaches nearby. The closest one is a 5 minute drive away and is adjacent to the local fisherman's wharf - where in season you can buy lobster and crab fresh from the boat. You may also arrange to go fishing or sightseeing on one of the many boats in this harbour or whale watching on charters nearby. Cape Breton is famous for its strong Celtic and Acadian cultures. It apparently has more fiddlers per capita than any other part of the world. You may attend a local 'Ceilidh' almost any night or Celtic Colours - the 10 day international festival in October. Several restaurants are within easy commuting distance. For those interested in our rich history, the Alexander Graham Bell Museum is a 45 min. drive and the historic Fortress of Louisbourg is less than 90 min. away.
Maggie's comes furnished with well equipped kitchen, barbeque, washer, dryer and high-speed wireless internet. It also has a spacious deck. The three bedrooms each have their own charm and period furnishings. The upstairs loft has a double sofa bed and privacy curtains. The dining table - also built by hand - comfortably seats 10 and more. The large kitchen has a fireplace / wood heater as well as a breakfast nook which seats 4.
Uli and "Tomo" welcomed us to this cozy cottage after a long day of driving. Cathy had made us a pie (which was delicious). They were the perfect hosts - available when we needed them and anxious for us to make this beautiful home our own. There were many cozy nooks for reading on rainy days, and lots of space to sit outside on sunny days. A retreat at the end of busy days spent hiking, swimming, and whale watching. I only wish we could have stayed longer.
We spent a few days at Maggie’s this summer and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The house is set away from the road, so the place is very peaceful. At the same time, it is right on the Cabot Trail and thus easy to find you way around. Cathy and Uli are thoughtful and genuine, and we hope to see them again soon!
Maggies is much cosier than shown in the photos. The furnishings are very comfortable and the added 'decorations' so tastefully placed. Uli and Cathy are the perfect hosts. We enjoyed concerts at the Celtic Colours and of course the food. We would highly recommend Maggies to anyone and everyone. Unfortunately the piano didn't functIon properly - my husband is an organist/pianist. Recommended for more than 2 people.
Thanks to Uli and Cathy for everything. Norma
Uli and Cathy provided the warmest of welcomes including a wonderful apple pie and jar of homemade strawberry jam. We were instantly made to feel at home. Uli checked with us daily on how things were going and if we needed anything. The kitchen is well stocked with all the utensils we needed. There are lots of towels and extra bedding. Everything was clean and inviting as we entered the home. Being centrally located It was a fine base for enjoying the area as well as the Celtic Colours. Maggies is nestled back from the road in a grove of trees in a rustic setting adding to the cozy feeling. We had to tear ourselves away as our nine days there were most pleasant and enjoyable. We have already recommended Maggies to some friends who plan to visit Cape Breton in the future. Many thanks, Uli and Cathy.
We were a group of 6 that spent and we loved it. The oldest was 84 with the youngest being 15 and it appealed to everyone. It felt like home from the minute we arrived and found a home made apple pie waiting for us until we left with long faces. It is so quaint but large with lots of character. It is clearly maintained with love. The owner was so friendly and accomodating. This was one of our best family facations and we hope to return to Maggie's again.
Maggie's is a very special place that will transport you back in time and away from modern, hectic life (while still offering reliable wi-fi!). This is not a vacation house. This is a home- replete with cozy antiques and artifacts from the Nikolai's travels. The owner- Uli- is such a kind soul full of fascinating stories and helpful tips on what to see and do during your stay. His hospitality is unmatched (hand delivered fresh picked blueberries, produce from his garden, etc). I am sure Cathy is lovely as well- though in our very short stay we didn't have a chance to meet her. The home had everything our four adult travelers needed (linens, blankets, towels, cookware, a washer and dryer, coffee maker). All of the bedrooms are upstairs, however. So if stairs are an issue you may want to look elsewhere. We crammed as much as we could into about 60 hours (far too short!!) and hope to return in the future to explore this beautiful part of the world in greater depth (The Middle Head trail in the National Park in Ingonish was spectacular on a very windy day; the short hike from the house to the beach was a delightful way to start the day; The Dancing Moose is a great stop for breakfast or lunch; and there is so much more!). If you appreciate the sights and sounds of nature and comfortable simplicity, you will love this house. We wouldn't hesitate to stay at Maggie's again- in fact, we will dream of doing just that someday.
(Sidenote: if you are planning on doing laundry while here, be aware that the water is high in iron and could stain some of your white laundry. Uli let us know this before we started our laundry, but I may have packed more dark colors and fewer whites if I had know ahead of time)
Skir Dhu is on the world famous Cabot Trail 30 minutes from Ingonish, Cape Breton Highlands National Park, the Highland Links Golf Course and Ingonish Beach. The house is situated on an 85 acre property with two large ponds, hiking trails and old-growth forests. There are numerous opportunities for hiking, beach combing, fishing - both fresh and salt water. Local fishing wharves and beaches are nearby.
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Sep 18 2016 - Nov 5 2016
3 night minimum stay
Renters pay half of the total as a deposit in order to reserve the rental home.