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Uli or Cathy Nikolai

Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, german

'Maggie's' - a Charming Country Farmhouse Lovingly Restored

21 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


Victoria, Subd. A Farmhouse Rental Photos and Description

3 bedrooms plus foldout sofa in loft, sleeps total of 8, 1 full - 1 half bath

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.

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  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Uli or Cathy Nikolai (Property Manager)
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, german


based on 21 traveler reviews

'Maggie's' - a Charming Country Farmhouse Lovingly Restored
average rating of 4.952381 based on 21 reviews

A cunning cottage we could share…

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Feb 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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A home away from home.

  • 4 of 5

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

  • Submitted: Oct 18, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your comments. However, I am sorry that you misunderstood when we explained that the piano - an antique upright grand well over 100 years old - is intended only as a decoration and for display.
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Cozy, charming and quiet

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Oct 17, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you again for your comments - and passing on the mention of Maggie's to friends. We look forward to meeting them and to having you return to Cape Breton in the near future.
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loved it

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Sep 29, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Home away from Home

  • 5 of 5

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)

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind words - it is wonderful when visitors recognize the charm and are willing to look beyond the "wrinkles" of Maggie's Farm. I very much enjoyed meeting you and hope that you find your way back to our island again soon. It would be an honour to host you in the future. Uli Nikolai
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Marvelous vacation at Maggie's!

  • 5 of 5

Maggie’s was the ideal setting for a week-long vacation on Cape Breton for a family of four (with two teenagers). We only wish we could have stayed longer! Each family member had plenty of privacy (essential for a 13 and 16 year-old), yet the house has very comfortable common spaces as well: a lovely living room, with a well-stocked bookshelf and antique gramophone, a well-equipped kitchen, which includes a wood-burning stove and rocking chair, and a dining room with a table that easily seats eight and has room for an upright piano. All of the windows look out into the woods, and there is a deck with a gas grill. The picturesque farmhouse, set in a clearing just off the Cabot Trail, with a hammock hung between two silver birches, is more than a hundred years old and has been beautifully renovated by the owners, Uli and Cathy Nikolai. Though charmingly antique, it has a washer-dryer, Wi-Fi, and a TV with an extensive DVD collection.Uli and Cathy could not have been more gracious, presenting us with a homemade strawberry-rhubarb pie when we arrived and a plate of cupcakes before we left. At our own request, Uli took us (the adults, while the kids slept) on gorgeous hikes on the network of trails behind the house, giving us botany lessons and indicating spots for picking blueberries and chanterelles. Each day, as a family, we also walked across the road to watch the surf crash on the rocky beach, which is part of the property, and we took beautiful drives up the Cabot Trail to beaches, ideal for swimming in August, and the Middle Head Trail, which leads to spectacular views off headland cliffs overlooking the Atlantic. We are delighted to give Maggie’s not only the highest possible ranking but also extra credit. Toward the end of our stay, while blueberry-picking down the road, I was stung by wasps and discovered that I had a severe allergy. Back at the house, my wife called Uli. He arrived instantly, followed by members of the local fire department, and then paramedics. Each of these responders was warm, attentive, and well-trained— and embodied true community spirit. Though seemingly remote on the Cabot Trail, the paramedics were well-equipped, treated me on site and then drove me to the hospital in their ambulance. Uli followed, and, when I was safe, drove my wife and me back to Maggie’s, where we happily completed our week. I can think of no higher praise to say that I would love to return to Maggie’s—for two weeks next time!

  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so pleased that you enjoyed your time at Maggie's - thank you for your kind words. It was indeed a pleasure getting to know your lovely family and we look forward to your return. Uli and Cathy Nikolai
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Nearest Airport
100 Kilometres
Sydney, N.S.
Nearest Barpub
25 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
80 Kilometres
Newfoundland Ferry
Nearest Golf
25 Kilometres
Highland Links
Nearest Motorway
25 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
7 Kilometres
Clucking Hen
Nearest Ski
20 Kilometres
Cape Smokey
Nearest Beach
3 Kilometres
Little River / Ingonish Beach
Car: necessary

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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Victoria, Subd. A Farmhouse Rental Rates

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Summer, 2016
Jun 19 2016 - Sep 17 2016
7 night minimum stay
Autumn 2016
Sep 18 2016 - Nov 5 2016
3 night minimum stay

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Victoria, Subd. A Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Bottled Water
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Mosquito Magnet
  • Parking Off Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double , Pull out Sofa Bed
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • We have three bedrooms. The fourth 'bed' is a pull out sofa in an upstairs family loft / den which can be screened for privacy.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • 4 garden chairs
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • forests
  • museums
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
The eat-in kitchen has a wood burning fireplace / stove. A large Family Loft upstairs has a sofa bed. The deck has a patio table, chairs and sun umbrella.

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