|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
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The Church at Ochre Pit Cove is a unique multi-purpose vacation and studio facility located in Conception Bay, Newfoundland. Built in 1938, this former United Church has been thoughtfully renovated to include all the modern amenities while respecting the beauty of the original architecture. With a stunning seventeen-foot ceiling, spacious studio and generous living area, our facility offers an exceptional getaway experience for work or play. An hour and 45 minutes from St. John’s and four minutes from Northern Bay Sands Park, it is a perfect place for your extended family to kick back and relax – over 2500 square feet will give everyone room to breathe.
The Church provides an exceptional opportunity to work without interruption in a clean, spacious and quiet environment. The main studio area features 600 square feet (55 square metres) of new birch hardwood flooring with a 17 foot (5.2m) ceiling and no posts. For presentation there is capacity for a seated audience of 40-100 depending on performance requirements. An ideal venue for a residency, retreat or workshop - no other facility in the province offers this combination of performance space and accommodation under one roof.
Stroll down to the beach and watch the fishing boats come and go at the busy wharf. See whales and icebergs in season off the breathtakingly rugged coast. Discover the endless web of hiking trails through woods and meadows. Build sandcastles at Northern Bay Sands Park. Take a day trip up the coast to see the historic stone walls of Grates Cove. In the evening, sit around the fire and listen to the loons in the distance. Love to entertain? Bring your instruments and enjoy the beautiful acoustics. Love to cook? The large kitchen is stocked with all you need to get you started – condiments, sugar & spice, oil & vinegar, pots and pans. There’s even a fondue set. All you need to bring is your favourite food.
Keywords: Retreat, Vacation, Family Getaway, Arts Studio, Workshop Space, Near Northern Bay Sands, Retreat
Film producer Paul Pope and screenwriter/performer Lisa Porter are from St. John's.
Lisa Porter purchased this chalet in 2008
We have a lot of friends who summer out this way and we were looking for a nice little saltbox, but when the Church presented itself, we couldn't refuse. It was clear that it would have to be more than a private residence. It is a building meant to be shared: to be filled with people, conversations, music and creativity. So when we designed the living area we made sure to keep a large portion as open space for meetings or performances. Work or play. Or both. It is a special place indeed.
Some of the best times we've had are with a bunch of families with children. Spend the afternoon at Northern Bay Sands and come back for a glass of wine, a bbq and a bonfire. The kids can bring their friends and use the extra air mattresses and sleeping bags. If they're adventurous, there's a pop-up tent they can set up and camp out. In the morning you can stroll over to the local beach just across the road. If the weather doesn't cooperate, the place is big enough that you're not on top of each other. Find a book from our growing library and settle in for a good read while the kids play DDR, paint a picture, play a board game or watch a movie.
I love the church at Ochre Pit Cove! My partner and I, along with some friends, spent a wonderful weekend out there last summer. The restored church is so beautiful and it feels incredibly special when the sun shines through the stained glass! Also, it is very spacious. Perfect for dance parties! It had everything we needed for cooking and bbq-ing gorgeous meals and many modern comforts to boot. The sandy beach in Northern Bay is a 5 minute drive, but we preferred walking across the street and down to the rocky beach that we had completely to ourselves. Heaven.
We really enjoyed our stay. When looking for a cabin for our large group, another business told us we needed The Church at Ochre Pit Cove, and we were glad they did. It was spacious and had something for everyone. The kids (& adults) had fun on the PS2, ping pong table, and air hockey. The littlest ones had space to play (though I'd try and get a baby gate next time), and loved finding the hidden toy room upstairs. There were books everywhere :)
We would definitely return and reccomend, the owners were great to deal with as well.
My group and I were delighted with the Church at Ochre Pit Cove for a facility to hold a yoga and creativity retreat. It was intimate, quiet, close to nature, and had a peaceful, warm energy as soon as you stepped in the doors. Lisa provided healthy and delicious meals and took care of every detail with ease - including dietary variations. The space was perfect for yoga and meditation, and the layout of the facility allowed for plenty of group and solo time. The space was inspirational for a retreat... and I'm returning with my family because it is also a perfect place to have a relaxing family vacation. Thank-you, Lisa, for offering this space. <3
Fantastic location and facility. The owners' attention to detail and thoughtfulness are evident throughout the property. Stayed for a weekend in late October with friends and thoroughly enjoyed it.
We heard about the Church from a group of friends that had stayed there earlier this year. By all accounts, it was a fantastic spot. We just got back from our first weekend at the Church, and it exceeded expectations. The scenery on the drive to and from St. John's is breathtaking, the beach is only a short drive away, and there are more than enough games and activities at the Church to keep people of all ages entertained for days on end..! We absolutely loved the unfinished games basement, but equally pleasing were the modern and extremely clean bathrooms and bedrooms. The kitchen and living area were also exactly what we were hoping for. Bottom line, you can't go wrong with the Church at Ochre Pit Cove.
This is my 3rd time renting The Church at Ochre Pit Cove….doesn't that say it all?! Lisa, the owner, is so helpful and generous. They keep on making great improvements to the space. The church offers space for communal time (art making, eating, hanging out) and solo time. It is spacious and yet still has a coziness to it. The daily excursions we take are AWE-some! So much beauty in this area. Already dreaming about our 4th retreat in 2017!
Thank you for creating such welcoming space.
My sister and I hosted a Self Love yoga retreat at this beautiful Church in Ochre Pit Cove. The church was absolutely incredible and had a calming and peaceful energy. Lisa, the owner, was amazing to plan with and once we got there made us feel so at home with her personality and delicious meals. I would recommend that anyone and everyone stay at this Chruch! It was a life changing weekend filled with love, friendship and peace! Thank you Lisa.
Whale & iceberg watching, berry picking in season
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add $11 per night, per additional guest|
Our facility is not appropriate for vacationing students. Families with children welcome.
Off season: We are unable to offer reduced rates in the off season as our large building is very expensive to heat!