About the property
- Chalet4000 sqft
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay2 nights
6 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, large studio, Icebergs and whales in season
Ochre House 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.
Ochre House 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,
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- Calendar last updated:
- May 25, 2018
About Lisa Porter
Film producer Paul Pope and screenwriter/performer Lisa Porter are from St. John's.
Lisa Porter purchased this Chalet in 2008
Why Lisa Porter chose Ochre Pit Cove
We have a lot of friends who summer out this way and we were looking for a nice little saltbox, but when this building 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.
What makes this Chalet unique
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. 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.
Sports & Adventure Activities
Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Wonderful accommodation! Lots of room for seven adults. Well appointed and very clean.
Lots of bedrooms and bathrooms for everyone. Large, well-stocked kitchen. We enjoyed the musical instruments, games room, books and garden.
Great location for exploring the north end of the Avalon peninsula.
We're so glad you had a good time!
The Barnes/Aitken Family
We had the most wonderful time of our lives and everyone still talks about how great it was. My Brother and his family(10 in all)from England joined my Husband and I for 2 super days at the Church. We had lots of room and places for the children to play and the rest to relax. We went to the beach, had a BBQ and Bonfire at night it was just brilliant. I will recommend it to anyone who is planning a family reunion in the future. Thanks Lisa
Beautiful and charming.
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.
Unleash Your Creative Spirit Retreat
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
Great weekend with friends
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.
Ideal location for a group trip to the bay (group trip to the bay).
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.
Whale & iceberg watching, berry picking in season
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
Add Ground Floor Bedroom: $55 per night 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!