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Ochre House Vacation and Studio Retreat

Bedrooms 6
Space 4,000 sq. ft.
Property type chalet
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Room for the whole family. 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,

More Details

Lisa Porter
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 17, 2017

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 Newfoundland and Labrador

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.

Guestbook comments from the owner

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.
Jul 2011
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Ochre Pit Cove Chalet Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chalet
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 4000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 15
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , In South Bedroom
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , In North Bedroom
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower , On Mezzanine Bedroom
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , shower , In Ground Floor Bedroom
  • All bathrooms are new construction with quality fixtures and ceramic tile.
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 15
  • Choir Loft - 1 double
    Sun Room - 1 bunk bed
    South Bedroom - 1 double , Ensuite bath with shower
    North Bedroom - 1 double , Ensuite with shower
    Mezzanine - 2 twin/ single , Open Balcony. Ensuite with Shower
    Ground Floor *Coming this spring* - 2 twin/ single , A bright room with ensuite bath (shower)
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Game Console ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • alternative lifestyle
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • festivals
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
600 square ft studio space, yoga mats, 17 ft ceiling, tenting welcome. Ask us about Custom Catering.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(18 traveler reviews)

Ochre House Vacation and Studio Retreat
average rating of 4.888889 based on 20 reviews

The Barnes/Aitken Family

  • 5 of 5

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

  • Submitted: Sep 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful and charming.

  • 4 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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St. John's

Unleash Your Creative Spirit Retreat

  • 5 of 5

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

  • Submitted: Dec 1, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great weekend with friends

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Nov 3, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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St. John's

Ideal location for a group trip to the bay (group trip to the bay).

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Nov 2, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Singhampton, ON

Minful Movement & The Arts Retreat

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
139 Kilometres
St. John's
Nearest Beach
4.2 Kilometres
Northern Bay Sands.
Car: necessary

Whale & iceberg watching, berry picking in season


Rates & Availability

Ochre Pit Cove Chalet Rental Rates

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2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add $11 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 15.0%

Add Ground Floor Bedroom: $50 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!

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