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Whales and Seals and Lighthouses and Tides

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 5 nights


chateau / country house
Half Baths
Minimum Stay
5 nights

About the property

The air clear and clean and foggy days are even better. Sleeping at night is quiet - heavenly really. The bright and sunny living room has a large bay window with 'coke bottle' glass and is a great place to watch TV, play board games or read and relax. There is a private, hot and cold outdoor shower. You can grill fresh fish with propane gas on the large back deck and watch boats and the amazing Friars Bay tide. Most evenings you will enjoy the amazing lights and colors of our Campobello sunsets. The fog often rolls in right over the house and the fog horn can lull you to sleep. You'll love dining with a view of Friar's Bay as it changes almost by the hour. The Bay of Fundy's 42 foot tide change is only a 1/2 day's drive. Three of 4 bedrooms have waterfront views. All bedrooms are upstairs. (Special arrangements can be made for a downstairs bedroom setup - please call Dave or Lydia a week in advance). For modern communications we provide wireless internet, local phone, cable TV and a 6-disc-CD player. Games like crochet, badminton and board/card games are available at the house. There is a washer and a dryer for your personal use (we ask for some help cleaning linens after your visit so you don't go over your cleaning fee - which is included in the rent). The well water might be the coldest water you've ever gotten from a tap. Guest often say 'it's the hottest AND the coldest water I've ever felt'. Sink down into the claw foot tub upstairs or enjoy the private outdoor shower overlooking Friars Bay. Everyone raves about the outdoor shower. The large, sunny kitchen has a new stove and dishwasher. You can use the electric baseboard heat for chilly mornings. Fans and small, portable heaters are there for you comfort also.

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Lydia or Dave Giordano
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
November 19, 2016

About Lydia or Dave Giordano

This home was built by one of Campobello's oldest families, the Gough family in 1904. After retiring with 40 years in the Leon County School system, Dave and Lydia purchased the house in 2007 to begin refurbishing it. The first thing they did was paint it periwinkle blue. Islanders nickname it the 'Barney House' because it's the large, purple house on the hill. Dave and Lydia work every spring on the house and have refurbished the main house entirely. We are still working on the second side of the house and the additional 3 bedrooms should be available by the summer of 2013. We are both retired and live in Florida most of the year. Our active, Volunteer of the Year, 92 year old father, Rocco, and more active 4 year old grandson keep us busy and happy for months on end. Still, there is nothing like the relief from the Florida heat when we visit Friars Bay Retreat 'just for fun'. We're learning to play golf at the golf course FDR built, in spite of the local sheep farmers. We look forward to years of working and playing on the island and really love sharing the place with others for part of the summer.

Lydia or Dave Giordano purchased this chateau / country house in 2007

Why Lydia or Dave Giordano chose Canada

Cross over the Rooselvelt Memorial Bridge onto the only International Park in the world, The Rooselvelt International Park on Campobello Island. The restored Rooselvelt summer home is fun and interesting for young and old because the family had children, sailboats, tennis and so much more. 'Tea With Eleanor' is offered 7 days a week during the summer season (be sure to get those tickets before 10AM). The Herring Cove Provential Park and Golf Course has 9 holes and a nice little club house with very good eats and drinks. You will tee off with the Atlantic Ocean just to your left. The East Quoddy Lighthouse is open to enjoy during the summer season and is a cool (temp wise) place to go when the temperature gets over 72 degrees. The Campobello Public Library and Museum is another historic site to see. It is a short walk from the house. All ages enjoy bird watching, whale watching, easy hikes and harbors with working and sailing boats galore.

What makes this chateau / country house unique

When we moved to Campobello we had not done any research about the island, so to speak. We simply fell in love with the house, long distance, from a picture. When we visited the first time, in the snow, the idea of taking on a project like this was almost overwhelming. There was so much work to do and it is so far away from where we are retired in Florida. But it was, and is, one of those places that makes you feel - well - different and good and happy and relaxed all at once - when you step over the doorway. We had a vision and with those small samples of rooms and colors from Home Depot, (seriously, we had never done anything like this) we've refurbished and redecorated every room on the main side of the house. But, more than that, we've seen whales, lots of times. We sit and watch seals play, 7 days a week if we want. We go the the US side and visit towns and small cities founded in 1747!!!! We love to eat on the deck and cook on the grill. And we really love eating at the wonderful restaurants on the island and across the Rooselvelt Bridge in Lubec, ME. Our very favorite time in the area is Pirate Days - a dual-city festival every year on the US side. We dress like pirates, we dress our 2 Shitzus like pirates and we hang out with other people doing the same thing for a few days each year. Besides all of this we have met and become friends with families who've lived there for generations. We've worked with the library and come to love the history of the island. Eleanor Rooselvelt used to ride her bike on North Road, in front of the house, to the old Post Office and the only phone on the island. And then there are the whales. It's become almost a spiritual experience finding a way to spend some time with these amazing animals. Sometimes we just take a 10 minute drive to the lighthouse to spend an hour of listening to the local guys talk about the day, the weather, the tides, the's the very best time ever.


Welshpool Chateau / Country House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2700 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Monument View ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Computer Available ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , Shave with a view of the Bay - 2nd floor
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , Downstairs with sink and toilet - on the bayside
    Bathroom 3 - outdoor shower , The MOST AMAZING OUTDOOR SHOWER IN THE WORLD!
  • One Claw Foot Tub, 2 showers, 2 sinks/toilets total
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 twin/ single , This room has a view of Friars Bay WOW!
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , This room has a view of Friars Bay - beautiful!
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , Funky room at the end of the hall with a view of the Bay
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double , This room looks out onto the front yard and wonderful swing.
    Sleeping Porch - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Needs an inflatable mattress - with 1/2 bath
  • Double Beds (3) The beds are comfortable and, although we have a queen bed at home, we never feel crowded here., Twin or Single Beds (1) This is a long twin, very nice room with a view of the water., Baby Cribs (1) We will find a baby crib from friends on the island if you need one. Just call or e-mail Lydia or Dave.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Games ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 6 garden chairs
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • alternative lifestyle
  • children welcome ...
  • pets considered ...
  • smoking allowed ...
  • churches
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • hunting big game
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • tennis
This is a wonderful old house built in 1907. Lots of peace and quiet, rooms for games, reading and TV or just kick back and talk. Naps are the very best! A soothing fog horn when its fogged in. There is also a very nice, new coffee shop just around the corner with a variety of coffee, tea and sweets.


4.3/5 -
(3 traveler reviews)

Whales and Seals and Lighthouses and Tides
average rating of 4.3333335 based on 3 reviews

Shame you cant rate the owner seperate from the property

  • 3 of 5

Our time here was exactly what we were looking for quite, peaceful and relaxing. Not much to do but reconnect with family and watch nature. The problems started after we left. The owner emailed saying the home was left "ship shape" and was returning our security deposit in full. We ran into several issues with our booking due to the owners self admitted mistakes, for which they took ownership. They even offered discounts on the rental fee if we would still stay there. That is where the problems started. Apparently I was not really supposed to accept their offer, it was not genuine, I feel deceived. At this point they have cancelled their check for the security deposit, saying they will write another for what they concider fair. Please note I never asked for a discount of any kind, it was offered and accepted. I cant wait to see what they concider fair. So I guess this is a case of buyer beware.

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Its always unfortunate to keep part of someone's deposit. This is the first time in 8 years and 57 rentals. And this has nothing to do with how they left the house. I'm keeping part of their deposit because the renters shorted their rental amount by almost $200.00. After much confusion with Tom about check in dates (I offered $100.00 reduction to help pay for the mixed up night in another place), bringing a pet (we agreed to make an exception for the pet), not bringing a pet (because they couldn't find a place who took pets on the way to Campobello) and on and on, these renters finally realized they couldn't bring their pet. So they had to board her. I returned their entire refund 3 days after they left b/c the house was clean. Luckily I caught the shortage when I got my bank statement. (I wouldn't have known about the shortage b/c we never have our manager worry with the money our renters pay - prices change with the length of stay so we handle those cost agreements and she concentrates on helping guests get situated and answers questions about what to do and so on). After I became aware of the shortage I stopped payment on their deposit refund. I will charge them the $32 fee for that cancelled check, deduct the pet boarding charges and then return the difference to the renter. At this point I will need proof they stayed at a hotel (the $100.00 was for renting a room, NOT b/c of a misunderstanding about check in dates, our site states Check In and Check Out days very clearly). Our place is so fantastic and its always sad to have a guest feel unhappy. But this is a business and we can't let people nickel and dime us to death. Lydia
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Campobello Island, New Brunswick

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful cottage - we went for five days in August. We have stayed in a number of VRBO rental cottages, and never had a cleaner one! We played wiffle ball on the lawn, walked along the beach, and it was a really great vacation. The house was plenty large enough, especially with four bedrooms. Well equiped kitchen, a great living space, beautiful views. My kids made me play "Clue" with them every night! Beautifully decorated, restful, very nicely maintained, and the caretaker lives next door if anything were to come up, and she was super nice.

Campobello was fun to visit. We drove back and forth to Lubek, where there were three or four restaurants. Took the ferry to Eastport one day, and we rented kayaks for the day in Lubek as well. We counted 27 seals in one spot!

This was a pretty easy drive from Boston, too. A nice trip up the Maine coast, and getting a bit north of Acadia meant no crowds at all.

I can't say enough great things about the cottage - a nice getaway and a super property.

  • Submitted: Sep 19, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Everything was perfect!

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2012
  • Stayed: Jul 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
100 Miles
Bangor International, Bangor Maine
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Herring Cove Restaurant
Nearest Ferry
1 Miles
Deer Island Ferry - seasonal
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Herring Cove Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
189 and US 1 gets you to Bangor
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
Herring Cove Provincial Park
Car: necessary

Cross over the Rooselvelt Campobello Memorial Bridge from Lubec, ME, onto Campobello Island to visit the The Rooselvelt Campobello International Park, the only international park in the world. The restored Rooselvelt summer home is fun for

young and old and 'Tea With Eleanor' is offered 7 days a week during the summer season (be sure to get those tickets by 10AM). The Herring Cove Provential Park and Golf Course has 9 holes. You will tee off overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. The East Quoddy Lighthouse is open to enjoy during the summer season and is a cool place to go when the temperature gets over 72 degrees. The Campobello Public Library and Museum is another historic site to see. It is a short walk from the house. Everyone can enjoy bird watching, whale watching, easy hikes and harbors with working and sailing boats galore.


Rates & Availability

Welshpool Chateau / Country House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Spring - Fall
May 1 2017 - Oct 15 2017
5 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $75
Refundable damage deposit $300

We will provide a list of things that are at the house for your convenience. Like an iron, hairdryer, cleaning tools and products, games, folding chairs, kitchen things and so on. All Fees and Taxes are included. Deposit does not apply to rental amount.

Refundable Deposit paid no less than 30 days of arriving
PETS allowed with owner approval.
Deposit are returned within 7 days if no damage is reported.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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