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Heritage, Nature, Convenience, Magnificent Views

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,600 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms, 1 Bath (Sleeps 6)

'The Outport in the City' - the historic Outer Battery at the entrance to St. John's harbour is a ten minute walk from downtown cafes, pubs, restaurants, offices, shops, boutiques and theatres. Although it's part of the city, it feels like a quiet village.

This lovingly refurbished fisherman's cottage just 10 metres from water's edge has 3 bedrooms, custom kitchen with dishwasher, woodstove fireplace, piano, deck with BBQ and spectacular harbour view, antique clawfoot tub and separate shower, wi-fi internet, laundry and private off-street parking. On the North Head walking trail, 30 metres from Signal Hill National Historic Park in the quiet (non-industrial) part of the Battery. Spacious rooms and large windows with a southern exposure give panoramic views of the Narrows and the city. Watch fishing boats and cruise ships pass by; see otters, eagles, whales and icebergs in season. CANADIAN VISITORS PLEASE NOTE:

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Chris Brookes
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, french, german, spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
April 20, 2018

About Chris Brookes

Chris & Christina are a Newfoundland journalist & musician, we have lived in Outer Battery for 30 years.

Chris Brookes purchased this house in 2002

Why Chris Brookes chose Downtown

The Outer Battery is a truly special place. It feels like a place from another time - a magical place. Inhabited since 1675 by fishermen, it has the feel of a small, separate village community. It's part of the city, but here we speak of 'going into Town' even though it's only 10 minutes walk to downtown! Neighbours are retired fishermen, longshoremen (stevedores), potters, poets, musicians, journalists, academics, sailors.

What makes this house unique

Sit on the deck and watch everything from a rowboat to a cruise liner come through the Narrows. See cormorants and a family of otters at waterside. Catch a glimpse of eagles fishing in the Narrows or the seagull chicks on the twine-store roof across the path. Witness wisps of fog creep in through the narrows. Hear the lonely sound of Fort Amherst foghorn. Wander up among the higgledy-piggledly houses of Fort Waldegrave. Chat with neighbours who all have a great story. Walk the spectacular North Head Trail around the cliff. See whales spout - sometimes right in front of the house. Catch some great entertainment downtown and walk home into a quiet little separate world.


Downtown House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1600 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • The Homeowners are not responsible for any accidents, injuries or illness that occurs while on the premises or its facilities.
  • There is no daily housekeeping service. Upon leaving, property to be left in "broom-swept" tidy condition.
  • Reserved parking (under the deck) accommodates one vehicle. Please ask homeowners' advice for parking extra vehicles.
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Mountain View
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Village
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Antique clawfoot tub, shower stall
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (2)
  • Books ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis


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Heritage, Nature, Convenience, Magnificent Views
average rating of 5.0 based on 11 reviews
Toronto, Canada

Excellent place with a sense of magic

  • 5 of 5

All the good things said about this place is true. What I'll add is the cottage is airy and bright with lots of windows, and is perhaps the most luxury place in the Outer battery, in terms of how much care Chris and Christina have put in. The Outer battery is a magical place to me. I couldn't help but falling in love with it. Hanging around there for a week, you will understand.

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed it. And it was great to hear the piano being played!
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Great place

  • 5 of 5

A great spot on the side of the harbour right at the start of the trail up to signal hill. Excellent accommodation and friendly local cats make this the perfect base to explore St. John's and the surrounding area. It was about a 30 minute walk into St. John's to explore. Chris was also very helpful when we were setting up our booking.

  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you enjoyed your stay, Emma. Come back anytime!
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near owen sound ontario


  • 5 of 5


  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2015
  • Stayed: June 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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What a fantastic place

  • 5 of 5

My wife, son and I spent a week at the cottage and couldn't have asked for a better base for our stay in St. John's. Arrival was a breeze thanks to the clear instructions from the owners, and there was a freshly baked baguette and home made jam just to make things that much more welcoming. The "operating instructions" for the cottage are very well laid out and give you all the info you need about the house and local attractions and amenities. The accommodations are very comfortable, and we were able to find everything we could possibly need to settle in. We loved sitting at the kitchen table and taking in the view of the water, which is literally yards from the front door. The house provides a great vantage point for viewing the ships coming and going.

Out the front door and to the left you are a minute away from the stunning North Head trail, which you can follow out along the narrows and then continue right up to the top of Signal Hill. We took advantage of these trails daily, and one day extended our hike up to Quidi Vidi village. Out the front door and to the right you are a (hilly) 10 minute walk to the edge of downtown, and another 10 or so to a load of restaurants, the George St. bars, etc. There is no shortage of fantastic food, drink and music all within walking distance.

The owners are really friendly and more than happy to provide any information you require, and are nearby if needed.

I wouldn't hesitate to stay at the cottage again, and would highly recommend it to anyone planning a visit to St. John's

  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2015
  • Stayed: June 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Peter, Sandra & Reid - Thanks for the great review! We're delighted you enjoyed the place (and Christina's jam). Come back anytime!
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Enjoyed Everything About 1 o'Clock Cottage

  • 5 of 5

From first contact with Chris and Christine to our departure everything about our stay was perfect. The cottage has everything needed for a great vacation including plenty or room for six adults. We didn't have a car, but the location provides easy access to St. John's downtown (up and down a few hills) to see the sites, enjoy the nightlife and shopping is close by. Sitting on the deck watching the boats enter and leave the harbour was a special treat. I would suggest to anyone planning a visit to St. John's that 1 o'Clock cottage is the place to book.

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2014
  • Stayed: July 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're really glad you enjoyed the place. Come back again next year!
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What a place! July 2014

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful place! We all loved it! The house was charming. It was exactly like the pictures in the listing so there were no surprises.It was clean, the beds were comfy and it had everything we needed. The extra touches that you and Christine had provided on our arrival were very much appreciated....the fruit, a fresh baguette, Christine's homemade jam and a litre of milk! And for the 5 of us it turned out to be very economical for a week's stay.The views were spectacular! We really got into watching the different ships coming and going. We had a small problem with the BBQ. I don't know if you remember Chris, but the tank of gas we had was almost empty and so you brought another one which you said was full. Unfortunately that wasn't the case and both tanks ran out of fuel so that we had to finish cooking our meal in the kitchen. Other than that it was perfect and I've been raving about it to all my friends since I returned home.

I would recommend the whale watching tour from Iceberg Quest in St. John's harbour. The 2 humpbacks we saw were very active and came right under the boat. And of course there's Signal Hill and the Cabot Tower. Such an interesting place and the views were awesome. Chris, it was great to meet you and also it was good to know that you lived right next door and were available if we had any questions.

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2014
  • Stayed: July 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're so glad you enjoyed the place. We loved having you here - and thanks for putting out a water bowl for the dogs passing by with their owners. In the heat wave I'm sure lots of 4-legged hikers appreciated it. I'm sorry you had a problem with the bbq - mysterious. I checked afterwards and the propane tank was quite full, but I can understand the challenge of switching tanks in the middle of preparing a meal. I hope it didn't spoil the feast. Come back to Newfoundland and visit again someday soon!
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Nearest Airport
5 Miles
St. John's International Airport
Nearest Restaurant
400 Metres
Battery Cafe
Car: not necessary

See why Outer Battery is a special place:

In the drone video, the red car is parked in front of One O'Clock Cottage.

A stunning cliffside walking trail begins outside the door and winds (to the right in the video) east around the cliff through Signal Hill national park, ending at Cabot Tower where Marconi received the 1st transatlantic radio signal in 1901. You can watch whales from the trail (sometimes even in directly front of the house) or take a cruise through the Narrows on harbour sightseeing boats. Seabirds nest in the cliffs and shed roofs nearby - watch the chicks hatch in June. Downtown offers a very sparky arts scene with great music, theatre, dance and art galleries.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $94.04
Damage Deposit $391.82

We are Canadian, and our rates in Canadian dollars are shown on the site at The site may display equivalent US dollars. Please check that the site you're using displays rates correctly in your currency.

Monthly off-season rates available.
Christmas/New Year's 2017: $2600 CAN per week +HST (15%). Minimum 1 week rental for Christmas.
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Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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