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Heritage, Nature, Convenience, Magnificent Views

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,600 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 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.

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 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 panoramic views of the Narrows and the city. Watch fishing boats and cruise ships pass by; see otters, eagles, whales and icebergs in season.

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Chris Brookes
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
August 2, 2017

About Chris Brookes

Newfoundland journalist & musician, we have lived in Outer Battery for 25 years.

Chris Brookes purchased this house in 2002

Why Chris Brookes chose St. Johns

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. Here we speak of 'going into Town' even though it's only 10 minutes walk! Neighbours are retired fishermen, longshoremen (stevedores), potters, poets, musicians, journalists, students.

What makes this house unique

Sitting on the deck watching everything from a rowboat to a cruise liner come through the Narrows. Seeing cormorants and a family of otters at waterside. Catching a glimpse of eagles fishing in the Narrows or the seagull chicks on the twine-store roof across the path. Witnessing wisps of fog creep in the narrows. Hearing the lonely sound of Fort Amherst foghorn. Wandering up among the higgledy-piggledly houses of Fort Waldegrave. Chatting with neighbours who all have a great story. Walking the North Head Trail in July and seeing whales spout. Catching some great entertainment downtown and being able to 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
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Mountain View
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Water View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (2)
  • Books ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 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
  • hiking


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(11 traveler reviews)

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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: Jul 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: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you enjoyed your stay, Emma. Come back anytime!
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  • 5 of 5


  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 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: Jun 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: Jul 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: Jul 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
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

Please note that our rates are in Canadian dollars, but the VRBO site defaults to US currency. You can select the currency display in upper right corner of VRBO listing. Our correct rates are stated here, in Canadian dollars:

Oct 2016 - May 2017: $1300 CAN per week (+HST) Monthly off-season rates available.
Christmas/New Year's 2016: $2400 CAN per week. Minimum 1 week rental
June-September 2017: $2400 CAN per week, additional nights $340 CAN (+HST)
Less than 1 week: $360 CAN per night (+HST) (4 night minimum)
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We accept Visa & Mastercard. 50% due at booking, remainder 30 days before check-in
Our Cancellation policy: booking deposit will be refunded as follows:
100% refund if cancelled at least 91 days prior to Check-in Date
50% refund if cancelled at least 31 days prior to Check-in Date
0% refund if cancelled 0-30 Days prior to Check-in Date
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Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.

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