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This country cottage is located in the heart of Cape Breton's Margaree Valley, known for its lush beauty, its proximity to the Cabot Trail and the top-knotch salmon fishing in the Margaree River. Located beside the Nile brook, this is the childhood home of renowned potter Bell Fraser, who has an established gallery in a barn on this property, but lives nearby on the coast in Chimney Corner.
The grounds are lovely and the trees put on a colourful show in fall. This home was built in the 1950’s, but has seen many improvements over the years; there's a renovated bathroom, hardwood floors, a fully equipped kitchen (with tile backsplashes executed by the potter). There are also a deck for BBQ’s, a living room, dining room, and a screened porch, which is perfect on a summer night.
There’s salmon and trout fishing, and excellent craft galleries nearby. We offer satellite TV, Wi-Fi and more, so you can unwind after a day on the Trail, the beach or any other day trips.
Early Fall 2015 Sep 9 - Oct 1, 2015 3 night min stay
Celtic Colours 2015 Oct 2 - Nov 1, 2015 3 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
American visitors should know that they are now getting approximately 20% off our published Canadian rate due to the value of the dollar.
50% due on booking; Balance 50% due 60 days before arrival date.
Full refund less $100 ($275CAD for week-long bookings) for cancellation up to 12 weeks prior to arrival dates in june-july. 120-day notice required for May and August-October dates.
MINIMUM 3-NIGHT STAY
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You’re close to most of the things you might like to see on Cape Breton. The Cabot Trail is two minutes away, and the ocean twenty minutes; there are four spectacular beaches which await you there. Cape Breton Highlands National Park is forty minutes away. You can also use our Potter’s House as base for striking out to other parts of Cape Breton, like the golf courses in Baddeck and Cheticamp, The Cabot Trail, the historic Fortress of Louisbourg, or the excellent hiking trail networks in Margaree and Mabou.
You’re also next to the Normaway Inn, which offers excellent food in its lovely dining room, and features local musical talent most nights of the week, in addition to concerts and dances at “The Barn” a renowned attraction for local residents and visitors alike. There’s another excellent restaurant nearby at Big Intervale Fishing Lodge, and the Dancing Goat Bakery & Cafe for excellent fresh pastries, sandwiches and soups.
Other Activities: Local paved airstrip closeby.
Year Purchased: 1955
About: Bell's father built this cottage in the 1950's for his growing family. Bell eventually took the property after her mother and father passed away. By that time, we had already built a house in Chimney Corner, on the coast. We still use the barn on the property during the summers to operate a gallery for our work, Cape Breton Clay, but the barn is far enough from the house to still afford complete privacy.
Why Margaree Valley: This cottage is only two minutes from the Cabot Trail, and in one of the most beautiful, pastoral spots on Cape Beton. There are big lawns, lots of flower beds, trees, and a babbling brook which runs beside the property. The cottage is set back quite far from the road, and there is a generous driveway. You will also be close to a number of excellent eateries- good for brunches or excellent dinners. You're also a stone's throw from one of Canada's finest heritage rivers, the Margaree River, renowned world-wide for its salmon and trout fishing.
The Unique Benefits at this Cottage: In addition to all of the features above, the Potter's cottage is only a couple of minutes from the Dancing Goat bistro, which has gained a reputation Island-wide as the 'go-to' eatery, serving fresh, delicious breakfasts and lunches, along with all kinds of coffees, pastries and other fresh-baked goods. There is also a good general store closeby, which stocks everything you will need, and has its own butchery.