Stunning Oceanfront Island Home! on Secluded Cove Near Lunenburg. Car-Accessible

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View from Cove with Lower Deck/Bench, Dock for 18-ft Boat, and Screened Gazebo


Last updated: 10/01/2015
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  • Minimum stay:2-7 nights
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Experience Nova Scotia island-living at its finest at the Fennel Old House.

Our renovated, turn-of-the-century home is accessible by car with no need for a ferry or boat. We sit on a spectacular, multi-acre, oceanfront site, just 30-feet from the water. Bordered by woods on three sides, we overlook a picturesque, rocky cove and wide bay beyond. The front deck facing the water is huge and breathtaking… The only house you can see from our front deck is a mile across the bay! Guests have called the 180-degree view of the ocean and islands beyond one of the most amazing they’ve ever seen. Included is a brand new dock where you can tie up a boat, swim off of, lounge on, and view sea life.

The LaHave Islands: a Unique Destination

From the minute you approach Crescent Beach, a popular 1.2-mile long beach which leads from the mainland out to the LaHave Islands, you know you’ve come to a special place. After driving down the wide beach (or taking the road behind it), you follow a winding road and cross two bridges. You encounter postcard views along every turn -- colorful houses, old fishing wharves, and fishing and pleasure boats passing by. At the end of the road, you’ll find the Fennel Old House.

Convenient Location

We are a seven-minute drive from the Lighthouse Route, which runs the mainland between Halifax and Yarmouth. We’re a half-hour’s drive from Bridgewater, which is the area’s main shopping/restaurant area. We’re a 40-minute drive from the historic seaport of Lunenburg and tourist destination of Mahone Bay, and an hour-and a half's drive southwest of Halifax and the airport (YHZ).

Our property offers charm and privacy, yet is located in a vibrant island community, on the most populated of the two dozen islands which make up the LaHave Islands. We’re also and in an area of the South Shore which has much to offer tourists.

The Outside

Enjoy the outdoors from our sprawling, nicely landscaped yard with flower gardens, 4 sundecks (including a roof deck and deck by the water), floating dock, screen house and screened gazebo perched right on the shore. You can swim off the dock, catch crabs, pick wild blueberries and raspberries, play croquet and badminton, and swing on our tree swing. Or just relax, listening to the seagulls, watching fishing boats in the bay, and viewing deer, seals, otter and blue heron. In the evening, barbecue in the back yard, enjoy spectacular sunsets over the cove, and light a fire in our outdoor fire pit to roast marshmallows.

The Inside

The Fennel Old House can comfortably sleep seven adults in four bedrooms. The master bedroom has a large, attached changing room, which can also accommodate a crib. The other two upstairs bedrooms have three twin beds. A downstairs bedroom has a double bed and adjoins the bathroom.

Our home features large-window views, wood floors, period-moldings, wainscoting, and tongue-in-groove walls throughout the upstairs. Come home from a day at the beach or touring to warm in front of one of two wood stoves. The first floor also has baseboard electric heating with thermostats in each room, and portable, safe, high-powered heaters on the second floor.

Eat your meals at the dining room table while enjoying a wide open view of the cove and bay through a large picture window.
The kitchen is fully equipped with an electric stove, microwave, toaster oven, coffee maker, food processor, quality china and flatware, and much more (we love to cook!). The living room has a 27' TV with limited satellite service, DVD & VCR players, a stereo/CD/tape deck, and mini pool table, and a large book collection of Nova Scotian culture. We provide bedding and towels, other supplies such as toilet paper, and a washer/dryer. Yes, we have WIRELESS internet, and the cell service is good. We do not allow smoking of any kind inside our home.

The Area

Locally, there are many attractions. Half a dozen beaches are within a 10-minute drive, including Risser's Beach Provincial Park, with a fine-sand beach with lifeguards, winding boardwalk along a back marsh, visitor’s center, a snack bar and shower facility. On our island are many quaint paths and roads to walk or bike, a marine museum, community hall, government wharf, a church, and a cemetery. On nearby Crescent Beach, people love to park their cars on the beach, walk their dogs, surf, kite-board, stroll the beach at sunrise and sunset, and of course, swim!

Several fishermen and their families still live on the islands, some who will take visitors out fishing or on island tours (ask us). Locals also love to share their community's history through casual encounters along the road and at events like the Monday morning coffee hour, serving the best home-made scones and sticky buns you’ve ever tasted – really. The community hall also hosts guest lectures and other events.

Along the Lighthouse Route on the mainland are lots of craft and antique shops, artist studios, restaurants, museums, and historical sites (like Fort Point Museum in LaHave, where the French first landed in Canada in 1604). You can take in musical events, county fairs, farmers’ markets, art shows, ox pulls, movies, theater and more. For sporting activities, you can rent kayaks, golf at several courses, go horseback riding, rock climb, wind surf, para-sail, and enjoy the resort at White Point Beach, where you can get a day pass to use the pools, yard games, and boats.

Don't miss the most famous bakery in Nova Scotia, the LaHave Bakery (15 minutes away), where you can sit down in its quaint dining area and enjoy an amazing breakfast or lunch. Another guest favorite is 'The Ovens,' which is a series of ocean caves accessible by wooded walkways, where the waves pound in and out. At Ross Farm, children will love to see a “working” farm where they still raise animals and grow crops. And bake sales and lobster suppers in community halls all over the area are delicious!

A Quality Rental Experience

We've been renting our homes for nearly 20 years to people from places as far away as Germany and Hong Kong. We strive to make our guests' stays completely enjoyable. After you reserve, we will mail you driving instructions, information about the house, and things to do in the area. The house will be thoroughly cleaned before your arrival and if something should occur during your stay, we have a handyman on standby and a variety of service specialists who should be able to fix any problems quickly. We also provide excellent communication by phone and email prior to and during your stay.

Our Rates & Availability

Our rates and the minimum nights we require vary depending on the time of year and the duration of your stay. Click on "show additional rate details" (which is a link just below our calendar on the main page) to see how costs and minimum nights compare at various times of the year. The total rent we charge is in US dollars and includes all taxes. We recently reduced our rates by 15 to 20% to help compensate Canadians, who are the majority of our guests, cope with the rising US dollar.


We accept e-Checks through HomeAway and VRBO, online payments from Canadian banks to our Canadian bank through Interac (email to email banking), US and Canadian-based checks, and wire transfers,. We prefer not to take credit cards through this site because of the fee we are charged, but will consider it.


If The Fennel Old House is booked during the week you are travelling, note that we also own 'SKYVIEW ON LAHAVE ISLAND,' a 15-year old home perched on the highest point of our island -- above the tree tops -- with an amazing 360-degree view of the LaHave Islands and the ocean. Gorgeous views from every window! It can sleep up to 8 for $795 to $1750 per week. Please see HomeAway listing #3320214.

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We hope you have the chance to experience our little piece of heaven. Please respond via this website, or email me at, or call me at 617-909-7279. I will call you back to save you any charges.


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Property Type

  • House
  • 1400 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Groups
  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:


  • Singles
  • Alternative Lifestyle
  • Children Welcome:

    Lots of beaches and other activities in the immediate area. ...moreless

  • Limited Accessibility:

    Just one step up to large deck and then another step into the house. First floor bedroom with full bed and direct access to full bath....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    Absolutely no smoking inside due to odor and fire hazzard....moreless

  • Pets Considered:

    Large yard for pets. Requires non-refundable $100 pet fee....moreless

Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7, Beds for 7

  • Bedroom 2: 1 queen

    Upstairs Master...moreless

  • Bedroom 3

    Upstairs Suite adjoining Master...moreless

  • Bedroom 4: 2 twin/ single


  • Bedroom 5: 1 twin/ single

    Upstairs ...moreless

  • Bedroom 1: 1 double

    1st floor. Next to full bath....moreless

  • * Queen Bed: Bed is in master suite upstairs, which includes two rooms. * Double Bed: Bed is in downstairs bedroom, adjacent to bathroom. * Twin/Single Bed (3) : 2 beds in one room & 1 bed in another -- both upstairs. All bedrooms are tastefully painted and decorated, have good-sized bureaus, mirrors and room to hang clothes. Upstairs closet also available....moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Full 1: toilet, combination tub/shower


  • Clawfoot tub Pedastal sink Heat fan Recessed lighting View of woods

Other Amenities

  • * Floating dock attached to land-based ramp. Great for lounging on, watching sea life, and tieing up and enjoying easy access to kayaks or a boat. * Kid Friendly: A kid's paradise, between a large yard to romp around, a dock and rocks to climb around on at the waterfront, and woods to explore. Many books, games, and some toys for tots. Pool table and TV/VCR, badminton, croquet, hammock, outdoor swing, football, frisbee, wiffle bat/ball, darts ,etc. * Pet Friendly: Huge yard for dogs to play in. * Handicapped Accessible (may have limitations) * Clothing optional/nude sunbathing nearby. * Alternative lifestyle....moreless


  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books:

    Many. Both books on Nova Scotian culture and regular books. Magazines, too....moreless

  • Books For Adults
  • Books For Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games:

    Many board games for children and adults....moreless

  • Games For Kids
  • Pool Table:


  • Radio


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Autumn Foliage
  • Bay/Sound
  • Caves
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Coin Laundry
  • Forests
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Nude Beach
  • Playground
  • Pond
  • Restaurants
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Miniature Golf
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Whale Watching
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Oceanfront
  • Rural

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Parasailing
  • Pier Fishing
  • Rock Climbing
  • Sailing
  • Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Spelunking
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Dining:

    Dining room table looks out large picture window to cove and bay. Table fits 4 comfortably and 8 with extension and pulling out from wall....moreless

  • Dining Room
  • Seating for 8 people


  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Firewood
  • Free Local Calls
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Baseboard heating downstairs. Portable space heaters upstairs....moreless

  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided:

    all bed sheets provided....moreless

  • Living Room:

    Charming with nice views of ocean and woods. Wicker couch & chairs, coffee table, ceiling fan, mini-pool table, books, games, magazines, TV w/ limited satellite service, DVD & VCR players, and stereo...moreless

  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Mobile Phone:

    Cell service is good....moreless

  • Paper Towels
  • Parking Off Street:

    Driveway is 100 feet from the house via a crushed stone path....moreless

  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:

    Large turn-around at base of driveway near house....moreless

  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided:

    Matching bath towels & beach towels...moreless

  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove:

    2 wood stoves. One in dining rom and one in living room. Fabulous for both heat & ambience....moreless


  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils:

    Fully stocked with all the cooking and eating utensils/cookware you'd ever need!...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Fully stocked....moreless

  • Grill
  • Kitchen:

    Kitchen has many appliances. Large broiler, small toaster, microwave, convection oven, Cuisnart, coffee maker, coffee grinder, electric mixer. Plenty of staples like sugar, flour, salt, spices......moreless

  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave:


  • Oven:

    Oven and 4 burners...moreless

  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator:

    Conventional- sized fridge and freezer...moreless

  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Balcony:

    A roof deck which spans the front & back yards, accessible by stairs from the back yard....moreless

  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Boat:

    Floating dock will accomodate low-drafting boat up to 19 feet....moreless

  • Boat Dock
  • Child's Swing
  • Deck / Patio:

    4 decks. Front deck facing water is huge and breathtaking! Back deck faces woods. Lower deck by water's edge. Another deck in back yard. Plenty of chairs and tables for all decks!...moreless

  • Deck Furniture
  • Gazebo:

    Waterfront -- right down on the rocks! Has two small tables and seating for 4....moreless

  • Golf:

    1/2 hour away....moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    Kayaks can be rented 10 minutes away....moreless

  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden:

    Expansive, nicely landscaped and well-kept lawn surrounds house. Large garden in front and smaller side garden....moreless

  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill:

    Large charcoal grill and propane Hibachi. Guests provide propane cannisters, charcoal and lighter fluid....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Small Cooler
  • Tennis:

    1/2 hour away....moreless

  • Wood Deck
  • Yard


Write a review 4.8
from 27 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
April 2016
Apr 8 - Apr 28, 2016
2 night min stay
$185 $200
Fri, Sat
May 2016
Apr 29 - May 27, 2016
2 night min stay
$185 $200
Fri, Sat
Early June 2016
May 28 - Jun 10, 2016
7 night min stay

Late June 2016
Jun 11 - Jul 1, 2016
7 night min stay

Late August/Early Sept 2016
Aug 27 - Sep 2, 2016
7 night min stay

Early September 2016
Sep 3 - Sep 16, 2016
7 night min stay

Late September 2016
Sep 17 - Sep 30, 2016
7 night min stay

Early October 2016
Oct 1 - Oct 7, 2016
7 night min stay

CanadianThanksgiving Weekend
Oct 8 - Oct 9, 2016
2 night min stay
Late October
Oct 10 - Oct 28, 2016
2 night min stay
$185 $200
Fri, Sat, Sun
Early November 2016
Oct 29 - Nov 20, 2016
2 night min stay
$185 $200
Fri, Sat
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
$185 $200
Fri, Sat

Additional information about rental rates


  • Pet Fee $100
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $200
  • Taxes Not included


Posted rates include taxes.

$100 off 2-week stay.

Check in is Sat 3 p.m. Check-out is Sat 10 a.m.

Partial weeks possible.

Payment Options:

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Certified bank checks and money orders

Credit cards not accepted.

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Last updated: 10/01/2015
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90 Miles
Nearest Airport
Halifax (YHZ)
20 Miles
Nearest Barpub
105 Miles
Nearest Ferry
Digby-St John Ferry
20 Miles
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Italy Cross -- Highway 103
5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Crescent Beach
2 Miles
Nearest Beach
Crescent Beach

Car: Necessary

Car-Accessible. 7-minute drive from mainland, 40 minutes from Lunenburg, 1.5 hours from Halifax. Dozens of beaches within driving distance (four are within 5-10 minute drive).

Other Activities: Boating, Kayaking, Windsurfing, Para-sailing, Wildlife Viewing, Rock Climbing, Spelunking, Golf, Miniature Golf *, Basketball Courts, Shopping, Antiquing, Crafts Fairs, Art/Music/Cultural Festivals, Museums and lots of opportunities to paint and photograph vistas, fish shacks and colorful houses.

* Golf: Bridgewater, Lunenburg, White Point Resort


Owner info

Year Purchased: 1956

About the owner: The Fennel Old House is owned by Mont and Mitzi Fennel, who have been coming to the islands every summer of their lives.

Why the Owner Chose Lunenburg:
In 1956, our father stumbled upon the Fennel Old House on a boat tour of the islands, while visiting a friend. He bought it from a fishing family. Back then, it came with a large wharf, smokehouse, outhouse, one electric outlet and no running water! Over the years Dad fixed it up to become a wonderful second home for us. 10 years ago, my sister and I took over the property and fully renovated it. We have furnished it nicely, and have beautifully landscaped the large yard. The house, community, and area have become a fundamental part of our lives.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
1) Beauty -- Unparalleled views of the ocean… Awesome picture-taking, both on our property and of the surrounding islands. Photograph or paint vistas, fishing boats, wharves, and colorful houses. 2) Romance -- Total privacy and relaxation. Enjoy the ambiance of 2 wood stoves, lounging on multiple decks, dinners in the gazebo or screen porch, walks on island paths, and more. 3) Children – We are a kid's paradise, with a large yard to play badminton, croquet, football, frisbee, wiffle ball, darts, and use our outdoor swing. Youngsters love to play and swim off our dock, climb around our waterfront, and explore the adjacent woods. We have books, board games, and some toys for tots. Also a mini-pool table and TV/VCR with a video library. 4) Adventure – Dozens of things to do on the popular South Shore mainland area (within 5 to 40 minutes), and quick access to beaches (5 to10 minutes). We provide guests with a guide with directions. 5) Community -- An unusually close group of families, both fishermen and summer residents, who live nearby and welcome visitors. 6) Boating – Our floating dock, attached to land-based ramp, is large enough for a low-drafting, 18-foot boat, or a couple of kayaks. Explore our cove and other island inlets or venture further around all of the LaHave Islands. Kayaks can be rented 10 minutes away. 7) Pets – We gladly accept them and have a huge yard for dogs to play in.

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Guestbook comments from the owner

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  • View from Cove with Lower Deck/Bench, Dock for 18-ft Boat, and Screened Gazebo

    View from Cove with Lower Deck/Bench, Dock for 18-ft Boat, and Screened Gazebo

  • 5BR House with Newly Painted Exterior & 3 Decks -- Large Front, Roof & Rear

    5BR House with Newly Painted Exterior & 3 Decks -- Large Front, Roof & Rear

  • View to North from Upper Deck

    View to North from Upper Deck

  • Living Room Facing Ocean. Has Wood Stove, Stereo, Satellite TV, Mini Pool Table.

    Living Room Facing Ocean. Has Wood Stove, Stereo, Satellite TV, Mini Pool Table.

  • Living Room Facing Back Yard

    Living Room Facing Back Yard

  • Living Room Window View of Bay

    Living Room Window View of Bay

  • Bathroom with View of Woods & Claw Foot Tub (has Pedestal Sink too)

    Bathroom with View of Woods & Claw Foot Tub (has Pedestal Sink too)

  • View of Sunrise to East

    View of Sunrise to East

  • Landscaped Yard Over Cove with Screened Gazebo

    Landscaped Yard Over Cove with Screened Gazebo

  • View of Cove from Screened Gazebo.  Includes 4 Chairs & 2 Side Tables.

    View of Cove from Screened Gazebo. Includes 4 Chairs & 2 Side Tables.

  • Island Government Wharf (3 minutes away)

    Island Government Wharf (3 minutes away)

  • Walking Crescent Beach, which Connects the Islands to the Mainland (3 mins away)

    Walking Crescent Beach, which Connects the Islands to the Mainland (3 mins away)

  • Aerial of Our Location on LaHave Island

    Aerial of Our Location on LaHave Island

  • Cove and Bay to West from Upper Deck

    Cove and Bay to West from Upper Deck

  • View from Dining Room Table

    View from Dining Room Table

  • Living Room Wood Stoves (1 of 2)

    Living Room Wood Stoves (1 of 2)

  • 2nd Wood Stove in Dining Room

    2nd Wood Stove in Dining Room

  • First Floor Bedroom & Bath

    First Floor Bedroom & Bath

  • 2 of 4 Bedrooms Upstairs

    2 of 4 Bedrooms Upstairs

  • Lower Deck has 7 Adirondak Chairs, 3 Benches, & a Table with Chairs for Eating

    Lower Deck has 7 Adirondak Chairs, 3 Benches, & a Table with Chairs for Eating

  • Waterfront Gazebo & Island Deer

    Waterfront Gazebo & Island Deer

  • House from Driveway.  Boardwalk is now a Gravel Path.

    House from Driveway. Boardwalk is now a Gravel Path.

  • Island Scene (Former Church in background is now LaHave Island Marine Museum)

    Island Scene (Former Church in background is now LaHave Island Marine Museum)

  • View of Sunset to West from Deck

    View of Sunset to West from Deck

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This listing was first published here in 2010.

Date last modified - Tuesday, November 17, 2015

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