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Relax by the Sea in Picturesque, Peaceful Nova Scotia in an Executive Cottage

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Perched on a hill overlooking a picturesque ocean bay in a fishing village.


Last updated: 05/19/2015
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  • Minimum stay:3 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

The ocean is there just in front of you. The gulls circle high above in the onshore breeze. The ever-changing seascape is entrancing and mystifying. This serene sight is available to you from one of two decks, or from the comfort of an expansive living room through the picture window, as you nestle by the propane fireplace with a good book gazing at spectacular watery sunsets. This summer, get away from inland and city heat and be lulled by refreshing ocean breezes.

This beautiful, totally renovated, furnished executive cottage is located on almost an acre of landscaped property. This quality 11-room house has 4 bedrooms that sleep up to 7, plus a sofa bed in the study. The master has a skylight and en-suite. Wake up every morning and your first sight is a sea that stretches forever. The fishers dot the waters checking their traps for lobsters that you can buy wharf side just down the road. Bring your bikes if you have any as the area is popular among cyclists.

The floors are natural pine, oak and laminate. The colours are neutral with the exception of the dining room displaying classic red walls against a dark oak floor. The kitchen flows with its natural pine floors into a breakfast nook area overlooking a small deck that is a favourite hangout for small birds and butterflies.

This character home, which has some quaint low ceilings, has its own history originating from a couple of beach houses that were pulled by horse and cart to its present location over a century ago . This large public beach is very close to the house and has splendid white powdery sand. This executive cottage is definitely an unparalleled vacation retreat or rental home wrapped in one.

We began in 2014 to offer our property as a vacation rental. We believe our renters will enjoy their stay in this beautiful area and we look forward to welcoming them. As the Gaelic saying goes here, 'Cead mile failte' - a hundred thousand welcomes. But let our guests have the final say:

“We are so appreciative of the thoughtfulness and comforts of your home as a magical respite for us. The very details that make a treasured vacation spot into a nest are all here…We’ve never been more relaxed in a vacation rental…” – Boston, Massachusetts

“Sadly the day has come for us to leave this beautiful haven of rest. We had a wonderful time and leave refreshed.” – Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

“My travelling partners are using these words to describe this place – eclectic, quiet haven, charming bedrooms, comfortable beds, great beginning to our vacation…We spent the last evening looking out over the bay enjoying the beautiful weather.” – Illinois/South Dakota

No smokers
No young children
No pets (exception for small, well-behaved dog)
Lobster 101 - A unique experience with instruction on how to prepare and eat lobster. Basic fee includes cleanup of cooking utensils. Please enquire at check-in.
We have a strict 8 person limit so the property is not suitable for large family reunions or gatherings.

Local amenities:

Nearby (5 minutes) white sand beach with walking trails that are well-maintained as a Nova Scotia provincial park.

Photographers’ look off locations

Fish plant in next village to purchase fresh fish and shellfish (lobster)

Variety store (includes liquor store)

Public bus service (Monday to Friday)

20 minutes from city (Halifax) on scenic coastal road





(NAME) - Lessee



Richard Frederick Hand
Dana Michele O’Sullivan - Lessor
1427 Ketch Harbour Road
Sambro Head, Nova Scotia

This lease is for a period of ______ (#) nights/weeks/months, covering a period from_________________ (dates)inclusive for the property, Whitecaps, located at 1427 Ketch Harbour Road, Sambro Head, Nova Scotia, Canada, and to be used solely by the Lessee and his/her members as identified at the beginning of the lease to the Lessor and/or Property Manager for the sole purpose of being a vacation home. It cannot be sub-leased or let either wholly or partially, nor for free or at a charge, without previous consent of the Lessor. The maximum number of people staying overnight is eight (8), and any additional people staying overnight anywhere on the property will be considered a breach of contract with an ensuing charge of $200.00 (US) per additional person per night. This lease cannot be renewed after the end date. An extension requires a new lease to be initiated.

The Lessor assumes no responsibility for any loss of the Lessee’s personal property nor any injury, bodily harm or death suffered by the Lessee or any member of his/her group on the property or elsewhere during the period of the lease.

Rent is established for a minimum period of three days with the daily rate of $285.00(US), plus applicable taxes and fees. The weekly rate is $1,900.00 (US), plus taxes and fees. The monthly rate is $ (US). These rates are inclusive of all water and electricity consumption and comply with the booking website used by the Lessee. The Lessor will provide the Lessee with a signed copy of this agreement at the time of check-in. Photo ID will be requested at the time of check-in. Check-in no earlier than 1800, check-out by 1200 (noon).

The terms of rent require full payment of the duration of the lease at the beginning of the lease period through the appropriate vacation renting agency, unless the terms of that agency permit regular payments throughout the lease period. The Cancellation Policy is:
• Bookings cancelled at least 30 days before the start of the stay will receive a 50% refund.
• Bookings cancelled at least 60 days before the start of the stay will receive a 100% refund.
Cancellations must be made by 2359 ADT (Atlantic Daylight Time) on the appropriate day.

A damage deposit is required with the following payment options:

i. included as a refundable amount in the overall vacation rental payment (standard). In this case, a damage deposit of $200 US is included in the booking price. This deposit will be refunded in whole or in part and in the same denomination as the rent by the owners upon completion of a lease and a post-lease inspection.
ii. in case the preceding option is not available, $300.00 (US) will be requested at the beginning of a lease period by the Lessor and will be returned either partially or in full with a mailed money order by the Lessor to the Lessee after an end of lease inspection has determined that the property has been left in the same condition as it was found at the beginning of the lease. Only cash or cheque is acceptable for the damage deposit and cheques will be cashed immediately. This option is only available to bookings made by phone, direct e-mail or drop-ins.

The property will be in a clean condition upon assuming the lease, and general cleaning of the building during a lease term is the responsibility of the Lessee. Additional cleaning during a lease term can be provided at a charge of $100 per cleaning. This is a period, character building and respect of it is requested.

Any additional telecommunications required by the Lessee is at his/her/their responsibility.

In the event of being locked out of the premises or activating the theft alarm resulting in a police call, the ensuing charges are the responsibility of the Lessee.

The Lessee cannot perform any works on the property without previous consent from the Lessor, in writing, with no compensation due to the Lessee. Any water damage resulting from negligent overflowing of sinks, baths or toilets is the responsibility of the Lessee.

At the end of this Lease, the Lessee must leave the property, as well as furniture and appliances in it, in the same state of condition and functionality as when the Lease started. The condition of the aforementioned property will be assessed by the Lessor and/or Property Manager at the beginning and end of a Lease.

This Lease is written in the singular form even though more than one person could be the Lessee, as it is for the Lessor.

Lessor or Property Manager


Dated _________________________ in ____________________________________


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Property Type

  • Cottage
  • 2238 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    30 years old...moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 7-8

  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen

    sleeps 2...moreless

  • Bedroom 2: 1 king

    sleeps 2...moreless

  • Bedroom 3: 1 queen

    sleeps 2...moreless

  • Bedroom 4: 1 twin/ single

    captain's bed - sleeps 1...moreless

  • Bedroom 5: 1 sleep sofa /futon

    Study can be used as bedroom - sleeps 1...moreless

  • Bedroom 1 - double bed Bedroom 2 - king size bed Bedroom 3 - double bed Bedroom 4 - single bed Study - futon/sofa bed...moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

Other Amenities

  • We will gladly teach you how to prepare lobster and provide a dinner experience at the property. We call it Lobster 101. This can be pre-arranged at check in. Lobster is the specialty of Nova Scotia and should be cooked perfectly, and our recipe is excellent. ...moreless


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television


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


  • Autumn Foliage
  • Bay/Sound
  • Churches
  • Festivals
  • Forests
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Nude Beach
  • Pond
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Horseback Riding
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Whale Watching

Location Type

  • Ocean View:

    Overlooking picturesque Sambro Harbour....moreless

  • Village:

    Located in the fishing village of Sambro Head....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Mountain Biking
  • Pier Fishing
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Swimming
  • Water Skiing
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Dining:

    The dining room seats 6. Also the breakfast room/nook next to dining room seats 4. ...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people


  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace:


  • Fitness Room / Equipment:

    Weights, treadmill, exercise ball...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine


  • Coffee Maker:

    Brand: Tassimo...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Pantry Items:

    Basic essentials...moreless

  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Deck / Patio:

    one large deck and one intimate, both overlooking the ocean...moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    Available to rent. Can deliver and pick up....moreless



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from 3 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Late Summer/Autumn foliage
Sep 14 - Oct 31, 2015
3 night min stay
C$2,100 C$8,700
My Standard Rate
3 night min stay
C$2,400 C$9,500
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Refundable Damage Deposit C$200
  • Tax Rate 15%


Housekeeping services are provided before the starting date of a rental term and included in the rental fee. Any additional housekeeping services during a term is at the expense of the renter.

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Last updated: 05/19/2015
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35 Kilometres
Nearest Airport
Halifax International Airport (Stanfield Airport)
8 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
Pavia Restaurant
3 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
55 Kilometres
Nearest Ski
4 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
Crystal Crescent Beach

Car: Necessary

A white sand beach is nearby, and the area is picturesque making it an excellent hiking/photography/painting/recreation area.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2004

About the owner: Writer/Journalist (Him) - Cosmetologist (Her)

Why the Owner Chose Halifax:
In the country and on the ocean, yet close to a city. Relaxing, private and tranquil.

The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
Scenery, seascapes, delicious sunsets and beaches

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Speaks: english, french



  • Perched on a hill overlooking a picturesque ocean bay in a fishing village.

    Perched on a hill overlooking a picturesque ocean bay in a fishing village.

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Minimum stay: 3 nights
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