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Quaintly Nova Scotian. A 1930 cedar shaked cottage nestled into the mountainside with a wide, close view of the Bay of Fundy. One of Frommer’s top global destinations, the tremendous tides of the Bay of Fundy have been referred to as the heartbeat of the world! Nova Scotia is a Lonely Planet top pick and Annapolis Royal won the title of Cultureville of the Maritimes. A short drive from the cottage will take you into the heart of this delightful town. Second place in this contest was Wolfville, just an hour drive through the scenic Annapolis Valley and you are there. Nature is big here in Nova Scotia! You will find forested mountains and cultivated valleys, ocean waters and tidal rivers, lakes, bays and brooks, big skies and wide views, sunsets and starry nights, cliffs and caves, rocky coasts, pebble shores and sandy beaches. There’s an energy here. Some say Ley lines of energy cover Nova Scotia. And the water, the woods and the ancient basalt offer their own positive vibrancy to the environment. The cottage is without distraction. There is no TV, internet or telephone. Imagine that! Nothing to interrupt the tranquility of birdsong, the soothing rhythm of the waves, the gentle breeze blowing through the thees or the babbling of the brook. Relax and enjoy our nature channel. Gaze at the calming views of bobbing lobster boats on the Bay from a seat on the porch or reclining in the bed upstairs. Watch the seals watching you. Keep an eye out for porpoises and the occasional whale as well as our resident eagles.
And then there are the crows. If they are not talking at you, they are talking about you. Be sure to count them. One crow sorrow, two crows bliss, Three crows a letter, four crows a kiss, Five crows silver, six crows gold, Seven crows a secret never to be told!
Walk the trails behind the cottage by following the red arrows which mark the path that runs along the brook to the bench of contemplation. Even on a hot summer day, you can rest in the quiet coolness by the forest stream. Deer may make a morning appearance. Red arrows also mark the short cut and the lowland path which runs above the rock garden. Not a challenging hike but a nice walk through the woods. We all know how good that is for the soul! Walking sticks are leaning by the front door or can be found in the garage. Feel free to take one home.
There are wonderful restaurants in the area and an incredible farmers market on Saturday where you can buy fish and scallops from the Fish Monger, French and German breads, pastries, jams, fresh veg as well as Maritime art and crafts. All while as you browse the market, you listen to live music and occasionally see dancers and craft demonstrators. In season I can bring you lobster fresh from the boat every Thursday at a very good price. Just let me know a couple days in advance how many you’d like. You will find everything you need to cook and crack a succulent lobster in the kitchen. Nautical Seafoods at the Parker Cove wharf offer fresh as well as cooked to order lobster.
The cottage is small but cosy. It has been described as a restful 'nest' as well as a homey haven. Inside the front door, you will find hooks to hang your jacket, hat or bag. Below there is a bench to perch on or disperse your load of shopping bags or shore finds. Shelves below the bench offer storage for your shoes or what ever you choose. You will also find games such as Scrabble, Cribbage, Checkers, Backgammon and Cards shelved there.
In the relaxing room, feel free to rest your feet on the table as you slouch back in the comfortable couch and enjoy the view. Pillows and throws add to your repose. A great place to enjoy a impromptu nap. Even insomniacs have claimed to have dozed off.
The eat in kitchen features the original cottage cupboards, full size refrigerator, an electric stove, a microwave, toaster, blender, mini-grill, coffee maker and an electric kettle. Dishes, glassware, silverware, cooking utensils, tea towels, pots and pans are all there for your use. There is a storage room off the kitchen that leads to the back door and the herb garden.
First floor bedroom offers a double bed and a small closet under the stairs. The original wooden walls are painted white and the wooden floor is a nautical blue. View from the window is of the woods, very green and calm. Open it and enjoy fresh air. There is also a fan available.
Full bathroom that is just steps away from the downstairs bedroom features a high profile toilet as well as a shower with great water pressure from our spring-fed well. A washer and dryer is there for your use. Liquid detergent and dryer sheets are provided. Or feel like a local and use the clothes line and let the sea breeze do the work. You wil find a laundry basket and clothes pins. Also a hair dryer and of course, lots of towels.
Upstairs, there is a bedroom with a double bed. A half bath is tucked under the eaves. Whitewashed wooden walls and a finished wooden floor make for a cozy space. Windows on all sides so views of water and woods plus great cross breezes. There is a small closet, a chest of drawers and shelves where you will find books and cds. There is also a cd player and a clock radio. Also for your convenience, a hair dryer and a fan.
Out of doors, a front porch beckons. A shore road bench made by my neighbour makes a comfortable perch. Guests have enjoyed coffee, wine, even meals here. Others have used the porch to meditate, do yoga, write and paint. You will find a friendly community along the road where passing motorists wave and walkers often stop and chat.
Shore access is granted by my neighbours across the street. There is a map on the refrigerator where you can access the rocky shore. Take a bucket and do a bit of beach combing and see what you can find. You never know what washes up with the Fundy tides!
I live just down the road, 1.2 km so am close at hand if you have any questions, want recommendations, directions or if you need anything such as warm coats to go whale watching or help cooking a lobster. I also have a 'land line' as well as wi fi. If you have a friendly dog who likes to play, we have a nonaggressive fun loving dog who has a fenced yard for play dates.
The downstairs bathroom features a high profile toilet....moreless
NESTLED IN A MOUNTAIN SIDE, TRAILS THROUGH WOODS WITH BENCHES OVER LOOKING BROOK AND WATERFALLS, LICHEN COVERED ROCK LEDGES, ACCESS TO BAY ALLOWED BY VERY FRIENDLY SHORE ROAD NEIGHBOURS, NO IMMEDIATE NEIGHBOURS TO LEFT OR RIGHT, FRONT PORCH FOR A RELAXING TEA TIME OR HAPPY HOUR, WATCH THE LOBSTER BOATS ON THE BAY, SOME FENCING THOUGH NOT INCLUSIVE FOR PET PROTECTION....moreless
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1. Mickey Hill Pocket Wilderness Picnic Park - a short drive will take you into a spot of outstanding natural beauty. Great for hikes, picnics and a swim in Lamb's Lake. Dog friendly.
2. Cape Forchu Lighthouse, home of the BIG CHAIR (seen on their web cam) Drive along the ‘French Shore’, try the Friday night seafood dinners at Belliveau Cove market, check out St. Anne (the largest wooden church in North America), Smuggler’s Cove named for Rum-runners, Port Maitland for mile-high lemon meringue pie at Edna's, Mavillette Beach (incredibly long sand beach), Yarmouth - look for lighthouse signs for Cape Forchu. At the lighthouse, try Mug Up Cafe for great seafood by local cooks and their famous bread pudding. Drive through Yarmouth and see the fabulous old architecture in Yarmouth.
3. Oaklawn Zoo in Aylesford - a wonderful family run zoo that all ages will enjoy. While in the area, visit Bargain Harley's in Berwick - chock full of 'stuff'! Also check out Wheatons Store and Cafe. A fabulous quality shop in 'middle of nowhere'! Their Coconut Cake is worth every calorie!
4. In Annapolis Royal, you can visit the Historic Gardens, view local art at ArtsPlace, walk the boardwalk to the wharf, attend live performances at Kings Theatre, visit the quirky, quaint and unique shops and be sure to attend the Saturday farmers and artisans market.
5. Digby Neck - climb Cape Shubel for panoramic views, beach comb at Sandy Cove Beach, hike to the Balancing Rock, take the ferries to Long Island and Brier Island, go whale watching. Lavina’s on Long Island is a highly recommended seafood restaurant.
6. Just down Shore Road, you can hike at Delaps Cove (waterfalls) or make the drive up the valley to Cape Split - a long hike but you will NEVER forget the view. Take a picnic and relax high above the Bay of Fundy before you hike back down. Another great hiking area is Kejimkujik National Park (Keji to locals) - enjoy the day hiking and biking, rent canoes and kayaks. All these areas are dog friendly.
Year Purchased: 2003
About the owner: 'Rex' purchased and restored this quaint cottage in 2003 and enjoyed it as a summer retreat for many years. In 2012, he and Peggy began to rent out to visitors so they too could enjoy the authentic Nova Scotia experience.