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Elegant, Historic, Oceanfront Property - C. 1796 House W/ Wharf

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Charming front entry with storm door and transom 'lights'.

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  • Minimum stay:3 nights
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Property description

Elegant seaside cape-style house perched at the top of a curving drive overlooking the waters of Mahone Bay. Located in the charming village of Martin’s River, minutes from the Town of Mahone Bay, Hill House is an historic home filled with elegance and atmosphere. Built circa 1796, this historic property retains many early features including wide-board floors, two-over-two windows with old glass, six-panel doors, two fireplaces (nonworking) , elaborate mantelpieces and trim, built-in dish cupboard, unique curving staircase, and window ‘lights’ over the front door.
A large deck at the front of the house facing SE overlooks the river and ocean bay, a perfect spot for a morning coffee or an evening cocktail cooled by sea breezes. A smaller deck at the back facing SW off the kitchen gathers all the sun of the day, a place to glory in the sunset over the three-acre meadow and pond. Two small barns with bright red doors house canoes and bicycles, and a walk down the lawn leads to the wharf with floating dock, and deep-water mooring. In summer, the river and ocean basin are filled with beautiful sailboats, and the Annual Martin’s River Regatta (Labor Day Saturday) is a race for classic sailboats, large and small, around the islands of Mahone Bay.

The house, 2000 sf of living space, has living room, dining room, library, study, kitchen, mudroom and two full baths on the first floor with high ceilings, and three charming bedrooms and a powder room on the second floor, tucked under the eaves of the long sloping roof. The entry on the driveway side opens to the mudroom with washer, dryer, and laundry sink, coat storage, and a full bath. The dining room, the largest room in the house, has high ceilings, chandelier overtop a long dining table (seats 8-10), three windows with long French curtains overlooking the front deck and views, a corner cupboard, and a charming built-in dish cupboard. The living room, equally elegant, has a long red, curving sofa for ample seating, a collection of books on art and architecture, and a wide screen LG Smart TV and stereo. From the living room two doors open to the long library with its built-in bookcase filled with history, poetry, fiction, classics and current events. Board games and puzzles, along with bar glassware are housed in a large armoire, and a classic sofa and wing chairs as well as a table for deskwork, complete the library furnishings. A separate study contains music library and a synthesizer keyboard. (Upright, acoustic piano is in the dining room.) The eat-in country kitchen has windows on three sides with views to the water, a Jotul woodstove, and a doorway to the back deck with BBQ and woodshed. A second full bath leads off the kitchen, and access to the full-height basement downstairs to ground level.

The original front entry door with transom window ‘lights’ opens onto the small front foyer and a curving staircase leads to the second floor. Three cozy bedrooms upstairs have sleeping accommodations for 5-6 persons and are beautifully furnished and decorated. The smaller guest bedroom boasts a sweet, antique 3/4 bed, bureau, and desk, with a window that looks out to sea. The larger guest bedroom contains a queen bed with a lovely fabric tester over the head of the bed and a window toward the bay. The large master bedroom (combined from two smaller rooms) is ample in size with a king bed, antique bureau, dressing table, and two draped windows overlooking the barns and the river. A small 2 pc. powder room on the second floor is a convenience to guests at nighttime.

Hill House is furnished with old and new – newer beds and furnishings complemented by lovely antiques and original paintings. A plentiful supply of pillows, cotton sheets and fluffy towels create a comfortable experience.

Local stores carry fresh produce and baked goods, including the Boulangerie De La Vendeenne around the corner. Eat in or explore the excellent restaurants of Mahone Bay, Lunenburg and Chester, just a short drive away.

Great local beaches include Sandy Cove, Hirtle’s Beach, Crescent Beach on Green Bay, Risser’s Beach, Beach Meadows, and the unbelievably gorgeous Carter’s Beach (an hour away) for long strolls.

Details of the property:
Three Bedrooms - all on second floor
• Small Bedroom (3/4 bed), ocean view
• Guest Bedroom (queen bed), ocean view
• Master Bedroom (king bed), river view
• 2 pc powder room

Living Room
• Ocean facing views of Martin’s River and Mahone Bay
• Comfortable seating
• Antique furnishings and original paintings
• Book on art and architecture, and collection of classical and choral CDs
• Large coffee table for board games and jigsaw puzzles
• Smart TV and stereo/DVD system

Dining Room
• Antique corner cupboard and built-in dish cupboard
• Large dining table (w/ removable leaves) seats 8 to 10
• Upright piano

Library
• Beautiful custom-designed bookshelves with collection on history, poetry, fiction
• Sofa and two wing chairs for lounging or reading or quiet conversation
• Armoire with barware and games
• Large glassware cupboard
• Antique table for study or computer work (WiFi)
• Fireplace (non-working)

Study
• Bookshelves with music collection
• Writing desk with computer keyboard and synthesizer


Kitchen
• Windows with views to ocean and meadow; access to back deck
• Ample cabinetry with all cooking and dining supplies, and pantry
• Appliances: stainless steel stove and refrigerator, dishwasher, toaster oven, coffee maker, electric kettle, Cuisinart, blender, slow-cooker
• Antique 8' farm table with seating for 6-8
• Antique country table island for food prep
• Jotul (Little Bear) wood stove (wood in woodshed beside back deck)
• Bookshelf with sailing books
• 'Ladder' shelves of herbs and spices
• Cuisinart gas grill on back deck

Bathrooms
• Two Bathrooms on Main Floor (both 3 pc with shower/tub)
• Powder Room on Second Floor (2 pc)

Ground Floor
• Full height basement, unfinished (with boulder foundation and original cooking fireplace with iron pot crane)
• Picnic supplies and coolers
• Utilities access
• Exterior door

Two Decks
• Front deck with railing overlooks river and ocean. Have a morning coffee or evening cocktail watching the river flow by or the sailboats at their moorings.
• Back deck with gas grill, woodshed, views of meadow and pond, sunshine all day long, glorious sunsets, and spectacular star-gazing.

Wharf, floating dock and deep-water mooring with use of two canoes, paddles, life-jackets.


Keywords: Seaside property, house, oceanfront, historic, cottage, farmhouse, heritage property

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Property Type

  • House
  • 2000 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Suitability

  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 5-6

  • Master bedroom: 1 king

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  • Guest Room 1: 1 queen

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  • Guest room 2: 1 double

    actually a three-quarter bed (42"w) - one adult or 2 small...moreless

  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1)

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower

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  • Bathroom 2: toilet, combination tub/shower

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  • Bathroom 1: toilet

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  • The two full baths are on the first floor. The powder room (2 pc) is on the second floor with the bedrooms....moreless

Other Amenities

  • We invite you to enjoy our home, a charming 18th century historic house. This house is cozy when its cold and cool when the weather heats up - must be due to the 6 inch thick plank walls. Two decks - one at front and one at back - allow you to enjoy sunrise over the water with your morning coffee and sunset over the back fields with your evening cocktail. Or, sit out by the river in chairs on the floating dock (cool off with a swim) and view the world from sea-level. Views abound from every part of the property. We happily live in this little paradise year-round but are happy to share it with others during our beautiful summer seasons....moreless

Entertainment

  • Books:

    Lots! Many subjects. We love to read....moreless

  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games:

    board games, card games...moreless

  • Music Library:

    Lots of classical CDs for listening...moreless

  • Stereo
  • Television:

    LG smart TV for Netflix etc. (No cable TV, sorry)...moreless

  • Video Library

Theme

  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions

Attractions

  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

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

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Horseback Riding
  • Paddle Boating
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Whale Watching
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Ocean View:

    A view out to the outer islands in Mahone Bay can be seen from the front deck and lawn - house sits up high on a hill overlooking the bay. ...moreless

  • Oceanfront:

    Our wharf w. floating dock (5 ft tides) across from the house on Martin's River where it opens up onto the body of water known as Mahone Bay, a large and scenic bay that is awash in beautiful islands....moreless

  • Village:

    Tiny village of Martin's River boasts a convenience store and an Anglican church (St. Martin's, of course), a short roadway bridge over Martin's River, and a large trestle bridge for the rail trail....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Sailing
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing
  • Water Tubing
  • Wind-Surfing

Dining

  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • Seating for 10 people

General

  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    oil hot water baseboard throughout house...moreless

  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking:

    parking for two to three cars in driveway...moreless

  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone:

    Land lines (2) - one is available for long distance to Canada and U.S....moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet:

    password required - will provide with instructions for guests upon arrival...moreless

  • Wood Stove:

    wood in woodshed by back deck...moreless

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen:

    Farm table seats 8...moreless

  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster:

    toaster oven...moreless

Outside

  • Bicycles:

    Bicyles are readily available for rent from Sweet Ride in Mahone Bay....moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    Large front deck with railing. Smaller back deck....moreless

  • Golf:

    Chester Golf Club...moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    Two canoes available, paddles and life jackets....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    Three acres of lawn, meadow, and pond. Beautiful....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Cuisinart gas grill...moreless

  • Tennis:

    Mahone Bay Tennis Club nearby - short term memberships may be available....moreless

 

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  • Refundable Damage Deposit C$400
  • Taxes Not included

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Location

100 Kilometres
Nearest Airport
Halifax International
5 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
103 (Exit 10)
7 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
Mahone Bay
15 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
Bachmann's Beach on Second Peninsula

Car: Recommended

The scenic towns of Mahone Bay (7 km), Lunenburg (15 km), and Chester (20 km) are nearby, offering a wealth of scenic beauty, architectural interest, groceries, restaurants, antique shops, music festivals, art festivals, boat festivals, bicycle rentals, whale watching tours, kayaking, and sailing. And, the body of water known as Mahone Bay is a sailor's paradise, hosting eastern Canada's largest sailing regatta each August.

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 2007

About the owner: We are a couple involved in the arts. My husband is a composer and choral conductor and I am an artist and decorator. We moved from Connecticut in 2007 where we founded a children’s choir and later a commercial music publishing company. We relocated to Nova Scotia when my husband accepted music directorships at two universities in Halifax. Although we were familiar with the beauty of the South Shore, having spent fifteen years with our children on summer vacations in the La Have Islands, we chose to live closer to Halifax when we moved to NS permanently. A property on the water where we moor our 20 ft traditional Cape Cod catboat makes for a happy life, and the waters of Mahone Bay offer some of the best sailing on the eastern seaboard. With six children and four grandchildren, this house is the scene of many happy family gatherings.

Why the Owner Chose Mahone Bay:
The saying that ‘It's always sunny in Martin’s River’ is true. If there’s sun to be found anywhere it’s along Silver Point Road. We chose the charming village of Martin’s River not only for its sunshine and ocean access but for its proximity to Halifax and the airport, and the Towns of Mahone Bay and Lunenburg. Sailing on the waters of Mahone Bay with its 365 islands (some now but a nubble) is an activity we pursue, and an interest in historic architecture (this is a 1796 Cape) completed the picture.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
The three acre property sits atop a knoll with beautiful views of the islands of Mahone Bay. In fact, one can see all the way to Big Tancook Island from the front deck. The river, with numerous private wharves, flows by the property and our wharf and opens onto a lovely ocean basin, home to numerous sailboats and their congenial owners. The rails-to-trails network, that runs from Halifax to Yarmouth, meanders by Long Cove behind the house, accessed by a beautiful grassy, country lane. A pond on the property fills with wild irises in June, and the birdlife is rich with song. Star-gazing is spectacular on a moonless night and both sunrise and sunset are unequalled from this hilltop setting, high above the water. One of the perks of the neighborhood is being able to call in and pick up an order of fresh baked French bread from the famous Boulangerie de La Vendeenne just around the corner.


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Speaks: english

 

Photos

  • Charming front entry with storm door and transom 'lights'.

    Charming front entry with storm door and transom 'lights'.

  • View out to sea from the front deck

    View out to sea from the front deck

  • Another glorious sunset over pond and back meadow of 3 acres.

    Another glorious sunset over pond and back meadow of 3 acres.

  • Front entry - with hooks for coats

    Front entry - with hooks for coats

  • Dining table seats 8 to 12 diners. Antique 6-panel doors throughout.

    Dining table seats 8 to 12 diners. Antique 6-panel doors throughout.

  • Living room - front of house

    Living room - front of house

  • Living room with LG Smart TV, stereo system, CD collection (classical), books

    Living room with LG Smart TV, stereo system, CD collection (classical), books

  • Library - custom bookshelves - history, art, poetry, biography, fiction to read

    Library - custom bookshelves - history, art, poetry, biography, fiction to read

  • Kitchen - Jotul woodstove, dishwasher, sink, with views over back acreage & pond

    Kitchen - Jotul woodstove, dishwasher, sink, with views over back acreage & pond

  • Study/office on first floor - music library and keyboard.

    Study/office on first floor - music library and keyboard.

  • Master bedroom - king bed with view out two windows to quaint red barns

    Master bedroom - king bed with view out two windows to quaint red barns

  • Guest room - queen bed with fabric tester and view to the sea

    Guest room - queen bed with fabric tester and view to the sea

  • View of house coming up the driveway

    View of house coming up the driveway

  • Late day sun on the islands viewed from front deck

    Late day sun on the islands viewed from front deck

  • Morning mist on the river at our floating dock

    Morning mist on the river at our floating dock

  • Dining room - front of house - with antique dish cupboard in corner.

    Dining room - front of house - with antique dish cupboard in corner.

  • Steinway upright piano in dining room

    Steinway upright piano in dining room

  • Living room - big red sectional for movie viewing, cocktails, board games

    Living room - big red sectional for movie viewing, cocktails, board games

  • Library - a long room with exposed beams, comfortable seating

    Library - a long room with exposed beams, comfortable seating

  • Kitchen - antique farm table with glass top - seats 8 - view to sea from windows

    Kitchen - antique farm table with glass top - seats 8 - view to sea from windows

  • Kitchen - door to back deck and lawn, stainless steel fridge, stove & hood

    Kitchen - door to back deck and lawn, stainless steel fridge, stove & hood

  • Charming winding staircase to second floor (3 bedrooms and 2 pc bath)

    Charming winding staircase to second floor (3 bedrooms and 2 pc bath)

  • Master bedroom - king bed with linen headboard and bedside reading

    Master bedroom - king bed with linen headboard and bedside reading

  • Guest room - Victorian three-quarter bed (42" w) and bureaus and view out to sea

    Guest room - Victorian three-quarter bed (42" w) and bureaus and view out to sea

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