Elegant, Historic, Oceanfront Property, C. 1796 Cape W/ Wharf
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- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Mahone Bay house 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 a 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 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 ample seating, a collection of books on art and architecture, and opens through two doors to the long library with its ample collection of books on history and current events, board games, DVD and stereo, and a large corner desk for study or computer work. 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 there is access to the full-height basement with painting studio on the 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 green bedroom boasts a sweet, antique double bed and bureau and a window that looks out to sea. The somewhat larger blue bedroom contains a queen bed with a lovely fabric tester over the head of the bed. 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 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 down pillows, cotton sheets and fluffy towels create a comfortable experience.
Local stores carry fresh produce and baked goods, including the Boulangerie a 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 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
• Green Bedroom (double bed), ocean view
• Blue Bedroom (queen bed), ocean view
• Master Bedroom (king bed), river view
• 2 pc powder room
• Ocean facing views of Martin’s River and Mahone Bay
• Comfortable seating
• Antique furnishings
• Reading corner with art, architecture, and poetry books
• Antique corner cupboard and built-in dish cupboard
• Large dining table (w/ removable leaves) seats 8 to 10
• Upright piano
• Wall of bookshelves with history book collection
• Sofa for lounging or reading or quiet conversation
• Armoire with DVD and stereo
• Large coffee table for board games and jigsaw puzzles
• Corner desk for study or computer work (WiFi)
• Fireplace (non-working)
• Bookshelves with music collection
• Writing desk
• Desk with synthesizer keyboard
• Windows with views to ocean and meadow; access to back deck
• Ample cabinetry with all cooking and dining supplies, and pantry
• Appliances: stove, refrigerator, dishwasher, countertop oven/broiler, coffee maker, electric kettle, Cuisinart, blender, Slow-cooker
• Antique bench and seating for six at kitchen table
• Bookshelf with sailing books
• Two Bathrooms on Main Floor (both 3 pc with shower/tub)
• Powder Room on Second Floor (2 pc)
• Full height basement with boulder foundation and original cooking fireplace with iron pot crane.
• Informal painting studio
• Picnic supplies and coolers
• Exterior door
• 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 BBQ, woodshed, views of meadow and pond, sunshine all day long, glorious sunsets, and spectacular star-gazing.
Barn and Shed with canoes, paddles, lifejackets, bicycles.
Wharf, floating dock and deep-water mooring
Keywords: Seaside property, house, oceanfront, historic, cottage, farmhouse, heritage property
- Vacation Rental
- Non Smoking Only
- Not Suitable For Children
- Pets Not Allowed
- Minimum Age Limit For Renters
Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 5-6
- King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1)
Bathrooms: 2.5 Bathrooms
Kitchen & Dining
- Cooking Utensils
- Clothes Dryer
- Parking Off Street
- Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
- Wood Stove
- Linens Provided
- Washing Machine
- DVD Player
- Music Library
- CD Player
- Video Library
- Wireless Internet
- Deck / Patio
- Outdoor Grill
Location & View
- Ocean View
- Jet Skiing
- Water Skiing
- Live Theater
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Sight Seeing
- Horseback Riding
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Property available June 1 to June 30 Weekly rental $1400.00 Minimum stay 7 nights 10% discount for two weeks or more, Full month rental available at preferred discount by agreement with owner. A $150 cleaning fee will be added to each rental.
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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. Still, a property on the water where we could moor our 20 ft traditional Cape Cod catboat was a requirement for a happy life, and the waters of Mahone Bay offer some of the best sailing on the eastern Seaboard. We have six children and three grandchildren between us; it’s definitely the Brady Bunch.
Why the Owner Chose Mahone Bay:
The saying that ‘It is 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 from the front deck. The river, with numerous private wharves, flows by the property 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 your order of fresh baked French bread from the famous Boulangerie de La Vendeenne just around the corner.
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Charming front entry with storm door and transom 'lights'.
View of ocean and islands from Hill House front deck.
Dining Room with built-in dish cupboard, piano, and doorway to mudroom.
Living Room with antique mantelpiece, antiques, and view to front foyer.
Library with comfortable seating. Exposed beams in ceiling.
Master bedroom with king bed and view from two windows over barns and river.
Green bedroom with antique double bed and window to the sea.
View from end of private dock across the mouth of Martin's River.
View of historic house and deck from driveway.
Dining Room with French draperies, dining for ten, and antique corner cupboard.
Living Room windows and wing chairs.
Library bookcases and armoire for DVD and stereo.
View of master bedroom with antique bureau and dressing table.
Blue bedroom with queen bed and fabric tester.
Country kitchen with Jotul wood stove and cozy wooden bench.
A not uncommonly glorious sunset over pond and back meadow.
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3 Bedroom / 2.5 Bathroom
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