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Last updated: 12/03/2014
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  • Minimum stay:1 night
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  • Pets considered:Yes
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Inverness house description

If your looking for beautiful winter retreat,look no further! This charming artist house overlooks beautiful Lake Ainslie, amidst stands of spruce and meadowlands. The house is bursting with character, and has evolved through numerous expansions and renovations over its storied 25-year histA rustic artist/owner built home in a picturesque setting ory.

The airy open-format main floor features a fully equipped kitchen with gas stove and full-size refrigerator. The main floor common area surrounds an elegant handmade spiral staircase made from trees cut from the yard. A wood burning, glass-front stove separates the kitchen from the central living space. A step through a curtain-door off the main area reveals a bright room with a pullout couch, and a TV with an extensive VHS library. There is also an old piano, and guitar which are at your disposal, albeit a little out of (website hidden)tached to this room is a bathroom with a shower. Through the bathroom, and also attached byway of a curtain to the main area, is a large sunny dining room.

The second floor houses two upstairs bedrooms and a bathroom with a large claw-foot tub. The main bedroom, which offers a queen sized bed (real bed) is connected by a window and archway to a study. The other bedroom has a double bed (futon mattress) and has been arranged to be a kid-friendly environment. If additional beds are required the futon couch in the downstairs TV room is also available.

A large grassed yard is perfectly suited for games of badminton or croquet, and gardens surround the house, providing sunny or shaded sitting areas at all hours of the day. There is also a large studio on the property, where, depending on the season I may reside during your stay.

5 minute walk to the lake.
20 minute drive to the ocean at the town of Inverness, home of the new Cabot Links golf course.
20 minute drive to the Bras d’Or Lake, a massive inland sea.
1.5 hour drive to the famous Cabot trail, one of the most scenic drives in North America.

Enjoy the solitude of your escape with vintage dial-up internet and intermittent cell-phone coverage.

cancelation Policy:
For a 50% refund, cancellation must be made seven full days prior to listing's local check in time (or 3:00 PM if not specified) on the day of check in, otherwise no refund. For example, if check-in is on Friday, cancel by Friday of the previous week before check in time.
If the guest cancels less than 7 days in advance, the nights not spent are not refunded.
If the guest arrives and decides to leave early, the nights not spent are not refunded.

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Property Type

      • House

      Accommodation Type

          • Vacation Rental

          Meals

              • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

              Suitability

              • Children Welcome
              • Smoking Allowed:

                smoking is allowed outside or on the inside porch...moreless

              Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5, Beds for 4-5

              Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

              Entertainment

              • CD Player
              • DVD Player
              • Music Library
              • Television
              • Video Library

              Local Services & Businesses

              • ATM/Bank
              • Groceries
              • Hospital

              Leisure Activities

              • Beachcombing
              • Bird Watching
              • Boating
              • Scenic Drives
              • Sight Seeing
              • Walking
              • Whale Watching
              • Wildlife Viewing

              Location Type

              • Lake View
              • Water View

              Sports & Adventure Activities

              • Ice Skating
              • Sailing
              • Swimming

              Dining

                  • Dining Area

                  General

                  • Dialup Access
                  • Linens Provided
                  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
                  • Telephone
                  • Washing Machine
                  • Wood Stove

                  Kitchen

                  • Cooking Utensils
                  • Kitchen:

                    the kitchen is equipped with everything you would need...moreless

                  • Microwave
                  • Refrigerator

                  Outside

                      • Outdoor Grill
                       

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                      Last updated: 12/03/2014
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                      Owner info

                      Year Purchased: 1985

                      About the owner: After living and working for many years as an artist in Toronto, my family and I moved from the big city to beautiful Cape Breton 25 years ago. We settled in Lake Ainslie and there I built an ever growing house for my ever-growing family. The kids are now grown and I find myself spending much more time in my studio, which is a short walk from the house. I continue to spend much of each day painting, I love to travel- mostly to LA to visit my grandson, and I rarely miss listening to the opera on the radio every weekend. I hope you’ll come and discover the beauty and hospitality of our island. I am nearby and always happy to chat and share my knowledge of the local eateries, sights, beaches and galleries!

                      Why the Owner Chose Inverness:
                      This cottage-retreat has everything – location, view, open space, colorful artistic design, and art, lots of art. Ken's self-built cottage at Lake Ainslie was perfect for us, and we were happy to find it pet-friendly, located out-of-the-way yet close to everything we desired, and clean. There's a large yard, and great views of the lake from several windows. Ken is a friendly and knowledgeable host, and while he respects guests' privacy, he is also willing to spend as much or as little time with guests as they like. He is a not only an acclaimed artist (who designed and built this house himself) but also very knowledgeable about the local. The cottage itself is centrally located to Cape Breton's historic and beautiful west coast, and is adjacent to the Ceilidh trail, providing excellent access to local music venues. We were about 20-30 minutes from some of the best beaches on Cape Breton (Chimney Cove, West Mabou, and Inverness), experienced dramatic scenery and vistas, swam in the temperate waters of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, and ate at Mabou’s Red Shoe Pub, truly the best restaurant around. The kitchen is well equipped and we cooked many great meals including local scallops and of course, large lobsters. (You can pop over to Port Hood to to buy fresh-caught seafood at the Fisherman's Co-Op or up to the Bistro at Chéticamp.) Ken was also very generous offering us use of all of his facilities, and has a great music and video collection. We took many sojourns during the week to places like Chéticamp Island, the Cabot Trail, Meat Cove, the trails of the Mabou Highlands, Baddeck, Mabou Mines, Ingonish, Neils Harbor, etc., and returned to our quiet home base in the evenings with time to spare. We highly recommend Ken's comfortable and creative cottage-retreat for those preferring the extra living space of an eclectic, customized home where there is space and time for creating your own personal experience.

                      The Unique Benefits at this House:
                      about 20-30 minutes from some of the best beaches on Cape Breton (Chimney Cove, West Mabou, and Inverness), experienced dramatic scenery and vistas, swam in the temperate waters of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, and ate at Mabou’s Red Shoe Pub, truly the best restaurant around. The kitchen is well equipped and we cooked many great meals including local scallops and of course, large lobsters. (You can pop over to Port Hood to to buy fresh-caught seafood at the Fisherman's Co-Op or up to the Bistro at Chéticamp.) Ken was also very generous offering us use of all of his facilities, and has a great music and video collection. We took many sojourns during the week to places like Chéticamp Island, the Cabot Trail, Meat Cove, the trails of the Mabou Highlands, Baddeck, Mabou Mines, Ingonish, Neils Harbor, etc., and returned to our quiet home base in the evenings with time to spare. Cancelation policy: For a 50% refund, cancellation must be made seven full days prior to listing's local check in time (or 3:00 PM if not specified) on the day of check in, otherwise no refund. For example, if check-in is on Friday, cancel by Friday of the previous week before check in time. If the guest cancels less than 7 days in advance, the nights not spent are not refunded. If the guest arrives and decides to leave early, the nights not spent are not refunded.


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                      • The house that Ken built
Staircase up to second floor

                        The house that Ken built Staircase up to second floor

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                      • charming Cape Breton retreat

                        charming Cape Breton retreat

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                        Far away view of the house in winter

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                      • View from the living room window during winter

                        View from the living room window during winter

                      • The house on a beautiful snowy day!


The house in winter

                        The house on a beautiful snowy day! The house in winter

                      VRBO #435327

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                      This listing was first published here in 2012.

                      Date last modified - Sunday, December 14, 2014

                      C$125 per night (CAD)
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                      2 Bedroom / 2 Bathroom
                      Sleeps 5

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                      Minimum stay: 1 nights
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