The Charming Cottage at Beaver Dam Farm
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- Minimum stay:7 nights
- Pets considered:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Antigonish cottage description
The Charming Cottage on Beaver Dam Farm in the French Acadian village of Pomquet is in an ideal location.
The univeristy (St. Francis Xavier) town of Antigonish is 12 min. from the farm, and there you'll find live theatre, concerts, shopping, golf,hospital, galleries, and many restaurants. -- We'll tell you our favorites when you arrive. --- Our gorgeous 6 mile beach is 10 min. from the farm. It's truly wonderful with warm waters and lovely colored rocks. -- (I always have a hard time looking at the ocean The beach is a provincial beach park and has a proper parking lot, changing rooms, toilets, and beautiful board walk over the dunes. In season, there's a lifeguard. --
Leaving Beaver Dam Farm, you can go in any direction and find gorgeous scenery and beaches. -- There are actually NINE (9) wonderful beaches within half an hour from the farm - Go out the farm road, turn left for CAPE BRETON ISLAND. This is a MUST SEE while visiting the area. The Cabot Trail is a world-class site.
---- Turn right at end of the road, and you're on your way to PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND - another MUST SEE. For a short two hour trip, take the MINI CABOT TRAIL outside of Antigonish Town. It's spectaular and there's good hiking along the route.
- The Charming Cottage at Beaver Dam Farm is, indeed, charming. It sits on 350 acres of farmland and forest, just possibly the most beautiful and largest farm in the Maritimes. Aside from The Charming Cottage, the farm has two other 'abodes'. The Hill House is our summer home, designed by my husband, Arthur, to take advantage of the beautiful views on all sides. We don't rent Hill House at present, but it might be possible if you need a large house for your party. Email us to discuss. firstname.lastname@example.org
Also, on the farm is a kind of funky, very attractive and comfortable loft apartment. This is sometimes available.
Arthur and I raised horses (Norwegian Fjord Horses0 here for 32 years, retiring 3 years ago. -- We have three wonderful Fjords left, an old mare and her two sons, BDF Quasar and BDF Zenith. These horses are housed in our 'new' stable which is very 'posh' as stables go. -- The horses sure like it. Outside the stable doors is a spacious terrace surrounded by tubs of vegetables and flowers. We now grow EVERYTHING in tubs and barrels, and find it a fantastic way to garden. Things grow extremely well, and there are no chemicals used. Fertilizer is provided by the Fjordhorses, and the plants are very grateful. -- Everything we grow from radishes, to beans, to lettuces are available at will to our guests. Just help yourself. There are also tubs of herbs of many varieties. Again, HELP YOURSELF.
THE OLD BARN GALLERY & DECOR - Art & Antiques is housed in the loft of our 'old barn', and it is old, 1845. 2013 will be our third year running the gallery, and it's a delight for us and visitors. -- There's about 4,000 sq. ft. of display space and we have a terrific collection of local artists - everything from stone sculptors to fine art canvases, and then several folk artists. -- All of them local -- All of them chosen specifically by Carol who has a lifetime of experience buying, enjoying, and loving art. --The Gallery is open Wed - Sunday 10 - 5, but on request to guests staying on the farm. Email us for our website address so you can take a look for yourself.
Also, at Beaver Dam Farm, we're offering French Cooking Lessons each Tuesday morning from June - Sept. -- The instructor lives in Paris, is a fantastic cook, and an experienced teacher. She doesn't speak English, but I speak French and do the translating. The emphasis is on French Family Comfort Food.
The Old Barn Gallery is surrounded by wonderful and very extensive perennial gardens. Just outside the Gallery is a courtyard with tables and chairs and totally surrounded by old-fashiioned gardens. Visitors and guests are invited to enjoy the courtyard with a cup of coffee and homemade cookie.
We feature local art of all sorts as well as wonderful antique finds - most all of them from Nova Scotia. We love vintage and antique quilts and hooked rugs and have a great selection.
THE CHARMING COTTAGE at Beaver Dam Farm has two twin bedrooms and 2 full baths. The Cottage is furnished with antiques, original paintings, and oriental rugs. It's bright, colorful and fully equipped. The Cottage is surrounded by old-fashioned cottage gardens. We are PET FRIENDLY with 4 barn cats of our own. - Two Norwegian Fjord horses live on the farm, the only ones left after our retirement from breeding Fjordhorses. -- There are wonderful vegetable and herb gardens available to guests. -- The COTTAGE is our winter home, and as such is fully equipped. It's much more than a cottage. If you like vintage and you like art and color, then this is your vacation home.
In our old barn built in 1845, we have an extradinary gallery featuring antiques, art, and vintage linens (quilts, hooked rugs, etc.) -- The Old Barn Gallery & Decor is an awsome, inspiring place described by many visitors as like 'being in a cathedral.' We offer a 5% discount to guests staying on the farm.
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Pets Considered
- Children Welcome
Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, Beds for 4
Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms
- Towels Provided
- Linens Provided
- DVD Player
- Satellite / Cable
- Deck / Patio
- Outdoor Grill
- Away From It All
Location & View
- Ocean View:
- Deepsea Fishing
- Fitness Center
- Equestrian Events
- Freshwater Fishing
- Fly Fishing
- Medical Services
- Massage Therapist
- Golf Privileges Optional
- Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
- Pier Fishing
- Miniature Golf
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Live Theater
- Winery Tours
- Botanical Garden
- Sight Seeing
- Wildlife Viewing
- Eco Tourism
- Bird Watching
- Scenic Drives
- Whale Watching
- We live in an astounding area. Our 350 acre farm is only 10 min. from the university town of Antigonish. The farm is one of the prettiest to be seen anywhere. I love gardens, both vegetables and flowers - particularly old-fashioned perennial gardens, and we have many of those. In front of the new stable, I grow lots and lots of veggies and herbs in old horse water tanks. There's so much growing that guests on the farm are free to help themselves for their dinners. -- The fields which were our horse pastures just a couple of years ago are surrounded by Rugosa species roses that have the best perfume. There are mown tracks throughout the farm. We still have two horses on the farm (Norwegian Fjord Horses). They're very friendly and enjoy a pat and a little conversation. -- The Old Barn (built in 1845) Gallery is filled with wonderful finds of art and antiques. You'll see some of the best and most famous artists from around Nova Scotia. We have a lot of wonderful folk art, paintings, stone sculpture, superb wood turnings both immense and small. We specialize in vintage quilts and hooked rugs. and, we love candlight so have a fabulous selection of vintage candle sticks. -- As mentioned, we're just a short drive to Antigonish town which is delightfully real and very open to visitors. I always advise our guests to go into town and talk to people. You'll be really surprised at the attitude. -- There's live theatre in Antigonish plus some super restaurants. For true gourmet, visit Gabrieu's Bistrot. For scrumptious food and funky atmosphere, have lunch at The Tall & Small Cafe. The shopping in Antigonish is good with many small, individually owned stores. -- Don't miss the delightful Farmer's Market each Saturday. -- And, by all means, don't skip the 5 to a Dollar Store. -- Talk about old-fashioned. It's wonderful! --- Festival Antigonish live theatre is also not to be missed. -- When staying at Beaver Dam Farm, you're just on the road to some fabulous scenery starting right at the farm. Go out the road and turn left towards Cape Breton Island. You can do the island in one day, but it's better to take two and really see all the splendors. -- Go out our driveway to the highway, turn right and 45 min. later you'll be boarding the ferry to Prince Edward Island. This you can also do in one day, but better to take two. While Cape Breton is wild and rocky, PEI is a huge (but fertile) sanddune in the middle of the ocean (1 1/4 miles out) - It's unique and wonderful! -- The waters of the Northumberland Strait are warm and gentle. -- Yes, I said warm, and they get warmer as the summer progresses. The beaches are sandy and the living is easy here on our shore. -- But, just a short drive away, you'll be on the Atlantic Coast and the scenry will be more like the coast of Maine with rocks, sometimes fog, and dramatic surf. -- Probably, the best part of living in Nova Scotia, and particularly near Antigonish, which is known as the 'best town' in the provence, are the people. They are totally genuine, interesting, and honestly friendly. We're looking forward to sharing it all with you. Carol Rivoire...moreless
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- Nearest Ferry: Northumberland Ferry to Prince Edward Island at 80 Kilometres
- Nearest Train: New Glasgow at 50 Kilometres
- Nearest Motorway: Trans Canada 104 at 1 Kilometres
- Nearest Beach: Pomquet Provincial Beach at 3 Kilometres
- Nearest Barpub: Antigonish at 15 Kilometres
- Nearest Golf: Antigonish Country Club at 15 Kilometres
- Nearest Restaurant: Many restaurants in Antigonish at 15 Kilometres
Year Purchased: 1987
About the owner: My husband, Arthur and I visited Nova Scotia in 1987. We certainly had no intention of moving here, but we were totally smitten by everything we saw, BUT MOSTLY by the people we met who were open and friendly. We had a 100 acre farm in New Hampshire where we were breeding Norwegian Fjord Horses. it was lovely, but the farm in Pomquet, Nova Scotia was much lovlier, and before we knew it, we'd put a deposit on this delightful farm, finally able to move here in 1991. -- Arthur and I had 22 wonderful years on the farm before he died in December of 2012. -- Because of of our children and family is in the States (New England), people ask if I'll stay on the farm. -- The answer is ABSOLUTELY! I couldn't possibly conceive of living anywhere else. -- Arthur and I both grew up in MA (different towns). We're born and bred New Englanders which makes us at heart, not too far off from being Maritimers. -- After we moved to Nova Scotia, freinds and family used to ask us . . . 'Well, how do you like it now?' Expecting we'd admit to making a mistake. Well, the truth is that we never once for a minute regretted this move. Year by year, it became even better than we'd ever imagined, and continues to do so. -- While we were in the horse business, we ran a program at Beaver Dam Farm called NOVA SCOTIA RIDING & DRIVING VACATIONS. We had hundreds of guests coming from all over the U.S. and Canada and some from Europe. -- At least 6 couples from the U.S. who stayed with us decided to move to Nova Scotia. That shows you how special our area truly is. Come discover it for yourself.
Why the Owner Chose Antigonish:
Well, it's fertile, and that was important to us as horse breeders. And, there was so much land on this farm. Frankly, it was such a wonderful property, we said to each other . . . . 'We'd be fools to pass this opportunity by'. I think there aren't that many farm properties that have the benefit of being so close to so many amenities. -- We live on 350 acres of beautiful rolling land, and yet we're 12 minutes from Antigonish, a thriving university town that has everything almost anyone could want. -- When my husband and I first bought the farm, we told ourselves that we wouldn't get 'stuck on the farm' - that we'd go into Halifax once a month for a good restaurant and theatre. -- That resolution lasted one month after which we found out that there were so many things going on in Antigonish, there wasn't time to go anywhere else. -- Often on a summer's night, we'll have the choice of several theatrical events, concerts, readings, art openings, etc. -- The cultural opportunites are wonderful, and they're extremely affordable. -- There's so much to discover in our area, and as I keep saying, the best part of all are the people here. -- Join us. Share what we have. Meet the people. You could surprise yourself how different life is here in Antigonish County. It's life as it used to be. My kind of life.
The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
Would you believe there are actually 9 gorgeous beaches all within 1/2 hour of Beaver Dam Farm. -- Pomquet Beach is sublime. It's a Provincial Beach which means there are boardwalks, changing houses, parking, showers, and a 6 mile beach with very little traffic. -- In the next village is Bayfield Provincial Park Beach. This one is beautiful as it's set in a bay surrounded by farmland. I always liked this beach for little children as the sandbar goes out a long way with shallow water. -- Oh, there are so many beaches. I'll tell you all about them and how to get there when you arrive.
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We've been planted old-fashioned gardens and hardy roses for 23 years.
Several wonderful ocean views on Beaver Dam Farm. This is Pomquet Harbour.
the hooked rug on far wall is by NS artist, Deanne Fitzpatrick.
The green bedroom
Green pastures with harbour in background
New Stable with vegetables & herbs - Available to guests
Massive beams in 1845 barn Gallery
Interior of Old Barn Gallery & Deco ART & ANTIQUES
painting by our resident artist, Ed mattie who specializes in Norwegian trolls.
Our cat, Callie, asleep in a blue, antique platter.
A beautiful Fjord Horse at Beaver Dam Farm - just outside the gallery.
The Charming Cottage at Beaver Dam Farm. Also called ' The Cozy Cottage
View from the Kitchen - Very Open Plan in our kitchen livingroom.
The antique Alsatian armoire is one we brought back from France.
the red bedroom
Spectacular Nova Scotia summer sky
Entry to Old Barn Gallery & Decor - ART & ANTIQUES
One of the kitties sleeping behind original paintings in Old Barn Gallery
Outstanding example of a bisque rooster for sale in Old Barn Gallery & Decor
wood sculpture of LAZARUS in OLD BARN GALLERY & DECOR at Beaver Dam Farm
paintings by Cape Breton artist, Charles Dawe and teapots, a gallery speciality
children communicating with one of our Fjord Horses
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