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Michaelmas Cottage 1769 - Family/Pet Vacation - Rural Annapolis Royal

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Last updated: 01/10/2015
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  • Minimum stay:3 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Annapolis Royal cottage description

Michaelmas Cottage is an ancient house built in 1769 by Benjamin Rumsey, a Connecticut transplant and Chancellor of the Cheque in Annapolis Royal, on previously Acadian land in Granville Ferry (next door to Annapolis Royal). This is a beautiful building with remarkably little alteration done to it over the centuries. It sits on an acre of land, largely fenced, at the front of many acres of field stretching back to the South Mountain and beyond to the Bay of Fundy. There is a partial view of the water from the front of the house, but its great charm and beauty lies in its age and interior atmosphere. The owner loves sitting outside the house on the stone flag terrace or at the picnic table under the trees.

The house is painted in warm colors, has 6 fireplaces (one discovered during renovation and a seventh suspected on the second floor) enormously wide floor boards (no trees of this size are left in N.S.!), a huge brick oven in the Summer Kitchen, a narrow twisting staircase to the second floor bedrooms , sky lights, beams, a large colorful bathroom on the main with another on the second floor, sloping ceilings or rafters in the bedrooms, a colorfully tiled and well equipped kitchen with wooden ceiling, etc.

This is a treasured and lived in family home. The owner is not always here and travels extensively. The house is crammed with interesting collections from afar as well as photographs by the owner who, besides being an anthropologist, is also a professional photographer. You will experience the “soul” of this house by living here. It is perfect for family visits with the dog. There are flowering apple trees and lilac in the spring and it is very close to the delightfully picturesque village of Granville Ferry which hugs the shore en route to Annapolis Royal, 15 minutes by foot away.


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Property Type

  • Cottage
  • 2100 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental


          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


          • Events Allowed
          • Children Welcome:

            There are very steep narrow twisting stairs in this house. They climb the centre fireplace structure. However, there is a child gate on the second floor to close off this....moreless

          • Non Smoking Only
          • Pets Considered:

            We accept a dog, but please email to discuss. The owner has cats and a dog.THEY WILL NOT BE ON THE PREMISES, however, the house is not suitable for those with severe allergies to animals....moreless

          • Wheelchair Inaccessible

          Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9, Beds for 6-9

          • Main bedroom: 1 queen


          • Bedroom 3: 1 twin/ single

            An office with bed and bedside table....moreless

          • Second Bedroom: 1 double, 1 twin/ single


          • Bedroom 3


          • The main bedroom is a large room with a ceiling that goes up past the rafters to the roof. It has 4 large windows along one side. High queen bed, chest of drawers, built in drawers, bedside chests, and fireplace. The Second Bedroom is over the Summer Kitchen and is very warm. It has a skylight, fireplace, chest of drawers and 3 windows. The ceiling goes to the roof. There are two pull out couches on the main: one a double and one twin accommodating 3 sleepers....moreless

          Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bathroom

          • Main Bathroom: toilet, tub

            Beamed wood ceiling, no shower but attachment, washer/dryer...moreless

          • Second Bathroom Upstairs: toilet

            Ceramic 'fish' sink, taps, situated in old chest of drawers...moreless

          • Colourful bathroom on main. Large modern tub, tile, mod. shower attachment, washer and dryer, hair dryer, free standing cabinets, free standing sink, rug on floor...moreless


          • Books:

            There are many books in this house both upstairs and down....moreless

          • DVD Player
          • Video Library:

            We have quite a lot of DVD movies....moreless


          • Adventure
          • Away From It All
          • Family
          • Historic
          • Sports & Activities
          • Tourist Attractions


          • Botanical Garden
          • Churches
          • Cinemas
          • Library
          • Live Theater
          • Museums
          • Playground
          • Recreation Center
          • Restaurants
          • Ruins
          • Theme Parks
          • Winery Tours

          Local Services & Businesses

          • ATM/Bank
          • Babysitter
          • Fitness Center
          • Groceries
          • Massage Therapist
          • Medical Services

          Leisure Activities

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

          Location Type

          • Rural:

            Michaelmas Cottage sits at the front of many acres of field stretching back to the South Mountain and beyond to the Bay of Fundy. In September this area is blue with Michaelmas Daisies....moreless

          • Village:

            We are on the outskirts of the tiny and picturesque village of Granville Ferry that has a gorgeous view across the river to Annapolis Royal....moreless

          • Water View:

            The water of the Annapolis River stretches out in front of the house beyond the marsh grass area on the other side of the fronting road....moreless

          Sports & Adventure Activities

          • Cross Country Skiing
          • Cycling
          • Deepsea Fishing
          • Equestrian Events
          • Fishing
          • Freshwater Fishing
          • Golf
          • Golf Privileges Optional
          • Hiking
          • Hunting
          • Hunting Small Game
          • Ice Skating
          • Kayaking
          • Pier Fishing
          • Sailing
          • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
          • Skiing
          • Snorkeling
          • Snorkeling/Diving
          • Snowmobiling
          • Sound/Bay Fishing
          • Swimming
          • Tennis


          • Dining:

            A long wood table set in the old Summer Kitchen. This is a beautiful atmospheric room with fire for cold nights....moreless

          • Dining Room
          • Seating for 8 people


          • Internet:

            Wireless internet...moreless

          • Iron & Board
          • Linens Provided
          • Living Room:

            There are two but in one the fireplace works with insert...moreless

          • Parking:


          • Telephone:

            The owner uses her cell, so you would need one....moreless

          • Towels Provided
          • Washing Machine
          • Wood Stove:

            Large one in Summer Kitchen and insert in fireplace in Green Living room...moreless



          • Deck / Patio:

            We have a stone flagged terrace....moreless

          • Lawn / Garden
          • Outdoor Grill


          Write a review 4.7
          from 15 traveler reviews
          Rental basis: Per property
          Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
          Jan 2 - Mar 31, 2015
          3 night min stay
          Apr 1 - May 31, 2015
          3 night min stay
          Jun 1 - Aug 31, 2015
          3 night min stay

          Additional information about rental rates


          • Pet Fee C$100
          • Refundable Damage Deposit C$300
          • Taxes Not included


          Rates are subject to change without notice prior to confirmation. No avg nightly rate/stated daily rate. Rates: Canadian Thanksgiving and Easter: peak season/ day. The house accommodates 9 but there is an extra fee for 6-9 clients: $25 per day per person. FINALLY: PLEASE SORT GARBAGE. FAILURE TO DO SO APPROPRIATELY WILL RESULT IN SOME LOSS FROM DAMAGE DEPOSIT.

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          100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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          Last updated: 01/10/2015
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          200 Kilometres
          Nearest Airport
          Halifax International Airport
          3 Kilometres
          Nearest Barpub
          Annapolis Royal
          38 Kilometres
          Nearest Ferry
          Digby Ferry to Saint
          4 Kilometres
          Nearest Golf
          Annapolis Royal
          200 Kilometres
          Nearest Train
          20 Kilometres
          Nearest Motorway
          Bridgetown, Nova Scotia
          3 Kilometres
          Nearest Restaurant
          Annapolis Royal
          50 Kilometres
          Nearest Ski
          Kejimkujik National Park
          5 Kilometres
          Nearest Beach
          Bay of Fundy

          Car: Recommended

          Michaelmas Cottage is a warm and peaceful place to come back to after a day of visiting the area! One can decide to spend the day in town. Annapolis Royal is directly across the water and only a 45 minute walk, 15 minute bike ride or 5 minute car trip away across the causeway and past the only tidal power station in North America. There one can admire the view towards Champlaine’s Habitation across the wide Digby Bight, shop, visit St. Anne’s Fort Museum, have an ice cream and join the atmospheric candle lit local cemetery walk after dark. Or you can have a beer in the local pub, take in a film or a theatrical production at the King’s Theatre, buy locally made chocolates and on Wed. or Saturday attend the most interesting country market in Nova Scotia in the town centre. A stone’s throw from here one can walk around the French Basin Marsh, where one can spot osprey, geese and ducks with young in May, marmots, deer, large turtles, eagles and other birds particularly during migratory months. Whale watching is done off Digby Neck (Humpback, Fin, Right Whale, Minke, Pilot). One can drive the Shore Road up the Bay of Fundy coast, passing fish markets such as the one in nearby Parker’s Cove, tiny villages and gorgeous basalt rock beaches. Nearby is Delaps Cove, a wonderful provincial park on the Bay of Fundy with plunging waterfall, and half an hour away is Kejimkujik National Park where one can cross country ski in winter and hike, camp, canoe and kayak in summer. Up the Valley and in nearby in Bear River, are vineyards where hours can be spent tasting and buying excellent local wines. Back in Annapolis one can learn about local history at the O’Dell House, the Sinclair Museum and in Granville Ferry (two doors down from Michaelmas and built on the same original land grant) at the Northview Museum. The local Art Gallery at ArtsPlace has a coffee house evening and workshops. Just down the road from Michaelmas one can pick all the blueberries you’d ever hope to eat, in a half hour, and at local farms you can buy apples, plumbs, corn, squash, all manner of vegetables, honey, jam, etc in season…


          Owner info

          Year Purchased: 2004

          About the owner: I was born in Ontario but grew up in England and have lived in the U.S., Canada, and Italy. I have degrees in Anthropology and photography, and have been in the tour industry and a professional commercial photographer, for the last 25 years. In January of 2008 I came out here with my dog from B.C. I had fallen in love with the area many years before. I loved its countryside: the sound of the coyotes at night in the autumn, the smell of the grass and the fields and the friendliness of its marvelous and interesting people. Annapolis is also a locus of activity on every level: academic, artistic, creative, gardening, kayaking, hiking, etc.

          Why the Owner Chose Annapolis Royal:
          Visiting friends for the umteenth time in 2004 I saw this property on the way to the airport. I fell head over heels in love. On my way back to B.C. I phoned from Toronto to tell my realtor that I wanted to make an offer. I had an inheritance from my father, and always remembered with joy the visits to the home of an old friend of his who lived in Concord, Massachusets, in a rambling old house built in the mid 1700's. I had carried this a long time, and it found permanent expression here at Michaelmas.

          The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
          It is very peaceful. At night one hears the wind blow in from the Bay of Fundy. Coyotes yip and yowl across the marsh on autumn nights. Loons moan in the still air and pheasants wander in from the field's long grass behind the house with their chicks in tow. A neighbor may knock at your door come an autumn evening asking if any one wants some bear meat and in deer season there is plenty of venison: not for vegetarians nor the faint hearted! Then the blueberry fields are ripe for picking in the summer months and apple orchards are full of their bounty in August September and October. Fresh vegetables and local wine is everywhere all summer. All this within a short walk and shorter drive of the gorgeous village of Granville Ferry and Annapolis Royal. The local Village Hall has coffee hours on Tuesday mornings plus other events during the months. This is an unusually active and charmingly friendly tiny community.

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          Speaks: english


          • Michaelmas in May

            Michaelmas in May

          • View of Granville Ferry and the fishing boats from the Causeway to Annapolis

            View of Granville Ferry and the fishing boats from the Causeway to Annapolis

          • View from the road near Granville

            View from the road near Granville

          • Music session

            Music session

          • Original brick oven with new large wood stove warming the house on cool mornings

            Original brick oven with new large wood stove warming the house on cool mornings

          • Living room with books and music and TV

            Living room with books and music and TV

          • Cheerful kitchen

            Cheerful kitchen

          • One of 6 fireplaces

            One of 6 fireplaces

          • Eastern living room with fireplace

            Eastern living room with fireplace

          • Tiled bathroom tub

            Tiled bathroom tub

          • Main bedroom, queen bed, view west over property through 5 windows

            Main bedroom, queen bed, view west over property through 5 windows

          • Looking west over Digby Basin from Annapolis Royal

            Looking west over Digby Basin from Annapolis Royal

          • From Annapolis Royal

            From Annapolis Royal

          • Family in living room

            Family in living room

          • Meals in the Summer Kitchen

            Meals in the Summer Kitchen

          • Living room for relaxing

            Living room for relaxing

          • Fresh bread for breakfast!

            Fresh bread for breakfast!

          • Cook books over fridge

            Cook books over fridge

          • Fireplace discovered during renos

            Fireplace discovered during renos

          • Cozy


          • Stairs ascending fireplace block

            Stairs ascending fireplace block

          • Upstairs half bathroom.

            Upstairs half bathroom.

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          This listing was first published here in 2013.

          Date last modified - Thursday, January 29, 2015

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          Minimum stay: 3 nights
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