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

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Michaelmas in May

Michaelmas in May Looking west over Digby Bight Winter in Granville Ferry View of Granville Ferry and the fishing boats From Annapolis Royal View from the road near Granville Family in living room Music session Meals in the Summer Kitchen Original brick oven with new large wood stove warming the house on cool mornings Living room for relaxing Living room with books and music and TV Fresh bread for breakfast! Cheerful kitchen Cook books over fridge One of 6 fireplaces Fireplace discovered during renos Eastern living room with fireplace Cozy Tiled bathroom tub Stairs ascending fireplace block Main bedroom, queen bed, view west over property through 5 windows Upstairs half bathroom.

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Last updated: 04/11/2014
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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. 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.

Property Type

  • 2100 sq. ft.
  • Cottage
  • 2 story

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental

      Meals

          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Suitability

          • 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

          • Events Allowed
          • Non Smoking Only
          • Children Welcome

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

          • Main bedroom: 1 queen

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          • Bedroom 3: 1 twin/ single

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

          • Second Bedroom: 1 double, 1 twin/ single

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          • Bedroom 3

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          • 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

          Kitchen & Dining

          • Dining:

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

          • Refrigerator:

            Stainless and with freezer at bottom...moreless

          • Stove:

            Large electric flat top...moreless

          • Coffee Maker:

            Bodum...moreless

          • Dishes & Utensils
          • Pantry Items

          Amenities

          • Wood Stove:

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

          • Living Room:

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

          • Fireplace:

            6 fireplaces with 2 in use...moreless

          • Clothes Dryer:

            In bathroom on main....moreless

          • Washing Machine
          • Babysitter
          • Towels Provided
          • Linens Provided

          Entertainment

          • Books:

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

          • Video Library:

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

          • Stereo

          Communications

          • Telephone:

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

          Outdoor Features

          • Deck / Patio:

            We have a stone flagged terrace....moreless

          • Outdoor Grill
          • Lawn / Garden

          Theme

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

          Location & View

          • 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 with 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

          Car

              • Recommended

              Activities

              • Pier Fishing
              • Ice Skating
              • Hunting Small Game
              • Sound/Bay Fishing
              • Snorkeling
              • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
              • Golf Privileges Optional
              • Fitness Center
              • Medical Services
              • Massage Therapist
              • Freshwater Fishing
              • Equestrian Events
              • Deepsea Fishing
              • Snowmobiling
              • Skiing
              • Cross Country Skiing
              • Hunting
              • Fishing
              • Hiking
              • Cycling
              • Kayaking
              • Tennis
              • Golf
              • Snorkeling/Diving
              • Swimming
              • Sailing
              • Cinemas
              • Restaurants
              • Theme Parks
              • Beachcombing
              • Museums
              • Live Theater
              • Winery Tours
              • Library
              • Churches
              • Botanical Garden
              • Ruins
              • Recreation Center
              • Playground
              • Antiquing
              • Wildlife Viewing
              • Boating
              • Groceries
              • ATM/Bank
              • Horseback Riding
              • Sight Seeing
              • Scenic Drives
              • Eco Tourism
              • Bird Watching
              • Shopping
              • Whale Watching
              • Walking

              Other Activities

                  • 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…...moreless
                   

                  Reviews

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                  • One of the most beautiful areas I've ever visited

                    One of the most beautiful areas I've ever visited

                    • Guest Daniel & Laney N. (Chattanooga)
                    • Date of stay 10/31/13
                    • Review Submitted 11/05/13
                    The house was great! we arrived late at night on Oct. 31st, were able to get in and settled "sans complications," and used the house as a cozy, historic base-camp to explore the Bay of Fundy, Annapolis Royal (the Sat. market was great), and Halifax, a home for those who love beer and fish. I recommend the trip to the area, and stay at Michaelmas.

                    Recommended for: Adventure seekers, families with teenagers, sightseeing, romantic getaway, families with young children.

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                  • Great Experience at Cottage!

                    Great Experience at Cottage!

                    • Guest Alyssa (Scottsdale, AZ)
                    • Date of stay 09/02/13
                    • Review Submitted 09/24/13
                    My parents and I recently stayed in this quaint cottage for 3 nights, 4 days. it was completely different than any place we had stayed in before, a lot of character and history! Very unique property. Owner was great to work with and very accommodating. Great location as well within minutes to Annapolis proper, beautiful countryside and friendly people.

                    Recommended for: Families with teenagers, sightseeing, age 55+, romantic getaway, pet owners, girls getaway.

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                  • Artist's retreat: a gem

                    Artist's retreat: a gem

                    • Guest sandra D.
                    • Date of stay 08/11/13
                    • Review Submitted 08/23/13
                    This home is utterly entrancing in it's historicity, warmth, and attractive, eclectic decor. This property has been carefully, & meticulously restored and staying in such an ancient dwelling is awe inspiring. The owner and neighbours are kind & thoughtful people whose sincerity contributed to our enjoyment of our stay. This property is exceptional in every way, and the only downer was the need to leave, after 1 week.The owner left a beautiful bouquet, delicious fresh bread, & eggs. We felt so comfortable & cosseted @ Michealmas Cottage. . Even though we came for the beauty of the land and seascapes, we enjoyed the house in equal measure. Loved the pretzels @ the German Bakery. Have a chat with JoAnn & sample her handmade chocolates. Annapolis Royal is picturesesque, & a vibrant, historic town, which merits frequent sorties. I can't wait to return,

                    Recommended for: Adventure seekers, age 55+, romantic getaway, pet owners.

                    Owner response: Dear Sandra and Phil, Just to say it was a complete pleasure having you and the neighbours loved you also! Thank you for the kind words and hope to see you again sometime in the years to come!

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                  • A Gem !

                    A Gem !

                    • Guest sandra D.
                    • Date of stay 08/11/13
                    • Review Submitted 08/23/13
                    This is the most original, & historical rental imaginable. We felt fortunate-even privileged-to stay in such a unique & ancient home. The charm of the house was a perfect backdrop for the beauty & freshness of the surrounding area. The house has been so thoughtfully & lovingly restored, it resonates character & history. The owners & neighbours are kind & thoughtful people. Annapolis Royal is a gorgeous & vibrant town. Don't miss the Delaps Cove coastal hike. The folks @ the German Bakery make an addictive pretzel; say Hi to JoAnn for me, & have one of her handmade chocolates. You may find it hard to leave the comfort & distinctive charm of Michealmas cottage.

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                  • Michaelmas Cottage

                    Michaelmas Cottage

                    • Guest Madame (New York)
                    • Date of stay 08/05/13
                    • Review Submitted 08/23/13
                    The house was charming and in a great location. We enjoyed it very much!

                    Recommended for: Families with teenagers, sightseeing, romantic getaway.

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                  • Colourful Charming Place

                    Colourful Charming Place

                    • Guest Doglover62 (ottawa ontario)
                    • Date of stay 07/24/13
                    • Review Submitted 08/01/13
                    My partner and I came up from Ottawa on a motorcyle trip to do some Whale watching, and rented this very cool place!. It was full of character and charm and loved that it was decoarted with lots of cool family and personal photographs, lots of really neat antiques, loved the fireplace in everyroom! the kitchen and bathroom were clean, and the owner even left us a beautiful bouquet of fresh flowers welcoming us the cottage. Annapolis Royal is a beautiful little village, great restaurants I would recommend the German Bakery in town ( amazing lobster on 12 grain kaiser and apple streudel) also the Restaurant by the Sea is so beautiful. The neighbours next door were lovely (Donna Lee & Bill) very welcoming as were all the people we encountered during our stay. I Highly recommend this lovely cottage. Jane & Steve Ottawa Ontario

                    Recommended for: Sightseeing, age 55+, romantic getaway, pet owners, families with young children, girls getaway.

                    Owner response: Dear Jane and Steve, Thank you for your kind words and to say that the neighbours thought you wonderful. Am so glad that you had such a marvellous time and all the very best! Jennifer

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                  Rental basis: Per property
                  Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                  Spring
                  Apr 1 - May 31, 2014
                  3 night min stay
                  C$150
                  C$875

                  Rates are based on 6 guests; add C$25 per night, per additional guest

                  Peak/Summer
                  Jun 1 - Aug 31, 2014
                  3 night min stay
                  C$175
                  C$1,050

                  Rates are based on 6 guests; add C$25 per night, per additional guest

                  Autumn
                  Sep 1 - Oct 31, 2014
                  3 night min stay
                  C$150
                  C$950

                  Rates are based on 6 guests; add C$25 per night, per additional guest

                  Winter
                  Nov 1 - Dec 5, 2014
                  3 night min stay
                  C$150
                  C$800

                  Rates are based on 6 guests; add C$25 per night, per additional guest

                  Christmas
                  Dec 6 - Jan 2, 2015
                  3 night min stay
                  C$175
                  C$1,050

                  Rates are based on 6 guests; add C$25 per night, per additional guest

                  My Standard Rate
                  3 night min stay
                  C$150

                  Rates are based on 6 guests; add C$25 per night, per additional guest


                  Additional information about rental rates

                  Fees:

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

                  Notes:

                  Rates are subject to change without notice prior to confirmation.

                  Rates over holidays such as Canadian Thanksgiving, Xmas, Easter are at a peak season rate.

                  "FEE" FOR THE DOG IS A DAMAGE DEPOSIT AND YOU ARE RETURNED THE AMOUNT IN 10 DAYS AFTER DEPARTURE.

                  The house accommodates 9 but there is an extra fee for 7-9 clients. This is $25/day per person and to help with washing sheets, towels, etc.


                  Cancellation policy:

                  100% refund if canceled at least 90 days before arrival date.


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                  Last updated: 04/11/2014
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                  Location

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

                  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
                   

                  Photos

                  • Michaelmas in May

                    Michaelmas in May

                  • Winter in Granville Ferry

                    Winter in Granville Ferry

                  • 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

                    Cozy

                  • Stairs ascending fireplace block

                    Stairs ascending fireplace block

                  • Upstairs half bathroom.

                    Upstairs half bathroom.

                  • Looking west over Digby Bight

                    Looking west over Digby Bight

                  • View of Granville Ferry and the fishing boats

                    View of Granville Ferry and the fishing boats

                  • 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

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                  This listing was first published here in 2013.

                  Date last modified - Thursday, February 27, 2014

                  C$150 - C$175 per night (CAD)
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                  3 Bedroom / 1.5 Bathroom
                  Sleeps 9

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