Stay in one of the last remaining biscuit box homes in the ruggedly beautiful fishing community of Savage Cove.
Located in Strait of Belle Isle on the Great Northern Peninsula, it is just 20 km from the Labrador Ferry and closest geographical point to mainland Canada.
Named after the owner's grandmother, this fully-restored ancestral home features stunning sea views from all four bedrooms. You will find breakfast food in the kitchen including homemade bread and jam, cereal, tea and coffee.
Fantastic northern light streams into this open space, creating a bright and relaxing atmosphere to enjoy the local riches while exploring the island's north.
The surrounding area, referred to locally as the Straits, is well known in the region as a corridor for spring sea ice with an impressive parade of icebergs through May/June and occasionally into the summer months.
The property is well within driving distance to a number of the peninsula's most renowned tourist attractions including L'Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site.
If seafaring is of interest to you, make mention of arranging to go “out in boat” with a local Savage Cove resident most of whom are members of the extended Coles family.
The Recreational Groundfish fishery, affectionately referred to as the Food Fishery, is open to residents and non-residents throughout the summer months.
Though don't fret if you doubt your sea legs, catching your own seafood is not compulsory. All forms of fresh caught can be purchased from fishermen in the community or surrounding area. Just stroll down to the wharf or ask any member of the Coles clan.
The “cove” where the house is located is particularly kid-friendly with a number of local children playing unsupervised as the area is away from the highway and sees little traffic.
Feel free to say hello to your neighbour Sherri who is the owner's cousin and childhood best friend. The Newfoundland ponies handy to the property belong to Sherri's children and welcome visitors baring gifts of fruit and veg.
Remember, whales and seabirds, moose and all manner of wildlife are plentiful in this part of Newfoundland. Rabbits are particularly abundant as of berries grow wild throughout the area.
August through September is prime berry picking season so grab a empty beef bucket or butter tub from under the sink and head out on the bog. Search out bakeapples, raspberries, blackberries, partridge berries, blueberries and much sought after wild strawberries which, while small, are the sweetest.
Again, ask a local where you might “strike them” and don't forget your sunblock. That is a big northern ceiling hanging over your head.