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Sandy beaches, beautiful sunsets, and relaxing evenings are waiting for you!

Bedrooms 2
Space 956 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Two bedrooms, four-piece bath, sleeps seven, modern kitchen, TV, Phone, BBQ

The Dunes is a modern beach house built on a peninsula that stretches along the north shore of PEI between the Gulf of St. Lawrence and the Darnley Basin. The beach house is perfect for couples or families and is ideal for four to six people. The 956 square foot home features a knotty pine interior with open vaulted ceilings in the living room, dining room and kitchen. The open living area looks out over a large deck to Darnley Basin through two sliding patio doors. It boasts a modern well-equipped kitchen with a ceramic cook-top stove, side by side refrigerator, built-in dishwasher, and microwave oven.

Shopping & Services: A convenience store is a half km away at Twin Shores campground. It has a dairy bar, take-out restaurant and coffee shop. The best place for groceries is The Independent in Kensington. It’s open on Sundays. Kent and Castle are the two main hardware stores in Kensington. There are two service stations in Kensington along with a Scotiabank, Credit Union, Car Wash, a Video Store, Bakery, Gift Shops, Government Liquor Store and the Island Stone Pub.

Dining Out: Restaurants and tourist attractions can be found in several of the towns along the north shore. The Sou'west in New London and Carr’s Oyster Bar in Stanley Bridge are great waterfront restaurants. Some of the finest dining on the island can be found at The Dalvay near Stanhope and The Olde Mill Restaurant in New Glasgow. When leaving Lower Darnley Road, turn left onto Highway 20 and follow the scenic route to French River, Seaview, Stanley Bridge and New London. It is a beautiful drive along the gulf coast. Fine dining is found five minutes north of Kensington, in Margate at The Shipwright's Cafe. The Island Stone Pub in Kensington is a must as is the Frosty Treat dairy bar. Ship to Shore restaurant is a local favourite - only 5 minutes away in nearby Malpeque.

More Details

Eugene Duke
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 14, 2018

About Eugene Duke

I've always loved the water - I guess that's no surprise since I was born in a small town on Lake Huron, in Ontario, Canada. My best childhood memories are of time spent at the beach. I've lived in a number of places in Canada, including Alberta, British Columbia, and New Brunswick. While living in Dieppe, NB, I was fortunate enough to visit much of Atlantic Canada. I loved PEI so much that I bought The Dunes as my weekend getaway. Of course, it was simply referred to as "the cottage" at that time.

In 2008, a job transfer to Toronto, where I currently live, left me with a decision to make regarding the cottage - keep it or sell it. I knew I just had to keep it and that's when I began renting it to summer guests and it officially became "The Dunes". The idea was to cover the cost of ownership while maintaining a place that I could still visit a couple of times a year. It was the right decision.

Eugene Duke purchased this cottage in 2006

Why Eugene Duke chose Darnley

I looked at several different areas of the island before settling on Darnley Shores - there was something about being away from the main tourist areas that I liked. There was also that great beach on the North Shore that is just a short walk away. It reminded me of summers on Lake Huron.

Since I was spending just about every weekend I could at the cottage, I outfitted it with the things that would make me comfortable while I was there. I had stayed at other cottages but they all seemed to be filled with the leftover items that were no longer needed, wanted or being used around peoples' houses - they seemed to be filled with things that were "good enough for the cottage". I wanted my place to literally be like a home away from home.

What makes this cottage unique

Unlike a lot of rental cottages, you'll find that The Dunes is very well-appointed with finer touches - nicely decorated with quality window coverings and linens, nicer wine glasses, dinnerware and flatware, plenty of small appliances and quality full-size appliances. You'll also find great outdoor furniture and an over-sized grill on the deck. I hope that it feels like home for my guests or at least feels like the type of getaway they would put together for themselves.


Darnley Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 956 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 7 ...
  • Max. adults: 5
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Please cook lobster outside using the propane-fired lobster pot and be sure to clean it when you're finished.
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Waterfront
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Water Cooler
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • This modern bathroom has a one-piece fiberglass shower and bath tub with a curved shower rod, toilet, sink and vanity cabinet with plenty of storage, ceramic tile floor and a ceiling fan. Hand and bath soaps as well as a hair dryer, paper products and towels are provided.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , TV & Closet
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , Lower double bunk with single upper bunk & large closet
  • Master Bedroom has a Queen sleigh bed with a chest of drawers, night stand, vanity, clock radio, TV, DVD, VCR, closet and two windows. The second bedroom has bunk beds with a double lower and single upper bunk, drawers beneath, rocking chair, side table, closet and window. The sofa sectional in the Living Room converts into a comfortable double bed for two.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • MP3 Dock
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf Cart
  • Golf Clubs
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Small Cooler
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Rustic barn-style hinges and door hardware add to the charm of the beach house. The kitchen, foyer, bathroom and laundry room have ceramic tile flooring. The bedrooms and open-concept living area have dark barn board laminate flooring. There is a shed where our 'beach wagon' and lobster pot are stored - the beach wagon is stocked with all the essentials for a day at the beach - chairs, toys, beach blanket, cooler, and beach towels. Its balloon tires and large cargo space make walks to the beach easier and much more fun. Pets are not permitted.


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Sandy beaches, beautiful sunsets, and relaxing evenings are waiting for you!
average rating of 4.769231 based on 13 reviews

A wonderfully relaxing week - charming cottage in the perfect area for families.

  • 5 of 5

We are a family with two young children (aged 2 & 3). This is our 3rd year in PEI, but 1st year at this cottage. This was definitely our favourite year.

The property itself is large, with lots of flat grassy space to play, fly a kite or run around. The cottage is definitely nicer than the pictures suggest - it is very clean, nicely decorated and comfortable. It does not feel like a rental - the thoughtful maintenance and oversight of the property is clear as it feels well loved welcoming. The kitchen definitely has everything that could ever be needed. There is lots of light. The extras are much appreciated (soap, paper towel, spices, stocked beach wagon including cooler, etc.). The view of the sea and sunset were very nice, even though not right on the water.

The area is one we chose on purpose from previous experience - nearby Cabot Provincial Park (good swimming, beautiful beach, park), Thunder Cove beach (most beautiful beach ever), and the Basinview Seafood market for easy dinners. We checked out the Basin beach one day but was full of seaweed so we didn't actually spend any time (although maybe better at other times). The nearby Twin Shores camping area was actually a plus for us as the General Store is well stocked for any missing items.

Eugene was extremely responsive and available with any questions.

We will definitely return to this cottage.

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Our second home!

  • 4 of 5

We have been staying at this cottage for 9 years and always enjoy our stay. It is our second home with all the comforts. Small and cosy with an amazing view. The cottage is fully stocked with extra items to make your life more easy. Darnley is truly a stunning area and this cottage is a perfect fit. Highly recommended to have an a great escape, family vacation or some R&R.

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
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The entire experience from start to finish was perfect!

  • 5 of 5

From start to finish the entire experience couldn't have been better! Eugene was prompt, courteous, kind and helpful in all our exchanges. The cottage was perfectly equipped for an effortless vacation without being crowded and the dunes and the beach were beautiful and a short walk away! PEI is a gorgeous and relaxing land and the cottage was a wonderful home away from home! We felt very lucky to get to enjoy it!

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A lovely well appointed cottage

  • 4 of 5

So impressed with the quality of the cottage and the comfort. The location is about 45 minutes from the Charlottetown airport but very central to most of the province. We had hot windy weather which made it difficult to enjoy the verandahs but we sure enjoyed the views and the ease to get through the neighbouring campsite to the beach. Enjoy!

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Loved every minute of our stay at this thoughtfully appointed cottage!

  • 5 of 5

This cottage is neat as a pin; it is very well stocked and yet also tidy and uncluttered. We were so grateful for the provision of a propane lobster pot and related utensils, all neatly stored. The layout is very efficient and the Nautical/farmhouse decor was charming but subtle. Everything functioned perfectly; linens were good quality and we loved that dish and laundry soaps were provided. The view is amazing and great beaches very close by. We hope to rent from Eugene again in the future - he is clearly a conscientious and thoughtful owner.

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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The perfect spot for our first visit to PEI

  • 5 of 5

I can't say enough good things about this cottage. It was even more beautiful than the photos. Everything we needed was there. The perfect place to make day trips from or relax at. We enjoyed the fire pit outside with the adirondack chairs. The furniture was comfy and cozy. The washer and dryer was convenient. Lots of closet and cupboard space. We recommend the Kensington Pub in town for the mussels and PEI beer. This won't be our last trip to PEI. Thank you, Eugene!!

  • Submitted: Mar 6, 2015
  • Stayed: August 2014
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Nearest Airport
58 Kilometres
Charlottetown Airport
Nearest Barpub
15 Kilometres
Island Stone Pub - Kensignton
Nearest Ferry
119 Kilometres
Wood Islands (to Nova Scotia)
Nearest Golf
27 Kilometres
Anderson's Creek Golf Club
Nearest Motorway
48 Kilometres
Confederation Bridge
Nearest Restaurant
5.5 Kilometres
Ship to Shore Restaurant
Nearest Beach
200 Metres
Darnley Basin
Car: necessary

The Dunes is ideally located close to shops, restaurants, leisure activities, beaches, mountain biking, kayaking, whale watching and deep sea fishing. Great casual and fine dining is only a short drive along the magnificent north shore. The nearby town of Kensington has shopping, service stations, a bank and a medical centre. There is a flea market, haunted mansion, miniature golf, museum and more. Watch the signs for a strawberry or ice cream social or a Ceilidh, island favourites. Of course, the Anne of Green Gables Museum and other Anne attractions are not far away. Some of the island’s most popular world-class golf courses are within a 20-30 minute drive.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning/Housekeeping $115.62

Rates include tax (14%)
Rates do not include Cleaning Fee - Cleaning is performed at the end of the visit and applied to the total visit (two weeks, one week, etc.). To be fair to those who rent for more than one week at a time, it is separate from the weekly rental fee.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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