About the property
- House1700 sqft
- Half Baths1
- Minimum Stay5 nights
Beautiful garden, 3 bedrooms, internet, log fire, home comforts, own lake access
Please see the video link and check us out on YouTube. The owner has also uploaded other videos of Nova Scotia to his YouTube channel (moviebod) including a whale watching video.
Lake Midway is on the scenic drive which leads to Long and Brier Islands in the Bay of Fundy and is 15 minutes from the picturesque fishing port and county town of Digby, Nova Scotia.
The house has its own extensive private gardens and wooded areas and shares a boundary on Lake Midway with the Provincial Park with your own access to swimming and other fun in the water. It is just under 4 acres in size, the lawns are well cared for and the woods are thinned to allow exploration and adventure for children. Wildlife is abundant in the garden, including white tailed deer, cardinal birds, hummingbirds, squirrels, chipmunks and numerous other birds and animals.
The house has rural internet, a smart TV, VCR, DVD, films, books and games, a telephone, well equipped kitchen, washing machine & dryer, a hair dryer, oil fired hot water, a fireplace and wood for a fire, full bath with shower and half bath downstairs, high chair, garden toys, a bar-b-q and a bike.
It has 3 bedrooms, one with a double bed and one with a queen sized bed. The children's room sleeps 2 (in a choice of three beds) plus a baby (in a crib.)
Garden furniture and a bicycle are also provided and there are no immediate neighbors.
Sandy Cove is 15 minutes away and the cottage is particularly well positioned for whale watching trips, bird watching, sea fishing, geology (for rock hounds), and country walks
The house is less than a mile from the Bay of Fundy's numerous coves and beaches and has stunning views over spring fed Lake Midway. The adjoining park has washrooms, picnic and changing facilities and is only two minutes on foot from the cottage.
We are near to whale watching and pleasure fishing craft as well as lighthouses and seal colonies in the Bay of Fundy.
Getting there: A trip to Nova Scotia by Catamaran from Maine in the USA to Yarmouth NS or from Quebec and Ontario via New Brunswick by ferry straight into Digby, the nearest town to Lake Midway. Flights to Canada from the U.S. take less than one and a half hours and from the U.K. and Europe can take less than five hours. Halifax Airport is less than a three hour drive away from the cottage.
A video of the home is on YouTube 'Innisfree Cottage Lake Midway' and the owner has also uploaded other Nova Scotia videos to his YouTube channel.
When hiring your car, be sure to get cruise control for the long stretches of well maintained and extremely quiet roads. In the summer you will also appreciate air conditioning in your vehicle, as the temperatures can get well into the 80s.
Wildlife: At Innisfree cottage, you will find nature at its finest and most exciting. Nova Scotia is a wild and friendly place which can be enjoyed from the comfort of our well equipped and cosy country cottage home.
Don't forget to feed the local resident Chipmunks, Blue Jays, Squirrels and Hummingbirds. There is normally some bird food in the cottage and we provide a hummingbird feeder.
You are likely to see rabbits, pheasants, chipmunks and squirrels in the garden. In the woods at the back of the cottage, evidence of white tailed deer can be seen. American finches, robins and blue jays feed from the bird feeders and a brilliant red flash means a cardinal is around. Turkey vultures and, if you are lucky, a bald eagle sometimes ride the thermals overhead. In summer, the hummingbirds have a feast on the nectar from the touch-me-not flowers having followed the sun from Mexico arriving in May.
The cottage is used by the owners for their own vacations and is therefore equipped to a high standard.
Please remember that this is an old country property and sometimes a mouse or squirrel may gain access to the wall voids, so you may occasionally hear the sounds of these unwelcome visitors. There are also insects in the garden, so it pays to keep the doors covered by insect screens behind you when you are passing in and out of the garden. We do all we can to keep the house sealed from the nature which surrounds it, but it can be an almost impossible task. If you are squeamish about such matters, this may not be the property for you. However, if you do encounter any problems, we can normally quickly sort them out.
Melvyn F. Oarton
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- Response time:
- within a few hours
- english, We speak some French
- Calendar last updated:
- Mar 04, 2018
About Melvyn F. Oarton
We enjoy spending several weeks a year in the cottage at Lake Midway which is our break from the hectic pace of everyday life. Life flows more easily as you relax and spend time close to nature in a safe and peaceful environment and we now invite you to share that pleasure.
Melvyn F. Oarton purchased this House in 2003
Why Melvyn F. Oarton chose Digby County
It is in a beautiful setting and is peaceful, quiet and secluded but not remote. In 2017 we will have owned the property for 14 years and never tire of its charms. The local people we have got to know over the years are friendly and welcoming to visitors. The name Innisfree comes from a poem by the Irish poet William Butler Yates called 'Lake Isle of Innisfree', the words of which remind us of the house.
What makes this House unique
Swimming and playing in the lake in summer is a very special treat. The hummingbirds offer endless entertainment and whale watching is a delight.
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Sports & Adventure Activities
Check-in: 2:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Large comfortable home.
We had a very peaceful stay. Enjoyed the garden and hummingbirds. We love Nova Scotia it's a very special place with lovely people. We took a long drive to kejimkujik beach.very much worth the drive! Annapolis Royal is one of our favourite places. Revisited the Royal gardens. Beautiful.
We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay and we look forward to accommodating you again sometime soon.
Fantastic house in a rural setting
Everything was there for us, all appliances worked in the property especially liked the oversized white goods ie cooker, washer & dryer.
We never used the heating as it was warm throughout the day.
We love Innisfree cottage!
Wonderful stay at the Innisfree cottage!
We love the Innisfree cottage, Digby Neck and Nova Scotia!
Nice and clean cottage, beautiful nature of St. Mary's Bay and Buy of Fundy, charming Lake Midway, amazing beach on Sandy Cove, Long Island with Balancing Rock and Freeport Whale & Seabird Tours - a perfect whale watching 5-hours tour (we saw wheels 3 times), Gulliver's Cove, Digby, Annapolis Royal, Bear River, Halifax (Citadel was huge!), Peggy's Cove (mandatory for viewing), Lunenburg...so many beautiful pieces of nature and architecture of Nova Scotia.
The owners Melvyn and Denise, and the local caretakers - Susan and Brandon, are nice and kind and friendly, it was a pleasure to contact them!
Who was here, already knows - part of him remains there forever, and part of there remains with him forever.
Thank you for your review Ivan. We are delighted to hear that you were able to tap into the magic that is Nova Scotia and that you chose our home to do so. We appreciate your kind remarks and look forward to welcoming you back again soon.
Beautiful place to stay, room for plenty. The lake water only steps from the cottage and beaches near by are excellent! I highly recommend this house/cottage!
Thank you for your review. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed the cottage and look forward to having you stay again sometime soon.
Perfect if you love outside activities and nature
Older home, but extremely clean and well kept. Beautiful grounds - private and quiet. Perfect location, especially for those who enjoy the outdoors. Close to Brier's Island where I ended up spending 3 days because of the beauty, solitude, and birds. House is across the street from a swimming lake also which makes it especially nice.
Thank you for your review. We are so pleased that you have also enjoyed the peace of our retreat and look forward to being able to welcome you back soon.
Digby Neck Vacation Spot
Quaint cottage with all the needed amenities, right across the road from Midway Lake. Nice grounds + view in a quiet location. A great little getaway. Owner is very attentive, everything is exactly as represented. Digby has great seafood restaurants too! Avid cyclists, we rode down to Brier Island & back during our stay (~90km loop, some hills, cyclocross recommended). I recommend Innisfree for your Nova Scotia vacation!
The property is in an elevated position overlooking Lake Midway, which is a fresh water lake and is itself elevated above the ocean. Please see the links tab. Digby Neck is an unusual piece of land, extending as it does and including the islands, almost forty miles into the Atlantic Ocean. The cottage is however in a sheltered and rural position and it is only once you venture a few minutes from the cottage by road, that is is apparent that the cottage is so near the ocean and the Bay of Fundy, being approximately one mile from both the north and south shores of the peninsular. Further down the peninsular, an inexpensive ferry service operates 365 days a year to and from Long Island and Brier island, where you can pick up a whale watching boat which will take you out onto some of the most ecologically rich parts of the world's oceans. Other Activities: Whale watching, and fishing, sea fishing, deep sea fishing, your own private access to Lake Midway for swimming, walking, beach combing, cycling (we provide a bicycle), bird watching (hummingbirds are especially charming). The house is also packed with lots of fun things to do, such as board games, videos, DVDs, a smart TV, high speed internet access, children's toys and of course, it has magnificent views. Innisfree is a nature lover's paradise and the owners particularly enjoy photographing and videoing the many natural visitors to the garden and woods, including the elusive white tailed deer. The fully equipped kitchen means that you can do more than just holiday cooking with equipment which will enable you to do such things as jam and bread making. Please help yourself to the fruit in the garden. Innisfree is not just a holiday home, it is your very own country home from home.
Additional information about rental rates
We do allow bookings of less than 5 nights, but the full five night rate of $675 would have to be paid. Guests wishing to stay less than five nights would therefore probably be better off booking other accommodation, such as Seawinds Motel, which is in a nice spot, overlooking Digby Harbour.