1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, sleeps up to 3
- english, french
Bell and I built the cottage in 1994 as a summer house when we hadn't yet settled permanently in Cape Breton. We are both artists, and when we decided to live here all year 'round, in 1997, we needed more room–we built another building to contain studio and production space and commuted between the buildings every day. Eventually, over the years, we migrated to the larger building permanently, and used the cottage for studio space and for guests. So, the cottage is a special place for us, and we laboured for years to make it right.
Stewart purchased this Cottage in 1994
Why Stewart chose Chimney Corner
Cape Breton is a spectacular place, and the scenery on this stretch of coast is particularly striking; it can also be dramatic, with 130 kph winds at many points of the year. One must keep a clean yard in such conditions! There is such a rich culture here, historically and musically, and life unwinds at its own special pace. We see some of the most dramatic sunsets anywhere, watch whales play in our front yard, and fishermen haul their lobster traps every year. There are the gorgeous rolling hills of Mabou, and the town of Inverness, which offers music, pubs and food; the acclaimed new Cabot Links golf course (rated #43 in the world by Golf Digest) by the sea, which is only 20 minutes away and offers a unique golfing experience in Inverness. Moose, eagles, deer and foxes are regulars. It's easy to meet people, and the daily rhythm here is slower than in most cities; we visit neighbors and friends whenever we can, as we are busy in the summer months. It's also nice to be in a place where you don't need air-conditioning; Cape Breton summers are warm-to-hot in the day, but perfect in the evening, and at the shore there are breezes to keep any bugs at bay. Chimney Corner beach is one of the finest on the island, but because it is not visible from the road, it's usually unoccupied during the week– we love to take our dog Ryder there for a good run.
What makes this Cottage unique
Chimney Corner beach is one of the finest on the island, and it's mostly unoccupied during the week– in addition to the fine beach and swimming, there are interesting rock formations to explore nearby. Cape Breton is a spectacular place, and you'll find the scenery on this stretch of coastline particularly striking. There is no shortage of things to do in the area. There's a lovely new restaurant opening this summer just a half-mile north of this cottage. In addition to Chimney Corner beach, there are other great beaches to check out nearby: Whale Cove (5 minutes away) at which you can explore a fabulous bluff by the sea, with great views north and south, Margaree Harbour (7 minutes away), with its beach and two lighthouses, the Broad Cove area, which offers a spectacular scenic drive, a great beach and a buffalo ranch. Cheticamp, about 20 minutes away, offers glimpses into Acadian culture. Only minutes from Cheticamp is Cape Breton Highlands National Park, with trails, lookoffs and waterfalls. There are the gorgeous rolling hills of Mabou, and the town of Inverness, which offers music, pubs and food; the acclaimed new Cabot Cliffs golf course by the sea (#9 in the world in Golf Digest), offers a unique golfing experience in Inverness. There are also renowned crafters in the area; interesting pottery, quilting, rug hooking, and folk art can all be found locally.
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Absolute gem of a spot!
We had the most amazing time at this gem of a spot and can’t recommend it enough to anyone who is looking to explore beautiful Cape Breton Island. Our hosts were incredibly helpful and provided great suggestions on how to spend our time and what to explore in the area. The cottage was extremely cozy yet spacious and had everything needed for a perfect getaway—check out those views! We can't wait to come visit again!
Perfection on all levels
I stayed with my spouse and son in Seasky just last week. We could not have had a better experience. We have used HomeAway for properties in Guatemala and Florida and now Cape Breton. This has been by far our best experience. Stewart came to the house the day of check in. He gave us flexibility to choose a time that would be convenient for us to cover the basics of the house. He also wanted to share as much about the area as we felt we needed. He was very kind, personable and informative. After that, he let us enjoy the week with complete privacy, yet he gave us his contact info in case we needed him. We did not need him because the cottage was perfect! We could not have asked for a better accommodation or location to tour Cape Breton. It’s location between Inverness and Cheticamp made it very close to everything we might need. The proximity to the Park was just right. The cottage had everything we needed and was very comfortable and had such great character. The view! Every window looked as though you were looking at a framed painting on the wall. Incredible - especially the sunsets. We saw eagles fly by the home on many occasions as well. We will definitely be returning to Cape Breton - when we do, we will certainly be trying to stay at Seasky. If they do not have availability, we will inquire about his other properties as his attention to personal detail was perfect. Do yourself a favor and utilize Stewart’s info about the island. I had researched much to do, but he was able to help narrow and navigate the scope to get the best out of our stay - he was spot on. Also, stop by Cape Breton Clay. Bell (Stewart’s Wife) is a Potter and does beautiful work. We were able to have a few pieces shipped home and we look forward to receiving them. I cannot express the magic of Cape Breton. After driving 1650 miles around Nova Scotia, I can honestly say I do not think we could have picked a better location or cottage. The vacation was easlily one of our best. It was very, very special and Cape Breton has taken a piece of our heart. Seasky was a big part of our that connection. Thank you Stewart and Bell for making your property available to people like us to truly experience Cape Breton at its best. Cheers!
Beautiful cabin, well-appointed and well-kept. Stunning, absolutely incomparable views! Our host was so kind and helpful, and made the stay that much more enjoyable. I would highly recommend this locale for anyone lucky enough to be traveling to Cape Breton!
It's as Spectacular as You Think It's Going to Be
Our second stay at SeaSky Cottage was as good as it gets. The views from the deck are endless and the sunsets picture perfect. During the days we saw a half dozen pilot whales swim by one morning, a pack of seals the next afternoon and then there's always the bald eagles standing watch out on the point. Inside, the house is surprisingly spacious. Cooking wise, it has almost everything you need, we basically just brought food and beverages which was super convenient. The loft makes if very easy to settle in and comfortably cook and enjoy the views. Location wise, the beach is just a minute away. Beyond swimming, we had a great time setting up a fire at night and enjoying the sunset turn into a sky of endless stars. As city folk it's a great place for us to get away from the grind and unwind, but the wireless allowed us to plug in and stay connected when need be. SeaSky is centrally located and is an easy ride to the Cape Breton Highlands National Park to the north and Inverness to the south.
This is our fifth year in Chimney Corner staying with Stewart and Bell. We've stayed at three of their other houses and they are all charming in their own ways but they are consistently comfortable, stylish and have amazing views. What really tops it off though are the hosts. They are friendly and considerate and really make sure you have a good time and get the most out of your stay. Even after coming all these years, Stewart stopped by with a few new ideas of places to visit or where was new to eat nearby.
We brought my in-laws with us for the first time this year (they stayed at TumbleSea - which was cool because we had our own spaces, but they were just a 100 yards away through a path in the trees). Stewart made sure he personalized their experience as newbies to the Cape and a little slower in their older age. We really appreciated it.
We will definitely be back for our sixth visit next year.
Beautiful inside and out!
I'm almost hesitant to rave about this property lest its popularity prevents me spending another week here in the future! The location of the cottage is absolutely stunning and Stewart's hospitality was incomparable. The cottage has everything you could possibly need for a week away from home (lovely linens, extra towels, every cooking item you could need, beach towels, beach chairs, etc.) plus lovely and interesting furnishings. I felt like I was staying at the house of a friend with great taste as opposed to a rental I found online. This is my second time staying in a Stewart and Bell rental and I'm already thinking of visiting again next year. Thanks again!
I could have happily sat on the deck watching the skyline, sunsets and stars all week. Though it was just as nice inside the cottage too - comfortable, cozy, clean and stylish. The beaches close by were also great.
Cape Breton has been acknowledged as one of the great islands in the world to visit; there's all sorts of oceanfront-related activities: fishing wharves, lots of beaches closeby, whale watching, and swimming.
World-class golf at the renowned Cabot Links and the highly touted Cabot Cliffs is a short-drive. Cabot Cliffs has had many honours, including being listed at #19 on the top 100 courses in the world! There’s also salmon and trout fishing on the world-renowned Margaree River, just minutes away.
This location will be a great base for other trips on the Island, and for checking out local music, entertainment, museums, craft galleries, and good eating. October features the Celtic Colours Music Festival. In our area, you'll also find excellent hiking networks, and access to the National Park, one of the wonders of eastern Canada. When you've finished for the day, come back to comfort and oceanside splendour.