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A Slice of Heaven in Nova Scotia

Bedrooms 5
Half Baths1
Space 2,900 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

House, 5 Bedrooms, 2.5 Baths, (Sleeps 10)

The Artist's Beach House is situated on the Antigonish Harbour just ten minutes from a lovely university town. This quiet retreat feels like it’s worlds away. The house is surrounded by water – on 6 acres of land. The beach goes on forever and is nicely secluded – swimming is excellent in the warmest waters north of the Carolina's. So is canoing and kayaking on the harbour where there’s so much to discover. The grounds are truly spectacular with gardens everywhere including an herb garden for the gourmet. In season, the best lobster in the world can be had fresh off the boats nearby.

This architect designed house is ideal for entertaining with wrap around decks and porches complete with ample outdoor eating areas. We have a wheel chair ramp on the back deck which makes the whole first floor with two bedrooms accessible. Indoors you’ll be greeted with warm cherry wood throughout, walls full of original art, oriental rugs on the floors and sumptuous furnishings everywhere. All the amenities are there to pamper you during your stay including a portable crib and high chair for the little ones. When the nights are cool there’s nothing better than curling up in front of the fireplace with a good book or movie. The atmosphere is warm and friendly, colorful and artistic.

The views from every room are spectacular. All of our guests tell us that the photos don’t do it justice. It truly is a beautiful place!

More Details

Tiiu Poder
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english, Estonian
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 21, 2018

About Tiiu Poder

I fell in love with Nova Scotia as an art student in the 1970's. I returned to Ontario to complete my education and life took over and I stayed. In 1994 in a quest for peace and harmony I moved back with my young children. I was so fortunate to discover Antigonish and this magical property that I purchased in 1998. Since then I have been cultivating my friends, my house, a guest cottage where I stay in the summer, and the surrounding gardens. Now that my children are grown I'm delighted to welcome guests from around world to experience what I am lucky enough to enjoy every day.

Tiiu Poder purchased this house in 1998

What makes this house unique

Being close to nature on the land and in the sea is a privilege that I wouldn't trade for anything. I watch eagles dive for prey from my windows and welcome a pair of great blue herons every spring. The pair of pileated woodpeckers in the forest are a thrill to discover when they allow themselves to be seen. The sounds of the tidal waters are a dream and jumping into them after a day of gardening in the hot sun is about as good as it gets. I visit my friends across the harbour in my canoe and every summer I hear them hollering my name from their sailboat just offshore. As an artist I am most inspired by the profound beauty that surrounds me in my little piece of heaven.

Guestbook comments from the owner

What a great week! Our wedding party really enjoyed our time here at the Artists Cottage. It was so relaxing to stay at such a beautiful place leading up to our wedding. The property was so nice for us to relax and enjoy the views We had great nights cooking big meals for the 10 of us and we enjoyed living together in this beautiful place.
Sep 2010
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Antigonish House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 2900 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Beachfront
  • Oceanfront
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Wood Stove
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Composting out house -
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Queen size Beds (3), Double Beds (1), Twin Beds (2),
  • Books
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Piano
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Canoe
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Water Sports Gear
  • Wood Deck
  • 1 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • alternative lifestyle
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • swimming
  • tennis


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A Slice of Heaven in Nova Scotia
average rating of 4.714286 based on 27 reviews

"A Slice of Heaven" is really A Slice of Heaven!

  • 5 of 5

The house was exactly what we needed! 10 of us travelled to Antigonish for the Special Olympics games being held at the university. It was awesome for all of us to be able to stay together in this beautiful 5 bedroom house, which is only 10 minutes from town. We thoroughly enjoyed the beautiful mornings sitting out on the patio overlooking the water. The property is immaculate and the hostess is wonderful! I would 100% recommend this lovely property.

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm glad you enjoyed my home and were such wonderful guests!
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A Wonderful Stay

  • 5 of 5

This place was absolutely wonderful for a family visit and a graduation week. The property and views are wonderful, the surrounding area is just beautiful, the people of Antigonish are so welcoming, and the host is accommodating and an absolute pleasure to deal with. Hope to be back again some day.

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely area and location.

  • 3 of 5

The house did not seem as spacious as we’d hoped. We did not realize that two of the bedrooms were in the basement with the third being on open room with no door and a tv that didn’t work. The 1/2 bath that was advertised was essentially an outhouse. Kitchen was well stocked. Home was clean except for large ants in the living room. Beds were for the most part uncomfortable. We did enjoy our stay but this is a property we would not rent again.

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm surprised and sorry about this review. All of the guests seemed to have nothing but praise for the home and everyone seemed so happy and nice. If they had problems I would have addressed them immediately. For the record, the mattresses on the beds are of the highest quality and quite new. But some people prefer harder while others prefer softer. That's always a tough one. The ants probably came in with firewood that guests would have brought in. That problem will be dealt with. The TV in the basement is a relic that we use only to play kids Disney videos on VHS. We don't offer it as a regular TV. The outhouse is also an entertainment. It's a composting outhouse perched on a ledge overlooking the harbour - with Dutch doors - the best outhouse view anywhere! I guess not everyone gets it. One of the bathrooms is newly renovated and very beautiful and the house is always fresh and upgraded. All of our reviews over the years have been excellent so I was quite perplexed with this one.
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Windham nh

Peaceful haven

  • 5 of 5

We had an amazing relaxing family trip. We had bonfires by the water, the kids fished and kayaked. We painted pictures, played bocce on the great lawn and grilled at night. There is nothing needed and an an amazing breeze. We drank coffee on the deck in the morning watching the eagles above. Definitely come here for a Nova Scotia retreat.

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so glad you enjoyed your vacation here. I loved your happy energy!
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Newtown, CT

Beautiful home in absolutely pristine location

  • 5 of 5

The house was clean and provided everything you could possibly need, plus recreational equipment. Very peaceful, comfortable, and beautiful. Thank you so much for your sharing your home with us, Tiiu!

  • Submitted: Jul 1, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you had a good stay. Thanks for being such great guests! Tiiu
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Our Family Had a Great Time in Antigonish@

  • 5 of 5

The house was lovely and nice and clean and ready when we arrived. Tiiu was away but made every effort to help us and be there via e-mail and phone. We were able to meet her on our last day and were so glad we were able to do so! She was a pleasure to work with and her house is lovely. The property is fun and we all really enjoyed the canoe and kayaks and just relaxing on the deck and enjoying the views. We were able to do some day trips as well but always enjoyed getting back at the house to relax. Nova Scotia is a lovely province. Thank you for sharing your home with us and for allowing us to make nice family memories.

  • Submitted: Jun 12, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely comments. It was a pleasure to have you as my guests. I hope you return one day.
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Nearest Airport
200 Kilometres
Halifax International
Nearest Barpub
8 Miles
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
Nearest Motorway
10 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
7 Miles
8 over a dozen great restaurants to choose from

The property is located on a pebbly beach with 1200' of waterfront. In addition there are many beautiful sandy beaches within boating and driving distance that are relatively uninhabited. Antigonish is a university town and often has interesting activities associated with the university. It's also a community rich in the arts.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $384.56

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund