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The Very Best Ocean View Vacation Home in the Maritimes--Breathtaking

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms + Loft, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 8), 3 Queen Beds and 2 singles.

Consistently rated 5 STARS by our guests over the years. Take time to read the reviews before you decide and you will understand why 'majestic' is the word most often heard from newcomers to Kelly's Retreat at Livingstone Cove. This beach cottage was completed in 2007 and sits on a rugged hillside facing west, ready and waiting for you to enjoy tonight's enchanting sunset over Northumberland Strait.

This home is of post and beam construction, using 100% native Nova Scotia timbers. Plentiful and large windows allow for multiple and majestic views from virtually every room. Enjoy the sight of Prince Edward Island and Pictou Island from the 500 sq ft glass railed deck. See the local lobstermen from nearby Livingstone Cove set their traps and haul their delicious treasure during the season, then, most summers, the whales start to play just offshore while cruise ships, fishing boats and yachts of all sizes pass quietly in the distance.

The entire second floor is the Master Suite featuring a large bedroom with a queen size bed, a huge bath with a whirlpool tub and a beautiful loft with a queen sized Murphy Bed looking down on the living area and the ocean. The main floor features your family room with leather furniture, a soap stone wood stove and a flat screen HD TV, dining room, two bedrooms and a bath all surrounding the modern and fully equipped oak kitchen. The second bedroom features a queen size bed and a perfect view of the fishing fleet at Livingstone Cove. The third bedroom, tucked in the southeast corner of the house, has two twin beds arranged in trundle fashion.

Bald eagles, hawks and deer are seen on the property most days. If you are a lover of hummingbirds, our feeder is busy from sun up to sun down.

From this home you can hike the extensive Cape George Trail System, ride bikes, kayak, canoe OR sit and read, sleep, beach walk, stay in bed all day just watching mother nature's daily theater played out over the ocean.

Come and enjoy this unique home. You will leave with a renewed sense of calm and integration into this beautiful natural world all around us.

Keywords: Ocean-side home, Solitude, Country retreat

More Details

Joe Kelly
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
June 22, 2017

About Joe Kelly

We are a couple of empty nesters who live in Florida and Nova Scotia and travel between the two in our little van camper with our two Labrador Retrievers.

Joe Kelly purchased this house in 2007

Why Joe Kelly chose Nova Scotia

This property takes my breath away every time I go there. You will see exactly what I mean as soon as you arrive.

What makes this house unique

Peace, quite, wildlife, beauty and all the comforts of home. Anything else you might need is just down the road in Antigonish.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Caught 6 giant Bluefins, two over 1000 pounds plus 3 seals. Life is good.
Sep 2012
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Livingstone Cove House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Max. adults: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Common bathroom on first floor
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , jetted tub , Master suite
  • Whirlpool tub in master bath
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Master suite
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , Trundle bed
    Loft - 1 queen , 1 murphy bed , Queen size Murphy bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • 3 Queen size Beds , 2 Twin or Single Beds
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis ...
  • 4 bicycles
  • 8 garden chairs
  • 8 beach chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • jetted tub
  • churches
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • racquetball
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(19 traveler reviews)

The Very Best Ocean View Vacation Home in the Maritimes--Breathtaking
average rating of 5.0 based on 31 reviews

Beautiful location

  • 5 of 5

Kelly's Retreat is a wonderful spot offering gorgeous views and a peaceful setting. The house has everything you could need and was very clean, comfortable and well kept.

  • Submitted: May 9, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your kind words Kit. I am so pleased that you and your quests enjoyed Kelly's Retreat at Livingstone Cove. Sorry the weather was not better. Please come back again some day.
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Two Wonderful Weeks at the Kelly Cottage

  • 5 of 5


Than you so much for two wonderful weeks at the cottage! Every aspect exceeded our expectations and has renewed my wife's faith in high end cottage life :).... worth every penny! Clearly a great deal of thought went in to providing every thing one could possibly need. The views are amazing and we saw many forms of wild life from bears to whales to eagles to foxes and more ... We road the sea side road route to Antigonish many times and enjoyed the views/hills and low traffic flow! Its perfect for road bikes (approx 84km return with about 900m eleveation). Met an older lady from Antigonish on the route who rides it every day!

The weather was perfect with only one rainy day out of 14. While lobster was out of season in the immediate area we found lots about an hour away and used the steaming pot to have one of many seafood feast's :) ...I could go on and on with the superlatives but am running out of characters ..... Thanks once again and dont change anything as its perfect! Hope to be back in the future ... John/Wendy/Robyn/Danny/Madison and our dog Lola !

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am extremely pleased to hear of your satisfaction with our cottage. Exceeding our guests expectations is our first priority at Kelly's Retreat at Livingstone Cove. From our first contact late last year I had the feeling that you would be someone who could really appreciate what our cottage has to offer and I am so glad everything worked out so well. Come back again some day and tell your friends about our place. Thank you.
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A wonderful getaway

  • 5 of 5

The house is beautiful with everything we needed for a relaxing weekend. Sunsets were second to none. The house was spacious, clean and comfortable. Thanks for a great long weekend!

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for taking a moment to write a review Meredith. Always glad to hear for another satisfied client at Kelly's Retreat at Livingstone Cove. Hope to have you back some day.
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Beautiful waterfront home - remote but close enough to lovely Antigonish

  • 5 of 5

We stayed a full week at this lovely home. It's rustic, well laid out and had everything we possibly needed. The view is the key selling point - it faces the Northumberland Strait. We saw whales and seals from the deck. Additionally, there are no city lights around - which means the view of stars, planets and Milky Way are enjoyable on clear nights. The owners provided two telescopes for such viewings as well as binoculars. The owners also provided a BBQ, boiler, 4 mountain bikes, kayak and small boat among amenities. Go to nearby Livingstone Cove for a nice northern shore beach. You'll be surprised how warm the water is.

The house sleeps 8 - 2 in the master, 2 each in both additional bedrooms, plus there was a Murphy bed where 2 more can sleep. There are 2 modern bathrooms - one on each floor. The master en suite is quite spacious. Water pressure/temps are good.

House is on a septic system and area is very green - so waste disposal process is well laid out. There is heat (space & wood burning), but no AC. The house has been engineered to utilize sea breezes through positioning of screened windows - resulting in very cool conditions. We were there in warm July and it was not a problem. The house is very clean and upgraded. The owner left good documentation and we were fine.

Sat TV/DVD was fine; internet/cell is a little spotty but landline is there. There are some DVDs there as well as a wonderful library.

Lovely Antigonish is about 20 min away. It's small, but with the University, it's got places to eat and things to do on a rainy day.

There were quite a bit of necessities provided, such as towels, ample bedding, paper products and cleaning supplies. Tons of pots and pans, kitchen tools, etc. There is a washer/dryer as well as a dishwasher. Prior renters leave behind other staples such as coffee, sugar, oil, ketchup, mustard, etc. There is also a fantastic spice rack. If you know you're going to do 'boils', bring Old Bay as you'll go through it - but the kitchen is very well equipped.

The owner recommends you stop off at New Glasgow for provisions - you may not want to go back out once you get settled in. I agree with that, however I would limit the NG provisions to a day or so, assess what is already provided and go to Sobeys/Antigonish to fill in the blanks.

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Lisa. Sounds like the week was a grand success. Thanks for taking your time to provide such a comprehensive review. Hope you come back again some day and please tell your friends about Kelly's Retreat at Livingstone Cove.
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Excellent home base for our travels

  • 5 of 5

This was a wonderful rental. It was in a beautiful spot with a great view. It fit five adults with room to spare. Joe was great to work with - everything proceeded smoothly.

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for taking time to write a review. I love to find out for sure that our guests are comfortable and happy with Kelly's Retreat at Livingstone Cove. I hope you can back again some day.
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  • 5 of 5

Everything about this location is outstanding! The house itself is gorgeous, with incredible views. Some of the best sunsets we have seen anywhere. The area is also beautiful with beaches, lookouts, coves, and scenic drives. We didn't want to leave! While staying here we did the drive around the Cabot Trail which is a definite must do if you are in the area and perfect for a day trip. We stopped for lunch and at one store as well as a few of the scenic lookouts and were back in 10 hours. If we are ever lucky enough to travel back to this area I wouldn't hesitate to book Kelly's retreat again.

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Well Sue, that is an incredible review. Very little makes me happier that to hear about how much our guests enjoy their stays at Kelly's Retreat at Livingstone Cove. I hope you can come back some day. Thanks.
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Nearest Airport
120 Miles
Nearest Ferry
35 Miles
Ferry to Prince Edward Island
Nearest Golf
16 Miles
Antigonish Country Club
Nearest Train
65 Miles
Nearest Motorway
19 Miles
Trans Canada
Nearest Restaurant
18 Miles
Downtown Antigonish
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Livingstone Cove
Car: necessary

Kelly's Retreat is less than 20 miles from all amenities listed above. Great spot to use as home base for day trips to Cape Breton or PEI


Rates & Availability

Livingstone Cove House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
May 24 2017 - Jun 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
Jul 1 2017 - Sep 4 2017
4 night minimum stay
Highland Games
Jul 6 2017 - Jul 9 2017
4 night minimum stay
Flat fee
Sep 5 2017 - Oct 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $135
Refundable damage deposit $500
Pet Fee $50

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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