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Potter's Cottage in Lovely Margaree Valley

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,500 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

3 Bedrooms, 1 bathroom, 6 people

This country cottage is located in the heart of Cape Breton's Margaree Valley, known for its lush beauty, its proximity to the Cabot Trail and the top-knotch salmon fishing in the Margaree River. Located beside the Nile brook, this is the childhood home of renowned potter Bell Fraser, who has an established gallery in a barn on this property, but lives nearby on the coast in Chimney Corner.

The grounds are lovely and the trees put on a colourful show in fall. This home was built in the 1950’s, but has seen many improvements over the years; there's a renovated bathroom, hardwood floors, a fully equipped kitchen (with tile backsplashes executed by the potter). There are also a deck for BBQ’s, a living room, dining room, and a screened porch, which is perfect on a summer night.

There’s salmon and trout fishing, and excellent craft galleries nearby. We offer satellite TV, Wi-Fi and more, so you can unwind after a day on the Trail, the beach or any other day trips.

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Member since: 2008
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Calendar last updated:
January 15, 2018

About Stewart

Bell's father built this cottage in the 1950's for his growing family. Bell eventually took the property after her mother and father passed away. By that time, we had already built a house in Chimney Corner, on the coast. We still use the barn on the property during the summers to operate a gallery for our work, Cape Breton Clay, but the barn is far enough from the house to still afford complete privacy.

Stewart purchased this cottage in 1955

Why Stewart chose Margaree Valley

This cottage is only two minutes from the Cabot Trail, and in one of the most beautiful, pastoral spots on Cape Beton. There are big lawns, lots of flower beds, trees, and a babbling brook which runs beside the property. The cottage is set back quite far from the road, and there is a generous driveway. You will also be close to a number of excellent eateries- good for brunches or excellent dinners. You're also a stone's throw from one of Canada's finest heritage rivers, the Margaree River, renowned world-wide for its salmon and trout fishing.

What makes this cottage unique

In addition to all of the features above, the Potter's cottage is only a couple of minutes from the Dancing Goat bistro, which has gained a reputation Island-wide as the 'go-to' eatery, serving fresh, delicious breakfasts and lunches, along with all kinds of coffees, pastries and other fresh-baked goods. There is also a good general store closeby, which stocks everything you will need, and has its own butchery.


Margaree Valley Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 9:30 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Max. adults: 5
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • River
  • Rural
  • Water View ...
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 7 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Good-sized, newly renovated 3 pc. bathroom on main floor, with new fixtures.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon , ensuite bathrm.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single
  • Spacious veranda on main floor. I bedroom on the first floor, next to bathroom and living room; two bedrooms on the second floor.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • rafting
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • water tubing
'Ultra' high-speed (5 mb/s) wireless broadband. Ipod player available. Satellite TV features movie and sports channels.


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Potter's Cottage in Lovely Margaree Valley
average rating of 4.785714 based on 28 reviews

Wonderful week in Margaree Valley

  • 5 of 5

The house was charming. It had everything we needed to make our stay very enjoyable. The location was ideal for fishing

  • Submitted: Oct 29, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
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Perfect Cape Breton Getaway

  • 5 of 5

We were looking for a place from which to explore Cape Breton, and the Potter’s Cottage turned out to be ideal for that. It was charming, peaceful, comfortable, and clean, with a well-stocked kitchen, and great décor around the cottage (also, be sure to stop by Bell’s studio across the property to view her beautiful pottery). The cottage is in a beautiful, serene location in the Margaree Valley, and it's conveniently located for seeing the Cabot Trail and Cape Breton Highlands National Park (great views from the Skyline Trail hike). Just be sure to budget enough time to do the Cabot Trail (we took 2 days) - it's a 5-hour drive without stops, and there are no short-cuts through the park. If you’re interested in live Celtic music, the Ceilidh Trail is also nearby – we heard local musicians performing during lunch at the Glenora distillery and over dinner at the Red Shoe Pub in Mabou (about a 50-minute drive). Stewart provided us with helpful information about the area before our arrival, and there was a wealth of additional information once we arrived. The two of us spent 4 nights there, but would gladly have stayed longer.

  • Submitted: Oct 5, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
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Ideal Spot

  • 4 of 5

Our foursome enjoyed the accommodations very much. We found the cottage clean and everything in working order. The setting is very picturesque and the location is just right for exploring the Cabot trail. We were able to drive the west coast one day and the east coast the next day and thus keep the driving time down. If your group has some limitations along those lines, Margaree works very well

  • Submitted: Sep 16, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
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Peaceful Cottage in Beautiful Valley!

  • 5 of 5

We very much enjoyed our five night stay at the Potter's Cottage in Margaree Valley. The house is well laid out, with two sitting areas, two places to dine and a spacious yard in which to play. We spent most of our days exploring the coast, but loved coming home to cook a good meal and play Scrabble. We loved stopping at the Dancing Goat (just down the road) for a fabulous breakfast before adventuring out - not to be missed! We hope to have a chance to return to the area and especially this cottage.

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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The best in Margaree's valley

  • 5 of 5

I'm so glad that I booked this cottage. The cottage has the old world charm that tells the story of the lovely Margaree valley. Very roomy, fits 6 people easily. The done the road has everything you need to cook a decent meal. We made dinners and breakfasts during our stay and the whole family sit in the screened porch and enjoy them together.

We visited many places where only the locals knew- Chimney corner, Whale cove, Belle cote, and Margaree river right behind the cottage. Oh, check out the sunset at Margaree harbour!

There is about 20 mins drive to the beach, 45 mins drive to the national park, the scenery on the way is breathtaking.

We absolutely loved our stay.

Chun and family from Minnesota

  • Submitted: Jun 30, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
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Please, can we stay forever??

  • 5 of 5

The property itself and the Cottage are beautiful. Inside the Cottage, all your needs are met. There was not one time when I said "Gee, I wish this place had a - - -" -- it was there! Comfortably furnished and beautifully decorated, there were many of Bell's touches throughout the Cottage -- the stunning backsplash and tiles in the kitchen, the bowls. I loved the little lizard tiles in the sunroom. I loved the sunroom!!

Internet was great. Good strong signal. TV reception was perfect. Of course there was no cell coverage, but that it through most of rural Cape Breton. Not much can be done about that.

One thing I did appreciate very much, and I'm not sure if it's standard at Potter's Cottage, or if we just got lucky, but I was delighted that there wasn't a fridge-full of left-over food as is very common at most VRBO's we visit. I know people are reluctant to throw away "perfectly good food", but trust me -- I for one am never delighted to open a fridge only to find it half full of random condiments and dairy products -- especially since I always buy our own on our way to whatever accommodation.

Bell's pottery studio is on the grounds, but tucked away to the side, so privacy is not an issue. In fact, a visit to the studio is a wonderful benefit to being there. There's not a lot of traffic, and after the end of the day, you have the grounds to yourself.

Rooms are very comfortable. The bathroom is great, but here is something you need to be aware of. The bathroom is off the main downstairs bedroom, and when being used, you need to close two doors. It was not an issue for us, but if absolute privacy is a deal-breaker, just be aware so that you are not surprised and review negatively. It is private ... but close by, if you know what I mean.

For restaurants, should you choose to dine out, there's the magnificent Dancing Goat on the main road -- 4 kms from the Cottage. It's also near the Normaway Inn on Egypt Road -- fine dining and often music and dancing. There is a restaurant at Lake O'Laws where I had a lobster dinner -- two lobsters!! -- for $30.00. And we thoroughly enjoyed a lovely drive on a rainy afternoon to the Glenora Distillery, just a bit past Inverness. They have fiddle music from 1:00 - 3:00, great local beer, fabulous food (best fish cakes I've ever had) and of course, their award winning Glen Breton single malt whiskey.

I would recommend this property whole-heartedly and would return in a heart-beat.

  • Submitted: Oct 8, 2015
  • Stayed: September 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Car: necessary

You’re close to most of the things you might like to see on Cape Breton. The Cabot Trail is two minutes away, and the ocean twenty minutes; there are four spectacular beaches which await you there. Cape Breton Highlands National Park is forty minutes away. You can also use our Potter’s House as base for striking out to other parts of Cape Breton, like the golf courses in Baddeck and Cheticamp, The Cabot Trail, the historic Fortress of Louisbourg, or the excellent hiking trail networks in Margaree and Mabou.

You’re also next to the Normaway Inn, which offers excellent food in its lovely dining room, and features local musical talent most nights of the week, in addition to concerts and dances at “The Barn” a renowned attraction for local residents and visitors alike. There’s another excellent restaurant nearby at Big Intervale Fishing Lodge, and the Dancing Goat Bakery & Cafe for excellent fresh pastries, sandwiches and soups.

Other Activities: Local paved airstrip closeby.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 15.0%

Tax rate 15%

U.S. Visitors are getting approximately 25-30% premium/discount on currency conversion

Guests can get refund if give 90 days notice, minus fee of $275. We are fully booked and cannot rebook easily when guests hold reservations for months then cancel at the last minute. If cancellation within 60 days of arrival, owner will try to rebook cottage if possible; if he can, he will refund what he gets, minus $275.


50% deposit at time of booking by credit card. Balance due on card 60 days before arrival. If dates requested fall within 60 days of booking request, all funds will be payable at booking date.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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