About the property
- Cottage1500 sqft
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay0 - 3 nights
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, premium Wi-Fi and more, so you can unwind after a day on the Trail, the beach or any other day trips. There is a Master bedroom on the main floor with a Queen bed and direct access to the adjoining bathroom. There are two other bedrooms upstairs; one with a Queen bed and AC, and a second with a double and single bed. There is also a good spin-washer and dryer.
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- Apr 15, 2018
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. (The iconic Dancing Goat Bistro is 2 minutes away; it 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). 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
There is also a good general store closeby, which stocks everything you will need, and has its own butchery. There is no shortage of things to do in the area. It's twenty minutes to the coast and three lovely beaches: Chimney Corner, Whale Cove and Margaree Harbour beaches are all spectacular! Chimney Corner is great for kids, with a gradual drop-off in the water; 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 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 and Cabot Cliffs golf courses by the sea (respectively #43 and #9 in the world, according to Golf Digest), which are only 20 minutes away and offer a unique golfing experience in Inverness. There are also renowned crafters in the area; interesting pottery, quilting, rug hooking, and folk art to be found locally.
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Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 9:30 AM
Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
Wonderful week in Margaree Valley
The house was charming. It had everything we needed to make our stay very enjoyable. The location was ideal for fishing
Perfect Cape Breton Getaway
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.
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
Peaceful Cottage in Beautiful Valley!
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.
The best in Margaree's valley
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 general.store 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
Please, can we stay forever??
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.
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.
Additional information about rental rates
Tax rate 15% U.S. Visitors are getting approximately 25-30% premium/discount on currency conversion Although there is a statement "There is no refund on cancellation" this is not accurate; because our policy did not fit within the categories offered by Homeaway/VRBO, there is no option other than this statement, then adding this qualification: Guests CAN get refund if they give 90 days notice, minus fee of $275. We are fully booked each summer and cannot rebook easily when guests hold reservations for months then cancel close to arrival date. If cancellation within 60 days of arrival, owner will try to rebook cottage if at all possible; if he can rebook, he will refund what he gets, minus $150. BOOKINGS IN ONE WEEK BLOCKS ONLY; UP TO TWO OR THREE WEEKS- CHANGEOVERS ON FRIDAYS ONLY 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.