Please view our house tour video! Click on the back arrow to the left of our main picture and then hit play. Or search "SkyView on LaHave Island" on the web. Also note: To keep our home affordable to Canadians, we've reduced our rates to compensate for the weak Canadian dollar. Our rates are the same as they were two years ago.
A Unique Experience
Experience Nova Scotia island-living at its finest at Skyview on LaHave Island, a 17-year old home perched on the highest point of LaHave Island, above the treetops. Our house is built high like a castle on a hill -- you drive your car up to the second floor door with a bridge to the house. As you enter, you encounter a 2-story atrium with large-window views of the ocean (there are 28 windows and skylights in the atrium alone!) Nearly every window in the house reveals a spectacular vista. Guests have a 360-degree view of the mostly uninhabited, wooded LaHave Islands, and of a picturesque cove, sprawling bay, and vast Atlantic Ocean. We've just replaced all the windows, put up new shingles, and installed three brand new decks with glass-panels.
Accessible by car without the need of a ferry, SkyView is located on one of two dozen islands which make up the LaHave islands. We’re a 3-minute walk from the water, a seven-minute drive from the mainland, and a 30-minute drive from Bridgewater, which is the area’s main shopping area. We are 40 minutes from the historic seaport of Lunenburg and seaside town of Mahone Bay, and an hour-and a half southwest of Halifax on the Lighthouse Route.
Enjoy the views from 3 decks -- a wraparound deck accessible off the great room, a smaller deck off the study, and a balcony off the master bedroom and study. Relax listening to the seagulls, watching fishing boats in the bay, sunrises in the morning, sunsets at night, a full moon and stars across the sky, and view deer which roam the property.
Come home from a day at the beach to warm yourself in front of an airtight soapstone wood-burning stove in the great room. Our home can comfortably sleep 8 adults in 3 bedrooms (all with skylights), and in a den which has a pullout bed. We provide bedding and towels, and a washer/dryer. The house also has baseboard electric heating with thermostats in each room.
The kitchen is large and equipped with a stove, microwave, toaster oven, coffee maker, food processor, quality kitchenware and a small breakfast table. The dining room has a large mahogany table with antique chairs. The den has a 36-inch flat screen TV with satellite service, and a stereo with speakers wired to the atrium. The master bedroom has a 36-inch flat screen TV with local channels. Enjoy playing ping-pong on a full-size table in the basement. We also have wireless Internet and the cell service is very good. We do not allow smoking of any kind inside our home.
What to Do
Locally, there are many attractions. Half a dozen beaches are within a 10-minute drive, including Risser's Beach Provincial Park, with a fine-sand beach with lifeguards, winding boardwalk along a back marsh, visitor’s center, a snack bar and shower facility. On our island are many quaint paths and roads to walk or bike, a marine museum, community hall, government wharf, boat launch, a church, and a cemetery. On nearby Crescent Beach, people love to park their cars on the beach, walk their dogs, surf, kite-board, stroll the beach at sunrise and sunset, and of course, swim!
Several fishermen and their families still live on the islands, some who will take visitors out fishing or on island tours (ask us). Locals also love to share their community's history through casual encounters along the road and at events like the Monday morning coffee hour, serving the best home-made scones and sticky buns you’ve ever tasted – really. The community hall also hosts guest lectures and other events.
Along the Lighthouse Route on the mainland are lots of craft and antique shops, artist studios, restaurants, museums, and historical sites (like Fort Point Museum in LaHave, where the French first landed in Canada in 1604). You can take in musical events, county fairs, farmers’ markets, art shows, ox pulls, movies, theater and more. For sporting activities, you can rent kayaks, golf at several courses, go horseback riding, rock climb, wind surf, para-sail, and enjoy the resort at White Point Beach, where you can get a day pass to use the pools, yard games, and boats.
Don't miss the most famous bakery in Nova Scotia, the LaHave Bakery (15 minutes away), where you can sit down in its quaint dining area and enjoy an amazing breakfast or lunch. Another guest favorite is 'The Ovens,' which is a series of ocean caves accessible by wooded walkways, where the waves pound in and out. At Ross Farm, children will love to see a “working” farm where they still raise animals and grow crops. And bake sales and lobster suppers in community halls all over the area are delicious!
A Quality Rental Experience
We've been renting our homes for 20 years to people from places as far away as Germany and Hong Kong. We strive to make our guests' stays completely enjoyable. After you reserve, we will mail you driving instructions, information about the house, and things to do in the area. The house will be thoroughly cleaned before your arrival and if something should occur during your stay, we have a handyman on standby and a variety of service specialists who should be able to fix any problems quickly. We also provide excellent communication by phone and email prior to and during your stay.
Our rental rates are priced similarly to other higher-end Nova Scotia oceanfront homes. The cost and the minimum nights we require vary depending on the time of year and the duration of your stay. Click on "show additional rate details" (which is a link just below our calendar on the main page) to see how costs and minimum nights compare at various times of the year. The total rent we charge is in US dollars and includes all taxes. We recently reduced our rates by 20% to help compensate Canadians, who are the majority of our guests, cope with the rising US dollar. Like most Nova Scotia rentals, we rent from Saturday to Saturday. If staying for two weeks or more, the rate is US$100 less for each additional week. Pets are welcome for a non-refundable $100 fee.
If SkyView is booked during the week you are travelling, please note that we also own 'THE FENNEL OLD HOUSE,' a renovated 100-year old home next door. It sits on a picturesque cove overlooking a wide bay. The property has gorgeous views from many vantage points, including from 5 decks, a gazebo, and dock. It sleeps up to seven people. Please see HomeAway listing #393316.