About the property
- Cottage1300 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay3 - 7 nights
2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 4
Wildflower Cottage rests on 60 acres overlooking stunning and unimpeded views of the Annapolis River Basin – just 5 minutes from the beautiful town of Annapolis Royal, 1.5 hours from Yarmouth and 2 hours from Halifax in Nova Scotia. This restored 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom early 20th Century coastal cottage provides plenty of space and comfort: a fully equipped kitchen, upstairs queen-size bedroom with adjoining full bathroom; and downstairs bedroom with twin beds and adjoining bathroom. The dining room seats 4. Inviting, comfy furnishings and thoughtful artwork throughout the cottage. The setting is the perfect spot for a creative retreat or as a base home for touring the Annapolis Valley and other parts of western Nova Scotia. The cottage rests on a shaded hilltop in one of the most beautiful and historic areas of the Maritimes. Step out the front door to glorious open fields and woods, butterfly gardens, blueberry bushes and native wildflowers. Take in the beautiful views of the tidal Annapolis River-Basin and seascape. Savor the charms of this farm community, with its vegetable and fruit stands, vineyards, lively farmers' market, artists' shops and coffee hotspots. Enjoy the artful and vibrant Annapolis Royal just 5 minutes down the road. Wildflower Cottage also comes with a deck and chairs and a picnic table overlooking the hillside and river. A perfect setting for couples, artists, small families or for an individual retreat. Owner's website: http://wildflowerns.com
Birding Paradise: Wildflower Cottage looks on to mixed woodlands, open fields, coastal salt marshes and the tidal Annapolis River-Basin offering some of the best birding sites in the region. Whether you observe from the sun porch or wander the path to the shoreline you will not be disappointed. A magnificent trail along the Bay of Fundy at Delaps Cove is a short drive away. Nearby birding locations include the French Basin Marsh Trail in Annapolis Royal and Mickey Hill Pocket Wilderness. Other excellent birding sites are found at Digby Neck and Brier Island and Kejimkujik National Park. For your use, we keep copies of field guides to the region including the excellent “Birds of Atlantic Canada.”
Couples Nest: Wildflower Cottage is a wonderful place for couples to celebrate an anniversary or simply get away. Wake up to beautiful surroundings. Enjoy your morning coffee or tea while relaxing in the cheery sun room. Stroll down the wildflower –lined path to view the beautiful, historic marshlands and Annapolis River Basin. In the evenings, prepare your favorite meals from the well-supplied kitchen. Enjoy your favourite beverage while lounging on comfortable chairs on the deck. Watch a movie or read a book from our library of fiction, nonfiction and Nova Scotia-themed authors. You may never want to leave the property!
Great for small families: The property surrounding the house offers plenty of places to explore including a private picnic area and a trail through the property that leads to the shore. It's a wonderful outdoor classroom. You’ll also discover vastly different landscapes in the two regions of the Bay of Fundy & Annapolis Valley that will definitely influence and enhance your experiences of the great outdoors. From stunning coastal areas to the quiet woods, freshwater lakes and beautiful inland areas, you can choose from a number of locations to enjoy your favorite activity whether it’s hiking, canoeing, kayaking, horseback riding, golfing or whale watching. The house is also just a short drive to Upper Clements Family Theme Park and Raven Haven Family Beach Park.
Artist’s Haven: With its rolling, pastoral beauty, changing light and dynamic waterways, the Bay of Fundy/Annapolis Royal area is clearly an artist’s or photographer’s landscape. From the dramatic hills surrounding Fort Anne National Historic Site to the charming waterfronts of Annapolis Royal and Granville Ferry, you will not have to look hard for inspiration. As one reviewer stated: “The town and the area are like walking into a classic 19th painting.” Visit any number of artist’s studios and the wonderful ArtsPlace, the community’s art gallery, to view local and national art. Settle into an armchair to enjoy the many art books from the gallery’s library.
Writer's Retreat: Wildflower Cottage encourages inspiration in abundance. This cozy home with its open surroundings stimulates creativity, feeds your imagination and allows you to concentrate without distraction. It is a wonderful writer's retreat.
Keywords: cottage, rural, farmhouse, waterfront, waterview, tidal river, wooded, peaceful, relaxing, nature, wildflowers, open space, Annapolis Royal, historic barn
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About Andi Rierden
I fell in love with Nova Scotia many years ago, pulled up roots in New England and moved here permanently. The land and water scape, open skies and natural vistas replenish me every day. The area's history as the first permanent European settlement in Canada draws visitors from around the world. Its diverse ecosystems make it a mecca for field naturalists and birders. Its natural beauty nourishes a large and talented community of artists. I feel so fortunate to be able to call this friendly and idyllic corner of the world my year-round home. Hope you'll visit us soon!
Andi Rierden purchased this Cottage in 2000
Why Andi Rierden chose Annapolis, Subd. A
Sharing this beautiful cottage with guests is a labor of love for me. My husband and I live on the other side of this large waterfront property, though the cottage has its own private setting. Native wildflowers, mature maple, mountain ash and conifers surround the cottage. The views from the cottage evoke a classic landscape painting. There's a beautiful river and marsh walk right near the cottage that tells a fascinating story of the region's rich agricultural and architectural history. Throughout the cottage, I focus on letting in the light and bringing out its unique farm cottage features. Local art and pottery grace the walls. The rooms are spacious and comfortable. The kitchen is roomy and well-stocked. In short, a stay at Wildflower Cottage is sure to replenish and recharge!
What makes this Cottage unique
Great location to town, outdoor activities, restaurants and parks; very comfortable seating; whimsical, artistic touches throughout; well-equipped kitchen, a wonderful place to photograph and paint, Certified Monarch Waystation, very private, gorgeous view with an amazing historic barn crowning the landscape.
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Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
The perfect get-a-way
A step back in time with all the amenities and comfort. Space galore! Large rooms with views. Did I mention clean? Spotless! Great value for what you get. We loved it.
Thank you Ken and Faith! Hope you enjoyed the rest of your trip around the Maritimes. All the best, Andi
Leaving was our only regret.
I can't say enough good about Wildflower cottage. We found the cottage itself to be very well appointed,clean, comfortable and welcoming in its' decor. The owners truly do want you to have an enjoyable stay and it shows in every detail. The wonderful long view of the fields,river and valley is an ever changing delight to watch with your morning coffee or evening meal. The entire property is truthfully and beautifully portrayed in the photos and is even more delightful in person. If you've never been to this part of the world,Wildflower cottage is a wonderful introduction as well as being nicely situated for exploring the region. This was our first stay here and if it's to be, certainly not our last.
Hi Earl, Thanks so much for your detailed and beautiful description of Wildflower Cottage and surroundings. You nailed it! We're so happy that you were able to connect with the regions remarkable heritage network and develop meaningful new friendships as well. Look forward to your next stay. Have a great year. Andi
We loved it
The photos on the website were right on. Wildflower Cottage was a delight, the location perfect for our Bay of Fundy discovery. Andi and Steve, the owners, are equally wonderful.
From our front room, we could see the Annapolis River, a tidal river. How cool to see the difference in the river when the tide was in/tide was out. The Cottage has 2 bedrooms, 2 full baths so it would be perfect for 2 couples or a small family. Kitchen was fully stocked, plenty of comfortable places to sit and relax. We spent evenings outside watching the sky, seeing the light change and enjoying the bird songs we heard. Our family of chipmunks darted around. Our pheasants were a bit more shy, they ran into the shrubs when we were around.
If you want a central location on the Bay of Fundy side of Nova Scotia, you could not find a better place. Wildflower is near the charming town of Annapolis Royal, which was founded around 1605. The town is small, great shops, extremely nice people.
If you are planning to visit, we found Wildflower the perfect introduction to Nova Scotia.
We loved it.
Thanks so much for the lovely review. I'm delighted that you and Mr. C enjoyed the cottage and its beautiful natural surroundings. Loved your description! Glad also you found the location ideal as a central spot for touring this area of Nova Scotia. Steve and I thoroughly enjoyed our chats and wish you the very best for the rest of your travels. Hope to see you again in the future. Andi
This property exceeded all of my expectations. We came to Nova Scotia for a two week birthday/genealogy trip. The first 5 days were spent in other locations. I had never rented a house before, but decided to take a chance because I wanted a comfortable "home base" for the second half of the trip. I was confident that it would meet all of our needs based on the other reviews I read, but they really did not do this place justice!
The views from the front room of this farm house are just stunning. Looking out over the meadow while drinking our morning coffee was just wonderful. The meadow is loaded with rabbits and even home to at least one lovely pheasant who paid a visit every day.
Since we were on vacation for two weeks, we also wanted a place where we could cook our own food! Eating out every single day gets old quick, AND gets very expensive!! We bought some food at the grocery store in town but we also found a meat market on the way there where we got some lovely grass fed steaks. We figured we would pan fry them, but when we got to the house we discovered that there is a portable gas grill with propane canisters in the pantry! I am sure that was on the list of what is included at the house, but I missed it and it was a really nice surprise! This kitchen really has everything imaginable that you could need to cook. Pans of all sizes, even some spices, foil and saran wrap! It also has plenty of counter space!!
Spending a day in a laundromat was not on my list of vacation "hot spots", but after a week of exploring Halifax, walking Blomidon beach at low tide, and vineyards, it was time to do some laundry!! Having access to a full sized washer and dryer was key in my decision to rent this location and they were a life saver!
I also have to add that Andi, the owner, is a wonderful, caring hostess. We had some very nice conversations about the property, the area, and my reason for visiting (genealogy and meeting some long lost relatives). She is an absolutely lovely person, and I really look forward to seeing her again on my next visit (hopefully next fall). After staying in this house, I won't even consider staying elsewhere! I miss my little home already!!
Thanks so much for the great review. I loved hosting you and your husband and hearing about your journey to piece together important parts of your family history. Your enthusiasm was infectious! Glad the property exceeded your expectations and to hear you'd like to return to your Nova Scotia "home" next year. Until then, take good care. Andi
Peaceful, calm and quiet. Very "unplugged".
Immaculately clean. The views and fall color were so great. Very comfortable and hosts were so accommodating. It was private even though the owners live nearby. We will visit again so we can see more wildlife and hike. Lovely for a retreat for renewal and rest. Great music selection!
Thank you so much for the review! We enjoyed meeting you and are delighted that you found Wildflower Cottage and surroundings to be restful and calming. Hope to see you in 2017
The fall colours were at their peak when our family of 3 recently stayed at wildflower cottage. After a long flight, arriving here was so soothing and sublime. The cottage, with its large picture windows displaying the beautiful meadows, matures trees, red barn and waterfront in panoramic view was out of a museum-quality painting. Hard to pull ourselves from away from this scene. The kitchen is large and definitely the best equipped of any vacation rental we've stayed at down to the stainless steel pots and pans, sharp knives and excellent coffee maker. There's a wonderfully cozy and spacious living room off the kitchen. The downstairs and upstairs bedrooms are thoughtfully designed and very comfortable. There is lots to do in Annapolis Royal and area, but we choose mainly to settle into our retreat and catch up on reading. Yet we did venture out each day and walked the town trails, had lunch or coffee at Bistro East, which we highly recommend, and explored the amazing historic gardens. We saw a good Celtic music band at the King's Theatre one evening and spent another day hiking in Keji park. The owners were delightful. We will definitely return. Many thanks. M&J
Thanks so much Megan! We so enjoyed hosting you and your family. Yes, the fall colours on the property were stunning. Glad you enjoyed the area. See you next year!
The Annapolis Royal area is that special kind of place that lingers sweetly in your mind and memory. Cradled within a land and seascape of serene natural beauty, the region rests in the palm of a long glacial valley severed by the Annapolis River and Tidal Basin. Buffered by two mountain ridges on the north and south, the land on either side of the river widens into a broad swath of salt marsh and cultivated earth. Over the North Mountain lies the Bay of Fundy and to the south, an expanse of lakes, a national park and protected wilderness areas. The region’s cultural hub, the town of Annapolis Royal, is one of the Maritimes most culturally diverse and welcoming communities. With its beautifully preserved historic and architectural legacy of Victorian, Georgian and Arts & Crafts homes, it is the perfect backdrop to the artistic energy emanating from the town’s waterfront shopping district, art galleries, farmers’ market, gardens and theatre. Recently named to the top 12 list of This Old House’s “Best Old-House Neighborhoods,” Annapolis Royal also garnered praise by the CBC as one of the Maritimes top ten “most engaging and culturally dynamic communities.” Last year the Canadian and International Garden Tourism Awards lauded the town’s Historic Gardens as one of the “Top five North American Gardens Worth Travelling For.” Things to see and do: Wildflower Cottage is a wonderful place for relaxing after a day of activities, which could include birding and whale watching, hiking, kayaking, bicycling and beachcombing. The Annapolis French Basin Marsh is great place for birding, particularly during migratory months. Whale watching tour boats in nearby Digby Neck will show you whales and other Atlantic marine wildlife including seals and sea birds in their natural habitat. The Shore Road is a beautiful drive winding along the Bay of Fundy coast and features three lighthouses, seven cobble beaches, five fishing wharves, and a seafood market at Parker's Cove. There are nearby provincial parks, nature preserves, and art galleries that you can visit. Kejimkujik National Park with many levels of hiking trails, is a 35-minute drive and offers canoe and kayak rentals. The O'Dell Museum, Sinclair Museum and North Hills Museum showcase local history. The area has two 18-hole golf courses. There are music concerts and films at King's Theatre, a chocolatier shop and a variety of restaurants for eat-in or take out. The Farmers' Market across from the Annapolis Wharf runs Weds. and Sats. all summer. Other Activities: Visit Upper Clements Adventure Park with 30 rides and a challenging wooded zip-line course or hike along the spectacular Delaps Cove Trail on the Bay of Fundy. Spend the day at nearby Raven Haven Beach. Take in an art workshop or coffeehouse evening at ArtsPlace, the region's public art gallery. Join a Candlelight Grave Tour at Fort Anne National Historic Park or meet the 'ghosts' at the Sinclair Museum.