About the property
- Cottage760 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay1 - 7 nights
2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, sleeps 1-4
The Cape Cottage is a gorgeous coastal cottage on a 130-acre property five minutes from the Cabot Trail.
There’s ocean, a huge beach nearby and breathtaking panoramas because The Cape has windows everywhere, along with a cathedral ceiling, lovely beams, and walls finished with white boards inside and cedar shingles outside, in classic Cape Breton style. From the deck, you can see Lobster boats, eagles perch nearby, moose, bobcats and foxes make appearances, and whales pass by most of the year; you will wake up to these views each morning and enjoy them all day.
This cottage books from Friday to Friday only, when you are choosing your dates; if your summer dates are taken, you can check Homeaway 203860 and 3490361 for vacancies in the summer.
You will enjoy complete seclusion and incredible views in one of the most spectacular parts of Cape Breton. There is a lovely, mature hardwood forest to explore, and as day turns to evening in technicolor, relax, listen to music or catch up on things you don't have time for at home.
I designed this cottage to have all of the charm of a real coastal cottage, with excellent amenities, and lots of privacy in a spectacular setting with fantastic views of the ocean. Many folks rent out their seasonal homes in Cape Breton, but The Cape Cottage was designed specifically for visitors' pleasure and needs. There are two bedrooms; a master and a smaller second bedroom which is great if you are travelling with children. The tiled bathroom is roomy, with heated floors. A decorative propane fireplace will keep you cozy on chilly Spring or Fall days. A large deck with BBQ is perfect for watching eagles go by or boats out front.
There is a rich, strong culture here, historically and musically, and life unwinds at its own special pace. Although a three-day visit to the Island is not uncommon, a week is what it takes to really get a sense of the rhythms and charm of Cape Breton. It's easy to meet people here, and the daily pace here is slower than in most cities. It's nice to be in a place where you don't need air-conditioning; Cape Breton summers are warm-to-hot in the day, but perfect in the evening, and at the shore there are ocean breezes to keep any bugs at bay.
Chimney Corner beach is one of the finest on the island, and it's mostly unoccupied during the week– in addition to the fine beach and safe swimming for children, there are interesting rock formations to explore nearby. Fossils abound. Cape Breton is a spectacular place, and you'll find the scenery on this stretch of coastline particularly striking.
American visitors should know that they are now getting approximately 25% off our published Canadian rate due to the value of the dollar.
There is no shortage of things to do in the area. In addition to Chimney Corner beach, there are other great beaches to check out nearby: 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, which 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 Links golf course (rated #42 in the world by Golf Digest) by the sea, which is only 20 minutes away and offers a unique golfing experience in Inverness. There are also renowned crafters in the area; beautiful pottery, quilting, rug hooking, and folk-art sculpture can all be found locally.
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- English, French
- Calendar last updated:
- May 15, 2018
I built the cottage in 2011 because there was a lovely underused spot on the property with spectacular views. I started in April of 2011 and finished the same summer. It is a lovely location with with old-growth hardwood forests behind, and an awesome unobstructed view of the ocean. There is all the privacy one could want.
Why Stewart chose Chimney Corner
Cape Breton is a spectacular place, and the scenery on this stretch of coast is particularly striking; it can also be dramatic, with 130 kph winds at many points of the year. One must keep a clean yard in such conditions! There is such a rich culture here, historically and musically, and life unwinds at its own special pace. We see some of the most dramatic sunsets anywhere, watch whales play in our front yard, and fishermen haul their lobster traps every year. Moose, eagles, deer and foxes are regulars. It's easy to meet people, and the daily rhythm here is slower than in most cities; we visit neighbors and friends whenever we can, as we are busy in the summer months. It's also nice to be in a place where you don't need air-conditioning; Cape Breton summers are warm-to-hot in the day, but perfect in the evening, and at the shore there are breezes to keep any bugs at bay. Chimney Corner beach is one of the finest on the island, but because it is not visible from the road, it's usually unoccupied during the week– we love to take our dog Ryder there for a good run.
What makes this Cottage unique
Chimney Corner beach– in addition to the fine beach and swimming, there are interesting rock formations to explore nearby. Cape Breton is a spectacular place, and you'll find the scenery on this stretch of coastline particularly striking. There is no shortage of things to do in the area. In addition to Chimney Corner beach, there are other great beaches to check out nearby: 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, which 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 new Cabot Links golf course by the sea (#43 in the world), which is only 20 minutes away and offers a unique golfing experience in Inverness. Cabot Cliffs, (even more spectacular- ranked #9 in the world by Golf Digest!) was developed by Ben Cowan-Dewar and Mike Keiser (who developed Bandon Dunes in Oregon). The acclaim so far is pretty much unanimous-from the New York Times to Golf Digest. A third par-3 courser is in the works and a fourth course on the coast is on the horizon. There are also renowned crafters in the area; interesting pottery, quilting, rug hooking, and folk art can all be found locally.
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Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
Peaceful Sanctuary with Stunning View
For us, two of the most important aspects of a trip are the accommodation and view. We couldn't have done any better than the Cape Cottage. The interior is straight out of a design magazine; vaulted ceilings, big windows, natural materials, and attention to detail. The kitchen appliances are state of the art. There is gas burning stove in the main area and one of the most generous showers we've ever encountered. The overall impression was one of peaceful sanctuary. Outside, there is forest on 3 sides and the ocean in front. From the deck we filmed whales and amazing sunsets. At night, the stars were overwhelming.
We were given perfect directions by the owner, Stewart, so had no trouble finding the location. Once there, he gave us the inside track on the area. On one of his suggested oceanside routes we drove beside a bald eagle. We hiked the Skyline Trail which was spectacular. The local beach was beautiful as was the boardwalk/beach at Inverness.
We really enjoyed the Dancing Goat cafe, especially the porridge bread. The Two Macs craft shop across the street provided us with some really interesting local art, along with Bell Fraser's pottery shop in Margaree.
We are still talking to friends and sharing pictures about our wonderful time in September.
Perfect spot to explore Cape Breton
This cottage was very comfortable. Designed and built by Stewart, the owner, the cottage had great windows with views of the water and sunsets that were breathtaking. We spent a week here and found this to be a great location for day tripping around Cape Breton. Stewart spent a lot of time when we checked in making sure we had a good plan for seeing everything in the area. His pointers for off the beaten path destinations made the trip.
Magnificient views inside and outside -- a perfect place.
The Cape Cottage was perfect – a beautiful cottage with a magnificent view of the ocean – exactly as depicted in the listing. We never tired of the views from the deck and from the huge windows. The deck is a great place to watch the sunset and to view the stars, which were incredible in the absolutely dark skies.
The cottage was very clean and had very comfortable furnishings and bed, and all in an incredibly quiet and private setting. We also loved the style of the cottage’s interior, with white-washed wooden walls, very high ceilings, and huge windows, which demanded that you constantly look out at the ocean and trees. Everything one would need to spend a delightful week was included.
Stewart met with us on the first day and gave us great tips on restaurants, hiking trails, and many other interesting things to see and do. The Cape Cottage is a great location for exploring both near—lovely Chimney Corner beach or the Broad Cove area—and far—driving the entire Cabot Trail or hiking the Skyline Trail. And we loved The Dancing Goat Café and Bakery, which Stewart recommended, and now have become hopelessly addicted to their breakfasts and cookies.
And some well-intentioned advice when estimating travel times to and around Cape Breton Island: always add 45 minutes because as you drive you’ll have to stop multiple times as a new, jaw-dropping vista comes into view, and you are forced to pull-over and enjoy it.
We loved staying at the Cape Cottage.
Quaint escape in beautiful natural setting
Tucked away location perfect for relaxing while being surrounded by a pristine forrest setting. The cottage itself has a minimalist European feel with all of the essentials provided. Comfortable bedding, an accommodating and friendly host, the nearby towns are both beautiful and fun to explore. Whale watching, hiking, and cafes are all close. A perfect beach is walking distance away. If you are looking for a relaxing vacation in a beautiful setting this is it!
We couldn't have chosen a more idyllic setting for our summer vacation. Stewart's cottage overlooks the beautiful Northumberland Strait to the west so we caught every glorious sunset. It fact, it was so beautiful I rarely wanted to leave the deck chair. That said we still cycled, golfed, swam, hiked, danced, yachted our way across Cape Breton Island, one of Canada's truly great vacation destinations. The cottage is clean and well-kept, the kitchen useful and pretty. The beds were comfortable, the bathroom new, and the sea breezes kept us cool making it easy to sleep after hot days. For active vacationers there is plenty to interest you and a good respite for city-dwellers. This location is snug on the hill and plenty quiet for book-readers like me. And the WiFi was reliable. We took two teenagers and they also loved the place and had enough privacy in their own bedroom.
Absolutely incredible stay
We stayed at the Cape Cottage for our July 2017 honeymoon and it was perfect in every way. The cottage was beautiful and well-equipped, and the view from the deck (and from inside) is one that truly does not get old. Our only dilemma throughout our stay was whether to explore more of Cape Breton's majestic scenery or simply spend additional time sitting on the deck - either way, you cannot go wrong.
Everything about the cottage was exactly as advertised, if not better. Stewart went above and beyond in informing us about local points of interest and some of our favourite moments/activities were things we would not have known about otherwise. As an added bonus, everything we wanted to do on Cape Breton is easily accessible from the Cape Cottage, so we made it back for many beautiful sunsets even after a full day of exploring the island.
We honestly cannot recommend this cottage enough and are already eager to return!
Cape Breton has been acknowledged as one of the great islands in the world to visit; there's all sorts of oceanfront-related activities: fishing wharves, lots of beaches close by, whale watching, and swimming. There’s also salmon and trout fishing on the world-renowned Margaree River, just minutes away. World-class golf at the renowned Cabot Links is a short-drive. This location will be a great base for other trips on the Island, and for checking out local music, entertainment, museums, craft galleries, and good eating. October features the Celtic Colours Music Festival. In our area, you'll also find excellent hiking networks, and access to the National Park, one of the wonders of eastern Canada. When you've finished for the day, come back to comfort and oceanside splendor.
Rates & Availability
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 $275. 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.