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Overlooking Bras D'or Lakes Fabulous Renovated Old School House

Cape Dauphin, NS, Canada
  • Cottage1200 sqft
  • Bedrooms2
  • Sleeps8
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay4 nights

One bedroom and large loft, bathroom w separate shower/tub, sleeps 6, 1200 SF

Open concept newly renovated 100 year old school house!

Enjoy your holiday in central location of Cape Dauphin (20 minute drive to Baddeck) at the base of Kelly's Mountain, in a school house that is newly renovated, over 1200 square feet, cathedral ceilings, original hardwood floors and wainscoting throughout, open concept kitchen and living area, bedroom on main level and a very large loft area on the second level which has two single beds and a queen bed, half bathroom and separate shower/tub room on the main level, large wrap around deck, bright and private with great views of the Bras D'or Lakes, nice breeze from ocean. There is a lovely sandy beach sometimes rocky spots depending on the years tidal action, just a 5 to 10 min walk (down a path, across a dirt road and down a driveway). For those who have trouble walking you can drive. There is a fire tub on the beach so you can collect wood along the beach and have a fire if you desire (of course weather permitting ). Very private and secluded. Pets are welcome (we charge a pet fee).

We also have two other properties with potential availability in the same area that could be booked if there is a gathering of families.

Restaurants and grocery store: There are a few restaurants close by. The cottage is approximately a 15 min drive down a dirt road (good condition) to the Trans Canada Highway. There are two good restaurants 10 min from the TransCanada Highway.

Cedar House Family Restaurant and Bakery

Fitzgeralds Family Restaurant and Bakery

The grocery store is 20 min drive to North Sydney or a 20 min drive to Baddeck.

Property Manager

Richard Smith

Member Since 2005
Response rate:
Response time:
within a few hours
Calendar last updated:
Apr 05, 2018


    • Pets Welcome
    • Kids Welcome
    • No Smoking


      • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
      • Sofabed in living room
        1 sleep sofa /futon
      • Bedroom 1
        1 queen
      • Bedroom 2 (loft)
        1 queen, 2 twin/ single
      • Main level - bedroom with Queen bed Second level (loft) - two single beds and one queen bed Living room - one double sofabed The full bathroom is on the main level NO PHONE OR INTERNET (there is public access internet 12km from school house)


      • 1 Bathroom
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, combination tub/shower, jetted tub

        Location Type

          • Beach
          • Beach View
          • Near The Ocean
          • Ocean View


              • limited accessibility


                  • autumn foliage
                  • caves
                  • churches
                  • forests
                  • museums
                  • pond
                  • restaurants
                  • waterfalls

                    Leisure Activities

                      • beachcombing
                      • bird watching
                      • paddle boating
                      • scenic drives
                      • sight seeing
                      • walking
                      • whale watching

                        Sports & Adventure Activities

                          • mountain climbing
                          • fishing
                          • golf
                          • hiking
                          • hunting
                          • freshwater fishing
                          • pier fishing
                          • sailing
                          • snorkeling
                          • snorkeling/diving
                          • swimming


                              • The main level has one bedroom with a queen bed and the second level (loft area open to below) has two single beds and a queen bed. The living room has a sofabed. The full bathroom is on the main level. No smoking inside.

                                House Rules

                                Check-in: 3:00 PM

                                Check-out: 10:00 AM

                                Cancellation Policy

                                Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

                                15 Reviews


                                Latest reviews

                                Good place to decompress

                                Sandy K.

                                We thoroughly enjoyed our few days at the Old Schoolhouse. The cottage is wonderful and I love the way it was renovated. Having attended a one room schoolhouse as a kid I appreciated its history. Richard was very accommodating when we had to change things around at the last minute. We arrived after dark and even with very explicit directions we had a little trouble finding it. It was much easier in the daylight.

                                The schoolhouse was amazing! Beautiful home in a beautiful setting

                                Kyle W.

                                My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay here. The cottage was amply stocked with supplies for everyday living. The homeowner was very considerate of our privacy while maintaining the house with everything we need (water cooler was empty upon arrival but we quickly found a full water bottle outside the front door). The beach is nice and private and an easy stroll from the cottage. Our dogs loved the freedom of the property and the beach. In terms of location, the cottage was a beautiful drive down a winding dirt road but still close enough to the highway to access anything we wanted to do. I highly recommend staying here to anyone and thank the owner very much for our stay!

                                Owner's Response:

                                So happy you enjoyed your stay come back anytime

                                Rustic but quiet and comfortable.

                                Linda S.

                                Kitchen cookware was adequate but the dishwasher was awful - a white coat covered every dish surface. House was cool enough in the heat but would have liked to use the wood stove on the cool nights but there was a note telling us not to use the stove. Had a squirrel issue but Richard came right away and took care of the problem

                                The property and home is rustic, private with a great view

                                audrey J.

                                Our family enjoyed the "Old school house" very much. There is loads of room and wide open space inside and outside we were surrounded by trees and animals. One of our neighbors was a sweet bunny we saw and watched forging for food daily on the property. We swam daily in the ocean; the water was amazing and the beach very private. The owner attended to our needs promptly. We would considering renting this property again. I think a Fall/Winter stay would be something we would also consider.....should that be available.

                                Beautiful, Isolated Place

                                Leanne B.

                                Richard, the landlord, was quite helpful during an emergency time of big winds and floods nearby. Lovely, quaint building but bring flashlight for using bathroom at night if you're upstairs (spiral staircase). Cable TV out maybe due to storm. Peaceful, beautiful setting! Road was in decent shape but be prepared for an 8 k drive on dirt road...

                                Lovely, Relaxing, Home

                                Janna M.

                                I feel bad reading the negative reviews on this VRBO! We were quite satisfied! People need to remember that this is a cabin, and not a hotel. We found it quite clean and comfortable. Everything is labeled with notes and instructions. We appreciated the bottled water. It would have been good to know what was provided, such as coffee filters, as we went out and bought some (which clearly others have done too). And to know the laundry situation too (I had lots of whites that I wasn't able to wash.) It is so handy that the toilet and shower are in separate rooms, and that each room has a sink. Wi-Fi would have been a bonus, but it was kind of nice to be "unplugged" for a bit. And if we were desperate, we found a signal out on the deck... which we loved, by the way. (The sliding door needs some work though) Honestly, our only real disappointment is that it is quite a drive off the main highway and a little difficult to find. Our GPS almost got us there, but led us up the wrong driveway (some better signage at the end of the driveway would be very helpful! Thankfully, we found your sister's cabin and she showed us the way!) Oh, and were we allowed to start a fire in the fireplace? No firewood...

                                Owner's Response:

                                thank you for your response and will follow up at updating the site to explain the washer situation, also we did have wifi at one time but the lack of reliable service from bell we opted to disconnect it and we do specify that there is no wifi service but good cell service. And yes the patio door is due for replacement this winter. I'm glad you enjoyed your stay


                                Cape Dauphin, NS, Canada

                                We are located on the New Campbellton Road in the community of Cape Dauphin (population 15 full time residents). Take a 5 minute walk and you are n a private sandy beach, you can walk for miles and not see anybody. From Cape Dauphin you can do all your day trips around the island. Down the road there is Kelly's wharf where you can fish mackerel, buy fresh lobster, join in with the cottagers for a bonfire. Close by there is Bird Island boat tours, boat charters and whale watching, world-class golf course (Bell Bay), Highlands National Park, hiking trails, Alexander Graham Bell Museum and historic fortress of Louisbourg. It is 50 minutes from Sydney, 30 minutes to shopping area in North Sydney, 25 minutes to the tourist town of Baddeck.

                                Rates & Availability

                                Additional information about rental rates

                                Cleaning Fee
                                Pet Fee
                                Additional Guest Fee

                                Rates are quoted for up to four persons. Extra person charges of $100 per person per week (pro-rated for less than 7 nights). Pet fee of $100 per stay.

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                                For booking assistance, call 888-829-7076

                                Property # 154113ha