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On The Cabot Trail, Cape Breton Island.

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, Sleeps 4

The Little Tarbotvale House is located in Tarbotvale on the Cabot Trail. It is near the road but tucked in so that it remains private. It is between Baddeck and Ingonish where there is golfing, boat tours, beaches, museums, restaurants and shopping. It is a short drive to many hiking trails and the beautiful scenery this Island is renowned for.

The Little House is located between Ingonish (Cape Breton Highlands National Park, Ingonish Beach and Highland Links), and the Gaelic College of St Ann’s Bay, and Baddeck (Alexander Graham Bell Museum, Bras d’Or Lakes, Bell Bay Links).

It is 5 minutes from IronArt and Leather Works artisans, and a few more minutes to pottery, glass artisans, and many other artisans around the Cabot Trail.

It is 15 minutes away from The Lobster Galley restaurant, Clucking Hen Café, and Moe’s fish and chips; 5 minutes to Simply pizza; and many more places as you go farther north or south.

You can go on hikes without taking your car, or starting 5 minutes away by car is the Red Island Trail which takes you to the ocean. 10 minutes away is the North River Falls hike which takes you to the highest waterfalls in Nova Scotia. There are endless hikes on Cape Breton Island in the National Park and outside of the Park.

North River Kayak is 10 minutes away, Puffin Boat Tours in Englishtown is 10 minutes away. There are sail tours in Baddeck and whale watching from Ingonish to Cheticamp.

3 minutes away in July, August and September at St Ann’s Tea Room there are intimate concerts every Tuesday and Friday evening at 7:30 with traditiional music

In October there is the Cabot Trail Writers Festival at the Gaelic College (15 minutes), and Celtic Colors concerts all over the island with nightly After Hours at the Gaelic College.

I live just over the mountain (or around the corner is easier) only 5 minutes away on my bicycle. I am usually available to answer questions, and enjoy sharing what I know about the area.

History of the little house: When Malcolm MacLeod was tired of living by himself on the family farm high up on the mountain by himself, he asked Bucky down below if he could build himself a little house on his land. He built the house in the late 60's and arranged to leave Bucky the house when he passed away. 40+ years ago when I moved here at 18, we would go to Malcolm’s for tea. He would tell us stories of the ‘old days’ when he would have a small herd of 30 or so deer grazing on his meadows, or when he would go west to Saskatchewan on the ‘harvest trains’ to help take in the crops. I found this particularly fascinating as I would hear the stories from my uncle on the farm in Manitoba of the trains dropping off men from the east to help out on the farm at harvest. They had outbuildings set up for these hired hands.

Bucky and Margie moved into the house after renovating it in the 80’s and now Margie has moved on to live in Baddeck near her daughter. And that brings us to now.

It has two bedrooms, a bathroom, living room, kitchen and small entry. One bedroom has a queen bed (a piece of art made by 2 local artisans, Luthier, Otis Tomas, and iron worker, Gordon Kennedy), the 2nd bedroom has a double bed made by local woodworker Larry Mikol. The house is fully equipped, including towels, soap, land phone, wifi, tv, rocking chair in the kitchen, washer and dryer, and art on the walls.

There are large opening windows all around which provide lots of clean outside air, plus a view from all rooms of the outdoors. The atmosphere inside is one of being at the cottage, and everyone who comes to stay don't want to leave.

More Details

Marcelle Lavoie
Member since: 2015
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 8, 2018

About Marcelle Lavoie

I grew up in rural Manitoba working in my dad's general store.

I moved to Cape Breton Island at 18 yrs of age in 1973.

Built and ran the Wreck Cove General Store on the Cabot Trail from 1976 to 2014 (39 years).

Raised my family of 4 living above the store.

I am a certified Postural Alignment specialist which is about helping people regain lost function by showong them how to return to their design posture which alleviates a large number of chronic pain issues related to faulty body mechanics.

I am a skier, hiker, and avid outdoors person who is quite familiar with our Island. I can inform travelers on how we can enjoy rainy days while on vacation here; many places to eat; hiking trails right here in our immediate area or around the National Park; where to go for whale watching, kayaking, boat tours, x-country skiing and snowshoeing; museums, historical sites, art galleries, artisan studios.

Marcelle Lavoie purchased this house in 2015

Why Marcelle Lavoie chose Tarbotvale

This property is very centrally located on the island.

Nearby all summer, every Tuesday & Friday, there is a Ceilidh (informal concert) with traditional music with tea/brownie/oatcake at intermission. It is in the evening, is very casual, and a wonderful place to meet locals & fellow travelers.

Little Tarbotvale House is 2 miles from the ocean, a walk to the Barachois River, very central to all of Cape Breton Island, is very private, located in a beautiful setting, and is reasonably priced. You cannot see the ocean but you will end up paying double or more for that view.

What makes this house unique

Little Tarbotvale House is a skip and a jump to the ocean, a beautiful drive to anywhere you need to go, and has pretty much anything you need provided for you as an accommodation. I love living here because of the community and think that anyone who enjoys nature would love it here.


Tarbotvale House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Both bedrooms have very comfortable mattresses. The Queen bed in one room is a piece of art made locally as a joint project between our local Ironart farrier Gordon Kennedy and Luthier, Otis Tomas. The double bed is also made locally by a local furniture make.
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Television
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • forests
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
For more detailed information contact me and I will do my best to answer your questions.


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average rating of 4.866667 based on 15 reviews

Nice cottage feel with all the amenities, right on the Cabot Trail!

  • 4 of 5

Nice clean cottage with all the amenities! We had a great stay - just not long enough!! Central location allowing us to take it all in! Marcelle was very helpful and gave us lots of information which made our trip even more special😊?

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
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Comfortable house that is very private but close to all the wonderful places you want to visit

  • 5 of 5

Marcelle’s House is very comfortable and well equipped. We cooked every evening and had all the necessary equipment . The beds are very comfortable. The house was nicely decorated and very clean. Having a washer and dryer was also a plus. The property had nice trees and wild flowers. You are minutes away from the water and great Celtic music. Marcelle was very helpful with suggestions on how to enjoy Cape Breton. Had a wonderful stay and hope to return in the not too distant future. We fell in love with Cape Breton!

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Glad we found this cottage!

  • 5 of 5

This little Tarbotvale house was comfortable, clean, and well-equipped for an extended stay of one month. We had plenty of privacy and enough space to rest and relax. All appliances worked well and the closets were large.

Marcelle is a delightful and thoughtful host, and was readily available if we needed information or assistance. She provided information on places for us to visit and things we could do in the area.

We found plenty of talented artisans in the area and some truly wonderful eating! We personally enjoyed visiting nearby St. Ann's Church on the Sundays we were there, and we became acquainted with many gracious and welcoming community people.

This cottage location is a good launching pad for events and interesting sites. We especially enjoyed the attending the Kitchen Fest Celtic gatherings (ceilidhs) and Gaelic influence in the area. Wherever we decided to go in the area, the scenery and wildflowers were beautiful.

If you want a restful, enjoyable stay for a Cape Breton visit, this Cabot Trail cottage is a terrific location.

The Jollys

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
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Cozy house on the Cabot Trail

  • 5 of 5

Marcelle greeted us with a delicious apple crisp and helpful suggestions of things to do in the region. The house had everything we needed and more. A restful place to return to after a day of hiking or exploring. Highly recommend for anyone wanting a home away from home while visiting Cape Breton.

  • Submitted: Oct 13, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nice house close to the Cabot Trail

  • 5 of 5

The house was very nice and close to the Cabot Trail and other sites of interest. Unfortunately, during our stay there was a lot of road construction in Cape Breton that made travelling somewhat tedious. There was also road construction nearby and the trucks started quite early hauling and dropping their loads nearby (nothing that the home owner could do anything about). However, would recommend the house as it is centrally located for all of the major tourist destinations. The house itself is well equipped and was very comfortable.

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
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Great location

  • 4 of 5

Perfect location on the cabot trail. All the amenities you could ask for and Marcelle is very helpful with advice and anything you might need.

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
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Nearest Airport
100 Kilometres
Sydney, Nova Scotia
Nearest Barpub
40 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
11 Kilometres
Englishtown Ferry
Nearest Golf
40 Kilometres
Bell Bay, Baddeck or Highland Links, Ingonish
Nearest Train
240 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
7 Kilometres
Simply Pizza
Nearest Beach
16 Kilometres
Little River Shore
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit $153.13

Cancellation with 30 day notice: 80% refund
with 14 day notice: 50% refund
with 7 day notice: 20% refund
with 24 hour notice 10% refund

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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