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Ochre House Vacation and Studio Retreat

(18 Reviews)

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Last updated: 04/17/2017
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Sleeps:15
  • Bedrooms:6
  • Bathrooms:5
  • Property type:Chalet
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

About the Property

Room for the whole family. Icebergs and whales in season.

Ochre House is a unique multi-purpose vacation and studio facility located in Conception Bay, Newfoundland. Built in 1938, this former United Church has been thoughtfully renovated to include all the modern amenities while respecting the beauty of the original architecture. With a stunning seventeen-foot ceiling, spacious studio and generous living area, our facility offers an exceptional getaway experience for work or play. An hour and 45 minutes from St. John’s and four minutes from Northern Bay Sands Park, it is a perfect place for your extended family to kick back and relax – over 2500 square feet will give everyone room to breathe.

Ochre House provides an exceptional opportunity to work without interruption in a clean, spacious and quiet environment. The main studio area features 600 square feet (55 square metres) of new birch hardwood flooring with a 17 foot (5.2m) ceiling and no posts. For presentation there is capacity for a seated audience of 40-100 depending on performance requirements. An ideal venue for a residency, retreat or workshop - no other facility in the province offers this combination of performance space and accommodation under one roof.

Stroll down to the beach and watch the fishing boats come and go at the busy wharf. See whales and icebergs in season off the breathtakingly rugged coast. Discover the endless web of hiking trails through woods and meadows. Build sandcastles at Northern Bay Sands Park. Take a day trip up the coast to see the historic stone walls of Grates Cove. In the evening, sit around the fire and listen to the loons in the distance. Love to entertain? Bring your instruments and enjoy the beautiful acoustics. Love to cook? The large kitchen is stocked with all you need to get you started – condiments, sugar & spice, oil & vinegar, pots and pans. There’s even a fondue set. All you need to bring is your favourite food.

Keywords: Retreat, Vacation, Family Getaway, Arts Studio, Workshop Space, Near Northern Bay Sands,
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Member since: 2012

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/17/2017

Property Type

  • Chalet
  • 4000 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 15
  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    Not suitable for student parties. ...moreless

  • Children Welcome:


  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Alternative Lifestyle

Bedrooms: 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 15, Beds for 12-15

  • Choir Loft: 1 double


  • Sun Room: 1 bunk bed


  • South Bedroom: 1 double

    Ensuite bath with shower...moreless

  • North Bedroom: 1 double

    Ensuite with shower...moreless

  • Mezzanine: 2 twin/ single

    Open Balcony. Ensuite with Shower...moreless

  • Ground Floor *Coming this spring*: 2 twin/ single

    A bright room with ensuite bath (shower)...moreless

Bathrooms: 5 Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower


  • Bathroom 2: toilet, shower

    In South Bedroom...moreless

  • Bathroom 3: toilet, shower

    In North Bedroom...moreless

  • Bathroom 4: toilet, shower

    On Mezzanine Bedroom...moreless

  • Bathroom 5: toilet, shower

    In Ground Floor Bedroom...moreless

  • All bathrooms are new construction with quality fixtures and ceramic tile....moreless

Other Amenities

  • 600 square ft studio space, yoga mats, 17 ft ceiling, tenting welcome. Ask us about Custom Catering. ...moreless


  • Books:

    Extensive library....moreless

  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room:

    Air Hockey, Foosball, TV in basement. ...moreless

  • Television
  • Toys:

    Children's playroom. Toys for young children. ...moreless

  • Video Game Console:


  • Video Games:

    (10) including Dance Dance Revolution pads. ...moreless

  • Video Library:

    Small family-friendly library. ...moreless


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities


  • Festivals

Leisure Activities

  • Beachcombing
  • Eco Tourism
  • Scenic Drives
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Whale Watching

Location Type

  • Ocean View:

    5 minutes walk from the local beach....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Swimming


  • Dining:

    .Folding tables available for more seating....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 12 people


  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fitness Room / Equipment:

    Yoga mats...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Hot air furnace & electric heat...moreless

  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone:

    Free long distance within Canada....moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet:



  • Coffee Maker:

    Bunn drip and stovetop expresso...moreless

  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Large selection of dishes, pots, pans, serving dishes, lobster utensils, BBQ tools. Serves up to 16....moreless

  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen:

    Fully equipped kitchen includes blender, mixer, electric juicer, small ice cream maker, fondue set. ...moreless

  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items:

    Quality oils, condiments spices provided. Inventory list available on request. ...moreless

  • Refrigerator
  • Stove:

    Ceramic top convection range...moreless

  • Toaster


  • Lawn / Garden:

    1/2 acre lot with fire pit....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill


Write a review 4.9
from 18 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
$226 $259
Fri, Sat, Sun

Rates are based on 10 guests; add $11 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates


  • Tax Rate 15%


Add Ground Floor Bedroom: $50 per night

Our facility is not appropriate for vacationing students. Families with children welcome.

Off season: We are unable to offer reduced rates in the off season as our large building is very expensive to heat!

Owner's cancellation policy:

Policy available by contacting owner when booking

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Last updated: 04/17/2017
Check availability
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139 Kilometres
Nearest Airport
St. John's
4.2 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
Northern Bay Sands.

Car: Necessary

Whale & iceberg watching, berry picking in season


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2008

About the owner: Film producer Paul Pope and screenwriter/performer Lisa Porter are from St. John's.

Why the Owner Chose Ochre Pit Cove, NL, Canada:
We have a lot of friends who summer out this way and we were looking for a nice little saltbox, but when this building presented itself, we couldn't refuse. It was clear that it would have to be more than a private residence. It is a building meant to be shared: to be filled with people, conversations, music and creativity. So when we designed the living area we made sure to keep a large portion as open space for meetings or performances. Work or play. Or both. It is a special place indeed.

The Unique Benefits at this Chalet:
Some of the best times we've had are with a bunch of families with children. Spend the afternoon at Northern Bay Sands and come back for a glass of wine, a bbq and a bonfire. In the morning you can stroll over to the local beach just across the road. If the weather doesn't cooperate, the place is big enough that you're not on top of each other. Find a book from our growing library and settle in for a good read while the kids play DDR, paint a picture, play a board game or watch a movie.

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Speaks: english
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/17/2017

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Guestbook comments from the owner

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  • Whale watching

    Whale watching

  • Wharf


  • Festival at Ochre Pit Cove 2014 - Steve Maloney.
photo: Carl Hansen

    Festival at Ochre Pit Cove 2014 - Steve Maloney. photo: Carl Hansen

  • Writing Retreat 2015 with Lois Brown and Lori Clarke

    Writing Retreat 2015 with Lois Brown and Lori Clarke

  • Wild roses in the garden

    Wild roses in the garden

  • Herb garden

    Herb garden

  • Mezzanine Bath

    Mezzanine Bath

  • Nearby boating

    Nearby boating

  • Road to beach

    Road to beach

  • What Odds plays at the Festival at Ochre Pit Cove 2015

    What Odds plays at the Festival at Ochre Pit Cove 2015

  • Annual Fire Department Fundraiser

    Annual Fire Department Fundraiser

  • Rhordora


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This listing was first published here in 2012.

Date last modified - Tuesday, April 18, 2017

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