About the property
- Cottage800 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay2 - 7 nights
A simple shorefront cottage for relaxation
Saltbrook on the Bay is a semi-unplugged retreat. It's a simple, out-in-the-country - very rural, by-the-seaside old cottage, reminiscent of vacations of a different time. It's perfect for couples or small families who are looking to unwind and relax without distraction of most electronic devices. (There is NO television, NO internet and VERY LIMITED cell reception at the cottage - although free internet is available in nearby town - about 20 minutes away.)
Our weeks run from Saturday to Saturday and we only make very few weeks available for rental during the summer and fall season. We have a minimum stay of one week as we've found that it takes several days to truly unwind and separate oneself from technology that is normally used everyday.
We have worked very hard to keep our little cottage pristine from gadgets and whirs and beeps and hums and take you back to nature where you wake to the sound of the ocean waves and light of the morning sun.
Saltbrook on the Bay is a vintage, seasonal, traditional summer cottage. The first floor has a living room and dining room that seats 4. There is also a front 'sun-room' that holds books and games as well as a game table.
The cottage kitchen is equipped with a full size fridge and electric range. There is a stove-top percolator coffee pot, a teapot, toaster and all cooking utensils, dishes and glassware for 4.
The bathroom is on the first floor and has a tub/shower, hairdryer and washing machine (a clothesline is outside for the freshest of laundry).
Upstairs there are two bedrooms --
The back bedroom has a queen bed with an ocean view..
The front bedroom has two twin beds.
The rocky beach is accessed by a grassy path through a meadow. Swimming and water activity are NOT recommended at our beach. Relaxing, hiking on the rocks for miles and stargazing are highly recommended.
While you are here, make sure you visit the fish market down the road in Parker’s Cove for world-famous scallops or lobster (they will cook them for you). And be sure to visit Annapolis Royal farmer’s market to sample some of the abundant organic produce and local bread and wines, one of the very best farmer's markets in the province.
There are many, many different day trips to make from the cottage home-base. Also, we've had many past guests who rent the cottage for a week as a home base and take overnight trips to Halifax and PEI. But day trips (within an hour or two drive from the cottage) are scenic and abundant with beauty, history and adventure.
Our property is certified by the National Wildlife Federation as a 'Backyard Wildlife Habitat'.
We are also certified by the American Vacation Rental Owners Association (AVROA).
The History of Saltbrook on the Bay:
So... Maria (one of the owners) was procrastinating at work one day (the office had just started getting internet back around 2003) and she landed upon a Nova Scotia real estate website. She was curious about real estate in the area (she had vacationed in Annapolis Royal on a family vacation when she was a teenager) so she called the real estate agent.
Long story short, by the time she had hung up the phone, she had made an offer - sight unseen -- on a tiny cottage on the shore of the Bay of Fundy. Immediately, she packed up her young daughter and headed up to see what she had purchased (well, after telling her husband...."Honey... I kind of bought a house today").
The cottage was falling apart, with about six different patterns of competing wallpaper, pink shag carpet, and a bathroom with a crumbling foundation (chunks of the ceiling would fall on your head while showering). But the setting was just spectacular. Saltbrook has been a labor of love for the past 15 years or so. Little by little, each room has been redone (and some redone again). The foundation is new, the wallpaper is stripped (although a piece salvaged from one room has been framed), the pink shag carpet removed to reveal hardwood flooring.
It has truly become the family's "Happy Place".
Please note: 'Instant quotes' generated by the Homeaway system are usually, but not always accurate.
Maria and Gary
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- Calendar last updated:
- May 21, 2018
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Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 9:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Quaint and Quiet
Nice little getaway only a few minutes from town. Nicely decorated in a seaside theme, comfy Beds and fresh ocean air. A great place to relax and read.
Peaceful, disconnected, charming homebase for a week of adventures
The cottage fulfilled our expectations right from the start - it's in a slightly remote area, neighbors are nearby but not abutting the cottage, the property is very well-maintained, the views of the bay were just what we anticipated (as was the very rocky shoreline), and the cottage itself is homey, comfortable, well-appointed, clean, and just right for a small group of people (we were two). We cooked some wonderful meals in the kitchen, slept peacefully during the quiet nights, enjoyed the view of the bay and a little bit of tidepooling, and headed out on a LOT of trips all over the bay side and even into the interior and once to the eastern shore. This is a great spot to feel a little away from the world but be a reasonable drive away from great seafood, charming towns, whale watches, good hikes, kayak tours, and all kinds of other opportunities. We appreciated how well prepared we were from all the information & instructions shared by the property owner - there were no surprises whatsoever. It was a perfect experience for us and a dream of a vacation!
Chill time on the Bay of Fundy
This cottage turned out to be ideal for what I had in mind...a simple, comfortable, quiet space where I could be by the water, do a lot of reading, and with quick access to a seafood store to stock up on fresh lobster! I was blessed with great weather, and enjoyed getting out and about to explore the immediate area and beyond. I recommend the cottage to anyone who really wants to get away from the hustle and bustle to recharge batteries and slow down.
Peaceful, rustic, and perfect!
My wife (who awesomely found and secured the rental) and I and 2 of our children (teenagers) drove to Nova Scotia from our home in Wisconsin, seeing many things on a busy trip out, while also looking forward to the expected peacefulness of Saltbrook. We weren't disappointed! Saltbrook and it's beach were exactly what was represented by the owners. In fact, in my mind, the owners went above and beyond, as there were wildfires in the region of the cottage, which Maria notified my wife of shortly before we left, She even kept us updated while we were on the road, in case of closures or a need to possibly make an alternate arrangement. Thankfully, there were no issues.
We relaxed at the house for 3 of the days of our stay, reading and relaxing at the edge of the "beach" and watching a few seals and eagles, and the amazing tide - flowing by hundreds of feet higher and lower on the beach as it went in and out of the Bay of Fundy. It must be seen to be fully appreciated. The lantern lit graveyard tour at Ft Anne is not to be missed, and we were lucky enough to experience a whale watching excursion from Westport - beyond Digby - on what we were told was one of the best excursions of their season, with humpback whales next to the boat! Annapolis Royal was fun to explore, and our son discovered the wonders of the Canadian "delicacy" of poutin" during our stay. A most excellent time was had by all!
The aroma of salty sea air and the music of the waves
I was looking for a quiet place for a vacation and Saltbrook caught my eye. I contacted the owner and found her very open and pleasant to deal with. I decided to reserve and told her I would give her my honest evaluation of her cottage, as I work in the industry myself and understand the importance of ratings and reviews. My stay was fantastic. It was, by far, the most well equipped little cottage that I've stayed at for the price point (or any price point, for that matter). It has new (or newer) comforter covers, pillows, quality linens and towels (I KNOW they were new because the tags were still on them), dishtowels, etc. There was a new bottle of dish soap, a new sponge, plenty of other soap, shampoo, conditioner, toothbrushes if you forgot them, laundry detergent, spices, olive oil, vinegar, sugar, teas, the list goes on. One other reviews mentions stained window coverings. Really? I didn't see any, but we didn't feel the need to cover the windows while we were there, and I certainly had better things to do like sightseeing and relaxing by the water than to micro-examine window coverings. The scent salty ocean air with the cool breeze (heaven in the heat wave) and the sound of the waves came in through the windows.
I went to nearby Bear River for lunch and to Digby for the world famous scallops. Annapolis Royal was, by far, my favorite town and I spent most of my time just wandering around the streets looking at the beautiful and colorful architecture. The beach at the cottage was rocky as the pictures accurately described. Hard to walk, but I did get a mile or so down one day - it was wonderful to be alone with nothing but the seals and eagles. I promised the owner I would list all of my pros and cons --If there were any cons -- and this is in no way negative -- I'm not sure if it's the best choice for families with very young children. But for couples (or maybe families with older children who don't mind being 'unplugged'), it's ideal. I hope to return. An excellent choice.
A Magical Place - Heaven on Earth
This was our second stay at Saltbrook on the Bay and this stay was a perfect as the first. The cottage is perfect -- clean and, I would describe the cottage as "beach-funk-chic" with croquet mallet banisters and colorful retro tile bathroom flooring. Maria has always been a great host and all of the linens and towels were brand new. Since our last visit two years ago, she has also replaced all of the windows and remodeled the upstairs bedrooms -- quite a difference. The mattress is one of the most comfortable mattresses I have ever slept on - but perhaps the sound of the waves helps with the restful sleep. We love the fact that it's an unplugged retreat - once you realize that it does no good to keep checking your cell phone, you can really start to relax.
Our biggest decisions were whether to spend our days sitting by the beach or to explore the many, many villages -- each one more charming than the next. So we did a little of both. On rainy days, the house even came equipped with umbrellas, so we explored nearby Wolfville, the nearby university town and the valley and even danced in the rain twirling our orange umbrellas.
The closest town, Annapolis Royal, is the most cheerful and colorful little town around -- it has the best restaurants and cafes (I don't think there is a bad one in the bunch) and it's farmer's market is the happening place in town! We were able to buy lobster nearby in Parker's Cove (and great cinnamon rolls, too) and tried out the new restaurant, Shore Road Seafood down the way. Another great stay -- We'll be back again!!
Beachcombing. Historic town of Annapolis Royal is 20 minutes over the mountain with the Kings Theatre, Fort Anne and Botanical Gardens. Bridgetown, 'Prettiest Little Town in Nova Scotia', 15 minutes over the mountain. Artist delight, Bear River - 30 minutes. Canada's 'most romantic' town of Digby and the world famous Digby scallops, 45 minute drive. International Airport - Halifax - 1 1/2 hours.
Rates & Availability
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Rate includes a policy for accidental damage insurance. CHANGEOVER DAY IS SATURDAY While my cancellation policy is 100% if cancelled more than 60 days before arrival date, the VRBO/Homeaway service fee is non-refundable. All rates are subject to change until booked.