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⚓⚓OCEANFRONT COTTAGE | Starfish, Seals and Perfect Sunsets 🌅⚓⚓

Bedrooms 2
Space 800 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

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.

More Details

Maria and Gary
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 20, 2017

Guestbook comments from the owner

What an awesome experience! Since booking this property the owners have been great and helpful. The house is beautiful exactly where we wanted to spend our honeymoon. While here we soaked in the sea, history and food in the valley even visiting Annapolis Royal 4 times over our stay. One day we went all the way to Westport - what a drive! And Sandy Cove beach was fantastic for shells and big sea glass. We spent much time on the beach and by the fire pit just relaxing.
Sep 2016
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Annapolis, Subd. A Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 9:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront ...
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Rural ...
  • Water View
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Bathroom is on the first floor while bedrooms are on on the second floor.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Ocean View Bedroom - 1 queen , Sit in bed and watch the waves crash on the rocky beach.
    Front bedroom - 2 twin/ single , Memory-foam mattresses
  • Both bedrooms are cozy and located upstairs. All beds have memory foam mattresses
  • Books
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
Semi-off the grid, rural cottage for those looking for an away-from-it-all quiet, budget vacation.


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⚓⚓OCEANFRONT COTTAGE | Starfish, Seals and Perfect Sunsets 🌅⚓⚓
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 27 reviews

Chill time on the Bay of Fundy

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Peaceful, rustic, and perfect!

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Nov 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The aroma of salty sea air and the music of the waves

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A fun week in Phinney Cove

  • 5 of 5

I had a very relaxing week in this lovely vacation cottage. It is full of vintage charm and has been lovingly restored with new windows that give a beautiful view of the bay of Fundy. There is a pretty meadow behind the house with a path leading to the water. I really enjoyed sitting in the deck chairs there and watching the waves. The house is full of vintage charm with lots of books and activities for a rainy day. The bedroom was very cozy and comfortable with a lovely water view. I can't wait to come back.

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A Magical Place - Heaven on Earth

  • 5 of 5

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!!

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful rustic cottage but the smell ruins everything.

  • 1 of 5

Upon arriving and opening the door we instantly were greeted with a unpleasant smell. We read the postcard that was left for us on the table stating that the musty smell was common in most homes by the sea. Recommendation was to open all the windows or close all the windows and start the dehumidifier. We tried both but nothing worked. We ended our vacation early because the weather called for rain 3 days prior to our scheduled departure and we could not imagine having to stay in the cottage all that time with the smell. We did notice that the upstairs fabric window treatments had specks of mold and smelled very musty. The window treatments made of cotton were all stained with yellow blotches or mold. I awoke in the night many times covered in ticks and at one point observed a dried up engorged tick behind the headboard. Ticks are fine in the wilderness but I would like to feel protected at night. We sprayed ourselves with bug repellent before going to bed. We spent most of our time by the beach and I must emphasize this is a rocky beach and not a sandy beach therefore impossible to walk down to the water without breaking an ankle. We did enjoy the sunsets, the seals and the occasional dolphin but overall our experience would have been much better had we stayed in a tent by the water rather than in the cottage.

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It is terribly unfortunate that our cottage was not what this guest expected and that she chose to leave a one-star review. We take great pride in our home - its ongoing restoration has been a labor of love - and we always want our guests to be satisfied with their stay. Had she contacted us anytime during her stay with her concerns, we could have offered some assistance. In our listing, we clearly indicate all the details about our rustic cottage and rocky beach (including photos), and we believe our 9+ other four- and five-star reviews and many guestbook entries clearly indicate that our guests have been very satisfied with our accommodations. We assure you that ticks do not reside in the cottage and gain entry into the house by hitching a ride on skin and clothing. If proper precautions were taken, this would not have been an issue. Should you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to ask us prior to booking.
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Nearest Airport
190 Kilometres
Stanfield International Airport
Nearest Ferry
65 Kilometres
Digby/St. John
Car: necessary

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

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $79.46

Rate includes a policy for accidental damage insurance.


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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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