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Hillside Estate with ocean views and private sandy beach

Bedrooms 5
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Minimum Stay
3 - 7 nights

About the property

Commodore House-5 bedrooms, 3 baths, formal dining, office, sun room, 5 decks

Come stay at the Commodore House est. in 1899. Named after its previous owner, Commodore Williams Prine Hayes. Enjoy the century old estate grounds including it own orchard, grapes, many other varieties of plants and tress. Our home has just finished a three year renovation of the entire home finished in June 2013. Our 13 room house has everything to make your stay perfect! Fully equipped kitchen with new stainless steel appliances including a double oven for making those special family meals. There are five decks to sit back and enjoy the 330 ft. wide view, BBQ and spend that quality time with your family and friends. No need to travel to the beach, there is a small, private sandy beach across the quiet street. Shopping is nearby with quaint small local shops including local jams, fresh breads and the famous fish market. Many five star Restaurants in Chester and Lunenburg to leave you with the ultimate seafood experience and many local favorites.

There is so much to do here....walk the 4 acre landscaped grounds, visits the many local museums, whale watching, beaches, many festivals throughout the year, church suppers, car ferry ride, fishing, deep sea fishing kayaking, bird watching, scenic drives on the water, local evening theater, so much more.

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Debbie Purcell
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, spanish
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Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
January 24, 2017

About Debbie Purcell

We feel in love with this property the first time we laid eyes on it's beautiful grounds and view of the bay. The home had been run down and in need of some major repairs. We have been devoted to this home and property to bring it back to how it would have looked at it's peak. After three years we have named the newly renovated home after one of it's previous owners Williams Prine Hayes to honor his service for our country. Mr. Hayes reached the rank of Commodore in 1954 and also held commands at Royal Military Colllege and at the Royal Roads Miliary College.

We love the water and also have beach front vacation properties in Coronado Bay, Panama (2 bedroom + 2 bath condo on 23rd floor) #555325

Debbie Purcell purchased this house in 2010

Why Debbie Purcell chose Nova Scotia

Once you visit the Commodore House you will see why we fell in love with it. The views are breathtaking and the tranquiality surrounding you here provide an instant 'at peace' calming feeling.

What makes this house unique

Mahone Bay, famous for it's three churches, is a picture perfect place to visit and play. You will never forget your visit to this breath taking part of Nova Scotia.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"Thanks for sharing your home with us. A beautiful town & province! The Home & Garden tour was an unplanned treat. "Rebecca's" was fantastic and the best meal on our trip. Everything was awesome!
Jul 2015
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Exceptional! 5/5 -
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Hillside Estate with ocean views and private sandy beach
average rating of 5.0 based on 15 reviews
Orillia Ontario

Beautiful home in a beautiful spot!!

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I stayed at the Commodore House from September 10 - 17th and were absolutely thrilled with the place. The weather was perfect - so much so that we actually went swimming down at the little private beach a couple of times! We also met the neighbor, Ray , who is in his early 90s and is still building boats in his shop down by the water. The home is a great base for day-trips to Halifax and Lunenburg and Mahone Bay itself. We hired Chris in town to take us out on his converted lobster boat for a cruise! Great place!!

  • Submitted: Sep 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the wonderful review! Nova Scotia is known for its friendliness and Ray is just the best neighbor. He has lots of great Navy stories and watching him build dories all by hand is really amazing. So glad you enjoyed your first trip to NS! Thank you for staying and hope to have you back again. Debbie and Tim
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Edmonton, Alberta

Wonderful home for creating new memories

  • 5 of 5

My husband, I and our five children (ages 10-16) stayed at the Commodore House for 10 days in July. The house is lovely and well equipped with everything a family could possibly need. There was more than enough space for us all to be together or spread out. The views are spectacular right down to the hummingbird that visited us on the front deck during breakfast! The location is perfect. A quick drive into Mahone Bay, close to Lunenberg and 30 min to Hirtles Or Rissers beach. Debbie made the booking and checking in process so easy and both she and the home welcomes you like family. Our only regret is that we didn't stay longer! Thank you Debbie and Tim for providing such a wonderful place for creating new memories!

P.S. Almost forgot about the private beach! Perfect for a quick dip or exploration!

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Reimer Family! We are happy to share The Commodore House with others knowing they will make lasting memories with their families. Sounds like a wonderful trip. Thank you for sharing your activities and being such great guests. Come again any time. Debbie and Tim
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Great time at the Commodore House

  • 5 of 5

The Commodore house was perfect for the 2nd half of our Nova Scotia vacation. We were a group of 10 (3 couples, 1 single adult, and 3 kids 3 and under.

The bedrooms were great for us. The master bedroom has an ensuite and a little nook area which worked great for the one couple with a nursing baby. Debbie was great and was able to rent us a high chair and play pen for our little guy. The beds were comfy and were well supplied with blankets/pillows/etc.

We didn't get to enjoy all the decks as much as we would have liked since the weather was still a little chilly out. We did enjoy the views though and walked down to the private beach the day we arrived. We did see the fox family and 3 deer also.

The kitchen is well equipped with everything you need. We loved having the BBQ.

The check-in process is very easy with the key lock box. Plenty of space for parking.

It was a great location for our trips to Mahone Bay, Lunenberg, Hirtle's Beach and Hall's Harbour/Greenwood.

The only thing we would change about our stay would be to stay longer and also have some warmer weather to fully enjoy the property more.

We would definitely recommend the Commodore House. Debbie was great and answered any questions we had right away.

The bonus was after leaving my son's stuffed animal behind in our hotel in Halifax he quickly collected the teddy bears from each room within minutes of entering the house and had options for which one to sleep with.

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect East Coast Vacation Home!

  • 5 of 5

We truly loved the beautiful Commodore House. It accommodated all 7 of us perfectly, 4 adults and 3 teens. There was more than enough space for our family to spread out...yet come together to cook and chat in the kitchen, sit together to enjoy meals and conversation in the dining room, and sit all together to enjoy our Toronto Blue Jays games in the living room! The property has breathtaking views of Mahone Bay, from morning to night. The location is ideal...whether you wish to stay in the Mahone Bay - Lunenburg area, or plan to venture further as we did to Peggy's Cove, Halifax (twice), Hirtle's Beach. All an hour or less away from the Commodore House and very easy drives whether you take the main highway or Scenic Routes. We would highly recommend this rental home and we will absolutely contact Debbie and Tim again the next time we are in need of accomodations when we travel to Nova Scotia.

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful House

  • 5 of 5

My family had a superb holiday at your wonderful Commodore House. It accommodated all of us, six adults and 3 children, very well and the decks, views of the water and beach were a special treat. Also the very well stocked kitchen was a delight to prepare meals in. Thank you for the great memories!

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Picture perfect luxury!

  • 5 of 5

The Commodore House exceeded our expectations! The setting and home were spectacular. Property is beautiful. View is exceptional and home is extremely spacious, clean and well appointed. We will return for another visit!

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hearing that we have exceeded our guest's expectations is always a treat for us. Myself and my cleaning team work hard to ensure all of our guests get the most out of their vacation and stay at the Commodore House. We look forward to seeing you all again! Thank you for the kind words. Debbie, Tim and team.
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If you've ever mentioned Mahone Bay to anyone that has visited they'll say, 'Oh I love Mahone Bay.' We are sure you'll agree. You will find Mahone Bay directly on the scenic 'Lighthouse Route' , following a coast that looks out to over 365 islands, one for every day of the year! It is only an hour and a half drive from the Halifax airport and about the same from New York and Boston! But that's by plane, of course. Steeped in nautical history and even a little piratical intrigue the town's habour is carved out of Nova Scotia's craggy South Shore. Protected waters and magnificent views make it a popular sailing, kayaking, cycling and hiking destination. Charming eateries & specialty stores make it a popular shopping destination. Whether you come for a day, a weekend, a season or a lifetime Mahone Bay will leave an impression, and a good one at that!

Other attractions:

Bluenose II

The original Bluenose was designed by William Roué and built by the Smith and Rhuland Shipyard in Lunenburg. She was launched at Lunenburg, Nova Scotia on March 26, 1921, as both a working fishing schooner and a racing ship. This was in response to a Nova Scotian ship's defeat in the International Fishermen's Race for working schooners established by the Halifax Herald newspaper in 1920

Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic

The breath-taking Lunenburg waterfront is the home of the world-class Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic. The Museum commemorates the fishing heritage of the Atlantic coast of Canada. Housed in brightly painted red buildings, with floating vessels at wharf side, the Museum offers a host of attractions, a maritime gift shop and restaurant.

Fishermen's Memorial and Tribute

On August 25, 1996, The Fishermens' Memorial was unveiled in Lunenburg. It is located on the waterfront between Adams and Knickle and the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic. The monument shaped as a compass rose, comprises eight three-sided columns at each compass point. Inscribed on these black granite columns are the names of mariners, primarily fishermen from Lunenburg County who lost their lives at sea from 1890 until the present.

Heritage Sites & Architecture

The taste and lifestyles of Lunenburg's rich past create a smorgasbord of building styles. In the space of a block or two you'll find a Cape Cod more than two centuries old; a classic Queen Anne Revival; a simple saltbox; a grand Victorian; and a revised-Gothic church! It makes a simple stroll down the streets of Lunenburg an architecture enthusiast's dream


Rates & Availability

Mahone Bay House Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
May 15 2017 - Jun 25 2017
3 night minimum stay
Summer 2017
Jun 26 2017 - Sep 4 2017
7 night minimum stay
Sep 5 2017 - Oct 31 2017
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $190

There is a $100 cleaning fee and a $250 REFUNDABLE damage deposit which will be returned within 2-3 days if nothing is missing or broken. Check out time is 11:00am and check in time is 3:00pm.

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Mahone Bay House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 3200 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront ...
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , ensuite off downstairs master
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , jetted tub
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 5 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 6 - 1 sleep sofa /futon , The is a queen size futon bed in it's own room.
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , New bedroom with en suite on main floor
  • Three of the bedrooms have been renovated with one full ensuite. The futon queen bed is in the upper sun room. All beds are new and very comfortable.
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
***We get many requests for weddings but unfortunately we are UNABLE to accept bookings for weddings or large gatherings. Maximum capacity is 11 adults and/or children. Thank you. NOW ACCEPTING OCCUPANTS FOR (NOV. 1-MAY 31)

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