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Antique Salt Box Traditional Newfoundland House

Bedrooms 2
Space 350 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

2 bed room, 1 bath, kitchen, small living room with pull out couch, sleeps 5

This traditional Salt Box house has been 90% renovated and is equipped with everything you’ll need. Antique traditional Salt Box homes were built with lower ceilings for heat efficiency and average height. I left the original height for the up stairs which is about 5' - 11' high, tradition and heritage is kept in this modest home. This home sleeps 5 people comfortably with two bedrooms, small living room with pull out sofa, a large kitchen, bathroom and laundry room. I learned that the laundry machines are not working but will have them repaired when there are no guests expected. There is limited ocean view from the kitchen and master bedroom windows. Puffins can be seen up close from the nearby coastal cliffs.

Elliston is a friendly, small, out-port village that offers sea side hiking, deep sea fishing, whale watching, a fine traditional Newfoundland restaurant, an informative Visitors Center, and more. The main town of Bonavista, is about five kilometers away and boasts plentiful shopping, museums, pubs and a major harbor. The peninsula reaches out to the 'Cape' which has a spectacular view of high cliffs and endless ocean seascape. Bonavista is the historic site where John Cabot landed in the early 1300's.

In summary, The Catalina Road house is a modest rustic residence - you don't need to worry about bringing anything except your groceries! I hope you will enjoy a traditional Newfoundland experience!

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David Clendining
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
June 19, 2017

About David Clendining

Hello, my name is David. I'm an artist and work all around Canada. I bought this house in Newfoundland because there is so much natural beauty everywhere. As an artist that is very important.

My son, who is a carpenter and I renovated this traditional Salt Box house. It was in pretty rough shape when I first bought it but now is rebuilt and finished.

I love to travel and love to live in rural settings. Over the years Ive bought five other waterfront properties. Two of them are cottages in Quebec near Ottawa. The other three are on the same lake. I built my house, a large studio and a school house for teaching art classes on those properties. Yes I do like to keep busy. When I'm not doing art work then I'm building something. Its a lot of fun, hard work and very creative. I love to look around at the things I've created. It gives me a sense of honest work and accomplishment.

David Clendining purchased this house in 2006

Why David Clendining chose Canada

When I was working in St. Johns NFLD building the displays at Signal Hill visitor center I fell in love with the province. I met and made friends with many local folks and was most impressed with the rugged beauty of the Discovery Peninsula. After several trips back to Newfoundland I finally found a small quaint house that I could afford. It did need lots of work but I like doing that. It is so great to be on the ocean. Elliston is a town that welcomed me with open arms.

Im sure that when you see the surrounding ocean landscape and the diverse natural beauty of the Discovery Peninsula that you too will fall in love with the place just as I did.

What makes this house unique

As an artist I can be sort of choosy about the places I stay or live in. I prefer places with character rather than 'typical suburban 5 star hotel look'. The Catalina Road house as we call it is a traditional antique Salt Box. I wanted something that had history and reflected the 'old ways'. The Catalina Road House was built by a Basque fisherman about 200 years ago. It is solid and of course has a kitchen in which I have had several musical gathering. The old fish drying racks have long since returned to the earth but one day I hope to restore them too. There is an ancient root cellar on the property. This spoke to me of the old local history. I knew then that this was the place for me. It's a comfortable little house situated in a great community surrounded by fantastic natural beauty. There are plenty of things to do and places to visit all within a half hour drive. The near by town of Bonavista has everything anyone would need as far as shopping, groceries stores, a great pub, live theater and much more. The Cod fishing, Puffin and whale watching is great.


Elliston House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 350 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Heating ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub
  • Tub, sink & toilet
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 twin/ single
  • two bedrooms and pull out double couch in living room
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Boat ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • churches
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • pier fishing
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming


3/5 -
(8 traveler reviews)

Antique Salt Box Traditional Newfoundland House
average rating of 3.0 based on 8 reviews

Dave, the owner, is a responsible person.

  • 3 of 5

We, 5 friends, stayed here for 2 nights. Even everyone had different experience, I would say Dave is a responsible owner. He took our situation fairly.

  • Submitted: Sep 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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Beautiful cozy house!

  • 4 of 5

Perfect spot for me and my partner to stay for the weekend. Lots to do and see around Elliston, Bonavista and Trinity. The property was a short distance from everything we wanted to see. The house was nice and cozy, perfect kitchen for cooking our meals, wood stove was lovely and we even roasted marshmallows in it. Very cute perfect place to stay!! Will definitely return.

  • Submitted: May 30, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nice little house

  • 4 of 5

Elliston is a beutifull village with astonishing surroundings and the house was convinient enough. Don't expect any luxury and beware of he ceilings,they are very short! But it was a house with some charm!

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
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Salt Box Santuary

  • 5 of 5

I'm writing this from my bed in Ottawa. I have just woken up and wished I was still in the Salt Box Home on Catalina Road.

Last year I gifted myself a solo trip to Newfoundland. I always had a romantic fascination for the amazing place that is Canadian. I went with endless expectations and intentions.

The moment I stepped into the house and looked in I felt at home. I quickly grabbed my camera and briskly walked down the hill to the ocean. I could not believe what I was seeing and where I was. My heart started beating faster and it never slowed down.

The first morning I woke and was looking over tops of houses with a view of the ocean from my bed and another view over my toes. As I went down the stairs I kept looking out every window to see if the ocean was still there.

As I said I came with many intentions but all changed. I had decided that I did not want to get a driving impression of Newfoundland instead I explored by getting out of the car and walking to the shores with my camera.

The Salt Box Home is very comfortable and so lovely. It is NOT A HOTEL. This beautiful home will lower your blood pressure if you let it. Sit by the opened window and eat your breakfast as you hear the waves and see the ocean. Walk around the little village. Sit on the rocks by the information centre and breath with the waves. Take a very short drive or nice walk to the beach.

My evening candle lit baths became a ritual and so very relaxing. I loved the tub and vintage look. I was inspired to create shell wall decorations of which I hope are still there.

They say that in Newfoundland you can experience three seasons every day. This can be true and is one of the reasons I fell in love with the place. Take your mini trips to Bonavista 5km away and buy your groceries and wine. Go to a local cafe next to the pub and enjoy the locals gathering.

Ellistion is pretty central for all your relaxing needs.

I stayed at the Saltbox for one beautiful month, I wish I stayed all winter.

If I would give any advice, don't spoil your vacation with expectations. Just let Newfoundland take care of you and go with the flow. Enjoy!

  • Submitted: Jan 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Eastport, Nl.

A place to hang your hat.

  • 2 of 5

This property is as stated in the ad. We ( wife and I ) stayed during a Roots, Rants, and Roars Festival in Elliston. The House is one of the first properties on the access road coming in and it was in walking distance to anything in was warm and dry, the house itself is a older house but it suited us fine. The kitchen appliances we used was the toaster and the coffee pot only since we did go for a food festival!

The thing that struck me most was the ceiling height was probably 5 ft high and I am 6 foot tall. It did make us laugh and I do have a great pic that makes me look like I'm in Gullivers Travels. Just be careful if you get up in the middle of the night! Plus there is no shower just a bathtub and it could use a mirror in the bathroom.

  • Submitted: Oct 1, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Tecumseh Ontario

Retired Coulpe

  • 4 of 5

This place was all that was advertised.A 2 block walk to the water and one more block to the memorial of a fisherman and his son.(must see)Th puffins are about a 10min. drive then a 5 min. walk and you are up very close to the nesting area. The town of Elliston has about 300 people and all are very friendly as the rest of Newfoundland.A small store in town has a small variety of groceries and beer., a short 10 min. drive to Bonavista and 2 grocery stors have a larger variety.When we were there abou 15 to 20 iceburges came into the bay.The house allowed us to do most of our own cooking and a good hot bath a night.The old owner stopped by and was surprised to see the upgrades done to the place. The new owner was very accommodating and an example was when we metioned about liking to barbeque , he said to go buy one and take it off the rent.This place is not a 5 star hotel but a place to go for a true Newfoundland Experience.P.S. Root Cellar Rest.around the corner has excellent food and wine and Iceburg beer.

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
220 Kilometres
St. Johns
Nearest Barpub
5 Kilometres
Walkhams Gate Pub
Nearest Motorway
6 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Root Cellar Resturant
Nearest Beach
1.5 Kilometres
Sandy Cove Beach
Car: recommended

This house is an antique salt box originally built by a basque fisherman over 150 years ago. It has been renovated and includes a kitchen, bathroom, 2 bedrooms.

There is a wharf within walking distance where Whale watching, deep sea fishing or coastal voyages can be arranged. This is the Puffin Capital of Newfoundland where Puffins can be viewed up close. Beach swimming is within a short drive's distance. There is also a large park that offers camping, picnicking etc. The landscape is amazing.


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2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $146.36
Tax Rate 13.0%

Rates are subject to change until reservations are confirmed. Refund of deposit (minus $50.00 Administration Fee) must be asked for no less than 30 days prior to reservation. Less than 30 days to reservation there will be no refund.
Extreme circumstances or last minute cancellation a maximum 25% refund will be considered at the owners discretion. Recommend - Home Away & VRBO cancellation insurance

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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