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Antique Salt Box Traditional Newfoundland House

Elliston, NL, Canada
  • House350 sqft
  • Bedrooms2
  • Sleeps5
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay2 nights

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!


David Clendining

Member Since 2014
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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 Elliston

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.


    • Pets Welcome
    • Heater
    • Kids Welcome
    • Parking
    • TV


      • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
      • Bedroom 1
        1 queen
      • Bedroom 2
        1 twin/ single
      • two bedrooms and pull out double couch in living room


      • 1 Bathroom
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, tub
      • Tub, sink & toilet

      Location Type

        • Beach View
          Walking distance to Sandy Cove Beach
        • Downtown
          Plenty of local shopping, resturants and museums in Bonavista
        • Ocean View
          The ocean can be seen from the kitchen window but it is about 1 km away. It is a limited ocean view. I have watched ice burgs floating past and seen the plumes of the whales when they arrive.
        • Village
          Elliston, an out port village, with park, beach, general stores, resturants and visitor center


            • Adventure
            • Away From It All
            • Budget
            • Family
            • Historic
            • Romantic
            • Tourist Attractions


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Heating
                      Electric and woodstove
                    • Linens Provided
                    • Living Room
                      Small living room with pull out couch, TV etc.
                    • Parking
                      Room for 2 cars
                    • Telephone
                      Cell phone
                    • Towels Provided
                    • Wood Stove


                        • Coffee Maker
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                        • Kitchen
                          Large kitchen c/w woodstove
                        • Microwave
                        • Oven
                          1990's oven but works fine
                        • Pantry Items
                        • Refrigerator
                          1980's refrigerator but works fine
                        • Stove
                          1980's stove but works fine
                        • Toaster


                            • Dining
                              Adequate room in kitchen for more chairs and people
                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 6 people


                                • DVD Player
                                • Stereo
                                • Television


                                    • Boat
                                      Boats can be arranged at near by warf


                                        • Long-term Renters Welcome


                                            • churches
                                            • marina
                                            • museums
                                            • playground
                                            • restaurants

                                              Leisure Activities

                                                • scenic drives
                                                • beachcombing
                                                • boating
                                                • eco tourism
                                                • paddle boating
                                                • bird watching
                                                • shelling
                                                • sight seeing
                                                • walking
                                                • whale watching
                                                • wildlife viewing

                                                  Local Services & Businesses

                                                    • ATM/bank
                                                    • groceries
                                                    • hospital
                                                    • laundromat
                                                    • medical services

                                                      Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                        • hunting
                                                        • cross country skiing
                                                        • deepsea fishing
                                                        • fishing
                                                        • hiking
                                                        • cycling
                                                        • pier fishing
                                                        • rock climbing
                                                        • sailing
                                                        • sound/bay fishing
                                                        • swimming

                                                          12 Reviews


                                                          Latest reviews

                                                          Perfect for a few days off the grid, charming, private, and very quiet.

                                                          Shannon G.

                                                          This property was exactly as advertised, which was precisely what we were looking for. The kitchen was well stocked with cooking utensils, and the whole house was also spotlessly clean. Plenty of extra blankets, and we would have used the wood stove but it didn't get cold enough. It is perfect for people who want to unwind and unplug. The house was conveniently located and had a nice view as well. We enjoyed it very much. Thanks!

                                                          Great location in Elliston, a little worn and very low ceiling in the upstairs.

                                                          Brenda C.Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA

                                                          the location was perfect and we were there to be outside on trails, seeing whales, icebergs and Puffins and we were right in the midst of it all so perfect location. The place was a little tough to find since the grasses were very high and hiding the number on the property, it was tough to park since we had a larger vehicle and the spot was really just for a smaller car. The house was as described except I wouldn't say the ceilings are 5'11" because I'm 5'8" and standing up straight at the top of the stairs I could only fit a finger width over my head, door ways are even shorted, but if you are shorter that shouldn't be a problem. You can see the ocean from the kitchen windows and the bedrooms as well as the picnic table outside.

                                                          The place was clean and there were the essentials in the kitchen and bath room.

                                                          There was a TV in the living room with a DVD player, but you couldn't hook one up to the other, they weren't compatible (TV was too old a model) not sure if there use to be a more current model there but it wasn't there when we were, lucky for us we had perfect weather so were outside the entire time and had no need for the TV, had it been raining it might have been nice.

                                                          Overall Newfoundland is gorgeous, great people, outstanding scenery and wildlife. Elliston is very close to Bonavista (about 5 minute drive) but there are also trails within walking distance. Puffins are close by car or about a 20 to 30 minute walk.

                                                          This is a very out of the way place and was good for our needs, to sleep.

                                                          Great location!

                                                          Beth O.

                                                          This spot was ideal for seeing root cellars & seeing hundreds of puffins. The centre for the sealing disaster is a must see! Had a issue with housekeeping but spoke to Dave & it was straightened out in no time. Not a real big spot. There were 4 of us & the living room area is small. I would recommend this spot .

                                                          Truly a Newfoundland experience!

                                                          Carol B.Fort Myers, Florida

                                                          This house is in a remarkably beautiful location. We could see several icebergs out the windows at the time of our visit. The bottom floor has been nicely remodeled but the upstairs carpeting needs to be removed and replaced. However, the place was immaculately clean and had a well stocked kitchen. Beware that the washer, dryer and TV all do not work. We didn't care but this may be an issue for some. As stated by others, the upstairs ceiling is very low so may not be good for tall people. But if you want to feel a little bit like a native, give this place a try. We thought it was fun!

                                                          Dave, the owner, is a responsible person.

                                                          Annie H.

                                                          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.

                                                          Beautiful cozy house!

                                                          Jessica P.

                                                          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.


                                                          Elliston, NL, Canada

                                                          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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