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Charming Glenville Cottage between Inverness & Mabou (3 night min)

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Minimum Stay
3 nights

About the property

3 bed, 1 bath, sleeps 6

Glenville Cottage is a charming century cottage located in "The Glen", less than 10 minutes to Inverness or Mabou, on the west coast of Cape Breton Island. Location is key with this property. It's rural but just off Route 19, the main highway that curves through western Cape Breton. Beautiful view of the Cape Mabou Highlands, the same ones that the Glenora Distillery is nestled in. There's a spacious deck to enjoy the warmth of the afternoon sun, the lovely scenery, birds chirping and butterflies fluttering around the backyard. As day turns to evening, catch a glimpse of the sunset over the Cape Mabou Highlands, read in the hammock or relax in one of two hammock swings, or BBQ and play some tunes on the deck. The sound of the brook and the unbelievably clear starry nights are enchanting. This is an "away from it all" vacation rental.


Glenville Cottage is a bright, open concept living space which can accommodate up to 6 people – 3 bedrooms (2 bedrooms with double beds, 1 bedroom with 2 twin beds) and bath (with jacuzzi tub) upstairs. There are 4 entrances and lots of natural light, with a large, spacious deck off the back of the house, which offers views of the Cape Mabou highlands. Every season is spectacular.

The home was built around 1901 but has had many renovations in recent years. There are Honduras pitch pine hardwood floors throughout. The modern kitchen is fully-equipped. Four skylights on the second floor add beautiful light during the day and offer a chance to stargaze from your bed at night. The jacuzzi bath tub is a relaxing way to end the day.

Truly a place of solitude, there is no cable television or telephone, but you won't be completely disconnected. We do have the convenience of wi-fi/high speed, a television and DVD player.


The cottage has a feeling of privacy but is centrally located just off Route 19 directly between the villages of Inverness and Mabou, within walking distance of the Glenora Distillery. Our convenient location is a great starting point for day trips all across the island. Inverness, less than a 10 minute drive, has gorgeous Inverness Beach (Supervised by Nova Scotia Lifeguard Service) with boardwalk, shops, hospital, Arts Centre and is home to Cabot Links and Cabot Cliffs golf courses. Mabou, the same distance in the other direction, has more beaches, hiking, and the Red Shoe Pub. Walk to the Glenora Distillery, half a mile away for fine dining, the beautiful bar, live music, and single malt whiskey.

There's lots to do in the immediate local area (Inverness, Mabou, Port Hood, Margaree) – relaxing on the beach, hiking, golfing, touring, enjoying local ceilidhs and square-dances, whale-watching, fly-fishing, kayaking, local artists and crafts.



10 minutes to Inverness – Cabot Links Golf Course, beaches, shopping, restaurants, art gallery, boardwalk, harness racing, bike & kayak rentals (Eagle Eye Outfitters)

12 minutes to Cabot Cliffs Golf Course

10 minutes to Mabou – beaches, Red Shoe Pub, Sunday farmers' market (one of the most delightful in Nova Scotia), artists, museum

1 hour to beginning of Cabot Trail (Cheticamp side) – hiking, touring of the Highlands National Park

1 hour to Baddeck – shopping, restaurants, boat tours, Alexander Graham Bell's summer residence

20 minutes to Port Hood – swimming, boat tours, boardwalk

30 minutes to Margaree Forks – fishing, touring, beaches, restaurants

30 minutes to hiking at Sight Point – amazing hiking and views


Although we adore pets, we apologize but we don't accept pets at this time.

Note: we do share a driveway with 2 other homes that are used partially as summer cottages.

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We grew up in Mabou and Inverness, respectively. We bought this home in 2013, when Brenna was pregnant with Lucinda. We enjoy the opportunity to spend some weekends and vacations in Glenville as we always leave feeling refreshed (although a bit sad to go back to reality). It's a very beautiful property and one we're very happy to have available to those of you visiting our lovely corner of the world.

During our vacations, we enjoy going to the Inverness Beach (lots of beach glass too), West Mabou Beach, the Arts Centre, Mabou Farmers' Market on Sundays, harness racing in Inverness on Wednesday evening and Sunday afternoon, Cabot Links for dining and entertainment (we're not golfers yet), the Village Grill for delicious cheeseburgers, walking the Inverness Boardwalk, seeing talented musicians, hanging out in the hammocks in Glenville, hiking local trails, watching the gorgeous sunsets and of course visiting with family and friends.


Blog post about buying and renovating Glenville Cottage

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Brandon & Brenna MacNeil
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
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Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
January 10, 2017

About Brandon & Brenna MacNeil

We grew up on Cape Breton Island – in Inverness and Mabou. This is our first house and one that we've admired for many years. We live and work in Halifax but visit Cape Breton as much as we can. We're enjoying being parents to our toddler, Lucinda Belle.

Brandon & Brenna MacNeil purchased this cottage in 2013

Why Brandon & Brenna MacNeil chose Cape Breton Island

Visiting our parents in Cape Breton, we always drove by this home in Glenville. We commented to each other on numerous occasions how much we both loved it. We jumped at the chance to purchase it and spent the summer of 2013 driving to Cape Breton on weekends to work on renovations, mow the lawn, check in with Collie the painter, Steve - the master hardwood floor layer and Uncle Davie our awesome carpenter. This was all done while Brenna was very pregnant. Everything was done in time to welcome Lucinda Belle for 2 weeks September 2013. Now we're excited to open our home up to you for your Cape Breton vacation.

What makes this cottage unique

Location is key with this property. It's rural but just off Route 19, the main highway that curves through western Cape Breton. Beautiful view of the Cape Mabou highlands, the same ones that the Glenora Distillery is nestled in. The sound of the brook and the unbelievably clear starry nights will calm your soul. This is an "away from it all" vacation rental.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(11 traveler reviews)

Charming Glenville Cottage between Inverness & Mabou (3 night min)
average rating of 5.0 based on 11 reviews

Excellent place to stay in Cape Breton

  • 5 of 5

Glenville Cottage provided a warm, cozy sanctuary for us on our trip to Cape Breton. It is renovated beautifully, well-maintained and comfortable. While it is situated between Inverness and Mabou, both are close enough for the essentials (shopping, gas, restaurants),and very close to the start of the Cabot Trail. The hosts, Brenna and Brandon, were very accommodating and provided all sorts of useful information for us...

All in all, a great property, one to which we would be happy to return!

Shelina Kassam and Stan Van Uum

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing property! Felt like home away from home!

  • 5 of 5

The owners were really helpful and very informative when making sure we had everything taken care of for our check in. I would recommend Glenville Cottage to anyone looking to get way in beautiful Inverness County!

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Beautiful, peaceful, central location

  • 5 of 5

B and B are fantastic owners; quick responses, honest (I forgot about a rate change which Brenna refunded me without me even asking) and their place is stocked so that renters can enjoy all of the comforts of home (all kitchen gadgets, board games, deck chairs/swings, clothes line, extra linens and house supplies).

The cottage location is great! You are so close to the distillery that you can actually have a meal with drinks and walk back home, 15 minutes from fantastic, kid-friendly West Mabou Beach and 10 from beautiful Inverness Beach. Mabou - groceries and restaurants is only a 10 min drive and Inverness is even closer.

A great place to come home and fix a family meal after exploring Cape Breton culture and being outdoors.

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Wonderful setting and house

  • 5 of 5

We loved our visit ... house was immaculate, convenient and well done.

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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Great home base to explore a beautiful place

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I decided on a whim in early Nov to go the Atlantic provinces without a fix plan. Once we saw Cape Breton we decided to stay but finding a place that late in the season proved difficult. Despite the short notice, Brenna, the owner of this wonderful house, provided us with all we needed for our stay so we could spend our days exploring and our nights in warm comfort. The house is spacious, well designed, clean and filled with all conveniences one would need to live there as though you were home. The surrounding area was typical of this beautiful island and a reasonable distance from the Atlantic side and Cape Breton National Park. We are wildlife biologists and so always go to a place with natural history in mind and this place gave us all we could want to experience the wonderful Canadian Maritime island. We highly recommend this house.

  • Submitted: Nov 11, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
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  • 5 of 5

We had an amazing stay at Glenville cottages during the long weekend in September!

I should start by saying how comfortable and well equipped the house is. The kitchen has everything you would ever want or need, the beds are comfortable and the water pressure is spot on. There is lots of natural light and we loved the sky light above the bed.The outside deck is perfect for reading, having friends over and your morning cup of coffee. I really enjoyed the sitting hammock- perfect for reading magazines and drinking a beer at the same time!

The location is perfect! Not right in town, so it's quite, but close enough to jot into town in either direction. The beach is close, Glenora distillery is right there for a nice meal out and close enough to town to get another bag of chips and bottle of Sunday wine!

We were only two people, but are already talking about plans to bring other friends up and enjoy this truly welcoming, comfortable and relaxing home away from home.

  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review of Glenville Cottage. These are the reasons why we love Glenville - we're so pleased that you experienced the slowed down pace, comforts of home and relaxation. Love your suggestion for drinking beer and reading a magazine in the hammock : ) We look forward to having you stay on your next vacation. Until then... Brenna & Brandon
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Nearest Airport
306 Kilometres
Halifax Stanfield International Airport
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
Glenora Distillery
Nearest Golf
10 Kilometres
Cabot Links
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Glenora Distillery
Nearest Beach
10 Kilometres
Inverness Beach
Car: necessary

Eagle Eye Outfitter Rentals & Tours

A link to local favourites on Route 19, Cape Breton.

There is gorgeous hiking within 45 minutes of the cottage. Actually, the Cape Mabou Highlands you see from the back deck of the cottage, is one location for hiking. It's gorgeous.



It will take a good 4 -5 hours to drive around the Cabot Trail (to enjoy it). I recommend leaving early, choosing a hike, making stops along the way, having lunch at a restaurant. You can do the Cabot Trail clockwise or counter-clockwise ... depending on where you'd like to be when. If you want to hike the Skyline in the morning, then clockwise. If you'd rather be driving along the ocean for sunset then counterclockwise.


Rates & Availability

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3 night minimum stay

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Refundable damage deposit $190
Tax Rate 15.0%

Full refund less $150CAD for cancellation up to 90 days prior to arrival dates. No refund if cancelling within 90 days of arrival date.

50% deposit at time of booking by credit card, eTransfer or PayPal. The remainder is due 3 weeks prior to arrival.

$250 refundable security deposit upon successful check-out. Deposit is returned 7 days after check-out.

**Please inquire with any dates and we will do our best to accommodate your request.

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100% refund if canceled at least 90 days before arrival date.
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Inverness Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 700 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , jetted tub
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Blue Room - 1 double
    Purple Room - 2 twin/ single
    Green Room - 1 double
  • 3 bedrooms Two of the bedrooms have double beds, the third has two twin beds. Each bedroom has a skylight.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • festivals
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
We will provide you with lots of printed information on our personal favourite attractions, local maps and photos. All available at the cottage.

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