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Whalesback Cottage, on the ocean with access to Peggys Cove Preservation Area

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,200 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Experience Peggy's Cove lighthouse, crashing waves and spectacular sunsets.

This two bedroom house with 1.5 bathrooms is the closest house to Peggy's Cove. Panoramic views from the living room look west over St. Margaret's Bay's stunning sunsets. All that separates this house from Peggy's Cove is the beautiful Peggy's Cove Preservation Area, A nature lovers paradise. From this house you can walk along the coastline to Peggy's Cove. A few minutes walk in the other direction you can purchase fresh lobster from Ryer's Lobster Pound, or dine at Rhubarb Restaurant. The ultimate in privacy and views, a fantastic location for a retreat or wedding.

Property Manager
Thomas Maguire
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 17, 2017

About Thomas Maguire

Retired medical doctor.

Thomas Maguire purchased this house in 1998

Why Thomas Maguire chose St. Margaret's Bay

The nicest natural, rugged oceanfront property in a small fishing village in Nova Scotia. The sunsets alone are worth the visit.

What makes this house unique

The wild setting, just steps away from the Atlantic Ocean.

Guestbook comments from the manager

Thank you for the nice comments on your stay at Whaleback Cottage

We try our very best to make guests feel comfortable & relaxed during their stay

while visiting & enjoying Indian Harbour & Peggy's Cove in beautiful Nova Scotia

So please tell your friends and most of all do visit us again.

Have a great summer,

Best regards,

Tom & Donna Maguire
May 2016
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Indian Harbour House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Monument View ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • Full bath upstairs with a powder room on main level.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Master bedroom has garden doors and large deck overlooking Peggy's Cove and Atlantic Ocean.
  • Books
  • Stereo
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
Located within a short walk to galleries, a general store and fresh lobster from Ryer's Lobster pound.


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Whalesback Cottage, on the ocean with access to Peggys Cove Preservation Area
average rating of 4.7608695 based on 47 reviews

location, location ,location

  • 5 of 5

overall we were very impressed with the accommodations, with the Maguires very special people, a little hic cup, the bed in the second bedroom, queen mattress on a double box spring. My son in law kept rolling off the bed.

All in all great vacation. We were sad in leaving this haven of tranquility.

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Some days things get messed up - The new box spring & mattress arrived from Sears just before you checked in, the box spring was damaged, so our quick thinking cleaning crew refused the new box spring and made the bed up using the new mattress & older box spring Not wanting to bother our guests they waited until your check out day to install the new box spring. So when you arrive again next year we will do something special for you. "Thanks for bringing this to our attention," Best regards, The Maguires
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Spectacular view. Warm and generous host. Whales!

  • 5 of 5

Visiting Nova Scotia for the first time, Whalesback was just what I had hoped to experience and more. Hearing the crashing waves, seeing whales and hiking to Peggys Cove are a few highlights. Tom was wonderful and helped us navigate the area. Thank you.

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Breathtaking location

  • 4 of 5

The Whalesback Cottage is a beautiful place on the ocean. It was a good location as we did some day trips to Halifax and Lunenburg with no problem.

I would recommend the stay!

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Family Time in Canada!!

  • 5 of 5

Our family wanted an adventure in Nova Scotia and what an adventure we had! The house and location are straight out of a movie. The house (I believe) is over 150 years old, set on one of the most scenic pieces of property in the world. The views are to die for and change daily and sometimes hourly. When clear, you can see thousands of stars, countless lighthouses, and miles of ocean. When foggy, it is straight out of a suspense novel. Both were so fun to be a part of. For wildlife, we saw a bald eagle perched on the large rock right outside close to the water, Canadian geese, porpoises, and one seal that was right out in front of the house for hours (I sent Tom a picture which he might add to the listing).

We ate like kings when we were there. The local seafood was amazing! Best meal I have ever had.

The house is central enough for easy drives to Halifax, Mahone Bay, Lunenburg, and Kejimkujik National Park. We spent time at all four and really enjoyed each location. Peggy’s Cove Lighthouse is so close too!

Tom was great and made the trip memorable by really providing tailored advice for the family!!

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Whalesback Cottage was all we expected and more!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I wanted time away to rest and enjoy nature. Whalesback Cottage proved to be as beautiful as the photos, offering a gorgeous view, great location and wonderful host hospitality. It is quaint, unique and comfortable. You can stay a week and see something new in the decor every day. There were great books on the local towns and very comfy seating and sleeping accommodations. When you arrive, Tom will introduce you to the house, the area and answer any questions you have. You will learn some interesting things from this long time resident. He lives right down the road and will get you anything you need and more. I think if I had asked for fresh goat's milk, he would have brought me a goat and milked it! He is that kind of a guy. We had mentioned a Keurig coffee maker when emailing him and lo and behold, he arrived with one on the night of our arrival. Fresh fruit and a ready to eat lobster were more of the goodies he surprised us with! He loves what he does and the people he meets and truly cares that your stay be the best it can be.

I like reviews that give me a sense of the place I will be living in so I will say, if you want a brand new, sterile house with granite counters and hotel type paintings, this is not the place for you. However, if you want a comfortable home setting with all the amenities (if something is lacking, call Tom!) and the charm of an older place full to the brim with character - this is the place for you. And I didn't even mention the incredible view of waves crashing on the rocks right outside the door and the amazing ocean breezes and sunsets!

The only complaint we had was one that was out of Tom's vast array of talents - he wasn't able to make the fog disperse! But an hour drive over to the Bay of Funday gave us sunshine and a day on the beach. Thanks, Tom, for all you did for us to make it a great week!

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Whaleback Cottage is wonderful...

  • 5 of 5

Whaleback Cottage is really very nice. The views of the ocean from the living room and other rooms are great. The location next to Peggy's Cove protected area was ideal. We greatly enjoyed our stay and would return. The location is relatively private and quite. Great to kicking back and relaxing. Tom was very helpful and informative about the property and the area. We would definitely stay there again. Best, C&L

  • Submitted: Jul 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
65 Kilometres
Halifax Stanfield International Airport
Nearest Golf
14 Kilometres
Granite Springs
Nearest Train
40 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
25 Kilometres
Exit 5 on Rte 103
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Rhubarb Restaurant
Nearest Beach
42 Kilometres
Queensland Beach
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $81.44
Damage Deposit $162.88

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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