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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 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 23, 2018

About Thomas Maguire

Retired medical doctor.

Thomas Maguire purchased this house in 1998

Why Thomas Maguire chose Indian Harbour

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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(49 traveler reviews)

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Whalesback Cottage, on the ocean with access to Peggys Cove Preservation Area
average rating of 4.6938777 based on 50 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: July 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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Needs work or (like other older, superficially renovated houses) a more forth-right description

  • 1 of 5

My wife & I were excited to honeymoon here. I've used VRBO before-- this is my first bad & genuinely odd experience. The host seems sweet but pictures/description do not currently match the property (perhaps they're older or have been generously edited?). The night we arrived, host contacted us several times & (oddly enough) indicated he'd drop by during our visit; there were previously undisclosed out-buildings & another residence nearby, all with direct lines of sight into the cottage (which lacks curtains in bathrooms & bedrooms). You feel "on display," are literally (at times) being watched, could be "dropped in on" at any time, & will necessarily be observed coming & going by the owner (who lives @ start of no-outlet road that ends @ cottage). There was significant water damage--- & related mold smell-- in the left bedroom, & the wall above the bed was visibly bashed. The ceiling in the right bedroom also showed signs of water damage (bulging, staining, crumbling), & had visible knob & tube wiring-- not unusual in older homes but indicates cottage is not "up to code" or insured for rental purposes. There was some leaning &, with strong gusts, swaying in the wind. There were dead bugs, cobwebs, dirt/dust/debris from previous guests (q-tips, hair, etc.) in most rooms; visible brown stains on living-room curtains; the sliding screen door was broken, with tape over large rips; peeling paint in the bathroom (over sink) & in all outdoor areas; the 2nd & 1st floor deck areas were rusting/peeling & in general disrepair (furniture tossed about). Shocked, we reviewed the guestbook & found it very odd, more like a prolonged advertisement, with atypical phrases-- that happened to sound exactly like the host --repeated throughout (e.g., "slice of heaven"). My wife's allergies & migraines were immediately triggered-- we arrived early Weds, changed clothes, & found new accommodations by daybreak. My wife talked with the host @ his home/gallery on Weds., was urged to try another of his properties: we reviewed & could tell from photos it'd pose similar problems (health-wise) as the cottage. We gave the key back & inquired about a partial refund (e.g., Sat. & Sun. only) of our 6 night reservation. We noted we had pics of the issues. The host was initially apologetic but subsequently (& repeatedly) ignored requests for partial refund, hasn't responded to email since Nov 4th. There're great places w/ great views (& prices) nearby-- better stay there, as we did.

  • Submitted: Nov 19, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fantastic cottage

  • 5 of 5

Recently spent a week at whalesback cottage and had a great time! Highly recommend it to anyone visiting Nova Scotia. Great views of the ocean clean and quite. Five stars all around! !!!!!!

  • Submitted: Oct 17, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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A spectacular corner of the world viewed from a homey cottage

  • 5 of 5

Everything about Whaleback Cottage is perfect. The cottage itself is charming from the antique chandelier to the living room surrounded with great views of the oceanfront to the nearby pond filled with water lilies.

There are paths to explore, decks to gather on and a fire pit to sit around at night.

The kitchen is well supplied, and the bedrooms are charming.

And, of course, there is the ocean and many ways to explore the magnificent rock formations along the ocean front.

A wonderful retreat.

  • Submitted: Oct 9, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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: August 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: August 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 $80.3
Damage Deposit $160.6

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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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