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Traditional Architecture, Panoramic Views, Private Garden

Downtown, St. John's, NL, Canada
  • House1100 sqft
  • Bedrooms3
  • Sleeps6
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay1 - 4 nights

3 Bedrooms / 1 Bathroom Sleeps 4 - 6

59 Battery Road is located in the heart of the historic Battery community. Like many of our neighbours, our house clings to the steep embankment by resting on irregular cliff outcroppings. With unobstructed big-sky views and a compact layout, the inside of the house feels a bit like being on a ship. The house is a 10 minute walk from downtown and on the Signal Hill National Historic Park trail. It has three bedrooms, large bath, full kitchen with dishwasher, wi-fi internet, laundry, deck with a BBQ and a beautifully secluded side yard and garden equipped with classic lawn chairs with a panoramic view of the harbour. There’s always something to see – from fishing boats to container ships and everything in between. Even the occasional moose has been known to swim across the harbour!


Paul Steffler

Member Since 2014
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within a few hours
Calendar last updated:
Apr 17, 2018
About Paul Steffler

The owners (he is the dialogue editor on Republic of Doyle, she is a social scientist) and their little black dog spend their summers on Bell Island, NL.

Paul Steffler purchased this House in 1992

Why Paul Steffler chose The Battery

In the early 90s, houses in the Battery were still very inexpensive. This property offered an ideal opportunity for heritage restoration.

What makes this House unique

Unique topography, wonderful friends and neighbours, historic surroundings, spectacular views, great for hiking and dog walking, proximity to downtown.


    • Internet
    • Heater
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Washer & Dryer
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
      • Bedroom 1
        1 queen
      • Bedroom 2
        1 double
      • Studio/Bedroom 3
        1 double, The studio (not available in off-season) has a 3/4 size bed.
      • Each bedroom has a dresser, closet and harbour view.


      • 1 Bathroom
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, tub, shower

        Location Type

          • Downtown
            10 minute walk
          • Mountain View
            Southside Hills
          • Ocean View
            The Narrows and St. John's Harbour


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


                  • Guests provide their own meals


                      • Clothes Dryer
                      • Hair Dryer
                      • Heating
                      • Internet
                      • Iron & Board
                      • Linens Provided
                      • Living Room
                      • Towels Provided
                      • Washing Machine


                          • Coffee Maker
                          • Dishes & Utensils
                          • Dishwasher
                          • Kitchen
                            Full kitchen with basic supplies.
                          • Microwave
                          • Oven
                          • Pantry Items
                          • Refrigerator
                          • Stove
                          • Toaster


                              • Child's Highchair
                              • Dining
                              • Dining Area
                              • comfy seating for 6 people


                                  • Books
                                  • DVD Player
                                  • Satellite / Cable
                                  • Stereo
                                  • Television
                                    In living room area.


                                      • Deck / Patio
                                      • Lawn / Garden
                                      • Outdoor Grill


                                          • wheelchair inaccessible


                                              • churches
                                              • festivals
                                              • health/beauty spa
                                              • live theater
                                              • marina
                                              • museums
                                              • playground
                                              • restaurants
                                              • ruins

                                                Leisure Activities

                                                  • scenic drives
                                                  • antiquing
                                                  • boating
                                                  • eco tourism
                                                  • photography
                                                  • bird watching
                                                  • shopping
                                                  • sight seeing
                                                  • walking
                                                  • whale watching
                                                  • wildlife viewing

                                                    Local Services & Businesses

                                                      • ATM/bank
                                                      • fitness center
                                                      • groceries
                                                      • hospital
                                                      • laundromat
                                                      • massage therapist
                                                      • medical services

                                                        Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                          • cycling
                                                          • fishing
                                                          • hiking
                                                          • kayaking
                                                          • swimming
                                                          • tennis


                                                              • Dining, amenities and entertainment all within walking distance. Shop at one-of-a-kind Belbins Grocery on Quidi Vidi Road or take the Hipditch Hill shortcut to Deadman's Pond for all Signal Hill trail systems.

                                                                27 Reviews


                                                                Latest reviews

                                                                An authentic St. John's experience

                                                                Amy K.Edmonton, Canada

                                                                I stayed in the cottage for 5 days during my first trip to St. John's for a wedding. All the wedding guests were jealous that they were only staying in a hotel instead! The cottage is very cute and bright and I loved the grass area with a view of the harbour. We did yoga there a few times ;) The proximity to downtown was not bad at all either, we walked in everyday for food or wedding events and took a cab the day of the wedding. We also had coffee every morning at the battery cafe which was only ~400 m away. I loved being so close to signal hill as well. You really don't need a car with this locaiton! The cottage was very clean and had everything we needed. The one addition I would suggest is blackout curtains or blinds as its super bright at night and in the morning for sleeping. The seagulls are also having a party over the harbour 24/7, but ear plugs blocked that noise out just fine. I would definitely stay again.

                                                                Great location. Great house.

                                                                Sarah A.

                                                                Great location. Great house.

                                                                Might be the very best rental we have ever had...and we have traveled a good deal !

                                                                Anita G.

                                                                We are a couple in our 70's and have been lucky enough to have traveled to many wonderful places in the world. At the end of our 4 night stay in St. John's, we were already planning our next trip!

                                                                Much of what made our experience so special was the beautiful home Paul has created. I echo what other folks have said about the decor, the immaculate housekeeping, the view, the library. There is a spirit and a warmth in this little cottage. I loved reading about the history of the city from the brilliant collection available to us and feeling like we were living right in the midst of the seafaring people who founded the town. Don't miss the wall murals of early St. John's around town, one at the lower part of Battery. Great food (Raymond's, Mallard Cottage, Duke of Duckworth, Rocket). Super friendly people, including the owner of Belkin's Grocery, the park official who shoots the canon on Signal Hill, and certainly Paul himself. Fabulous vistas...Cape Spear. Outstanding hiking...from Signal Hill back home to Battery Road made for an amazing last afternoon.

                                                                We loved going to sleep to the lights of the ships and waking up to a chorus of seagulls and the sun on the green hills. We were especially grateful to be immersed in this culture and beautiful natural environment at a time when the world feels a bit wobbly. Both of us came home with new energy from just 4 days in this wonderful cottage and charming town.

                                                                Exceptionally charming, eclectic home with luxurious amenities!

                                                                elizabeth s.

                                                                This charming, colorful, eclectic home was everything I had hoped it would be. The view is outstanding and allowed us to absorb St. John's from a private perch.. The bedding and towels felt thick and luxurious and the kitchen and bath were well equipped. The beautiful garden and deck with flowering lilacs was an outstanding spot to view the activity in the harbor. Very pleased I chose this cozy getaway.

                                                                Sweetest little house

                                                                Julie J.Durango colorado

                                                                The house was perfect for us and a great base to go explore St. John's from. Kitchen was well stocked and made cooking a breeze just so nice all the way around. Thank you

                                                                Beautiful home in a fantastic location

                                                                Susanne J.Maple Ridge

                                                                My family of four adults spent five nights in this beautifully decorated and updated home and were constantly entertained by the various fishing boats, passenger ships, pilot boats and larger vessels coming into and out of the harbour - all from the comforts of home! The location in the battery is also great for walking into town, or onto the trails leading around the point and up to Signal Hill. We also had a car, and were always able to park right by the house.

                                                                Thank you Paul, for a wonderful stay in your beautiful home. It was one of the highlights of our trip!


                                                                Downtown, St. John's, NL, Canada

                                                                Tiny houses nestled at the foot of Signal Hill look straight up the harbour. The Battery’s name refers to its position next to Fort Waldergrave whose stonework and cannon have been recently restored. From here you can explore the many Signal Hill trails, visit the GeoCentre, Cabot Tower, Gibbett Hill and Queens Battery -- or hike over to Quidi Vidi Lake and Quidi Vidi Village.

                                                                Rates & Availability

                                                                Additional information about rental rates

                                                                NOTE - Our rates are in Canadian dollars, but the VRBO website defaults to US dollars. You can set the displayed currency-type by clicking next to the flag over the rates chart. - During the winter months the third studio/bedroom is not available. - The third studio/bedroom has a 3/4 size spool bed, is accessed by an exterior stairway only & has no ensuite. - 59 Battery Road has a strict non-smoking policy, $500.00 cleaning fee applies if violated. - Unscented laundry detergent and cleaning supplies are provided.

                                                                27 Reviews
                                                                Exceptional 5/5
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