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!
3 Bedrooms / 1 Bathroom Sleeps 4 - 6
- Calendar last updated:
- Aug 23, 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 Downtown
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.
I booked this home for my daughter, spouse, two children age 8 and 3 and our son in law mother. Their first response to my question about the home -It is great!
This is a lovely home with an incredible view. The home is in excellent condition, well maintained and spotless clean.
It is close to must see attractions in St. John's and a great grocery store Belbin's. We hiked from the Geo Center to Quidi Vidi village for lunch and back to the home via Forest Road. A short drive to Signal Hill or walk is moderate walking is possible.
We loved sitting inside at the window with a glass of wine and could
spend hours just watching the boats in the harbor pass by.
Before accepting our booking Paul the owner made sure we were aware of the physical set up of the home i.e one of the bedrooms requires access to the outside stairs. My daughter and spouse slept in this room and grandmother slept with the kids in the main part of the house. Paul had breakfast goodies and coffee available for the first morning. This gesture was greatly appreciated as we arrived from a long flight at 4:30 AM . Son in law regrets he did not force himself to stay awake for sun rise on Signal Hill that morning.
It is our hope to return to Nfld soon and once again stay at 59 Battery
Our three year old learned how to manipulate the stairs very quickly. Like being on a ship. The two kids loved the home. Paul dropped by with lots of great kid books on a rainy morning.
So grateful for this incredible experience. Thank you Paul!
An authentic St. John's experience
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.
Great location. Great house.
Might be the very best rental we have ever had...and we have traveled a good deal !
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!
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
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
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.