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Baccalieu Cottage, A True Newfoundland Gem

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 1,000 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Three Bedroom Fishing Village Saltbox

This charming little traditional Newfoundland Saltbox home was built around 1850 and is one of the oldest homes in the region. It has been lovingly restored and now offers all the modern conveniences you will need to make your vacation stay both comfortable and memorable.

It was featured on the cover and a seven page article in the 'HOME & CABIN' magazine. You can see this article and view the fantastic slideshow if you visit and type 'Baccalieu cottage' in the search area.

It sits proudly in a meadow in the fishing village of Ochre Pit Cove along the scenic Baccalieu Trail in Conception Bay North, approx. 140 km. from the capital city of St. John's.

This comfortable home is a cozy place to unwind after a long day of hiking and sightseeing. Take a two minute walk to the fishermens wharf and see what todays catch will bring. There is also a whale watching area close to the wharf where you can see the whales breach as they feed on the schools of caplin in the bay.

The cottage has three bedrooms, two on the second floor, and one on the first floor. The master has a queen bed, wing back chair, armchair and desk with chair. The second has a 3/4 (48') bed which can sleep an adult or two children. The third bedroom is located on the first floor has a single bed and would be suitable for a person with limited mobility. Also on the first floor are the fully equipped kitchen, breakfast nook, dining room which seats six and a comfortable living room with an electric fireplace , wing back chairs and a loveseat. There is also a desk and chair if you need to set up your computer. There is a full bathroom with shower on the first floor and half bath with sink and toilet on the second floor.

The cottage has been furnished throughout with country antiques and local art as well as unusual quirky re-purposed decorator items. There is a large deck which wraps around the back and side to sit back and enjoy the ocean breezes. Baccalieu (codfish in Portuguese) Cottage will certainly offer you something more than the usual vacation cottage.

The Baccalieu Trail offers lots to do, you can hike, sightsee, or take a day trip to nearby Trinity Bay where you will discover charming little towns with names like 'Hearts Content, 'Hearts Desire, and 'Hearts Delight'. Photographic opportunities are everywhere. Northern Bay Sands Park is just a few minutes away where you can enjoy a large sandy beach and freshwater swimming hole. If you are brave enough, you can take a dip in the cold Atlantic ocean. Take a day trip to visit the historic towns of Cupids and Brigus where you can take in a live show or sample the tasty goodies offered at the annual Blueberry Festival.

For your entertainment when you just want to sit at home we have wireless internet, cable tv. telephone, stereo, reading material and family board games.

Please note that this region has some of the most beautiful scenery you will find anywhere but it also has a rugged coastline with cliffs. When you are exploring and enjoying the area please use caution and supervise any children in your care.

More Details

Catherine Whalen
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 21, 2017

About Catherine Whalen

I am a retired medical professional who has spent most weekends and all my summers in this area of the Baccalieu Trail for the past number of years. When this property became available in 2001 my husband and I along with a family friend decided to buy it and restore it to its original glory and this year we decided to allow visitors to rent it and enjoy the same newfoundland experience we have been enjoying in this area for many years.

Catherine Whalen purchased this cottage in 2001

Why Catherine Whalen chose Newfoundland

This little gem is probably the oldest traditional saltbox home along the Baccalieu Trail and when the opportunity became available to purchase it, we didn't hesitate and it has been a labor of love bringing it back to life. Now it sits proudly in this great little fishing village.

What makes this cottage unique

We have a large wrap around patio which give great ocean views and the interior is furnished with antiques and vintage, quirky re-purposed furniture.


Ochre Pit Cove Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , toilet, shower, sink
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , 2nd floor bthrm has toilet, sink
  • first floor bthrm has shower, sink, toilet
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 double , 3/4 size (48')bed suitable for 1 adult or 2 child
    Bedroom 3 - 1 twin/ single , first floor single bed wheelchair friendly
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , master has queen
  • master bedroom has a queen bed
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • churches
  • festivals
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • golf
  • swimming
great hiking, beachcombing, whale watching, Baccalieu Cottage is located next to fishermans wharf and just 2 miles from Northern Bay Sands Park


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(17 traveler reviews)

Baccalieu Cottage, A True Newfoundland Gem
average rating of 5.0 based on 17 reviews


  • 5 of 5

After 2 weeks of touring NL our stay at this cottage has been the highlight of our vacation. The cottage is just beautiful; the owners certainly did an amazing job in restoring and decorating it. We loved it. Thank you Kitty for your kind attentions and your warm welcome.

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to post a nice review. So glad to hear you enjoyed your stay at Baccalieu Cottage! It was a pleasure to host part of your vacation and you are most welcome to came back anytime. Kitty
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Fantastic Newfoundland Cottage!

  • 5 of 5

We were lucky enough to spend three days in this wonderful Ochre Pit Cove home. We would highly recommend you stay here when visiting Newfoundland. A "stickler" for cleanliness I can tell you the cottage was spotless. Everything and more that was needed for meal preparation was there. The beds were comfortable and quality linens were fresh, just lovely. We came to spend time with our daughter who has recently moved to St. John's and were not disappointed. We spent the days hiking the many trails with breathtaking views in the area. How lovely it was to come back to Baccalieu Cottage in the afternoon and relax on the deck to plan our next day adventure. Thank you Kitty and Tom for all your help and allowing us to make our happy Newfoundland memories. We would love to come back and spend more time at this amazing cottage.

Janice & Rick Forster Alison Forster

Midland/ Georgian Bay, Ontario St. John's NL

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Janice, Rick & Alison...thank-you so much for taking the time to leave such a great review of your stay at Baccalieu Cottage! It is so rewarding to know that you had such a great time and were able to enjoy the great scenery and everything that the area has to offer. We would love to host you again when you come back this way. Kitty
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Comfort and privacy in a relaxing space

  • 5 of 5

Travel with three children under 10 can be daunting, but our stay at Baccalieu cottage helped up to truly relax. Our hosts thought of everything from small beach toys for the kids to a lovely selection of teas for the adults. We really enjoyed the beautiful deck view each morning and evening and all the comforts of the cottage.

For us, the location was superb - close enough to do laundry and groceries in Carbinear and daytrip up to Bay de Verde for hiking. Our hosts accommodated our every request and made sure we were well taken care of. We'd love to return one day!

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Aimee...thank-you so much for the lovely review. It was a pleasure to meet you and your family and we're happy that the cottage was convenient and comfortable for you. Come back anytime, we would love to host you and your family again. Kitty
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Little bit of Luxury on Baccalieu Trail

  • 5 of 5

Baccalieu Cottage was absolutley beautiful. This fully restored Saltbox is so homey and comfortable. The view is gorgeous and Ochre Pit is a charming, quiet spot. Catherine's attention to detail was great - the decor was lovely, the linens high quality, and the wine and cod a lovely, welcoming surprise. We felt so at home here. I highly recommend this spot - by far my favourite of our trip!

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Marian for taking the time to review your stay at Baccalieu Cottage. It is rewarding to know that you enjoyed the time you spent there. It is always available if you ever come back this way and you will always be welcome. Kitty
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Perfect get away for family

  • 5 of 5

The house is beautiful and very functional. Exceptionally well equipped with every you would want, sharp knives, beautiful china, enough glasses, a water jug, wine glasses and all the condiments!! (butter, jam, ketchup, mustard, mayo, lots of herbs, oil, vinegar) All you need to bring is a relaxing attitude and some wine :)

Also great for kids, some sand toys were there and enough room for them to play inside and outside.

The owner is very accommodating!! Hope we can come back some time!

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Maike, Thank-you for the great review. I'm so happy your family enjoyed our cottage. Its especially rewarding to know that your children enjoyed it there too. The treasure chest with toys will win them over every time :)) Come back anytime you want to get away from the city. Kitty
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Chelsea, MI

Beautiful and Welcoming Baccalieu Cottage

  • 5 of 5

Our stay in the Baccalieu Cottage was simply a joy. This was the first stop in a two week journey in Newfoundland. The owner, Kitty, was there to warmly welcome us to her lovely home. The cottage itself is beautifully and skillfully decorated and maintained-we particularly loved the stained glass window at the top of the stairs and the artwork. The kitchen has everything you could possibly need, and then some! Each morning we had our coffee on the deck and enjoyed the view of the ocean. We would have to say the highlight of staying at the Baccalieu Cottage was Kitty's warmth, her careful consideration of our every need, and her helpful suggestions and kindness which made our time here even that much more enjoyable. If you are planning a stay in this area of Newfoundland, we doubt that you will find a more welcoming and beautiful home.

  • Submitted: Jun 2, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Elizabeth...thank-you for taking the time to review your stay at Baccalieu Cottage. It was my pleasure to host you both on your recent tour of Newfoundland. If you ever come back this way you are most welcome to enjoy our cottage again. Thank-you...Kitty
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Nearest Airport
110 Kilometres
St. John's International Airport
Nearest Ferry
70 Kilometres
Argentia, Placentia Bay
Nearest Golf
20 Kilometres
Pitchers Pond
Nearest Restaurant
20 Kilometres
Various Restaurants in Carbonear,
Nearest Beach
2 Kilometres
Northern Bay Sands Park
Car: necessary

Baccalieu Cottage is located in a small fishing village on the north shore of Conception Bay, Nl. The home is a refurbished mid nineteenth century fishermans home with all the modern conveniences. The area offers fantastic views along both Trinity and Conception Bays. There are icebergs in the spring and whale-watching is a favourite activity of guests at the cottage. There are also lots of opportunities to explore the rugged coastline and photographic opportunities are everywhere. Trinity Bay is just a short drive away and you can visit little coastal communities with names like 'Hearts Content, 'Hearts Desire' and 'Hearts Delight' to name a few. Northern Bay Sands Park is just a few minutes drive away where you can spend the day just relaxing on the beach or if you are brave enough, you can take a dip in the cold Atlantic ocean. Hiking trails are close to the cottage and the village of Grates Cove offers a great place to spend the day exploring. The nearby active fishing town of Bay D' Verde has a museum which will give you an idea of the way of life experienced by Newfoundlanders in days gone by. Just two minutes walk from the cottage you can watch the activity of the friendly local fishermen as they return from the fishing grounds with their catch. Carbonear is a larger town just 20 minutes drive away where you will find supermarkets, shopping and boat tours of the coastline.


Rates & Availability

Ochre Pit Cove Cottage Rental Rates

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3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

deposit refunded if you cancel 30 days before confirmed dates

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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