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Harbour Couture - Adventurers Delight and best kept secret in Trinity Bay

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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chateau / country house
Half Baths
Minimum Stay
2 nights

About the property

1500 sq. feet of loft and apartment space with harbour view in Trinity Bay, NL

Harbour Couture is a redesigned general store nestled in the heart of Southport, Trinity Bay. Described as a 'New York loft' it is at once traditional and sophisticated. The 800 square foot main floor living area has six large windows facing south. There are two bedrooms, a bathroom and dining table on this level. A beautifully decorated lower level apartment has everything you need for comfort and convenience: master bedroom, bathroom, fully equipped kitchen and dining area. The sitting room on this level has a comfy sofabed.

Southport is a fishing harbour where crab, caplein, lobster, herring, and cod are landed during the summer season. Guests can explore the shoreline, visit the wharves and chat with local fishermen. Or walk five minutes to the end of the community and it is pure ocean, cliffs and sky!

Take Pap's Path up to Jack Baker's Hill - the views of the bay are stunning! Swim in the pristine Lambert's Pond just 5 minute walk from the shop.

Collect driftwood at Heart's Ease Beach for a boil-up or keep treasures.

Note to Kayakers: enjoy this bay with islands, coves, caves and beaches. The 4-hour round trip from Harbour Couture down to Wester' Head, up through the tickle, past Gooseberry Cove, up Ganney Cove Arm to the Rattle, portage across at Little Heart's Ease Neck to Squidholes and the waters of Southwest Arm...this is for the experienced!

Lots to do picking berries, whale watching, icebergs in season can often be seen. You can fish off the wharves and cook-up on Back Beach.

In nearby Gooseberry Cove, Karen's Convenience has very good selection of basic groceries, including beer. Bring specialty items with you or travel 40 minutes to Clarenville for supermarket shopping.

Southport is centrally located for day trips to the Burin and Bonavista Peninsulas which provide world class hiking trails, museums, restaurants as well as ferries to remote communities.

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peggy hogan
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
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Calendar last updated:
January 14, 2017

About peggy hogan

I moved from Nova Scotia to Newfoundland 35 years ago and fell in love with the place, its landscape and its people. I worked as a costume designer, in the capitol city St. John's, for most of that time. Since moving to Southport, I've become part of the community and feel very settled here with my partner. We enjoy summer and winter outdoor activities like hiking, kayaking, snow shoeing and ice skating. We recently moved to nearby Gooseberry Cove where I enjoy gardening.

Travel is a passion for me: to Morocco in the mid 70's, across Canada by train in 1980, to Spain, England, Cuba, Mexico and New York. I hope to do more but for now want to be a great host to guests at Harbour Couture.

peggy hogan purchased this chateau / country house in 2005

Why peggy hogan chose Trinity Bay

I bought the community store in Southport in 2005. It had been closed for 3 years. I made it my home and used the space for the creation of theatre costumes and a line of clothing under the label Harbour Couture. There are still period costumes and hats in the studio from my collection - it is completely charming. We love it and want to share it with guests from this province and from across the world.

Southport is centrally located for day trips to the Burin and Bonavista Peninsulas which provide world class hiking trails, museums, restaurants as well as ferries to remote communities.

What makes this chateau / country house unique

Harbour Couture is in the centre of the community and very much apart of activity here. The building is located next to the water, where guests can launch kayaks and explore the harbour and the shoreline of the beautiful Trinity Bay - the views are stunning! And the area is great for hiking, swimming, beach combing and for visiting the wharves and chatting with local fishermen. For hikers, this is a joy with the old paths, the barrens, and trails along the cliffs.

In nearby Gooseberry, Karen's Convenience has good selection of basic groceries. Bring specialty items with you or travel 45 minutes to Clarenville for supermarket shopping. Please contact me for more information on food shopping in our area.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(17 traveler reviews)

Harbour Couture - Adventurers Delight and best kept secret in Trinity Bay
average rating of 4.882353 based on 17 reviews
St. John's, NL

Family of Seven Have an Excusion of a Lifetime

  • 5 of 5

We had an incredible experience in Southport. My husband's parents were visiting from Ontario and so our family of five brought them to stay at Harbour Couture for three nights. "What a time!!!" The community which still has a real working fishing harbour welcomed us with open arms. A fisherman offered to take us out in the food fishery where my 10 year old daughter caught a fish. Coming back to the stage head to gut and fillet the fish and then to help clean the fishing stage with buckets of water pulled from the harbour - It felt like an experience from another world. We hiked to the beautiful Heart's Ease Beach. We swam in a crystal clear pond a five minute walk away. Our teen-age son and his autistic brother were happy to paddle around the harbour in a kayak. Harbour Couture was a perfect location to wile away a rainy day cooking fish stew while making crafts in the spacious living room with a view of one of the most beautiful fishing communities in Newfoundland. We were also invited to a traditional square dance in the church hall. What fun for the whole family. We highly recommend.

  • Submitted: Feb 5, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Well! Having you here really was really special for us and for the community too. Its great to see new people and especially children having a good time. Cheers to you all and hope to see you again. regards, Peggy and Viv
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We aim to return

  • 5 of 5

This "outport loft" in the middle of a small but active fishing community is ideal for a family with children. Between the restored shop upstairs and the comfortable, well-equipped apartment downstairs, the visitor only needs to stock in a few groceries to have everything required for a week or two of carefree relaxation. The hiking trails nearby are spectacular, providing grand views of Trinity Bay and Random Island. Peggy and Viv offer a warm welcome, and if the visitor is lucky, the hosts might come round bearing bread or berries or wine. It's hard to beat all of that.

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing vacation home, super nice people, real new Newfoundland experience, Highly recommend

  • 5 of 5

We are a group of 7 people with 3 preteens stayed for 3 nights. We had an incredible experience in Southport. It is good for all ages. Everyone here are so nice which make us fall in love this small village right away. The owner invited us to kayak around the harbour and hikes to Jack Baker's Hill and view the nature swimming pool, pristine Lambert's Pond...The nice fishermen offered to take us out for fishing. We all experienced real newfoundland working fishing harbour life.We really regret not booking longer time here. We will come back again. Southport!!! Thank you everyone in the village.

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The real Newfoundland!

  • 5 of 5

We loved our time at Harbour Couture. The accommodations were so unique and interesting and had everything we needed. Peggy was a great host, and we loved meeting the locals and feeling like we were in "real" Newfoundland. We loved our whole trip, but this was our favourite spot. Everyone was so friendly and made us feel so welcome. I would definitely recommend checking out this unique experience while you're in the area!

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing Second visit to Southport!

  • 5 of 5

This was my families second visit to Harbour Couture and once again it exceeded our expectations. Peggy is wonderful and her little gem in Southport is incredible. We were welcome with an amazing soda bread and jam which we devoured. The home is situated on the corner of a quiet and peaceful road with the water at your door. My girls spent their days fishing (Peggy has fishing rods to use) and just enjoying the outdoors. And on rainy days or just some down time they spent their time going through Peggy's stash of crafts. They loved her place! We all did. We went on a couple of hikes which Peggy details in her beautiful and fun hand drawn maps. She has heaps of information on the area and things to see and do. While we were there we were fortunate to attend an unveiling of an historical storyboard (created by Peggy) and join the community in a talk about the history of the beach and go on a great hike. Peggy's place is beautiful inside and out but I think the greatest part of Harbour Couture and Southport is its people. From Peggy and Viv to the Avery Family - we were welcome with open arms. It's a place we will not soon forget. Hoping to go back for a third visit.

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Ottawa, Canada

Lovely home and warm welcome

  • 5 of 5

Thanks to Peggy and the other residents of Southport who we met on our two night stay. This is a wonderful location to explore the Eastern Region but would also be ideal for a true getaway. Come spend time enjoying this unique space and community. Peggy is a gracious host and provides all of the little extras to make her guests feel at home and welcome.

  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much Tara. I love your retreat idea - the space is really suited for small groups. And for larger groups there is also opportunity to stay elsewhere in the community and use the Harbour Couture for gathering and sharing meals etc.It was a pleasure having you here Tara. Love to see you again, all the best, Peggy
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Nearest Airport
170 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
32 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
180 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
45 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
30 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
32 Kilometres
Nearest Ski
45 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
25 Metres
Car: necessary


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Southport Chateau / Country House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1400 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Village
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • main Bathroom - toilet , shower
    second Bathroom - toilet
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • master bedroom - 1 queen
    second Bedroom - 1 double
    third bedroom - 1 double
  • we also have a sofabed in lower level sitting room which sleeps two
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • churches
  • festivals
  • marina
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • rock climbing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming

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