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Spectacular St. John's Area Oceanfront Cottage

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,050 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Two Bedroom One Bathroom Fisherman's Cottage With Panoramic Ocean Views

Please note: VRBO defaults to showing rates in US$.

Our rates in Canadian $ are as follows - $185/night (3 night minimum) or $1,250/week (low season) $220/night (3 night minimum) or $1500/week (high season)

****Breakwater Cottage is a licensed tourism establishment with a 4 star Canada Select rating.

Breakwater Cottage is a quaint, renovated 19th century fisherman's cottage perched on the side of Big Hill in the historic fishing village of Petty Harbour - 15 minutes from downtown St. John's. A March 2014 Canadian Press article said this of Petty Harbour, "...south of downtown St. John's, it's one of the most photogenic seaside towns in the province." Blessed with spectacular panoramic views of the harbor, surrounding hills and Motion Bay, you can watch passing fishing boats, crashing waves and occasional whales, otters, bald eagles and icebergs from the 500 square foot wrap around deck. The beautifully landscaped grounds feature an array of perennials and stone walls and are regularly visited by birds and butterflies. The cottage and neighborhood are recognized for their beauty and have appeared in television commercials (NL Tourism -2011, Rogers Communications -2010), Hollywood films (Rare Birds – 2001, Orca – 1977) and a 2005 Explore magazine article on the East Coast Trail that is only steps away. There will also be a feature article on the cottage in an upcoming (2018) issue of local publication Home and Cabin Magazine.

A great base for visits to St. John's and surrounding area, Petty Harbour itself offers activities such as zip lining with North Atlantic Zip Lines, whale watching with Ocean Quest, fabulous meals at Chafe's Landing Restaurant, coffee at the Watershed Cafe, craft shopping at Herbie's Old Shoppe, the Petty Harbour Mini Aquarium and the Island Rooms/Fishing for Success. The cottage is fully equipped and perfect for small families/groups, couples or professionals coming to St. John's on shorter term work contracts or for conferences. Come stay at Breakwater Cottage for your next visit to St. John's. You'll be right next door, but a world away...

Highlights of the Cottage:

Breakwater Cottage is a traditional two story cottage built circa 1898 - 1899. This (just over 1,000 square foot) home can sleep up to 4 maximum with 2 bedrooms. The cottage has been beautifully renovated and appointed featuring a mix of modern and antique furnishings and local artwork.

Some of the highlights include:

Second floor:

One full bath with shower and soaker tub

Master bedroom facing the ocean with queen size bed and new Euro-top mattress, plush duvet, ultra soft linens, homemade patch work quilt and an ocean view deck.

Second bedroom facing the harbor with two twin beds, new Euro-top mattresses, plush duvets, ultra soft linens, homemade patchwork quilts and beautiful views from all windows.

First floor:

Washer, dryer and dishwasher

Wireless internet, cable TV, DVD player, stereo,

Large private 500 square foot deck with great panoramic harbour and ocean views, outdoor patio furniture and BBQ.

Bright, clean fully equipped kitchen

Dining room with seating for 6 (6.5 foot high ceiling)

Living room with windows offering a magnificent view of the harbour and ocean (6.5 foot high ceiling)

Jotul Norwegian wood-stove in porch open to the dining room.

We also offer a selection of local books/magazines, music and movies/shows for you to enjoy.

What our guests have been saying (highlights from our reviews)

“Breakwater Cottage took our breath away!...”

“…the nicest vacation we have ever had…”

“…Our stay at Breakwater Cottage was definitely a highlight of our trip…”

“…The house and fishing village are a true taste of Newfoundland….”

“…The location and the view were beyond our expectations…”

“…It was a pleasure to walk through each room of this quaint and comfortable cottage filled with local artifacts, artwork and photographs…”

“…We have rented vacation homes in England, France, Italy and many spots throughout the USA but this was by far our best experience…”

“…the cottage offers stunning views of the bay and the village, is exquisitely appointed, and offers absolutely everything one could wish for in terms of comfort and ease...”

“…The property will exceed all of your expectations- cleanliness, comfort, furnishings and decorating immerse you in Atlantic coast culture and tradition…”

"Relaxing inside or being on the deck is as much a part of your holiday as your daily explorations..."

“…Our only complaint about Breakwater Cottage is that it is so hard to leave! We would recommend it to anybody…”

“…Geoff and Elizabeth have created a lovely place to stay. From the linens to the coffee to the decor to the view, nothing is lacking….”

More Details

Geoff and Elizabeth Coughlan
Member since: 2016
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 23, 2018

About Geoff and Elizabeth Coughlan

Geoff and Elizabeth grew up in and around St. John's and have a love of fishing, gardening, hiking and the outdoors. Our professions involve coastal and ocean science and education and we're happy to share the beauty of Petty Harbour and Breakwater Cottage with you.

Geoff and Elizabeth Coughlan purchased this cottage in 2005

Why Geoff and Elizabeth Coughlan chose Petty Harbour-Maddox Cove

The chance to regularly enjoy the waves crashing on Mad Rock, watching whales from bed or the wrap around deck, gazing at the surrounding hills, picking blueberries, fly-fishing, the coming and going of fishing boats, the East Coast Trail in our backyard, wonderful neighbors and piece of mind - all minutes from the amenities of St. John's.

What makes this cottage unique

The amazing view, beautiful gardens, falling asleep to the sound of waves, the mix of antiques and modern furnishings.


Petty Harbour-Maddox Cove Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1050 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:30 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
  • Shower with soaker tub
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , Eurotop mattresses, quality linens, patchwork quilts
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Eurotop mattress, quality linens, patchwork quilt
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming


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(29 traveler reviews)

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Spectacular St. John's Area Oceanfront Cottage
average rating of 5.0 based on 29 reviews

Amazing place

  • 5 of 5

Breakwater Cottage is an amazing home vacation, its cozy decoration it's a extension of the lovely atmosphere is Petty Harbour. The deck has a 180 degrees view from the harbour and the Atlantic Ocean. I had such a great time there, looking forward to come back.

  • Submitted: Dec 11, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great place!

  • 5 of 5

Lovely home owned by great people. The view is beautiful. Nothing like wake up in the morning with the sound of the waves and the ocean smell. Highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Nov 21, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks M. We're very happy you enjoyed your time at the cottage. Keep us in mind for next year. Geoff and Elizabeth
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A Perfect Fit For Us

  • 5 of 5

We loved everything about this cottage. From the gorgeous wrap around deck to the incredible views of the fishing boats and harbour. We spent 9 cheerful, relaxing, fabulous days here. The cottage was spotless and we were supplied with all the amenities we needed, and then some. The kitchen was especially well equipped. We loved meeting the neighbors and the fishermen down on the wharf. We fell in love with the gentle people of Petty Harbour. It was a quick drive in to St. John's and we did a fair bit of touring, including Cape Spear which is close by. We hope to return some day, and next time will stay longer as this was a perfect fit for us. Thank you so much for everything.

  • Submitted: Sep 24, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much Golda and you're very welcome. Great that the cottage was a perfect fit for you and John and that you hit it off with the locals. The people of Petty Harbour are wonderful indeed. We hope you make it back again. Geoff and Elizabeth
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What a setting!,

  • 5 of 5

Breakwater Cottage has everything you could need. The house itself is very well equipped and the views are stunning. A nice touch to meet the owners as well. Can thoroughly recommend staying here. Robert and Barbara

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Robert. I enjoyed the chat we had with you and Barbara when my mother and I dropped by. Hope the rest of your vacation was enjoyable and that the trip back to the UK went smoothly. Perhaps we'll see you again. Geoff and Elizabeth
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Beautiful Cottage!

  • 5 of 5

We've just spent two weeks at Breakwater Cottage and it was the nicest vacation we have ever had. The cottage is located in a working fishing village with a view of both the harbour and the ocean, the views are not only interesting they are also spectacular! The wrap-around deck proved the perfect spot to read our books and just take in the amazing ocean air, as well as whatever activity was going on in the village.

At the same time the cottage is a very quiet and peaceful spot. The windows open to the sea air were absolute bliss during the night for sleeping, we haven't had such good rests in years! This vacation was such a welcome break and relief from our busy urban life in Ontario.

Geoff and Elizabeth are absolutely lovely hosts, so attentive and helpful with terrific tips on any activity. We did lots of really amazing hiking on the East Coast Trail (one section of the trail, a particularly beautiful one over Motion Bay, is easily accessed by foot from the cottage). We saw whales almost every day, on one afternoon they were just outside the harbour so we had front row seats from the deck of the cottage! We went to great restaurants, all on the recommendations of our hosts, our favourites were Chafe's Landing (right in the village!), The Merchant Tavern on Water Street (great cocktails and oysters) and Pillato on Duckworth Street for amazing pizza.

The cottage itself is beautifully decorated and has a superior level of comfort. The beds are made up with hotel linens and gorgeous duvets. There were loads of fluffy towels and plenty of hot water. The windows are fitted with blinds to ensure a sleep-in if desired and the entire cottage is well-organized and perfectly clean. The kitchen is so well-equipped, we wanted for nothing and we cooked many meals at the cottage. The laundry machines are a welcome bonus and you must use the outdoor clothesline for truly beautiful smelling clothes dried in the air from the sea. Bliss!

We have rented vacation homes in England, France, Italy and many spots throughout the USA but this was by far our best experience. It's not the norm to find a vacation rental that ticks all of the boxes, and to have find it in such a wonderful spot as Petty Harbour Newfoundland really makes this rental a true gem. Be sure to check out the many books and DVD's on the history of Newfoundland that are provided as well, so interesting.

We can't wait to get back to Breakwater Cottage! Thank you Geoff and Elizabeth.

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow Danielle! Thank you so much for that wonderful and comprehensive review. You, Peter and the kids really had the full Newfoundland experience and you captured it so nicely with your writing. We really appreciate the positive comments on the cottage and comparison to vacation rentals in different parts of the world. In this our second season it's nice to know we're hitting the mark. Glad you enjoyed our tips and I really enjoyed the chat we had on the deck. You mentioned a potential return visit down the road so we look forward to seeing you again. Geoff and Elizabeth
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  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our 2 week stay at the Breakwater Cottage! The cottage was very clean and well equipped. The views from the deck are amazing and the owners very friendly.

We would definitely stay there again.

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Maureen. It was great to meet you, Ray and your daughter. I especially enjoyed my chat with Ray the morning I was down to cut the grass. We hope to see you again for some of your future reunions. Geoff and Elizabeth
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Nearest Golf
15 Kilometres
Glendenning Golf Course
Nearest Restaurant
500 Metres
Chafe's Landing
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $46.74
Damage Deposit $155.79

Credit cards (via Homeaway Payments), e- transfer or money order.
50% due at time of booking, balance due 14 days before arrival
Booking with Breakwater Cottage indicates agreement with our policies
Rental agreement to be signed.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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