Nova Scotia boasts cosy, welcoming cottages that make for a lovely oasis away from the hustle and bustle. Whether you want to reside closer to nature or closer to a city, there's a place for you.

When Europeans were exploring the new world and developing areas modeled after their own countries, Scotsman Sir William Alexander asked himself, "Why not New Scotland?". When Alexander visited the rolling green hillsides of eastern Canada, he found an environment that so reminded him of his home that he named it after Scotland. Nova Scotia translates to New Scotland in Latin.

Today, Nova Scotia is a beautiful place to visit at any point throughout the year where you can spend ample time enjoying the gorgeous natural scenery that will feel like you're looking at a postcard that has come to life. From the green stretches of land to the sandy shores, there's plenty to enjoy outdoors here.

But that's not all that Nova Scotia offers. The province is loaded with cultural attractions and activities that centre around everything from history to art to live musical and theatrical performances and everything in between. You won't want to miss the excellent shopping opportunities to score a wonderful souvenir to remember your trip. When you need a break, be sure to check out Nova Scotia's restaurant scene.

With so much excitement and adventuring, it's important to have the perfect spot to rest your head each night to get a good night's sleep. Without the further ado, here are five of Nova Scotia's best vacation rentals!

1) Cheticamp House

When you stay at Cheticamp House you may feel like you've actually travelled to Scotland with amazingly green views of rolling hills and sparkling waters, both of which you get with this four-bedroom, two-bathroom home. Inside, you'll get a true cottage feel and warm, lightly coloured walls make the living areas feel bright and homey whether you're relaxing on the family room couch, cooking a delicious meal in one of two kitchens or eating that tasty cooking around the dining table.

Each of the four bedrooms features a colour theme (purple, green, yellow and white) and either a queen or double bed. All are sure to be quite comfortable and have you drifting off to the sleep in no time each evening. And don't worry about fighting over the bathroom in the morning. Each has its own shower, speeding up everyone's morning routine.

Cheticamp Beach is only 8 kilometres away and just 16 kilometres away is Cape Breton National Park where you can enjoy an adventurous hikes.

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2) Michaelmas Cottage

Rustic charm perfectly sums up Michaelmas Cottage, where you'll find six total fireplaces, some of which are original to the home. The cottage itself was built by Benjamin Rumsey in 1769 and sits on an acre of mostly fenced land overlooking the Bay of Fundy.

Much of the home retains its original charm with warm colours on the walls and wide planks covering the floors. The allure continues into the kitchen with the a large brick oven, and through the home with skylights, rafters across bedrooms and sloping ceilings. The cottage offers lovely views of South Mountain.

The master bedroom boasts a queen bed warmed by a fireplace while the second bedroom features a double bed and another fireplace. There are also two pull-out couches for extra sleeping space. The main bath is outfitted in colourful tiles surrounding a large tub while the second bathroom has unique fish sinks. The cottage is not far from Granville, a lovely town along the shore.

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3) Digby Cottage

This home on Seawall Hill rests on 3 acres of oceanfront property, creating a private oasis for your Nova Scotia stay. The two-bedroom, one-and-a-half bathroom cottage combines Old World charm with modern amenities complete with warm wood paneling, stone fireplaces and unbeatable views of the water. Inside, the great room boasts an impressive 27-foot cathedral ceiling, and the cook of the family will appreciate the stainless steel appliances.

deck wraps around much of the home, making an idyllic spot to sip morning coffee as you watch the sunrise or for some relaxing with a glass of wine at night. Each of the bedrooms features queen size beds outfitted with cosy cotton sheets and gorgeous duvets.

Just one kilometre from the cottage in Seawall Beach with its red cliffs, and 15 minutes away is Fundy Beach where you can enjoy a day on the water. The town of Digby is full of fun activities including golf, tennis, a pool and spa, hiking, whale and bird watching and much more.

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4) Margarees Cottage

This two-bedroom, one-bathroom cottage sits in 130 acres, ensuring you have total privacy for a truly romantic Nova Scotia getaway. Plenty of windows keep the home bright and sunny, and a cathedral ceiling adds elegant drama to the space.

You can enjoy gorgeous views of the water throughout the Cape Breton-style cottage as well as from the deck, where you can catch glimpses of moose, eagles and other wildlife, or just enjoy the lobster boats as they pass by. The nearby forest is a great place for a hike, and there's plenty of culture to explore in the area.

Inside, rustic charm meets modern luxury with exposed ceiling beams and stainless steel appliances. The bathroom features a heated-tile floor and large shower, and the master bedroom boasts a queen bed where you can enjoy the ocean views. The second bedroom is outfitted with a twin bed and there's also a sleeper sofa.

You'll be near Chimney Corner BeachWhale CoveMargaree HarbourCheticamp and much more.

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5) Green Gate Cottage

As soon as you pull up to this three-bedroom, three-and-a-half bath cottage you're sure to be impressed. The stately home stands on the waterfront with two floors and not one but two large decks that will instantly put you at ease. And with 3 acres of wooded and oceanfront land, privacy won't be an issue.

Up to eight guests can stay here comfortably, so it's a great place for larger families or a group of friends. Three of the four bathrooms feature shower and tub combos, so mornings can move quickly. The first bedroom boasts a kind bed as well as deck access and its own private bathroom. The second and third bedrooms feature queen beds as well as window seats offering breathtaking ocean views and private baths. The fourth bed, also a queen, can be found in the loft area along with a sleeper sofa.

Clean white walls and tranquil, light colours keep it feeling open and airy, and the open concept in the living area makes for a great flow without separating everyone. During your stay, be sure to explore Cabot Trail, roast some s'mores around the firepit and let the ocean noises soothe you as you lounge on the deck.

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