1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, sleeps up to 3
Bell and I built the cottage in 1994 as a summer house when we hadn't yet settled permanently in Cape Breton. We are both artists, and when we decided to live here all year 'round, in 1997, we needed more room–we built another building to contain studio and production space and commuted between the buildings every day. Eventually, over the years, we migrated to the larger building permanently, and used the cottage for studio space and for guests. So, the cottage is a special place for us, and we laboured for years to make it right.
Stewart purchased this Cottage in 1994
Why Stewart chose Chimney Corner
Cape Breton is a spectacular place, and the scenery on this stretch of coast is particularly striking; it can also be dramatic, with 130 kph winds at many points of the year. One must keep a clean yard in such conditions! There is such a rich culture here, historically and musically, and life unwinds at its own special pace. We see some of the most dramatic sunsets anywhere, watch whales play in our front yard, and fishermen haul their lobster traps every year. There are the gorgeous rolling hills of Mabou, and the town of Inverness, which offers music, pubs and food; the acclaimed new Cabot Links golf course (rated #43 in the world by Golf Digest) by the sea, which is only 20 minutes away and offers a unique golfing experience in Inverness. Moose, eagles, deer and foxes are regulars. It's easy to meet people, and the daily rhythm here is slower than in most cities; we visit neighbors and friends whenever we can, as we are busy in the summer months. It's also nice to be in a place where you don't need air-conditioning; Cape Breton summers are warm-to-hot in the day, but perfect in the evening, and at the shore there are breezes to keep any bugs at bay. Chimney Corner beach is one of the finest on the island, but because it is not visible from the road, it's usually unoccupied during the week– we love to take our dog Ryder there for a good run.
What makes this Cottage unique
Chimney Corner beach is one of the finest on the island, and it's mostly unoccupied during the week– in addition to the fine beach and swimming, there are interesting rock formations to explore nearby. Cape Breton is a spectacular place, and you'll find the scenery on this stretch of coastline particularly striking. There is no shortage of things to do in the area. There's a lovely new restaurant opening this summer just a half-mile north of this cottage. In addition to Chimney Corner beach, there are other great beaches to check out nearby: Whale Cove (5 minutes away) at which you can explore a fabulous bluff by the sea, with great views north and south, Margaree Harbour (7 minutes away), with its beach and two lighthouses, the Broad Cove area, which offers a spectacular scenic drive, a great beach and a buffalo ranch. Cheticamp, about 20 minutes away, offers glimpses into Acadian culture. Only minutes from Cheticamp is Cape Breton Highlands National Park, with trails, lookoffs and waterfalls. There are the gorgeous rolling hills of Mabou, and the town of Inverness, which offers music, pubs and food; the acclaimed new Cabot Cliffs golf course by the sea (#9 in the world in Golf Digest), offers a unique golfing experience in Inverness. There are also renowned crafters in the area; interesting pottery, quilting, rug hooking, and folk art can all be found locally.
Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
Damage and incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property caused by you or your party during your stay.
Children allowed - no privacy partition on the second floor no privacy partition on the second floor
Max guests: 3 (sleeps up to 3 adults)
Minimum age of primary renter: 21
- Inquire about cancellation policy. We allow cancellations with notice/ refunds depending on how much advance notice we get.
- 90 day notice required for cancellations May to July reservations; 120 days notice required for Aug-Oct. reservations.
- All bookings at this cottage are by the week, Saturday to Saturday only.
My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed staying at Seaside Cottage. The house itself was comfortable, clean and cozy. We loved the open shower with bathroom heated floors. We enjoyed viewing the artwork in the house and appreciated the info on each piece that was included in a very thorough visitor welcome guide which was incredibly handy.
When we arrived, Stewart, the cottage owner, was genuinely interested in helping us to make the trip an enjoyable one. He shared many awesome tips with us based on what we liked to do. He gave some great restaurant recommendations too. He also provided extra wood and candles, due to the fact that hurricane Dorian had recently visited and blew out electricity. Although power was restored, there was still the possibility of outages. We lost it for a short period of time, less than 15 mins.
The beds were comfy. The windows provided amazing views of the ocean and rocks which 2 eagles frequented. Stewart was kind enough to lend us his telescope so we could see them beautifully. The gorgeous beach was a quick 2 min drive.
We are grateful that we found this rental and would love to return to this gem again. Thank you Stewart and Bell.
Fabulous stay in Cape Breton
We had a fabulous vacation experience - even with hurricane winds! Stewart was a great host and we took many of his recommendations including beautiful hikes, fun restaurants and the incredible music at Normaway Inn! Location could not have been better with eagles, seals and even a whale right in front of our cottage. This was one of our most memorable vacations and we can’t wait to return!
Judy and John Miller
Perfect accommodations for exploring Cape Breton Island
SeaSky cabin was the perfect place to stay on Cape Breton Island. We will look no further for accommodations when returning to the area. Highly recommend.
2 weeks of sun and sea
SeaSky is more beautiful and peaceful than the pictures can show. Stewart met us soon after we arrived and we talked for an hour about all the wonderful places and venues around our area of Cape Breton. His suggestions and input were very helpful as we traveled around the island.
The cottage was so comfortable from the beds in the loft area to everything we needed in the kitchen. And the views of the cove and beach and the sunsets each evening from the deck are spectacular. Such a special place as eagles fly by on the breeze in the peace and quite of this incredible property.
Peter & Donna
Absolute gem of a spot!
We had the most amazing time at this gem of a spot and can’t recommend it enough to anyone who is looking to explore beautiful Cape Breton Island. Our hosts were incredibly helpful and provided great suggestions on how to spend our time and what to explore in the area. The cottage was extremely cozy yet spacious and had everything needed for a perfect getaway—check out those views! We can't wait to come visit again!
Cape Breton has been acknowledged as one of the great islands in the world to visit; there's all sorts of oceanfront-related activities: fishing wharves, lots of beaches closeby, whale watching, and swimming.
World-class golf at the renowned Cabot Links and the highly touted Cabot Cliffs is a short-drive. Cabot Cliffs has had many honours, including being listed at #19 on the top 100 courses in the world! There’s also salmon and trout fishing on the world-renowned Margaree River, just minutes away.
This location will be a great base for other trips on the Island, and for checking out local music, entertainment, museums, craft galleries, and good eating. October features the Celtic Colours Music Festival. In our area, you'll also find excellent hiking networks, and access to the National Park, one of the wonders of eastern Canada. When you've finished for the day, come back to comfort and oceanside splendour.