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The Best Ocean View Vacation Home in the Maritimes--Breathtaking

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,000 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms + Loft, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 8), 3 Queen Beds and 2 singles.

Consistently rated 5 STARS by our guests over the years. Take time to read the reviews before you decide and you will understand why 'majestic' is the word most often heard from newcomers to Kelly's Retreat at Livingstone Cove. This beach cottage was completed in 2007 and sits on a rugged hillside facing west, ready and waiting for you to enjoy tonight's enchanting sunset over Northumberland Strait.

This home is of post and beam construction, using 100% native Nova Scotia timbers. Plentiful and large windows allow for multiple and majestic views from virtually every room. Enjoy the sight of Prince Edward Island and Pictou Island from the 500 sq ft glass railed deck. See the local lobstermen from nearby Livingstone Cove set their traps and haul their delicious treasure during the season, then, most summers, the whales start to play just offshore while cruise ships, fishing boats and yachts of all sizes pass quietly in the distance.

The entire second floor is the Master Suite featuring a large bedroom with a queen size bed, a huge bath with a whirlpool tub and a beautiful loft with a queen sized Murphy Bed looking down on the living area and the ocean. The main floor features your family room with leather furniture, a soap stone wood stove and a flat screen HD TV, dining room, two bedrooms and a bath all surrounding the modern and fully equipped oak kitchen. The second bedroom features a queen size bed and a perfect view of the fishing fleet at Livingstone Cove. The third bedroom, tucked in the southeast corner of the house, has two twin beds arranged in trundle fashion.

Bald eagles, hawks and deer are seen on the property most days. If you are a lover of hummingbirds, our feeder is busy from sun up to sun down.

From this home you can hike the extensive Cape George Trail System, ride bikes, kayak, canoe OR sit and read, sleep, beach walk, stay in bed all day just watching mother nature's daily theater played out over the ocean.

Come and enjoy this unique home. You will leave with a renewed sense of calm and integration into this beautiful natural world all around us.

Keywords: Ocean-side home, Solitude, Country retreat

More Details

Joe Kelly
Member since: 2009
Speaks english
Response time
Within an hour
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
11 June, 2018

About Joe Kelly

We are a couple of empty nesters who live in Florida and Nova Scotia and travel between the two in our little van camper with our two Labrador Retrievers.

Joe Kelly purchased this house in 2007

Why Joe Kelly chose Livingstone Cove

This property takes my breath away every time I go there. You will see exactly what I mean as soon as you arrive.

What makes this house unique

Peace, quite, wildlife, beauty and all the comforts of home. Anything else you might need is just down the road in Antigonish.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Caught 6 giant Bluefins, two over 1000 pounds plus 3 seals. Life is good.
Sep 2012
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house rental in Livingstone Cove

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 9:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Max. adults: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , bath with shower , Common bathroom on first floor
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower enclosure , jacuzzi , Master suite
  • Whirlpool tub in master bath
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 large double bed , Master suite
    Bedroom 3 - 2 single bed , Trundle bed
    Loft - 1 large double bed , 1 murphy bed , Queen size Murphy bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 large double bed
  • 3 Queen size Beds , 2 Twin or Single Beds
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis ...
  • 4 bicycles
  • 8 garden chairs
  • 8 beach chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • jacuzzi
  • churches
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • racquetball
  • sailing
  • snorkelling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing


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The Best Ocean View Vacation Home in the Maritimes--Breathtaking
average rating of 5.0 based on 38 reviews

We loved everything about Livingstone Cove

  • 5 of 5

This was great venue for out graduation family/friends party of 5. Lovely view , everything we needed to feel right at home .

  • Review Submitted: 09/05/2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location, great house.

  • 5 of 5

Unbeatable views and location. Host was very friendly and helpful. Very top notch home in a beautiful location. I will be back!

  • Review Submitted: 16/10/2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Jack. Glad you and your party enjoyed your stay. Hope to see you again next year. Joe Kelly
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This our third stay at Kellys retreat , we love it , and will be back next year

  • 5 of 5

The property is very well maintained , and every in perfect working condition and of course you can't beat that view

  • Review Submitted: 24/09/2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Manny for your kind words. We will keep Kelly's Retreat at Livingstone Cove just the way you like it for your visit next year. You are a great guest. Best Regards, Joe Kelly
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Lovely house, amazing setting

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time at this fantastic house: it's sturdily constructed, spacious, tastefully decorated, well equipped (down to cooking ingredients, including a wide variety of spices!) and the view was just amazing! Among the highlights of our trip were eating seafood at Boyds Seafood Gallery, and the Sunset Cabana (food truck) on 245; hiking at Arisaig Provincial Park and Cape George, swimming at the beach just north of the Sunset Cabana ("Pirate's Path"), and walking from the house to Livingstone Cove along the beach/rocks. We also enjoyed hanging out on the deck watching the ocean. We were fortunate to have amazing weather when we were there. All and all, a fantastic holiday!

  • Review Submitted: 12/08/2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Great to hear such a positive review. Our streak of satisfied guests continues and so will our efforts to please our future visitors. Hope you and your family can visit again some day and remember to tell your friends. All the best in the future Susie. Thanks
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Love the cove!

  • 5 of 5

Spent a few days with my family at Kelly's, including a couple of teens and a grandmother. Spectacular retreat for all ages. The interior is perfectly designed for a relaxing vacation- comfortable, clean, tasteful, fully equipped and spacious. Hard to describe the ocean view. It just has to be experienced! Would book it again in a heartbeat.

  • Review Submitted: 23/07/2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Dave. Nothing I like more than hearing from people who enjoy Kelly's Retreat at Livingstone Cove as much as I do. Don't forget to tell your friends and thanks for taking the time to write. Joe Kelly
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Lovely shoreline property with lots of room

  • 5 of 5

We loved staying in this big house and using it as a base to explore Halifax and take bike trips. Lots of space to spread out in, and amazing sunrise views from big picture windows and the deck.

  • Review Submitted: 15/07/2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the stellar review. Glad you enjoyed your stay.
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Nearest Airport
120 Miles
Nearest Ferry
35 Miles
Ferry to Prince Edward Island
Nearest Golf
16 Miles
Antigonish Country Club
Nearest Train
65 Miles
Nearest Motorway
19 Miles
Trans Canada
Nearest Restaurant
18 Miles
Downtown Antigonish
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Livingstone Cove
Car: necessary

Kelly's Retreat is less than 20 miles from all amenities listed above. Great spot to use as home base for day trips to Cape Breton or PEI


Rates & Availability

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Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee AU$182.86
Pet Fee AU$67.73
Damage Deposit AU$677.25

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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