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Potter's Cottage in Lovely Margaree Valley

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms1
Space 139 m²
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights

Overview

About the property

3 Bedrooms, 1 bathroom, 6 people

This country cottage is located in the heart of Cape Breton's Margaree Valley, known for its lush beauty, its proximity to the Cabot Trail and the top-knotch salmon fishing in the Margaree River. Located beside the Nile brook, this is the childhood home of renowned potter Bell Fraser, who has an established gallery in a barn on this property, but lives nearby on the coast in Chimney Corner.

The grounds are lovely and the trees put on a colourful show in fall. This home was built in the 1950’s, but has seen many improvements over the years; there's a renovated bathroom, hardwood floors, a fully equipped kitchen (with tile backsplashes executed by the potter). There are also a deck for BBQ’s, a living room, dining room, and a screened porch, which is perfect on a summer night.

There’s salmon and trout fishing, and excellent craft galleries nearby. We offer satellite TV, Wi-Fi and more, so you can unwind after a day on the Trail, the beach or any other day trips.

More Details

Property Manager
Stewart
Member since: 2008
Speaks english
Response time
Within 12 hours
Response rate
100%
Calendar last updated:
19 September, 2017

About Stewart

Bell's father built this cottage in the 1950's for his growing family. Bell eventually took the property after her mother and father passed away. By that time, we had already built a house in Chimney Corner, on the coast. We still use the barn on the property during the summers to operate a gallery for our work, Cape Breton Clay, but the barn is far enough from the house to still afford complete privacy.

Stewart purchased this cottage in 1955

Why Stewart chose Nova Scotia

This cottage is only two minutes from the Cabot Trail, and in one of the most beautiful, pastoral spots on Cape Beton. There are big lawns, lots of flower beds, trees, and a babbling brook which runs beside the property. The cottage is set back quite far from the road, and there is a generous driveway. You will also be close to a number of excellent eateries- good for brunches or excellent dinners. You're also a stone's throw from one of Canada's finest heritage rivers, the Margaree River, renowned world-wide for its salmon and trout fishing.

What makes this cottage unique

In addition to all of the features above, the Potter's cottage is only a couple of minutes from the Dancing Goat bistro, which has gained a reputation Island-wide as the 'go-to' eatery, serving fresh, delicious breakfasts and lunches, along with all kinds of coffees, pastries and other fresh-baked goods. There is also a good general store closeby, which stocks everything you will need, and has its own butchery.

Map

Car: necessary

You’re close to most of the things you might like to see on Cape Breton. The Cabot Trail is two minutes away, and the ocean twenty minutes; there are four spectacular beaches which await you there. Cape Breton Highlands National Park is forty minutes away. You can also use our Potter’s House as base for striking out to other parts of Cape Breton, like the golf courses in Baddeck and Cheticamp, The Cabot Trail, the historic Fortress of Louisbourg, or the excellent hiking trail networks in Margaree and Mabou.

You’re also next to the Normaway Inn, which offers excellent food in its lovely dining room, and features local musical talent most nights of the week, in addition to concerts and dances at “The Barn” a renowned attraction for local residents and visitors alike. There’s another excellent restaurant nearby at Big Intervale Fishing Lodge, and the Dancing Goat Bakery & Cafe for excellent fresh pastries, sandwiches and soups.

Other Activities: Local paved airstrip closeby.

Amenities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage rental in Margaree Valley

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 139 m²
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • River
  • Rural
  • Water View ...
Theme:
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • soap
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 7 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , bath with shower
  • Good-sized, newly renovated 3 pc. bathroom on main floor, with new fixtures.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 large double bed , 1 sofa bed/futon , ensuite bathrm.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double bed , 1 single bed
  • Spacious veranda on main floor. I bedroom on the first floor, next to bathroom and living room; two bedrooms on the second floor.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • books - fiction/non-fiction
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Veranda / Loggia
  • wooden decking
Suitability:
  • long term rentals available
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • rafting
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • water tubing
Notes:
'Ultra' high-speed (5 mb/s) wireless broadband. Ipod player available. Satellite TV features movie and sports channels.

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
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Potter's Cottage in Lovely Margaree Valley
average rating of 4.769231 based on 26 reviews
4

Ideal Spot

  • 4 of 5

Our foursome enjoyed the accommodations very much. We found the cottage clean and everything in working order. The setting is very picturesque and the location is just right for exploring the Cabot trail. We were able to drive the west coast one day and the east coast the next day and thus keep the driving time down. If your group has some limitations along those lines, Margaree works very well

  • Review Submitted: Sep 16, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Peaceful Cottage in Beautiful Valley!

  • 5 of 5

We very much enjoyed our five night stay at the Potter's Cottage in Margaree Valley. The house is well laid out, with two sitting areas, two places to dine and a spacious yard in which to play. We spent most of our days exploring the coast, but loved coming home to cook a good meal and play Scrabble. We loved stopping at the Dancing Goat (just down the road) for a fabulous breakfast before adventuring out - not to be missed! We hope to have a chance to return to the area and especially this cottage.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 31, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

The best in Margaree's valley

  • 5 of 5

I'm so glad that I booked this cottage. The cottage has the old world charm that tells the story of the lovely Margaree valley. Very roomy, fits 6 people easily. The general.store done the road has everything you need to cook a decent meal. We made dinners and breakfasts during our stay and the whole family sit in the screened porch and enjoy them together.

We visited many places where only the locals knew- Chimney corner, Whale cove, Belle cote, and Margaree river right behind the cottage. Oh, check out the sunset at Margaree harbour!

There is about 20 mins drive to the beach, 45 mins drive to the national park, the scenery on the way is breathtaking.

We absolutely loved our stay.

Chun and family from Minnesota

  • Review Submitted: Jun 30, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Spruce Grove, Alberta
5

Please, can we stay forever??

  • 5 of 5

The property itself and the Cottage are beautiful. Inside the Cottage, all your needs are met. There was not one time when I said "Gee, I wish this place had a - - -" -- it was there! Comfortably furnished and beautifully decorated, there were many of Bell's touches throughout the Cottage -- the stunning backsplash and tiles in the kitchen, the bowls. I loved the little lizard tiles in the sunroom. I loved the sunroom!!

Internet was great. Good strong signal. TV reception was perfect. Of course there was no cell coverage, but that it through most of rural Cape Breton. Not much can be done about that.

One thing I did appreciate very much, and I'm not sure if it's standard at Potter's Cottage, or if we just got lucky, but I was delighted that there wasn't a fridge-full of left-over food as is very common at most VRBO's we visit. I know people are reluctant to throw away "perfectly good food", but trust me -- I for one am never delighted to open a fridge only to find it half full of random condiments and dairy products -- especially since I always buy our own on our way to whatever accommodation.

Bell's pottery studio is on the grounds, but tucked away to the side, so privacy is not an issue. In fact, a visit to the studio is a wonderful benefit to being there. There's not a lot of traffic, and after the end of the day, you have the grounds to yourself.

Rooms are very comfortable. The bathroom is great, but here is something you need to be aware of. The bathroom is off the main downstairs bedroom, and when being used, you need to close two doors. It was not an issue for us, but if absolute privacy is a deal-breaker, just be aware so that you are not surprised and review negatively. It is private ... but close by, if you know what I mean.

For restaurants, should you choose to dine out, there's the magnificent Dancing Goat on the main road -- 4 kms from the Cottage. It's also near the Normaway Inn on Egypt Road -- fine dining and often music and dancing. There is a restaurant at Lake O'Laws where I had a lobster dinner -- two lobsters!! -- for $30.00. And we thoroughly enjoyed a lovely drive on a rainy afternoon to the Glenora Distillery, just a bit past Inverness. They have fiddle music from 1:00 - 3:00, great local beer, fabulous food (best fish cakes I've ever had) and of course, their award winning Glen Breton single malt whiskey.

I would recommend this property whole-heartedly and would return in a heart-beat.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 8, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Cozy, relaxing, well equipped cottage

  • 5 of 5

The Potter's Cottage is a charmingly rustic, cozy refuge nestled in a quiet, lush forest-type landscape. We found this property to be immaculately clean and the bed and living room furniture very comfortable. Lofty down comforter, just the perfect pillows, and good quality linens on a comfortable bed made for a good night's sleep.

The kitchen is equipped with everything we needed and the bright enclosed veranda was a favorite place to eat and relax. Great laundry facilities and and cleaning supplies made it easy to feel at home rather than living out of a suitcase.

Although there was not cell phone coverage (a bonus for us actually), the cottage provided reliable WiFi to keep in touch when necessary.

Communication with Stewart (the owner) before, during and after our stay has been excellent. He is fast to answer any questions and very helpful with information about the area and activities. We recommend contacting the Normaway Inn to find out the schedule for Celtic music Ceilidhs at 'The Barn' and making your way down to Invernes

  • Review Submitted: Aug 6, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Tolland, CT USA
5

Breathtaking Cape Breton

  • 5 of 5

The Potter's Cottage in the Margaree Valley on Cape Breton Island is a wonderful respite on a magical isle. The cottage is immaculate with a well equipped kitchen, comfy beds, down comforters and located on a beautiful piece of property. After a day taking in the incredible scenery, coming "home" to the cottage is a relaxing end to the day.

The cottage is just off the Cabot Trail and provides easy access for driving to all points of interest. Stewart provides excellent suggestions for daily itineraries. The Co-op and Petrol station are close by as well as the Dancing Goat for delicious breakfast, lunch and bakery items.

Bell is the lovely co-owner and an extremely talented potter and artist. Her detailed black and white nature drawings enhance her graceful pottery. Bell and Stewart are gracious hosts and make you want to return.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 10, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday cottage in Margaree Valley

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
CAD
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Early fall 2017
8 Sep 2017 - 29 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
A$167
From
A$167
Fri,Sat,Sun
A$1,030
 
 
Celtic Colours 2017
30 Sep 2017 - 22 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
A$172
From
A$172
Fri,Sat,Sun
A$1,131
 
 
Late Fall 2017
23 Oct 2017 - 30 Nov 2017
3 night minimum stay
A$151
A$990
 

Additional information about rental rates

******ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON CANCELLATIONS*********

CANCELLATIONS - A ninety-day notice is required for cancellations on May-July reservations; a 120-day notice required for August-October reservations). Cancellations that are made more than 90 days (120 days for Aug.-Oct. reservations)  prior are charged $275. Cancellations or changes that result in a shortened stay, that are made within the  90 (or 120 days for Aug.-Oct dates) of the arrival date, forfeit the full advance payment. Cancellation within 60 days of arrival/ after balance paid will result if loss of payment. Cancellation or early departure does not warrant any refund of rent or deposit. Cancellation before or after arrival due to illness or family issues does not warrant any refund beyond what is mentioned above. (However, if possible, guest/ owner will try to “replace” guest by opening up week/time booked on cottage online calendar, and owner will offer some refund if it is rebooked in this way).



American visitors should know that they are now getting approximately 30% off our published Canadian rate due to the value of the dollar. Canadian visitors should check when they are making request whether rates are being quoted in US$ or Canadian funds.

BOOKINGS IN ONE WEEK BLOCKS ONLY; UP TO TWO OR THREE WEEKS- CHANGEOVERS ON FRIDAYS ONLY

50% deposit at time of booking by credit card. Balance due on card 60 days before arrival. If dates requested fall within 60 days of booking request, all funds will be payable at booking date.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
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