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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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
This lovely cottage is quaint and rustic. But has everything you would want. The location was prefect for us. We hiked the National Park every day. Lucked out the weather was great. Ate seafood almost every day. Even got some live Lobsters. The kitchen is well equipped. My husband loved the real charcoal BBQ. Wished we booked 2 weeks instead of 1, it was that nice. Clean and very cozy. Also great for our other hobbies, wild mushroom hunting and geocaching. Thanks Stewart and Bell for amazing time.
Ken and Stephanie
The cottage is gorgeous. I wouldn't mind taking it home with me. It was fully furnished and very comfortable.
The condition of the cottage was immaculate. There was a problem with the DVD player, but the owner fixed it immediately. The TV had great reception.
Our cell phones did not work there because of the cottage's location. That caused us some difficulty, but the owner allowed us to use the house phone.
While there are some restaurants close by, you have to travel a bit to get to others.
The kitchen in the cottage is fully furnished with everything you can think of. There is a washer and dryer in the back of the cottage fully furnished with detergent.
We had some freaky weather while we were there. In one instance it was lightly raining on the side of the house, but no rain in the back.
Would I go back? Yes, I would. It's very quiet and peaceful. We actually did nothing one day except stay in the cottage.
I'm looking forward to staying there again in the future.
We love staying at Potter's Cottage. It has become our annual trip and after a long drive it is such a wonderful feeling to pull up to the cottage knowing it is ready for our stay. It is always clean and organized and has everything we would need as we have a young family. We love the cottage feel of the place and enjoy the proximity to many attractions such as the beaches, the town of Baddeck, the music at the Barn, and The Gaelic College. Stewart and Bell are wonderful hosts and are always responsive to any of our questions. We think of it as visiting paradise. We can’t wait to return!
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.
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Late Fall 2016
21 Oct 2016 - 25 Nov 2016
3 night minimum stay
American visitors should know that they are now getting approximately 20% off our published Canadian rate due to the value of the dollar.
50% due on booking; Balance 50% due 60 days before arrival date.
Full refund less $100 ($275CAD for week-long bookings) for cancellation up to 12 weeks prior to arrival dates in june-july. 120-day notice required for May and August-October dates.
MINIMUM 3-NIGHT STAY