|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
Eagles Pass is a gorgeous coastal cottage on a 7-acre property five minutes from the Cabot Trail. There’s ocean, a huge beach nearby and breathtaking panoramas because Eagles Pass has windows everywhere, along with a cathedral ceiling, pine beams, and walls finished with white boards inside and cedar shingles outside, in classic Cape Breton style. The kitchen is modern and well equipped, and there is a large deck and BBQ with stunning views of the ocean and beach. Lobster boats haul traps in front, eagles perch nearby, moose, bobcats and foxes make appearances, and whales pass by most of the year; you will wake up to these views each morning and enjoy them all day. You will enjoy seclusion and incredible views in one of the most spectacular parts of Cape Breton. As day turns to evening in technicolor, relax, listen to music or catch up on things you don't have time for at home.
If your dates happen to be booked our other cottages may be available: SeaSky #203860 is also on the ocean, as is TumbleSea 4265347. You can also check The Cape #382569, or Deep Blue Sea #3490361, which are a little further back from the ocean, but offer spectacular views.
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About us...: Bell grew up in Margaree Valley, about twenty minutes from here, while I grew up in Toronto; we both love it here, so being here makes a lot of sense. We opened Cape Breton Clay, our pottery business in 1996 and we've been busy here ever since. Bell is also a painter and I am a photographer and filmmaker. I built this cottage by myself, integrating everything I have learned about building in the last fifteen years. The result is a cottage that has all of the charm of our SeaSky original cottage, but with excellent new amenities, and lots of privacy in a spectacular location right beside the ocean.
Special place....: There is a rich, strong culture here, historically and musically, and life unwinds at its own special pace. Although a three-day visit to the Island is not uncommon, a week is what it takes to really get a sense of the rhythms and charm of Cape Breton. Fishermen haul their lobster traps each year out in front of our cottage. Moose, eagles, deer, bobcats and foxes are regulars. It's easy to meet people here, and the daily pace here is slower than in most cities. It's 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 ocean breezes to keep any bugs at bay. 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.
Other things to do:: There is no shortage of things to do in the area. 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 Links golf course by the sea, which is only 20 minutes away and offers a unique golfing experience in Inverness. There are also renowned crafters in the area; interesting pottery, quilting, rug hooking, and folk-art sculpture can all be found locally.
I built the cottage because I always thought it would be an interesting challenge to build something from the ground up, all by myself. There was a lovely underused spot on the oceanfront property with spectacular views, and after settling on the perfect spot, I started in July of 2009 and worked through the winter and spring to finish. It was more work than I anticipated, but there were also great rewards. It was spectacular to look up from framing a wall to see a bald eagle passing overhead, or a wild hare go by on the new deck as I worked inside. There were also good times with friends and family, as they helped when there was need for more than two hands.
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 new Cabot Links golf course by the sea is only 20 minutes away (rated #42 in the world by Golf Digest) and offers a unique golfing experience. 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.
We ‘re only home a week and already long to return to Eagles Pass in Chimney Corner. Loving our stay at this divine destination last year, we returned this summer and hope to do the same next year. The owners of this property, Bell and Stewart, have created a beautiful experience – this private, clean, comfortably chic (and ready for a photo shoot) cottage is beautifully sited on a wildflower bluff overlooking the ocean. A wall of glass in the living room faces the ocean as well as a lush grassy green ridge and beautiful sandy cove beach (suitable for swimming). We enjoyed the ever-changing vast sky, varying “postcard” sunsets, whales and seals, terns and a tame hare while on the cottage’s deck. This property is peaceful (Stewart and Bell gave us the privacy we like), as well as many of the Cape Breton areas visited – I’ve labeled it our “Private Summer”. We’re used to summer traffic, noise and beaches lined with bathers found frequently at US summer destinations. Torn between lingering at Eagles Pass or making tracks on the island, we tried balancing our time, returning to some CBI destination only skimmed over last year. Some highlights were: walking at Whale Cove, drives river along the Margaree River photographing the fields of lupine, an hour rug hooking class in Cheticamp at the museum, dinner at The Red Shoe, followed by a Ceilidh across the street, a “wow” drive from start to finish through CB National Park, a tour of the interesting Margaree salmon museum, half day at Louisbourg (plan on a full day), lunches at The Dancing Goat and a stop in Margaree Harbor. There are great handmade souvenirs to bring home – our favorites are locally made hooked rugs and Bell’s pottery. Publications such as Travel and Leisure and National Geographic have praised Cape Breton Island for its natural beauty. We’ve found this beauty throughout the island, in the aesthetics of Bell and Stewart’s Eagles Pass cottage and in the residents of Cape Breton. Thank you.
My wife and I had a great two weeks at Eagles Pass and enjoyed it so much that we are going back again next year!
We live in downtown Toronto, tend to stay at high end hotels and were initially concerned about staying in an isolated cottage. And Eagles Pass is isolated - a 15 minute drive from Margaree, 25 from Inverness and 35 from Cheticamp to a gravel road into the site followed by a dirt road to the cottage.
At first it was hard for us Torontonians to get used to no TV and very limited telephone (cell doesn't work until you are up on the hill or in a town).
But that was more a comment on our habits than any inadequacies at Eagles Pass. Once our adrenaline levels dropped and we watched 3 or 4 amazing sunsets, not being able to easily communicate 'outside' or see nightly TV news became unimportant.
The place was immaculate, the furniture modern and comfortable and the facilities a whole long way from rustic. The bathroom floor is heated. We drink tea and found an electric kettle (along with coffee makers, presses etc.). Stewart and Belle have worked hard and thought hard about having all the little things people might need to use.
We visited Inverness (where Cabot Links is located), Margaree and Cheticamp most days. Shopping and restaurants were great!
And the location is serene and view is spectacular! You sit/stand inside or on the deck and can enjoy the vista you see on the web site. The cottage has been designed and constructed so it is oriented around that view. You stay in a picture post card!
For the first week the weather was great and we wanted to see some stormy weather from that location. Fortunately (or unfortunately if you are wishing for bad weather) we got our wish: Hurricane Matthew combined with a cold front and Nova Scotia was hit by a 'twenty year storm' for a couple of days in October of 2016. The wind and rain were torrential, there was damage and power outage in Inverness, internet in Cape Breton went down for a morning but the cottage held up fine, power remained on and we were able to tell worried families who heard about the storm on their TV news that everything was fine at Eagles Pass.
Stewart came by to check on us after the storm and even washed the salt spray off our windows. The dirt road was a bit rutted from the rushing water, but we had had our own adventure without any harm.
Our best comment is we liked Eagles Pass so much we are booking another two weeks for 2017!
My wife and I spent a week at the Eagle Pass this summer for our honeymoon. The photos featured here just captured our imagination, and even so, it far exceeded our expectations!
Before visiting Cape Breton, I am sure I explored online probably every single lodging on the island, and I have to say, Stewart's cottages are by far the best to be found. Stewart and Bell are so hospitable and knowledgeable about all there is to see in the area. Their recommendation of White Point was one of our favorite places. And Stewart even came over to lend us a large pot to steam our lobsters!
Stewart and Bell are both artists, and so the cottages are designed to be incredibly picturesque, with decor and furnishings that just transport you to another time and place. Thr cottages are completely private, so it was perfect for us. And the sunsets are amazing from the deck, or even from the kitchen looking through the giant picture windows.
The cottage was so comfy and beautiful that even though we had really fun activities every day, we almost regretted not being able to spend more time at the cottage.
All in all, if you're going to be in Cape Breton, there is no better place to stay.
I felt like a guest, not a tenant. Stewart and Bell did everything they could to make our stay enjoyable. The cottage was beautiful, spotless and extremely well appointed. The pictures, although gorgeous, do not do it justice. Stewart spent over an hour detailing places we might want to visit. We got to as many as we could but one week was not enough to take it all in. A good reason to return.
Highlights: Cabot Trail (take the route Stewart suggests), White Point (don't miss), Margaree Valley, Cape Breton Clay, Porridge Bread at The Dancing Goat, boardwalk at Inverness Beach, and sitting quietly on the deck.
Do yourselves the favour.
George King, Brian Tanner
My wife and I spent two glorious weeks in Cape Breton at Eagles Pass in Chimney Corner. The cottage was everything as it was described and more. The views were spectacular, the wildlife abundant and the weather was perfect. The location of Eagles Pass is perfect for access to Highlands National Park as well as the local communities where the music was occurring everyday at some venue. The cottage was clean, well appointed and the style was simple and sophisticated, everything you need and nothing more. Just the way we like it. Stewart and Bell gave us all the privacy we needed but were there to answer any questions or give any advice for a great place to eat or the best place to buy lobster. Stewart is a wealth of information on the area and assisted us in finding great hikes and little known gems to visit. We are already planning our return!
My husband and I arrived here on June 4th and we leave tomorrow. Our stay couldn't have been more wonderful. The cottage has the most amazing views!!! The weather didn't cooperate for us but we still managed to see and do so much in our time on Cape Breton. The location of the cottage is great because you can go in many directions and have so many choices of things to see and do. Or you can stay at the cottage and put your feet up and unwind and just soak in the views and relaxing atmosphere. Stewart ensured we were comfortable and gave us so many fabulous suggestions for food, entertainment, sight seeing etc.
The beach nearby is a quiet and beautiful spot. There are too many incredible places to note here - but you won't run out of things to do if you want to explore! And you cannot find a better place to relax.
We will come back and would stay here again for sure!
Don't hesitate to book this special place!
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 (rated #42 in the world by Golf Digest) is a short-drive. 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 Colors 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 splendor.
Other Activities: world-class salmon fishing, beachcombing,
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Spring/ summer/ fall 2017
20 May 2017 - 3 Nov 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
WEEKLY BOOKINGS ONLY (UP TO 2 OR 3 WEEKS), SATURDAYS TO SATURDAYS- CHANGEOVERS SATURDAYS ONLY
50% due on booking; Balance 50% due 60 days before arrival date.
Full refund less $275CAD for cancellation up to 12 weeks prior to arrival dates in june-july. 120-day notice required for May and August-October dates.
If the cottage is booked on dates you desire, please check Homeaway #203860, 382569, 3490361