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Member since: 2008
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Classic Cottage by the Ocean

42 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


Photos and Description of this Cape Breton Island holiday cottage

2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, sleeps 4

Although most of July-August bookings are filled in Eagles Pass, please check our other cottages. If the dates you are interested in happen to be booked, get in touch with me, as I will have a spectacular new cottage beside the ocean available by that time, which offers the same privacy and spectacular views available at Eagles Pass. SeaSky #203860 is also on the ocean. 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.

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.

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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.

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  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Stewart (Property Manager)
Member since: 2008
Call Manager
Speaks english

About Stewart

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.

Why Stewart chose Cape Breton Island

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.


based on 42 traveller reviews

Classic Cottage by the Ocean
average rating of 5.0 based on 42 reviews
Baden, PA

We loved our stay at the Cottage!

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our week at the Eagles Pass cottage. Our expectations of the cottage were very high, and they were greatly exceeded! The cottage is perched on a cliff overlooking the ocean. It is surrounded by pine trees and is very private. The deck overlooking the ocean is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the spectacular view. The cottage is very clean, well stocked, and has a rustic yet modern decor. Our two girls (14 and 12) loved the cottage and fit nicely in the 2nd bedroom. The views from the cottage and deck are really spectacular. We had a perfect view overlooking the ocean and we could frequently watch eagles perched on rocks at the nearby beach. The beach near the cottage was perfect for swimming. The water was very clear and not too cold. Using our masks, we enjoyed watching lobsters and schools of fish swim by.

We really liked the location of the cottage as well. We were close to two very nice towns (Cheticamp and Inverness), and we were also close to Cape Breton National Park. We went on two amazing hikes; our favorite was probably Skyline Hike. The views seemed to come right from the Cape Breton brochures. Stewart gave us great advice on what not to miss on the island. We enjoyed many wonderful meals including one at the Red Shoe Pub and one at the Glenora Distillery. We really liked the Dancing Goat bakery for lunch sandwiches and cookies. Stewart also recommended the music at the Barn and that experience was truly a highlight of our stay in Cape Breton.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 2, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Amazing spot, spectacular views

  • 5 of 5

This is an amazing spot in a beautiful corner of Nova Scotia (and the world!) The space was VERY well done with exceptional views from the great room and deck...and close proximity to a unique and lovely beach. Highly recommend.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 14, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Eagles Pass Chimney Corner - Dream Come True

  • 5 of 5

While surfing for places to stay in Cape Breton Island we came across Eagles Pass and knew this was the one for us. We booked it immediately and spent an entire year looking at the web-site and. Just coming up the drive to the secluded cottage was pure joy, so much that we even videoed the experience. The cottage is just as the photos show. We spent mornings drinking coffee on the deck and evenings watching the eagles soar right in front of the cottage as the sun set. We weren’t lucky enough to spot any whales but on several occasions seals were frolicking and fishing in the cove before us. The beds are comfy. One night we did require extra bedding as a storm came through. Stewart popped by and lit the propane fireplace for us. We slept like babies lulled to sleep by the waves … and no traffic sounds! Any utensil we needed in the kitchen was available. On our way to Cape Breton from Halifax we stopped in Antigonish to pick up groceries and were lucky enough to shop at a Saturday morning farmer’s market for fresh produce. There are many Co-Op Grocery stores on the island, so don’t worry if you have forgotten something as you will most likely find it. A number of wonderful farmer’s markets on Cape Breton not only happen on Saturday. We were in Baddeck for the day on a Wednesday and came across a farmer’s market there. We purchased some fresh bakery. But please take the time to visit “The Dancing Goat Cafe and Bakery” in NE Margaree on the Cabot Trail for sandwiches, dessert, and coffee. Share your sandwich otherwise you won’t have room for dessert and pick up some cookies to go. We popped in twice and were saddened that we couldn’t get there again before we left. Stewart visited with us a day or so after our arrival and spent time jotting down little tips and notes on a map to help with our site seeing. He is a wealth of knowledge! We would have never known about White Point and it’s serene trail to a plaque dedicated to the Unknown Sailor. Also in Margaree Valley are two places not to be missed. “Cape Breton Clay” has the most wonderful pottery created by our host Bell Fraser. We enjoyed our short visit with her and I came home with a lovely hand painted platter. Another must see is the Margaree Salmon Museum. For only $2.00 it is an interesting museum. A delightful senior who has lived there all her life shared many interesting stories with us and certainly knew all about fly fishing! The cottage itself is really very lovely and we hope to return one day.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 8, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Philadelphia, PA

Best of the Bunch

  • 5 of 5

This is our third summer in Chimney Corner with Stewart. We had the pleasure of staying at SeaSky and Deep Blue Sea the past two summers. Needless to say our reviews for those properties are equally well rated. It has been fun comparing and contrasting each house. They all have their own fun features; however, we really hit the jackpot with Eagles Pass. The layout and furniture are equal parts comfort and cool. The view of the beach below and setting sun from the deck are beyond description. Everything you need for a week away is available at the property and Stewart does a great job giving you the local knowledge and advice. It's an amazing place to get off the grid (but the wireless works awesome if you need to stay connected). If the beach below or the easy chairs on the deck aren't enough for you, Chimney Corner's location to the national park, the Margaree Valley and Inverness make it the perfect jumping off point for many day trip adventures. 100% continued return customers.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 1, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beauty by the sea

  • 5 of 5

Away from the crowds, we often encounter during the summer, Eagles Pass surpassed our expectations as soon as we opened the front door. Beautifully sited and designed, this tres chic cottage ( magazine ready ) takes full advantage of a broad wildflower bluff to ocean with views, including, the enveloping Chimney Corner Beach, with its grassy green and rocky ridge. That is where the Eagles perched and launched, early mornings, during our stay. Bell and Stewart are both artists. Their keen eye, attention to detail ( wifi, micro and spa-like bathroom) and style shines. Though armed with travel guides, Stewart's insider's tips were most helpful. Cape Breton National Park is worth a daytrip with "knock-your-socks" mountain to ocean views, varying flora/fauna, and at dusk we spied moose. We found our own "park" drive another day and enjoyed a private bucolic dirt road coastal cruise ( not far from the cottage). Other day trips included drives along the Margaree River lined in lupine with many stops at The Dancing Goat ( yum for all meals ), a pop into Bell 's shop ( had to buy a piece of hare pottery since we entertained by one on their property) and a "look" at the nice craft shop across from the Goat. We also scoped out Normaway's Barn and made sure to return on Wednesday night for some fiddling and square dancing. What an enchanting evening...spontaneous and genuine. If Hollywood found the Barn " Square Dancing" would be a box office hit. Baddeck, The Red Shoe, Cabot Links were also stops. At the Red Shoe, we had the pleasure to sit with a local couple, who brought us up to speed on cedilidhs, as we listened to one of the greats, Brian Doyle. We left Cape Breton with Celtic songs in our heart and on our car radio. Eagles Pass cottage... you passed with flying colors...thank you, Bell and Stewart ( and we hope to return ). P.S. Loved Margaree Harbor and Lawrence's General Store ( this sort of store is almost a thing of the past, including, the owner, who is quite a gent ).

  • Review Submitted: Aug 5, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Stunning views right from your dining room!

  • 5 of 5

Splendid place, and great location to all that Cape Breton Island has to offer. The drive up to the cottage is rewarded with an amazing view of the ocean. Every day, nature provided a different picture to look at from the dining room. When visiting nearby restaurants, don't be afraid to pop into anyone that you wish, even without a reservation. They are all good and have excellent seafood.

Some recommendations:

1) If you're going to be here in the Spring, bring lots of clothes to layer in. The weather was different every day, and can be cold if you're coming from the South.

2) Make sure you have gas in your car at all times; fill up during the day, and never enter the National Park without a full tank.

3) Bring some basic necessities, like coffee and breakfast, as most places aren't open yet.

4) Expect to do a lot of driving; views are wonderful.

5) Top places and things to do include dinner at Bitehouse, sea kayaking, and hiking/biking the Coastal Trail.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 9, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Golf
15 Miles
Cabot Links, Canada's only Links course, Inverness
Car: necessary

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,


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday cottage in Margarees, Nova Scotia

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21 May 2016 - 17 Jun 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
18 Jun 2016 - 27 Oct 2016
7 night minimum stay
late fall 2016
29 Oct 2016 - 19 Nov 2016
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 15.0%

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

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage rental in Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 768 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Mountain View
  • Oceanfront
  • Rural
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • soap
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • local restaurant guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Room 1 - toilet , shower enclosure , pedestal sink
  • Quaint, modern bathroom with amenities like heated floor, and large tiled shower and pedestal sink. Lots of natural light with a sun tunnel and frosted-pane french door. Easy access for bedroom and for living area.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 large double bed , for one or two adults
    kids bedroom - 1 single bed , 1 child bed , for one adult or 2 kids
  • Master bedroom located on ground floor facing ocean right beside bathroom. Open ceilings but cozy feel. Close enough to the ocean to hear ocean sounds. Spectacular ocean views from the bedroom. Extra/room small bedroom meant for one adult or up to two children only.
  • Books
  • books - fiction/non-fiction
  • Games
  • games - kids
  • MP3 Dock
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Stereo ...
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Deck Furniture
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • wooden decking
  • 2 garden chairs
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • churches
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • snorkelling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
There is an open living area with a 22-foot ceiling, pine beams and ceiling fans. There are opening windows everywhere, and also good ventilation. Kitchen has all equipment necessary for good cooking. For those staying at the cottage more than one week, there is a housekeeper who cleans changes linens etc. once/week. Propane fireplace for early-spring and fall use only. Very private location which couldn't be any closer to the ocean.

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