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Warm soothing spacious renov'd fisherman's cottage, grand view of bay, sunset

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, sleeps 6 on beds (more if use couches, fold-out bed)

Newly renovated spacious 2 story fisherman's cottage. On the upper floor two bedrooms (one the length of the house , the other smaller), a breakfast nook at the back with fridge and microwave, and a large bathroom with a bath on legs from which one has an angled view of the the water. On the landing at front are table and chairs to relax, and look out to sea. Downstairs is fully open except for one bedroom at the front, which has a bay window looking over Cockawit Bay and its glorious sunsets. The same holds for the living room , which has a propane fireplace (very safe, with lovely flames, should fog make it chilly), a table by the window, and a large couch to read and snooze and watch the constant change in sky and ocean.(As one delighted guest said, 'It's like a movie.') The living room is open to dining area and kitchen at the back. Issues: the house sits by the road, so there is some traffic and children must be watched: there are houses to each side. We have TV and internet. There's baseboard electric heating for cool days, as well as a Victorian style (propane) fireplace for both warmth and atmosphere.

More Details

Walter, or Cindy
Member since: 2011
Speaks english, french, dutch
Response time
Within a day
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
14 January, 2018

About Walter, or Cindy

Cindy, a local lady, who did all the renovations along with other members of her family, looks after the house and the guests. She will make sure you have all you need and will likely bring you some of her home cooking (creamed fish chowder etc!). Her sister Romelda will help via the net to make sure you know all about the area and how best to enjoy the many spots that few tourists know about (one of the nice things about staying in Woods Harbour is that you'll likely be the only tourists--yet the area has an astounding array of wonderful sites and activities to offer).

Walter, or Cindy purchased this house in 2004

Why Walter, or Cindy chose Lower Woods Harbour

I saw the house from afar on the web, and instantly fell in love. There was a hole in the roof, water poured down to the kitchen, the rooms were small and dark, it was oh so cold when I visited (and especially when I slept there during efforts to get to know the space and what to do with it). But with the help of Cindy (who did the interior finishing and bought the furnture) her brother-in-law Ricky (carpentry), and the latter's wife (Cindy's sister) Romelda (who brought ideas) the place turned into a lovely, wide-open haven--a joy to stay in and relax on rainy days, and a fine spot from which to watch the magnificent sunsets directly out the front door on Cockawit Bay.

What makes this house unique

Being away from the tourist crowd. Making contact with fine local people, and through them learning of the local fishing industry--and where to get the best fresh lobster and fish (the harbour is just minutes away). Being in a place suitable to total relaxation and lazing about, but also a fine base from which to visit astounding beaches, other nature sites, and cultural riches (the Acadien village to the west), all within easy distance. Whether you wish to be active, or just to sit back and read and snooze, this house will give you a fine experience--everyone who has stayed there comes away amazed at the peaceful, warm atmosphere inside, and the beauty of Cockawit Bay, whether seen from inside or from the water's edge (the neighbour who owns the field across the street does not mind if people spend time down there). In short, come and enjoy. I wish I could get away more often to enjoy the house and Cindy's hospitality.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house rental in Lower Woods Harbour

Property Type:
  • house
Accommodation Type:
  • Guest House
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Free Local Calls
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , bath with shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , view of water from tub, which is of the type with feet
  • The second floor bathroom is large--it used to be one of the bedrooms. The bath makes for grand relaxation, and opening the curtain offers a few of the bay. (No one can see you at that elevation.)
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 large double bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 large double bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 large double bed
  • The couch in the living room is large enough that an average adult could easily sleep on it. The downstairs bedroom-study has a large bay window in front with a fine view of the water. All the rooms are furnished sparingly, with antiques. Decorations have deliberately been kept to a minimum in keeping with the peaceful feel of the house (though the small bedroom has somehow acquired the name of Lavender Room.)
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Outdoor Grill
  • long term rentals available
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • Babysitter
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • pier fishing
Two ladies in town will be pleased to bring you their favorite fish and lobster dishes, and one of them will make sure you have all you need, stock the fridge with standard necessities, and clean up after you have gone. If you wish, she can come in and make breakfast for you, but most of our guests to date have preferred to have total privacy and not to be disturbed. Either way, you will enjoy meeting these ladies immensely, and they will tell you what are the best sites about, the easiest way to get to a sand beach, the best place to see birds etc. etc. .


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Warm soothing spacious renov'd fisherman's cottage, grand view of bay, sunset
average rating of 5.0 based on 5 reviews

Family of four...had a great time

  • 5 of 5

We had a great relaxing week in this beautiful cottage. You couldn't ask for nicer people than Cindy and her daughter who provided us with great information on what to see locally, the best beaches, a good restaurant to try, etc. Cindy brought us over a bottle of homemade wine which we enjoyed while watching the amazing sunsets from the front deck. She also brought some fishing lures for the boys to try squid jigging on the wharfs down the road. We did several day trips which included whale watching from Lunenburg and the Acadian Village in Pubinco. The cottage is nicely updated and spotless. The boys enjoyed the high speed internet access as well. Our last night at the cottage, Cindy came over with a homemade chocolate pie which was a big hit. We had a great time and wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to our friends. Thanks again Cindy and Walter.

Tim and Paula

  • Review Submitted: 16/08/2015
  • Date of Stay: August 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Bev W.

  • 5 of 5

Thank you so much for your hospitality and to Cindy for the jams and pickle preserves, they were much appreciated!

Our 85 year old parents really enjoyed having the bedroom and bathroom on the main floor.

We loved the amazing sunsets, views and of course your beautiful and very comfortable house. We visited Yarmouth, Shelburne and the Acadian Village in Pubinco and did a lot of scenic drives on the Lighthouse Route. Next time we visit this area, we will bring our motorcycle. Many blessings upon this house!

  • Review Submitted: 13/09/2014
  • Date of Stay: September 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fabulously enjoyable experience

  • 5 of 5

This was one of the best vacation spots of our life. A charming cottage away from the city in Woods Harbour, directly across from the ocean with water and sunset views stunning enough to make any picture look like it has been photoshopped. Cindy came by and we shared a happy hour glass of Nova Scotia wine accompanied by NS cheese and crackers purchased along the way. We asked her to join us and she collected the names and the flavors to make recommendations for future guests. She told us not to buy anything else for the house, just call her and she’d deliver. Cindy is super knowledgeable about the area and gave us recommendations and honest feedback and asked for ours in return. She told us about restaurants and attractions. Next night she came back and dropped off a “little” something for us to try. From her personal bounty she brought us homemade – everything! Homemade salsa, two types of homemade jelly, and two bottles of homemade wine; she apologized for being out of canned beets, her specialty. We found that this was just a kindness precedent for all of Nova Scotia. Our family had a fabulous time, thanks in no small part to the thoughfulness of our kind hosts, who regularly went out of their way to make our stay exceptional. My hope for New England is that we all catch the Nova Scotia Bug!

Merci Beaucoup!

  • Review Submitted: 10/07/2014
  • Date of Stay: June 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Warm, Inviting and Peaceful

  • 5 of 5

During the third week of September 2013, my husband and I had the good fortune to spend a relaxing week in Walter’s absolutely charming home. Situated in the quaint and friendly town of Barrington, we found this rental to be everything, and more than advertised, the home, which has been beautifully updated, is warm and inviting. The atmosphere is that of home rather than a house. The property is a nice size, and well maintained with a lovely ocean view. We loved the wonderful mix of cosy century home living, coupled with the luxuries of updated appliances within a nicely stocked kitchen. We enjoyed the comfy living room which faces the ocean and boasts breath talking sunsets. We were well received by Cindy who is the house keeper (lives off sight), and Remelda who provided us with terrific local information. She has a good knowledge of the area and gave us excellent site seeing advice. Although, never intrusive, both ladies made herself available as needed, and were both personable and well organized. As Walter mentions in his description of the property, the ladies are more than willing to provide fish or lobster dishes on request. As suggested, we did take advantage of the offer and had the best fish n chips dinner EVER! Walter was both prompt and very helpful in correspondence. Overall it was a pleasurable experience, and we would not hesitate to return.

Michele and Matt

  • Review Submitted: 20/09/2013
  • Date of Stay: September 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: How pleased we all were to have these fine guests stay at our place and to get such positive feedback from them. They were kind to the two local ladies who make sure there is nothing lacking in the house and advise on the best local spots to visit. Throughout, they relished the warm atmosphere and size of the accommodations, and the beautiful Woods Harbour sunsets. And before taking off for elsewhere, they made sure the place was spotless. We'd be happy to have them back anytime.
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Immaculate Retreat near the Ocean

  • 5 of 5

Just spent a relaxing few days in this wonderful immaculately clean house across the road from the ocean. Sitting by the propane fireplace watching the sunset and the lobster fishing boats was heavenly. Both the owner and the local contact were very helpful. I would also recommend The Lobster Shack in nearby Barrington.

  • Review Submitted: 17/04/2013
  • Date of Stay: April 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: These guests could not have taken greater care of the house nor been kinder to the staff. What a joy for us all to meet such fine people and to hear they found the place as inviting and warm as advertised--and that to the point they've determined to come back later this season. How we'd love to have all our guests of this caliber--and perhaps over time as we develop a loyal clientiele it will be just so. ..
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Nearest Airport
280 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
60 Miles
Yarmouth (from Maine), Digby (from New Brunswick)
Nearest Train
280 Miles
Nearest Motorway
25 Miles
Car: necessary

The house is on the road, on the side opposite the ocean, directly facing west onto Cockawit Bay. When approaching from Barrington, the house is on your right, about six or seven properties past an abandoned yellow three story building (also on your right). On your left at that point is the entrance to the harbour and a fishplant. If your are coming from the Yarmouth side, there's a three story white building on your right (the museum), followed by a Baptist church on your left, and the house is six or seven properties on your left from that. Everyone will know the house renovated by the 'doctor' and will be pleased to direct you. If you have any problems, ask for Cindy Goreham, who looks after the house.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday house in Lower Woods Harbour

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
28 Aug 2017 - 1 Jun 2018
2 night minimum stay
summer 2018
2 Jun 2018 - 2 Sep 2018
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add AU$12 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $70.00. Extra fee $30 for one or more dogs.
We are strictly non-smoking: no smoking allowed on the premises, even outside. Added fee of $500 if cigarette smoke detected,as all bedding, drapes, and rugs must be sent to the cleaners. We have regular guests who are highly sensitive to this odour, and that holds true for the owner and the maintenance staff as well. .

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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