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'Maggie's' - a Charming Country Farmhouse Lovingly Restored

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 1,400 sq ft
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 1 - 9 nights


About the property

3 bedrooms plus foldout sofa in loft, sleeps total of 8, 1 full - 1 half bath

Maggie's is an authentic Cape Breton farmhouse built at the turn of last century and restored so as to maintain its original charm and character but include modern conveniences and appliances. Many of the original furnishings and antiques from its past remain in the house. This part of Cape Breton was settled by Scottish homesteaders between 150 and 200 years ago. The son of the original settler, Angus Smith, built the house from wood he cut, milled and planed by hand for his bride - Maggie. Since she outlived her husband by many years the property became know as 'Maggie's Place'. We are proud to continue the tradition.

Staying at Maggie's is more than the usual holiday experience. To quote one of our reviewers, '...It was like we had stepped back in time and we had this beautiful historic house all to ourselves. This is a home where you can feel not like a tourist but like a local for a while - you feel like you belong.'

Maggie's is ideally located between the Highlands National Park and the village of Baddeck. and therefore an excellent place from which to explore Cape Breton, the Cabot Trail or just to relax. The area has numerous and varied hiking trails - some of which start at the back door of Maggie's. There are several sandy beaches nearby. The closest one is a 5 minute drive away and is adjacent to the local fisherman's wharf - where in season you can buy lobster and crab fresh from the boat. You may also arrange to go fishing or sightseeing on one of the many boats in this harbour or whale watching on charters nearby. Cape Breton is famous for its strong Celtic and Acadian cultures. It apparently has more fiddlers per capita than any other part of the world. You may attend a local 'Ceilidh' almost any night or Celtic Colours - the 10 day international festival in October. Several restaurants are within easy commuting distance. For those interested in our rich history, the Alexander Graham Bell Museum is a 45 min. drive and the historic Fortress of Louisbourg is less than 90 min. away.

Maggie's comes furnished with well equipped kitchen, barbeque, washer, dryer and high-speed wireless internet. It also has a spacious deck. The three bedrooms each have their own charm and period furnishings. The upstairs loft has a double sofa bed and privacy curtains. The dining table - also built by hand - comfortably seats 10 and more. The large kitchen has a fireplace / wood heater as well as a breakfast nook which seats 4.

More Details

Property Manager
Uli or Cathy Nikolai
Member since: 2011
Speaks english, german
Response time
Within 12 hours
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
16 June, 2018


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday farmhouse rental in Skir Dhu, Nova Scotia

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1400 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Access to barn, attic and cellar not permitted.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • soap
  • Bottled Water
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Mosquito Magnet
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , bath with shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 double bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double bed
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double bed , Pull out Sofa Bed
    Bedroom 1 - 1 large double bed
  • We have three bedrooms. The fourth 'bed' is a pull out sofa in an upstairs family loft / den which can be screened for privacy.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • books - fiction/non-fiction
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Walkway to Water
  • wooden decking
  • 4 garden chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • forests
  • museums
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
The eat-in kitchen has a wood burning fireplace / stove. A large Family Loft upstairs has a sofa bed. The deck has a patio table, and chairs.


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'Maggie's' - a Charming Country Farmhouse Lovingly Restored
average rating of 4.96875 based on 32 reviews

Country Inn Charm

  • 5 of 5

Our family enjoyed our quick stay. House has so much to offer. Well equipped even with lots of Cape Breton information from hikes to restaurants, history and more. Uli was able to guide us to their rocky point across the street and a beautiful beach down the road which we enjoyed walking and seeing the sunrise from both places. Wish we had time to enjoy their beautiful home and sit on the deck or swing in the hammock. Such a relaxing home away from home and more. We were welcomed with a cozy fire when we arrived which Uli was so kind to start on that cold evening. So much available space to use in the house. This is a very special place. We went to Cape Breton to get in a lot of hiking and sight seeing. We found this spot central to all we wanted to do in the park, on the other side in Cheticamp and more. It was a perfect location. We were spoiled staying here!

  • Review Submitted: 05/09/2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind comments Sue. It was a pleasure meeting and hosting you and your lovely family. We look forward to having you back on our Island in the near future. Safe travels till then.
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Maggie's farm is a wonderful, warm old place with lots of charm and character.

  • 5 of 5

Maggie's was a perfect place from which to explore the Cape Breton Trail and Fortress Louisburg. We loved coming home to Maggie's, which was the best of both worlds -- old and modern. We wanted for nothing in terms of modern conveniences, yet felt we were living in a house that spoke of yesteryear. We very much wanted lobster at home but weren't sure where to acquire it. Our host very kindly offered to be our broker, getting them straight from a lobster fisher at a very good price. They were in the fridge for us when we got home. We only had three days at Maggie's and wished we could have stayed a week -- or more.

  • Review Submitted: 21/06/2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location, charming in every way!

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and our hosts were generous and accommodating. They went out of their way to make our stay at Maggie’s a fabulous experience! We would love to stay there again!

  • Review Submitted: 09/06/2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A balm for body and soul.

  • 5 of 5

Nestled deep in the quiet woods on Cape Breton's majestic Cabot Trail, Maggie's is a beautiful, well-equipped, and well-maintained home away from home, where weary travelers will find rest and healing for body and soul. The owners, Uli and Cathy, who live just around a bend in the road, are the most gracious hosts you will ever meet, carefully thinking through every detail to ensure that you feel at home and make the most of your stay in this beautiful part of the world. For hikers, there are miles of pristine trails with ocean views accessible from just behind the house. There are two lovely restaurants nearby and several shops featuring local crafts. Maggie's is ideally located for those who want to explore the Cabot Trail, visit Baddeck, a lovely harbor town on the Bras D'or Lake and home of the Mabel and Alexander Graham Bell Museum, or make the trip to Sydney, a former steel and mining town steeped in history. Maggie's is a very special place that will leave you wanting to return again and again.

  • Review Submitted: 15/10/2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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The best value on Cape Breton, the character of an older home with all the modern conveniences.

  • 5 of 5

Uli met us and was very generous with his description of the property and the area. He and Cathy treated us like old friends when we stopped by to drop something off. We were then invited to accompany Uli and his dog for a hike in his enchanted forest complete with rock totems and a waterfall.

We so enjoyed the slower way of life and quietness while there.

The entire experience was a wonderful find.

Looking forward to returning some day.

  • Review Submitted: 08/09/2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Truly Charming!!

  • 5 of 5

Maggies was even better than we had hoped. As we pulled into the driveway my girls were so excited that it looked better than the pictures. They loved the idea of staying in a charming farmhouse and it was charming! Uli was waiting for us at the door to welcome us and give us a friendly tour of the home. The home was charming and comfortable. It had everything we needed. Our children range in age from 4 to 17 and they all loved the stay equally. The house is the perfect quiet location right on the Cabot Trail just minutes to a spacious and gorgeous beach that Uli directed us to. Uli and Cathy were excellent in their communication and service. They were caring and generous hosts. We found the house to be a great home base for exploring the Cabot Trail and also heading to other attractions such as the Fortress of Louisbourg. Uli was a wealth of information for things to do and places to see. We are still pining for Cape Breton Island and would definitely return for another stay at Maggies.

  • Review Submitted: 30/08/2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
100 Kilometres
Sydney, N.S.
Nearest Barpub
25 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
80 Kilometres
Newfoundland Ferry
Nearest Golf
25 Kilometres
Highland Links
Nearest Motorway
25 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
1.5 Kilometres
Mermaid Seeker
Nearest Ski
20 Kilometres
Cape Smokey
Nearest Beach
3 Kilometres
Little River / Ingonish Beach
Car: necessary

Skir Dhu is on the world famous Cabot Trail 30 minutes from Ingonish, Cape Breton Highlands National Park, the Highland Links Golf Course and Ingonish Beach. The house is situated on an 85 acre property with two large ponds, hiking trails and old-growth forests. There are numerous opportunities for hiking, beach combing, fishing - both fresh and salt water. Local fishing wharves and beaches are nearby.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday farmhouse in Skir Dhu, Nova Scotia

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Spring Discount 2018
22 Jun 2018 - 5 Jul 2018
3 night minimum stay
6 Jul 2018 - 8 Sep 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add AU$10 per night, per additional guest
9 Sep 2018 - 10 Nov 2018
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add AU$10 per night, per additional guest
Celtic Colours Festival
5 Oct 2018 - 13 Oct 2018
9 night minimum stay
Flat fee

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning AU$101.76

Renters pay half of the total as a deposit in order to reserve the rental home.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

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