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On The Cabot Trail, Cape Breton Island.

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, Sleeps 4

The Little Tarbotvale House is located in Tarbotvale on the Cabot Trail. It is near the road but tucked in so that it remains private. It is between Baddeck and Ingonish where there is golfing, boat tours, beaches, museums, restaurants and shopping. It is a short drive to many hiking trails and the beautiful scenery this Island is renowned for.

The Little House is located between Ingonish (Cape Breton Highlands National Park, Ingonish Beach and Highland Links), and the Gaelic College of St Ann’s Bay, and Baddeck (Alexander Graham Bell Museum, Bras d’Or Lakes, Bell Bay Links).

It is 5 minutes from IronArt and Leather Works artisans, and a few more minutes to pottery, glass artisans, and many other artisans around the Cabot Trail.

It is 15 minutes away from The Lobster Galley restaurant, Clucking Hen Café, and Moe’s fish and chips; 5 minutes to Simply pizza; and many more places as you go farther north or south.

You can go on hikes without taking your car, or starting 5 minutes away by car is the Red Island Trail which takes you to the ocean. 10 minutes away is the North River Falls hike which takes you to the highest waterfalls in Nova Scotia. There are endless hikes on Cape Breton Island in the National Park and outside of the Park.

North River Kayak is 10 minutes away, Puffin Boat Tours in Englishtown is 10 minutes away. There are sail tours in Baddeck and whale watching from Ingonish to Cheticamp.

3 minutes away in July, August and September at St Ann’s Tea Room there are intimate concerts every Tuesday and Friday evening at 7:30 with traditiional music

In October there is the Cabot Trail Writers Festival at the Gaelic College (15 minutes), and Celtic Colors concerts all over the island with nightly After Hours at the Gaelic College.

I live just over the mountain (or around the corner is easier) only 5 minutes away on my bicycle. I am usually available to answer questions, and enjoy sharing what I know about the area.

History of the little house: When Malcolm MacLeod was tired of living by himself on the family farm high up on the mountain by himself, he asked Bucky down below if he could build himself a little house on his land. He built the house in the late 60's and arranged to leave Bucky the house when he passed away. 40+ years ago when I moved here at 18, we would go to Malcolm’s for tea. He would tell us stories of the ‘old days’ when he would have a small herd of 30 or so deer grazing on his meadows, or when he would go west to Saskatchewan on the ‘harvest trains’ to help take in the crops. I found this particularly fascinating as I would hear the stories from my uncle on the farm in Manitoba of the trains dropping off men from the east to help out on the farm at harvest. They had outbuildings set up for these hired hands.

Bucky and Margie moved into the house after renovating it in the 80’s and now Margie has moved on to live in Baddeck near her daughter. And that brings us to now.

It has two bedrooms, a bathroom, living room, kitchen and small entry. One bedroom has a queen bed (a piece of art made by 2 local artisans, Luthier, Otis Tomas, and iron worker, Gordon Kennedy), the 2nd bedroom has a double bed made by local woodworker Larry Mikol. The house is fully equipped, including towels, soap, land phone, wifi, tv, rocking chair in the kitchen, washer and dryer, and art on the walls.

There are large opening windows all around which provide lots of clean outside air, plus a view from all rooms of the outdoors. The atmosphere inside is one of being at the cottage, and everyone who comes to stay don't want to leave.

More Details

Marcelle Lavoie
Member since: 2015
Speaks english, french
Response time
Within 12 hours
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
15 August, 2017

About Marcelle Lavoie

I grew up in rural Manitoba working in my dad's general store.

I moved to Cape Breton Island at 18 yrs of age in 1973.

Built and ran the Wreck Cove General Store on the Cabot Trail from 1976 to 2014 (39 years).

Raised my family of 4 living above the store.

Am passionate about people. I am not a profusely mushy, in your face, kind of person. I just am sincerely interested in hearing people's stories, or just hearing about them. I love listening.

I am a certified Postural Alignment specialist which is about helping people regain a good posture which alleviates a large number of chronic pain issues related to faulty body mechanics.

I am a skier, hiker, and avid outdoors person who is quite familiar with our Island. I can inform travelers on how we can enjoy rainy days while on vacation here; many places to eat; hiking trails right here in our immediate area or around the National Park; where to go for whale watching, kayaking, boat tours, x-country skiing and snowshoeing; museums, historical sites, art galleries, artisan shops.

If unwinding is something important to you, I am particularly good at giving information on how to do that in our area which is mostly a natural environment.

I can also direct you to more invigorating activities but it all is about doing these things in in nature.

Marcelle Lavoie purchased this house in 2015

Why Marcelle Lavoie chose Nova Scotia

This property is very dear to me because when I came here at 18 I would visit old Malcolm MacLeod who built this home and we would visit over tea. He was born and grew up around the corner on top of a mountain, and lived there into his late 70's. The history of this area is so interesting. We can still walk over the mountain to the North Shore via the old main road where farms were located. It is difficult to imagine living in those places today. The settlers grew their food, made their clothing, and traveled on foot or by horse.

Nearby all summer, every Tuesday & Friday, there is a Ceilidh (informal concert) with traditional music with tea/brownie/oatcake at intermission. It is in the evening, is very casual, and a wonderful place to meet locals & fellow travelers.

Little Tarbotvale House is 2 miles from the ocean, a walk to the Barachois River, very central to all of Cape Breton Island, is very private, located in a beautiful setting, and is reasonably priced. Of course you cannot see the ocean but you will end up paying double or more for that view.

What makes this house unique

Little Tarbotvale House is a skip and a jump to the ocean, a beautiful drive to anywhere you need to go, and has pretty much anything you need provided for you as an accommodation. I love living here because of the community and think that anyone who enjoys nature would love it here.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house rental in Tarbotvale

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower enclosure
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Both bedrooms have very comfortable mattresses. The Queen bed in one room is a piece of art made locally as a joint project between our local Ironart farrier Gordon Kennedy and Luthier, Otis Tomas. The double bed is also made locally by a local furniture make.
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • forests
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • sailing
  • ski
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
For more detailed information contact me and I will do my best to answer your questions.


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average rating of 4.9 based on 10 reviews
Peterborough, Ontario, Canada

Great location

  • 4 of 5

Perfect location on the cabot trail. All the amenities you could ask for and Marcelle is very helpful with advice and anything you might need.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 10, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A lovely base for touring Cape Breton

  • 5 of 5

The cottage was charming--spacious and well-equipped. The location worked well for hiking in the park, taking a boat cruise on Bras d'Or, attending a ceilidh, checking out the local artists, or relaxing with a good book.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 22, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Super Nice Place on the Cabot Trail

  • 5 of 5

This cottage was perfect. Super comfortable and we were able to settle in very nicely for the week. Everything worked well and it had all the necessary supplies and facilities we needed. The furniture, housewares and decorations were what we may have chosen for ourselves. This in itself made us feel like valued and trusted guests. And the home-baked welcome muffins were delicious and we also enjoyed the freshly ground coffee to get us going on the first day. Thank you Marcelle!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 21, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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A perfect place for Cape Breton vacation

  • 5 of 5

Marcelle’s cottage was a grate place to stay for a family of 4 (two adults and two kids 7 and 11). All Cape Breton attractions are within driving distance and driving on Cabot Trail is always a thrill by itself. The cottage is very clean and has all necessary for comfortable living including heat when needed. Highly recommended and would stay again.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 16, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Blue Hill, ME

Beautiful location

  • 5 of 5

A neat, comfortable, and very well-equipped cottage, only 100 yards from the Cabot Trail. Marcelle, our host, was great to work with. She put a delicious home-made apple pie on the kitchen counter to welcome us, and she answered any question we might have. There is a guest book which she has filled with interesting details of the history of the house and excellent tips about places to visit in the area. If you would like a small-splurge dinner out, I would highly recommend the fine food at Telegraph House in Baddeck, 21 km away.

Marcelle's house is a great place to relax. It is quiet and its yard is surrounded by handsome forest. The beds are extremely comfortable. Great shower. The two nights we needed heat, it worked perfectly. The kitchen had everything one could want. And the house was spotless. I would recommend it with great enthusiasm.

The geographical location is first-rate: the house is equidistant from Baddeck, The Northern Highlands, and Louisbourg, all of which are must-sees. We saw a lot every day, and the house was welcoming place to stay on our returns in the evening.

Thank you, Marcelle!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 28, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Good location for touring Cape Breton!

  • 5 of 5

The Tarbotvale House worked very well for our family of four (two adults and two college-aged sons). The house was fairly central to many activities on Cape Breton. The house was equipped with the basic necessities. The beds are super comfortable, and our eldest son enjoyed sleeping in his tent in the backyard. The heat worked great during a cold and rainy day! We crammed in quite a lot of activities during our 5 night stay, but we all agreed our favorite eatery was Moe's in Englishtown. His fish n' chips tasted especially good after a nice hike to Uisge Ban Falls outside of Baddeck. The Clucking Hen in North Shore (just 10 minutes up the road) was perfect for Morning Glory muffins and Cinnamon Rolls in the morning. Dinner at Lobster Galley (about 15 minutes away) was very nice. Make sure to reserve a table at the window overlooking St Anns Bay. The Red Island Trail hike is just a few minutes away and offers views of 3 waterways, including the ocean, the Barrachois River and Big Pond. Marcelle, the host, was very nice and accommodating. We especially appreciated the guest book that included all sorts of information about the house's history and things to do.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
100 Kilometres
Sydney, Nova Scotia
Nearest Barpub
40 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
11 Kilometres
Englishtown Ferry
Nearest Golf
40 Kilometres
Bell Bay, Baddeck or Highland Links, Ingonish
Nearest Train
240 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
7 Kilometres
Simply Pizza
Nearest Beach
16 Kilometres
Little River Shore
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Damage Deposit A$200.56

Cancellation with 30 day notice: 80% refund
with 14 day notice: 50% refund
with 7 day notice: 20% refund
with 24 hour notice 10% refund

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.

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