2 bedrooms, 2 baths, sleeps 6
- english, german, francais--un petit peu
I fell in love with the sea and the scenery of Cape Breton, but it is the people who have won my undying affection. I was a garden writer who has now turned to crime. Dying for the Christmas Rose, my first garden mystery, was published in 2012. Murder Houose, a Cape Breton Mystery was published in summer, 2014. Currently, I'm working on Corpse Finder, my third.
carole purchased this House in 2003
Why carole chose Skir Dhu
This property, nicknamed 'Faraway,' is utterly beautiful, peaceful, and far away from the rest of the world--a perfect place to write, read, and renew.
What makes this House unique
The sounds of the waves at night, the moon shining over the sea, the seals that swim by the house, the eagles that fly up and down the coast, the cormorants that dive for fish, the wild strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries in season, now and then the sight of a moose grazing or a whale swimming by. Favorite things to do: Eat pannekoek, a Dutch crepe, at the Dancing Moose, 42691 Cabot Trail, 902-929-2523. Have lobster dinner at the Lobster Galley, 51943 Cabot Trail, 902-295-3100 Have lunch or dinner with a glass of wine at the Clucking Hen, 45073 Cabot Trail, 902-929-2501 Buy fresh fish from the truck at Baddeck's weekly market (usually Wednesday afternoon), buy artisan bread and organic vegetables, too! Buy lobster in season when the lobstermen come into the wharf at Little River Rd, 3 miles south of the cottage Eat lunch on the casual porch at the Seagull Restaurant in Ingonish, 902-285-2851 Eat mache, Alpine strawberries, and (later) blueberries right out of the garden Have coffee on the veranda looking out over the water. Have a glass of wine on the veranda looking out over the water. Read on the veranda or one of the decks looking out over the water.
100% refund if cancelled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date.
We loved being right on the ocean and enjoyed the visit of a large family of grey seals one morning. The house is very comfortable for two couples: one caveat is there are no blinds on the windows which made for early starts the the day!
The property and location on the beach is just breath taking. A great area to relax and explore different parts of Cape Breton!! We will plan a return trip next year.
Peaceful, private, and oh so pretty
Two couples shared Faraway for a week in early July and couldn't have been more enchanted. The setting was superbly beautiful, very private, secluded, peaceful and quiet. The house itself was lovely, roomy, comfortable, fully outfitted and clean. The view from the roomy front deck was outstanding looking south to the rocky bluffs (stunning), and north to the meadow and rock beach. The ocean was right out the front door, ever-changing, and just a joy to experience at various hours of the day. We saw seals and diving gannets, and were amazed by schools of mackerel making their way north, undulating and frothing in the calm water. We wouldn't have known what we were witnessing if it hadn't been for caretaker Dave, a lovely and helpful man. We so enjoyed watching the lobster boats every morning, exploring the beach (excellent rockhounding), and dipping our toes in the chilly French River. The trail down to the beach was through the meadow, then down a fairly steep trail with a rope rail to assist. It was certainly do-able for my bunch of young senior citizens… slow and easy was the ticket. Faraway was close enough to many touristy things north and south, such as the spectacular Cabot Trail, Ingonish, Baddeck and the Bras D'or Lakes area, and there's a beautiful sand beach about five minutes up the road. Four excellent restaurants were very close (The Clucking Hen had the BEST butter tarts we've ever had, and the pizza at Simply Pizza was excellent), groceries were about 30 minutes away, and a general store for sundries was just up the road. We have experienced many, many rental properties over the years, and Faraway exceeded our expectations in every way. Carole, thank you for sharing your special, magical place. We so hope to return.
This thoughtful review captures the magic of a stay on Cape Breton Island. There is wildlife, spectacular scenery--ocean, mountain, wood, and meadow--the comfort of a home away from home, and the company of delightful Cape Bretoners.
Lovely, lovely place.
This is an immaculate home on a stunning property. This is a modern and very well-provisioned home. We saw seals many times and many, many birds, including an eagle skimming the coast right in front of us. There were blueberries and strawberries in the garden which was a real treat for us. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and whole-heartedly recommend it to others. We hope to come back to Cape Breton in the future and our first choice for lodging is Faraway.
Those who most enjoy staying at the house are those who fully appreciate Cape Breton’s spectacular wild beauty.
A beautiful and wonderful place
My husband, 3 1/2 yo son and I had a wonderful week here. The house is beautifully designed and very comfortable. The numerous windows provided constant views of the surrounding beauty. We loved the rocky beach and spent hours down there exploring and collecting rocks. We had several nice day trips to Baddeck, Ingonish, White Point and Pleasant Bay. Mostly we enjoyed just relaxing at the house, loved waking to the lobster boats off the shore every morning! Thank you so much!
I'm delighted that our guests enjoyed the house and its setting as much as we do.
This home is well cared for and stocked for all your needs by the owner. We also enjoyed meeting Dave, the neighbor and caretaker who was able to supply us with lobsters at a very reasonable cost when we wanted to dine in. As prior renters have indicated you must shop in Baddeck because there is nothing nearby. The owner does give good advice on the nearby places to eat and we were lucky to be there when Kitchen-Fest was going on with some of the best Celtic music on a nightly basis within a short drive. The home is as advertised except the owner should change the listing for Sat/Cable tv as this is not provided. It is a great place for solitude and re-charging. The only recommendation I would give is for the owner to put some kind of rollup shade for the bedroom as the lobster boats start at 4:30 am with their lights just offshore and it would make sleep easier. It is a wonderful place to stay to appreciate the solitude and beauty that is Cape Breton.
This is a fair review. I will certainly take the advice offered and find a suitable shade for the bedroom window to make sleeping more peaceful for guests.
Within a short drive you can find: places to hear Cape Breton's fabled music, restaurants, lakes in the mountains, the 'artisan's loop' where artists and craftsmen display their works, Cape Breton National Park with its beaches, golf, and trails, and, all around you, spectacular scenery.