The little blue cottage at Heather Beach overlooks the Northumberland Strait.
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About chloe dresser
We love the Blue Cottage and are disappointed to say the least at the hostile and negative exaggerated criticism of the reviews from 2018. Just a couple of examples: "No real beds-" the queen is a futon mattress, our favorite kind [and the description does state it is a futon]. Both front and rear doors have a working lock, yet both reviews stated there was no rear lock?
chloe dresser purchased this Cottage in 1990
Check-in: 1:00 pm
Check-out: 12:00 pm
Max guests:6 (sleeps up to 4 adults)
100% refund if cancelled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Simple cabin in paradise setting
The cabin is simple but you have everything you might need. It’s an older place full of character. The owners were very accommodating and very quick at communicating. The beach in front of the house is very beautiful and secluded. Interesting rock formations, lots of critters like hermit crabs and sea snails. The water was warm and crystal clear. To get to the beach you have to climb a very steep hill but our children who are 10 were fine doing so. There are stairs few minutes away which make it easier if you don’t wish to climb. One downside was that the mosquitos get into the house and something like mosquito netting above the beds could be a great addition. Overall we had a great stay.
Don't Stay Here
Unfortunately, despite the charming pictures on the site, this is not a suitable place to stay. The beds are not beds, the house was filthy (flies buzzing everywhere, including inside, mold under the cups in the kitchen, no way to prevent bugs from coming into the house, dirt everywhere, etc.), and the owners will try to evade responsibility if you bring up these concerns to them. The house is slanted and the plywood platforms are badly bowed, which in combination with the thin foam mats made it nearly impossible to sleep. There is no lock on the door. There was garbage all over the front yard. The listing describes this as "a couple steps up from camping" but in our experience we've had much better luck with camping, as there are at least bug screens in your tent and access to a clean bathroom. We left halfway through our stay even though we had no other place booked and had to pay out the nose for two hotels during peak season. We didn't want to spend our vacation completely sleep deprived and watching our two year old son covered with flies while he tried to eat breakfast. The owners are very dismissive and unwilling to accept responsibility for the state of their unit. Not recommended. It's a shame because it is a very nice setting.
We stayed here with my parents (ages 80 and 76) and our two boys (ages 7 and 9). It’s a tight fit for 6 but we’re low maintenance and had a blast. We thoroughly enjoyed the waterfront views and ability to scramble down to the pretty beach, where the kids spent hours looking for crabs. We had beautiful bonfires and the outdoor shower was a delight. Despite the mosquitos, we really loved the covered porch off the back, nice for watching weather roll in and out. Nearby Pugwash is a sweet little town and we found that Port Howe was a good jumping off place to visit other places, including PEI where we went for a day trip.
The description of the cottage is pretty accurate - a step above camping sums it up pretty well. From the photos we imagined the cottage was sort of isolated...it is actually part of a little beach community where the houses are very close together. We had a fun family next door and it was great, but it was just different than we were expecting. We had a laugh at the sleeping arrangements...we and our kids used the bunks...a little treacherous for us middle aged folks (watch your head on the lightbulb) and required helping the kids in the middle of the night, but we made the most of it! The futon in the other bedroom was plenty comfortable. One thing to be aware of when traveling with kids…there are lots of nails poking out of walls, some by design as hooks, others just there.
Kitchen is fine for basics but you’d be hard pressed to whip up a gourmet meal there. It’s true there isn’t much air circulation but we relied on the fans provided and it was fine.
Local tips…if you hope for fresh vegetables (or lord help you, are actually vegetarian as we are), the restaurants around this area are abysmal. We found Song’s Chopsticks in Sackville (a quaint college town) and there was a great looking place called Bistro Le Chat Bleu (in stunning Baie Verte) that looked really promising but they were fully booked. The coop in Pugwash doesn’t have much in the way of produce either. There is a farmers market on Sat mornings (we missed it). All to say, I wouldn’t travel to this region for the food unless you can eat your weight in fried seafood, bacon and poutine, haha. It's great for locally roasted coffees and craft beers, and there are some nice bakeries, we liked Sheryl’s where they were so helpful about my son’s allergies. For scenery and beaches, this region is amazing. There were loads of biking trails both around Port Howe and PEI.
Picturesque setting, yucky accommodations
The pictures and description of the shack online are far more poetic than reality. Yes, the ocean views, beach, outdoor shower, and fires in the evenings are nice but the dread of returning to the shack ruined the experience. The shack was very dirty; filled with spiders, their egg sacks and cobwebs; had no real beds; no ventilation; no 1/2 bath; door knobs fell off; nails poked inches through walls; and it was in an overall state of disrepair. Nothing about it was comfortable or clean. The fact that it cannot be locked (there’s no lock on the back door) is just unacceptable.