A waterside cottage with two bedrooms, two canoes and an airy screen porch.
- french, spanish
We live in Washington DC, a mile from the Capitol and 20 hours drive from South Harbour. But we fell in love with Cape Breton, and this house, on our first visit. So the rest is history.
Owner purchased this Cottage in 2015
Why Owner chose Dingwall
Friends invited us up in August of 2015 and this house was available for rent. It was also for sale. After four days we realized it had to be a part of every summer, and the entire family, so we took the leap. South Harbour and Aspy Bay are pretty far from the rest of the world, which is precisely what makes the setting so potent. All distance is paid back in equal wonder.
What makes this Cottage unique
For unspoiled beauty and sheer diversity of activities, there are few spots on earth that can rival the outer end of Cape Breton and Aspy Bay in particular. We're located at the heart of all that.
Check-in: 2:00 pm
Check-out: 12:00 pm
We may allow a dog under certain circumstances.
Minimum age of primary renter:30
100% refund if cancelled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Great place, with personality!
Quiet, beautiful spot! Friendly area. We enjoyed sunrises, canoeing, and puzzles. We really appreciated the home feeling, with lots of books, games, and everything one would need. Bed was a little hard, could use a foam topper. We had a small problem with a doorknob malfunction, but Neil got it taken care of right away. We'll do this one again!
We loved the quiet location on South Harbor, the cottage was cozy and the views out every window were inspiring!
What a wonderful place!
We had a great stay at this beautiful cottage. Our only regret is that we could not stay longer! The cottage is clean, comfortable and nicely furnished. We appreciated having the canoes available and the harbor is a lovely place to paddle around. The views from the home are just amazing. There are many wonderful hiking trails within a short drive and spectacular scenery everywhere. We loved Cape Breton and can't wait to return. Neil was a great host and responded quickly to any questions that we had.
Another Wonderful Week in Dingwall Cottage
Second annual week at Cottage was just as I remembered from 2018. Blueberries, Great Blue Heron, Eagles and Mergansers in a beautiful setting. Cottage itself is very well organized and relaxing especially the Outdoor Shower. We hiked Skyline, The Bog, Middle Head and Cabot Landing Provincial Park with its 3.5 km of beach! A minor unexpected glitch when we arrived, was handled quickly by Property Manager. Already considering a return visit in 2020!
Even better in reality
The photos online do not capture the absolute beauty of the property or the canny design of the cottage itself. From the master bed, you can see the sunrise. From the main room, the windows from the Aspy Mountains with SugarLoaf easily identifiable. The cottage is comprised of clean lines that allow the focus to be on the people within and the beauty without. My kids declared it was perfect. I spent large amounts of time standing with my nose to a wall looking at one of the amazing maps.
Practically, the kitchen had everything we needed and the open shelves were easy to access. The screened in porch was perfect and the outdoor shower a hit with my teenager.
Neil put together a guide for the cottage and area that is comprehensive. We have been in the area several times before and his advice on what to see, do, eat is spot on. The property is wonderfully located for hiking (we did 30 km in 3 days including 2 hikes with 400m ascents) or unwinding on the best beach in Cape Breton.
I wish we could have stayed longer but, sadly, we had to return to work and school.
Clearly you got it, Christine. Hope you get the chance to come back.
Picturesque cottage in the perfect location
The serene surrounding makes this cottage a perfect place to get away from life in the city, and the open concept layout offers great waterfront views of the bay. Lots of natural lighting with sea breeze from the bay throughout the day.
The direct water access is great for quick canoe trips to small islands in the bay where you will find various sea critters. The cottage also offers great privacy where you felt like you were along on the bay!