Explorer's Cottage


  • Botanical garden-like grounds

  • Sleeps 8

  • Waterfront

  • 3 bedrooms


Summary

Explorer's Cottage combines a European country house with an A-frame cedar log cabin in a private location where guests can see eagles, hares, woodpeckers, and pheasants, while still being within a farming community with neighbors nearby. The cottage is thirty-five minutes from Baddeck, which offers Regatta Week, golf, sailing, kayaking, and the Alexander Graham Bell museum. Access to the Cabot Trail is about 25 minutes away. Day trips can be taken for activities about an hour away, such as Cabot Links for golf, Glenora whiskey distillery, Mabou farmer's market, Inverness, Chéticamp, and the Fortress of Louisbourg. The cottage is seated on an UNESCO World Heritage Site biosphere reserve and waterfront on the Bras d'Or, part of the Atlantic Ocean. Explorer's Cottage has an iron gate at the top of the long driveway into the forest. The property has an asphalt driveway, as well as an asphalt loop walkway that passes through several distinct areas of the waterfront acreage: a boreal forest, a forest orchard with Japanese-inspired bridges, a fir forest, a birch forest, a saltwater estuary at the shore, and a small granite pebble beach. There are hundreds of bulbs planted near the cottage and along the pathways, as well as a prolific golden plum tree, apple and pear trees, various nut trees, a miniature Japanese maple tree, large Japanese maples, and special types of conifers, such as blue spruce and cypress trees. There is a Japanese inspired garden located just nearby the house, with a black granite bench, bronze cranes, and a black granite obelisk. There are benches and places to rest throughout the lower property, as well as three outdoor grills. There is a field of mint, blackberries, and raspberries in the forest across the road from the house, as well as a private road with a spring and stream over the 150 acres of the property. Guests can tour the private forest road with a local guide. The waterfront has a large staircase with a grill and picnic table and stairs to the water. The cottage is available for rent in all seasons.

The bedrooms were designed by the architect to be very separate and private either on opposite sides of the house or on different floors, so people on different sleep schedules or those who want their privacy can be comfortable. A book of tips and advice written by the owner is available at the cottage, and the owner is available to answer any questions about activities via text or email upon request.

Features

  • Sleeps 8 people

  • Three bedrooms, all with private balconies

  • 2 Queen size beds, 1 King size bed in each bedroom

  • 2 Twin beds or 1 Queen size bed in the library and great room; guests may choose where to set up the beds

  • Master bedroom on the first floor, with ensuite bathroom featuring a two person jet bathtub and private balcony

  • Japanese garden feature, sculptures on property, three outdoor grills throughout the property, extensive deck on the waterfront with grill and electricity

  • Includes the use of fishing equipment on request


Families

  • Families are welcome

  • Pets are not permitted


Bathrooms 

  • 1 large two-person jet spa tub and separate shower ensuite in the master bedroom

  • 1 bath with a shower upstairs

  • 3 toilets


Amenities

  • Please note that Explorer's Cottage does not receive a wifi signal or a regular cellular signal as it is in a forest. Cellular coverage is usually available nearby the waterfront or at the top of the driveway nearby the gate.

  • Use of land line phones in each bedroom, the great room, and the kitchen, with outgoing calls restricted to within Canada, while incoming calls can arrive from anywhere

  • Oven

  • Toaster

  • Fridge with freezer

  • Dishwasher

  • Coffee maker

  • Clothes washing machine

  • Clothes dryer

  • Hair dryer

  • Towels

  • TV

  • Satellite dish

  • CD player, with large CD library of mainly classical music

  • Electric heat throughout

  • Radio

  • Stereo

  • Clock radios or alarm clocks in bedrooms

  • Iron with ironing board


Interesting points

  • Orchard with golden plum, apple, and pear trees

  • Clearing surrounded by trees, surrounded by incredible birds

  • Waterfront on the Bras d'Or, part of the Atlantic Ocean

  • Private land of approximately 150 acres

  • Use of fishing rods upon request


Each stay includes:

  • Wifi

  • Satellite television

  • Use of land lines with outgoing calls restricted to Canada, while incoming calls may come from anywhere

  • Welcome tray of coffee and teas

  • Book of activities and attractions in the area

  • Cleaning services each week during a stay

  • Shampoo and conditioner, as well as portions of dish soap, capsules for dishwasher, liquid soap to wash hands, detergent for clothing, and paper towels


 

  • smoke detector

  • first aid kit

  • carbon monoxide detector

  • two fire extinguishers

  • inspected by electrician


Master bedroom, first floor, private balcony

King sized bed, ensuite bathroom


Rooms

1 king size bed, 2 Queen size beds

Variety of bedding available, including cotton blankets, wool blankets, feather and synthetic duvets


Guest Bedroom I, second floor, private balcony

Queen size bed


Guest room II, second floor, private balcony

Queen size bed


Foyer upstairs with private balcony, library


Shore, private beach, and first level 


Please note that smoking is not permitted in any structures on the property

Please refer to the FAQs for more information about the cottage.