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Charming Cape Breton Artist Retreat

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Overview
2 bedrooms
2 bathrooms
5 guests
1 night minimum
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A rustic artist/owner built home in a picturesque setting overlooking beautiful Lake Ainslie, amidst stands of spruce and meadowlands. The house is bursting with character, and has evolved through numerous expansions and renovations over its storied 25-year history. The airy open-format main floor features a fully equipped kitchen with gas stove and full-size refrigerator. The main floor common area surrounds an elegant handmade spiral staircase made from trees cut from the yard. A wood burning, glass-front stove separates the kitchen from the central living space. A step through a curtain-door off the main area reveals a bright room with a pullout couch, and a TV with an extensive VHS library. There is also an old piano, and guitar which are at your disposal, albeit a little out of tune....A rustic artist/owner built home in a picturesque setting overlooking beautiful Lake Ainslie, amidst stands of spruce and meadowlands. The house is bursting with character, and has evolved through numerous expansions and renovations over its storied 25-year history. The airy open-format main floor features a fully equipped kitchen with gas stove and full-size refrigerator. The main floor common area surrounds an elegant handmade spiral staircase made from trees cut from the yard. A wood burning, glass-front stove separates the kitchen from the central living space. A step through a curtain-door off the main area reveals a bright room with a pullout couch, and a TV with an extensive VHS library. There is also an old piano, and guitar which are at your disposal, albeit a little out of tune. Attached to this room is a bathroom with a shower. Through the bathroom, and also attached byway of a curtain to the main area, is a large sunny dining room. The second floor houses two upstairs bedrooms and a bathroom with a large claw-foot tub. The main bedroom, which offers a queen sized bed (real bed) is connected by a window and archway to a study. The other bedroom has a double bed (futon mattress) and has been arranged to be a kid-friendly environment. If additional beds are required the futon couch in the downstairs TV room is also available. A large grassed yard is perfectly suited for games of badminton or croquet, and gardens surround the house, providing sunny or shaded sitting areas at all hours of the day. There is also a large studio on the property, where, depending on the season I may reside during your stay. 5 minute walk to the lake. 20 minute drive to the ocean at the town of Inverness, home of the new Cabot Links golf course. 20 minute drive to the Bras d'Or Lake, a massive inland sea. 1.5 hour drive to the famous Cabot trail, one of the most scenic drives in North America. Enjoy the solitude of your escape with vintage dial-up internet and intermittent cell-phone coverage.More
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About the Owner
kenneth l
Languages spoken:English
Response Rate:100%
Response Time:Within a day
Listed Since:August 2013
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A FlipKey verified reviewer
Medford, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 6 August 2016 via mobile

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Date of stay: July 2016
Reviewed 3 October 2015

It was a perfect getaway for us. Ken, the owner made us feel very welcome in his cottage rental. It was well equipped. He even had a wood burning fire going for us to take the chill off in late September. We visited his artist...More

Date of stay: September 2015
Thank Thelmagnome
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Reviewed 29 January 2015

Comfortable space to relax and unplug filled with an eclectic collection of original art. Gorgeous view of Lake Ainsley in a charming older cottage close to many trails, nature hikes and beaches. It was a beautiful way to enjoy this part of Cape Breton. It...More

Date of stay: December 2014
3  Thank Steven M
A FlipKey verified reviewer
Riverview, New Brunswick, Canada
Reviewed 20 January 2015

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Date of stay: January 2015
Reviewed 3 September 2014

Surprisingly comfortable, well decorated house. Lots of artsy treasures and beautiful, if remote, surroundings.

Date of stay: July 2014
Thank tiposuave
Amenities
Pets Allowed: Yes
Smoking Allowed: Ask
Kid Friendly: Ask
Cooker
DVD Player
Grill
Fishing Nearby
Refrigerator
Washer
Water Views
Safe
Freezer
Paper Towels Provided
There Is A Golf Course Within 30 Mins Drive
Cycling Trips
A Winter Sun Getaway
Cable/satellite TV
Books
Beach Or Lakeside Relaxation
Stereo System
Hiking Trips
Microwave
Rural/Countryside Retreats
Linens Provided
Horse Riding Nearby
Internet Access
Watersports Nearby
Toaster
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About the neighbourhood
I am located on Cape Breton Island mid way between the towns of Inverness on the Northumberland straight and Whycocomagh on the trans canada highway. It is about twenty minutes to the ocean in the first direction and fifteen to the Brador lakes in the other. The house overlooks lake Ainslie the largest freshwater lake in Nova Scotia. The nearest aiort is at Sydney a one and a half hour drive Sights and entertainments are too numerous to describe herein but should you be interested I could supply you such information in greater detail.
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Fishing Nearby, There Is A Golf Course Within 30 Mins Drive, Horse Riding Nearby, Watersports Nearby
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