The Shore Road Residence

cape breton island, nova scotia
3 bedroom - 2 bath
(5 reviews)
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$935 per night (USD)
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Perks for the Parents

Set on a hill overlooking the Cape Breton coastline, this outstanding 3-bedroom home has 360-degree views of the ocean, the coastline and the forest. It has been featured in the New York Times among other publications, and is on its own hill surrounded by fields and forest. Inside, the living area is open and comfortable and large enough for the whole family to very comfortably be together while cooking, eating, reading, playing, napping.

Why Kids Love it

The house has plenty of space to run and play inside and out, along with a bedroom with 4 twin beds, ideal for children. There is also a toy chest and plenty of children’s book at the house. WiFi and Sonos are throughout. For lazy days, there is a built-in day bed running the length of one of the walls. A half mile from the house there is a family-friendly fine sand beach, and there are a lot of activities nearby, from whale watching to hiking, moose viewing and kayaking.

Things to Know

Minimum stay: 3 days. Discounted weekly rate is available upon inquiry (before fees). There is a 15% GST (Canadian goods and services tax) on top the total for a booking, processed separately. The is a somewhat steep staircase to the second floor and there is no stair gate. The property does not have a TV. The area is reachable with flights into Sydney direct or via Halifax or Toronto from most major US cities. One option is to fly from Boston to Halifax; there is also a connecting flight at Newark. Sydney airport is a 2-hour drive from the property, while Halifax is a 3.5 hour drive away. The town of Inverness (15-20 minutes away) has a Co-op, bank, pharmacy, hospital, café, restaurants, beach with lifeguards and beach café, and a tourist information center.

About the Location

The residence is on Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia. It is deep country and quiet but there is so much to do! There is a family-friendly fine sand beach 1/2 miles from the house, plus biking, kayaking, fly fishing, golfing (including the Cabot Links Golf Resort). Acadian culture, lakes, hiking, the incredible Cabot Trail (driving, hiking, moose viewing, etc), whale watching, schooner riding, fiddle playing, square dancing, and more. It is truly spectacular. Car rental is essential.

Accommodation Details

This 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom home is set over 2 levels. The kitchen/dining/living area is open plan, with a window on 3 sides and spectacular, breathtaking views. The master bedroom on this floor has a kingsize bed, and there is a bathroom with a claw foot tub and ocean views. On the second floor, there is a bedroom with a queensize bed; a large bedroom with 4 twin beds on wheels (they can be configured as you want); and a bathroom with a shower. A deck runs around three quarters of the house for eating and playing outside.

Style Notes

Coastal paradise. With incredible views of the Cape Breton coastline, ocean and hills, this house is bright, light, modern, designed but not precious. With white floors (they are tough, don't worry about marking them up), a wood counter, and subtle blues and greens throughout, colors reflect the natural surroundings. The furnishings are modern and many are custom. Benjamin Moore used the house in their advertisements. We love the location, the easy-going vibe and the fabulous picture windows.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Baby Bath
  • Baby Monitor
  • Babysitter / Nanny
  • Backyard / Garden
  • Balcony
  • Bathtub
  • Bed Rails
  • Bicycles
  • Cabinet Locks
  • Changing Table
  • Chef / Catering
  • Children's Dinnerware
  • Corner Guards
  • DVD Library
  • DVD Player
  • Dishwasher
  • Elevator
  • Fireplace Guards
  • Game Console
  • High Chair
  • Housekeeper
  • Outlet Plugs
  • Parking
  • Pet-friendly
  • Pool
  • Pool Gate
  • Stair Gates
  • Television
  • Toys / Children's Books
  • Washer / Dryer
  • Wifi
  • Window Guards
1 king
1 queen
4 twin / single
sleeps 1
1 baby crib
alexandra a.
Member since March 21, 2018
I am an Interior Designer based in New York and Portland, ME and I Love Cape Breton!

5 reviews

laura n.
Visited in July 2022
Amazing. Spectacular location, beautiful house. Had everything you could ever need and great responsiveness. Loved it, hope to be back soon.
Elina K.
Visited in August 2019
Outstanding place. Breathtaking view, relaxing, exceptionally clean, well stocked, kid friendly. Exactly what we were looking for. Mornings under light blanket with the cup of tea outside, afternoons collecting blueberries down the hill, evenings watching gorgeous sunsets from the porch and nights stargazing. We loved it, our 6 and 8 years old kids loved it. The location is secluded, but manageable. There are restaurants within 20 min drive and ok co-op market within the same distance for groceries. Beaches are everywhere and some are within a very short drive. The only thing you need while there is good weather. Since the house sits on a top of hill, it gets very windy. We had few stormy days while visiting and the sound of the wind was quite something! On the other hand, that made a stay even more memorable.
Jean T.
Visited in August 2019
The house and host are amazing! One of the most beautiful settings I've ever seen. We definitely hope to be back. Alexandra was responsive and helpful; lots of tips about the area and things to do. Photos are very accurate.
Ilya G.
Visited in July 2019
A spectacular place, even better in person that it is in pictures. The house is stocked with everything you need to occupy the kids and there are a few local towns nearby where you can find all the basics.. Oh, and the skyline trail, plus dozens of other spectacular hikes, is just an hour away. In short, amazing.
Jason B.
Visited in June 2019
Where do we even begin...quite literally one of the most special getaways we've ever had as a family. Slow, serene, simple living in one of the most beautiful settings you can imagine. Fantastic use of space – a really stunning design which sits beautifully within its environment. The home has everything you need – just show up, relax and enjoy – a top-notch experience from start to finish.

Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia

Winding roads and rugged cliffs

The setting for an unforgettable family vacation, Cape Breton Island is wild and rugged, with cliffs, beaches and coastal adventures awaiting you. Take to the Cabot Trail, one of the most scenic drives on the planet, go whale watching, and enjoy finest lobsters and snow crab in the world for dinner.