Cottage For Rent
Set on a cliff top with nothing but the ocean in front, Gull Cottage is a one of
kind vacation home. Surrounded by woodland, it is an oasis of calm and peace,
with only the sound of the sea and the wind in the trees.
Its name belies its size, as this is actually a family size home, where up to
eight people can be accommodated comfortably. It has a relaxed old world charm
yet with all modern conveniences, from almost every window there is a view of the
ocean that rivals even the Fundy Trail.
Only five minutes away is the bustling little village of St Martins, which
two gas stations, two convenience stores, a liquor store as well as the little
artists quarter down at the harbour, where there is a craft market two or three
times a week during the summer months.
This is a working harbour where the local fishermen land freshly caught lobster
season and scallops year round, ask for 'Jimmer's Shack' on the quay for lobster
ready to take home.
Gull Cottage is arranged on three floors and comprises four double bedrooms, with
twin beds in the two top floor rooms, and queen size beds in each of the first
floor bedrooms. There are two bathrooms, one with both tub and shower, the other
a level walk in shower which is ideal for persons with impaired mobility.
On the ground floor there is a fully fitted modern kitchen with all conveniences,
including a dishwasher, and a laundry room with both washer and dryer. The
comfortable sitting room has satellite TV and DVD player and a wide selection of
books and board games. There is a wood burning stove which keeps the house cosy
and warm even on cooler days. From this, a garden door leads straight out onto
the eight foot deck, where there is a gas BBQ and swinging hammock seat, perfect
for enjoying the view of the ocean, watching for the fishing boats going out and
returning, and even a glimpse of a porpoise or seal playing in the waves.
The house has an ambience all its own – it is not just a rental house but a
Gull Cottage is situated on a headland jutting out into the Atlantic Ocean, so is
surrounded by the sea on every side. On a clear day the north shore of Nova
Scotia can be seen, as well as the curve of the horseshoe shaped bay of the
village of St Martins. The grounds total thirteen acres which comprise woodland
and a large expanse of lawn to the front of the house. There is even a pond
attracts a variety of wildlife, from the frogs and little fish that live in the
pond, iridescent dragonflies that hover on warm sunny days, to the white tail
and even occasionally a moose that will come out of the forest when all is quiet
and still. The flowers and plants on the deck prove irresistible to tiny
hummingbirds. Gull Cottage has its own private beach, which is reached by the
wooden staircase which runs from the lawn down. At high tide this is cut off
the rest of the beach which borders the village. The water is fresh but
exhilarating for anyone who wants to try it (best at high tide at the end of a
day, when the sea covers the rocks already warmed by the sun), or just sit and
enjoy the view with complete privacy.
St Martins is designated a World Biosphere site and is famed for its natural
beauty, from the sea caves and the unique geology to the spectacular Fundy
Trail. It is no surprise that hiking on the many and varied trails is a very
popular activity. Rock hounding on any of the beaches, including Gull Cottage’s
own, is another firm favourite as there are so many and varied forms and colours
of rocks. Look out for the ‘St Martins Wish Rock”, which when found is supposed
to bring good luck to the finder, and ‘beach treasure’, brightly coloured pieces
of beach glass.
During the summer months, local artists display their work down at the harbour
side where their shops have been converted from former bait shacks. Two or
three times a week other vendors come and using awnings, set up on the green
where you can buy anything from locally made jewellery to home made fudge. The
third week in July is Old Home Week when the village comes together to ‘show
off’ to the world – there is everything from the procession of floats down Main
Street, the first Saturday of Old Home Week is the giant flea market which takes
up the whole of Main Street, there is a fiddling competition and a antique car
rally. That’s even without mentioning the community suppers, the Duck Race and
fireworks on the beach.
St Martins is also centrally enough placed to make day trips to the historic
city of Saint John with its famous City Market, Grand Manan and the Hopewell
Rocks easily possible. The city of Moncton is approximately a one and a half
hours drive away.
ails is a very
Low season - $780.00 per week
Mid season - $999.00 per week
High season - $1325.00 per week
Weeks run Saturday to Saturday