POSSIBLY THE MOST SPECTACULAR RENTAL LOCATION ON THE SOUTH SHORE
Experience Nova Scotia island-living at its finest at the Fennel Old House. Our renovated turn-of-the-century home (accessible by car) sits on a spectacular multi-acre oceanfront site, just 30-feet from the water. Bordered by woods on three sides, it overlooks a picturesque rocky cove and wide bay. The only house you can see from our front deck is a mile across the bay! Guests have called the 180-degree view one of the most amazing they’ve ever experienced. Included is a brand new dock where you can tie up a boat and swim.
The LaHave Islands: A Unique Destination
From the minute you approach Crescent Beach, a popular 1.5-mile long beach which leads from the mainland to the LaHave Islands, you know you’ve come to a special place. After driving down the wide beach (or taking the road behind it) you follow a winding road and cross two bridges. You encounter postcard views along every turn -- colorful houses, old fishing wharves and fishing and pleasure boats passing by. At the end of the road you’ll find our house.
We're a 7-minute drive from the Lighthouse Route, which runs the mainland between Halifax and Yarmouth... a half-hour’s drive from Bridgewater (the area’s main shopping/restaurant area)... a 40-minute drive from the historic seaport of Lunenburg and tourist town of Mahone Bay... and an hour-and a half's drive southwest of Halifax and the airport.
Enjoy the outdoors from our sprawling yard with flower gardens, 5 sundecks (including a roof deck), floating dock, screen house and screened gazebo by the shore. Swim off the dock, catch crabs, pick wild blueberries and raspberries, play croquet and badminton, and swing on our tree swing. Or just relax listening to the seagulls and watching fishing boats in the bay. In the evening, enjoy spectacular sunsets over the cove and light a fire in our outdoor fire pit to roast marshmallows.
The Fennel Old House can comfortably sleep 7 adults in 4 bedrooms. The master bedroom has a large, attached changing room, which can also accommodate a crib. The other 2 upstairs bedrooms have three twin beds. A downstairs bedroom has a double bed and adjoins the bathroom.
Our home features large-window views, wood floors, period-moldings, wainscoting and tongue-in-groove walls throughout the upstairs. Come home from a day at the beach or touring to warm in front of one of two wood stoves. The first floor also has baseboard electric heating with thermostats in each room, and portable, safe, high-powered heaters on the second floor.
Eat your meals at the dining room table while enjoying a wide open view of the cove and bay through a large picture window. The kitchen is fully equipped with an electric stove, microwave, toaster oven, coffee maker, food processor, and quality china and flatware. The living room has a 27' TV with satellite service, DVD/ & VCR players, and a stereo with CD/tape deck. We provide bedding and towels, other supplies such as toilet paper and a washer/dryer. Yes, we have wireless internet and cell service is very good. We do not allow smoking of any kind inside our home.
Locally, there are many attractions. Half a dozen beaches are within a 5 to 10-minute drive, including Risser's Beach Provincial Park, which has a fine-sand beach with lifeguards, boardwalk along a back marsh, visitor’s center, a snack bar and shower facility. On the island are many quaint paths and roads to walk or bike, a marine museum, community hall, government wharf, boat launch, a church and a cemetery. On nearby Crescent Beach, people park their cars on the beach, walk their dogs, surf, kite-board, stroll the beach at sunrise and sunset and swim in the waves.
Several fishermen and their families still live on the islands, some who will take visitors out fishing or on island tours (ask us). Locals also love to share their community's history through casual encounters along the road and at events like the Monday morning coffee hour.
Along the Lighthouse Route on the mainland are lots of craft and antique shops, artist studios, restaurants, museums and historical sites. Take in musical events, county fairs, farmers’ markets, art shows, ox pulls and more. For sporting activities, rent kayaks, golf at several courses, go horseback riding, and enjoy the resort at White Point Beach, where a day pass let’s you use the pools, yard games and boats.
And don't miss the most famous bakery in Nova Scotia, the LaHave Bakery (15 minutes away).
We accept US-based checks, Canadian bank checks in US funds, wire transfers, e-Checks through FlipKey and online payments from Canadian banks through Interac.
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Damage Deposit $200 per stay
Our rental rates are priced simarly to other higher-end Nova Scotia oceanfront homes. Like most Nova Scotia rentals, we rent from Saturday to Saturday. If staying for two weeks or more, the rate is US$100 less for each additional week....Read more
Stunning Secluded Oceanfront Home near Lunenburg! Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada
Additional Location Information
We are located on LaHave Island, one of the LaHave Islands, which is connected to the mainland by a series of islands and bridges. Originally, the LaHave Islands were home to a vibrant fishing community. Today they are inhabited by a combination of local families (many of whom still fish) and summer residents.
More About This Location
Beach or lakeside relaxation, Waterfront
Nearest airport: Halifax International, 90 miles Nearest ferry port: Yarmouth, NS -- Portland, Maine, 120 miles Car is essential
Last updated on March 03, 2015
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Left on 02/18/2015 for a stay in August 2014 | jmacarch
A historical gem preserved in time with all the modern amenities, in a
pristine untouched idyllic setting of the Le Have Islands. Snorkelling in
the bay, the kids blwn away by all the lobsters and sea life. Crescent
beach, island museum, take out fish and chios, farmhouses bursting with
local art & antiques, fisherman sunst tours, a great home base for some
genuine east coast hospitality. LaHave Bakery and ferry only minutes away to
Riverport, Kingsbury, Mackay Lyons modern architectural gems, Hirtles Beach
and Gaff Pt spectacular nature trail. My family and friends loved our
authentic stay which met all of our expectations from its description. Our
next visit were sure to bring some kayaks or canoes. Fennel house was a
Great secluded location, charming house
Left on 11/10/2014 for a stay in September 2014 | Catou08
We spent a week in September at the Fennel House in the LaHave islands. The beautiful, secluded location was the highlight of the trip. We drove in through the "bridge" leading to the islands (a road surrounded with water - breathtaking) and were just flabbergasted we had found such a gorgeous spot.
The house is very charming and cosy. Its two wood-burning ovens made it nice and warm on cold September nights. The kitchen is well-equipped and the rooms and beds are comfortable. The patio and the upstairs deck were great for happy hour and breakfast! The views are beautiful.
Upon arrival, Mont showed us around and made sure we knew all the little particularities and kinks of this old house, which was very appreciated. When the water heater broke down on the last night of our stay (we were told it was the first time this happened), Mont was accommodating and made sure we had access to the main house for showers on our last night.
The seven of us fitted comfortably in the house, but be aware that one of the rooms (with a single bed) is in a shared space with another room (no privacy). Also note that the house is very secluded. For us, this was a plus, as we enjoyed the privacy and tranquility of the islands. But know that the closest supermarket and pharmacy are in Bridgewater, about a half-hour drive away. (On the first day, it seems long, but once you know your way around, it's really not that bad.) Lunenberg is about 45 minutes away. Closer, there is the charming LaHave bakery (15 minutes).
Would absolutely rent again if we were in the area. Thank you for the great vacation! Read more
The closest full-size supermarket is indeed a half-hour away, but there are two, well-stocked convenience stores within an 8-10 minute drive. We encourage guests to stop at the supermarket before arriving.
Left on 10/26/2014 for a stay in October 2014 | Richard V
Nestled in a quiet and scenic part of the La Have Islands, this house was perfect for my family for a week-long autumn vacation. The house is charming in the extreme, with wood stoves, a claw-foot tub, multiple decks and windows overlooking a stunning inlet sheltered from the open Atlantic. We brought our canoe, which allowed us to explore islands and discover deserted pine-ringed beaches for picnics, and to fish for our lunch a couple times too. On a few windless evenings, we lit the outdoor fireplace - the kids had a great time roasting hot dogs and marshmallow, and lighting sparklers, while the adults sipped beer and watched the twilight turn to a star-lit night. Day trips to the shops in Lunenburg, the artist studios in La Have and Petite Riviere, and the nearby vineyard. After a week here, we'd rid ourselves of a lifetime of workaday stress. Amazing place.
relaxing island retreat
Left on 10/18/2013 for a stay in October 2013 | lisa
we had the most relaxing, lovely time at this beautiful old island home. gorgeous views of the water & trees helped us forget our hectic city life. the history of the house and the area were fascinating and we loved exploring the islands and entire south coast of nova scotia. highly recommended!
Left on 10/16/2013 for a stay in August 2013 | The Lomaxes
We received excellent service both in booking the property via email and during our stay. Within an hour of arrival the owner telephoned to check that everything was in order and within two hours his mother who vacations in the house above us called in to offer helpful information about the area and places to visit.
The house was set in an idyllic, tranquil location perched above the waters of the False Le Have with fantastic views all around. From the outside decks you could walk a few steps down to the boat landing stage, or rest in the screened pavilion overlooking the water. We ate several meals out on the decks, or just relaxed with drinks or books in the afternoon sun.
The house was charming with a galley kitchen, which was stocked with enough equipment to cater for an army; a pleasant dining room looking out to the water and housing a beautiful old fashioned wood burning stove, which provided heat and could be used to cook on.
A large bathroom sported a claw foot bath with a shower above it, and a composting toilet which we had fun getting used to. All the bedrooms were comfortable, and the house was tastefully decorated. Everything was clean and well cared for.
The bathroom downstairs led into a store room which housed a washer and drier and all manner of tools and equipment for any emergency. A stock of candles came in useful when we came home after dark to find the island had had a power failure due to a tree falling on power lines.
The owners had compiled a folder of useful information - places of interest to visit, restaurants to try, and walks in the area. We enjoyed many of these on and off the island and even had a boat tour around the island with a very friendly lobster fisherman who told us many stories of the people and places.
What we liked best about our stay was the situation of the house surrounded by water on three sides with no other house visible around us.
Left on 10/16/2013 for a stay in May 2013 | A FlipKey verified reviewer
Our family from Germany had a great week at the Fennel home,even with a horrible weather. The spot is perfect in its quietness and beauty, the home has all you need to forget the daily hectic. Saying hello to the fisherman passing by every morning, being in nothing but nature, having a beautyful beach within a few minutes driving - what else do you need?
For families the spot to go to, we are grateful that we could be there!
Very Special Rental with Great View, Ambience, Privacy
Left on 08/05/2013 for a stay in June 2013 | A FlipKey verified reviewer
My wife, I, and daughter stayed here for a week. We found it a special
place for a particular type of renter. We are people who like to sit and
soak up the views, read, converse, and cook (barbecue) our meals when on
vacation. The pictures on the website lived up to their promise, but they
do not capture the general peacefulness and quiet -- the natural sounds
and intricacy of view and play of water – in experiencing the property
itself. It's wonderfully secluded and yet has relatively easy access to
the general South Shore.
The quarters of the house itself are not luxurious but offer comfort and
are well-stocked in many ways. (We brought CDs and enjoyed the excellent
sound system). Although separate from any caretaker, we were provided with
cost-free phone-help by the owner, and the nearby caretaker helped provide
as trivial an item as coffee filters. We loved the various venues on the
property, including a mosquito-proof gazebo set nicely apart from the
house proper. (Mosquitoes were a minor concern only at sunset.)
The drive from the main road may sound daunting but it turns out to be
both extremely simple & direct, with perfect directions, and part of the
property's charm (small museum, bridges, beach, walks). There are two
highly usable, sanded, beaches minutes away: Risser's beach is the more
developed with multiple facilities, but we preferred the immediacy of
Crescent beach just "down the road."
As non-Canadians we found all of the South Shore to be refreshingly simple
and uncommercialized. The only possible limitation of the location is it
is a bit further removed from the more touristy sites to the east. So if
one wants mainly "action" -- perhaps not the place. But it has its own
rewards of settling in, finding many small treasures -- the quaint quick
ferry, the much-frequented LaHave Bakery (particularly for Sunday brunch),
the beaches, wildlife (red foxes, deer, wild flowers). Most of all the
ambiance and views. Highly recommended for those who want to get away
from "it all."
Left on 06/01/2013 for a stay in May 2013 | A FlipKey verified reviewer
The location of the Fennel Old House is exceptional, right on the water, with amazing views. The slate on which the LaHave Islands are built gives rise to a spectacularly convoluted and interesting shoreline, ideal for inquisitive children, beach-combing and exploring. Running between the islands are navigable channels, and on some of the neighboring islands are secluded, sandy, pocket beaches.
We Loved the kitchen, it was fully equipped. We did some of our cooking on the wood cook stove! As another reviewer pointed out, the basics are there if you need them; sugar, spices, etc. It was evident that the owners enjoyed cooking.
The cottage was very clean. Tastefully carried-out upkeep/renovation is apparent. Original construction materials contribute to the dominant experience of the house. The bed linens, towels were of a nice quality.
We wish we had more time to enjoy the outdoor bonfire.
At the end of the hallway at the top of the stairs from the main level, there is a wonderful little work-space where the working-vacationer, writer or artist can enjoy views of the little inlet on which the house is set
The owner was readily available and happy to help us with any questions we had while we stayed there, despite it being during the evening and on a weekend (i.e. we were able to reach him immediately, not typical of other owners or rental agencies)
We stayed only two nights but would have loved to spend more time there.
Left on 09/26/2012 for a stay in September 2012 | DonnaK
My husband and I took my active 80- something parents to Nova Scotia for their 64th anniversary. We were fortunate to have stumbled onto this listing on FlipKey and fell in love with the property. It is absolutely everything it is described to be ! My father loved the property and is convinced it is the most serene place on Earth. He has already asked to go back for his 90th birthday when he plans to sit in the gazebo, with a gin and tonic, and watch the birds on and over the water. Indeed, the view couldn't be more stunning. The property is completely secluded and the tranquility is unmatched. The house is comfortable and large enough for a family or group of friends: the kitchen is extremely well-equipped: the large rooftop and water-view decks will accommodate guests and the gazebo is the perfect spot for a quiet afternoon. If you're looking for tranquility and beauty in Nova Scotia, Fennel Old House is perfect !
Left on 06/05/2012 for a stay in May 2012 | A FlipKey verified reviewer
If you are looking to retreat from the chaos of the city life, The Old Fennel house is just what you may be looking for. The Old Fennel House is nestled on a remote Island that offers both tranquility & comfort. Most of the residence of the island are local fisherman and if you ask politely you can easily purchase live lobsters to enjoy a true lobster feast. The house itself was carefully restored keeping its history alive with a wood burning stove and a clawed tub intact. Within the home you will find some handcrafted pieces by local artists, utensils, towels, pillows, fishing rods, life jackets-- even spices for cooking. You simply need to pack clothes and purchase your own groceries to enjoy this place. It is an ideal location for a romantic getaway or to simply experience what the South Shore of NS has to offer. I personally went with family to experience the South Shore of NS. We do not regret our stay in The Old Fennel House but keep in mind, it is a distance from the locations we ventured to. It was roughly an hour 1/2 from Halifax, two hours from Yarmouth and an hour from Lunenburg & Mahone Bay. Nova Scotia is definitely a place where you will meet genuinely friendly locals and the Old Fennel House is definitely a place to find inner peace and to enjoy the ocean. Read more
We provide our guests with information and directions to many sites/things to do in the area and most are just 10-30 minutes away. Our home is just a 7-minute driveway from the mainland. These guests happened to choose to drive mostly to further destinations, but that’s not necessary to enjoy everything the South Shore has to offer. Also -- a correction on the time it takes to get to Lunenburg – it’s only about 45 minutes, not an hour. These guests took the long way to get there.
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