Blue House Cottage
From $119 / night
- 1 bathrooms
- Sleeps 3
Description from the owner
Sitting in the gentle lap of balsam firs, Blue House and Blue House Cottage occupy the far southeastern edge of the North American Continent on the Southern Shore of Newfoundland. The seaside property is located in Bauline East perched on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean. Bauline East is a community of Irish descendents who fished, whaled, sealed, and farmed for many generations. Getting there is easy. The outport lies 45 minutes south west of the city of St. John’s and is accessible by the Number 10 or Trans-Canada Highway and Witless Bay Line. Visitors approach through some of the oldest settlements of Newfoundland, including Bay Bulls, Witless...Read more
Blue House Cottage
Tors Cove, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
Additional Location Information
The East Coast trail runs through communities hugging the coast from St. John’s to Ferryland, and is splendid for hikes and picnics. The now abandoned settlement of La Manche is accessible by hiking 6 kilometres southwest, just up the hill at Bauline Wharf, along the East Coast Trail. The hike is through serene woods and shore that boast a lovely old suspension bridge, a deep gorge, and shelves of coastal rock exposures whose wave washed remains (once part of Western Europe) date back 550 million years to the opening up of the Atlantic ocean during the cataclysmic continental drift. Dedicated one-time fishers—now small boat operators and ocean kayakers—will take you out to the big islands that serve as bird sanctuaries to rare species of birds, and to Great Island. Close to shore are fabulous lagoon-like caves and shale and sandstone gulches that bring to mind generations of pirates. The islands are symphonic with the operatic melodies of rare birds, and you can draw close to see the nesting of puffins, murres, seagulls and kittiwakes.
Things you must do while visiting Blue House
Breakfast on the sea-deck and gazebo to see the humpback and minke whales frolic in the channel...
Have a fire and marshmallow roast on the beach under the stars...
Hike to Tors Cove to visit local craft shops selling hooked rugs, visual art and textiles...
Book a local guide off Bauline Wharf for a personalized tour along the coast and through the islands; in July and August draw close enough to the humpback whales to touch them...
Book a half-day sea-kayaking excursion and picnic to Great Island through the Celtic Rendezvous...
Drive by car to Bidgood’s in the Goulds for good, old-fashioned Newfoundland home-cooked meals, Newfoundland books and locally made crafts...
Visit Cape Spear (45 minutes by car) and thrill to the stretch and song of majestic sea, visible in all directions...
On the way to Cape Spear, stop in 400 year old Petit Harbour to experience an enchanting and vibrant little outport fishing community
Take a day-trip by car to Cape St. Mary’s to experience the majestic beauty of the gannets, huge seabirds who descend from the auk...
Visit Ferryland (45 minutes away) where Lord Baltimore’s colony, dating back to the 1600s is now being unearthed in an archeological dig; while there, book the Lighthouse Picnic...
Drive out the Witless Bay Line to experience the serene tranquility of the barrens, where you can see the erratics (rocks and boulders deposited in the wake of glaciers) and distinctive plant-life (including insect eating plants)...
Visit the Botanical Gardens in St. John’s to learn about the array of plant life in the Avalon (which is the second most temperate zone for growing in Canada, after Vancouver)...
Book a boat excursion to see the whales and puffins with Gerry or Keith Colbert at Bauline Wharf
Visit St. John’s harbour, walk down Water and Duckworth Streets, experience the charm of Gower Street, famous for its tall “painted ladies”—19th Century attached clapboard houses, and take in George Street with its Celtic fiddlers and performers...
Visit Signal Hill and the Marconi Tower to learn more about the first transatlantic communications system...
Walk 5 minutes down the road from Blue House for a swim in the freshwater lake (called a pond by locals). Stop by the Celtic Outlook Cafe (across the road) for an ice cream cone...
Book at The Captain's Table Restaurant (open in season, 10 minutes away) for an excellent fish and chips dinner...
Take an overnight trip to St. Pierre and Miquelon...a little bit of France close to home...
Take an overnight trip to historic Port Rexton and Trinity East, Newfoundland and experience the Rising Tide Theatre; along the way stop by the Random Passage film set site...
Take an overnight trip to Woody Island Resort, where you can enjoy sandy beaches and traditional Newfoundland culture...
More About This Location
Beach or lakeside relaxation, Rural retreats, Waterfront
Nearest airport: St. John's, 30 miles
Nearest ferry port: Argentia
Car is essential
Last updated on December 10, 2014
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- Linens Provided
- Soap/Shampoo Provided
- Clothes Dryer
- Towels Provided
- Ceiling Fans
- Local Guides/Maps
Phone / Internet
- Internet Access
- Ocean or water views
- Stove or Oven
- Paper Towels Provided
- Satellite or cable TV
- Outdoor Dining Area
- Balcony or terrace
- 2 Dining chairs
- 2 Lounge chairs
- Pet friendly - ask
- Smoking allowed - no
- Suitable for children - ask
- Suitable for the elderly - yes
- Wheelchair accessible - no