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Bishops Cottage

Peace and Tranquility by the Sea

About fifty years ago the local bishop of the Town of Antigonish, a lovely university town in northeastern Nova Scotia, had the right idea – to build himself a simple cottage near the water as a place where he could retreat from the hectic pressures of daily life. Some things don’t change – except, that the cottage is now open to visitors from far and wide. So come, stay a while and unwind – you’re sure to leave refreshed and recharged.

On the outside…



The Bishop’s Cottage is privately nestled on its own five acres of land surrounded on three sides by spruce and poplar trees. The southwest side is open and allows lovely panoramic views towards the bay along with the hills and fields in the background. Enjoy the view from the many windows in the house or sit with a gin and tonic on the large deck and let the serenity wash over you. In the evenings you can move into the large (17’x10’) screened in porch to avoid any bugs - usually not a problem for if we get any it’s just for an hour or so around sunset. The porch is a lovely, airy space that has beautiful views of the water and surrounding hills.
Be sure to watch out for the many soaring eagles that nest on the island in the bay; or perhaps the occasional deer strolling through the field in the backyard. Kids and pets enjoy it too and love scrambling around the underbrush or playing in the triangular tree house that’s right on the property (o.k. maybe not as much tranquility then!)

Going inside…

The cottage was renovated in 2004 and brought back to its original simple state. Lovely warm hues of green, blue and yellows adorn the walls; the trim and wood-plank floors are painted in creamy white. Every room is simply furnished with rustic furniture or lovely turn of the century antiques and simple linens and draperies.

The entrance to the cottage follows a long winding private driveway. Toss your hats on the antique hall stand and enter into the large eat-in kitchen, reminiscent of those found in old country houses. This is where all Nova Scotian parties take place so pour yourself a glass and dive into the conversation. The kitchen is generously equipped with all the basic appliances and amenities you will need for your stay.

Kitchen and Entertainment
The kitchen leads onto a large living room that has a cozy Vermont’s Casting stove for when it gets a bit nippy outside. Satellite TV and music is at one end of the room. So turn on any of the music channels provided, mix yourself a daiquiri and head out onto the deck for alfresco cooking (gas grill provided) and dining (patio furniture too).
Main Floor
Also on the main floor there is a good-sized dining room with a table that seats six to eight. If needed, this can double up as extra over-flow bedroom space (blow-up queen mattress provided.) In addition, two smaller bedrooms are located on the east side of the house, perfect for those who might have difficulty navigating stairs. Each bedroom comes with its own closet – one has bunk beds and the other a double bed.
A full bathroom is located off the entrance - succumb to a soak in the tub after a day of swimming, hiking, exploring or hard-core relaxing. There is also a full-size washer and dryer on the main level for your convenience – clothes line and clothes pegs too.

Going up the winding stairway…

Master Bedroom
Although the entire cottage exudes warmth, the master bedroom is particularly enticing and cozy. Three large windows face west across the bay. A pine ceiling slopes over the wrought iron double bed, fitted with a comfortable mattress and padding for the sleep of your life. Aches, pains and all thought of the outside world will recede as you sink into blissful comfort. The master bedroom also has an antique dresser and reading nook and comes with a generous walk-in closet. A spacious bathroom with shower is located across the corridor.
L-Shaped Bedroom
A second large L-shaped bedroom is located upstairs. Known as the ‘blue room’ it has sloped ceilings and windows facing east. In addition to a double-sized wrought iron bed it has a lovely antique dresser, its own closet and a quiet reading/writing nook.

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