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Between the Sea & Sky on Cape Breton Island

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Cottage, 3 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 1+ 1/2 Bath, (Sleeps 6-10)

Between the sea and sky on the world famous Cabot Trail there is a slice of paradise waiting for you!

Hill Top Haven vacation rental is a three bedroom, one and a half bathroom, fully equipped house keeping cottage in the quaint fishing village of Neil’s Harbour

Whether you like to hike, bike, swim or relax, Neil’s Harbour has this and so much more to offer.

Hill Top Haven is within a short walking distance to a sand beach that offers both salt and fresh water swimming. A great place to chase the surf in and out looking for beach glass, a sunset walk or sitting with your toes in the sand relaxing. On your way to our 100+ year old working lighthouse you can stop at the wharf to watch the men unload their catch of the day or have a chat with some of the locals. If a quiet place for a morning coffee is needed you can sit out on your private back patio and plan your day.

The Cape Breton Highlands National Park which borders Neil’s Harbour boast beautiful hiking trails, look offs, beaches, picnic areas, and of course wild life. If you are lucky you may catch a glimpse of a moose or a deer. (Park pass provided during your stay)

If you like to golf, the Highland Links the number 1 rated public golf course in Canada is only a 20 minute drive away.

COME ON ABOARD! We offer all our guest an outing on our 34ft fishing boat the” Little Miss Meghan”.(conditions permitting). Your captain (Greg) will let you experience the thrill of catching mackerel for your supper, showing you our coastline and filling you in on our history of Neil’s Harbour and the fishing industry. Enjoy the fresh salt water breeze and listen to the gulls cry over head. Maybe you will spy whales, seals, sunfish or leather back turtles.

Keywords: Housekeeping Cottage

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Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation cottage rental in Neils Harbour

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • main bathroom has tub/shower, sink, toilet. Lots of counter space. Second bathroom has sink and toilet.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
  • Queen size Beds (3), Baby Cribs (1) fold away travel crib available on request, Sleep Sofa (2) lots of closet space, bed side tables. Newly renovated master bedroom
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis


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Between the Sea & Sky on Cape Breton Island
average rating of 5.0 based on 33 reviews

Great hosts, great house, great location.

  • 5 of 5

Jackie and Greg are friendly and helpful. House is spacious, clean and in good repair. The boat tour with Greg was a special treat.

  • Submitted: 26-Sep-2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Base for Exploring the Eastern Side of Cape Breton Highlands National Park

  • 5 of 5

Sure enjoyed our 5-night stay at the spacious and clean “Hilltop Haven” cottage. We were able to do lots of things during our stay. But hiking in the National Park was our priority. We hiked Freshwater Lake Look-off, Middle Head, Mary Ann Falls, half of the Coastal Trail, part of the Mica Hill Trail, and Franey – to the top for a gorgeous panoramic view on a gorgeous sunny day! And Gorgeous were the views from the Cabot Trail and on our drive to Meat Cove. Even the blustery weather provided spectacular scenes of crashing waves at the tip of White Point.

We enjoyed our stay at the cottage, which would be ideal for families (super spacious for only the 2 of us). The washer and dryer were definitely needed by us as we were on a one month vacation of Nova Scotia. Thanks for being such friendly hosts. We enjoyed our conversations with you. And a special thanks to Greg for the fish, which lasted us for two dinners – absolutely delicious! We highly recommend the “Hilltop Haven” cottage! Be sure to go for ice cream at the Lighthouse!

  • Submitted: 16-Oct-2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Best part of our trip!!

  • 5 of 5

We had the great pleasure of staying three nights in Neil's harbour in July 2016 at Jackie and Greg's place. The house was immaculate and Jackie and Greg were such gracious hosts, representing the amazing people from the east coast. Being able to go on the boat and seeing first hand the skill and grace of lobster fishing, and giving a great tour on the boat were highlights of our entire two week trip. I would recommend this gem to anyone blessed enough to visit the Cabot trail!! Thank you for everyone Jackie and Greg!

  • Submitted: 2-Aug-2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Highly recommended!

  • 5 of 5

We just spent five days in Neil's Harbour at this lovely little cottage. It was spotless and very well equipped. Our hosts, Jackie and Greg, were most hospitable and were ready with tips for the area and offers for a ride on the fishing boat! This, of course, was the highlight for our boys! We loved our stay immensely and can't wait to go back! Thanks again, our holiday was perfect!

  • Submitted: 18-Jul-2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful home in a beautiful community

  • 5 of 5

Three friends and I just got back from a trip in Cape Breton, and we stayed at Hilltop Haven fro two nights during our visit. The house was located in the charming community of Neil's Harbour. You can see the water down below from the road beside the property, including the beautiful lighthouse and harbour.

The home itself was very cozy and clean. It had everything you need to enjoy your stay, including board games, DVDs, cooking utensils, lots of towels and extra bedding, and comfy beds.

The owners, Jackie and Greg, were very friendly and kind. They generously gave us some of the fish Greg had caught, which my friends fried up for supper the next night.

This location is also the perfect place to stay if you want quick access to both the park and the Northern tip of Cape Breton island. One of my favourite hikes in Nova Scotia, White Point, was only a six minute drive away. I can't recommend this place enough!

  • Submitted: 30-Mar-2016
  • Stayed: March 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful Experience

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I just returned from a week on Cape Breton. We can't say enough about the beautiful area. Jackie and Greg's home is extremely nice and very clean. They go out of their way to make sure you enjoy your stay. Greg took us out on his boat one afternoon and also brought over some freshly caught halibut. He has a wealth of information on the Nova Scotia fishing industry and we had some very informative chats. If you're considering a trip to this area you couldn't find better people or a nicer place to stay.

  • Submitted: 15-Oct-2015
  • Stayed: October 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Jackie Organ
Member since: 2010
Speaks english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 16, 2018

Guestbook comments from the owner

Hi to all who have visited this site and are wondering why more reviews are not posted. I have posted a few entries that were wrote in the guest book that is placed in the cottage. I have enjoyed reading the comments about how clean and well cared for the property is, as well as all the fun that has been had on the "Little Miss Meghan" riding the waves or catching mackerel for supper. Maybe you should book a stay with us, experience some amazing scenery or kick back and read the rest of our guest book. I know you will have a great time here.
Feb 2015
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Nearest Airport
150 Kilometres
J.A. MacCurdy Sydney Airport
Nearest Barpub
25 Kilometres
Thirsty Hiker and Costal waters Ingonish
Nearest Ferry
120 Kilometres
Marine Atlantic to Newfoundland
Nearest Golf
30 Kilometres
Highland Links Ingonish
Nearest Beach
0.5 Kilometres
Neil's Harbour Beach, salt and fresh water
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation cottage rental in Neils Harbour

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
May 1 2018 - Nov 30 2018
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add C$10 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

new fees for 2018: 200.00 per night for 2 people for a min of three nights , for 4 or more days 170.00 per night 10.00 for each additional person. No smoking or pets.

Payment in Canadian funds. Cheques or cash no credit cards. Deposit required to hold reservation.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.