3 Bedrooms, 1 1/2 Bathrooms, Ocean & Mountain Views. Sun Deck.
Roger & Sandra Butterworth
- english, french
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Relaxing stay on the Cabot Trail
Plenty of space for our family of 5 in the Buchanan House on the Cabot Trail. Living room and deck area provided plenty of lounging space. Kitchen was clean and efficient and the checkin process was smooth and communication with the owners was simple. It’s a great location with fantastic views of the bays and bird islands. The owner told us about a local beach a few minutes away which became one of our favorite places. Good starting point for day trips. Would stay again!
Time to chill.........
My wife and I recently rented this property for 4 nights, we had a great time exploring Cabot Trail. This property is a great location on the island, for exploring and about 30-35 minutes from Baddeck, N.S. which is a town with many amenities if you need them. The hosts, Roger and Sandra were very friendly and hospitable. They live close by if you need to contact them, the house and property are beautiful, very well kept. I would recommend this property to a couple or small family, wanting to have a home base while exploring the island (Cape Breton). I would definitely rent from them again, thank you, Roger and Sandra for sharing your home.
lovely base with a view
As always, lovely hosts at a great base for relaxing on the Cabot Trail. A short walk to the Clucking Hen for meals or an Internet session. See you again.
Perfect location for exploring the Cabot Trail
We loved our stay at this beautiful home. It is comfortable, clean, well-equipped, and in a lovely setting. The Butterworths live nearby and were extremely helpful in their recommendations for sites to see and restaurants to try. They also shared their knowledge of the local gardening and quilting scene which was of particular interest to us.
One of our main reasons for choosing VRBO rentals is the enrichment of meeting and talking to local residents about their lives, culture, and interests. So these owners and their home definitely added a perfect experience to our Canadian adventure!
Conveniently located near Highland Park and many craft/gift shops nearby
A previous review stated that the property was very clean, unfortunately we found many kitchen appliances to be dirty, cobwebs throughout the house, and dirty window sills. Big comfortable living room and dining area though. The bedrooms all have slopped ceilings which isn't a problem except for the 4th bedroom which is very tiny. No laundry allowed even though laundry machines are on the property. There is only one shower/tub which is quite squishy because the roof slopes leaving only a 1 1/2 x 2 foot area to stand up straight in (not great for tall people). Very nice owners though who live in the house right in front of rental property.
Buchanan House is a centennial farmhouse built by the descendants of the original settlers from the Western Isles of Scotland who came to Cape Breton Island after their lands were seized and homes put to the torch during the period known as “the highland clearances”. The roof is high-pitched to help to shed the heavy snowfalls of our Eastern Canadian winters. This results in the ceilings in some of the rooms on the second floor having a slope or a dormer window incorporated.
To our educated guests, this offers a unique experience heightened by inclusion of a wood stove and artifacts that include horse tack, bridles, girth straps and brasses as well as old carpenter’s tools and an iron plough share broken by the rocks and boulders in the meadow beside the house. There are also copies of books the settlers would have read in the long winter evenings written, of course, in Gaelic. We have a display of original photographs of the house and the last members of the Buchanan family to live in our lovely home.
Our returning guests (and the numbers are fast increasing) spend most of their time and energies exploring our beautiful island with its sensational landscapes and seascapes, its hiking trails, sandy beaches, whale sightings, the magnificent fortress at Louisburg, and unique fiddle music. Some attend activities at the nearby Gaelic College where they learn the basics of the language, its music, its arts and its crafts that include local hand-made musical instruments and remastered Scottish musical scores.
Rather regrettably, our guests seem to have judged the success of their visit to our island in relation to the dimensions of the bedrooms or the ceilings that they carefully measured or the bathtub design or the number of cobwebs (real or imaginary). They offer gratuitous advice on the layout of our home or the use of our washing machine. For the record, other guests at Buchanan House this summer found no evidence of cobwebs and the only dirt we, the owners, found was that left by the guests of July 20th. Did they learn a few words of Gaelic, attend a Ceilidh, take a walk along the splendid North River, see the bald eagles or watch the gannets diving for fish? I sure hope so.
Cute, clean renovated farmhouse… but
We were 4 retired women artists traveling for a week to discover the beauty, music, and art of Cape Breton. This is a lovely house on the Cabot Trail near some great artisan shops. Roger met us and was a great source of history and practical tips for the area. On the other hand, Sandra was less than gracious when I met her on our last morning. In contrast to everyone else that we met and had dealings with on Cape Breton, she was unhelpful and rude. Avoid her if at all possible. 3 of the 4 beds were comfortable, one should really be replaced because of the hardness and springs showing. We placed multiple blankets and quilts over it for our second night so it could be slept on. So again, the house itself and the welcoming from Roger was a great start to our trip, but that part just didn’t end as well as it could have.
These hurtful comments to my wife and criticisms of our home are disingenuous and motivated by frustration due to a ferry cancellation prior to arrival in Canada.
From Guest 7/24/2018:
I have been looking into how to request a refund for the night we didn't stay in your lovely farmhouse due to the Portsmouth-Yarmouth Ferry weather cancellation. We had reserved 13-16 but couldn't get there until the 14th. Your wife suggested I contact (the agency) directly to request a refund, because she was under the impression that was the policy. But actually it is in your control (web address provided).
We found the people of Cape Breton to be warm and welcoming. Clearly this is up to you whether you will refund 1 night, or even a partial of 1 night. However, it would be much appreciated on this end, and will guarantee a great review of the lovely property.
Thanks for considering this, (Guest signature)
Owners reply 7/25/2018:
We are so very happy that you enjoyed your stay and that you found our home lovely and the people of Cape Breton warm and welcoming.
Concerning any refund which you feel you may be entitled to, we suggest you start by checking your travel/cancellation insurance policy carefully since it is likely that cancellation of the ferry crossing due to weather would be covered. We have found this to be the case following flight delays and cancellations, as well as ferry crossings. Before continuing further, we would be obliged if you could check your insurance policy in this regard.
As you no doubt remember we did offer you an additional night’s stay at our property at our expense to compensate you for your loss due to the ferry crossing delay. Unfortunately, our offer was declined.
Regarding your offer of a guarantee of a great review of our lovely property, conditional on our payment of a fee, we find that this goes counter to the basic principles of good business practice and, quiet frankly, is insulting.
We look forward to hearing from you regarding your travel insurance.
Many thanks, (Owners’ Signatures)
Owners comments 8/16/2018:
Until 7/24 our home was “lovely” and the people of CB “warm and welcoming”. In their Home Away revue of 8/11, our “lovely farmhouse” got a 2-star rating; our lowest on record.
They were true to their word; no doubt a refund would have” guaranteed a great review”. No thanks.
PS. The deadline for the refund has now expired.
Extensive hiking, bush walking, bird watching and beachcombing, on property.
3 min. walk to bakery/ deli/ restaurant with wi-fi.
Ideal base for Cabot Trail events including Ceilidhs,Celtic Colour Festival, (October), Bell Museum, Baddeck, Fortress of Louisburg, Highlands National Park, Sandy beaches, Golf courses.