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Total Privacy In Friendly Community. Beaches, Artisan Shops, Beautiful Area

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,000 sq ft
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 5 nights


About the property

Country home with 4 Bedrooms (2 queen beds, 2 doubles) on a wooded private hill

The House On The Hill is located in Breton Cove, a tiny fishing community on the Cabot Trail. Hidden away in the woods with a 220 metre driveway, it affords total privacy. The house is halfway between Baddeck and Ingonish, making it easy to access golf courses, museums, beaches, hiking trails, and the spectacular scenery of Cape Breton Island.

The Cape Breton Highlands National Park is only 30 minutes away, it has excellent beaches, and great hiking. Wildlife abounds in the park, but it is also present just outside the house. Moose, fox, eagles, and even the occasional black bear, are your neighbours. We ask that you refrain from feeding the wildlife and to remember that they are wild creatures living in their environment.

The house sits on a treed hillside with views of the ocean through the foliage. A spacious lawn provides a safe setting for children and barbecues. Little River Harbour is just down the road. Lobster and crab can be bought right off the boats during the seasons. Boating excursions for fishing, sightseeing, whale watching can be arranged locally. There is a swimming beach at Little River harbour popular with the locals and visitors alike. Close by are several artisan shops featuring works in glass, leather, and other mediums. Excellent pottery, iron works sculptures, funky hats, and pewter casts are some of the things you will find. Music is a big part of Cape Breton life and there are Ceilidhs to attend for toe tapping traditional fiddle tunes.

The house features a central atrium stairway with 4 bedrooms (2 Queen beds and 2 Double beds). there is a large 'sunroom' for relaxation and socializing, as well as an interior living room with televison. The open concept kitchen/dining area is large and well appointed with stove and oven, refrigerator, dishwasher, microwave, coffee maker, dishes, and eating and cooking utensils. There is a breakfast counter with seating, as well as a pine dining room table. A gas barbecue sits outside. WIFI, television with basic satellite service and Netflix. Books, and games are there for your entertainment in the evenings and the occasional rainy day. The bathroom upstairs has a cast iron bathtub with shower. The lower bathroom has a shower as well as washing machine and dryer. The property has walking trails close by, several longer trails are in the area.

The master bedroom is quite large with a queen bed and a sitting area, ample closet space and dresser. The second bedroom also features a queen bed. There is a nook with a desk and bookshelves, and a hanging closet. The third bedroom is small with a sloped ceiling where the double bed is. It's cozy and cute, kids love it. The fourth bedroom is downstairs and also features a double bed. This room, at ground level, is large and pleasant, the bathroom is next to it which makes it perfect for those less mobile. It also holds the water heather and water pressure tank.

The house has a terrace at the front, and a raised deck at the rear, with an additional terrace at the entrance to the sun room. There is ample parking.

This is strictly a NO SMOKING house. In addition, all cleaning products we use are "NO SCENT" in consideration of persons with allergies. We ask that you use our scent free detergent for your wash, and refrain from using scented products or spray scents in our home. NO PETS allowed for allergy relief as well. Smoking is only allowed outdoors with due consideration for forest fire conditions.

More Details

Nick Argento and Judy Lark
Member since: 2014
Speaks english, spanish, italian
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 23, 2018

About Nick Argento and Judy Lark

We are a retired couple who love sailing and travel. Breton Cove and the surrounding community has been our home since 1996.

Nick Argento and Judy Lark purchased this chateau / country house in 2003

Why Nick Argento and Judy Lark chose Breton Cove

We chose this property because it is a well constructed house with passive solar and other environmental qualities. In addition it is situated in one of the friendliest and most socially varied communities in Cape Breton.

What makes this chateau / country house unique

The house features a central atrium which gives it an open concept feel, yet there are numerous nooks and crannies to snuggle in.Original artwork adorn the house. Outside, the thyme lawns are surrounded by birch, spruce, and maples. The long gravel drive curves down to the world famous Cabot Trail. It is centrally located to Cabot Trail attractions and is nearly equidistant to the Cape Breton Highlands National Park and Baddeck.

Our home is a scent free environment for allergy relief.


Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation chateau / country house rental in Breton Cove, Nova Scotia

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21 ...
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View
  • Rural
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2, downstairs - toilet , shower , Also contains washer and dryer
    Bathroom 1, upstairs - toilet , tub , shower , Roomy and easily accessible from all upstairs bedrooms
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 double , A small cozy nest with hanging closet and vanity table
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double , A large downstairs bedroom, accessible by wheelchair.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Features ocean views, a nook with a desk and bookshelves.
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Master bedroom with ocean views and a sitting area.
  • Books
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • long term renters welcome
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • festivals
  • forests
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountaineering
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Privacy in a wooded setting, hiking, folk museums, fishing harbours, and quiet beaches.


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average rating of 4.870968 based on 31 reviews
Wesley Chapel

A Great House in a Beautiful Place

  • 5 of 5

This was our third year in a row visiting Cape Breton and our third rental home. This house was just perfect for our needs. Very clean and well appointed with all the things you would need to be comfortable. The owners, Nick and Judy were great hosts and wonderful people. Nick is quite the artist with many of his paintings displayed throughout the house. The house is centrally located on the Cabot Trail and a great base to use for sightseeing trips. We’re looking forward to our next trip to the area and would definitely use this house again.

  • Submitted: 16-Oct-2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Ontario, Canada

Peaceful, secluded, well equipped with lovely decor

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful location and host. Thank you!

  • Submitted: 3-Oct-2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nice place to stay

  • 5 of 5

We were here for a week. House is set off the highway nicely, and it is near the geographic center, so you can make trips in both directions. It was a little over 30 minutes to Ingonish, which is where our conference was. Beach was wonderful, and essentially private. Nobody else was there. It would have been good to be able to drive a car down the path to the beach--not clear why we couldn't. Certainly a walkable distance, though. House was clean, lots of room, didn't run out of hot water with 3 adults. The only thing we would have wanted was a fire pit somewhere, to be able to enjoy a fire at night.

  • Submitted: 13-Sep-2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Well equipped. Was just what we needed for our visit to Cape Breton.

  • 4 of 5

The "house on the hill" was as advertised. All the conveniences we needed. We really enjoyed the sun room!

  • Submitted: 27-Aug-2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Toronto, Canada

Nicely equipped and family friendly

  • 5 of 5

Spent about week here with our family of six (3 adults and 3 kids under 10). It’s very well equipped and clean. We usually cook a lot of meals and found the kitchen to be surprisingly well equipped. Location is great and quite private. The owners are fantastic. Very helpful, and responsive, as they are close by. Would highly recommend this place.

  • Submitted: 11-Aug-2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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House on Hill was great!

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed this clean, well-maintained home. It had everything for cooking and was very quiet. We used it as our base camp for conveniently golfing Bell Bay and the Ingonish "Highlands" course. The accommodation can easily handle 3 couples, or a very large family with its 4 bedrooms and 2 baths.

Beach access is limited, and very rocky at Breton Cove. I highly recommend the 45 minute drive to the incredible Highlands National Park beach. We also golfed the Cliffs and Links course at Inverness, but that is a bit of a drive at 1.75 hours. It is the Island, and one cannot do anything about the curves in the roads!

We would stay here again, definitely.

  • Submitted: 31-Jul-2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
98 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
78 Kilometres
North Sydney
Nearest Motorway
20 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Clucking Hen, Cal's Place, Dancing moose
Nearest Beach
1.6 Kilometres
Little River Harbour
Car: necessary

New in 2017: Archery range just a few minutes away.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation chateau / country house rental in Breton Cove, Nova Scotia

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Summer/Fall 2018
Jun 1 2018 - Oct 14 2018
5 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Damage Deposit C$200

No pets allowed. No smoking inside the house.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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