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A stunning coastal propety for family, arts or business retreats

Bedrooms 6
Space 4,000 sq ft
Property type chalet
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

6 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms.Iicebergs and whales in season

Please note VRBO quotes are in US Dollars. Try this same listing on Homeaway for CAD rates.

Ochre House Retreat is a unique vacation and retreat facility with 6 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, spacious studio, gourmet kitchen, generous living area and full rec room. An exceptional getaway for work or play.

This former church has been thoughtfully renovated to include all modern amenities while respecting the elegance and clean lines of the original architecture. Stunning 17 ft ceiling, 6 beautifully appointed bedrooms. 5 unique bathrooms, gourmet kitchen, spacious studio, generous living area and brand new games room on the ground floor. An exceptional getaway experience for work or play. Perfect for extended family holidays or yoga, painting or writing retreats. 4 minutes drive to popular Northern Bay Sands. Large property, BBQ, fire pit. Hiking. Walk to local beach.

Keywords: Retreat, Vacation, Family Getaway, Arts Studio, Workshop Space, Near Northern Bay Sands,

More Details

Lisa Porter
Member since: 2012
Speaks english
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
June 18, 2018

About Lisa Porter

Film producer Paul Pope and screenwriter/performer Lisa Porter are from St. John's.

Lisa Porter purchased this chalet in 2008

Why Lisa Porter chose Ochre Pit Cove

We have a lot of friends who summer out this way and we were looking for a nice little saltbox, but when this building presented itself, we couldn't refuse. It was clear that it would have to be more than a private residence. It is a building meant to be shared: to be filled with people, conversations, music and creativity. So when we designed the living area we made sure to keep a large portion as open space for meetings or performances. Work or play. Or both. It is a special place indeed.

What makes this chalet unique

Some of the best times we've had are with a bunch of families with children. Spend the afternoon at Northern Bay Sands and come back for a glass of wine, a bbq and a bonfire. In the morning you can stroll over to the local beach just across the road. If the weather doesn't cooperate, the place is big enough that you're not on top of each other. Find a book from our growing library and settle in for a good read while the kids play ping pong in the games room, paint a picture, play a board game or watch a movie.

Guestbook comments from the owner

I love the church at Ochre Pit Cove! My partner and I, along with some friends, spent a wonderful weekend out there last summer. The restored church is so beautiful and it feels incredibly special when the sun shines through the stained glass! Also, it is very spacious. Perfect for dance parties! It had everything we needed for cooking and bbq-ing gorgeous meals and many modern comforts to boot. The sandy beach in Northern Bay is a 5 minute drive, but we preferred walking across the street and down to the rocky beach that we had completely to ourselves. Heaven.
Jul 2011
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Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation chalet rental in Ochre Pit Cove

Property Type:
  • chalet
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 4000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 15 ...
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • Ground Floor Bedroom - toilet , shower , In Ground Floor Bedroom
    Mezzanine Bathroom - toilet , shower , In Mezzanine Bedroom
    North Bedroom Bathroom - toilet , shower , In North Bedroom
    South Bedroom Bathroom - toilet , shower , In South Bedroom
    Main Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • All bathrooms are new construction with quality fixtures and ceramic tile.
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 15
  • Choir Loft - 1 double
    Sun Room - 1 bunk bed
    South Bedroom - 1 double , Ensuite bath with shower
    North Bedroom - 1 double , Ensuite with shower
    Mezzanine - 2 twin/ single , Open Balcony. Ensuite with Shower
    Ground Floor *additional fee applies* - 2 twin/ single , A bright room with ensuite bath. Extra $55/night
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Game Console ...
  • Video Games
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • alternative lifestyle
  • festivals
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • eco tourism
  • horseshoes
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
600 square ft studio space, yoga mats, 17 ft ceiling, tenting welcome. Ask us about Custom Catering for retreats.


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A stunning coastal propety for family, arts or business retreats
average rating of 4.894737 based on 21 reviews

Wonderful accommodation! Lots of room for seven adults. Well appointed and very clean.

  • 5 of 5

Lots of bedrooms and bathrooms for everyone. Large, well-stocked kitchen. We enjoyed the musical instruments, games room, books and garden.

Great location for exploring the north end of the Avalon peninsula.

  • Submitted: 26-Jul-2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're so glad you had a good time!
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The Barnes/Aitken Family

  • 5 of 5

We had the most wonderful time of our lives and everyone still talks about how great it was. My Brother and his family(10 in all)from England joined my Husband and I for 2 super days at the Church. We had lots of room and places for the children to play and the rest to relax. We went to the beach, had a BBQ and Bonfire at night it was just brilliant. I will recommend it to anyone who is planning a family reunion in the future. Thanks Lisa

  • Submitted: 23-Sep-2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful and charming.

  • 4 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay. When looking for a cabin for our large group, another business told us we needed The Church at Ochre Pit Cove, and we were glad they did. It was spacious and had something for everyone. The kids (& adults) had fun on the PS2, ping pong table, and air hockey. The littlest ones had space to play (though I'd try and get a baby gate next time), and loved finding the hidden toy room upstairs. There were books everywhere :)

We would definitely return and reccomend, the owners were great to deal with as well.

  • Submitted: 6-Jul-2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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St. John's

Unleash Your Creative Spirit Retreat

  • 5 of 5

My group and I were delighted with the Church at Ochre Pit Cove for a facility to hold a yoga and creativity retreat. It was intimate, quiet, close to nature, and had a peaceful, warm energy as soon as you stepped in the doors. Lisa provided healthy and delicious meals and took care of every detail with ease - including dietary variations. The space was perfect for yoga and meditation, and the layout of the facility allowed for plenty of group and solo time. The space was inspirational for a retreat... and I'm returning with my family because it is also a perfect place to have a relaxing family vacation. Thank-you, Lisa, for offering this space. <3

  • Submitted: 1-Dec-2015
  • Stayed: November 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great weekend with friends

  • 5 of 5

Fantastic location and facility. The owners' attention to detail and thoughtfulness are evident throughout the property. Stayed for a weekend in late October with friends and thoroughly enjoyed it.

  • Submitted: 3-Nov-2015
  • Stayed: October 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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St. John's

Ideal location for a group trip to the bay (group trip to the bay).

  • 5 of 5

We heard about the Church from a group of friends that had stayed there earlier this year. By all accounts, it was a fantastic spot. We just got back from our first weekend at the Church, and it exceeded expectations. The scenery on the drive to and from St. John's is breathtaking, the beach is only a short drive away, and there are more than enough games and activities at the Church to keep people of all ages entertained for days on end..! We absolutely loved the unfinished games basement, but equally pleasing were the modern and extremely clean bathrooms and bedrooms. The kitchen and living area were also exactly what we were hoping for. Bottom line, you can't go wrong with the Church at Ochre Pit Cove.

  • Submitted: 2-Nov-2015
  • Stayed: October 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
139 Kilometres
St. John's
Nearest Ferry
140 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
4.2 Kilometres
Northern Bay Sands
Car: necessary

Whale & iceberg watching, berry picking in season


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation chalet rental in Ochre Pit Cove

Rental Basis:
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 12 guests; add C$20 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Add Ground Floor Bedroom: $55 per night
Our facility is not appropriate for vacationing students. Families with children welcome.
Off season: We are unable to offer reduced rates in the off season as our large building is very expensive to heat!

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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