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Spectacular View, Great Service, Sailing Lessons Available

Bedrooms 4
Space 1,680 sq ft
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Lovely 4 Bedroom House, Ocean And Mountain Views, Pebble Beach

The Bosun's Chair reflects the Nautical character of the owner - a Transport Canada certified Ship's Master and a Canadian Recreational Yacht Association certified sailing instructor.

Nestled on the shore of St. Ann's Bay, The Bosun's Chair has mountains in the back yard and an ocean beach in the front yard.

There are 4 bedrooms in the older 'main' portion of the house, with 2 bathrooms - one upstairs (complete with jacuzzi tub) and one on the main floor adjacent to the front entry. All the downstairs floors are local hardwood. The upstairs floors are red pine, the ceilings are white pine.

Appliances include refrigerator, oven, microwave, washer and dryer. All bedding is supplied as well as all dishes, silverware, various kitchen utensils, coffee makers, pots, pans, etc. In short - just bring your own clothes!

The Captain, when he's not at sea, maintains a small apartment attached to the back of the main house (questions and concerns are dealt with promptly).

New in 2018 is our sailing school. Interested guests can request on-board sailing lessons from 1/2 day to 5 days in duration. Our training school is a cutter-rigged, pilot house Tayana 37 named 'Eva Jade'. She is a beautiful Robert Perry designed version of the venerable 'double-ender' or 'canoe-stern' vessels employed by the Norwegian Coast Guard to rescue sailors otherwise doomed to meet Davy Jones.

The Bosun's Chair is situated in an ocean-front rural setting. The nearest grocery store is in either the lovely village of Baddeck or in North Sydney - the mainland terminus for the Newfoundland ferry. Ditto for the nearest gas stations, so guests are advised to purchase foodstuffs and gasoline before arriving at the house.

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Daniel Robinson
Member since: 2016
Speaks english, loves struggling in french, german and spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
May 24, 2018

About Daniel Robinson

Danny has had a number of careers over his 68 years, from lobster fishing to reforestation contractor, whale-watching skipper and sailor, carpenter and journeyman ceramics installer, forestry equipment designer and manufacturer. He also studied biology at Cape Breton University. His present passion (along with sailing) is digital 'single lens reflex' camera photography.

Daniel Robinson purchased this farmhouse in 1987

Why Daniel Robinson chose Englishtown

Danny originally bought the property because of it's proximity to a wonderful and vibrant group of artisans/musicians/friends that he had been a part of since the early seventies. As well as being close to his 'peeps', the setting in Jersey Cove was incredible, with St. Ann's Bay in the front yard, 300 meter-high mountains in the back yard, and peaceful St. Ann's Harbour only 1/2 kilometer down the road.

What makes this farmhouse unique

A bosuns' chair is a seat similar to the type in which the senior crew-member on a sailing vessel is hoisted up the mast in order to work on the rigging. There is an actual bosuns' chair installed on a ceiling beam between the kitchen and living room of the house which serves as an indoor swing (children love it).

Perhaps the most unique benefit of staying at the Bosuns' Chair is the fact that the owner/operators of the house also operate a sailing school aboard a beautiful 37' sailboat, and offer lessons to guests at 1/2 price.


Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation farmhouse rental in Englishtown, Nova Scotia

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1680 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Max. adults: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront
  • Rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , jetted tub
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , On main floor adjacent to the front entry
  • One on each floor. Full bathroom (upstairs) with jacuzzi tub, window and skylight.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 1 - 1 double
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
  • Two front bedrooms overlook St. Ann's Bay, 2 rear bedrooms face out at mountains
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Stereo ...
  • Video Library
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • long term renters welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • caves
  • festivals
  • forests
  • pond
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Starting in 2018 The Bosun's Chair will be offering 1/2 and full day sailing instruction sessions aboard our 37 foot Tayana Pilothouse cutter rigged sloop. We are Canadian Recreational Yachting Association certified instructors. We sail primarily in St. Ann's Bay and the Bras d'Or Lakes. Inquiries welcome through this Home Away listing.


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average rating of 4.4 based on 10 reviews

Clean, but dated, and okay if you like rustic

  • 3 of 5

We have stayed in a lot of VRBO's in the last few years, but we found this one a little disappointing. The property was easy to find if you have GPS, but would be difficult if you were working from a map, because the house is hidden in the trees and there is no marker for the house on the roadside. It is well situated to see the local sites and do the Cabot Trail. We were there with my wife's brother and his wife, so there were four adults. We found the experience did not match the description of the rental. The photo's were probably taken a few years ago, because it looks a lot more weathered than the pictures show. Some of the reviews that we read, did not match what we found also. For instance, it does have two bathrooms, one up stairs, and one the size of a cupboard just inside the front door. It is barely usable because of its small size, and shaving at the sink was interesting to say the least. Drying off after a shower, required me to open the door otherwise I would have banged my elbows, and I am only 5' 6" tall. The kitchen is poorly equipped with utensils and pans, the cups and mugs are old, and the only sieve was rusted out (I think) I certainly would not have used it for my food. The bed my wife and I slept in was uncomfortable, as it kept sloping to one side and causing one of us to need to be conscious of not rolling into the other.

Having said that, It was clean and the caretaker was very helpful, even lending us a larger fry pan so that we could cook a meal for four people. Because it was clean enough, we didn't allow the negatives that we felt to hinder our enjoyment of the area. The area is awesome! Would we book it again? probably not. I am not against rustic, but usually rustic means charming, but this place does not have charm. It would have if had a coat of paint, some upgrading, and a little fixing up.

Robert B.

  • Submitted: 4-Oct-2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Rustic: relating to the countryside; rural. Thanks for your input Robert. The exterior painting was scheduled for after the guest season, and has now been finished. The sieve (colander?) you referred to must have belonged to a previous guest - it wasn't in the house at the beginning of the summer (I have thrown it out). You were spot-on about some of the cups and mugs being old, they are antique fiestaware and hand-painted tea cup/saucer sets. In previous years our guests were content with only one bathroom, but I decided to install a second one - downstairs - to avoid any possible morning 'traffic jams' It's unfortunate that you were unhappy about the size of it. I'm sorry you don't share the affinity most of our other guests voiced for the rustic charm of a well-maintained older home, but I appreciate your comments. They teach us what to change or add in order to remain current. Danny
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Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Not what we were expecting

  • 2 of 5

When we first arrived we were a little apprehensive as it was quite remote with no towns close at hand. It is certainly perfectly accessible to the east side of the Cabot Trail. But if you wanted to tour the west side you either did the full circuit or take the ferry across to Hwy 105 & go for a hour drive to Mabou side. Our main concern was that there was nothing in walking distance & we had to take the car everywhere. We were hoping that we were in a small town that we could walk to kitchen parties, veils he, events, shopping or eating establishments. The house is nice, beds very comfortable but was lacking connection to technology like a local tv channel, working DVD player & radio, outdoor adirondack chairs and board games to keep us occupied in the evenings. The BBQ was very tiny and not suited for family cooking. Overall the stay was acceptable but unfortunate not much to our liking. Think this is suited more to someone who wants to hike the trail & only need a place to sleep. Deb the caregiver was our saving grace & was there to lend a helping hand making our stay more comfortable.

  • Submitted: 8-Sep-2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It is apparent that this guest did not read the notice about needing a car, nor look at the map showing the house location, nor read the 'amenities' section of the listing before booking her stay.
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A Winner!

  • 5 of 5

The Bosun's Chair is a charming, welcoming 4 BR 1 3/4 bath home with a view of St. Ann's Bay with a secluded beach 3 min walk across the street. It is ideally located on the southeast portion of the Cabot Trail and just minutes from the Gaelic College (great Cape Breton music and culture) and the town of Badeck which has stores, gas, attractions. The kitchen is well appointed and equipped, the living room has comfortable furniture, the bookshelf is loaded with interesting reads, washer/dryer/gas grill available for use, and the home features custom woodwork throughout. A hummingbird feeder on the ocean facing windows provides for hours of watching the antics of these tiny birds. Dan was responsive to emails and supplied multiple brochures, listings and maps of the local sights and restaurants. Deb, the caretaker (who lives in an attached apartement) was wonderful and gave us plenty of local knowledge regarding things to do and see. She was so very kind and baked cookies for us on arrival and even asked if we needed her to pick up anything while she was in town. She completely respected our privacy but was readily available for questions. There is a very short ferry ride (perhaps 100 meters) to access the shortest route to the house but there is a longer detour if required. Buy the 5 trip ticket and the fare is cut in half. We saw plenty of eagles, seabirds. etc along the road to the ferry daily. The Cabot trail is magnificient of course but be sure to catch Donelda's Puffin Tours (5 minutes from house), the Ameoba sail cruise in Baddeck with Capt. John, and the charming Colouratura art gallery/chocolatier just a few minutes north of the house. History buffs will enjoy Fort Louisburgh, a re-creation of a historical french fort. Deb also suggested a "ceilidh" (traditional music) at St. Ann's church featuring fiddler Rodney MacDonald and Mac Morin on keyboard with traditional music and dance...wonderful! Our only regret is that we did not have more time to stay longer. Cape Breton is breathtaking and restorative. Dan's home is the perfect "homebase" from which to explore it. We are already planning a return next year.

  • Submitted: 26-Aug-2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Exactly what we wanted

  • 5 of 5

The location was perfect for us. Nice clean house, 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, all as expected.

  • Submitted: 14-Aug-2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 4 of 5

We loved our stay in the Bosun's Chair. It was very convenient to the Cabot Trail. It is in a very quiet location and very close to the water.

  • Submitted: 11-Aug-2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Dillsburg, PA

Great view, large family space

  • 5 of 5

The house had 4 bedrooms which allowed our family to spread out. The kitchen - living room area had a great view. The hummingbird feeder kept us entertained. The walk to the beach was short. Great place to explore! Good location just off the Cabot Trail! We would definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: 31-Jul-2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
110 Kilometres
Sydney NS
Nearest Barpub
35 Kilometres
Thirsty Hiker
Nearest Ferry
2 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
32 Kilometres
Highland Links
Nearest Train
300 Kilometres
Truro NS
Nearest Motorway
7 Kilometres
Trans Canada Hwy
Nearest Restaurant
6 Kilometres
Simply Pizza
Nearest Ski
30 Kilometres
Cape Smokey
Nearest Beach
On Property
Car: necessary

Situated on the Old Cabot Trail, approximately half way between Baddeck and Ingonish, the Bosun's Chair is 2 km from the scenic Englishtown Ferry and 2 1/2 km from Donelda's Puffin Tours. There are a number of local hiking trails and a multitude of craft shops - most attached to their studios.

Due to our rural location, guests are advised to purchase any foodstuffs and gasoline they need in either Baddeck, Ingonish, or North Sydney before arriving at the house.


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Rental Rates for this vacation farmhouse rental in Englishtown, Nova Scotia

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3 night minimum stay

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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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