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Waterfront Victorian Century Home

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

The Lobster Wharf is a restored Victorian home (l860) right on the famous Bay of Fundy with a view all the way to New Brunswick.

The main parlor, originally reserved for weddings and funerals in the 1800s, is comfortably furnished and includses bookshelves stuffed with books for quiet reading. The second living room is more of a family room for television viewing, although none of my (former bed and breakfast) guests seemed to do much of this as there is so much to see just outside the windows.The large dining room is where you can all gather for sit down meals.

Completely modernized eat in kitchen is stocked with just about anything your chef needs.

However you might prefer crossing the road and buying lobsters already cooked, or fresh off the boat from the lobster men. The favorite of everyone is the enclosed sun porch overlooking the harbor and the Bay of Fundy. Many choose to eat here while watching all the harbor activity.

Take the wide original staircase to the second floor with three bedrooms (optional fourth). One bedroom is a Fundy View Bedroom with queen bed and bay window sitting area. Room number 2 is the Antique Bedroom with bay window and sunset view. Room number 3 is also a queen bedroom with bay and sunset view. There is a full bathroom on the second floor, but there is also an additional two person shower that has been fitted in off the kitchen, the only spot large enough for two person shower. Robes are provided in each bedroom. When this was a Bed and Breakfast, guests would shower and come to the breakfast table in their robes..

There are three outside porches, one harbor view and one on the other side for the glorious sunsets. Large green areas surround the home,where you can romp or picnic to your hearts content. The home is a lovely comfortable home, a magical place where you can relax and enjoy your vacation. It is meant to be comfortable and not formal or fussy. It was originally a lobsterman's home and it has a comfortable ambiance, not fussy formality. Lobstermen lived in poverty and it is an old Victorian working mans home, not a San Francisco type painted lady. It is on a dirt road overlooking the Bay.

More Details

Ruth McCarty or Gladys Johnson (Housekeeper)/asst. manager)
Member since: 2012
Speaks english, if you do not speak English we will try to help.
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 20, 2018

About Ruth McCarty or Gladys Johnson (Housekeeper)/asst. manager)

I'm a displaced Pennsylvanian who came here so many times as a child that I fell in love with Nova Scotia. When I married I lived in Vermont and again spent a great deal of time here. Finally, when retired from real estate in San Diego and Portland, Oregon, I found this lovely home on the way home from Italy one autumn and have lived here ever since. I travel the world but call this home and am always happy to return to this lovely spot.

Ruth McCarty or Gladys Johnson (Housekeeper)/asst. manager) purchased this chateau / country house in 1995

Why Ruth McCarty or Gladys Johnson (Housekeeper)/asst. manager) chose Annapolis Royal

I have traveled the world, lived in many states and countries but when I accidentally found Lobster Wharf I knew I'd come home.

While I leave to travel and meet new people and see new things, it is always wonderful to get back to the peace and quiet and natural beauty found here.

What makes this chateau / country house unique

In the summer it is cool on the Bay of Fundy and in the winter the weather is tempered by the ocean and what little snow we get often blows away. On the Bay Shore I get to live among the fishermen and those who make their living from the sea. Across the mountain, ten minutes away, I get to take part in as many cultural activities as I choose, many more than I would find in

most small towns. The people on both sides are welcoming and friendly to the max. It is said 'half the people live on the best side of the mountain, and the other half think they do!'

Guestbook comments from the owner


Hi Ruth,

We had a wonderful time staying at your house and getting to know Annapolis Royal. Beautiful part of the world. We are already putting Nova Scotia back on our Bucket List to visit again.

Your house is very unique and full of wonderful things to look at. What a collection you have.

We left a check for you in the amount of $200.00 on the refrigerator. There is another check on the refrigerator that was there when we got there.

Hope you had good news about your hip.

Take Care and I am so happy that things worked out that we were able to rent your house.

Aug 2016
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Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation chateau / country house rental in Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered
  • Events Allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beachfront
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Computer Available ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • cell phone ...
  • Parking
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , Deep clawfoot tub for soaking. Hand held shower.
    Bathroom 2 - shower , Two person Shower on lst floor. Robes provided.
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , Small room under steps with toilet and sink.
  • House was built in l860 so bathroom facilities have been fitted in where possible. There is a full four piece bath on the bedroom floor. There is an additional double shower on the first floor. Robes are provided for access. Guests seem to think this is great fun!
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Tidal View Bedroom - 1 queen , Queen size bed, Sitting area.
    Antique Bedroom - 1 double , Lovely antique bedroom with sitting area.
    Sunset View Room - 1 queen , Sunset view
  • (1) Fundy Tidal View Room has Queen bed, sitting area and view of lobster wharf and tides. (2) Antique bedroom has a double bed bay window and sitting area. (3) Sunset View Room has Queen Bed and view of garden, Bay of Fundy and wonderful sunsets.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • porch/lanai
  • Tennis ...
  • long term renters welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • botanical garden
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
You can pack lightly as there is a washer and dryer for your use. Hair dryers and curling irons are under the bathroom sink. If there is anything you need when you get herer we can probably supply it. Judy ask. We want your stay with us to be as carefree and relaxing as possible.


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The house did not warrant the cost per night

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We were excited when we arrived at our destination at the Lobster Wharf house just outside Annapolis Royal NS.. The directions to the house were spot on. Good start.

When we walked into the side door to the kitchen as we were instructed, right in the middle of the kitchen was a pile of what could be euphemistically referred to as a “doggie calling card.” While that was being cleaned, I walked into the foyer and found another pile of “ doggie calling card.

Great. For some reason we had been charged a refundable pet deposit fee of $100 and we didn’t even have a pet. Yet we got to clean up after a pet.

There was half eaten food in the refrigerator and the leaking half gallon of lactose-free milk had to be tossed and the shelf cleaned.

The advertised house amenities were misleading on Home-Away. The place was described as having two baths. The three-piece bath served the three bedrooms upstairs. The other two piece bathroom on the first floor was a real stretch. There was a tucked-in 2-person shower in the laundry room. In order to reach the toilet and the washbasin one had to exit the laundry room, walk through the kitchen and the dining room to reach the half bath located under the stairs in the aforementioned foyer (remember the doggie presents).

In the half bath we encountered a printed sheet that read:


Our plumbing is cranky country plumbing.

It would be greatly appreciated if you could put the toilet paper into the waste cans along with sanitary products, tissue, and so forth.

This would mean that we don’t have a problem that is unpleasant for all of us.

Thank you.”

Well, there went the two bath room concept. The two female members of our party would not go near that toilet and we two males were limited to standing up in the “limited use” toilet. Ewww!

I have rented homes in Italy, France, California and numerous beach houses on the Gulf Coast and never have encountered such a bizarre request. The house did not warrant the cost per night, not even close to being worth it. It makes us wonder if the owner really wants to rent out the property as there were just too many personal items in the house.

  • Submitted: 29-Aug-2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Oh my Gawd. Why didn't you call us. We post phone numbers and we are close by. I was thru the house at 10am, left it open. No doggy gift as you call it. I think perhaps a critter got in as we left it all open for you. Our apologies. Re our personal items. We left the things for you to use. Soaps, shampoos, face creams, first aid items, polysprorin, first aid gels, bandaids, perfrumes (I don't use any scented items, these were for your use),arthritis rubs, insect repellants, tick repellants, sun screens and after suns, deodorants, bath gels, shave cream, after shave, (guests have left various "flavors" and we have added them to our "guest stock" for choice, tooth paste, extra toothbrushes, wine, liquor, food in the freezer, milk to get you started (wasn't leaking when I was there), cream, cheeses, food stuffs, fruits, mochas, coffees, tons of tea flavors, frozen and canned food . We also had towels behind each door which weren't touched. Re bathrooms: this is a more than l50 year old home owned by very poverty stricken lobstermen over the years. Farmers would bring them food in exchange for lobsters. Children were humiliated to bring lobster sandwiches to school rather than peanut butter. Point being, this is an old home, not a Virginia farm type home. Unless we wanted to destroy the house, we hd to "fit in" the bathrooms. We supply robes in each room. Our previous B&B had people thinking it was funny to come down to shower and than would sit at breakfast in their various robes...with total strangers. We do explain this re the bathrooms as best we can. There is no city plumbing, there is no city water. The note in the "convenience toilet room" was given to me by a guest. I guess I never read it thoroughly. (re "the paper). However in villas in Italy and in Mexico where we have lived there have been similar signs. I am sorry you took this literally. WHY NOT CALL? phone is there? In all our rentals we leave food and condiments and drinks and snacks and wine and so forth. IF the milk is fresh and not all used we leave it. We have found this in other rentals we have rented and find it nice to arrive and have all these things...I am sorry that you didn't like them. If you HAD CALLED we could have come and removed them. I am so sorry for your inconvenience. IF YOU HAD CALLED, we would have gladly refunded your money, and /or found you a place to stay at other properties we own. There is no way to make this right now.. So all we can do is apologize..
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Nearest Airport
120 Miles
Halifax International, Halifax Nova Scotia
Nearest Barpub
8 Miles
Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia. Smallest Pub in NS
Nearest Ferry
20 Miles
Digby, NSFerry to/ from Saint John, New Brunswick
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
Annapolis Royal Golf Club, Annapolis Royal. 2km
Nearest Train
120 Miles
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Nearest Motorway
Shore Road. Highway 1 is 1km away.
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Fresh seafood, hamburgers and ice cream 1/4 km
Nearest Beach
15 Miles
Mikey Hill Pocket Wilderness Lake
Car: necessary

The Lobster Wharf is a restored l860 Victorian home located on the famous Bay of Fundy in the picturesque lobster fishing village of Parkers Cove. Tall ships were built and launched in the cove.

Today you can walk to the lobster wharf and buy fresh lobsters to cook or cross the road to the Sea Fishery and buy cooked lobsters as well as fresh scallops and haddock. The owner's wife, Holly Everett, is a well known folk art painter and has a gallery here. A minute walk further up the hill is another famous artist, Wayne Boucher, who also welcomes you to his studio. a.

Further down Shore Road is the Dewlaps Cove, another quaint lobster wharf. Dewlaps Wilderness Trail, with an enchanting walk thru the forest to the ocean cliffs and a striking also ten minutes from the house. There is beach combing right outside the door of our home. The breakwater is perfect place for fishing or just watching the gulls, seals, eagles, and boats.

Ten minutes across the mountain is the historically preserved town of Annapolis Royal. It is the second oldest permanent settlement in North America. St. Augustine, Florida, (Spanish) was the first. Here the French and English both established forts that you can now visit. The English Fort Anne is in the center of Annapolis Royal with lovely walks along the Annapolis River and a climb over the fortifications. The French settled Port Royal, another National Historic Site, south of Annapolis Royal. Champlain and his men were here and at the time the French owned all the way to Philadelphia.

Walking thru town is a delight. Near the fort is the old graveyard. Evenings there is a guided graveyard tour by lantern with stories of the early settlers buried there, including one of Champlain's men. During the day there is a guided tour with history of the many Victorian homes. There is also an Acadian tour which teaches you an Acadian dance and offers you a tast of rappie pie. Children, as well as adults, love these tours.

Annapolis Royal has been chosen by UNESCO as the most cultural town of it's size in the world. It features the world class Historic Gardens on ten acres overlooking the Annapolis River. with an Acadian home and walk along the original Acadian dykes.

The ARTS Center features local and national artists and events.

KingsTheater is a treasure house of live theater, live music performances of all kinds, a foreign film festival in spring and fall, and various other events.

The summer/fall Farmers Market is on Saturdays and Wednesday and has produce and excellent craftspeople from potters, to weavers, to artists, to jewelry makers and more. Across the street is an actual working haul out for working fishing boats to be refurbished. Further down the street is the O'Dell House, a period house with historical interpretation.

Take time to have lunch or dinner in one of the many little restaurants, many with outside seating. Ye Olde Towne Pub is the smallest pub in Nova Scotia.

Outside of town you cross the causeway which houses the Tidal Generating Station (and the Visitors Center).It is the only Tidal Generating Station in North America and can be toured with hard hat.

Branching out from Annapolis Royal, minutes away is Bear River, newly developing as an artists colony with a wonderful gallery, famous thru out Canada and featured in the New York Times. Enjoy lunch there on one of the little buildings built on stilts because of the high tides in the tidal river there. Near town are two wineries, open to visitors.

Further south is Digby, home of the famous scallop fishing fleet. Numerous sites are there to see. You can continue down Digby Neck to do some whale watching and cross two little ferries to go all the way to the light house on the end of Briar Island.

Further south you reach the French south shore fishing communities, where French is the main language. They welcome you and hope you will stay long enough to try their famous Rappie Pie, a hearty main dish that takes 24 hours to prepare at their local restaurants.

Or, if you chose, go north from Annapolis Royal, follow the bay shore road to the little fishing villages and enjoy some time by the sea. When you reach Wolfville, home of Acadia University, lunch in one of the charming inns or at the winery.Further on you can visit Grand Pre, the National Historic Site memorializing the Grand Derangement, the expulsion of the Acadians from Nova Scotia. Evangeline by Ralph Waldo Emerson, is a poem about this event that will bring you to tears.

Many other delights await your discovery. However, your favorite might be sitting at your home away from home and watching the lobster boats go in and out and the tides going up and down. At the end of a week, our guests often say this is their favorite 'activity'.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation chateau / country house rental in Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia

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2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add C$133 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable pet deposit C$132.84

To answer any questions or to discuss booking please contact $450 rate is for up to four people. There is a charge of $100 per person per night for additional guests. CANCELLATION POLICY:Full refund IF CANCELED WITHIN 14 DAYS.There is a $100 refundable pet deposit payable at checkin. We have unfortunately had to add this pet deposit to insure pet owners pick up after their pet. It is refunded at checkout.
Thank you for your interest in our property.
Please note: This property is our home and has not been child proofed so we would prefer not renting to children as we would be concerned they might hurt themselves. If you wish to discuss this you can email me as stated above. Thank you for your interest in our property.

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.
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