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Beach Front Home Over Looking Beautiful Chance Harbour Beach

Bedrooms 3
Space 5,000 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

2 separate rentals. Please read carefully. Whole house sleeps 10--14 (w blow ups

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Reader's digest version:

1. ENTIRE HOUSE RENTAL IS $5000 per week.

2. The main level by itself is $3500/week and has 2 private bedrooms (king bed and queen bed) and semi private loft (super comfy lazyboy double pull out with blow up pillow top) and super comfy lazyboy double pull out in living room.

3. Lower level is $2000/ week by itself and is discounted with entire house rental. Lower level has a full standard bathroom, a huge recreation room, an awesome bar/kitchen, 1 bedroom, a workshop room that can be used as you see fit, and comfortable blowup beds if needed.

This home was completed in the summer of 2012. It was designed to create a unique space that inspired relaxation and serenity. Built to entertain large groups or a quiet weekend away for two, this property has it. With fine finishes and stunning views of the famous Northumberland Strait, you will not regret a weeks visit to this magical beach front home.

With the main level of this home perched high above the dune, you can sit on the very large wrap around deck, sipping cocktails with plain view of the entire beach and a close eye on the kids. The over water sunrises and sunsets are some of the most beautiful in the world. The vibrant and crisp colors of turquoise water meeting the golden sands and brilliant greens surround this property.

Inside the home you will find a magnificent chef's kitchen that faces out to the ocean in an open concept great room that graces two thirds of the floor space on the main level. With 17 foot ceilings and a 14 foot high stone fire place, the beauty is not limited to the beach. With dark walnut floors, bright white heritage trim, multi colored slate flooring and stone throughout, the colors are as vibrant and brilliant inside the house as out.

The main level rental is roughly 2500 square feet including the loft that overlooks the great room. The master bedroom features a king bed, wood lined ceilings, contours matching the roof lines and an exquisite view of the ocean through your private doors to the large wrap-around deck. The room also features a 5 Piece bathroom with two person jacuzzi, custom built walk in shower, and double vanity.

The main level guest bedroom features a queen size bed, roof contour lines, large closet and large bright windows. This bedroom has a 3/4 bath (toilet, vanity, shower) just outside of its door which is at the end of a private hallway. A linen closet can be found tucked in the corner here so one can slip in and out of the bathroom or grab sheets or a towel going unnoticed by anyone in the great room.

The loft with semi-hidden stair case behind the fire place makes for a suitable, cozy third sleeping area on the main level. It is open and perched high above the main living room. I would not recommend it for the elderly but is fine for kids and adventurous types. It is good for a young couple or the last people up! It has its own skylight which provides a bright and well-lit environment during the day but won't bother you in the morning or at night. There is a chaise lounge with pull out bed. This bed features an automatic blow up pillow top that makes for a very comfortable, double mattress size sleeping arrangement.

The sun room in the front is part of the great room but in its own alcove at the front of the house. The deck on the exterior wraps all around this room so from the inside out, it's as if this extends the interior floor space another 900 square feet. With two doors from the sun room to the deck and another double door off the dining area, guests can move freely from inside to out. In the sun room there is a large sectional couch facing out to the ocean with a 180 degree view of the Northumberland. This couch also has a pull out, blow up pillow top, double sized bed in it. This makes for another great sleeping area with an impressive view of sunrise and sunset from your bed. For the early riser, this is a great place to be woken by the sunrise and be the first one on the beach for a morning jaunt.

The beach stone fire place, dining area and large chef's kitchen with bar style island are all in the great room proper. The kitchen sits on the backside of the room viewing out to the ocean so the chef in the family can enjoy a view of the water while they prepare drinks or dinner behind the island. The fireplace is visible from all angles in the room and faces towards the dining area and sunroom in the front. There is seating surrounding the fire place which makes this a great place to retire to after dinner for conversation or to enjoy the main room TV that is on the wall next to stone column. The dining area is off to the side of the great room and has a set of double doors leading to the deck which creates a wonderful view for dinner with a full wall of windows to compliment.

The main level has a laundry/mudroom, 3 central vac outlets including a sweep away in the kitchen, the main level common bathroom down the hall to the bedrooms and the entry way leading to the mid level main entry. The main entry sits between the two floors with a grand ceiling height and closet space to greet your guests and give you a place to remove shoes and hang jackets before proceeding to the main or lower level.

The lower level has a closed-in entry way with an alcove. This area is also used for coat storage during large social events. The entry, lower stairs and the alcove itself are all completed in slate for durability and aesthetics.

The house has been set up that the lower level is partially closed off with a set of double doors found at the foot of the stairs. These double doors, when open, create an opening to the remaining space of this level. This level includes another full kitchen, bath, bedroom and great room. This space is available for rent along with the main floor. The bedroom and bathroom are off to one side of the basement with the kitchen, sun room and recreation room all in one. The rec area is frequently used by guests (great place for kids on blowup air bed). This level has two doors to the exterior and also features a great view of the Northumberland Strait. This level is reserved for use by owner but may be available for rental upon request.

The deck features two 8 person tables, a BBQ and several lounge chairs for guests to enjoy the sun and view of the beach. It has a large set of stairs down to the front lawn with the beach only a few steps away in your bare feet. The house is surrounded with a wooden beam wall that has gently sloping stairs to the front lawn and entrances.

The back yard is steadily becoming more landscaped with lots of parking and wood storage. The sides, front and rear of the house have full thick grass for kids to run around and enjoy the spring summer and fall. The path to the dune stairs is filled out with poplar trees and sapling birch. Sea grass greets you on top of the dunes to welcome you to a walk down the weathered wooden stairs to arrive on the golden sands. Take your lawn chairs down for the day and leave them there to return later for the nightly bon fires with the beach community. Fire works are common here and singing can be heard from the deck on some occasions.

A large propane burner/lobster pot and BBQ are at the ready. A lobster, corn or mussel boil is an easy undertaking. You could even transport this gear and a fold up table to the beach and have dinner on the sands.

Unfortunately it is difficult to allow pets due to allergies and potential damage to the beautiful walnut floor. Special conditions may be arranged and is worth discussion.

Private chefs, cleaning services and baby sitters can be arranged to come into the house if the guests so desire. If you have any other questions please ask.

More Details

Mark Sutherland
Member since: 2013
Speaks english
Response time:
Within 2 days
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Calendar last updated:
May 21, 2018

About Mark Sutherland

I grew up in New Glasgow, NS which is about ten mins away from the beach house. I now work as a Dentist since 2002 in Halifax. Chance Harbour Beach is where I spent childhood summers boating and having bonfires at night with friends on the beach. It truly should be part of everyone's experiences. Oh yes I also am a die hard downhill skier and I like to travel.

Mark Sutherland purchased this house in 2012

Why Mark Sutherland chose Pictou, Subd. C

It is one of the top properties on the beach with a wonderful sunrise and sunset viewed both from front windows/deck. Enjoy even more with massage therapy hot tub on the deck overlooking the ocean. Northumberland has warmest salt water north of the Carolinas. The house is amazing and open inside and colors of water and sky are spectacular. It is the perfect place to vacation and is central to other day trips whether to Prince Edward Island or Cape Breton.


Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation house rental in Pictou, Subd. C

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 5000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 8:30 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Rural
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 14 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Main floor: Guest bath - toilet , shower
    Main floor: master bath - toilet , shower , jetted tub
    Lower level separate rental: bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Main floor Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Main floor Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Main floor sunroom/living room - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Lazyboy Pull out bed with blow up pillow top in sun room
    Main floor open loft off of living room - 1 sleep sofa /futon , This is a pull out, blow up pillow top in the loft.
    Lower level bedroom - 1 queen , bedroom on the lower floor part of lower level rental
  • Books ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear
  • 1 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing


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average rating of 5.0 based on 9 reviews
New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada

Mark's house is beautiful and being so close to the beach was ideal.

  • 5 of 5

We had extended family gathered together in one place for a week and we all enjoyed ourselves. Lots of room to spread out and relax and meals were particularly easy and enjoyable aided by the wide array of amenities and kitchen facilities.

Mark was very responsive to any questions we had. We hope to return in the future. Thank you, Mark.

  • Submitted: 30-Aug-2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you David. Your family looked after my home and I am so glad you enjoyed yourselves. Best regards Mark
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Tumbler Ridge BC, Canada

Awesome Beach house with great beach, all the amenities & great location

  • 5 of 5

Our family got together for a week at the beach house and were met by the owner Mark. He gave us the rundown on the place and he was very helpful & pleasant. Our family had a great time celebrating birthdays and my son proposed to his future wife and the setting was perfect. The beach house location was perfect and close to shopping and site seeing but yet private with great neighbors. The house has a lot of room with games, bar and air conditioning that is a must for the hot & humid weather we had while there. The price was definitely fair for what you get and the view is second to none. I would certainly stay at the Beach House in Chance Harbor again and have recommended to friends and family looking to visit the area.

Sincerely Rob Muise

Tumbler Ridge BC, Canada

  • Submitted: 25-Jul-2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Rob thanks for looking after my home. You guys had excellent weather and I am so glad you enjoyed the place. I look forward to future visits from your family and friends. Thank you for the nice review! Regards Mark
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Great rental

  • 5 of 5

We rented Mark's house for a week in Nova Scotia with extended family. The house was beautiful and we thoroughly enjoyed easy beach access. We enjoyed the beach and all the wildflowers. The kids loved it. The house will comfortably fit 3 couples/families and the pullout air mattresses are very comfortable. Thank you for a great week!

  • Submitted: 11-Aug-2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The perfect rental!!!!

  • 5 of 5

Our family recently made a trip to Nova Scotia to attend a wedding in New Glasgow. We felt welcomed before we even arrived. Mark and Tristin went out of their way to accommodate our family, even finding a crib for our grandchild that stayed 2 nights with us. The panoramic views were spectacular from all parts of the house. We ate meals, played games and drank wine from the large outside deck. Wonderful walks on the beach and incredible bonfires in the evenings. The kitchen was magnificent and fully equipped with all the modern conveniences. Lovely furnishings throughout the home. One of my favorites was "THE" folder that answered every question about the house and also included phone #s to restaurants and takeout places. The neighbors were so friendly and helpful! Our trip and this house were unforgettable. Thanks you so much for allowing others to share your beautiful home!!!

  • Submitted: 6-Sep-2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Nancy and Pat it was so nice to meet you both. I'm Sorry the weather was a bit cooler when you were here but I sincerely hope you come back to NS another time. I also hope that our neighbours Al & Heather are able to see you again. Thanks again for staying with us. Regards Mark & Tristan
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Niagara on the Lake Ont. Canada

Geat Place to spend with family or friends

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I took our two children and their families for a vacation at this magnificent house on the Northumberland Straits. The place was even nicer than the pictures on VRBO. You do need a good map or directions to find as there are similar named roads in the vicinity. We had 9 people and one other visitor for a day. The upper part of the house was extremely spacious. You could seat at least 14 at the dining room table as well as the table on the wrap around porch. Many chairs and chaises available as well as a great Weber BBQ. Very comfortable couches and chairs in the huge living room. Large kitchen with all the amenities. Beach in front was very nice and private. Fires allowed. For GREEN people I will tell you it is heated by Geo=thermal system. Loft for extra people was tight. We would opt to take the whole house next time if we had over 8 people.

Would recommend this house for you to rent. It is also only half hour to get the ferry to PEI which we did for a day trip.

Shopping for groceries less than half hour away. (watch for numerous deer)

This a great family bonding trip.

Owners Mark and Tristan very helpful and explained all the workings of the house.

  • Submitted: 7-Oct-2014
  • Stayed: August 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Vancouver BC Canada

Sand, Sun and Family Fun!

  • 5 of 5

What a beautiful property in a stunning location. In fact the pictures do not do it justice. Our goal was to get our family together from all over Canada in one place. This was certainly the spot to do it. The kids played on the beach every day since it was just steps from the door and the short drive to Melmerby beach was well worth it. We created delicious meals in the spacious gourmet kitchen and ate out on the large deck while watching the sunset. We rented the entire house as there were 11 of us so the sleeping arrangement was a little tricky but we made it work. The owner was very attentive and the property extremely clean and well maintained. It was on the pricier side as far as house rentals go but we would still highly recommend it.

  • Submitted: 16-Sep-2014
  • Stayed: August 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
140 Kilometres
Halifax Stanfield International Airport
Nearest Barpub
10 Kilometres
The Dock
Nearest Ferry
15 Kilometres
Ferry taking car passengers to beautiful PEI
Nearest Golf
10 Kilometres
Abercrombie (out of two local courses)
Nearest Motorway
15 Kilometres
104 highway
Nearest Restaurant
10 Kilometres
Hebel's or The Bistro
Nearest Ski
80 Kilometres
Ski Wentworth
Nearest Beach
10 Metres
Chance Harbour Beach
Car: necessary

The Northumberland's best kept secret!

Chance Harbour Beach is Located 7 Minutes away from the famous Melmerby Beach Park. Unlike Melmerby, Chance Harbour Beach is semi private. This allows you and your family to enjoy a more secluded and relaxing day on the sand away from the crowds. This small beach community features a few all season homes augmented by a countless number of small and large cottages that have remained in family hands for generations.

Two swimming rafts are set up off the shore and are inside the reef protected swimming area. The sandy shore extends into the water to make for a very pleasant swimming experience right outside the door to this beach front home.

5 Minutes away by car is a small country store that carries all of your basic needs including a wine, beer and spirits section. At special request, the fridge here always contains a cold bottle of bubbly for those long hot days of summer. Pick up that whipping cream you forgot in town or stop in for a coffee.

The town of Pictou is a 30 minute drive from Chance harbour. Here you will find the historic ship Hector on the Pictou waterfront and several nice restaurants. A stroll on the water front, then a walk through the town to discover the beautiful homes once owned by famous merchants and sea captains make the town of Pictou a wonderful place to visit. Close by is the beautiful Pictou Lodge and their famous Sunday brunch. And just around the bend, you will find the PEI ferry offering fast service to the beautiful and famous Prince Edward Island; home of Anne of Green Gables.

10 Minutes away by car, you will find the equally historic town of New Glasgow. Known best for ship building and heavy industry, the town still holds its Main Street charm with idyllic paths along the river and many fine restaurants and shops to visit. In the antique stores you might be lucky and find locally made depression glass or stop by a crafts store and suss out a hand knit wool scarf made by local hands with local wool. A weekend market is offered in the summer which gives you access to the best of local Nova Scotian produce, meats, home made jams, jellys, pickles and crafts.

Stop at Hebels for fantastic continental cuisine or The Bistro for a fusion flare. If chowder is your game, many local restaurants sport some of the best the province has to offer. Don't forget to try the bakeries which dot this town for fresh muffins and rolls to take back to the shore. An espresso or cappuccino, while you wait for them to cool coming out of the oven, is highly recommended! If sea food on the beach is what you desire, Crabby J's or the Fish Monger at Sobey's would be glad to oblige. Find local shell fish and the best lobster on the eastern sea board. If it's oysters or lobster you have come looking for, make sure to talk to us (the owners) as we have a private line on the best this coast has to offer.

Many provincial parks dot the coast and make for wonderful day trips or a place to take a morning stroll. Powell Park is a 3 Minute drive from the cottage with wonderful walking trails and scenic views of the inner bay of Little Harbour. It's a short drive from here to Melmerby Beach park where you can experience one of the most beautiful beaches in all of Canada. With gentle sloping sands, impressive dunes, magnificient underwater sand bars, and wild life abounding, this park is exquisite for a day trip with the family.

There are two local golf courses with one only 10 minutes away. The Abercrombie Country Club features a gorgeous course with well maintained grounds. Please request additional information from us at the time of booking and we will be happy to provide it.

If a walk or a jog on the beach is not up to your speed, there is a newly built YMCA facility in New Glasgow that features family passes. The facility includes a top quality fitness center, large swimming facility set to accommodate all level of swimmers and indoor arenas. Just a 5 minute walk outside of the cottage community there is a community tennis court for use by local properties.

As the cottage is located on a private road, traffic is less of a concern. As this beach is enjoyed greatly by the kids and grand kids of local cottages, the community take slow speeds and driver caution very seriously. You will quickly find a knock on the back door if you do not adhere to this rule. The neighbors are not shy to give you a talking to on speed when it comes to the beach road and child safety!


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation house rental in Pictou, Subd. C

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7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee C$300
Refundable Damage Deposit C$1,000

Unfortunately we are not able to accomodate most pets due to allergies and potential for damage.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • No refunds for cancellations made after payment is made
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