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Head Light Keeper's Residence at the mouth of St. John's Harbour!

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms, 3 Baths (Sleeps 6)

This newly renovated former light keeper's residence is situated on the edge of The Narrows at the entrance to the port of St. John’s, a beautiful and unique vacation home located at Fort Amherst - the site of the first lighthouse in Newfoundland and one of the most photographed sites in the province. This property is one of two vacation homes operated at the Fort Amherst Light Station. The assistant light keeper's residence is also available for rent, please visit our listing at vrbo #371905.

House completely renovated, beautifully and tastefully decorated. Three bedrooms (two with queen beds and one with twin beds) each with flat screen TVs, three full bathrooms, fully equipped kitchen, BBQ, dishwasher, washer/dryer. Front wrap around deck with views of the spectacular Atlantic ocean, Signal Hill, downtown St. John's and the harbourfront. Sit back and watch the boats entering and leaving St. John’s harbor. Depending on the season lucky guests will have amazing views of icebergs along the coastline. Entrance point to the east coast trail just steps away.

Minimum three-night rental. Off-season rates available.

*Please note that rates are displayed in USD when viewing Rates and Availability Calendar. Rates are computed in CAD when booking.*

Our vacation homes have been featured in newspapers across Canada.

More Details

Member since: 2011
Speaks english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 16, 2018

About Owner/Manager

The owner, Peter Gill, is the grandson of Leo Power, one of the longest serving light keepers at the Fort Amherst lighthouse. Peter operates Fort Amherst Vacation Homes along with his wife Nicole.

Owner/Manager purchased this house in 2006

Why Owner/Manager chose Downtown

No other vacation home is located at the edge of the Atlantic Ocean with unique vantage points of city and sea.

What makes this house unique

All the benefits of a sea side property in out port Newfoundland with the convenience of being located in the city. See the downtown lights from the front deck. A 5-minute drive to downtown. Entrance to the East Coast Trail just feet away.


Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation house rental in Downtown, Newfoundland and Labrador

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Main floor bath
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , ensuite #2
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , ensuite #1
  • Three newly installed bathrooms with beautiful fixtures and lighting
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , with ensuite, ocean view
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , with ensuite, city view
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , on main floor, full bathroom beside
  • Main floor has one bedroom with twin beds, full bathroom. Second floor has two bedrooms each with queen beds and ensuites.
  • Books
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair accessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • racquetball
  • rock climbing
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis


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(22 traveler reviews)

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Head Light Keeper's Residence at the mouth of St. John's Harbour!
average rating of 4.9545455 based on 22 reviews

Great time

  • 5 of 5

everything was as good or better then expected.

  • Submitted: 10-Oct-2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Saskatoon, SK

Possibly the BEST property in the St. John's area

  • 5 of 5

The location is simply incredible, Cabot Tower is out the front door; the lighthouse, cannons, Atlantic Ocean, St. John's harbour, the Battery and downtown views are all amazing too. Cruise Ships, fishing and supply vessels travel past the house all day for entertainment. The deck is a favourite place to enjoy all of this... try it you will like it.

200 steps down the road from the property is an access point to the East Coast Trail, which is a must-do, the views from atop the hike 20 minutes in are breathtaking.

This modern property is exceptionally clean, the rooms are huge, the kitchen is fully stocked with everything you need, what else can you ask for?

Peter and Nicole are very professional with perfect communications, all aspects from booking to settling in for our stay were seamless.

I took pictures of the sunrise which was very surreal, to be one of the first people in all North America to see the sun that day is inspiring.

Don't delay to book Fort Amherst Lighthouse Property, because it will not be available for long!

Highly Recommend

  • Submitted: 13-Sep-2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada

Best vacation EVER!

  • 5 of 5

My sister, husband and I spent three AMAZING weeks this summer at the head light keeper's home at Fort Amherst. We had seen many photos, but nothing prepared us for the true beauty and historical significance of staying there.

Before you even get there, you feel welcomed. Peter and Nicole even picked up our grocery order for us and put it away! From the moment you remove the rope to the private driveway, drive up the single-lane roadway and spot the Fort Amherst lighthouse and the two light keepers' homes, you know you are going to experience something amazing!

Our home was beautiful, inside and out and was impeccable. Both of the homes have been lovingly restored by Nicole and Peter (the grandson of former light keeper Leo Power). It is obvious that the family connection to the lighthouse has created a special place in their hearts. They are extremely gracious hosts and were always on top of our every need, without intruding on our private time.

The views are beyond compare. Imagine having a bathroom with a view of Signal Hill and lying in bed at night, watching the lights of St. John's twinkling. We loved sitting on our front deck, watching ships go by, seeing tiny people from afar walking up Signal Hill, and chatting with passing tourists and locals. We saw a whale in the Narrows and icebergs off Cape Spear. We watched the sun rise over the ocean and set over St. John's. All right from our front yard. There were a few days where the fog was so thick we couldn't see Signal Hill and the foghorn would go off. How many people get to stay beside a working lighthouse?

There are tons of things to do within about a one-hour drive. Take a boat tour of the harbour or a whale- and bird-watching excursion. Experience the quaintness of Brigus and Petty Harbour. Enjoy a cold Iceberg beer at the Quidi Vidi Brewery. Take the ferry to Bell Island. Visit The Rooms and the Geo Centre. Head over to Cape Spear. Stop at Blackhead. Don't forget Signal Hill and Cabot Tower. Walk the narrow streets of the Battery. Get to know St. John's. It's a beautiful city. The homes of Jellybean Row are truly unique. There are lots of great places to eat and shop, especially on Water and Duckworth streets. Visit George Street for its night life...

Don't forget to give yourself time to just relax on the front deck of your home. You won't find anything nicer than that! We HIGHLY recommend a stay at Fort Amherst Vacation Homes. You will be creating an amazing memory for life.

  • Submitted: 11-Aug-2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

My 9 and 10 year old boys and I stayed here with my father for 3 nights, it was the only 3 nights we could get, otherwise we would have stayed as long as possible. The lightkeeper residence is perfect. It was the perfect location for our family: close enough to St John's we could be downtown in 5 mins, and remote enough that we could see the ocean, icebergs and whales from our windows and the patio. It was magnificent!

Peter and Nicole have done a great job on this place. The house is a perfect size, the beds were so comfy, the bathrooms were clean and modern. The water pressure for showers was limited but this is due to the water coming from a cistern. Otherwise, this place is about as perfect as you can get.

We walked the east coast trail, signal hill (which we were across from at the home), took a boat tour, got screeched in and so much more. My boys felt immediately comfortable in the home the moment we arrived; they each picked out their rooms and never looked back. Best sleeps ever.

The house is perfect with ALL amenities you need. They will even organize a grocery drop off for you prior to your arrival.

We were sad to leave and will definitely stay again. Thank you Peter and Nicole for the trip of a lifetime and for the lovely accommodation. Your home was perfect and we loved every second.

  • Submitted: 30-Jun-2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Ottawa, Canada

Unmatched unique location, comfortable, well-equipped

  • 5 of 5

We stayed four nights and found this house to be perfect for two couples as a base for touring St. John's and the Avalon peninsula. The location is unique; the view is stunning, and it really is one of the most photographed locations . We saw prints for sale in many shops showing the Fort Amherst site. The house is well-equipped with comfortable furniture, including very good beds and pillows, and the kitchen had everything we needed to make meals. I had been concerned about the fog horn, but after two misty nights when it went off every 20 seconds, I can say we all slept just fine. The horn is aimed away from the house, and is on the opposite side of the concrete lighthouse, so it's not that a problem inside the house. The internet is excellent too. When people ask me about my vacation, this house is the first thing I mention. Highly recommended.

  • Submitted: 10-Jun-2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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saltsburg, Pennsylvania, USA

Dream Vacation

  • 5 of 5

This is a wonderful peaceful spot to get away from the hassle and bustle that life throws at you. It's a quiet location with beautiful views. The property owners are extremely helpful and great to deal with. The house was well managed and kept up very well. We had a wonderful time and the sun rises and sunsets were awesome as well. Would recommend to anyone and would stay again. Thanks for a wonderful time.

  • Submitted: 6-Oct-2015
  • Stayed: August 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
13 Kilometres
St. John's International Airport
Car: recommended

Located in the oldest city in North America at the site of the first light house in Newfoundland and Labrador. Site is designated a national historic site.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation house rental in Downtown, Newfoundland and Labrador

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Oct 1 - May 31
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee C$90
Damage Deposit C$300

Please note that dates can only be held by payment of a deposit.

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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