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Michaelmas Cottage 1769 - Family/Pet Vacation - Rural Annapolis Royal

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 2,100 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 4 - 10 nights


About the property

Sleeps 6 + 3 With 6 Fireplaces (2 usable), Large Fenced Property, Close To Town

Michaelmas Cottage is an ancient house built in 1769 by Benjamin Rumsey, a Connecticut transplant and Chancellor of the Cheque in Annapolis Royal, on previously Acadian land in Granville Ferry (next door to Annapolis Royal). This is a beautiful building with remarkably little alteration done to it over the centuries. It sits on an acre of land, largely fenced, at the front of many acres of field stretching back to the South Mountain and beyond to the Bay of Fundy. There is a partial view of the water from the front of the house, but its great charm and beauty lies in its age and interior atmosphere. The owner loves sitting outside the house on the stone flag terrace or at the picnic table under the trees.

The house is painted in warm colors, has 6 fireplaces (one discovered during renovation and a seventh suspected on the second floor) enormously wide floor boards (no trees of this size are left in N.S.!), a huge brick oven in the Summer Kitchen, a narrow twisting and steep staircase to the second floor bedrooms (Bear in mind this might not be appropriate for an arthritic person or very young children. Please examine the photographs!) , sky lights, beams, a large colorful bathroom on the main with another on the second floor, sloping ceilings or rafters in the bedrooms, a colorfully tiled and well equipped kitchen with wooden ceiling, etc.

This is a treasured and lived in family home. The owner is not always here and travels extensively. The house is crammed with interesting collections from afar as well as photographs by the owner who, besides being an anthropologist, is also a professional photographer. You will experience the “soul” of this house by living here. It is perfect for family visits with the dog. There are flowering apple trees and lilac in the spring and it is very close to the delightfully picturesque village of Granville Ferry which hugs the shore en route to Annapolis Royal, 15 minutes by foot away.

A year or so ago this cottage was designated one of the 10 best vacation rentals in Nova Scotia. We like to think that this was because it is entirely unique, bringing as it does the past to life.

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Jennifer Modigliani
Member since: 2013
Speaks english
Response time:
Within a few days
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Calendar last updated:
June 20, 2018

About Jennifer Modigliani

I was born in Ontario but grew up in England and have lived in the U.S., Canada, and Italy. I have degrees in Anthropology and photography, and have been in the tour industry and a professional commercial photographer, for the last 25 years. In January of 2008 I came out here with my dog from B.C. I had fallen in love with the area many years before. I loved its countryside: the sound of the coyotes at night in the autumn, the smell of the grass and the fields and the friendliness of its marvelous and interesting people. Annapolis is also a locus of activity on every level: academic, artistic, creative, gardening, kayaking, hiking, etc.

Jennifer Modigliani purchased this cottage in 2004

Why Jennifer Modigliani chose Granville Ferry

Visiting friends for the umteenth time in 2004 I saw this property on the way to the airport. I fell head over heels in love. On my way back to B.C. I phoned from Toronto to tell my realtor that I wanted to make an offer. I had an inheritance from my father, and always remembered with joy the visits to the home of an old friend of his who lived in Concord, Massachusets, in a rambling old house built in the mid 1700's. I had carried this a long time, and it found permanent expression here at Michaelmas.

What makes this cottage unique

It is very peaceful. At night one hears the wind blow in from the Bay of Fundy. Coyotes yip and yowl across the marsh on autumn nights. Loons moan in the still air and pheasants wander in from the field's long grass behind the house with their chicks in tow. A neighbor may knock at your door come an autumn evening asking if any one wants some bear meat and in deer season there is plenty of venison: not for vegetarians nor the faint hearted! Then the blueberry fields are ripe for picking in the summer months and apple orchards are full of their bounty in August September and October. Fresh vegetables and local wine is everywhere all summer. All this within a short walk and shorter drive of the gorgeous village of Granville Ferry and Annapolis Royal. The local Village Hall has coffee hours on Tuesday mornings plus other events during the months. This is an unusually active and charmingly friendly tiny community.


Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation cottage rental in Granville Ferry

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2100 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Main Bathroom - toilet , tub , Beamed wood ceiling, no shower but attachment, washer/dryer
    Second Bathroom Upstairs - toilet , Ceramic 'fish' sink, taps, situated in old chest of drawers
  • Colourful bathroom on main. Large modern tub, tile, mod. shower attachment, washer and dryer, hair dryer, free standing cabinets, free standing sink, rug on floor
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Main bedroom - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 twin/ single , An office with bed and bedside table.
    Second Bedroom - 1 double , 1 twin/ single
  • The main bedroom is a large room with a ceiling that goes up past the rafters to the roof. It has 4 large windows along one side. High queen bed, chest of drawers, built in drawers, bedside chests, and fireplace. The Second Bedroom is over the Summer Kitchen and is very warm. It has a skylight, fireplace, chest of drawers and 3 windows. The ceiling goes to the roof. There are two pull out couches on the main: one a double and one twin accommodating 3 sleepers.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • 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
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowmobiling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis


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Michaelmas Cottage 1769 - Family/Pet Vacation - Rural Annapolis Royal
average rating of 4.6923075 based on 26 reviews

Wonderful stay i the Annapolis region

  • 4 of 5

We had a great time at Michaelmas cottage where we stayed for nearly 10 days. The house is old and charming and a great home base from which to visit the entire region. The fireplace was lovely and the house had everything we needed. We got used fairly quickly to the steep stairs and the bath (no shower) but I could see these being issues if anyone has mobility issues. Overall a very relaxing and lovely stay.

  • Submitted: 8-Aug-2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Pierre-David. We were pleased to have you staying at the cottage.
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A Lovely Stay

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for a week in Michaelmas Cottage. It was comfortable, beautiful and amazingly historic. The house was truly a slice of history. The area was so fun to explore. We saw the Bay of Fundy, Annapolis Royal, Wolfville, Halls Harbour and the surrounding areas. We had lobster at Parkers Cove. The house was just perfect for our stay.

  • Submitted: 16-Jul-2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Jessie. You were a great tenant and we love that you enjoyed yourselves so much! Regards Jennifer
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Pensacola, Florida

Cozy, historic home

  • 5 of 5

This house was in the perfect location for my family, and we loved its warm atmosphere.

  • Submitted: 20-Jun-2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Jana and her family were a delightful group at Michaelmas. They loved the area and made friends with local neighbours. We hope they stay again at some point! Jennifer Modigliani
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A wonderful step back in time

  • 5 of 5

Our family (my husband, my two children and my parents) had a wonderful stay! The house was charming and packed full of interesting treasures as described.

The bedroom situation exceeded our expectations based on the description - there were three comfortable bedrooms upstairs plus pullout couches downstairs to comfortably sleep 8+. The minor downside was there wasn't a lot of storage for our things in the bedrooms (drawers and closets packed full!).

The neighbors acted as a welcoming committee and were a delightful resource for information on the house, the town and the region's history. The museum right next door was fabulous. We found plenty to do in the greater Annapolis Royal area for a week.

Highly recommend!

  • Submitted: 14-Jul-2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Kim for your kind response. We will certainly make more room for hanging clothes. There are and were chests of drawer space but we shall make more. Thank you so much and so glad you enjoyed your visit. Regards Jennifer Michaelmas Cottage
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  • 5 of 5

We were very happy with the accommodations. We knew we were getting into a very old house and we're overjoyed with everything it had to offer. Jennifer has decorated it with family treasures and photos that told of a loving family. Our dogs enjoyed the fenced yard and the local chipmunks and squirrels for their entertainment.

The only issue we had were the very narrow stairs leading to the bedrooms. If a member of your party has a medical condition that may prevent climbing them, this may not be the best for you.

Awesome vacation and a beautiful area.

  • Submitted: 28-Jun-2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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A lovely home in a beautiful setting

  • 5 of 5

Michaelmas Cottage is a lovely 18th Century home just outside Grenville Ferry. The kitchen is set up conveniently and the living room is cozy and a nice place to relax in the evening. Jennifer is wonderful to work with and we would stay there again in a heartbeat. The area is super quiet and close to both water, hiking trails and hills. The neighbors are friendly and so are the people of the town. We had a wonderful week there.

  • Submitted: 26-May-2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: These clients were recently married and we were pleased that they chose to come to stay at Michaelmas on their honeymoon. They were charming guests and enjoyed the history of Granville Ferry and our house. We were so happy to have them and we wish them well in their future life together!
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Nearest Airport
200 Kilometres
Halifax International Airport
Nearest Barpub
3 Kilometres
Annapolis Royal
Nearest Ferry
38 Kilometres
Digby Ferry to Saint
Nearest Golf
4 Kilometres
Annapolis Royal
Nearest Train
200 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
20 Kilometres
Bridgetown, Nova Scotia
Nearest Restaurant
3 Kilometres
Annapolis Royal
Nearest Ski
50 Kilometres
Kejimkujik National Park
Nearest Beach
5 Kilometres
Bay of Fundy
Car: recommended

Michaelmas Cottage is a warm and peaceful place to come back to after a day of visiting the area! One can decide to spend the day in town. Annapolis Royal is directly across the water and only a 45 minute walk, 15 minute bike ride or 5 minute car trip away across the causeway and past the only tidal power station in North America. There one can admire the view towards Champlaine’s Habitation across the wide Digby Bight, shop, visit St. Anne’s Fort Museum, have an ice cream and join the atmospheric candle lit local cemetery walk after dark. Or you can have a beer in the local pub, take in a film or a theatrical production at the King’s Theatre, buy locally made chocolates and on Wed. or Saturday attend the most interesting country market in Nova Scotia in the town centre. A stone’s throw from here one can walk around the French Basin Marsh, where one can spot osprey, geese and ducks with young in May, marmots, deer, large turtles, eagles and other birds particularly during migratory months. Whale watching is done off Digby Neck (Humpback, Fin, Right Whale, Minke, Pilot). One can drive the Shore Road up the Bay of Fundy coast, passing fish markets such as the one in nearby Parker’s Cove, tiny villages and gorgeous basalt rock beaches. Nearby is Delaps Cove, a wonderful provincial park on the Bay of Fundy with plunging waterfall, and half an hour away is Kejimkujik National Park where one can cross country ski in winter and hike, camp, canoe and kayak in summer. Up the Valley and in nearby in Bear River, are vineyards where hours can be spent tasting and buying excellent local wines. Back in Annapolis one can learn about local history at the O’Dell House, the Sinclair Museum and in Granville Ferry (two doors down from Michaelmas and built on the same original land grant) at the Northview Museum. The local Art Gallery at ArtsPlace has a coffee house evening and workshops. Just down the road from Michaelmas one can pick all the blueberries you’d ever hope to eat, in a half hour, and at local farms you can buy apples, plumbs, corn, squash, all manner of vegetables, honey, jam, etc in season…


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation cottage rental in Granville Ferry

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Jun 1 2018 - Jun 30 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add C$20 per night, per additional guest
Jul 1 2018 - Sep 6 2018
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add C$20 per night, per additional guest
Sep 7 2018 - Oct 31 2018
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add C$20 per night, per additional guest
Nov 1 2018 - Dec 21 2018
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add C$20 per night, per additional guest
Christmas/New Year
Dec 22 2018 - Jan 1 2019
10 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add C$20 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit C$400
Pet Fee C$100

Rates are subject to change without notice prior to confirmation. No avg nightly rate/stated daily rate. Rates: Canadian Thanksgiving and Easter: peak season/ day. The house accommodates 9 but there is an extra fee for 6-9 clients: $20 per day per person. XMAS RATES: Xmas Week is $1050. FINALLY: PLEASE SORT GARBAGE. FAILURE TO DO SO APPROPRIATELY WILL RESULT IN SOME LOSS FROM DAMAGE DEPOSIT.

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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