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Brandon & Brenna MacNeil

Member since: 2014
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Charming Glenville Cottage between Inverness & Mabou (2 night min)

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

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Photos and Description of the Inverness vacation cottage rental

3 bed, 1 bath, sleeps 6

Glenville Cottage is a charming century cottage located in "The Glen", less than 10 minutes to Inverness or Mabou, on the west coast of Cape Breton Island. Location is key with this property. It's rural but just off Route 19, the main highway that curves through western Cape Breton. Beautiful view of the Cape Mabou Highlands, the same ones that the Glenora Distillery is nestled in. There's a spacious deck to enjoy the warmth of the afternoon sun, the lovely scenery, birds chirping and butterflies fluttering around the backyard. As day turns to evening, catch a glimpse of the sunset over the Cape Mabou Highlands, read in the hammock or relax in one of two hammock swings, or BBQ and play some tunes on the deck. The sound of the brook and the unbelievably clear starry nights are enchanting. This is an "away from it all" vacation rental.


Glenville Cottage is a bright, open concept living space which can accommodate up to 6 people – 3 bedrooms (2 bedrooms with double beds, 1 bedroom with 2 twin beds) and bath (with jacuzzi tub) upstairs. There are 4 entrances and lots of natural light, with a large, spacious deck off the back of the house, which offers views of the Cape Mabou highlands. Every season is spectacular.

The home was built around 1901 but has had many renovations in recent years. There are Honduras pitch pine hardwood floors throughout. The modern kitchen is fully-equipped. Four skylights on the second floor add beautiful light during the day and offer a chance to stargaze from your bed at night. The jacuzzi bath tub is a relaxing way to end the day.

Truly a place of solitude, there is no cable television or telephone, but you won't be completely disconnected. We do have the convenience of wi-fi/high speed, a television and DVD player.


The cottage has a feeling of privacy but is centrally located just off Route 19 directly between the villages of Inverness and Mabou, within walking distance of the Glenora Distillery. Our convenient location is a great starting point for day trips all across the island. Inverness, less than a 10 minute drive, has gorgeous Inverness Beach (Supervised by Nova Scotia Lifeguard Service) with boardwalk, shops, hospital, Arts Centre and is home to Cabot Links and Cabot Cliffs golf courses. Mabou, the same distance in the other direction, has more beaches, hiking, and the Red Shoe Pub. Walk to the Glenora Distillery, half a mile away for fine dining, the beautiful bar, live music, and single malt whiskey.

There's lots to do in the immediate local area (Inverness, Mabou, Port Hood, Margaree) – relaxing on the beach, hiking, golfing, touring, enjoying local ceilidhs and square-dances, whale-watching, fly-fishing, kayaking, local artists and crafts.



10 minutes to Inverness – Cabot Links Golf Course, beaches, shopping, restaurants, art gallery, boardwalk, harness racing, bike & kayak rentals (Eagle Eye Outfitters)

12 minutes to Cabot Cliffs Golf Course

10 minutes to Mabou – beaches, Red Shoe Pub, Sunday farmers' market (one of the most delightful in Nova Scotia), artists, museum

1 hour to beginning of Cabot Trail (Cheticamp side) – hiking, touring of the Highlands National Park

1 hour to Baddeck – shopping, restaurants, boat tours, Alexander Graham Bell's summer residence

20 minutes to Port Hood – swimming, boat tours, boardwalk

30 minutes to Margaree Forks – fishing, touring, beaches, restaurants

30 minutes to hiking at Sight Point – amazing hiking and views


Although we adore pets, we apologize but we don't accept pets at this time.

Note: we do share a driveway with 2 other homes that are used partially as summer cottages.

PayPal, online transfers and credit cards available as payment options. Please ask.

**Tax is included in the price.


We grew up in Mabou and Inverness, respectively. We bought this home in 2013, when Brenna was pregnant with Lucinda. We enjoy the opportunity to spend some weekends and vacations in Glenville as we always leave feeling refreshed (although a bit sad to go back to reality). It's a very beautiful property and one we're very happy to have available to those of you visiting our lovely corner of the world.

During our vacations, we enjoy going to the Inverness Beach (lots of beach glass too), West Mabou Beach, the Arts Centre, Mabou Farmers' Market on Sundays, harness racing in Inverness on Wednesday evening and Sunday afternoon, Cabot Links for dining and entertainment (we're not golfers yet), the Village Grill for delicious cheeseburgers, walking the Inverness Boardwalk, seeing talented musicians, hanging out in the hammocks in Glenville, hiking local trails, watching the gorgeous sunsets and of course visiting with family and friends.


Blog post about buying and renovating Glenville Cottage

More Details
  • long term renters welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Brandon & Brenna MacNeil (Owner)
Member since: 2014
Call Owner
Speaks english


Nearest Airport
306 Kilometres
Halifax Stanfield International Airport
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
Glenora Distillery
Nearest Golf
10 Kilometres
Cabot Links
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Glenora Distillery
Nearest Beach
10 Kilometres
Inverness Beach
Car: necessary

Eagle Eye Outfitter Rentals & Tours

A link to local favourites on Route 19, Cape Breton.

There is gorgeous hiking within 45 minutes of the cottage. Actually, the Cape Mabou Highlands you see from the back deck of the cottage, is one location for hiking. It's gorgeous.



It will take a good 4 -5 hours to drive around the Cabot Trail (to enjoy it). I recommend leaving early, choosing a hike, making stops along the way, having lunch at a restaurant. You can do the Cabot Trail clockwise or counter-clockwise ... depending on where you'd like to be when. If you want to hike the Skyline in the morning, then clockwise. If you'd rather be driving along the ocean for sunset then counterclockwise.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation cottage rental in Inverness, Nova Scotia

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Fall 2016
Sep 14 2016 - Oct 31 2016
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit C$250

Tax is included in price.

Full refund less $150CAD for cancellation up to 90 days prior to arrival dates. No refund if cancelling within 90 days of arrival date.

50% deposit at time of booking by credit card, eTransfer or PayPal. The remainder is due 3 weeks prior to arrival.

$250 refundable security deposit upon successful check-out. Deposit is returned 7 days after check-out.

**Please inquire with any dates and we will do our best to accommodate your request.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 90 days before arrival date.
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Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation cottage rental in Inverness, Nova Scotia

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 700 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , jetted tub
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Blue Room - 1 double
    Purple Room - 2 twin/ single
    Green Room - 1 double
  • 3 bedrooms Two of the bedrooms have double beds, the third has two twin beds. Each bedroom has a skylight.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • long term renters welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • festivals
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
We will provide you with lots of printed information on our personal favourite attractions, local maps and photos. All available at the cottage.