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Glenville Cottage: rustic Cape Breton charm between Inverness & Mabou

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,400 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

Modern, open concept 3 bedroom house – gorgeous views of the Mabou Highlands

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2 night minimum May (spring rate) & September and October // 3 night minimum in summer

Available summer dates: July 2-5, July 24-27 // Aug 25-28

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Glenville Cottage is a charming century cottage (a traditional style Cape Breton farmhouse) 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 and the lovely scenery. 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 your home away from home vacation rental on Cape Breton Island. Also, the Glenora Distillery, with its great dining, ceilidhs, scenery and bar, is just a few minutes away by car (or walking distance, if you want to enjoy some whisky).


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, both located near the ocean. Guests have told us that 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, square dances, and the wonderful Red Shoe Pub. Walk to the Glenora Distillery, half a mile away for fine dining, the beautiful bar, daily 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, galleries, 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.


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. 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.

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Brandon & Brenna MacNeil
Member since: 2014
Speaks english
Response time:
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Calendar last updated:
June 18, 2018

About Brandon & Brenna MacNeil

We grew up on Cape Breton Island – in Inverness and Mabou. This is our first house and one that we've admired for many years. We live and work in Halifax but visit Cape Breton as much as we can. We're enjoying being parents to our 4-year-old, Lucinda Belle.

Brandon & Brenna MacNeil purchased this house in 2013

Why Brandon & Brenna MacNeil chose Inverness

Visiting our parents in Cape Breton, we always drove by this home in Glenville. We commented to each other on numerous occasions how much we both loved it. We jumped at the chance to purchase it and spent the summer of 2013 driving to Cape Breton on weekends to work on renovations, mow the lawn, check in with Collie the painter, Steve - the master hardwood floor layer and Uncle Davie our awesome carpenter. This was all done while Brenna was very pregnant. Everything was done in time to welcome Lucinda Belle for 2 weeks September 2013. Now we're excited to open our home up to you for your Cape Breton vacation.

What makes this house unique

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. The sound of the brook and the unbelievably clear starry nights will calm your soul. This is an "away from it all" vacation rental.


Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation house rental in Inverness, Nova Scotia

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1400 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
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  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Max. adults: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 19 ...
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
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, dressers, lamp, fan and fresh breezes. The green and purple bedrooms have windows on the brook side of the house; perfect for some natural background noise.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • long term renters welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • festivals
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • 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
  • snorkeling
  • 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.


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Glenville Cottage: rustic Cape Breton charm between Inverness & Mabou
average rating of 4.857143 based on 14 reviews

Ideal cottage for mini vacation

  • 4 of 5

Cottage is well equipped and very bright. Loved the sky lights. Owners provided helpful information regarding local access to Celtic Shores Coastal Trail. Enjoyed biking and hiking in the local area.

  • Submitted: 7-Jun-2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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2nd visit

  • 4 of 5

Great place for a getaway and experience Cabot Links and Cabot Cliffs.

  • Submitted: 17-Sep-2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location, very well equipped.

  • 5 of 5

Close to great beaches and services. Lots of room. Kitchen is reallly well equipped and the beds are comfortable. It's clean and bright.

  • Submitted: 28-Jul-2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Excellent place to stay in Cape Breton

  • 5 of 5

Glenville Cottage provided a warm, cozy sanctuary for us on our trip to Cape Breton. It is renovated beautifully, well-maintained and comfortable. While it is situated between Inverness and Mabou, both are close enough for the essentials (shopping, gas, restaurants),and very close to the start of the Cabot Trail. The hosts, Brenna and Brandon, were very accommodating and provided all sorts of useful information for us...

All in all, a great property, one to which we would be happy to return!

Shelina Kassam and Stan Van Uum

  • Submitted: 16-Aug-2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing property! Felt like home away from home!

  • 5 of 5

The owners were really helpful and very informative when making sure we had everything taken care of for our check in. I would recommend Glenville Cottage to anyone looking to get way in beautiful Inverness County!

  • Submitted: 14-Jul-2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful, peaceful, central location

  • 5 of 5

B and B are fantastic owners; quick responses, honest (I forgot about a rate change which Brenna refunded me without me even asking) and their place is stocked so that renters can enjoy all of the comforts of home (all kitchen gadgets, board games, deck chairs/swings, clothes line, extra linens and house supplies).

The cottage location is great! You are so close to the distillery that you can actually have a meal with drinks and walk back home, 15 minutes from fantastic, kid-friendly West Mabou Beach and 10 from beautiful Inverness Beach. Mabou - groceries and restaurants is only a 10 min drive and Inverness is even closer.

A great place to come home and fix a family meal after exploring Cape Breton culture and being outdoors.

  • Submitted: 8-Jul-2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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

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 house rental in Inverness, Nova Scotia

Rental Basis:
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My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee C$100
Damage Deposit C$250

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

  • 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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