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Located on bluff over the ocean in Sandy Cove, Bonavista Bay

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

The Birdhouse is in Sandy Cove on the Eastport Peninsula in Bonavista Bay.

Architect-designed cottage on the ocean with magnificent views of Newman Sound. Every room faces the view. Ground floor living room has wood-burning jotul stove, window seat, love seat and easy chair. Well equipped kitchen, small dining table for 6. Large deck with aidirondack and steamer chairs. Deck includes built-in table for 12. There is a 1/2 bath on ground floor.

Second floor has 2 bedrooms and bath. Master has queen-size bed and second bedroom has a double bed and a twin bed with trundle.

Third level is den with easy chairs and TV screen with DVD player. There is no TV service but the TV is equipped with chromecast. Every room has spectacular view. Even the outside shower faces the view!

Wifi included. Washer & dryer. Linens provided.

Located on 3+ acres on the ocean overlooking Newman Sound. Caplin Gulch and Sandy Cove Beach are adjacent and there are steps down from the street thru the gulch to the beach. (See photos of steps and beach). Hiking trails and more beaches minutes away. Terra Nova National Park short drive away. Groceries & restaurants, as well as Heritage center with entertainment and literary festival 1 mile away. 50 miles to Gander, 150 to St John's.

Non smoking. Pets considered.

NOTE: Ask about discounts for longer rental. Add another week! Come for a month, or entire season!

Please email me with questions.

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Jane Baird
Member since: 2015
Speaks english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 19, 2018

About Jane Baird

I grew up in newfoundland and spent every summer in Bonavista Bay. I've lived away since university days but have made many trips back and always wanted to own a little piece of the rock. I spend time at the Birdhouse every year and love every minute.

Jane Baird purchased this cottage in 2004

Why Jane Baird chose Sandy Cove

This property is perfect for me. It's in a community, yet it sits on 3+ acres. Although modern and easy to live in it has a cottage appeal. And most importantly the view is spectacular and ever changing. I bought it sight-unseen the day it came on the market. All improvements have been made with an eye to keeping its unique cottage appeal.


Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation cottage rental in Sandy Cove

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
  • Pets allows only after discussion.
  • No outside fires
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Rural ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet
    Bathroom 3 - outdoor shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , Twin also has a trundle underneath.
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing


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(11 traveler reviews)

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Located on bluff over the ocean in Sandy Cove, Bonavista Bay
average rating of 5.0 based on 11 reviews

Stunning cottage In an idyllic and peaceful setting

  • 5 of 5

I would definitely return. The birdhouse has everything for a peaceful holiday away from it all with wonderful beaches and scenery. Wonderful hikes abound and neighbouring villages are full of Newfoundland flavour and interesting people

  • Submitted: 9-Aug-2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely location in Sandy Cove with an amazing view

  • 5 of 5

Very quiet and peaceful with great walks nearby in Sandy Cove and the surrounding communities.

  • Submitted: 27-Jul-2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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We'll be back!

  • 5 of 5

It was a pleasure staying at the Birdhouse. Of course, you can go exploring on a sunny day. Take the ferry over to St. Brendan's, visit Terra Nova National Park, drive up to Greenspond.

Or you can stay at the house and relax. The view is fanatstic, privacy is guaranteed. Go for a stroll along the nearby beach. Come back, make yourself comfortable on the deck. Watch out for minke whales and icebergs. Barbecue some salmon (in tinfoil!) later on. Then go to sleep with the window open and wake up to birdsong (with the occasional croaking crow mixed in).

We requested to book for two weeks at very short notice, and Jane was ever so forthcoming.

  • Submitted: 19-Jul-2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

The Birdhouse was amazing and well equipped. The view was spectacular. We saw whales several times right from the backyard of the house. While there the cottage caretaker, Gordon took us on a little fishing trip on his boat and even provided us some of his catch (cod), such a nice suprise. The whole vacation was unforgettable and amazing. There are many places to hike and beaches to explore. Everything you need is close by as well, which is a plus. We will most definitely be back. Thank you for everything Jane! :)

  • Submitted: 15-Jul-2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Cozy, comfortable vacation retreat & amazing views

  • 5 of 5

When we look for vacation rentals, we look for places which offer character without sacrificing comfort. The Bird House nailed this. The house is built to take advantage of its view with huge windows on each of its floors and a lovely wrap around deck with picnic table. The first floor was ideal for cozying up with a book, settling into conversation and sharing a meal (there was also a bathroom cleverly tucked into the closet for the water heater), the second floor had two cozy bedrooms and a bathroom (with a rainfall shower head) met its purposes well, and the third served as a marvelous aerie with amazing views and two comfy rocker/ottoman combos. Second, the house has wonderful character--we loved the colors and the decorations as they perfectly captured the feel of a beach house. We also appreciated all of the books about NL. Finally, the amenities were modern and in good condition--fridge, stove, washer and dryer. Though it was not a problem for us, there is not much privacy in the house as the walls and floors are not insulated. The stairs might prove tough for folks with limited mobility, too.

In terms of location, we could not have asked for better. We did a ton of driving while we were in NL (4200 miles!), so we did not mind hour to hour and a half day trips to get to the neighboring peninsulas. Though we admit we quickly became biased toward the Birdhouse, we didn't see a neater spot or cozier house or community in our travels than the one we were renting. The better known town of Trinity seemed to have more to offer in terms of restaurants and nightlife, but we prefer to cook in and stayed in at night reading or playing games. Wish we had known to stock up on groceries before heading out to the house, though, as there were very limited options for produce once we arrived.

Jane, the owner was wonderful, offering travel suggestions in the months prior to our arrival and then proving wonderfully responsive when a couple of questions came up during our stay. Just as impressive was Gord, the caretaker, who had to come by to fix a ripped screen. In a classic example of NL friendliness, Gord got to chatting with us and soon offered to take us fishing. Thanks to Gord's skill as a fisherman, we reeled in a couple cod which served as the basis for perhaps the finest fish I have ever eaten. In the end, our only regret was that we didn't rent for longer and that it will likely be a while before we return to "the Rock"!

  • Submitted: 17-Aug-2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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A lovely place in every way

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay at the Birdhouse so much! The scenery and area was beautiful and the house itself was so artsy and fun-- it was creatively decorated and had everything we needed including beautiful views from all the windows. It was a restful and peaceful spot, and we especially enjoyed rock hunting on the beach and morning coffee while whale watching from the bench on Greenings Point. Jane (the owner) and Gordon (our local contact) were welcoming and helpful hosts in every way. We were sorry to have to leave.

  • Submitted: 30-Jul-2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Gander (YQX)
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Several local restaurants
Car: necessary

Art center (Heritage Caentre) with frequent music and other events in Eastport.

Local hiking trails.

Fresh water swimming pond in Sandy Cove at Crooked Tree Pond.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation cottage rental in Sandy Cove

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Summer 2018
Jun 1 2018 - Sep 15 2018
7 night minimum stay
Fall 2018
Sep 16 2018 - Nov 3 2018
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit C$300

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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