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Oceanside Getaway On Big Tancook Island

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 1,400 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

A 3 Bedroom, 1 1/2 Bath Island Home Atop A Hill With Sweeping Ocean Views.



Available June through October.

Four night minimum booking is required.

Check-in time: Flexible

Check-out time: Flexible

Big Tancook Island is located approximately 10 km from the village of Chester, Nova Scotia. A passenger ferry provides daily scheduled access to both Big Tancook Island and Little Tancook Island. Leave your worries behind on the mainland, and a scenic 50 minute ferry ride will take you to another place, which will seem almost like another time. As soon as you step foot on Big Tancook Island, you are transported to a world apart, with friendly people, traditional island life, beaches and history to explore, and panoramic views. The air smells fresher, the water clearer, and the living sweet and simple.

Named for the family who built it in the 1940s, Wilson House is the quintessential island home. Located on a hill a short 5 minute walk from the ferry dock, the home has sweeping 180 degree views of the island shore and the Atlantic Ocean, with a spacious deck and sun room from which you can relax and absorb the majestic vistas. The home is well suited to all manner of vacation plans, from a quiet retreat to active family base.

Endless hours could be spent exploring the Island's many beaches and shores. Restaurants, shops, a museum, a library and a tourism center are among the island's offerings. At approximately 3 km long and 1 km wide, the entire island can be explored on foot. Or if cycling is more to your liking, bring your bike (freight, including bikes, is free to take on the ferry!) or borrow one (no cost) from Tancook Bikes, conveniently located next door to Wilson House. Finish your day lounging on the spacious deck, napping in the sun room, or cooking up some fresh seafood for dinner.

With scheduled ferry service daily, from your home base on Big Tancook Island you can easily explore the towns and villages of the mainland. Explore the village of Chester on foot, with many shops and restaurants to choose from. Or plan day trips to the picturesque and historic towns of Mahone Bay and Lunenburg (A UNESCO world heritage site). The possibilities are endless. And what better at the end of a busy day ashore, than a return to your island paradise.

More Details

Jeff and Rochelle Mosher
Member since: 2015
Speaks english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 13, 2018

About Jeff and Rochelle Mosher

We are long-time residents of the South Shore of Nova Scotia, with family ancestry in this province dating back to 18th century. Our full time home is located a short drive from Chester. Newcomers to Big Tancook Island, we purchased Wilson House in 2015. From the moment we arrived at the home, we knew it would be our home away from home, and one which we would be proud to share with others. Living nearby allows us to care for the home ourselves, and prepare the home weekly for each of our special guests. We hope you will make Wilson House your “home away,” and that you enjoy it as much as we do.

Jeff and Rochelle Mosher purchased this cottage in 2015


Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation cottage rental in Tancook Island

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1400 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible
  • /
  • Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Ocean View
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Water View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • library
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • photography
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • swimming


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Oceanside Getaway On Big Tancook Island
average rating of 4.8 based on 5 reviews

The great escape

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful to leave the noise and rush of life behind for a week. We loved the island and the 'Wilson House. Everything we needed was provided. We will be returning to the island. Thanks for a great week


  • Submitted: 7-Oct-2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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the house and property were very well kept and had a great view from the porch

  • 4 of 5

being on the island was very peaceful for us, 3 adults, the house had all the amenities that we required. Internet was a plus as well as the washer/dryer. my wife even picked rhubarb and made a strawberry/rhubarb pie, yummy. we were there over and a few days past Labor Day and I was quiet after holiday. If we could have rented a vehicle for a couple days, that would have made touring much easier. The people we met that actually reside were so friendly and helpful. One man picked us up one day and gave a great tour and history of the island. When we arrived, a lady saw all we had and said that was to much for walking up the hill to the house, so she cleared out her car and took us and our stuff right to the door. Great person! thanks again, Mike and Sue Sullivan P.S. the sunrise and sunset was beautiful, wonderful view of the wharf area.

  • Submitted: 25-Sep-2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very nice cottage. Well equipped and great view.

  • 5 of 5

Loved the location. Walked all over Island and read books. Very peaceful. Great beach and fun little museum to explore.

  • Submitted: 28-Aug-2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Big Tancook Island

Wonderful island retreat

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful spot this is to get away. The views from just about any room are breath taking and that certainly includes the large deck. The rooms are bright and cheerful and everything needed is there. We all highly recommend this Oceanside Getaway!

  • Submitted: 10-Aug-2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A comfortable island getaway with space to relax and beautiful views

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely island vacation here. Plenty of space and a very comfortable home.

  • Submitted: 27-Jul-2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
70 Kilometres
Halifax - Stanfield International
Nearest Ferry
380 Metres
The house is a 5 minute walk from the ferry dock.
Nearest Golf
10 Kilometres
Chester - from where the ferry departs.
Nearest Restaurant
50 Metres
Two restaurants and a take-out on Big Tancook.

The ferry to Big Tancook Island departs from the village of Chester, which has all required amenities and more - groceries, banks, restaurants, shopping, golf course, theatre, etc.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation cottage rental in Tancook Island

Rental Basis:
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4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Damage Deposit C$250

For reservations less than 30 days in advance - Rates are payable in full at the time of booking.
For reservations more than 30 days is advance - 50% at booking with the remaining 50% due at 30 days prior to arrival.

CANCELLATION POLICY: 30 days cancellation notice is required for full refund. If the cancellation is less than 30 days & more than 14 days, 50% of the rate will be charged unless the cottage can be rented. Cancellation notice of 14 days or less, full rate will be charged unless the cottage can be rented.
Rates are subject to change until the reservation is confirmed.

Refundable Damage Deposit $250 is required.
The Damage Deposit will be refunded 7 days following the end of booking.

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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