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Hipditch House, Battery Village, St. John’s

"... the house’s decor is blue, white and nautical, and staying here it’s hard not to feel like a spoiled kid in a sailor suit"... renowned author Joel Yanofsky writes about his stay at Hipditch House

  • Beautiful ten minute walk from St. John's city centre
  • Shares property line with Signal Hill National Park
  • Located on the Signal Hill trail system
  • Contemporary decor in a coastal cottage atmosphere
  • Expansive kitchen with bar + deck and barbecue
  • Three bedrooms + kitchen daybed
  • Sweeping views of the city and harbour
  • Fully equipped with Internet, cable TV and laundry facilities
  • References from the Lonely Planet & National Geographic
  • Featured in Canadian Home & Country Magazine
  • Featured over five times in Houzz, the leading magazine for design enthusiasts and architects

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"Sunny yellow, cherry red, turquoise blue—St. Johns’ pop-art-colored houses, collectively known as Jellybean Row, look especially awe-inspiring clustered in the cliffs of this atmosphere-drenched coastal neighborhood just outside downtown..."  Condé Nast Traveler, February 2016, and calls the Battery the most "Beautiuful Place in Canada..."

The Battery is a culturally rich neighbourhood in St. John's and retains the look and character of a 19th century fishing village despite its city location. Hipditch House is a coastal home on St. John's harbour and shares the property line with Signal Hill national park. You will be staying in the best location in the City. It has door-step access to the Signal Hill hiking and walking trails. Nestled in the cliffs of the Battery Village, Hipditch House is just three minutes from downtown by car and ten minutes by foot. It has a deck with panoramic views of the harbour and city skyline along with a southern exposure that provides sunshine all day long with fantastic sunsets in the evening. The house is over 100 years old and has been restored to a quirky coastal theme. It has been featured in numerous design and lifestyle magazines which can be seen in the NEWS section of our website.

  • 2 minute walk to Fort Waldegrave Lookout
  • 7 minute walk to downtown Sheraton Hotel
  • 7 minute walk to Duckworth St. Restaurants
  • 10 minute walk to Water St Shopping
  • 15 minute walk to Duke of Duckworth Pub
  • Ultra-comfortable beds, premium pillow top mattress
  • 400+ thread-count Egyptian cotton bed linens
  • Premium brand small kitchen appliances
  • Fully-equiped laundry
  • Professional pre-arrival cleaning

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"...The Best Seat In The Harbour.  The jaw dropping view, the quiet serenity, the glorious deck, and the beautiful winding paths all add up to a stay that has to be experienced to believe.  Here is the resting place for the weary jet lagged modern soul. A trip that feeds head and heart..."  Al Rae, Artistic Director, Canadian Broadcasting Corp., Winnipeg Comedy Festival

"...Hipditch House was love at first site. I spent an amazing week in St John's because accommodations were perfect! I am very well-travelled and can truthfully say that not a detail was missed or overlooked in the quality of my comfort, safety and entertainment at the Hipditch House. The location of the house in a neighbourhood called the Battery, which overlooks the harbour and city scape, was what sold me completely because it is literally a 10 min walk to all the best places: Signal Hill, The Battery Cafe, the Hot Yoga studio, the coolest gourmet grocery store, restaurants and pubs, shopping, galleries, breweries you name it. The changing views of the harbour from day to nighttime were equally magical. The owner of the CapeRace Newfoundland Adventures tour company, Ken Sooley, took the time to give me guidance and advice about what to do and where to go with the Hipditch house as my base. It was perfect! I needed an easy smooth week where I could relax and do things at my own pace and enjoy as much as possible and this was it! Many thanks to Ken and his Dream Team for creating such a wonderful space in the best area of St John's for others to enjoy..."

E.J. Sooley House, Heart’s Delight, Trinity Bay

In the spirit and decor of a genuine outport home, the E.J. Sooley House is a tribute to times gone by. "...The overarching feel is a warm, cheery port in a storm, a treasure awash in turquoise hues..."

  • Endless coastal exploring
  • True outport living in a 1930's fisherman's home
  • One hour and fifteen minutes from St. John's
  • Oceanfront location at Heart's Delight on Trinity Bay
  • BBQ and deck overlooking Trinity Bay
  • Three bedrooms + kitchen daybed
  • 2 queen + 2 twins
  • On-site laundry facilities
  • Featured in Canadian Home & Country Magazine & Romantic Homes Magazine
  • Featured over five times in HOUZZ, the leading magazine for design enthusiasts and architects

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Heart's Delight is a small quiet outport centrally located on the Baccalieu Trail, one of the four eastern Newfoundland tourist driving routes.The house, located on the cliffs of Trinty Bay, is typical of 1930's outport architecture and decor.  Nearby are the towns of Heart's Desire and Heart's Content, not far from the town of Cupids. The location is great for short road trips throughout the small coastal villages around Newfoundland's Avalon Peninsula. The house is restored to a vintage rustic-luxe finish, with great beds, premium linens and a great ocean views. Tourist Driving Routes: Baccalieu Trail, Cape Shore Trail, Irish Loop.

In the spirit and decor of a genuine outport home, the E.J. Sooley House is a tribute to times gone by. Handmade dressers and washstands, linoleum floor cloths and wooden floors, all original to the house, complement vintage appliances and heritage furnishings. As Canadian Home & Country Magazine so aptly described, "The overarching feel is a warm, cheery port in a storm, a treasure awash in turquoise hues."

"...Hiking trails are recommended. However, with a view from my backyard of the sun setting on Trinity Bay, I opt for relaxing. The quiet can take some getting used to in Heart’s Delight, though the E.J. Sooley House helps with the adjustment. It’s like stepping back to a simpler time. The one-story cottage has been restored so that it looks much like it did when it was built in the 1930s. The outport decor is traditional and functional, complete with a daybed by the oven, handmade dressers and washstands, and dangling light cords..."  Joel Yanofsky writes about his stay at the E.J. Sooley House in Heart's Delight.

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Southside Bungalow

Mid-century St. John's Country Home... minutes from downtown

Southside Bungalow is an mid-century house located 2km or 5 minutes from St. John's downtown restaurants and shops. These houses were previously owned by merchants and used for their summer homes. Surprisingly, just five minutes from downtown. Extensively restored by professionals, it has 3 bedrooms (one with wet sink) two bathrooms, (one with stand-alone tub and separate shower the other with shower) large, living room and kitchen with awesome views over the Waterford Valley and river. The Trailway, the former Newfoundland Bullet railway bed, has been repurposed and is now a hiking/biking/ski trail that travels through the backyard into the city and to the beautiful nearby Bowring Park.

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  • 5 minutes from St. John's city centre
  • Contemporary decor in a coastal cottage atmosphere
  • Expansive kitchen with bar + deck and barbecue
  • Three bedrooms, one with wet sink, two bathrooms
  • Sweeping views of the Waterford Valley
  • Fully equipped with Internet, cable TV + Smart TV and laundry facilities
  • New ultra-comfortable beds, premium pillow top mattress
  • 400+ thread-count Egyptian cotton bed linens
  • Premium brand small kitchen appliances
  • Fully-equiped laundry
  • Professional pre-arrival cleaning

..."I was travelling with 2 friends during the month of August and we were lucky enough to find this beautiful little gem in a great location in St. Johns. It is a real character home with great charm. The facility was very clean and comfortable. We enjoyed our stay there and would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a place to stay with all the comforts of home. Very well stocked..."

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The Anchor House, Bonavista Peninsula

Quintessential Outport. Gravel roads, sandy beaches, spectacular coastline, great people...

  • 5 minute drive from Maberly with views of the Elliston Landslide
  • Three hours from St. John's, in the town of Elliston, 4km/2.5mi from Bonavista
  • Spectacular Puffin site located nearby with park and rare sandy beach
  • Three bedrooms, 2 queen + 2 twins
  • Laundry facility on premises
  • BBQ and large deck with interesting short & long ocean views
  • Featured over five times in HOUZZ, the leading magazine for design enthusiasts and architects

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The Anchor House, located in Elliston near Bonavista, was restored inin 2010.  It's over 100 years old and is located in a small quiet town 4km/2.5mi from Bonavista. It has incredible short and long views across Norder cove out to the ocean. The Anchor House shares 1000 feet of coastal waterfront property with another CapeRace property. You can walk to a spectacular beach at Sandy Cove, a neighbouring hamlet and you are a short five minute drive from the Maberly Puffin site.  Elliston, known as the "Root cellar Capital of the World", is home of the annual Roots Rants & Roars Food Festival.

"...We really enjoyed our stay in Elliston! The Anchor House is a little piece of heaven in an absolutely gorgeous location! The house had everything we needed and provided a relaxing atmosphere during our stay. We watched whales from the comfort of our own porch and were within walking distance to the puffins. Fantastic location to many hiking trails and many quaint towns. The community was very welcoming and friendly. Definitely recommend staying at The Anchor House!..."

"... Beautifully restored and appointed saltbox house with incredible views! From our patio we watched whales from 150 away! Anchor House was a peaceful retreat, with an authentic period outport feel. 3 generations in our family all enjoyed the accommodations. We would absolutely stay here again, and recommend to others!..."

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Hare’s Ears Cottage- Outer Battery Village, St. John’s

Conde Nast Traveler, Feb 2016, calls the Outer Battery Village "Most Beautiful Place in Canada..."

Stay at the most Easterly Guest House in North America

  • Property owned and managed by CapeRace Cultural Adventures
  • Outer Battery Village in the cliffs directly on the Signal Hill trail system
  • Ten minute walk from St. John's downtown core
  • Shares property line with Signal Hill National Park
  • Contemporary decor in an artisan craftsman atmosphere
  • Three bedrooms, two bathrooms. 2 queens + 2 twins
  • Expansive kitchen with bar + deck and barbecue
  • Ground floor studio with separate entrance; 3rd bed, 2nd bath with shower, 2nd full kitchen
  • Fully equipped with Internet, cable TV and laundry facilities
  • Featured in Romantic Homes Magazine and over ten times in HOUZZ, leading magazine for design enthusiasts and architects
  • Sweeping views of the city and harbour​

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"Sunny yellow, cherry red, turquoise blue—St. Johns’ pop-art-colored houses, collectively known as Jellybean Row, look especially awe-inspiring clustered in the cliffs of this atmosphere-drenched coastal neighborhood just outside downtown..."  Condé Nast Traveller, February 2016, profiling the Battery Village, St. John's.

This coastal home on St. John's harbour is the most easterly guest house in North America. It shares the property line with Signal Hill national park and has door-step access to the Signal Hill hiking and walking trails. Nestled in the cliffs of the popular Outer Battery Village, the house is just 30 feet from the ocean and one minute from the park, three minutes from downtown by car and twelve minutes by foot. It has a deck with gas bbq, panoramic views of the harbour & city skyline, and a southern exposure. The Outer Battery is one of the oldest neighbourhoods in the city and still maintains the look and feel of a small fishing village. Bald Eagles nesting near property. With an independent ground floor studio, it is configured for the multi-generational traveller and great for those who want the option of indepedence from their travelling companions. 

  • 2 minute walk to Fort Waldegrave Lookout
  • 7 minute walk to downtown Sheraton Hotel
  • 7 minute walk to Duckworth St. Restaurants
  • 15 minute walk to Water St Shopping
  • 15 minute walk to Duke of Duckworth Pub
  • Ultra-comfortable beds, premium pillow top mattress
  • 400+ thread-count Egyptian cotton bed linens
  • Premium brand small kitchen appliances
  • Fully-equiped laundry
  • Professional pre-arrival cleaning

"We had an absolutely fantastic stay at Hare’s Ears Cottage! It is a beautifully appointed cottage with such a charming ambience. It has so much natural light and stunning views with the long wall of windows. The beds were super comfortable and the bathrooms were beautiful and clean. We loved this cottage and it’s very unique setting. Watching huge ships up close through the lovely length of windows travel into and out of the harbour through the narrows was amazing. Hiking the Signal Hill Trail which starts steps away from the cottage was great, with its stunning panoramic views of the area. We also hiked some other trails near St. John’s, including the one at Cape Spear early one morning to catch the awesome sunrise. We enjoyed many fantastic meals in St. John’s, and found it very easy to get around. We will forever cherish memories of our stay at Hare’s Ears Cottage and would be thrilled to be able to visit again..."

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W.B. Sooley House, Heart’s Delight, Trinity Bay

Rustic Charm. Vintage restoration of an Outport Bungalow.The WB Sooley House is restored to a vintage rustic-luxe finish, with great beds, premium linens and a great ocean views.

  • Oceanfront location at Heart's Delight on Trinity Bay
  • One hour and fifteen minutes from St. John's
  • True outport living in a 1940's fisherman's home
  • Shares the property line the EJ Sooley House
  • Endless coastal exploring
  • Three bedrooms, 2 queen + 2 twins
  • BBQ and deck overlooking Trinity Bay
  • On-site laundry facilities
  • Stockpile of vintage bikes

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This coastal home was built after the war when William Bishop Sooley returned from duty in Europe.  The house was built alongside his father's house, the E.J. Sooley House.  

Heart's Delight is a small quiet outport centrally located on the Baccalieu Trail, one of the four eastern Newfoundland tourist driving routes.The house, located on the cliffs of Trinty Bay, is typical of 1940's outport architecture and decor.  Nearby are the towns of Heart's Desire and Heart's Content, not far from the town of Cupids. The location is great for short road trips throughout the small coastal villages around Newfoundland's Avalon Peninsula. The house is restored to a vintage rustic-luxe finish, with great beds, premium linens and a great ocean views. Tourist Driving Routes: Baccalieu Trail, Cape Shore Trail, Irish Loop.

"...What an incredible experience from start to finish - we only wish we could stay longer! From making the initial arrangements - Ken responded by email promptly and answered all our questions. To arrival - we were absolutely delighted by this little gem. Beautifully restored and surprisingly roomy, this house was perfect for our family of four plus the grandparents! It had absolutely everything we needed. The beds were super comfy. What an exceptional view. We could not have asked for more. But we got more - a kitchen party to boot! Jerry and the band and some friendly neighbours - dancing to music in our kitchen until the wee hours. We did not expect such fun. Although we did not take one of the cultural tours - I recommend it - these people at CapeRace know how to plan an adventure. Elizabeth was an exceptional hostess and was absolutely key to making our stay special. She greeted us with smiles and homemade goodies and her thoughtfulness was very much appreciated. Saying goodbye really felt like we were leaving family. See you next summer!..."

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Thomas Mouland House, Bonavista

"Nothing better than relaxing on the deck with a bucket of crab from the Bonavista fish plant, a few beers, and countless whales & birds..."

  • Located in the historic downtown Mockbeggar neighbourhood of Bonavista
  • Three hour drive from St. John's
  • BBQ and deck with ocean views
  • Walk to Walkham's Gate Pub, short drive to Bonavista lighthouse
  • Queen + double + 2 twins
  • Laundry facility on premises
  • Featured in Romantic Homes Magazine and over five times in HOUZZ, the leading magazine for design enthusiasts and architects

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This coastal home was named after its original owner who survived the great Newfoundland Sealing disaster of 1914. The Thomas Mouland House is celebrated for both age and architecture. The home was restored in 2006, and resides in the historic Mockbeggar neighbourhood of Bonavista, the province's largest fishing village still in operation. (pop 3000) It is located on the Discovery Driving Trail, three hours from St. John's. With the exception of a few necessary alterations, the structural integrity has been beautifully preserved. The Thomas Mouland House is a four minute walk from Walkham's Gate Pub & Restaurant, a daily visit and sometimes basecamp for most CapeRace travelers. Featured in Romantics Home magazine.

"...What a wonderful home from which to see one of the most beautiful places in the world. You get a real sense of the traditions of the place without giving up any comforts. Wonderful touches - the lino carpets - the school history book. Bonavista is a truly lovely spot - great hikes... some of the most beautiful places you'll ever walk - good food (and yes you really do need to try the cod), and just about the nicest people you'll meet anywhere. Ken is a great host - easy to find and with a wealth of local insight. If you are planning a visit to the region, you do a lot worse than to stay in one of his delightful places..."

"...We were mesmerized by the views from this little house - the ocean, fishing boats, and huge icebergs. The place was very cozy, perfectly decorated, and quiet. Easily the cleanest place we've ever been in. It felt like home every time we came back at the end of the day after exploring the area. A must is Neal's Yard for coffee (the best) and breakfasts (croque monsieur - YUM). Ken was a pleasure to deal with and very responsive...

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Fogo Island Inn - Fogo Island

This is a lodge with a soul, filled with the handiwork of the local people: traditional outport furniture, handcrafted quilts, and woven rugs—once-disappearing arts now given new life and purpose.

The Fogo Island Inn is the culmination of a major community revitalization project. The building’s rugged minimalist architecture balances traditional influences with a contemporary sensibility, which architect Todd Saunders has made and built just for Fogo. A cultural destination in its own right where visitors and locals meet, the Inn includes an art gallery, heritage library, cinema and rooftop sauna. Each of the 29 guest rooms is unique, with every detail chosen with purpose and handcrafted by locals.

The Inn is a great feat of contemporary architecture, all stilts, angles, and vertical lines that contrast with the rough slabs of ancient granite that surround it. But as much as it might stand out in its setting, the inn is integrally part of Fogo Island. This is a lodge with a soul, filled with the handiwork of the local people: traditional outport furniture, handcrafted quilts, and woven rugs—once-disappearing arts now given new life and purpose.

 

Zita Cobb, the founder of the Fogo Island Inn, grew up on the island and went on to make her fortune in high-tech communications, has recently been helping locals create a geotourism industry through her foundation, Shorefast. Fogo Island now has an internationally acclaimed artist residency program, a brand new inn and several thriving micro-businesses. Local entrepreneurs are doing everything from cultivating organic crops on the edge of the Atlantic to selling patchwork quilts to taking visitors out cod jigging.

 

 

Seafair

SEAFAIR... Our newest and best property...

The Adam Mouland House was built in 1913 in Mockbeggar, the oldest district of Bonavista. The house is a two-and-a-half-storeyed, steep, gabled-roof structure. It is a fine example of nineteenth and early twentieth-century architecture in the Bonavista area.  The simple, yet decorative window and door trim reflect the builder’s expressive style and craftsmanship and local carpenters recreated the exact specification when restoring the windows. Historically, this property is important because it is representative of an era when the people of Bonavista relied heavily on the inshore fishery for survival. At the time when this house was constructed it was common for residents to have a number of fishery-related outbuildings on their property.

  • Property owned and managed by CapeRace Cultural Adventures
  • 8 minute walk to pubs and restaurants along the Old Days Boardwalk
  • 2 minute walk to oceanfront Bonavista Bicycle Cafe
  • Private yard
  • Contemporary decor in an artisan craftsman atmosphere
  • Three bedrooms, two bathrooms. 3 queens
  • Expansive kitchen with bar
  • Deck & BBQ
  • Laundry facilities

...A stylish yet traditional Newfoundland home with everything a guest should need. The location is ideal and the property itself is lovely. Would love to return!...

Fishers Loft Inn- Port Rexton, Bonavista Peninsula

... Part forest and part meadow crowned by a ridge some 300 ft above sea level...

The Inn is situated on a hillside, part forest and part meadow crowned by a ridge some 300 ft above sea level. Toward the east the Inn overlooks Ship Cove, the vast expanse of Trinity Bay and approaches to the North Atlantic. In the west guests experience golden sunsets over Trinity Harbour. Blueberry bushes border the web of footpaths connecting six buildings on the inn's 14 acre hillside property. Chairs are strategically located for quiet moments to contemplate the panorama of seascapes. The Inn's buildings reflect traditional architecture in this rural region The rooms and suites have views of forest and ocean through the mullions and muntins of locally made traditional wooden windows. Furniture in rooms, suites and public areas is handcrafted by a local prize winning artisan, Mike Paterson. The buildings and interiors reflect the tangible and aesthetic heritage of Newfoundland. The Inn is surrounded by many attractions (more than in any other region of rural Newfoundland) including whale watching, professional theater, movie sets, boat tour of deserted communities, craft shops, art galleries, historic sites, small fishing communities, friendly people and panoramic seascapes at every turn in the road.

 

Family Owned & Operated

The Fisher family manages the Inn. Sons Luke and Gabriel, partners Molly and Rhiannon and grandkids are taking over John and Peggy's innkeeper responsibilities though they both can be found greeting old friends and new guests. The Inn is a collection of indigenous Trinity Bay Houses (third generation saltbox design and a Mansard) accompanied by a French kitchen garden and operating greenhouse. Fisher's Loft Inn is "Where to Eat in Canada" top ranked rural restaurant in Newfoundland, with the restaurant looking over the kitchen garden, out across Trinity Bay to the North Atlantic. While dining you will experience sun rises and sun sets, icebergs and whales in season. The culinary approach emphasizes fresh, local ingredients harvested from the on-site garden. Attractive yet not pretentious plating makes for a relaxed meal.

 

On the windswept coast of Newfoundland, a clever, contemporary Zone 3 garden feels right at home in its magical surroundings

Paths meander among curved beds filled with lettuce, garlic, strawberries, beets and other essentials that grace the dishes of the hotel’s restaurant each day, while tender tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers and basil reside in the greenhouse built in 2009. The garden thrives thanks to the careful handling of son Gabe, who oversees it, much to the benefit of the guests of the inn, who dine on fresh, simple fare like partridgeberry French toast, carrot soup and locally sourced fish. It’s an elemental way of life, but one that remains vital to putting down roots on the Rock.

 

The Rooms

The rooms are casually elegant, bright and spacious, several with cathedral ceilings, and have ocean views through traditional windows. Your room, along with all others including public spaces throughout the Inn, display the Fisher Loft art collection. It is the largest collection in the province. Rooms you will stay in are equipped with a queen bed. They are furnished with an armoire, table and chair, down duvet and pillows, original artwork and ensuite full bathroom. All rooms have cable television, a telephone with free local calling and complimentary wireless internet. All houses have close-proximity parking. The inn has a modest library of books, journals, studies, periodicals intended to illuminate both history and current affairs of the province. A magazine rack has the best of the world's periodicals covering international affairs, fashion, the arts, economics, travel and more.

 

Staff

Finally, the staff is the heart and soul of the Inn. They are all local first generation descendants of rural fishing families. There is a no-uniform policy at the Inn and the staff is encouraged to be themselves rather than the typical homogenized hospitality industry worker. This dovetails into the friendly inviting atmosphere, making your experience with the local community a highlight of your trip. 

The Convent

The Convent served the town of Trepassey and area until 2010

Built in the 1960’s by the Presentation Sisters of Newfoundland to replace their Convent School originally established in 1882, the Convent served the town of Trepassey and area until 2010. Newly reinvigorated as a guesthouse, The Convent offers a unique travel experience. With internal cosmetic modernization that did not diminish the original Convent structure, guests will enjoy smoke and pet free modern rooms infused with charming traditional Newfoundland aesthetic and amenities.

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Your hosts, Karen and Kenneth Munro (Canadian-Scottish), have lived in countries all over the world and have been in the travel and tourism business for years. Join them at The Convent Guesthouse and fall in love with the Heart of Irish Newfoundland.

The Rookery at Signal Hill

Nestled in the cliffs of Signal Hill Park