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Eco-Culture Experience: St. John's & Outports - 10 Days

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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..."

Seafair House, Mockbeggar, Bonavista

Seafair House... our latest restoration. The 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. An excellent example of nineteenth-century architecture in the Bonavista area. We restored it with a contemporary, rustic, authentic theme...

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, bioth with showers, 3 Queen beds with 600 threadcount sheets and premium matteresses 
  • Expansive kitchen with bar
  • Deck & BBQ
  • Laundry facilities
  • Very cool loft

...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!...

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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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. Hare's Ears is nestled in the cliffs of the popular Outer Battery Village in St. John's. A fifteen-minute picturesque walk down from the village will take you to great east coast pubs, world class restaurants, quirky unique boutique shops and fantastic music venues.  The coastal home shares the property line with the iconic Signal Hill National Park and is located on the most hiked trail in Newfoundland; The North Head Trail. The house sports panoramic views of the harbour & city skyline, and has a southern exposure that brings in sunshine all day long.  It's easy to become an honorary member of the village, if you choose, as the famed Newfoundland hospitality spills into the streets here with spirited eclectic neighbours and local hikers all loving to have a gab. 

  • Exclusively yours for your stay
  • Property owned and managed by CapeRace Cultural Adventures; professional housekeeping, professional maintenance.
  • Contemporary decor in an artisan craftsman atmosphere. 
  • Luxury 600 thread count linens, premium SMEG appliances, premium comfy pillow-top beds
  • Three bedrooms, two bathrooms; 2 queens + 2 twins
  • Expansive kitchen with bar + deck and premium Weber barbecue
  • Ground floor studio with separate entrance; 3rd bed, 2nd bathroom with shower, 2nd full kitchen
  • Fully equipped with Internet, cable TV and new LG laundry facilities
  • Featured in Romantic Homes Magazine and has 50,000 design downloads on HOUZZ, the world-leading magazine for design enthusiasts and architects
  • Located beside The Rookery, the latest addition to the CapeRace suite of private coastal guest homes. Combine for multiple family visits. 

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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.

The Outer Battery is one of the oldest neighbourhoods in the city and still maintains the look and feel of a small fishing village. With an independent ground floor studio, the coastal home is configured for the multi-generational traveller and great for those who want the option of independence from their travelling companions. 

"... 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 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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