The Sleeping Moose Cottage: 2 bedrooms (sleeps 5), modern bath, wood stove, private beach access"
The Sleeping Moose Cottage is located on the North Shore of Cape Breton Island, 8 km south of Cape Smokey, between the Cape Breton Highlands National Park (25 km) and the town of Baddeck (65 km) on the Bras d'Or Lakes.
The North Shore, originally settled by Scots in the early 1800s, is now home to lots of moose, a crab and lobster fishery (May - July), as well as many fine artisans and crafters.
From the deck of the Sleeping Moose Cottage you might see whales and seals, for sure ocean birds, and 'our' Bald Eagle who does a 'fly-by' a couple of times a day. Walk to our pebble beach and enjoy the beautiful view and sometimes-loud silence of the waves hitting the pebbles.
There are lots of hiking and snowshoeing trails in and outside the National Park, and if you like golf... Highland Links is a beautiful 25-minute drive away.
The Sleeping Moose is a housekeeping cottage with a full kitchen, but it is conveniently located on the same property as the Dancing Moose Cafe. It serves unusual breakfasts and lunches bilt around Dutch Pannekoeken (stuffed pancakes), Belgian waffles, a daily soup, and baked treats, all made from scratch in our own kitchen.
We are an all-season accommodation. Start your day watching the sun rise over the ocean. Then, spend a lazy summer's eve on your private deck watching the stars come out. Light a cosy fire in your wood stove on chilly evenings, or in winter when snow has changed the landscape. On rainy days, enjoy a free movie or a bit of surfing with our free wireless Internet.
We loved the Sleeping Moose cabin. Ton was friendly and helpful. The cabin was simply but comfortably furnished with a great view of the Atlantic Ocean and is in a great location for exploring the Cabot Trail. Very peaceful spot - only sounds are the crashing waves on the nearby beach. Also the cabin deck is dark enough to see the Milky Way.
The cabin is short drive south of Ingonish Beach through the spectacular Cape Smokey provincial park. Great pancakes from the nearby Dancing Moose cafe also owned by Ton.
The Sleeping Moose was a great choice! The cabin is comfy and cozy, with the ocean just mere steps away. You could sit on the deck and hear the waves crashing against the shore. The cabin was incredibly clean, and was hands down, the best stocked kitchen that we've seen to date. Ton has thought of everything that you could need. Ton has managed to achieve a very quiet and rustic, but plush setting. We stopped in and had breakfast at Ton's restaurant, the Dancing Moose, our first morning and his Pannekoek were amazing! So good...don't miss out on those! :o) Ton was also very gracious enough to go over the highlands map with us and show us the best walking trails to take. He was really a great, great host. We will definitely be going back to the Sleeping Moose again! :o) Thanks Ton! :o)
Ton was great - very responsive and accommodating. The cottage is in close proximity to the Atlantic Ocean, and enjoy hearing the waves crash from the bedrooms. Be sure to ask for a fan if you're staying on a warm night.
Ton was friendly and helpful, and the cabin was truly wonderful—if you thought "Sleeping Moose" meant this was just a pace to crash a the end of the day, think again. The house is a great place to hang out, have a fire in the wood stove, watch the ocean, and (if you insist) watch Netflix and other web-based TV on the Boxee. It's also a great base to explore the Cabot Trail, the village of Ingonish Beach (including the historic Keltic Lodge, a beautiful place to have a nice meal), and a zillion hiking possibilities. Ton's cafe, The Dancing Moose, is literally steps away, but the position of the house makes you feel miles away. Breakfast isn't included, but Ton's panekoeken (dutch pancakes) are well worth a few bucks. We're already dreaming of a return trip!
Hi Paul, Thank you for your very nice review!
The ants you have mentioned are a new thing this year. Still trying to figure out where they come from and where they go to (with the sugar). Moving most food to the fridge is a good idea but I will also put tight sealing storage containers in the kitchen. Hope if the ants are discouraged enough they will take another route.
Hope to see you back at the Sleeping Moose Cottage!
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