About This Listing
Charming traditional Newfoundland house snugly fitted into the wonderfully picturesque fishing village of the Battery, overlooking the whole City of St. John's and the entire Harbour. Walk to shops, downtown, restaurants. Wave to the Cruise Ships as they pass by in and out of the Narrows. Hiking Trail to Cabot Tower and Signal Hill meanders past the front door. Wake to the sound of the seagulls wheeling overhead. Enjoy your morning coffee at the kitchen table or from the front deck with the harbour view . Very cozy and comfortable- Down duvets on all beds, large bathroom with soaker tub and separate shower. Laundry facilities on site. Basic Cable and Wifi, electric heat. On road parking at front.
Guests will have the entire house to themselves.
Interaction with Guests
Housekeeper will try to be there to see guests in and lives just a few houses away so is always available if needed. She is full of local knowledge and shares it willingly.
The Battery is the original fishing settlement in St. John's, houses clinging to the cliffs like limpets, narrow streets, little lanes and small fisherman's cottages.
Public transportation does not extend to the Battery, but you are within walking distance of local busses and taxis are only a phone call away.
Other Things to Note
There is no designated parking but my guests use the parking space IMMEDIATELY behind the Stop Sign in front of the house or they can park along the railing opposite the house, making sure that they leave room for cars to pass easily. Streets are very narrow on the Battery, but we all work together to make it possible to park.
Can you please let me know an approximate arrival and departure time for your group? Are you flying in or driving?
I'm afraid I won't be in Newfoundland during your visit and so won't get to meet you in person, but my housekeeper, Annie Smith, who lives just a few doors away on Hipditch Hill, will take very good care of you while you are there.
Perhaps you've already read the House Manual on the Airbnb listing? In it you will find Annie's number and so if there is a delay or you need any help finding the house, you could give her a ring to sort things out.
While you are in NL, might I suggest one of your first "activities' might be to take the trail which passes right outside the front steps and takes you on a glorious trek to the top of Signal Hill. The trail is marked as the "North Head Trail" and will wend it's way through the village of the Battery and out around the cliffs overlooking the ocean. It is a fairly vigorous climb but you do it at your own pace and you will be fine. Also, when coming down via the road you will find the Geo Center, which is a fascinating exhibit about the geological makeup of this most special part of the world.
There is also a lovely walk from Hipditch Hill around Quidi Vidi Lake, which will take you into the tiny fishing village of Quidi Vidi which has a wonderful restaurant called Mallard Cottage. There is a craft brewery in the village as well.
If Whale Watching and Iceberg sighting is high on your list of things to do, I suggest you contact Gatheralls tours in Bay Bulls, about a 30 minute drive from St. John's. They have a lovely catamaran which can take you to the best sighting areas with the least amount of rolling. On your way back to St. John's, slip off the main road home and drive through Petty Harbour and Maddox Cove. Chafe's Seafood Restaurant is highly recommended there. You can continue on from there toward St. John's and meet the road which will take you to Cape Spear, a "must see" on most visitor's lists since it is the Easternmost point on the North American Continent.
If you need groceries, there is a large Dominion Store within a 20 minute walk but there is a smaller neighbourhood market, called Belbins, a little closer and very comprehensive. Annie can point you in the right direction.
If there is time in your travels, a beautiful drive to St. Phillips will take you to my favorite restaurant for Fish and Chips. It is called "By the Beach" and it offers fabulous fish and a view over Conception Bay to take your breath away.
I hope these suggestions are helpful. If there are any other questions you would like answers to, please just message me through this Airbnb thread and I will do my best to answer any and all.
Cheers and have a wonderful time!
The accommodations were wonderfully delightful. This place had everything you would need and the view of the harbour is by far one of the best you could get from a house. It was a short walk to downtown and to the local coffee shops and small grocers, and signal hill is just a short stroll and a steep climb up the road. The house itself is set on the side of a cliff with a steep road in the front, we found parking at the bottom of this hill across the street by the steel guardrail and the neighbors seemed to have left this space for us for the duration of our week long visit.
The rooms are cozy and the beds comfortable. There is a full kitchen with a gas stove and oven so making meals is simple. If you are of a taller stature you may find the pantry where the pots and pans are a bit small and I would suggest ducking. The bathroom is big and comes with both a modern contoured bathtub and a separate stand in shower.
My family and I were really pleased with the accommodations and our host Deanie, though currently away during our stay always kept in touch and was quick to reply when asked where things where located, the house keeper Annie was a real treat to talk to, and she can tell you everything you would ever need to know about the battery (where the house is), as well as places to see and things to do.
If you need to stay in Newfoundland, and would like a home to yourself, this would be my recommendation hands down and will be the place we stay at on our future visits.
We could not have asked for a better place to stay on our first trip to St. John's. The view is absolutely gorgeous. We enjoyed having tea on the balcony in the morning, and gazing out before bed with the city lights below. It is about 15 minutes by foot into the city and Quidi Vidi is also easily accessible if you head north. The house itself was clean and quaint with comfortable beds. It was a treat to have Annie, the neighbour, be our greeter after an early morning flight to the island. I have no reservations on fully recommending this place to everyone who wants to visit this great city!
Beautiful house, fantastic location over looking the harbour. The house is very clean and well equipped. Would highly recommend.
We were welcomed warmly and attended to by Annie, a neighbour and housekeeper from up the road. The house was cosy and quaint, fitting the character of the Battery neighbourhood, but well equipped and a fabulous view of the harbour from kitchen, sitting room, two bedrooms and the deck. Our best moments were enjoying the view and sun on the deck. Great location, close to hiking Signal Hill, Battery, and Quidi Vidi trails, as well as downtown - we were provided with parking but walked everywhere.
We absolutely loved the house and neighbourhood, which is charming and a short hop to downtown. Lots of great harbour watching, with ships coming and going. Both Deannie and her house caretaker, Annie, were very obliging.
A great place. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and hope to return soon. Beautiful, cozy location overlooking the harbor, and all the amenities of home. Our group of four was very comfortable, with plenty of space together and alone. Deanie was in touch throughout, offering tips and recommendations that enhanced our visit, and her housekeeper stopped by to make sure all was well (it was!). Very thoughtful. Availability of a washer and dryer is handy, given St. John's often-damp and always unpredictable weather, and the kitchen helped us save $$ by eating a few meals in. Plus, the location is a very short walk from the shops, pubs and restaurants downtown. The only caveat is that the short walk from the parking space to the stairs is steep, and may not be ideal for seniors or others who have walking/breathing issues.
This house is well located with a terrific view. Kitchen has everything you need to cook. Deanie's assistant was very helpful when we had questions. I definitely recommend this place!
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About the Host, Madeline (Aka Deanie)
My husband, Ken, and I have raised our children here at Penmerryl and really enjoy sharing this wonderful place with others. We love to meet and host new people from all walks of life and all parts of the globe. I cook for and take care of my guests just like my family. I am originally from St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada and Ken is from London, England. We spent 7 years living on a boat and sailing before coming ashore to raise our family.
And now that time has come to step back a little from Penmerryl and go back to the sea for a while, and we are so happy to introduce to you our new Co-host here at Penmerryl, Gammon Castellvi. Gammon is originally from Venezuela and so is fluent in Spanish. She is also a fabulous cook and will take excellent care of guests at breakfast! Another huge plus in having Gammon on board is that she is an accomplished Equestrienne, with years of horse experience and the ability to share her knowledge with guests. If any would like to add a horse experience to their stay here at Penmerryl, that can certainly be arranged with prior notice.
A simple place offering great Newfoundland Dishes like Fish Cakes, Toutons, Fish and Brewis, Cod Tongues with Scrunchions. Just a 10 minute stroll from Hipditch Hill for a breakfast to remember!Duckworth St St John's NL A1C 5H7
Small but extremely well stocked Grocery Store within walking distance of Hipditch Hill. Also provides Ready to Eat meals and traditional Newfoundland favorite dishes.85 Quidi Vidi Rd St. John's NL A1A 1C2
Excellent Fish and Chips with a spectacular view of Bell Island and Conception Bay. Fabulous sunset dinner place!Thorburn Rd Portugal Cove-St. Philip's NL A1M 1L8