A rustic artist/owner built home in a picturesque setting overlooking beautiful Lake Ainslie. The house is bursting with character, and has evolved through numerous expansions and renovations over its storied 25-year history.
The airy open-format main floor features a fully equipped kitchen with gas stove and full-size refrigerator. The main floor common area surrounds a handmade spiral staircase made from trees cut from the yard. A wood burning stove separates the kitchen from the central living space. A step through a curtain-door off the main area reveals a bright room with a pullout couch, and a TV with an extensive VHS library. There is also an old piano, and guitar which are at your disposal, albeit a little out of tune. Attached to this room is a bathroom with a shower. Through the bathroom, and also attached byway of a curtain to the main area, is a sunny dining room.
The second floor houses two upstairs bedrooms and a bathroom with a large claw-foot tub. The main bedroom, which offers a queen sized bed (real bed) is connected by a window and archway to a study. The other bedroom has a double bed (futon mattress) and has been arranged to be a kid-friendly environment. If additional beds are required the futon couch in the downstairs TV room is also available.
A large grassed yard is perfectly suited for games of badminton or croque. There is also a large studio on the property, where I reside and will be readily available to answer any questions you may have.
5 minute walk to the lake.
20 minute drive to the ocean at the town of Inverness
20 minute drive to the Bras d’Or Lake, a massive inland sea.
1.5 hour drive to the famous Cabot trail, one of the most scenic drives in North America.
Enjoy the solitude of your escape with vintage dial-up internet and intermittent cell-phone coverage.
Ken was a very welcoming host, and we felt very comfortable in his fantastic cottage. Would love to come back to this beautiful place soon!
Ken is a fantastic host, very friendly and kind. We wished we had gotten to know him better but he fell asleep on us before we could invite him over one night (sorry Ken!). This place is very unique and we would definitely come back. Beautiful property, and lovely lake nearby. Thanks Ken!
Ken was friendly and gracious. It was fun to look at the decorations. There was plenty of space, a fully equipped kitchen, and a piano for the musically inclined. I wish we could have stayed longer.
Ken was a very friendly and accommodating host, even offering us a bottle of wine at our arrival. He is an artist and his home reflects that. The location is great if you are just starting or ending the Cabot Trail. Would stay here again!
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Staying at Ken's was a highlight of our Cape Breton trip, topped maybe only by seeing tons of cavorting whales on a boat trip (the jury is still out). I walked into Ken's place with only his staircase in my mind. We left with a sense of having fit in with no effort or awkwardness into the house and the setting - a tribute to the house's design, but mostly to having Ken as host. We'll be back.
This is truly a "Charming Artist Retreat." "Charming" describes the host as well as the house. Ken was very welcoming and gracious to both of us as well as our dogs. We shared conversation and a glass of wine one night on the deck he finished during our week-long stay. The house is surrounded by lovely gardens in the summer time. Ken built the house over many years and it is a delightful combination of funk and functionality. There are views of Lake Ainslie from the house and deck, and it is well situated for visits to Mabou (which has lots of Ceilighs and a wonderful beach), Baddeck and Margaree (lovely towns along the Cabot Trail) and Cape Breton Highlands National Park. My husband and I hope to visit again next summer.
My husband and I were very happy we chose to stay at Ken’s. The location is a great launch point to do a circle of the Cabot Trail in either direction. There are towns not far away in either direction, and the beach in Inverness was lovely and surprisingly warm. Between the breathtaking views from every window in the house, and the wonderful art that fills the walls, there's plenty to keep you aesthetically satisfied. Not only is there beauty, there is also plenty of comfort. The house is cosy, clean, uniquely and practically designed, and offers all the amenities. So much to see and do in this area, I hope we can come back and stay again in the future!
TL:DR - Ken was a gracious and helpful host, and his house was charming and cosy.
Despite the fact that our stay was short we had a lovely blast at Ken's place. It was a delightful experience! His graciousness and personality was evident not only in meeting him but throughout the whole place!