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.
The cottage itself is centrally located to Cape Breton's historic and beautiful west coast, and is adjacent to the Ceilidh trail, providing excellent access to local music venues. It is a 20-30 minute drive from some of the best beaches on Cape Breton (Chimney Cove, West Mabou, and Inverness). Experience dramatic scenery and vistas, swim in the temperate waters of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, and eat at Mabou’s Red Shoe Pub, truly the best restaurant around. While in Mabou pop over to Port Hood to buy fresh-caught seafood at the Fisherman's Co-Op or up to the Bistro at Chéticamp.
Other Things to Note
To cottage is off the beaten track. Please find detailed instructions below:
- almost immediately as you first enter Whycocomagh you will come to the (only) major intersection in the town. The 105 will continue straight ahead, to your right you would turn into Whycocomagh's 'main' road and to the left is Highway NS-252 W. Turn left onto the 252. There is an Iriving gas station, now closed, on your left just before you turn off, and Vi's restaurant - where all the trucker's passing though stop for pie- just after where you should turn off on the 105. If you pass Vi's turn around!
-Stay on the 252 for about 3km. You will come to another intersection where the 252 turns to the left (taking you towards Brook Village and Mabou). Don't turn here. You keep going straight (on what is now the NS 395-N). A minute after you pass this turn off you will pass the Whycocomagh arena on your right, so you'll know you're on the right track.
-Stay on this road for about another 5km. Turn left when you get to the sign for the West Lake Ainslie road. It's the correct road if a few metres onto this road you pass over a short little bridge. This road is paved.
-Stay on this road for about 5-6 km. For the first few km the road is up high and you can see the lake below on your right. You'll climb for a little while and then the road brings you back down to the lake. You'll cross over a small bridge where the road is quite bumpy and be right beside the water. You'll recognize the scene as I've posted a picture of in on the listing profile. If you go look at the picture you'll see a little white house in the top left hand corner. This is actually a little chapel that sits at the foot of my road. So after you cross the bridge you'll climb uphill again. The top of the hill is a blind bend- go slow as on that bed is a dirt road to your left. This is Cameron road. Turn onto it. About 200 m up the road, just past the chapel, is my driveway. The house and studio are both visible from the road.
I hope you have no trouble finding it. If you do you can always call Ken (phone number hidden)) or Justine (phone number hidden)).
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Ken's charming cottage was exactly what we were looking for to close out 2014. The surroundings are incredibly serene and the cabin is full of positive energy and creative touches not to mention very comfortable even in the dead of winter. If natural beauty calls you to travel, Cape Breton is the place to visit. Views are incredible and Ken's house is close to the breathtaking Cabo Trail and has views of quiet Lake Ainslie. Ken and his daughter Justine were great with providing detailed directions to the cabin and very responsive to all of our questions. A big thanks to their winter house manager, Rebecca, who gifted us a dozen eggs from her chickens ( so yummy! ) upon arrival. Would love to visit again.
Wow. What an inspiring location and home. The house is filled character - from the unique architecture to the seamingly infinite movie collection. If you're an artist looking for a space to collect your thoughts and refresh, I cannot think of a better location and environment to do it.
When we arrived Ken was there to greet us, what a great host, welcoming and friendly. The home is amazing, the moment we got there my friend and I had wished we had brought more loved ones with us to enjoy the experience. The location was beautiful and perfectly suited for a memorable Cape Breton visit.
My husband and I loved staying at the Artist Home. The wood stove kept us cozy and Ken made us very welcome. When we were out for the evening he turned on the porch light and freshened the fire for us…true hospitality.
This was my second visit to Ken's place and I would definitely go back. It is a beautiful, calm space ( and surrounding area). Ken is also a wonderful host. He even had a fire lit for us when we got in.
We had difficulty locating the home. It would be useful to obtain detailed directions to the house. We learnt that there are more than one Cameron Road in the Inverness area /
We had an incredible time staying in this lovely house. It is so cozy and full of spunk. The huge movie collection is second to none and a real treat. Ken is an absolutely wonderful man whose company was truly delightful. The house is rustic, but was a defining feature of our road trip. We hope to go back again soon.
After living and working for many years as an artist in Toronto, my family and I moved from the big city to beautiful Cape Breton 25 years ago. We settled in Lake Ainslie and there I built an ever growing house for my ever-growing family. The kids are now grown and I find myself spending much more time in my studio, which is a short walk from the house. I continue to spend much of each day painting, I love to travel- mostly to LA to visit my grandson, and I rarely miss listening to the opera on the radio every weekend. I hope you’ll come and discover the beauty and hospitality of our island. I am nearby and always happy to chat and share my knowledge of the local eateries, sights, beaches and galleries!