This cottage getaway, conveniently located at the foothills of the Cape Breton Highland's National Park in Cheticamp and nestled at the North side entrance of the "La Mine De Platre" National Gypsum Mine Lake, voted #1 hidden gem on the Island by travellers around the world!!!
Nestled on an old farmstead filled with apple and choke cherry trees, this cottage has a mountain spring fed stream next to it and surrounded by evergreens with white gypsum deposits.
Its location is the gateway to all recreational trails for hiking, biking, horse back riding, swimming, fishing, hunting and for atv/snowmobile enthusiasts. Some just love to relax on the decks, sunbathing, BBQ, kids can fish stream and pool down the road. Petit Etang is known for having the biggest and longest ocean beach on the Island. It's beautiful, private and approx 2 kms from Cottage. Gypsum Mine Lake is only 15-20 min walk and beautifully secluded.
Enjoy the cottage as many have said it's a real sanctuary. Listen to the stream, nature, catch up on some reading, have a campfire, story telling and don't forget to look for that falling star!!!! We also have added 3 Percheron Draft Horses to our growing family and will be now offering available horse and wagon rides during your stay too.
Cottage top level has master bedroom with 1 queen bed now nestled in the corner and a new couch, coffee table and tv for movie watching. As well, we have added an additional outdoor firepit on the top floor of the chalet, just off the master bedroom. Top floor also has sky light, french doors to beautiful private deck, central air, satelite tv, DVD, stereo, private washroom with claw tub/shower, pedestal sink, toilet, hair dryer, dresser, linen and cleaning supplies.
Main level has a very rustic horseshoe kitchen with stainless stove & fridge, sink, pots & pans, water cooler, microwave, toaster, spice rack, utensils, linen, cutlery, step up eatery, hide-a-bed double couch, large storage closet, phone and opens up to large private deck with BBQ, clothing line, recycling bins, swing for kids on deck and nice fire pit in back yard:) As well, on the main floor we have installed a small woodstove now as mornings can be damp. Wood always available outside chalet stacked.
Lower level basement has sleeping for four with 2 sets of bunkbeds, satelite tv, large storage closet, dehumidifier, phone and private washroom with cedar sauna, double shower heads in sauna, sink, toilet, washer & dryer and its own private outside exit.
If you're looking for something rustic, cozy, private and secluded, yet minutes away from downtown amenities, and minutes from the cabot Trail, ocean, lakes and beaches, recreation, this is the spot for you!!!!!!
Many have said it's sacred, a sanctuary, a real hidden gem!!
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Access to Cheticamp fishing town and Cape Breton National Park.
Interaction with Guests
We live in Cheticamp, therefore guests can interact with us as required.
Friendly, gracious and culturally sound. We create your itinerary based on your wants and needs. Some things we have arranged in the past for our guests are:
Hiking the Cabot Trail- hidden gems only town folk know of...trout pools and hidden waterfalls.
Salmon fishing excursions
Gypsum Mine hike, beautiful therapeutic natural calcium deposit swim hole and zip line across man made lake.
Bicycles available at chalet
crab and lobster fishing excursions with friends.
La plage St. Pierre, a beautiful secluded beach just minutes from town with warm gulf water and soft white sand. Bon fires at night.
Crab boils at chalet
Lots more to discover too!
Parking available atReechalet and for the walking enthusiasts Cheticamp is about a 7 kms walk.
Gypsum Mine Lake is aprox 15-20 min little hike for Its serene beauty. Fishing stream along chalet has speckled trout and has a big pool down stream from at end of road bridge:)
Trails galore Chalet is the gateway to all trails liming you even to the other side of the island.
Managed and marked trails:)
Remember to take a walking stick, gps or compost, matches, knife and sncks are always nice. Keep food and garbage in sealed bags to take back with you.
You will meet alot of atv, hikers and fishing enthusiasts. Enjoy:)
Other Things to Note
We can arrange to have exceptional care for our guest's children and pets so they can explore and enjoy some entertainment with no worries:)
We ask all our clients to respect our recycling and cleanliness program:))))Thank you...
Conserve water, we have our own well and septic:)Thank you...
Prior to check out, kindly empty compost bin under sink into backyard black composter and place garbage into apropriate bins outside pls:)
Ultimately if you have any animals please do not leave them unattended inside on the loose...The deck can be used or an animal crate/cage...We have a very strong clothing line which can give your animals lots of room to run and still capable to use shaded deck for food and water:)
If you have animals cats or dogs inside floors must be swept and mopped prior to checking out and all dog and cat poop scooped and place in outside compost...Pooper scoopers are on deck.Thank you. A $50 fee will be applied for extra cleaning due to some of our guests have allergies:)
For reservations with more than two couples, an additional $15.00 will be charged for additional person. :)
We appreciate and value our clientele with utmost respect...
Quality, comfort, and making little changes to a better future:)
Kevin and Charyl Mc Keown
Kevin was extremely welcoming and responsive--he called to check in and was always available by text. He even left us a bottle of homemade choke-cherry wine! We actually spent very little time at the cabin itself, because we were so busy hiking in the National Park and biking along the Cabot Trail. The location couldn't be better for outdoor activities and is an excellent base of operation for exploring some of the most beautiful scenery ever. Note that, although the cabin sleeps 6, the quarters in the master bedroom are significantly more luxurious than the basement bunkbeds--the cabin was great for two people and would also work for a family with kids, but probably not great for three couples. Also, there is cell reception but no wifi, for those who want to use the internet.
Kevin was a wonderful host. He was super available and had lots of great suggestions for places to go and things to see on Cape Breton. What an beautiful place and such a great place to stay!
Absolutely loved this cottage. Everyone who visited was very impressed by it. It's in a perfect location to enjoy the cape Breton highlands park and the gypsum lake was perfect for swimming. This location is an airbnb gem and if you're visiting the area, I couldn't recommend it more.
Kevin has an amazing knowledge of the area and all it has to offer, which was so helpful to us. When we arrived, Kevin came right over to meet us and give us the lay of the land. It was in the evening, and he said if we left right then, we'd catch an amazing sunset at a particular beach, and if we drove along a stretch of the Cabot Trail, we'd see a moose. He was right on both fronts.
The house is nice and has everything you'll need. The bed was super comfy - we slept like logs. Kevin was always available to answer questions. Make absolutely sure you ask him how to get to the gypsum mine swimming hole. Just amazing.
This house is also very close to the center of Cheticamp and the entrance to Cape Breton National Park. CBNP is an incredible park and worth a good bit of your time.
What can we say? We had a wonderful time at La Prairie Chalet. Kevin was a great host (and went the extra mile with my phone not working!). So thoughtful to bring us breakfast after a very long journey. We learnt so much about the local history, and enjoyed our adventures into the national park with the best guide there is! So many highlights: jumping into a beautiful pool under the waterfall; moose sightings; delicious homemade wine (lovely and strong!)... The place was a home from home, with the added bonus of being able to lie by the fire under the stars, listening to the stream and crickets. We have left Cheticamp having fallen in love with it, and we can't wait to come back in the future - we will definitely stay at Kevin's again!
Jenny and Hassan
My group of 5 loved staying at Kevin & Charyls Chalet. It was a true cottage feeling in the Cabot Trail. It's minutes away from Cheticamp and fairly close to the National Park.
Meeting Kevin is a must! He provided great insight to Gypsum Lake and a hidden climb in the Grande Falaise.
The Chalet had everything we need and fit our group of 5 quite well. The Kitchen area is slightly cramped, and the bunk beds in the basement might a not appeal to everyone.
Overall, great experience and great host. Would totally go back again! Loved Cape Bretona and the Cabot Trail!
This place was awesome. It's worth staying here just to meet Kevin and hear some of his stories. Kevin is an amazing host that can give you space or take you out for an adventure. He has an attention to detail and the cabin is beautiful. The added sauna in the basement was a definite bonus. If I'm ever back in this region, I would make sure to stay here.
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Hi all, my fiance Charyl and family live here in the beautiful foothills of the World's Famous Cabot Trail nestled at the entrance of the Cape Breton Highlands National Park.
Native Acadian Cowboy at heart. We both are fluent in English and French. We love meeting and hosting people from all over the world with our layed back farm lifestyle:)
Fresh fish, seafood and organic choke cherry wine, meats, poultry, eggs, and a wide variety of wild fruits is our basic and only way of life.
I am an avid dreamer and only live once:) 25 acres farmstead at the entrance of our National Gypsum Mine Lake known as a "the hidden gem". Only mins walk from Chalet on thr back entrance to the Mine and Lake:)
A natural man made spa with over 1000 times the amount of calcium in its water leaving your skin rejeuvenated like baby skin:)
Breathtaking coral reef indigo blue wrapped in gypsum deposits. Recently begun to construct Accolade Hostel and Retreat to bring back travelers, our elders and kids in time of horse and wagon days, food and entertainment.
At times I will guide clients to some of our many other hidden gems not listed on the map:)
Things I cannot live without, ma petite Pocohonta, Charyl, our children and newest edition JP, family, friends and animals.
A love and passion to succeed and exceed customer expectations and most of all my family.
This energy allows for my family and guests, like you, to be rich in food, life and an unforgetable experience during you
with the freedom, knowledge and all the respect for my elders.
We are working to establish a world class spa retreat to preserve my family's history and future.
There is a great deal to do and see in Cape Breton and a minimum of 3 days is always recommended and is discounted the longer you stay:)
We welcome you to experience your Cape Breton dream vacation here at La Prairie Chalet:)
Take your time to relax and unwind even if it means taking extra time for your stay:) Lots to see and do, we will make sure of it:)
Kevin & Charyl