About this listing
Century old chalet leaves everyone in awww.
Sacred, secluded, serene, whispering stream, nature, sunrise and sunsets. Handcrafted simple, cool, compact but comfortable. Walk, bike, hike, swim, fish, minutes from Park, Gypsum Mine Lake, beaches & town
La Prairie Chalet is a sanctuary in itself. Breathe in the fresh air, enjoy the decks shaded or in the sun, BBQ, catch up on some reading time, the stream and nature is calling you, make a campfire, a smor roast, tell old stories and don't forget to keep an eye out for those falling stars!!!!
Top level master suite has its own private deck and washroom, with queen size bed. Enjoy the skylight and stars laying back on the sofa. Watch the sunset and fire pit gazing through the french patio doors or comfort your feet on a local sheep skin while watching a movie on stormy rainy days. Light up candles and enjoy a century old claw tub soaking with a glass of wine or shower.
Main level boasts a rustic horseshoe kitchen/eatery, sitting area with open up sofa, large closet space, has a big covered deck entrance to Chalet. Its kitchen is fully equipped with stainless stove, fridge, sink, pots & pans, water cooler, toaster, spice rack, utensils, linen and cutlery to boot. Deck has BBQ, clothing line, recycling bins, swing for kids and a nice big fire pit in back yard:) As well, main floor has small woodstove with glass door pane for added ambiance and them damp chilly rainy days.
Seasoned wood is always available on main deck or feel free to practice your boy scout and girl guide survival skills collecting dead branches from trees on property:) Enjoy:)
Lower level basement sleeps four people with 2 sets of bunkbeds, large storage closet, heater, private washroom, cedar sauna/double shower, sink, toilet, washer & dryer and its own private entrance with parking.
If you're looking for something rustic, cozy, private and secluded, yet minutes away from downtown amenities, Cabot Trail, Gypsum Mine Lake, ocean, lakes, beaches and streams galore, this is the spot for you!!!!!!
Many have said it's sacred, a sanctuary, a real hidden gem!!
Call, text, or email us anytime
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Kevin & Charyl
Enjoy Cheticamp's downtown folklore and cultural fishing community with all its amenities and waterfront boardwalk. Walk or bike the Old Railroad Trail to the Gypsum Mine Lake and Cheticamp's waterfront boardwalk is good days adventure.
The Cape Breton Highlands National Park road "The Cabot Trail" is free to drive and open year round, as its our only public road and access around the island linking us to the northern communities. You can purchase a Park Pass for number of days expected use of it's facilities, if you intend to use them.
Take your time, you only live once:)
Interaction with Guests
We live in Cheticamp and no worries is our policy. Contact us anytime as it's our way of life.
Call, text, email us anytime:)
Friendly, gracious and culturally sound. Some things we have arranged in the past for our guests are:
Lobster and Snow Crab boils at Chalet, homemade potato egg salad with choke cherry wine is a taste of only some can dream of.
Ask to hike, fish and swim my favorite fishing hole not even on the map, 30' plus waterfall minutes away.
Certified guided salmon fishing excursions can be booked ahead of time.
Gypsum Mine hike, beautiful therapeutic natural calcium deposit swim hole and zip line.
Crab and lobster fishing excursions with friends in season.
Cod jigging with friends.
Bon fires at night.
Fishing and hunting expeditions with certified guides.
Private tour of Cheticamp local area.
Escorted Cabot Trail tours.
Music/Entertainment every day of the week.
Lots of parking available at La Prairie Chalet. Walking enthusiasts can access Cheticamp downtown waterfront on the Old Rail Road our new recreational trail from La Prairie Chalet. Walk along the Cheticamp loop only 7 kms walk.
Hike to Gypsum Mine Lake from Chalet only 15-20 min hike for serene beauty and cleansing.
Fish the stream along chalet for speckled trout and down to big pool next to bridge.
Chalet is the gateway link to all trails on the Island. It's possible to cross over to Wreck Cove and Ingonish:)
All trails are well managed and marked by N.S Recreation Association
Remember to take a walking stick, gps, matches, knife, snacks and bottled water is a must. Keep food and garbage in sealed bags and take back with you.
Locals on the Island are very friendly and always willing to help, direct and give you all the information you will need.
You will meet many people traveling from all over the world exploring the Island's treasures. Enjoy and play safe.
Nature surrounds you.
Kevin & Charyl
Other Things to Note
La Prairie Chalet is fully equipped with fresh towels, bedding, linen, toilet paper, organic body soap, shampoo and cleaning suppies. We have condiments for kitchen, spices, olive oil, flour, can goods etc...
We ask all our clients to bring a rain jacket for the unexpected rainy day. Sport sandles for walking in streams if you plan on hiking the waterfall with me:)
We can arrange shuttle, day care or even babysit yours children and pets while in town. Enjoy some time to yourself for entertainment with no worries:)
We thank you, value and appreciate all our clients with utmost respect and in return we ask for the same.
Please respect our recycling and cleanliness program, it's simple and straight forward. The key to enjoying life is taking time to live it. So kindly take off shoes upon entry and make yourself at home. Remember, we are what we eat, listen, see and do. We only live once, so do it well.
Please conserve water, we have our own well and septic system.
We expect everyone to respect our cleanliness and recycling program with due diligence. Clean and tidy up.
Empty all food in compost bin under kitchen sink and when full transfer into the backyard black composter bin. Wash and rinse in sink.
All household garbage is to be rinsed clean of food and drinks prior to disposing in white bin next to fridge. When full transfer into appropriate bins on the deck.
Cardboard, paper products in 1st bin
Metals, plastics and glass in 2nd bin
Redeemable drinking bottles and cans in 3rd bin.
Waste management is of utmost importance and crucial when surrounded by nature.
All wet towels should be hung up on hooks and dirty laundry in basket or downstairs in laundry room.
Ultimately if you have any pets there is a $50 surcharge. Please do not leave them unattended inside...The deck can be used or pets must be crated or caged...We have a very strong clothing line which can give your pets security and freedom at same time, lots of room to run and deck can be used for shade, water and food.
All pet poop scooped and place in outside black compost bin.
Prior to check out at 11 am, we ask everyone to kindly comment and sign our guest book. We would appreciate a call or text prior to your departure and please place keys in BBQ.
Quality, comfort, safety and making little changes to a better future is our way of life at La Prairie Chalet. We are in business to make your stay a memorable one.
Kevin and Charyl
Although we never had the chance to meet since my trip was just packed, Kevin was wonderfully communicative and I know he would have been helpful had we needed anything at all. Everything went very smoothly and we enjoyed our stay. Thanks Kevin!
Thankyou for your generous comment:)
Oooops sorry fishing rods were in my truck, was gonna put new lines on them:(
We are in the midst of renovating and updating everything:)
We invite you next time for a complimentary one night stay when booking three day stay at Accolade Hostel and Retreat which will be open next season:)
Thank you again
Kevin Mc Keown
We enjoyed our stay at La Prairie Chalet. We were very comfortable and had everything we needed. Kevin was very responsive to our emails and other questions. The house was super-cute and very clean. The location was very convenient--quiet and private, yet close to all the amenities of Cheticamp. The not-to-be missed Cabot Trail starts about a mile away.
We enjoyed the upstairs deck, the outside fire pit and saw several shooting stars. Our friends tried out the downstairs sauna. On our last morning we hiked up to the gypsum quarry lake and were sorry we couldn't spend more time there. Kevin graciously offered to take us on an off-road tour in his truck, but we were exhausted from a long day of driving the Cabot Trail to where the road ended in Meat Cove.
This house is ideal for a family, but maybe not for a group of friends traveling together. The upstairs room has a comfortable queen bed in an alcove. I think the sofa in the room pulls out into a bed (we didn't try this). I also think the small love seat in the living room area may be a sofa bed, but this space is pretty tight. Downstairs there is a room with bunk beds for 4. Although this is a walk-out basement type of space, it was very pleasant, immaculate and properly de-humidified. Our friends called it "the Bunker" because it was so dark and quiet.
The bugs can be a bit fierce at dusk, so I'd recommend stocking up on some citronella candles. We didn't use the fire pit on the deck, but this may have helped clear the mosquitoes away.
We had a really great 3 night stay at Kevin's chalet! The location could not be more perfect. Within a few minutes you are on the Cabot trail - one of the most beautiful drives we've ever done! The cabin is very comfortable, the kitchen well stocked, and the roof deck is worth the trip alone! We spent every night with a fire under the stars. Kevin did everything he could to make our stay comfortable, and we really appreciated it! The town of Cheticamp and its inhabitants were so welcoming. Now if we could just move there permanently...
My stay was very comfortable and enjoyable. If you want somewhere that is isolated and serene yet only a short drive from a town, this is the place. So so close to Cape Breton! Communication was generally pretty good. Definitely recommended!
Thank you for your stay and generous comment. We are always looking to improve our clients stay. Therefore we will be focusing on communication with maps, directions in details with wifi available upon arrival.
During our conversation upon arrival I am almost certain I mentioned to you the trail to Gypsum Mine Lake, second driveway behind Chalet on the same side of road.
My sincere appology for any inconvenience I may have caused you.
We value our customers with utmost respect and wish to have you again. Therefore we invite you in the future for a one night complimentary stay at La Prairie Chalet on us.
We look forward to having you again.
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.
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About the Host, Kevin
We are soo happy to be able to accomodate you for your stay while on the Island.
This little peace of Heaven nestled by a stream is what inspired me to dream.
Bring your bathing suits and trunks, our beaches have to warmest waters north of the Carolinas. Ohh and Gypsum Mine Lake is just a walk behind Chalet.
Our rugged coastline, combined with our hot and freezing climate combined with the highest record winds in the province, makes it a pretty but hardy place to live.
We have largest species of moose in the world.
Best snow crab and lobster in the world:)
Sky line trail, Gypsum mine lake and trail, Waterfront board walk, La Plage St Pierre. Horse wagon rides, whale watching, salmon fishing, St Peters Church, La Bloque. GRANDE falaise and there's more.
Lobster, crab boils, choke cherry wine, bon fires, hiking, biking, fishing, music, camping out at the beach, fresh seafood, wild game, wild blueberries, choke cherries, strawberries, blackberries, pears, apples, mushrooms, fiddle heads, organic eggs, chicken, beef and vegetables from our garden.
Best ice cold artesian spring water from La Grande Falaise is priceless:)
Charyl, originally from Labrador City, Newfoundland, came to Nova Scotia with her family to pursue employment in her field of studies in the education system. Major in Political Science, Minor in Women's History, Bachelor of Education and a master in music/arts and entertainment.
Charyl is all about family and the joys of life.
In appreciation to my family and elders, Charyl and I are making changes to live off the land as much as we can, eventually off the grid to enjoy a healthier lifestyle.
I was born and raised in a family business Laurie's Motor Inn in Cheticamp. Studied Business/Hospitality at University College of Cape Breton. Recently just finished fifteen years working in Canada's oil, gas and mining industry. Today my passion for existence is to keep it simple, fun and healthy with family, friends and company.
Quotes I live by:
You reap what you sow. Build and they shall come. Teach them and they shall know. Reward them and they will do more. Love them and they will return. Give them food and they will never hunger. If the laws of physics allow it, it will be done:)
Recycling, upcycling, giving old things a new look, purpose and meaning is fun and creative.
Take your time, relax and unwind, even if it means taking extra time for your stay. There is lots to see and do, we will make sure of it!
Kevin & Charyl