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Amazing Unique Church for rent "ST. CECILIA by the SEA"

Bedrooms 2
Separate WCs1
Space 1,500 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 3 nights


About the property

Here's a chance to rent an amazing fully furnished house that was once a catholic church. Complete with spectacular stained glass, murals and breathtaking oak woodwork.

St. Cecilia has two bedrooms, one of which is an open loft style, a fully equipped kitchen even an outside barbecue! 1-1/2 baths with fresh towels, linens and hair dryer. This is a non-smoking property.

For your viewing pleasure we have a large wide screen TV with a selection of over 100 movies and high speed internet.

Located in beautiful Purcell's Cove less than ten minutes south of downtown Halifax, a thirty minute cab ride from the Halifax international airport. Conveniently less than 5 minutes to a large fine grocery store and several Restaurants. Across the street is the Purcell's Cove boat and social club, nearby tennis court and beautiful walking trails. Just two minutes down the road is York Redoubt, a National Historic Site with both breathtaking panoramic views of Halifax Harbour and lovely walking trails. Crystal Crescent Beach, one of Nova Scotia's most popular is a mere 20 minutes away.Transit bus stop is conveniently out front with easy connecting routes to all of Halifax's finest destinations.

"St. Cecilia by the Sea", cosy, whimsical and guaranteed to lift your spirits!!

More Details

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Calendar last updated:
19 August, 2018

About The Owner

We are Brett & Lara Ryan. Brett is an award winning singer/songwriter and Lara is a not-for -profit executive. Brett is a Halifax native and Lara is from PEI. We love to travel ourselves and enjoy properties that offer all the comforts of home. We've been in the property business for 20 years and own a number of properties in Halifax and around Purcells Cove but none as unique as St. Cecilia by the Sea.

The Owner purchased this house in 2005

Why The Owner chose Halifax

We bought this old church in 2005 and Brett set to restoring it. While working on it he was insipred to write songs in a way that he hadn't for a few years. St. Cecilia, the patron saint of musicians, must have been speaking to him! Not only did he write songs for a great project titled St. Cecilia Soul, he was also inspired to turn the church into a recording studio. The unique space hosted many other recording artists in it's time as a studio as well as was the location for film productions and sound design for many TV series.

Alas, our business days in the music industry are coming to an end and recording studios aren't what they used to be. Now, we are thrilled to share this inspirational space with travelers looking to enjoy beautiful Halifax.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Halifax in Halifax Regional Municipality

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • Ocean View
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Separate WC
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Barbecue
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • scenic drives
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • Kayaking


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(5 traveller reviews)

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Amazing Unique Church for rent "ST. CECILIA by the SEA"
average rating of 5.0 based on 5 reviews
Lakewood, NJ

Unique gem in Halifax

  • 5 of 5

St. Cecilia by the Sea was by far the best place I have ever stayed. I would like to move in. It is first class. The owners, Brett and Lara, have impecable taste. The home was quiet, clean, comfortable, relaxing and we'll equipped. A great location from Halifax. Brett also responded immediately to all our request and sharing the local ambiance and history. I hope to come back soon.

  • Review Submitted: 20-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Theresa for the very kind words. We thoroughly enjoyed having you Ken and Mary. It’s people like you that make hosting thoroughly enjoyable. We Would very much like to see you back here again in the future. All our best Brett and Lara
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Summit, NJ


  • 5 of 5

Just a short distance from downtown, St Cecilia’s is the perfect spot for a getaway or business. Well kept, classic and clean, the former chapel is truly heavenly. Surely a place when the weather is warmer as the marina is in full view.

  • Review Submitted: 15-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

What a treasure! Perfect spot right by the water. Well equipped and comfortable. Our host Brett was great and most accommodating. Highly recommend this place if you are looking for a unique place to stay😘?

  • Review Submitted: 02-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hey Julie, It was a pleasure meeting you and your lovely family. I hope your daughter has a wonderful year at Dal. Please look us up if your down this way again next spring. All my best, Brett
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Peaceful Dwelling Place

  • 5 of 5

St.Cecilia by the Sea was a perfect retreat for us. Just minutes outside of the beautiful city of Halifax we found the location quite peaceful.

Now once you you walk inside this beautiful little property it will blow you away, the lovely kitchen is well equiped and clean with ample room at the dining table. The living room however was beyond what I had anticipated with both tasteful & cozy furnishings with plenty to keep a wondering eye amused. The bedrooms upstairs had the most comfortable sheets and pillows I slept so well and it was such a delite to wake up with the light coming through the beautiful stained glass windows in the master suite. Although during our visit we had several cool and rainy spring days I was never cold.

You did such a wonderful job restoring this place, I hope to come back very soon.

Brett you were a most gracious host and we were so very thankful to have had the pleasure to meet you.

I would highly recommend St. Celilia by the Sea to anyone who is looking for quality, space, comfort and something completely different.

Best regards and happy holidays.

Belinda A

  • Review Submitted: 30-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the kind words Belinda, it was a pleasure hosting you and your family. Please look us up if your out this way again. Kind regards, Brett
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London Ontario

Fantastic property!

  • 5 of 5

A very unique and interesting place with a lot of great history! Nice and remote but close enough to all amenities and interesting tourist places! Brett was also very helpful and friendly.

  • Review Submitted: 05-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
40 Kilometres
Halifax International
Nearest Ferry
10 Kilometres
Dartmouth Ferry
Nearest Train
10 Kilometres
Via Rail Train Station
Nearest Beach
26 Kilometres
Crystal Crescent
Car: recommended


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Halifax, Canada

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Peak Season 2018
1 May 2018 - 31 Oct 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Off Season 2018-2019
1 Nov 2018 - 31 Mar 2019
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Peak Season 2019
1 Apr 2019 - 31 Oct 2019
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £60.06
Cleaning fee £45.04

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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