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Luxuriously Appointed Cosy Cottage in the heart of Whale Watching Country

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,000 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 30 nights


About the property

2 bedroom cottage sleeps 6 on Digby Neck in Beautiful Nova Scotia

Located on Digby Neck, The Gardener's Cottage lies in the tranquil village of Little River between Digby and Long/Briar Islands. Our home enjoys an elevated position with views of the ocean at St Mary's Bay to the South/East. This turn of the century home has been beautifully renovated and includes a large oak dining Kitchen, spacious Living area, contemporary Bathroom, generous Master Bedroom, 2nd bedroom and an extensive Deck (Brand New for 2018) with stunning views. Imagine relaxing on your deck enjoying pre-dinner drinks and taking in the scenery - Truly Wonderful!!

We're easy to get to; Halifax International Airport is only 168 miles away and the Bay Ferry terminal in Digby is less than a 30 minute drive.

All towels and linens are provided and our Cottage is equipped with everything you need to make your holiday memorable and enjoyable.

Please note that The Cottage has two bedrooms upstairs. The master bedroom with a large queen double and a separate twin bedroom. A blow up mattress is available to accommodate an additional 2 if required.

Whale Watching: Digby Neck is arguably the Whale Watching Capital of the World and guests to The Gardener's Cottage are spoilt for choice when it comes to Whale watching operators. The exciting Ocean Exploration Zodiac Whale Cruises, www.oceanexplorations.ca, describe themselves as 'Nova Scotia's most exciting and popular whale/sea bird cruises!' As repeat customers of Ocean Explorations we can vouch for their excellence and the Zodiac ride on it's own is a worthwhile experience. Tom Goodwin the Tour Director is a Marine Biologist and his knowledge and experience further enhance the enjoyment of your Whale watching Trip. There are of course other operators who depart from within a few miles of The Gardener's Cottage and whilst the boat ride may not be as 'fast and furious, the sheer magnificence of these wonderful marine mammals is not diminished.

The Town of Digby: The town of Digby is 20 miles or so from The Gardener's Cottage and is situated on the picturesque shores of The Annapolis Basin. Digby has a population of 2,311 and has a wonderful, quiet, tranquil feel to it. Residents are extremely friendly and welcoming and you'll enjoy visiting the many restaurants, cafes and shops. The Harbour is home to a working fishing fleet and Digby is famous, rightly so, for the delicious scallops harvested from the clean and clear local waters. Visitors to The Gardener's Cottage should make it a priority to try some Digby Scallops in one of the many local restaurants who are expert in preparing Scallop dishes.

In 1997 Canadian Living Magazine asked readers to nominate their home towns as the 'Best In Canada'. After reviewing all nominations the magazine announced Digby as the most romantic place in Canada!

We'll leave you to make up your own mind about that, but one thing's for sure, you'll enjoy a relaxing, energising break at The Gardener's Cottage.

Kejimkujik National Park: Kejimkujik National Park is the only inland park in Canada. Situated in the Maritimes this park is easily accessible to visitors of The Gardener's Cottage. Kejimkujik (or Keji for short!) features abundant lakes and rivers ideal for canoeing. The lush woodlands and rolling landscape are home to a variety of wildlife and visitors may enjoy historic canoe routes including portages as well as many beautiful hiking trails.

Parks Canada say that Kejimkujik provides the best canoeing country in Nova Scotia. You don't have to be an experienced canoe handler to enjoy the quiet lakes and gently flowing rivers as guided canoe outings are given throughout the summer by park interpreters. This is also an ideal place for first time canoers or children to learn how to pilot these vessels.

Cyclists may use their own bikes or rent one and then enjoy the 5 multi purpose trails in the park. For those that prefer the security of their own two feet, Keji offers a trail for everyone.

More Details

Peter Slack
Member since: 2009
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
7 March, 2018

About Peter Slack

Peter, Vicki, Kath and Frank currently live in England and have enjoyed many visits to Canada over the years. The East Coast of Canada is not an obvious choice to some ... yet once you've seen the special beauty of this magical place, we're sure you'll see for yourselves why we love this place.

Peter Slack purchased this cottage in 2008

Why Peter Slack chose Digby

The Gardener's Cottage is a true gem. Sitting on an elevated plot, sea views to the front, open countryside around - in summary great views from the deck all around. Close enough to local amenities yet far enough away for peace and quite to aid the all important relaxation and recharge of the batteries!

The Gardener's Cottage is a traditional cottage with all of the contemporary amenities that we all take for granted these days. Renovated thoroughly and tastefully you'll enjoy this traditional yet modern get away from it all holiday home.

What makes this cottage unique

Whale watching can be accessed less than 2 miles from The Gardener's Cottage. Briar Island, a bird watchers paradise, is close by and with walks and trails easily accessible from The Cottage, you'll fall in love with this paradise as much as we have. the locals are friendly and helpful and a quick chat will soon get them sharing their secrets!


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Digby in Digby County

Property Type:
  • cottage (detached)
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • Ocean View
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Shampoo
  • Telescope
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • Modern Contemporary Bathroom.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
  • The Master Bedroom is very spacious and can easily accommodate a blow up or other temporary bed if required. A blow up mattress is supplied. Guest Comment - 'super comfy matresses' see reviews!
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Veranda ...
  • Wood Decking
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 4 deck chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • churches
  • forests
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
The bedrooms and bathroom are situated upstairs.


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Luxuriously Appointed Cosy Cottage in the heart of Whale Watching Country
average rating of 4.84 based on 25 reviews

Tranquility with homemade pie

  • 5 of 5

This is a lovely cottage in a great location to allow for access to Digby, Long Island, Brier Island, Annapolis Royal, the Acadian Shore, Yarmouth and other points on the Southern Shore of Nova Scotia and the Annapolis Valley. Fresh seafood abounds nearby, easy access to highways, hiking, balance rock formation, Lake Medway park, whale watching and all within a tranquil surrounding. Then, there is fabulous Diane - what a gem. She makes you feel right at home and greets everyone with an enormous awesome pie - the apple and blueberry are favorites. But she makes many others and offers great advice about local attractions. The Little River Trading Co is a well kept store with everything from meat to small hardward. A real general merchandise store. Sandy Cove beach is not to be missed and everyone is so friendly and helpful. The cottage offers great views with nice breezes. Diane is the hub that truly makes this a great place to stay. The kitchen is well stocked and the table beckons for coffee and "pie". What a great spot for a short visit or for a long retreat.

  • Review Submitted: 03-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Another great review for The Gardener's Cottage and those pies sure are a BIG hit with our guests. This review says it all - great food, ease of access to all local attractions, welcoming and friendly nature of locals, great views, - all summarised as a 'Great Place To Stay'. We work hard to make sure your stay is as enjoyable as possible. If you'd like to book The Gardener's Cottage contact us and we'll do the rest...
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nice place but needs some maintenance

  • 3 of 5

It was nice to find a place where we can stay for a week and we appreciate the opportunity. This house is a little tired. The deck is in rough shape, the kitchen was missing some conveniences like pizza cutter, tongs and a good coffee maker. Very few tv channels, maybe 3-4. Wouldn't stay there again. Diane was very nice and helpful. Be prepared that you will be paying the British Pound not Canadian currency for staying here. Even though you are staying in Canada.

  • Review Submitted: 20-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We work extremely hard to ensure that The Cottage is clean and comfortable for all guests. This extends to equipping The Cottage with utensils such as pizza cutter, tongs ( 2 types) and coffee maker (we even include the coffee). Our deck is scheduled to be completely replaced during October 2017 which will be an improvement. Our fees are paid in local currency - if you book via the US website you pay in US dollars, via the Canadian website Canadian dollars etc. The Gardener's Cottage is a great place to stay with everything you need to enjoy a relaxing and peaceful stay (see previous reviews). Want to book? contact us and we'll do the rest!
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Beautiful, peaceful, and close to Brier Island for hiking

  • 5 of 5

My second year here - love everything about this place. Large, off the road yard is great for my dog to stay off leash. The house is very clean and it comes with a home made pie from Diane who oversees everything. She has to be the best pie making on the Digby Neck! It is close to the ferry to Brier Island where I spent two days hiking the coastal trail. The Balancing Rock is another great sight and trail - steps weren't as horrible to tackle as they say. I am already thinking about a return trip next year!

  • Review Submitted: 10-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Open and airy

  • 5 of 5

This is a cute cottage with open plan living on the first floor. On sunny days, the view is great. (Bring a good book because it can be foggy.). The manager greets you with a homemade pie!

  • Review Submitted: 23-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Another 5 Star review for The Gardener's Cottage! We work very hard to ensure that our Cottage is comfortable and has everything you need to make your vacation a '5 Star' experience. The Maritimes are famous for the early morning mist in the Spring and Fall which soon burns off as the sun rises - it can be a surreal experience if you've never seen this before and you are often able to see the mist in the bottom of the valley and around the shore - with bright sunshine above ... Those pies are absolutely delicious and are a big hit with our guests. If you would like to book The Gardener's Cottage please contact us and we'll do the rest.
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A well-equipped cottage

  • 4 of 5

Well situated close to whale-watching businesses and ferries to Brier Island, we stayed here for four days. In spite of rather wet weather, we were very comfortable, and Gardener's Cottage is very well equipped for self catering - decent restaurants are a little way away. Diane, who looks after the cottage for the owner, is a great pie maker and did us proud!

  • Review Submitted: 29-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: September 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great value and in a great position

  • 5 of 5

The cottage was lovely - very spacious, light and very clean. The kitchen was great, most cottages we rent have very small poorly lit kitchens, this one was a total contrast. It was spacious and had all the appliances including a large American fridge. The cottage is very close to whale watching trips. We went with Brier Island whale and seabird cruises. It was really good but we found it necessary to book, especially at a weekend and in good weather. The overlook is a short walk out the back and is well worth it. We bought fresh haddock from the fish processing plant at the bottom of the bay (green roof). They were very helpful and served us even in their lunch break. Two pounds of haddock cost $10, great value.

  • Review Submitted: 28-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: September 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Another great review for The Gardener's Cottage. We work really hard to ensure that our facilities are up-to-date and spotlessly clean upon arrival. The Kitchen is modern and has everything you need to make your stay enjoyable. If you'd like to book The Gardener's Cottage contact us an we'll do the rest!
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Nearest Airport
168 Miles
Halifax International Airport
Nearest Barpub
24 Miles
Nearest Ferry
23 Miles
Digby - St John
Nearest Golf
22 Miles
Digby Pines Resort
Nearest Train
165 Miles
Halifax - Via Rail
Nearest Motorway
22 Miles
Highway 101
Nearest Restaurant
10 Miles
Laverna's catch
Nearest Ski
60 Miles
Ski Martock
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Car: necessary

Little River is a quiet, picturesque, rural village situated on Digby Neck in The Bay Of Fundy, an historically and ecologically diverse natural habitat.The Bay of Fundy experiences the highest tides in the world providing an incredibly rich marine environment. A highlight of any visit to The Gardener's Cottage will be a Whale Watching trip. Many Whale Watching operators depart from within 2 miles of the cottage. Hump Back, Minke and the North Atlantic Right Whales are frequent visitors to the bay and even the mighty Blue Whale has been seen in the bay. Sea birds including Bald Eagles and Ospreys have also been seen in and around Digby Neck.

For those who enjoy Golf, Digby Pines Resort provides a course considered by many Golf Professionals to be amongst the most challenging in Canada. Less than 30 minutes drive it's as easy to get too as it is challenging to play. Why not give it a try

Other Activities: world class whale watching


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Digby, Nova Scotia

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Off Season
1 Nov 2017 - 30 Apr 2018
30 night minimum stay
for 30 nights
1 May 2018 - 30 Jun 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
1 Jul 2018 - 14 Sep 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Lazy Late Summer
15 Sep 2018 - 30 Sep 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Autumn Colours
1 Oct 2018 - 31 Oct 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £50

A 25% deposit will be taken at the time of booking. This confirms your booking.
The balance is due 28 days before your occupancy.
Payment via credit card accepted. Payment will be made in £Sterling (GBP).
The Gardener's Cottage will have been cleaned with fresh bedding and towels provided prior to your arrival.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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