Sleeps 6 + 3 With 6 Fireplaces (2 usable), Large Fenced Property, Close To Town
About Jennifer Modigliani
I was born in Ontario but grew up in England and have lived in the U.S., Canada, and Italy. I have degrees in Anthropology and photography, and have been in the tour industry and a professional commercial photographer, for the last 25 years. In January of 2008 I came out here with my dog from B.C. I had fallen in love with the area many years before. I loved its countryside: the sound of the coyotes at night in the autumn, the smell of the grass and the fields and the friendliness of its marvelous and interesting people. Annapolis is also a locus of activity on every level: academic, artistic, creative, gardening, kayaking, hiking, etc.
Jennifer Modigliani purchased this Cottage in 2004
Why Jennifer Modigliani chose Granville Ferry
Visiting friends for the umteenth time in 2004 I saw this property on the way to the airport. I fell head over heels in love. On my way back to B.C. I phoned from Toronto to tell my realtor that I wanted to make an offer. I had an inheritance from my father, and always remembered with joy the visits to the home of an old friend of his who lived in Concord, Massachusets, in a rambling old house built in the mid 1700's. I had carried this a long time, and it found permanent expression here at Michaelmas.
What makes this Cottage unique
It is very peaceful. At night one hears the wind blow in from the Bay of Fundy. Coyotes yip and yowl across the marsh on autumn nights. Mourning doves moan in the still air and pheasants wander in from the field's long grass behind the house with their chicks in tow. A neighbor may knock at your door come an autumn evening asking if any one wants some bear meat and in deer season there is plenty of venison: not for vegetarians nor the faint hearted! Then the blueberry fields are ripe for picking in the summer months and apple orchards are full of their bounty in August September and October. Fresh vegetables and local wine is everywhere all summer. All this within a short walk and shorter drive of the gorgeous village of Granville Ferry and Annapolis Royal. The local Village Hall has coffee hours on Tuesday mornings plus other events during the months. This is an unusually active and charmingly friendly tiny community.
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
First visit to Nova Scotia
Character cottage, cozy and comfortable. Nice deck off the side for afternoon tea or wine. Retains period feel as befits its 250 year old history. Kitchen is well furnished, although we didn't do any real cooking. Ideal location to see that part of the island and local attractions. We really enjoyed our stay!
A wonderful heritage home in a beautiful part of Canada
We enjoyed our stay in Michaelmas Cottage. Despite grey rainy weather we found a lot to explore even though the season hadn't start. The house is warm and comfortable, with a great collection of books, videos and music. The interesting paintings, photos and artifacts reflect the owner and her travels. Thank you for the flowers and basketful of instructions and tourist information. The kitchen is well equipped. Thank you.
Thank you for the lovely review Louise. We appreciate having thoughtful visitors like yourself. Also very glad you had a good time at the house inspite of rather awful weather!
Beautiful house, gorgeous spot, attentive and helpful host.
The house is unusual. An eighteenth century cottage that has been transformed into a comfortable home in a manner that only enhances the charm. There are many beautiful photographs, rugs, and artifacts from the owner's travels to admire. Jennifer was a very helpful and attentive host; her attentions extended to getting the driveway ploughed for us after a snowfall and providing us with many suggestions for hiking/wallking in the area, which we would not have found on our own. I highly recommend Michaelmas Cottage.
Thank you Elizabeth. It was a pleasure! Also so very glad you both had a good time.
What a charming home!
We decided to do something a little different to celebrate our Thanksgiving this year and we stumbled on this charming NS home. We all enjoyed our stay ate lots of good food, drank lots & lots of wine and the company of good friends. The Michaelmas Cottage is the perfect location for such an occasion. The photos throughout the home tell the story of a loving family. We hope to return in the summer months in the future.
I notice that my house rule of no candles (which you could not have known about since they appeared removed on the site!) being lit was ignored.The combination of this plus the huge quantity of empty wine bottles caused me a lot of anxiety concerning fires due to inebriation. (This house dates to the 1760's and would burn quickly.) The below was over the top!
- 11 bottles wine of 1.5 liters each
- 1 six pack of beer bottles
- 1 bottle of Kahlua
- a small whiskey
- 9 bottles of wine of 750ml
Olde world charm
If you like old houses and you want to self cater in this area you simply won't find better.
Thank you Tim. It is kind of you to say so. We think the same of course, but we are partial to places with character! See you next year.
Wonderful stay i the Annapolis region
We had a great time at Michaelmas cottage where we stayed for nearly 10 days. The house is old and charming and a great home base from which to visit the entire region. The fireplace was lovely and the house had everything we needed. We got used fairly quickly to the steep stairs and the bath (no shower) but I could see these being issues if anyone has mobility issues. Overall a very relaxing and lovely stay.
Thank you Pierre-David. We were pleased to have you staying at the cottage.
Michaelmas Cottage is a warm and peaceful place to come back to after a day of visiting the area! One can decide to spend the day in town. Annapolis Royal is directly across the water and only a 45 minute walk, 15 minute bike ride or 5 minute car trip away across the causeway and past the only tidal power station in North America. There one can admire the view towards Champlaine’s Habitation across the wide Digby Bight, shop, visit St. Anne’s Fort Museum, have an ice cream and join the atmospheric candle lit local cemetery walk after dark. Or you can have a beer in the local pub, take in a film or a theatrical production at the King’s Theatre, buy locally made chocolates and on Wed. or Saturday attend the most interesting country market in Nova Scotia in the town centre. A stone’s throw from here one can walk around the French Basin Marsh, where one can spot osprey, geese and ducks with young in May, marmots, deer, large turtles, eagles and other birds particularly during migratory months. Whale watching is done off Digby Neck (Humpback, Fin, Right Whale, Minke, Pilot). One can drive the Shore Road up the Bay of Fundy coast, passing fish markets such as the one in nearby Parker’s Cove, tiny villages and gorgeous basalt rock beaches. Nearby is Delaps Cove, a wonderful provincial park on the Bay of Fundy with plunging waterfall, and half an hour away is Kejimkujik National Park where one can cross country ski in winter and hike, camp, canoe and kayak in summer. Up the Valley and in nearby in Bear River, are vineyards where hours can be spent tasting and buying excellent local wines. Back in Annapolis one can learn about local history at the O’Dell House, the Sinclair Museum and in Granville Ferry (two doors down from Michaelmas and built on the same original land grant) at the Northview Museum. The local Art Gallery at ArtsPlace has a coffee house evening and workshops. Just down the road from Michaelmas one can pick all the blueberries you’d ever hope to eat, in a half hour, and at local farms you can buy apples, plumbs, corn, squash, all manner of vegetables, honey, jam, etc in season…