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Experience Peace And Tranquility At Charming Cottage In Small Fishing Community.

Bedrooms 2
Space 3,600 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Open Plan Cottage With 2 Bedrooms And Stunning Views Of Harbour And Gardens.

This home was created my parents, she a keen gardener from England, he an educator and businessman who was raised in the community. They  retired here and created a  unique environment amid the rugged setting of an authentic fishing village.  The home is surrounded by hand-planted trees and gardens, and it offers fabulous views of Old  Bonaventure harbour and beautiful  Trinity Bay.     At the rear of the house a small waterfall flows into a stream which runs right under the  house and through the front lawn, providing a most relaxing soundscape for restful  nights of sleep and memorable afternoon naps.     The two double bedrooms, each with an en-suite bathroom, accommodate four adults.  There is a large, well-equipped kitchen with double ovens, a five-ring stove top and a dishwasher, along with every imaginable utensil. There is a breakfast area positioned

beneath a skylight, and a more formal dining table overlooking the harbour. The comfortable lounge area is especially cosy with plenty of seating. It also features an inviting 

Vermont Castings wood-burning stove with a supply of firewood. Wi-fi internet access 

reaches all parts of the house and property. For entertainment,  there is a flat­screen TV with Bell satellite service. DVD and CD players are also provided, along with a Bluetooth speaker for iPhones, etc.  A landline phone is provided, with  Canada/US­ wide unlimited long distance calling. This helps offset the fact that, like most rural Newfoundland communities, Old Bonaventure is not serviced by any cell phone service provider.  

The secluded garden features a pond and a wide variety of plants that provide  spectacular colour throughout the spring/summer/fall seasons. The harbour­facing side of the house has a deck (with a gas BBQ). On warm days,  this is a perfect spot to enjoy sunsets, watch fishing boats come and go, and to see  magnificent eagles soar overhead from their nearby nests. There is a glass­roofed  conservatory which is perfect for enjoying those cooler days and for star­gazing at  night. For the musically inclined, there is also a superb piano. For readers, there is a  huge selection of books that cover every interest. Finally, there is an ample collection of  board games and playing cards.    This inviting home is the ideal retreat for a restful and restorative holiday. And when  you are rested, numerous nearby attractions await to connect you with the beauty and  fascinating history of this special part of Newfoundland. For instance, the film site of the acclaimed “Random Passage” series is just a five ­minute drive. (Just one of four films  shot in this area in recent years.) Hiking trails take you to the resettled outports of  Kerley’s Harbour and British Harbour. The Skerwink Trail, an essential experience for  hikers with spectacular views, is just 30 minutes away. Boat excursions for  whale­watching and for glimpsing historic and enigmatic resettled outports depart daily  from New Bonaventure and Trinity. If that is not enough history to satisfy, the 

500 year ­old town of Trinity is only 25 minutes away. 

Newfoundland is famous for it's music and storytelling and there are many local concerts and festivals. If you are staying at Old Bonaventure House keep an eye out for our Facebook page ( where we regularly post local events for you to enjoy.

The options are endless...and the  comments of previous visitors speak for themselves! This is a holiday experience that  you will want to share with others. 

More Details

Dawne Marlow
Member since: 2014
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
15 August, 2018


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage around the Canada around the North America

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 3600 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 12:30
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Oceanfront
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath (no shower)
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Soap, shampoo, conditioner and moisturizer are provided.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed , 1 Single Bed
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • churches
  • festivals
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • Snowmobiling


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average rating of 4.9365077 based on 63 reviews
St. John's


  • 5 of 5

We love Old Bonaventure House! So much so that very soon after discovering it, we returned for another visit. The cottage has so much character with large wooden beams, high ceilings and so many wonderful spaces to sit and read, and take in all the views. The design is really unique, with a brook than runs under the house when there's a run-off, and a waterfall amid mossy woods up behind. Very special little place, like a secret garden. In fact, there are beautiful gardens all around the cottage. We loved curling up by the wood stove on rainy days (and even the not so rainy!) - perfect after a day out hiking and exploring. And really, there are so many things to see and do in the area; the entire peninsula is stunning!

Dawne is a great host who leaves the sweetest surprises for her guests. Such a nice touch. We enjoyed her fresh flower cuttings this visit and some delightful chocolates and homemade jam. With books to enjoy throughout, great sleeping quarters (each with modern en suites) - this place exudes all the warmth and care of a family who built this special place over time. Old Bonaventure House has everything we want in a get-away and we look forward to visiting again soon, next time to see the fall colours. Can't wait!!

  • Review Submitted: 11-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your excellent review. I'm so pleased that you enjoy all that Old Bonaventure, and the Bonavista Peninsula, has to offer and it is a great pleasure to share with you. I look forward to seeing you again in the future. Dawne
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Absolutely beautiful!

  • 5 of 5

Loved our visit to this hidden gem. Beautiful spot. Felt like I went back in time. So very relaxing and there was nothing more I could have asked for. Lovely view too. Would love to return here again for sure. We made some wonderful memories.

  • Review Submitted: 09-Aug-2018
  • Date of Stay: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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wonderful vacation home in Old Bonaventure

  • 4 of 5

Dave and Dawne met us and showed us the house. Dave showed us where we could buy food. Both were perfect hosts, even asking the next day if we had everything we needed. We even used their barbeque. The house is spacious and up-to-date. It is quiet, and for the book lover, there are books everywhere. The roads getting to it are potholed, but that was the only drawback. It is a short drive from Trinity. I recommend it.

  • Review Submitted: 22-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Exceptional home, wonderful experience!

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed at many VRBO homes and this is one of the best! Dawne's attention to detail, from locally made soaps and chocolates, to her welcoming hospitality--every aspect of our stay in Old Bonaventure was perfect. The house is fantastic! With a view of the peaceful fishing cove, you could sit for hours in the sun room...if there wasn't so much to explore in the area. Thank you for an amazing experience, Dawne!

  • Review Submitted: 21-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you both for your kind words and we are so thrilled that you enjoyed all that Old Bonaventure has to offer. It is always a great pleasure to share the house, and community, with our guests especially when you love it as much as we do.
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Superb home in Newfoundland.

  • 5 of 5

Without a doubt, this was one of the best VRBO homes I have stayed at. I've stayed at a lot of VRBO homes in many areas of the world, but Dawne's home was an elixer. The view, the solitude, cleanliness, communication, furnishings (incl. the books). I can't say enough about her house. The area is a bit isolated, but that's exactly what my wife and I wanted. The food store is about 20 minutes away ( by car). There was a little waterfall on the property, you can easily see the ocean and watch fishing boats down below in the harbour of Old Bonaventure. We would come back to Dawne's place in a heatbeat. Go for it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Louise and Norbert Hartig

New Westminster, BC, Canada

  • Review Submitted: 16-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a great pleasure to meet you both and I am so happy that you enjoyed Old Bonaventure House and all that it, and the region, has to offer. We love sharing it with our guests and it is wonderful to hear when they love the place as we do. We would love to see you again in the future.
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Piece of Paradise

  • 5 of 5

Dawne’s place was perfect. Location was ideal to everywhere we wanted to travel. The gardens were lovely. Nice to stay in small fishing village. Well equipped premises. IdeAl for two couples as we each had our own bathrooms.

Go meet the locals down at the dock. It was snow crab season and we bought fresh crab from them.

  • Review Submitted: 02-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words and I'm so glad that you enjoyed everything our region has to offer.
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Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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