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Whalesback Cottage, on the ocean with access to Peggys Cove Preservation Area

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,200 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Experience Peggy's Cove lighthouse, crashing waves and spectacular sunsets.

This two bedroom house with 1.5 bathrooms is the closest house to Peggy's Cove. Panoramic views from the living room look west over St. Margaret's Bay's stunning sunsets. All that separates this house from Peggy's Cove is the beautiful Peggy's Cove Preservation Area, A nature lovers paradise. From this house you can walk along the coastline to Peggy's Cove. A few minutes walk in the other direction you can purchase fresh lobster from Ryer's Lobster Pound, or dine at Rhubarb Restaurant. The ultimate in privacy and views, a fantastic location for a retreat or wedding.

Property Manager
Thomas Maguire
Member since: 2014
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
13 March, 2018

About Thomas Maguire

Retired medical doctor.

Thomas Maguire purchased this house in 1998

Why Thomas Maguire chose Indian Harbour

The nicest natural, rugged oceanfront property in a small fishing village in Nova Scotia. The sunsets alone are worth the visit.

What makes this house unique

The wild setting, just steps away from the Atlantic Ocean.

Guestbook comments from the manager

Thank you for the nice comments on your stay at Whaleback Cottage

We try our very best to make guests feel comfortable & relaxed during their stay

while visiting & enjoying Indian Harbour & Peggy's Cove in beautiful Nova Scotia

So please tell your friends and most of all do visit us again.

Have a great summer,

Best regards,

Tom & Donna Maguire
May 2016
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Indian Harbour in Halifax Regional Municipality

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 14:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • city centre ...
  • Monument View ...
  • near the sea ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • rural ...
  • village ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • Full bath upstairs with a powder room on main level.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Master bedroom has garden doors and large deck overlooking Peggy's Cove and Atlantic Ocean.
  • Books
  • Stereo
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Basketball Court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • Kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • Rock Climbing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • swimming
Located within a short walk to galleries, a general store and fresh lobster from Ryer's Lobster pound.


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Whalesback Cottage, on the ocean with access to Peggys Cove Preservation Area
average rating of 4.7708335 based on 49 reviews

A spectacular corner of the world viewed from a homey cottage

  • 5 of 5

Everything about Whaleback Cottage is perfect. The cottage itself is charming from the antique chandelier to the living room surrounded with great views of the oceanfront to the nearby pond filled with water lilies.

There are paths to explore, decks to gather on and a fire pit to sit around at night.

The kitchen is well supplied, and the bedrooms are charming.

And, of course, there is the ocean and many ways to explore the magnificent rock formations along the ocean front.

A wonderful retreat.

  • Review Submitted: 09-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fantastic cottage

  • 5 of 5

Recently spent a week at whalesback cottage and had a great time! Highly recommend it to anyone visiting Nova Scotia. Great views of the ocean clean and quite. Five stars all around! !!!!!!

  • Review Submitted: 17-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Spectacular view. Warm and generous host. Whales!

  • 5 of 5

Visiting Nova Scotia for the first time, Whalesback was just what I had hoped to experience and more. Hearing the crashing waves, seeing whales and hiking to Peggys Cove are a few highlights. Tom was wonderful and helped us navigate the area. Thank you.

  • Review Submitted: 04-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Breathtaking location

  • 4 of 5

The Whalesback Cottage is a beautiful place on the ocean. It was a good location as we did some day trips to Halifax and Lunenburg with no problem.

I would recommend the stay!

  • Review Submitted: 16-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Family Time in Canada!!

  • 5 of 5

Our family wanted an adventure in Nova Scotia and what an adventure we had! The house and location are straight out of a movie. The house (I believe) is over 150 years old, set on one of the most scenic pieces of property in the world. The views are to die for and change daily and sometimes hourly. When clear, you can see thousands of stars, countless lighthouses, and miles of ocean. When foggy, it is straight out of a suspense novel. Both were so fun to be a part of. For wildlife, we saw a bald eagle perched on the large rock right outside close to the water, Canadian geese, porpoises, and one seal that was right out in front of the house for hours (I sent Tom a picture which he might add to the listing).

We ate like kings when we were there. The local seafood was amazing! Best meal I have ever had.

The house is central enough for easy drives to Halifax, Mahone Bay, Lunenburg, and Kejimkujik National Park. We spent time at all four and really enjoyed each location. Peggy’s Cove Lighthouse is so close too!

Tom was great and made the trip memorable by really providing tailored advice for the family!!

  • Review Submitted: 24-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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location, location ,location

  • 5 of 5

overall we were very impressed with the accommodations, with the Maguires very special people, a little hic cup, the bed in the second bedroom, queen mattress on a double box spring. My son in law kept rolling off the bed.

All in all great vacation. We were sad in leaving this haven of tranquility.

  • Review Submitted: 20-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Some days things get messed up - The new box spring & mattress arrived from Sears just before you checked in, the box spring was damaged, so our quick thinking cleaning crew refused the new box spring and made the bed up using the new mattress & older box spring Not wanting to bother our guests they waited until your check out day to install the new box spring. So when you arrive again next year we will do something special for you. "Thanks for bringing this to our attention," Best regards, The Maguires
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Nearest Airport
65 Kilometres
Halifax Stanfield International Airport
Nearest Golf
14 Kilometres
Granite Springs
Nearest Train
40 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
25 Kilometres
Exit 5 on Rte 103
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Rhubarb Restaurant
Nearest Beach
42 Kilometres
Queensland Beach
Car: necessary


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £56.36
Damage Deposit £112.72

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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