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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:
19 August, 2017

About Thomas Maguire

Retired medical doctor.

Thomas Maguire purchased this house in 1998

Why Thomas Maguire chose Nova Scotia

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 4.7906976 based on 44 reviews

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: Jul 20, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 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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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: Jul 24, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Whalesback Cottage was all we expected and more!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I wanted time away to rest and enjoy nature. Whalesback Cottage proved to be as beautiful as the photos, offering a gorgeous view, great location and wonderful host hospitality. It is quaint, unique and comfortable. You can stay a week and see something new in the decor every day. There were great books on the local towns and very comfy seating and sleeping accommodations. When you arrive, Tom will introduce you to the house, the area and answer any questions you have. You will learn some interesting things from this long time resident. He lives right down the road and will get you anything you need and more. I think if I had asked for fresh goat's milk, he would have brought me a goat and milked it! He is that kind of a guy. We had mentioned a Keurig coffee maker when emailing him and lo and behold, he arrived with one on the night of our arrival. Fresh fruit and a ready to eat lobster were more of the goodies he surprised us with! He loves what he does and the people he meets and truly cares that your stay be the best it can be.

I like reviews that give me a sense of the place I will be living in so I will say, if you want a brand new, sterile house with granite counters and hotel type paintings, this is not the place for you. However, if you want a comfortable home setting with all the amenities (if something is lacking, call Tom!) and the charm of an older place full to the brim with character - this is the place for you. And I didn't even mention the incredible view of waves crashing on the rocks right outside the door and the amazing ocean breezes and sunsets!

The only complaint we had was one that was out of Tom's vast array of talents - he wasn't able to make the fog disperse! But an hour drive over to the Bay of Funday gave us sunshine and a day on the beach. Thanks, Tom, for all you did for us to make it a great week!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 7, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Whaleback Cottage is wonderful...

  • 5 of 5

Whaleback Cottage is really very nice. The views of the ocean from the living room and other rooms are great. The location next to Peggy's Cove protected area was ideal. We greatly enjoyed our stay and would return. The location is relatively private and quite. Great to kicking back and relaxing. Tom was very helpful and informative about the property and the area. We would definitely stay there again. Best, C&L

  • Review Submitted: Jul 2, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Location, location, location.

  • 3 of 5

You cannot beat the location of Whalesback Cottage. The surroundings, the privacy, the areas to explore are outstanding. The cottage itself is in need of a little bit of TLC, stained wallpaper, window screens duct taped. You have to keep in mind, it is a cottage. The view and location really do help to balance out the few flaws. The room in the pictures with the 3 windows facing the ocean is exactly as seen in the picture (cushion covers on all 3 day beds are very stained, grab some large clean towels upstairs to lay on each one).

Our stay started out a little rough, housekeeping issues that were dealt with the next day. Thomas, who takes care of the cottage, did everything in his power to deal with the problems as quickly as possible. We had just come from an absolutely pristine, sparkling clean beach house in PEI (which was actually cheaper than Whalesback) so our expectations were high, it was a bit of a let-down. As mentioned, Thomas did his best to fix things. We left some suggestions regarding how to make the cottage more comfortable, and accommodating for future tenants. The 2 bdrms are both upstairs (slightly steep stairs) not conducive for people that have a difficult time climbing stairs. Both beds are low to the floor, one bdrm is a box spring and mattress on the floor and the other is a mattress on some sort of very low bed frame. (Thomas called me after and said that he would be taking my suggestions of raising the beds in the future). There were no lamps to read by in the bdrms or living room. Actually no table lamps at all. A note or sign needs to be put up warning tenants, "Do not leave any food, whatsoever, out. Put bread, chips, etc. away in refrigerator or microwave". The lobster untensils were missing, Thomas said that maybe the last tenant took them and he would be replacing them immediately. Personally, I believe all of these things should be looked into prior to the next tenant arriving.

The location and view really are amazing and we enjoyed exploring down on the rocks out front. I would definitely return to Whaleback Cottage and recommend it, if the beds are raised and lamps brought in, & housekeeping issues dealt with. Again, Thomas did his very best to accommodate us, was available to try to help deal with the problems we encountered.

This review wasn't written with the intent to dissuade travelers, it is an amazing location. I'm sure Thomas has already taken care of the few problems

M,C,&J, Niagara, Ontario

  • Review Submitted: Jun 19, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: As this was the start of the rental season things did happen that are not normal.. The country mouse was immediately asked to leave by a professional firm We agree re /cushion covers & they are presently being replaced, one bed is being replaced . The master bedroom bed is a custom hand crafted & low by design "most guests say they would like to buy it" or one like it. Whaleback Cottage is the oldest house in the area thus the step stairs. but with substantial handrails it really adds to the charm. This is really the first criticism we have received. Any comments that we receive are appreciated & will make Whaleback Cottage even a better place to stay.
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Jaw dropping beauty!!! Cute well stocked cottage with breathtKing views.

  • 5 of 5

This was one of our favorite homes that we have rented through VRBO. Your hosts Tom and Donna just down the road see to your every need and have so many suggestions and stories for your visit. The windows in the living room give you views of the Atlantic from three sides. The area is filled with cute towns, Peggy's Cove, Lunnenburg, and the beautiful Mahone Bay. You must eat in Oh My Cod! In Mahone Bay. Esther's seafood chowder is delicious as is everything we tried. You will love this house and the area.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 5, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the great review, We do everything we can to make all of our guests feel like family and showing them great Nova Scotia hospitality. In doing this, we ourselves have the opportunity of meeting interesting people from all over the world, introduced by our working with VRBO Home/Away. Thanks again, Tom Maguire, Manager
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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

Prices for this holiday house in Indian Harbour, Canada

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My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £62.06
Damage Deposit £124.12

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.
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