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The Story of the Breton Cove Farmhouse

The Story is about

…the land of 180 acres deeded by the king of England along the Atlantic, and the place was once:

  • A self-sustaining farm with pastures, a  barn, chicken coop, hog house, orchards, garden…
  • A sawmill
  • The border to lobster fishing territory where boats landed at Skir Dhu (Black Rock)

…the Urquehardt family over time:

  • Had midwives using the main house for “birthing”
  • Adopted 5 kids
  • Was a neighborhood center across from the Gaelic Singers’ Hall and ball field

…its latest history:

The place fell into disrepair over 20 years vacancy, its roof caved in and hunters sat upstairs poaching moose and and drinking beer.

The bedroom walls were caved in, there was newspaper insulation on the walls, but the stone foundation was good and dry. Part of the house had been moved from below a rocky creek bed by horses and the kitchen had been built from scratch.
In 2000, Dr. Paul and Barbara sought advice from local contractors on whether the farmhouse could be restored. They were told:

“Burn it or bury it”, but they rebuilt it.

Dr. Paul is contrary and decided to fix it up, aided by a carpenter team led by John Podetz of Sydney Mines. Douglass Fir beams were brought to create an open space living room, with little vertical support. The ceiling of the living room and the floor of the upstairs is red pine. The picture window on the south faces a field where moose often stroll from the woods towards a small creek leading to Maggie’s Pond and the wetlands they love to inhabit.

 

Approaching Maggie's Pond
Maggie’s Pond

The land was full of old junked cars, some removed to protect guests from broken glass and several still in place. Work continued by creating a trail to old fields,  pastures, groves of birch & ocean cliffs…

They start in a big field where guests once cooked, made fires and camped…

Blueberry Field
Breton Cove Field

Dr. Paul and logger Calvin Rankin and a bunch of kids cleared a trail by following where the old logging truck went through alder trees, up into a spruce and later birch forest to a walkway along cliffs over the Atlantic.

Cliffs
Breton Cove Cliffs

The place was rebuilt. It now houses multi-family visits, retreats, couples; artists doing composing or painting or writing; hiking groups, cyclists, touring bikers – travelers seeking adventure or retreat along the Cabot Trail. Just 12km away lies its sister property at Indian Brook, our Cabot Shores Wilderness Resort.

The Breton Cove Farmhouse is also kid and pet-friendly and can nowadays accommodate up to 13 people.

Kid-friendly & Pet-friendly is the Breton Cove Farmhouse
Kid-friendly & Pet-friendly

 



Good
Based on 290 reviews
Seahorselife Shannon (Seahorselife_Canada)
Seahorselife Shannon (Seahorselife_Canada)
October 17, 2023.
My boyfriend and I came here on a whim for lunch while in the area. What a pleasant surprise! Loved the unique atmosphere and amazing, friendly people. Could have very well have been the best salmon I have ever eaten. Everything was cooked to perfection. Fresh and tasty. Hats off to the chef. We also had the mussels... huge portion and delicious. We took a walk about the property, one of a kind cabins/domes to stay in.. most of which, if not all had their own hot tub. Even a sauna by the water. We would definitely highly recommend eating here at the bistro even if you are not staying over night. Everyone is lovely.. they even offered to email us the salmon recipe because we loved it so much. My only suggestion to owners would be to get better signage on the roadway, so visitors can find you easier. We passed the place twice before actually finding it. I think if there were two more signs a little up the rd on either side, more people may be able to come visit this hidden little gem. Thanks so much for a great lunch and top-notch service.
Jasmine Rahmel
Jasmine Rahmel
October 17, 2023.
Loved the location and the amenities. What a unique resort. The upgrade to the chalet was wonderful. Above and beyond.
Malcolm
Malcolm
October 16, 2023.
Stayed at Cabot shores from October 7th-13th was an unforgettable experience. Stayed in a yurt and very spacious and comfortable. The location along the sea was gorgeous and could hop over to the beach whenever. Kayaked two of those days and could see beaver domes while doing so. Would highly try the food as well very accommodating to all dietary requirements. Recommend the chickpea massala very nice meal! Friendly staff and good accommodation. 5/5
Vishnu Vardhana
Vishnu Vardhana
October 15, 2023.
Amazing experience in the yurt and dome. Friendly staff and beautiful views!
Trevor B
Trevor B
September 13, 2023.
Stopped for lunch and ordered the spaghetti bolognese. Very hearty and lots of meat. A nice satisfying meal. One surprise was to see a mandatory 10% gratuity when paying the bill. Who does this for a party of less than 5?

Good
Based on 51 reviews
Lukas
Lukas
September 21, 2022.
Verified
Very nice people and a place full of joy ! Stayed 2 nights in the „Eagle dome“ which was really comfy and clean!Had really delicous dinner at the main lodge where paul played some music just for us and had nice conversations whith him and the other staffmembers.Also booked the hot tub at our dome for our last night from where we had a great view on the campfire.Lovely place where you see how much effort they put in every detail.
Nicole
Nicole
August 22, 2022.
Verified
Amazing adventure! Lots of fun sleeping underneath the stars!
Ryan
Ryan
August 14, 2022.
Verified
Relaxing
Nigel
Nigel
July 25, 2022.
Verified
Beautiful place and very friendly staff. Perfect location if you’re travelling along the Cabot Trail, I highly recommend checking this place out! Would definitely stay here again. Thanks for a fantastic experience.
Anooj
Anooj
October 25, 2021.
Verified
This was our first time staying in the Eagle Dome and we absolutely fell in love with this beautiful place. Super clean place to stay!
Redwan
Redwan
October 17, 2021.
Verified
Very nice place to spend a couple of nights in the nature! My wife and I enjoyed our stay.It might be a good idea to install a heater in the dome as it can get chilly at night.
Brooke
Brooke
October 1, 2021.
Verified
Beautiful, quaint place to stay! So unique and off grid. We loved staying at the dome!
Madison
Madison
September 9, 2021.
Verified
We had a great stay in the Eagle Dome! We loved watching the sunset and sunrise, and being able to hear the waves from the ocean. Next time we would stay a few more days and prepare a bit better - we weren’t packed for off grid but we made it work. Outhouse was a few steps away, shower and toilet a short walk. We didn’t get the hot tub or use the sauna/other amenities but would certainly consider it next time.

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