“Semi-off-the-grid” 2 bedroom, 1 bath
Saltbrook on the Bay is located outside of Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia, Canada.
Welcome to Saltbrook on the Bay in Phinney Cove, Nova Scotia
Saltbrook on the Bay is a simply rustic, semi-off-the grid, unplugged retreat. It’s a simple, out-in-the-country – very rural, by-the-seaside old cottage, reminiscent of vacations of a different time. It’s perfect for couples or small families who are looking to unwind and relax without distraction of most electronic devices. (There is NO television, NO internet and VERY LIMITED cell reception at the cottage – although free internet is available in nearby town – about 20 minutes away.)
Our weeks run from Saturday to Saturday and we only make very few weeks available for rental during the summer and fall season. We have a minimum stay of one week as we’ve found that it takes several days to truly unwind and separate oneself from technology that is normally used everyday.
Think back to when life was simple. Feet were bare, summer breezes blew through screens of open windows, the air was filled with the songs of birds by day and crickets by night. Return to the simplicity you remember and emerge from your summer holiday tranquil and rejuvenated.
The very rocky beach is accessed by a grassy path through a meadow. Swimming and water activity are not recommended at our beach. Walking, dreaming and stargazing are recommended.
Saltbrook on the Bay is a total of about 800 square feet. It is a vintage, seasonal, traditional summer cottage – somewhere between a ‘camp’ and a ‘cottage’. The first floor has a living room and dining room that seats 4. There is also a front ‘sun-room’ that holds books and games as well as a game table.
The cottage kitchen is equipped with a full size fridge and electric range. There is a stove-top percolator coffee pot, a teapot, toaster and all cooking utensils, dishes and glassware for 4.
The bathroom is on the first floor and has a tub/shower, hairdryer and washing machine (a clothesline is outside for the freshest of laundry).
Upstairs there are two bedrooms —
The back bedroom has a queen bed with an ocean view.
The front bedroom has two twin beds.
|Full size electric range and smooth-top stove top||Linens and towels||Stovetop percolator|
|French Press||Electric kettle||Full size refrigerator|
|Full bath (1st floor) with tub/shower||Washing machine for light loads and clothesline||Lobster Pot and crackers|
|Charcoal grill||Books and board games||Outdoor lawn games|
The History of Saltbrook on the Bay
So… Maria (one of the owners) was procrastinating at work one day (the office had just started getting internet back around 2003) and she landed upon a Nova Scotia real estate website. She was curious about real estate in the area (she had vacationed in Annapolis Royal on a family vacation when she was a teenager) so she called the real estate agent.
Long story short, by the time she had hung up the phone, she had made an offer – sight unseen — on a tiny cottage on the shore of the Bay of Fundy. Immediately, she packed up her young daughter and headed up to see what she had purchased (well, after telling her husband….”Honey… I kind of bought a house today”).
The cottage was falling apart, with about six different patterns of competing wallpaper, pink shag carpet, and a bathroom with a crumbling foundation (chunks of the ceiling would fall on your head while showering). But the setting was just spectacular. Saltbrook has been a labor of love for the past 15 years or so. Little by little, each room has been redone (and some redone again). The foundation is new, the wallpaper is stripped (although a piece salvaged from one room has been framed), the pink shag carpet removed to reveal hardwood flooring.
It has truly become the family’s “Happy Place”.
Saltbrook on the Bay is certified by the National Wildlife Federation as a ‘Backyard Wildlife Habitat’.
We are also certified by the American Vacation Rental Owners Association (AVROA).