Cape Breton Accommodations Cabot Trail Cottages Hotels Nova Scotia

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Cutest cottage on Cape Breton Island Nova Scotia could be yours for a few nights. If you’re lucky like me. A few people recommended that I visit Ingonish during my visit to Cape Breton Island from mainland Nova Scotia.

From bartenders to RCMP officers, for real! Seriously, I received Cape Breton travel recommendations from an RCMP officer at Crescent Beach. Only in Nova Scotia, eh!

Looking for Cape Breton accommodations for my weekend solo road trip in September I wanted someplace around Ingonish because I knew I would be doing some hiking in Cape Breton.

I didn’t mind if it was a hotel or a private rental. My budget was around $100 USD (around $125 CAD) per night maximum and one place caught my eye right away.

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cape Breton Nova Scotia cottage accommodations

Cape Breton tourist season is during the summer and early fall. Once the colorful leaves are gone so are the tourists. So high season is basically from the end of June through early September.

I looked for something in mid-September hoping to avoid the bigger crowds of tourists and hopefully pay a lower rental fee.

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Cape Breton accommodations

I stayed  at this cottage in Ingonish a couple of nights while visiting Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia and it was a perfect fit for my travel needs. Everyone seemed to think it could be a perfect fit for their trip to Cape Breton too!

Followers sent me messages via Facebook, and Instagram, commented on my posts in Facebook, wrote me emails asking for more info about this adorable little house for rent in the beach town Ingonish.

They demanded to see photos of the inside. LOL, not really, they asked very politely :)

I promised to get some photos from my camera later. I didn’t have any pics of the inside of the cottage on my phone, so I had to sort through hundreds of photos from my camera to find these photos.

Luckily, I do have a pretty good system for keeping track of my photos. My OCD does come in handy sometimes!

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Photos of Cabot Trail cottage Cape Breton

Cute cabin on the Cabot Trail in Cape Breton and short drive to a beach?! HELLO, I think I LOVE you!!!

Ingonish Cabot Trail cottage rental with front yard seating and fire pit

Ingonish Cabot Trail cottage rental with front yard seating and fire pit

Truthfully, I didn’t choose this place for the easy access to the beach, rather the proximity to the Cape Breton Highlands National Park is what caught my attention.

You see, I LOVE hiking! Read about my favorite hike in Nova Scotia – Gaff Point at Hirtle’s Beach

Tiny house painted turquoise with red rooftop is a cute cottage on the Cabot Trail near Cape Breton Highlands National Park

Cute cottage on the Cabot Trail near Cape Breton Highlands National Park

I also love beach walks. For some wonderful beaches to enjoy a winter vacation check out my St Augustine Florida Beaches blog post.

So, hiking and beach walks in a small town in a region of Canada known for outstanding hospitality and stunning coastal views, and fresh seafood?! A huge WIN for me and my vacation plans began to take shape.

When I found out this smashingly sweet abode was only 1.6 km (1 mile) from Broad Cove Mountain Trail in the Cape Breton Highlands with panoramic views to the Atlantic Ocean I knew I made the right choice.

Colorful kitchen at Cabot Trail cottage Cape Breton accommodations

Colorful kitchen at Cabot Trail cottage accommodations Cape Breton

Cape Breton accommodations – hotels

Some people prefer hotels and regular bed and breakfast accommodations for their vacations all the time. I get it. And I often use to arrange my travels, such as my 6-day road trip from Calgary to Nova Scotia.

Ingonish cottages and lodgings

Sea Breeze Cottages is a couple miles from Ingonish Beach and close to a bunch of hiking trails. Guests rate these cottage accommodations “excellent” and enjoy the fully equipped kitchen as well as nearby restaurants.

Seascape Coastal Retreat is an adults only location along the Cabot Trail. This property consistently receives top ratings from guests, exceptional lodgings for you stay in Ingonish.

Salty Rose’s and the Periwinkle Cafe is located in the town of Ingonish. Although I didn’t stay here I enjoyed eating at the cafe, excellent food! Guests at Salty Rose’s rate their stay “excellent” and comment “super comfortable” and “super friendly” so it’s on my list for next visit to Cape Breton.

Other Cape Breton accommodations

Auld Farm Inn B&B is a farmhouse bed and breakfast located in Baddeck, a great location to begin exploring Cape Breton. You will find Alexander Graham Bell Museum, Bell Bay Golf Course, and Cabot Trail close by.

Cape Breton Villas gets top ratings from guests who love this new lodging choice in Cape Breton. Check out the amazing list of amenities including a fitness center.

Cheticamp Outback Inn receives exceptional ratings from guests of these newly renovated rooms. The location is close to the Cape Breton Highlands and features mountain views.

HI Cabot Trail Hostel features 3 private rooms and a 10-bed dorm. Although I haven’t stayed at this location I’ve had great experiences staying at HI Hostels before. This location is excellent for hiking, whale watching, and enjoying nature.

MacLeod Inn is top-rated for lodgings in Inverness Cape Breton for a quiet and relaxing setting with spacious rooms and free breakfast.

Where did you find the hobbit house?!

I booked this tiny house via Airbnb. If you haven’t yet signed up for Airbnb use my link here to get a discount on your first stay (reservation must be for over $75 to receive this discount) and explore your next vacation.

It could be a weekend getaway close to home or it could be this adorable turquoise hobbit home with a bright red rooftop.

Here is the link to the Airbnb page for this super cute cottage.

Do you want to be an Airbnb host? Click here to sign up and get all the details. Could be a cool gig and earn you some extra $$$ for YOUR next vacation. Or you know, beer money. It’s all good.

Prefer a hotel? Check here for the latest deals and hotel prices in Cape Breton

Bedroom at Cape Breton Cabot Trail cottage accommodations Nova Scotia

Bedroom at Cape Breton Cabot Trail cottage

Best tips for booking Airbnb rentals

Here are my  best tips for booking your accommodation with Airbnb. It can be time consuming sifting through all the results on Airbnb but it’s worth it to find just the right place to suit your needs.

Look at ALL the pictures on Airbnb and review all amenities

You don’t want to be the one that books a place like my cute little cabin and NOT notice that the shower is a 50-meter walk away. You have to review the info make sure it meets YOUR needs.

I can do shared shower or shared bathroom, but some people would be freaked out by any sort of shared arrangement.

My shared accommodation in Lafayette Louisiana was the BEST Airbnb experience. Me and two musician dudes sharing a house in downtown Lafayette, who knew we would be great roommates?!

Anyhow, that’s a whole ‘nutha blog post about why you should sometimes book shared accommodation with Airbnb. Back to my Airbnb booking tips….

Basic bathroom with colorful turquoise shelves suits the basic needs - shower is located in a separate building

Bathroom is small but suits the basic needs – shower is in a separate building

Read a LOT of the reviews

Sometimes I read ALL of the reviews for an Airbnb listing. This is important because you can’t rely on 1 or 5 or even 10 reviews.

The fewer reviews, the higher the risk that you could have a crappy Airbnb stay.

You don’t need that in your life. You want to know that you have a great place booked and you want to be able to look forward to staying there.

Pay attention to the Host response if the reviewer leaves a complaint or recommendation. This can be very telling as to how your host will handle any future difficulties.

I want someone that is fair, responsive, and polite.

Host cancellation of booking on Airbnb

Be wary of any listings on Airbnb with the notifications (in the review section) that show “The host Canceled this booking x days before arrival.” Gets my eyebrows raised every time I see this on Airbnb.

I don’t need any last-minute cancellations in my life, especially for a vacation!

It could be a legit emergency arose and the host had to cancel the reservation. Or it could be that host is a selfish jerk that doesn’t really care about their guests. But you can’t tell because Airbnb doesn’t allow the host to explain the situation in the review section.

It could be the person that booked the reservation asked the host to cancel and a newbie host might go ahead and do this favor for someone. Not realizing it leaves a huge negative mark on their listing.

When the person booking an Airbnb stay cancels, even if the cancellation policy is flexible, Airbnb will charge the service fee. Unsuspecting newbie hosts don’t realize that the “host canceled this booking x days before arrival” message will be posted on their listing for everyone else to see.

Read host’s “About Me” section by clicking on their photo

Click on the photo of the host to read their blurb and other folks reviews about the host. I have seen hosts explain the last-minute cancellation type of situation in their “About me” section.

This is also where you can find out a little about your host and get a feel for whether you will enjoy staying at their Airbnb. Pay attention to the ‘Response Rate’ percentage.

A good response rate is 90 to 100. If you see a response rate of 60% it could be a sign that you’ll have a difficult time getting any answers from your host if you have any issues during your stay.

Look at the map on Airbnb

Look at the map of the area and the red circle outlining the general area for the location of the listing. Sometimes the host will give exact location details in the description of the place, such as ‘across the street from blah-blah restaurant’ or bakery, cafe, etc.

Then you can look up the exact neighborhood and find out what is close by the Airbnb. Otherwise you need to rely on the red circle to indicate the general location within the neighborhood.

You need to feel safe, secure, and comfortable wherever you decide to stay.

Read policies including house rules and cancellations

Read ALL of the ‘Policies’ which includes ‘House Rules’ and the ‘Cancellations’ and make sure you understand them.

If you have any questions or concerns, contact the host by clicking the “Contact Host” link or button.

If you have any questions or concerns about using Airbnb leave a comment below. Basically I’ve been living out of Airbnb places for three years now, living a location independent lifestyle.

Read more about my nomad lifestyle experiment here

ENJOY your travels!

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Susan Moore spent 7 months traveling solo around Southeast Asia back in the 90's. Returning to Canada she found a job working on rotation in Siberia Russia. She later moved to Austin Texas where she started a bookkeeping business, allowing her to work remotely. Currently Susan is in year 5 of a solo road trip around the USA and Canada, living a nomadic life, and writing about her experiences with a focus on hiking and cultural encounters. Read all about Susan » You can reach Susan Moore at Facebook or Twitter or Instagram

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  1. Christine says:

    That is the cutest little cabin and it’s great it is so close to the trails and has a little kitchen area!

  2. Kay says:

    Omgg! It is definitely giving me weekend getaway vibes! I can’t wait until next summer !

  3. Ryan Biddulph says:

    What an adorable little cabin Susan. Plus bunnies. You cannot go wrong with both. Tough combo to top.

  4. Harmony says:

    this looks so cute, totally a hobbit house – but where was the shower/bath? how far?

  5. Erin says:

    That cottage is so adorable! I can’t decide if I like the interior or the exterior better, but I totally want to stay there. :)

    • They did a great job decorating the interior, and excellent color choices both inside and out. I also enjoyed having the picnic table, chairs, and fire pit. My outdoor living room :)

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