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Reviews

  EaglesPass cottage

Eagles Pass is a dreamy getaway! The cottage itself is greater than any photo can portray. It provided all the comforts one needs plus wonderful views and relaxation. Stewart is a wonderful host and provides great information about the area. Can’t go wrong! 

Tara G. 2023

Our family had an amazing time. Great house, and the view is somehow even better than the photos show. Chimney Corner Beach is wonderful and perfect for small kids - warm water, small waves, shallow. Surrounding area has no shortage of outdoor activities and good restaurants. Locals are extremely friendly and welcoming. Finally, Stewart was a terrific host and took time at the outset to make numerous recommendations for places to go, all of which were great. Had an incredible stay and can’t wait to come back!

Brian V. 2023

My wife and I were enchanted by our two delightful weeks in the Eagles Pass cottage. The cottage is a charmed refuge perched on a cliff on a sweeping beach-lined headland extending into the Gulf of St. Lawrence. The setting is of almost mystical serenity, a cliff-side featuring wooded privacy, and highlighted by the exceptional, meditative quiet. The cottage is the definition of compact, cozy and comfortable, with rewarding views out every window.  We loved the the intimate feel of the interior, the well-equipped kitchen, the spacious, tiled shower, the deck with sweeping views of the sea, and daily jewel-like sunsets. It was better than as advertised and perfect for the low-key, nurturing experience we were seeking. Cape Breton is a special place and one could not find a more captivating place to experience it. Stewart was a masterful host, helpful and impressively attentive. Thanks to this storybook cottage in a magical setting, this was one of our best vacation experiences ever.

Peter A. 2023

We really enjoyed our stay here! The pictures are accurate. The views are stunning. Stewart the owner came out the first day and met us and asked us what were we looking to do and offered suggestions. He made a map and a list for us and we hit everything on the list. At the end of each day we relaxed, cooked a few dinners, watched the sunsets and played family games. We’re from Michigan and had no idea how beautiful Northern Canada is!...

Julie L. 2023

 

"Remarkable Cottage.We stayed in Eagles Pass for two weeks this fall. It was our first time in Cape Breton and won't be our last. The cottage is a stylish, minimalist design that is very appealing inside and out. The location is beautiful and private; cliffside overlooking the sea. We loved the amazing views especially at sunset. Stewart and Bell are very nice people and gracious hosts and I now count them as friends. Five stars."

Mark M. 2022

"Incredible Stay! We loved staying at Eagle’s Pass for the week, wish it was longer! The cottage was beautiful and comfortably furnished - incredible bright, sunny space overlooking the sea. Great kitchen & table for dining in. Really comfortable bed - appreciated the variety of pillows and cozy comforter. This is a quiet place to unplug and settle onto the island, about 15 minutes from town. Despite the cooler temps, we sat out on the deck each evening hearing the waves and looking at the vast sky of stars. Our host, Stewart, was fantastic. Continual communication and he stopped by once we arrived, to point out things to enjoy on Cape Breton. He also kept us informed of the changing weather, as we were there when a hurricane was moving toward the island. We absolutely plan to return to the same cottage again!"

Paula B. 2022

"Another great stay in Eagles Pass! It lives up to its name as the eagles fly by daily. The seals and porpoises put on a show for us all week and the warm waters of the Chimney Corner beach were very refreshing. The cottage itself is situated in the natural growth of the cliff side providing a feeling that you are one with nature. The kitchen has everything you should need to create that special vacation supper and the rest of the cottage is very comfortable.We will be sure to return in the near future!" 

Evan B. 2022

"We were searching for a way to escape a stressful season and reconnect with nature, and this place was perfect. It's very cute, tastefully minimal, and a nice "home base" for exploring stunning Cape Breton. The view out the back deck was just as dreamy as I had hoped. You can hear the waves crashing down below, the wind in the trees, and the faintest yells of happy children on the beach. It restores your soul...I highly recommend it." 

Leah C. 2022

"The pictures don't lie. Stewart and his wife Bell have built a truly remarkable cottage, right on the cliff in Cape Breton. If you're looking at the pictures and wonder if it looks actually that great in reality, I can assure you, it looks even better! We enjoyed waking up to this wonderful view, as well as seeing the most breathtaking sunsets you can get in Canada. The cottage itself is beautifully designed and the kitchen is well-equipped for a cottage of this size. The decoration fits well into the overall atmosphere of the place...His recommendations for dining and activities were on-point and helped up making the right choices to get the best out of our week."

Martin B.2022

"The setting is breathtaking; a classic, beautiful cottage with a panoramic view of Chimney Corner and the Gulf - both absolutely stunning!! The cottage is beautifully decorated and has everything you need, including soft, luxurious bed linens and plush bath towels. Stewart is an exceptional host, spending an hour with us the day after our arrival to orient us and recommend excursions, hiking trails, and nearby dining options (the Dancing Goat bistro has the best breakfasts and cookies!!). Chimney Corner beach is spectacular, a truly unspoiled hidden gem. Thank you Stewart for all that you did to make our stay amazing. Hard to leave this special and tranquil place, but we hope to be back again!"

Louise V. 2022

"I would highly recommend renting this property. The views are spectacular and the interior of the cottage is beautiful! The kitchen is well equipped, the bedrooms are a good size, the cottage is airy beautifully decorated and very comfortable. Spectacular beaches can be reached within minutes!"

Thank you Stewart! 

Stephanie E. 2022

"Every single thing about our trip to Cape Breton Island was absolute perfection . Our Chimney Corner cottage was absolutely everything we had hoped for and more! The view!!!!!! Unbelievable! The accommodations, just perfect. Stewart was an attentive host, spending almost an hour with us the day following our arrival, to guide us through our stay. His recommendation to dine at Woodroad, was an experience of a lifetime! Bucket list trip!!"

Michelle S.2022

"This rental exceeded our expectations. Upon arrival, the view was breathtaking. Inside was equally as satisfying. The kitchen was equipped with everything we needed and the bed was incredibly comfortable with high quality cotton sheets and choice of pillow type. Stewart gave us excellent recommendations on food and hiking. This is the perfect place for a couple to getaway, unplug and use as a jumping off point to enjoy what Cape Breton has to offer." 

Emily M. 2022

"It's not often that a rental property lives up to expectations, then exceeds them to the extent that the Eagle's Pass cottage did. The pictures provided are exactly what you get, and what you get is amazing---the cottage itself, the views, the peace and quiet, the easy access to all things Cape Breton. Amazing."

Bob D.  2021

 

"This is by far one of the most relaxing, tranquil and beautiful vacations we have ever had in the Maritimes. Eagles Pass was beyond stunning, with breathtaking views of the ocean and hidden gem Chimney Corner beach. Stewart the host welcomed us like old friends, helped us map out our sightseeing adventures and customized a map of some of the Cabot Trail's secret spots. We will absolutely return next year! Eagles Pass should be on your Top 5 places to see in Nova Scotia!"

Danika B. 2020

"Going to Cape Breton? You need to stay here! Our stay at Eagle's Pass was incredible. Loved sitting in the cottage watching the sunset through the huge windows in the cabin overlooking the cove. View was beautiful. The cottage was private, clean, and well appointed. Stewart was great to deal with and gave us lots of helpful tips on where to eat and what to see while we were on the Island. Loved the unique style of the cabin. Would definitely stay here again!"

Kyle S. 2020

"Absolutely breathtakingly beautiful view. Peaceful location with an adorable cottage. Stewart and Bell went out of their way to be accommodating. Hoping we will make it back some time in the future!"

Tony M. 2020

 

"My family and I spent a week at Eagles Pass this summer and it was a fantastic spot. It was private, tranquil, rustic and near a very beautiful, quiet beach. Stewart was great and was very welcoming and helpful with excellent recommendations for day trips, hikes and places to eat! We would love to go back there again some day!"

Jennifer J.2020

"Eagles Pass is one of the most wonderful vacation rental homes we've ever stayed in. The cottage was roomy, bright, very comfortable and immaculate–I definitely picked the perfect cottage and location for my husband's birthday. The ocean view and the beach itself were astounding. I actually saw two eagles pass right by the deck and you can see them sitting on the rocks by the beach most mornings. We spent far less time exploring away from the cottage than we thought we would because we just wanted to absorb the majesty of the views the cottage offered. Stewart was super responsive in the planning and reservation stages, and met us at the cottage to explain how everything worked and all the must sees in Cape Breton. Location was perfect and a great base for exploring Cape Breton. Eagles Pass was a fantastic place to stay and we hope our travels will take us there again, hopefully next year. Our thanks to Stewart and Bell for allowing us a week in their gorgeous cottage. Thank you!" Lori H. 2019

 

"We spent the last week of our three-week Eastern Canada vacation at Eagles Pass Cottage, and could not have made a better selection! Having never been to Cape Breton before, we were somewhat dependent on recommendations from the cottage owner, Stewart Applegath. Not only did Stewart make great suggestions (both in person and by the info in the cottage) for restaurants, bakeries, pubs, live music, farmers markets, whale watching, hikes and beaches, but it seemed like everyone in the area knew him, and liked him too! He is a strong ambassador for Cape Breton, where the people are among the most friendly anywhere. The cottage is fantastic; perfect for a week or even a month. We had dinner there four times, just because we wanted to watch the sunsets, view the eagles and ships through the telescope, and listen to the waves. Architecturally, the design is outstanding; more than enough room for us but also cozy. The view, the view, the view!!! We definitely plan to return!"

April and Doug K. 2019

 

"This place was dreamy! The dramatic setting, well-designed cottage, as well as Stewart's incredibly helpful list of area highlights made our week at Eagles Pass a super pleasant and enjoyable experience. Highly recommended for anyone looking for quiet and relaxation in an unbeatable location." PAUL K. 2018

 

"My husband and I enjoyed a wonderful week at Eagles Pass a couple of weeks ago. It was amazing!! I’ll never forget seeing the beautiful cottage for the first time after arriving in the dark in a rain storm. It was so cozy and welcoming with a light on, music playing softly and hearing the ocean waves outside. Stewart came by the next morning and went over local highlights - many of which we visited and enjoyed...The whole area is stunningly beautiful. The cottage itself was lovely and well stocked. We enjoyed having BBQs and sitting outside watching the gorgeous sunsets. We were lucky to have a ‘herd’ of seals visit us for 3 days and saw a couple of pilot whales once and eagles outside our window! We fit in some shopping including some beautiful pottery from Cape Breton Clay. The whole process in booking was very smooth and it was a pleasure working through everything with Stewart. It was a very special vacation and we can’t wait to return next summer!" JULIE H. 2018

 

"This was our second year in a row at Eagles Pass and it is a special experience that is hard to duplicate. The cottage is literally at ocean's edge and the privacy we had is great if you want to get off the grid for awhile. Each day we had bald eagles make one or two passes and usually we spotted seals down below so we were not completely alone. The cottage is very tasteful...and radiant heat in the bathroom was a plus. The owner, Stewart stopped by greet us and has a wealth of information to share about everything including sightseeing on the Cabot Trail to dining. ...it was an awesome life experience for a couple of hackers. …Renting Eagles Pass for two years in a row speaks for itself why we consider it a little piece of heaven." HARRY M. 2018

 

"Absolutely LOVED our stay at Eagles Pass Cottage! The cottage is well appointed and very comfortable. Whether in the living room or on the spacious deck, the view of Chimney Corner Beach and the water is amazing. Sunsets over the water were a sight to behold. Our host Stewart met with us on the first night to share info and ideas on what to see and do in the area - he is a great ambassador for his community!… The cottage is in a secluded and quiet area, yet still conveniently situated to surrounding towns and attractions. We had a fabulous week on the island, totally enhanced by our stay at this lovely cottage. Would highly recommend this cottage!" MARIE-ANN E. 2018

 

"Ce fut un séjour mémorable! La vue était exceptionnelle! Le chalet convenait à tous les besoins d’une petite famille avec deux jeunes enfants. Les couchers de soleil étaient splendides! Nous avons vu des aigles à tête blanche et des lièvres. Les enfants ont adoré la plage et le petit ruisseau qui s’y écoulait! Ce fut tellement relaxant d’entendre le bruit des vagues et le chant des oiseaux. Le chalet est bien situé pour explorer la côte ouest de l’île du Cape Breton. Stewart, le propriétaire était charmant, disponible et attentif à nos besoins. Il nous a aidé à planifier notre semaine selon nos intérêts. Cela fut très apprécié! Un endroit enchanteur à ajouter à votre canet de voyage!" KARINE M. 2018

 

"This amazing cottage provided the perfect spot for the vacation of a lifetime. We are a family of four, parents and two kids. The cottage itself seems straight out of a Home magazine photo shoot with warm pine floors, airy ceilings, and comfortable and well-placed furniture. The bay of windows in the corner provides a majestic view of the ocean and brilliant sunsets. I could't help but smile and shake my head when I was out on the deck at the shear beauty of the setting. We'd look across the cove and the beach to see two bald eagles perched on the cliff. Wow! Stewart is an incredible host. He was there to welcome us on the day we arrived. He sat down and gave us insider's tips to enjoying our stay on the west side of Cape Breton. I would have been content enough to just hang out in the cottage, on the deck or the secluded beach, but we ended up doing something from Stewart's recommendations each day and we were well rewarded. We plan on returning!" AMBER H. 2018

 

"We just returned home from our stay at Eagles Pass in Chimney Corner and can't wait to go back next year. The cottage is in an absolutely stunning location with beautiful views. Stewart, the owner, came over on our first day to talk to us about the area and gave plenty of excellent suggestions on places to stop, eat and hike. The cottage itself was modern, well appointed, comfortable and private. We had no trouble exploring from the cottage and spent plenty of time on the gorgeous beaches that were very close. Can't wait to go back!" TAHEERA R. 2018

 

"This was the second stay for my family at EaglesPass Cottage and it once again exceeded our expectations. We feel a level of comfort and a feeling of home from the moment we pull into the driveway. The cottage is pristine, unique and so welcoming. The views from the open, airy cottage are spectacular and ever-changing with the weather. My teenage sons spend their time exploring the property and take full advantage of the most amazing beach just moments away."   -MONICA D.

 

"One of my favorite afternoons was spent basking in the sun on the porch while waiting to catch glimpses of whales and dolphins in the distance. One day the lobster boats pulled in their traps right below us. How fantastic to watch the lobstermen at work. Stewart is charming and helpful, the cottage is immaculately maintained, and the tastefully designed and furnished rooms all contributed to a memorable stay." DOMENICA G.

 

"The EaglesPass cottage is everything and more than the breathtaking photos depict. The view is stunning, the sunsets are an event, the accommodations a rustic blend of simplicity and comfort. It was a perfect beachhead to explore an island with countless attractions and a local population eager to share their culture and food."   -HB, MASSACHUSSETS

 

"There are simply not enough superlatives to describe the cottage and the spot it is built on. The house is tastefully furnished with an eye for the detail and a nice little 'library'. It is perfect for a couple who wants to leave the stress of life behind for a while." -DANIEL T.

"As many other reviewers have noted, Stewart's personal welcoming visit with each new arrival is a really helpful, informative bonus! He brought maps & brochures and sat down with us for nearly an hour on our first evening there to highlight sights and locations that would be of interest to us."     -SHARON W.,  PA

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