Can't imagine a better accommodation for a visit to Cape Breton.
From our first contact with owner, Niki Pike, regarding reservations to the moment we said goodbye to Cliff Waters the experience was nothing short of sensational. Prior to our trip Niki provided us with a great overview of her beautiful part of the world including recommendations on exciting hikes, whale tours, sea kayaking, and local dining. Her advice was spot on.
We knew immediately upon arriving that Cliff Waters was going to be a special place to use as a base for our week on Cape Breton Island. As we drove along the roadway approaching the cottage for the first time we noticed a pod of pilot whales feeding just off shore. Arriving just before sunset we spent the first hour of our stay sitting on the front porch watching and listening (yes the whales were that close) as the whales put on a private show just for us. The amazing sunset over the ocean that we marveled at that evening was just the first of what became a daily ritual.
The cottage was everything we had hoped for. There was plenty of room in the open floor plan for my wife and I along with our daughter. The sleeping loft provides a great place for a third or fourth person. The full kitchen had everything we needed to prepare wonderful meals of local seafood. We found the cottage clean and well furnished with everything we needed for our stay.
I must admit that before our visit we had some concerns about the remote location of Cliff Waters. It is in fact "off the beaten path" in a very isolated yet easily accessible area. Our concerns were unfounded. The isolation translated into privacy. With not another home in sight we felt as though we had the whole island to ourselves, yet, within a short drive along the Cabot Trail we discovered a wonderful world of natural beauty and adventure. Each evening, after a day of exploring the island, we returned to our wonderful Cliff Waters Cottage for the whale show and unforgettable sunset. Can't imagine a better vacation experience.
A cottage with an amazing view and wonderful hosts.
Our vacation to Cliff Waters was a highlight vacation that we will always remember. My husband and I wished we would've stayed longer because 2.5 days was not enough. Niki was a wonderful host who went beyond our expectations. She let us know about a great hiking opportunity just down the road (Pollett's Cove), she personally took us on a wild blueberry picking adventure, and she introduced us to a local gardener where we could buy some vegetables.
We still have the pictures on rotation on our screen saver because they were all such memorable experiences. The Pollett's Cove hiking trail may not be part of the National Park, but the hiking was beautiful and challenging with many rewarding views.
The cottage has a beautiful view of the bay and it's so close to the beach. There's a lovely porch overlooking the ocean and if the weather doesn't permit, you can sit inside and enjoy the same view through the large window. Everything that we needed was available to us, even a lobster pot! We'll have to make some lobster next time. There's so much to do, next time we'll plan a longer stay!
Absolutely loved it!
I stayed at Cliff Waters in the midst of winter and got to experience Cape Breton at its wintery best. Cliff Waters was a warm, cozy home that gave me just the experience I wanted. It is the perfect balance of being convenient to the Cabot Trail, but away from neighboring houses. Niki is a wonderful host and provided the home with all I needed-- wood for the stove, comfortable furnishings, a totally cool stone chess set, and a welcome gift of fresh baked bread and wine. I loved the home with all of its wood paneling. Leaving it at the end of the stay was very hard. I will be back!
A perfect place to spend some time.
Cliff Waters Cottage is perched at the foot of the mountains and overlooks a huge expanse of sea. You feel isolated in a gorgeous area of the province. Great sunsets. Hiking trails nearby. The owners let you know their favourite nearby places, which you would never find on your own, and they are truly astounding. The cottage is very comfortable, the wood stove is ready to light, and it even has wireless. Very, very comfortable. My wife and I are artists and where the cottage is centrally located right by the Cape Breton Highlands we were able to travel quickly and easily to all the fabulous trails and locations there. We really enjoyed ourselves and without hesitation highly recommend it to anyone looking to relax and recharge. We can't wait to go back!
A Trip to Repeat!
We stayed at Cliff Waters for a week and had an amazing vacation! The owners, Niki and Jeremy, offered unrivaled hospitality. The cottage was comfortably furnished, bright, open and set up to have everything we could need and more. The location is an outdoor paradise. We were able to step out of the door and hike for hours or hop on a road bike for heart pounding rides with breath taking views. With just a few minutes of driving we were on the Cabot Trail where we visited the park or drove to other destinations on the island. We enjoyed soaking our tired legs in the river just below the cottage and whipping up dinners of fresh seafood you can buy from the docks. We finished our days relaxing on the large deck while absorbing the awesome views, sunsets, and wildlife. Don't hesitate!
It doesn't get any better than this!
Every morning when I woke up, the first thing that came to mind was "Wow! It doesn't get any better than this.” Cliff Waters is a great place to de-stress and rejuvenate. You're embedded in a magnificent panorama of mountains and forests and the bluest of ocean that stretches into endless sky. I enjoyed sitting on the deck eating breakfast and watching gannets dive for fish, whales surf, eagles float by and the occasional curious moose observing me while nibbling tree branches. There are plenty of activities for nature lovers to get involved in. I loved the pine cottage with its unique and comfortable furnishings and well-chosen works of art by local artists. I look forward to returning to Cliff Waters.