Best kayaking cycling or painting in Nova Scotia

The July garden, adjacent to the house. Outbuilding in background.
The July garden, adjacent to the house. Outbuilding in background.House from the shore, fish shack in foreground.Fish shack from the road.KitchenLiving roomBathroommaster bedroombedroom3rd floor attic bedroomfront doorstepsitting on the stage of the fishshackL R 2The garden in July.Lobster fishing in the covelow tideThe Bluenose in LunenburgSunset from the doorstepIsland homes from the bridgecat's meowreading room
“ Excellent ”
5 Reviews
414 South Side Road, Lunenburg, Nova Scotia B0J 2C0, Canada



Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 1
Sleeps 5
Per week $1,050
Type: Cottage
Description of the Lunenburg vacation cottage rental
This is the best kept secret in Nova Scotia. It's an amazing treasure in an authentic fishing village on the south shore of nova Scotia. South Side Road is at the far end of Stonehurst South (sometimes called Stonehurst East on maps), minutes from the town of Lunenburg. Well protected from the wind, situated on one of many sheltered coves, this is a dream come true for kayakers, walkers, cyclists, painters, & writers. Direct ocean access means you are within steps of launching your kayaks, setting off to explore different nooks and crannies of the coastline in a different direction each day. On land or water, the landscape is breathtaking. The house is a traditional fisherman's house pre-1920, restored with charm and colorful, artistic atmosphere. (Free wireless internet access is available throughout the house.)

There are two double beds and one single daybed. One double bed is located on the 3rd floor loft. The second double bed is in the main bedroom adjacent to the bathroom on the 2nd floor. The daybed is in another bedroom adjacent to the bathroom. Our gorgeous bathroom with a claw foot tub invites a personal spa experience at home. A sheltered, outdoor hot water shower in the Cape Cod tradition, with south facing sunshine, readies you to embrace the great outdoors and celebrate living.

The house is filled with books, art, music, and the comforts of the soul. Fine linens for the bed, bath and kitchen are provided. Kitchen essentials are also provided: A complimentary basket of locally roasted Laughing Whale coffee beans and delicious jams from the Lunenburg Farmers' Market await each guest. Plus, we supply flour, sugar, oil, vinegar, spices, and tea. The kitchen is simple but extremely comfortable and cheerful and all the basics are there.

This house was built by a fisherman who loved his charming community, and you too will thrive in the intoxicating rustic charm of Stonehurst South. On the water is the original two story fish shack where the fishermen would clean and sell their catch. Unplugged, it is now an ideal spot for painting, reading, writing, relaxing, meditating, dining, sipping, ...all the pleasures in life. Plus, a charming rowboat is available for guests to enjoy.

Cindy Hamon-Hill

Area Information
On the south shore of Nova Scotia, the house is situated within a 15-20 min cycle from Lunenburg, which translates to a 10 minute drive to Lunenburg and 1.10 hr drive to Halifax or 1.45 hr drive from the Halifax airport. Stonehurst South is near the picturesque village of Blue Rocks.

Fishing/Water activities in and near Lunenburg:
Sailing, cruising, whale watching can be arranged in Lunenburg. From Pleasant Paddling in Blue Rocks you can rent kayaks or choose to participate in a guided kayak excursion. Your own kayaks can be launched from the cottage. The area of Blue Rocks and Stonehurst are a kayakers paradise - you can set off in a different direction each day.

The area is a cyclist's dream with lots of picturesque routes with easy hills. (That's how we first discovered the cottage!) If you can't bring your own bicycles, they can be rented at the nearby friendly and reliable Bicycle Barn.

At the Fisherman's Museum there is a remarkable exhibit of the town's fishing history. Two new excellent bookstores have popped up in Lunenburg - Lunenburg Bound (new & used) and Lexicon (specialty) - both on Montague St. There are music festivals throughout the summer including highlights such as Boxwood in late July and the Lunenburg Folk Festival in early August. During most weeks music can be heard in local pubs throughout Lunenburg and Mahone Bay and at gathering spots like the Linc. The Chester Playhouse is only 40 minutes away from the cottage and offers a full summer season of excellent professional theatre and music appropriate for all ages. The Lunenburg Music Academy also offers workshops and performances.

There are award-winning potters throughout the area. Be sure to visit the studio and shop of Joan Bruneau. Lincoln and Montague Streets are overflowing with art galleries and artisan shops. The Lunenburg School of the Arts offers workshops throughout July and August. The town is filled with opportunities to discover folk art as well as excellent contemporary art. The renowned Folk Art Show is held every year in Lunenburg during the first weekend of August.

Nearby Lunenburg offers fine and casual dining, everything from fish n' chips, fine french cuisine, a wine bar, oven-baked pizzas, and traditional pub fare. New & exciting restaurants keep opening in addition to the reliable and delicious options. A list is available for guests at the cottage. A weekly farmers market is held every Thursday morning in the Lunenburg arena where you can indulge in fine pastries, rustic breads, locally farmed produce, cheeses, and locally roasted coffee by Laughing Whale.

As an excellent day trip you can visit several local wineries. Some have find dining restaurants while at others you can pick your own baskets of high bush blueberries.

For sand lovers, nearby are Bachman's Beach, Hirtle's Beach, Mason's Beach...keep exploring. Pack a lunch and whether it's in your kayak, on your bicycle or driving with the entire gang, there are endless opportunities to get out and explore...or simply stay at your home away from home and enjoy the swimming delights at your doorstep.

Health & Fitness
In Lunenburg there are 2 spas (one with a pool), a gym, and tennis courts. Fishermen's Memorial hospital is located in Lunenburg and the South Shore Regional hospital is 30 minutes away in Bridgewater.


Property Rates

Begins Ends Week
Weekly Monthly Min
Jun 18 2016 Feb 21 2018 - - $1,050 - 1 Week
Check In: 4 p.m. Check Out: 11 a.m.
Lodging tax: no tax
Tax I.D.: no tax
Deposits: $500.00(CDN) deposit when booking, balance due upon arrival (money order, cash, VISA, or MC). Cancellation policy: full refund (minus $25 cancellation fee) for cancellation at least 4 weeks prior to the reserved date. Cancellation within 4 weeks of the reserved date will be refunded only if we are able to rebook the cottage. Deposit for last minute bookings (within 2 weeks) is full amount of $1200(CDN). We can refund for cancellation only if the cottage is rebooked for the same week.
Payment Options: Cashier's Check, Mastercard, Money Order, Visa
Other Fees: If there are more than 4 guests there will be an additional fee of $100 per guest added to the weekly rate plus a cleaning fee of $125. There are no other fees and payment in Cdn dollars is preferred. Otherwise, any service fee(s) for foreign exchange will be added to the balance.


Reviews for this vacation cottage rental in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada

Kevin Rhynold Cindy Rhynold

Kevin Rhynold Cindy Rhynold

Lr. Sackville , Nova Scotia Canada


October 8, 2014

D#: 232734670 Well..where do I begin? With the basket of goodies to welcome us..Laughing Whale coffee...Soap...Jam all from the farmers market in Lunenburg that is worth taking the time to attend. The cheerfulness of the house is hard for me to explain as it was everything I had dreamed about. The bright colors,the art on the walls as well as scattered throughout pieces of Folk Art. Comforting,Welcoming every room of the house the feeling of being home! The view of the inlet from every room. The discreet attention of the owner Cindy who was very helpful with suggestions and knowing if we needed anything she would be there but we needed ...nothing. The old fashioned cast iron bathtub...the outdoor shower on a rock in the morning sun...the smells of the various flowers in the perennial garden...watching the bees..walking barefoot ALL week..listening to the birds...sitting on the dock of the fish shack many times in the day..chatting with the friendly though non- intrusive neighbours..sitting in my favorite chair at the top of the stairs with the sun shining in and watching it glisten on the water with relaxing music from the varied CD collection playing, cuddling with our puppy who loved it there and who celebrated her 5th Birthday .Cindy..thank you for creating such a sanctuary for the Soul!!

Owner's reply:

Thank you for such kind words Cindy. I'm delighted that once again my guests experienced the full magic of Stonehurst. It's rather spellbinding. I'm particularly delighted that Sabrina had so much fun - celebrating her 5th birthday there!!

Joyce Major

Joyce Major


Lunenburg retreat

September 25, 2014

The house is incredibly comfortable and the decorating style is a delight. I had everything I needed for an excellent writing retreat. Down at the fish house, there is lovely outdoor space for reading and doing yoga right above the water .Rented a bike to tour the gorgeous Blue Rock Area. Neighbors are helpful. Lunenburg is a friendly, interesting, historic town.

Owner's reply:

I'm delighted that Joyce has found the house ideal for her writing retreat. I've always thought of it as a sanctuary - the perfect spot for any type of retreat. I'm also thrilled that she has enjoyed the beauty of the nieghbourhood - beauty that comes from gorgeous locations and wonderful people.

Jennifer Burch Madden

Jennifer Burch Madden

Post Mills, VT

Love this house and area!

March 8, 2014

This was my family's summer home when I was a child. (The date listed above is made up, dates are required in order to post.) Cindy bought this house from us years ago, and has loved it as well. It shows! The property is lovelier than ever. The buildings look great and her gardens are beautiful. This area is amazing. The waters are a delight, especially if you are a paddler. The seals pop up all around you when you pull up your paddle around some of the smaller islands. Their eyes are so soulful and their expressions so dear. Come stay at this house. You will love it. The neighbors are wonderful people. The view is spectacular. Go for a walk. Pick some wild blueberries. Go clamming. Go paddling. Go sailing. Check out the Folk Music Festival and the Folk Art Festival. Enjoy it all. Have fun in Stonehurst! I kinda like it there. :)

Owner's reply:

To receive such heartfelt comments from Jennifer, who spent her childhood summers in this house at quite wonderful. Thank you Jennifer. Jennifer's family this remarkable home from its orginal owner/builder, Henry Whynacht, who was a fisherman in Stonehurst. A portrait of Henry ("Hennie") hangs in the kitchen. Both Hennie's family and Jennifer's filled the house with wonderful memories. And Jennifer is so right about the soulful eyes of the seals. And the blueberries....

eileen mackinnon

eileen mackinnon

Halifax Nova Scotia


August 21, 2013

Cindy's house is charming and comfortable and has wonderful views from almost every window. The outdoor spaces are varied with many places to sit and drink in the beauty of the area. When the mood strikes, it is so simple to slip the kayaks into the water and explore the many nearby inlets. Close by are Bachman's beach which is good for swimming and Hirtles beach which is great for a long beach walk at low tide. Lunenburg and Mahone Bay are both very appealing towns where one can enjoy art galleries, pottery studios, and good food. There are several local farmer's markets that are really worth seeking out as well . Stonehurst is very special and words cannot fully describe the majic of being there.

Owner's reply:

It is a true delight when guests experience the magic that Stonehurst has to offer.

Mercury Mouth

Mercury Mouth

Montreal, QC, Canada

Beautiful getaway

March 15, 2013

A beautiful home, comfortable and warmly decorated, with all the amenities you could hope for including a clawfoot bathtub and outdoor shower! Sleeps 5 comfortably with two double beds and a single. The house itself is built in the tradition of those quintessential Eastern seaboard homes with charming wood shingles! It overlooks a breathtaking bay and little boathouse from which you can swim, kayak, or simply enjoy the sunset. Close to the picturesque town of Lunenburg and a scenic drive from surrounding beaches, we will definitely be returning! Cindy was friendly and extremely helpful.

Owner Supplied Testimonials

From a grateful guest last summer:

Old world charm in a unique location with all the conveniences of home...and more!
How I miss luxuriating in the bath after a day kayaking right from the doorstep, not to mention awakening to sunrise in the cove.The visions still haunt me.
Thanks Cindy!

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