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We had a great stay at this cottage. It was, relaxing, comfortable, clean and well equipped. From a grandparent's perspective, the cottage also has a private backyard that would be great for young children. The veranda that overlooks Heather Beach, has comfy furniture for reading, relaxing and viewing the ocean. The ocean in this area is very warm. We would definitely go back.
We stayed here with my parents (ages 80 and 76) and our two boys (ages 7 and 9). It’s a tight fit for 6 but we’re low maintenance and had a blast. We thoroughly enjoyed the waterfront views and ability to scramble down to the pretty beach, where the kids spent hours looking for crabs. We had beautiful bonfires and the outdoor shower was a delight. Despite the mosquitos, we really loved the covered porch off the back, nice for watching weather roll in and out. Nearby Pugwash is a sweet little town and we found that Port Howe was a good jumping off place to visit other places, including PEI where we went for a day trip.
The description of the cottage is pretty accurate - a step above camping sums it up pretty well. From the photos we imagined the cottage was sort of isolated...it is actually part of a little beach community where the houses are very close together. We had a fun family next door and it was great, but it was just different than we were expecting. We had a laugh at the sleeping arrangements...we and our kids used the bunks...a little treacherous for us middle aged folks (watch your head on the lightbulb) and required helping the kids in the middle of the night, but we made the most of it! The futon in the other bedroom was plenty comfortable. One thing to be aware of when traveling with kids…there are lots of nails poking out of walls, some by design as hooks, others just there.
Kitchen is fine for basics but you’d be hard pressed to whip up a gourmet meal there. It’s true there isn’t much air circulation but we relied on the fans provided and it was fine.
Local tips…if you hope for fresh vegetables (or lord help you, are actually vegetarian as we are), the restaurants around this area are abysmal. We found Song’s Chopsticks in Sackville (a quaint college town) and there was a great looking place called Bistro Le Chat Bleu (in stunning Baie Verte) that looked really promising but they were fully booked. The coop in Pugwash doesn’t have much in the way of produce either. There is a farmers market on Sat mornings (we missed it). All to say, I wouldn’t travel to this region for the food unless you can eat your weight in fried seafood, bacon and poutine, haha. It's great for locally roasted coffees and craft beers, and there are some nice bakeries, we liked Sheryl’s where they were so helpful about my son’s allergies. For scenery and beaches, this region is amazing. There were loads of biking trails both around Port Howe and PEI.