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Ocean Front Cottage, Bauline, Conception Bay

Exceptional! 5/5 -
(13 traveler reviews)


Property Details

Updated: May 16, 2016
House, 2 Bedrooms, 1.5 Baths, 4 Sleeps

Area Description:

This charming Saltbox Style Cottage is located in a small out port called Bauline. Bauline is located at the base of a 1000-foot high mountain where publicly groomed trails will lead you to the summit. This quaint and very clean, ocean front century home has a lovely western view of ConceptionBay and the village's lobster/crab fishing port. Sunsets in Bauline are spectacular, especially while sipping on a cocktail on your own private, 300 square foot patio. Beside the property is a babbling brook that will serenade you to blissful slumber.

Definition: An East Coast term used to describe the style of thisNewfoundlandhome. Originally built in 1892, we have carefully renovated our Saltbox to accommodate modern amenities however; we have attempted to keep a lot of the original character. Notice the stairs leading to the second floor are worn by over 100 years of traffic.

  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bath

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Guestbook comments from the owner

From the time we entered the red door to this amazing rental we were drawn into its unique appeal. This rental is decorated with many crafts all of which connect you with Newfoundland. Replicas of brightly painted salt boxes, a ships wheel, beautiful paintings of ships at sea, lighthouses that hold tea lights that shine from night windows and lamps that hold surprises. Everything to remind yourself that you are really here in this charming place called Bauline. The scenery is amazing from every window which calls you to explore the many trails, the many rocks, and the wonderful people you will meet along the way. The house was bright and cheery even on the dull days when the wind pulled waves upon the rocks and the wind called for you to come and watch. This house so tastefully painted inside and out is more than I ever expected it to be and to only give it a 5 star rating seems unfair. I would not give it less than a 10. Look at the pictures they tell it like it is,.......totally wonderful.
Jul 2016
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13 Reviews

Exceptional! 5/5 -
(13 traveler reviews)

Gem on the Rock!

  • 5 of 5

There are many wonderful sites in Newfoundland however the Saltbox was our favorite! The Saltbox is spotlessly clean, a beautifully decorated home with spectacular view of the ocean. Our host Desmond provides a warm Newfoundlander greeting that makes you feel at home in an instant! We cannot wait until we return to this lovely Gem on the Rock!

A & J Smith, Port Dover, Ontario.

  • Submitted: Nov 3, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Memories to Last a Lifetime

  • 5 of 5

Now that our family has returned to our life on the “mainland” I wanted to send a heartfelt thank you to your family for sharing your beautiful cottage with us. It was evident that the Saltbox is taken care of with much love and appreciation. It really felt like home so much so that it was very hard to leave. We have rented several cottages over the years, however, the Saltbox seemed to have the most unique characteristics that truly complimented its surroundings. Your amazing decorative touch added so much interest to the cottage as beautiful reminders of the amazing culture of the province. Our family was able to make so many wonderful memories that we will carry with us for a lifetime. Already we miss listening to the sounds of the ocean and the feel of the beautiful breeze throughout the cottage. It is our hope to return to Newfoundland again in the near future!

Thank you again!

The Quinlan Family

Chatham, ON

  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Beautiful, Relaxing and comfortable stay!

  • 5 of 5

I have rented houses in different provinces and enjoyed my stay, but this one took the cake! Not only is the view from the porch spectacular, we saw Minky Whales the day we arrived. The community is breath taking and the house is cozy and full of charm. My husband and I along with our 7 month old rented for 2 weeks. We selected the house based on the reviews and pictures. We where not disappointed. The house is very well appointed and spacious. The livingroom has a thick wool carpet that was perfect for our little Lochlann who is learning to crawl. The beds are very comfortable (hubby and I asked what type of mattress it was so we can get one at home) with an eat in kitchen and a dinning room, we where able to entertain our family that popped into visit. We greatly enjoyed the neighbor's who are the salt of the earth and welcomed us into the community. We also had the pleasure of meeting Desmond, the cottage caretaker who is also a local fisherman. He was kind enough to bring us some fresh cod fish.

It felt like home, a truly family oriented relaxing stay. We will be back !

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
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Highly Recommended

  • 5 of 5

We truly enjoyed our stay at the cottage. It was exactly as described, very comfortable, fully equipped, perfectly clean, and served as an ideal home and base for our holiday. The view from the back deck was great and included two icebergs in the distance for most of the week. There is a local contact who nicely and quickly got us cooking again when we ran out of BBQ propane. We had some friends over for dinner one evening - and it was so nice to have the deck, dinning room, napkins, dishes, ...everything - just made it feel like a home away from home.

We had some nice hikes along the east coast trail, but the highlight of our trip was the drive out to Cape St Mary's bird sanctuary. While watching the 1000's of gannets on a sunny warm morning you could also see seals in the surf below and we had 3 humpback whales swim by.

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
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Oceanfront Gem

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at the Saltbox this past June and it was a fantastic experience. The home is bright & clean and has a nice library of NFLD books, a wonderful CD collection and more then 40 odd movies (not that we watched much TV). The sunsets on the bay were glorious and the breeze was fresh. Desmond brought us Crab and lobster and we ate on the patio with a 180 degree view of the ocean, whales, icebergs and small fishing boats. The house is mere feet from the water and the small harbor beside us was a continuous source of amusement. The owners have managed to modernize the home while keeping it's 123 year old charm. We climbed the mountain behind the house....hard but so satisfying once you make it and with St. John's only 15 minutes away we managed to visit just about everything on our list including the Irish loop. We dream of coming back again. Thank you!

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Many pluses to this location.

  • 5 of 5

There were four adults in our group and we frequently commented about what a wonderful location the saltbox was. Close to St. Johns, but in a cute fishing village. Many, many things to do in a reasonable driving distance, and the owners have furnished the home with large format television, sound system with huge selection of music, plus a nice library of books and movies. Sit on the deck watching whales, sipping wine, listening to Newfoundland Sounds. What a treat! Though close to the "big city" of St. Johns, we found the locals as engaging and friendly as in other parts of Newfoundland.

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
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Activity and Interests

In Bauline There are many fun, beautiful and interesting things to do inNewfoundland. We have listed some local things to do within walking distance from the Saltbox and some very useful suggestions forSt. John’sand the surrounding area. You will see that the city ofSt. John’sis very rich in culture, history, arts and entertainment.

Iceburg & Whale Watching Right from your own private deck!! You can kick back on a lounge chair, sip on a glass of wine and watch as Iceburgs and whales pass by. They are in abundance during the months of July and early August especially.

Fresh Water Swimming Hole Located 2 km up the road with a sandy beach and picnic tables…great for the whole family. The water is very clean and great to enjoy a day of swimming in.

Fishing For all of you fishing fanatics, make sure you bring your gear. Talk to the locals about the fantastic fishing opportunities, they are only too happy to help. You can fish for some tasty “brown trout” in the fishing hole just up the street and catch your evening meal. Or, cast a line off of the rocky point at the little harbor, just a stones throw away and catch some interesting ocean treats…..

Hiking Take an invigorating walk to the summit of a 1000-foot high mountain right behind you, this is where the picture was taken of the arial shot of Bauline (picture section). There are trails that will lead you to the top but please keep in mind that the path can be quite treacherous at times, it is a great cardio workout for you fitness enthusiasts and please be sure to bring lots of water and perhaps even a light snack to sit and enjoy the view. The hike takes approximately 3 hours up and down. Ask the villagers for directions.

Enjoy the local Fishing Community Bauline is a small, very active fishing village with many of the residence relying heavily on the daily catch to support their livelihood. Throughout the year, if you time it right, you can enjoy different ocean delicacies that are in season such as crab, lobster, squid, and if you are lucky, perhaps some other fresh “catch of the day”.

The local Fishermen are a very friendly bunch, strike up a conversation and share in some interesting, entertaining stories.

Running, Walking and Fitness For many of our running-enthusiast friends and family, we challenge you to take the “Bauline Line” hill challenge! It is the road that you take to the Saltbox which doesn’t seem too steep when you are driving down but wait until you start walking / running up!!! It is a great challenge for anyone looking for that extra “shock” to the system. For those of you who would like to enjoy this walk at a more leisurely pace, please make sure to bring water and don’t push it too hard. You will see we also have a light bar bell weight set and fitness videos in the living room, please feel free to use them.

BerryPicking Bauline has a 1000 foot mountain that surrounds our tiny village and at the base of this mountain, there are beautiful fields full of assorted berries that are 100% edible. Each fall Rob and Francine go out with a couple large buckets and collect the ripe tasty morsels. We don’t bake much but we get the “baking bug” in the fall and make amazing, berry filled pies. If you are lucky, we may have one left in our freezer for you to try…

Hikers will quickly notice the wide variety of berries. Cranberries, Bakeapples, Blueberries and Partridgeberries are abundant and have traditionally made up an important part of theNewfoundlanddiet. A day in the fields spent berry picking is the precursor to another in the kitchen preparing pies, jams, jellies and bottles of fruit for the winter.

Whale, Bird & Iceberg Watching Tours There are many boat tour operators inNewfoundlandoffering services similar to the trip that we enjoyed. For more information, you can call:


Rental rates

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Jun 1 2016 - Sep 1 2016
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $97

Weekly Rate: CAN$1500 - CAN$1500

One week minimum, $1500.00 / week. 33% deposit upon booking your dates and the balance is due 2 weeks prior to arrival.
A $125.00 cleaning fee is in addition to the rental rate.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Property Type

  • house


  • Adventure
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic


  • pets not allowed

Location Type

  • Beach View

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • golf


  • Bathroom 1
  • Half Bathroom


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2


  • Highlights of the Saltbox: The Saltbox is a 1500 square foot, 2 story century home on the ocean. This home can sleep up to 4 maximum with 2 bedrooms. Some of the highlights include: Second floor: one full bath, master bedroom facing the ocean with new extra plush king size bed, luxurious downfilled duvet, ultra soft linens, guest bedroom facing the harbor, with two twin, extra long beds. First floor: powder room, washer, dryer, wireless internet, cable TV, VCR, stereo, large private 300 square foot deck with great panoramic ocean views, with outdoor patio furniture, 2 Muskoka lounge chairs with foot stools, and BBQ. Bright, clean kitchen with breakfast nook, large beautiful antique dining room with seating for 6, and a large living room with windows offering a magnificent view of the ocean from all angles, and a woodstove. We also offer a fun collection of movies, East Coast music and books for you to enjoy.

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