If location is everything, then the Carriage House Loft is to die for. First of all, it's on 350 ac. Beaver Dam Farm, an idyllic story book farm with walking trails, ocean views, horses, friendly kittens, magnificent gardens, and a French chef who gives lessons. -- The farm is in the Acadian village of Pomquet, and Pomquet sits right on the Northumberland Shore whose waters are the warmest this side of the Carolinas. Pomquet Provincial Beach Park (gorgeous uncrowded beach) is 10 min. down the road. -- The university town of Antigonish is also 10 min. away with live theatre, shops, golf, great restaurants, and delightful people who really like tourists.
The farm is ideally located for visiting Cape Breton Island and Prince Edward Island as well as all the villages seascapes on the Eastern Shore.
The Carriage House Loft is delightful! It truly has good vibes. The loft is high, has a balcony that faces west and overlooks the horse pastures, lots of big windows, handmade furniture, antiques, and original art. And then there are the colors which are bright, warm, and fun. -- You'll love the large bedroom with its extra comfy queen bed. -- One well-traveled 63 year old couple from St. Louis said, "This is the most romantic place we've ever stayed."
Down the Loft stairs you'll enjoy a wonderful terrace outside the stable. And in front of the terrace are huge planters with vegetables and herbs. Lots of them, and you're welcome to harvest for your dinner.
Down the drive a few steps is The Charming Cottage, our other on-farm rental which is described in Perfect Places. The Cottage sleeps 4 and has 2 full baths.
And across the barnyard you'll be delighted to find the Old Barn Gallery. This is a wonderful gallery that we opened this summer to big-time acclaim, I must say. -- The new gallery is in our old barn where we raised Norwegian Fjord Horses for over 30 years. We always had 25 - 35 Fjords on the farm so that meant we used a lot of hay. The hayloft is immense (and gorgeous) and used to hold 3,000 + bales a year. -- We now have only 3 Fjords on the farm so use maybe 300 bales a year . . . No comparison. -- The old barn was built in 1845, all mortise and tenon and the massive beams hand cut and shaped. I knew from the moment I saw this magnificent structure that it would make a magnificent art gallery, and now we've done it.
We feature Nova Scotia painters and sculptors and have a wonderful selection of fine art, sculpture, folk art, garden art, and found art. Everything is handmade and absolutely original. -- We also have one of the largest (possibly THE largest) collection of vintage quilts and hooked rugs. -- And, we sell a delightful selection of handmade on the farm tea cozies, clothespin bags, and beautiful decorative pillows.
The big barn doors open onto a wonderful courtyard sculpture garden. The old roses were all chosen for fragrance and the garden is overflowing with cottage garden perennials. We have cafe tables and chairs and encourage visitors to sit and enjoy the courtyard. We'll be serving lemonade and homemade cookies and on Sundays, real English Cream Teas.
Arthur and Carol Rivoire have traveled the world and discovered this large farm while on vacation from New Hampshire back in 1987. They weren't looking to buy, but discovering the farm was for sale, they immediately put a down a deposit. It was the best thing they ever did. Nova Scotia is a wonderful place to visit and even better to live here.
We hope you'll join us.
Carol and Arthur