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The Lighthouse on Cape D’Or

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Please note that this guide was last updated over ten years ago (2003), so there will no doubt be changes in rates and possibly ownership.

Darcy Snell and Jenna Boon
PO Box 122, Advocate Harbour, Nova Scotia

Tel: + 1 902-670-0534
No cell number available
Tel: + 1 777777

After bumping further and further down a perilous dirt track in pounding rain and a particularly glutinous fog, it was with some elation that I spied the Lighthouse emerging through the gloom. I know how those stricken sailors must have felt.....

.... Yet such is the appeal of this maritime outpost that on this inclement Monday evening a gaggle of happy diners had made the journey. Once you’ve experienced it you’ll understand why. Darcy was so wooed by the magic of the place that he pestered the local government for eight years before he got the lease. He’d neither stayed in a B&B nor cooked before, but he knew this tea-house could be transformed into something exceptional. Three years on and he’s already had the San Francisco Chronicle billing it the ‘best place to stay in Novia Scotia’. Not bad for a beginner, and I can see their point. Supper was a banquet of local offerings; memories of my unsavoury journey receding rapidly as I dined on scallops and wild blueberries. A short stumble away is the guesthouse, simple, stylish and with views to die for. The location is truly spectacular. Sitting up in bed it’s as if you are suspended over the ocean, the waves crashing onto the rocks far below. Wild, remote, beautiful and casual, this is somewhere I’d like to spend much more time.

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Symbols: No Smoking    Special Wheelchair Access    Off-street Parking    No Credit Cards Accepted    Children Welcome    Good Hiking or Walking    
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Rooms: 4: 1 queen, sitting area, en-suite shower; 1 double, private shower across hall; 2 doubles sharing bath and shower; 3 with ocean view, 1 cliffside view.
Price: Please consult the owners for current prices.
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Meals: Full restaurant. All meals extra. Breakfast ranges from $4 to $8.
Directions: 6 km from the village of Advocate Harbour. Follow the blue signs - if you get lost, ask a local. 3 hours from Halifax and 2 hours from Amherst.

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