A group of us—all women “of a certain age”—just spent a fantastic week in the amazingly beautiful house and secluded setting of “Howe Bay Summer Home”. We all either live in Maine or spend seasonal time there and we topped off the summer by bringing our bikes and kayaks and more, and settling in at Howe Bay. When we drove in after almost eight hours on the road, our first reaction was, “OH, WOW! We had seen the photos on the web site, of course, and they are good…but the reality of the house, the decks, the view and just the beauty of the place was so very much more! The house shone like the jewel it is—spotlessly clean and welcoming! We only had about an hour of daylight left, but we were everywhere….kayaks down to the water to be ready in the morning…food into the two (2!) refrigerators…gear into the bedrooms…bikes by the back porch…we were ready for our week!
The “OH, WOW!” reaction never let up—every cabinet we opened, every room we explored was a testimony to the thoughtfulness of the owners! Supplies in the laundry, in the entrance bath, in the kitchen with the spices and cookware and utensils—anything anyone could need was there! Spare blankets, a huge supply of towels, lifejackets (we had our own, but it was good to see all of them) in every size….there was even a bottle of bubbles for kids (or adults for that matter). The viewing scope in the living room brought the bay into the living room to watch birds or just distant scenery. The cushions on the deck furniture….the beautiful sunroom…the 2nd floor balcony-deck….the large windows that brought all of that fantastic outdoors inside….all was designed for comfort, relaxation and beauty. We enjoyed fires in both the fireplace inside and the fire pit outside, and appreciated the ready supply of dry wood.
Howe Bay summer Home was our own private little world for a week….and we loved it! Kayaking in the mornings, biking in the afternoons, sitting and watching moonrise in the evenings, exploring the island on the one rainy day, pickleball in Souris…we packed it in, and when we finally had to load up and return to Maine, we just kept repeating….”OH, WOW”!
A lovely house on P.E.I….
With perfect views of bay and sky…
Fields of red and gulls of white,
Full moon rising at the edge of night…
Morning paddles, evening fires,
Small town churches with tall spires.
Skeins of geese plus crows and more…
Early walks on a russet shore.
Riding bikes on a well-groomed track—
We loved it here and we’ll be back!
Sue Shaw, Maine USA
I hardly know where to begin. The Beach House exceeded our expectations on every level. The house was beautifully decorated and so well laid out. We had 4 adults, 5 kids and 4 dogs, yet somehow the Beach House held us all comfortably! Despite the electronic distractions available (big screen sat TV and wireless internet) the real star is the location. Secluded doesn't really do this place justice. Its at the end of a long driveway, at the end of a private lane, off a dead end road off a secondary highway in eastern PEI. We heard 1 vehicle go by during the week we were there! even our oldest teenage daughter (jaded technophile that she is) was completely smitten! from the time we arrived almost every moment was spent on the beach or in the water. We reserved the house for 2011 before leaving in 2010, and a good thing as it was booking fast!
We live on PEI so we are no strangers to beautiful seaside scenery but wow was this place stunningly beautiful!
If you are looking for Disney World this isn't for you, If you want peace, tranquility, and a touch of luxury then this should be on your must visit list.
Would I change anything? Well, I would have liked a slightly larger dining area but that really is being picky, and we were a very large group.
Now that the secret is out I only hope we can find a week free for us to return every year!
*Note: The Winters have been our guests at Howe Bay every summer since that time!
Catherine and Chris Winters, Charlottetown PEI
We were thrilled to pull into this jewel of a cottage and one with such a breath-taking view at the end of what seemed to be an endless two day journey to get here. We have decided that the Howe Bay view is one of the most beautiful we've seen after vacationing in the most beautiful sceneries in 3 continents... We hope to come back some day. Thank you Lawrence and Jovette
Susan and Alain Kundycki; Bruxelles, Belgium
This little piece of heaven was idyllic!! We arrived tired, worn out and run down. We are leaving energized, refreshed and renewed. Unlike most of the other visitors, we were much less adventurous... I think the farthest we went was either Montague in one direction and Basin Head in the other. Truth be told, we really felt everything we needed was right here, in our own backyard...
Best beach - right outside the door at low tide. OK, so Basin Head is spectacular & worth a visit just to get the taste of PEI, but at low tide, whether you take the canoe across the little channel, or you turn left at the bottom of the steps and walk around the point, you have at your disposal miles of sandy sand bars, warm water and NO OTHER PERSON for miles. Heaven! If you have small dogs or small children, the sand bars, separated by ankle + knee high stretches of water, are fantastic for them. They will splash around for hours and you won't worry.
Best screened-in porch - right here in this house. We lived there - ate, took cocktails, slept and read. All in all, one of our best holidays. We hope to come back.
Alison Fripp & Michel Coderre; Montréal, QC
Red dirt road takes us to a cottage with a view that is too beautiful to try to describe.
The weather this past week was perfect. Each day we wake to blue sky and clean crisp air. Diamonds sparkled on the water. The tides caused our view to change each time we turned our head.
A canoe trip across the bay, the red cliffs in the distance, seals watch our every move, we choose the best shells to take home as a memory.
We rest and doze off as we sit on the porch. My brother carves birds out of a stick of driftwood. Biff runs across the yard. We try to read our books, but the view takes our eyes off the page...
We loved it here.
Connie & Phil Overby; Indiana, PA USA
Bruce & Mary Harding; Whitehall, PA USA
It may be too soon to call and, since this is my first visit to PEI since I was in diaper, I am probably not qualified to judge, but I think that Confederation Bridge has not changed the "unique" character of the Island. In only a week's worth of lazy sightseeing, we kept on coming across odd snippets of Island life. My favourite example was the town of Five Houses. There are twenty-two houses in the town of five Houses! It was great to start so many of our journeys by going through this utter anti-calibrating town.
Yet, the other way, in Basin Head, it was enjoyable watching the kids hurl themselves off the bridge into the channel below. The lifeguards appeared to enjoy it, too; so much so that the [NO JUMPING OR DIVING FROM THE BRIDGE] signs were joyfully ignored by all in attendance. A lawyer would need a divining rod to figure out that one!
Unfortunately, I will be back at work in Toronto in a few days. With any luck, there will still be a light dusting of Island red on my shoes...
Great trip and cottage !