Having never travelled out east before we were really excited to go to Newfoundland. After an exhaustive online search we came across Rob and Francine's Saltbox. The description and pictures online were amazing and when we arrived they were so accurate. The cottage was bright and clean . Its closer to the ocean then you think. Sitting on their deck watching the sunset over the Atlantic was beautiful. The location of the cottage is perfect, 15 minutes away from the airport and St. John's. yet when you're in Bauline you feel like your hours away from the city. The east coast trail is minutes away from the Saltbox where we enjoyed hiking and picking wild blueberries and raspberries! The Saltbox is the perfect location to travel the Irish Loop, Portugal Cove, Signal Hill and Cape Spear. It was nice to come home to the cottage after a full day of site seeing and hiking, making a fire and dinner. The kitchen was also well stocked. We look forward to going back next year as the accommodations were perfect. Thank again Rob and Francine for sharing your Saltbox with us.
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.
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.
Joy and Paul's Review:
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
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 !
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.
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!
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.
Our week at your Salt Box was a Grand Finale to our trip to Newfoundland. The home is comfortable, cozy and all that one would want to get the true Newfoundland experience. It has a marvellous deck overlooking the ocean and is fully equipped for your stay including and excellent BBQ. The highlight was the Canada Day celebration on the Bauline wharf with fantastic music, delicious mussels and fireworks from our deck. This home is ideally situated to access many of the must see sights in the Avalon peninsula. Janet and Jim Finlay Margaret and Roger Kleinsmith
The cottage far exceeded our expectations with every amenity necessary. Your property manager, Desmond, was helpful and delivered us losters one evening on request. Bauline is a lovely, quiet village and our deck views of whales and icebergs were awesome. We enjoyed the short drive into St. John`s and many day trips around Avalon. The O`Brien`s whale and puffin watching boat trip was a highlight. We`ve already recommended the property as it was through friends having stayed there in the past who told us about your cottage. We`d love to return in the future.
Very clean and comfortable with lovely furniture, nice décor. Good kitchen and appliances. Lovely view from the patio. Bauline is 20 minutes from St. John's where there is lots to do. We visited the Rooms, the botanical gardens, the old Commissariat. Loved the restaurants in near by Portugal Cove. Highly recommended.
My mom, sister and I stayed at the Saltbox for my mom's 80th birthday. It's located in a charming little fishing village and it met all of our expectations. It was clean, well decorated, and the views from the deck absolutely breathtaking. Located about 15min to 20 min drive to St. John's the location was perfect. Desmond the caretaker was extremely helpful and so were the other people who lived in the village. This was the most relaxing and enjoyable holiday that I've experienced in a long while and I wouldn't hesitate to reserve again...
Our stay at the Saltbox in Bauline was perfect. The house had absolutely everything we needed, and the view was spectacular. We whale watched from the back deck, and were lulled to sleep by the sound of the waterfall. Bauline offered our family a taste of an authentic Newfoundland fishing village experience, yet it was only 25 minutes from the lively festivities, restaurants, shopping and tours that St. John's offers. The local people were warm and wonderful. Although the weather was unseasonably cold, it never stopped us from enjoying the gorgeous landscape. Our children will never forget our long walks up the big hill in the fog. We will cherish these memories forever!
Fabulous property! It was exactly what we were looking for..to stay in a true Newfoundland house with some history behind it. It exceeded our expectations! Clean as a whistle with more than enough ammenties. We saw Minke and Humpbackwhales from the deck that overlooks the Bay! The sunsets are gorgeous..we would watch tourists coming in by car to set up their cameras and we were already there! Very close to St. John's and Torbay has the big stores to stock up on supplies. We toured the Avalon Penninsula including Cape St. Mary's Ecological Reserve, Brigus, Cape Separ, Signal Hill, Whale and puffin watching with O'Briens at Witless Bay, Lunch at Yellowbelly's, Avalon Colony dig at Ferryland. Fabulous for a family or couple or a group of adventurous gals or guys! The owners are great to work with and the local caretaker is lovely, with info on the village and crab fishing. He's lived there all his life and his Mum lives up the street! Great experience from beginning to end:)
Kathryn and Eric's Review:
This was our 3rd trip to Bauline. It is a beautifully renovated little saltbox house on Conception Bay. The fishermen and their boats were only a very short walk down to the pier. Plenty of great trails for hiking, 20 minutes to St. Johns and George Street for shopping, restaurants and great pubs. Lots of sight seeing to be done; the Irish Loop, Signal Hill, Cape Spear and more. We had such a wonderful time!