The Story of the Breton Cove Farmhouse

The Story is about


the land of 180 acres deeded by the king of England along the Atlantic, and the place was once



  • A self-sustaining farm with pastures, a  barn, chicken coop, hog house,  orchards, garden…
  • A sawmill
  • The border to lobster fishing territory where boats landed at Skir Dhu (Black Rock)

The Urquehardt   family over time

  • Had midwives using the main house for “birthing”
  • Adopted 5 kids
  • Was a neighborhood center across from the Gaelic Singers’ Hall and ball field

The place fell into disrepair over 20 years vacancy, its roof caved in and hunters sat upstairs poaching moose and and drinking beer.

The bedroom walls were caved in, there was  newspaper insulation on the walls, but the stone foundation was good and dry.  Part of the house had been moved from below a rocky creek bed by horses and the kitchen had been built from scratch.
In 2000, Dr. Paul and Barbara sought advice from local contractors on whether the farmhouse could be restored.   They were told:

“Burn it or bury it” but they rebuilt it

Dr. Paul is contrary and decided to fix it up, aided by a carpenter team led by John Podetz of Sydney Mines.  Douglass Fir beams were brought to create an open space living room, with little vertical support. The ceiling of the living room and the floor of the upstairs is red pine.  The picture window on the south faces a field where moose often stroll from the woods towards a small creek leading to Maggie’s Pond and the wetlands they love to inhabit.


Approaching Maggie's Pond

Maggie’s Pond

The land was full of old junked cars, some removed to protect guests from broken glass and several still in place.

Creating a Trail to old Fields,  Pastures, Groves of Birch & Ocean Cliffs

You start in a big field where guests once cooked, made fires and camped…


Blueberry Field

Breton Cove Field


Dr. Paul and logger Calvin Rankin and a bunch of kids cleared a trail by following where the old logging truck went through alder trees, up into a spruce and later birch forest to a walkway along cliffs over the Atlantic.



Breton Cove Cliffs

The place was rebuilt.  It now houses multi-family visits, retreats, couples; artists doing composing or painting or writing; hiking groups, cyclists, touring bikers…travelers seeking adventure or retreat along the Cabot Trail–and just 12km away from the sister property at Indian Brook–Cabot Shores Wilderness Resort.

The Breton Cove Farmhouse is also kid and pet-friendly.


Kid-friendly & Pet-friendly is the Breton Cove Farmhouse

Kid-friendly & Pet-friendly

Click here for info on  the video about the Breton Cove Farmhouse.

Or see this group of good friends outside the kitchen of the Breton Cove Farmhouse, doing what good

friends do, having fun together.


Good Friends Mingling from Halifax and Cape Breton Island



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