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Cottage -
1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 4
Grates Cove, Newfoundland, Newfoundland and Labrador

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Janeyp00s
Saskatoon, Canada
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“One of the best in Canada”
Reviewed July 5, 2016 for a stay in July 2016

What an absolute treat! Secluded spot (but a few houses nearby) with the most amazing views we have seen since being in Canada. The cottage was immaculate, provided everything we needed and wish we could have stayed longer than two nights. If you want to de-stress from a busy work life then this is the place for you! We captured some amazing photos and recommend getting up a little realier to view/shoot the sunrise, especially when there is an iceberg coasting past.
We got our provisions from Carbonear including some fresh cod, halibut and frozen scallops.
Also great service from Bonnie.

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Liked best: Location/view, amenities, beds, decks
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 35-49
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nst22
New Jersey
Level 4 Contributor
30 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Lovely Cottage, Gorgeous Views”
Reviewed June 17, 2016 for a stay in June 2016

We had a wonderful stay at The Motion Retreat. The house is fairly newly done, spotless, and well equipped. There is a porch that goes around 3 sides of the house and magnificent views. If the weather is chilly and dreary as it was for much of our stay, do not worry. The large picture windows in the living area give you the same wonderful views. We managed to sit out on the deck a couple of late afternoons and just picked the side that was protected from the wind that particular day! If traveling to that area again I would not hesitate to rent The Motion Retreat again!! Highly recommend.

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Liked least: No cell phone coverage. An issue this stay as we had an ill relative back home.
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Astridros...
Montreal, Canada
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
“Ideal Artist/Writer's Retreat Location”
Reviewed June 17, 2016 for a stay in August 2014

I can't say enough about my stay in Grates Cove. I was there for a month of writing in perfect seclusion. The small cottage was fully equipped and immaculately clean. The view is just as pictured, breathtaking and magnificent. An retreat house with an excellent restaurant and local live events is just a 10 minute walk up the road. Grates is FULL of magic!

Traveling group: Solo Traveler
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Destiny78...
Spruce Grove, Canada
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Wish we could have stayed longer!”
Reviewed May 23, 2016 for a stay in May 2016

We only had a couple of nights to get away, and we are so glad that we picked the Motion Retreat. We had to stay in St. John's the first night because we arrived late, but once we got to the cottage, we instantly felt what we wanted to feel this vacation - peace.

We have high standards when it comes to the places we stay, and this surpassed them. It was extremely private, clean, the kitchen was fully stocked, the bathroom had everything we needed, and there was a washer and dryer so we could refresh the few clothes we brought for our trip.

The view was incredible. All we did was sit on the deck or inside and stare at the view. It was - hands down, the quietest and most peaceful place we've stayed at in Newfoundland. If you want quiet and relaxation, this is the place for you.

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Liked best: The privacy.
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
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DM2012W
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Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“Absolutely beautiful and peaceful”
Reviewed February 1, 2016 for a stay in August 2014

My family of four stayed at the motion retreat in August 2014 we found the cabin spacious , spotless, and peaceful with all the comforts of home. To wake every morning and look out the extra large windows to see the views of historic Grates Cove and the beautiful water was such a joy to share with my family. It is an excellent value for your money.

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Donna W
Marystown, Canada
1 review
“Relaxation Plus”
Reviewed January 25, 2016 for a stay in July 2015

Our first visit we enjoyed immensely, just had to revisit. The retreat offered all we needed to make our stay such a memorable one. The cottage offers spectacular view and peace and tranquility to boot. Sit back and enjoy the great Newfoundland scenery and whale watching from the wrap around deck. We have visited other great cottages in the past but none could compare to the Motion Retreat. Walking trails and other scenic towns to visit during your stay. The cottage was impeccably clean. Thank you Bonnie for making our stay very enjoyable.

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Liked best: peace and quiet
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biker2016
Gander, Canada
1 review
“The perfect get-away for total relaxation and rejuvenation !”
Reviewed January 25, 2016 for a stay in August 2015

Our absolute favorite place to leave the daily grind behind, wander over the hills, sip coffee and read on the verandah, and let the wind and waves lull us to sleep. Perfect location to get away, but still have access to all amenities nearby. Like us, you'll want to return every year.

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Liked best: Location
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