A true home-away-from-home is the best way I can describe what Kildare was for me during the week I had the pleasure to stay there. The property exudes warmth and uniqueness on every level and you can feel it the moment you enter the green gate that runs along the border of it. I literally gasped at the beauty of the place when I walked through that gate—from the setting directly on the lake, to the big sky over head, to all the greenery and plantings, to the distinctive cottage architecture—it didn’t end and I wasn’t even inside the house yet!
And the wonder and delight of Kildare just continued as I made my way into the main cottage. The house is spacious, flows well, and each room has interesting elements including obvious ones like the gorgeous stone fireplace and wall of books in the living room to more subtle ones like the diagonal latticework in the windows of the master bedroom or the tree trunk beams that are used on the ceiling of the deck. Whether large or small, attention to craftsmanship and quality have been paid to everything in the home. On top of all of that, Kildare is immaculately clean and tidy. It is obvious that a great deal of love has gone into both the building of the home and the maintenance of it.
In terms of functionality, Kildare is top notch. The kitchen is so large and has everything you could possibly want in it to make big meals for a big family. The washer and dryer are new and work great. The windows and doors are easy to open and shut so bringing the air and sounds of the outdoor world in is a breeze. There is a beautiful deep tub in the master bathroom that is pure luxury, but I can say hands-down that Kildare’s outdoor shower is the best one I have ever been in. The setting, water pressure, spaciousness, cleanliness are absolutely perfect.
And finally, in addition to all of the outstanding features of the home, a special note must be made about the deck that runs along the entire length of the cottage. There are different areas on it for doing different things—tables for dining, chairs for lounging, a bench for reading, a grill for cooking—but whatever the activity, the space is so inviting and allows one to truly take in the amazing beauty of the Bras D’Or that is steps away. On my final day at Kildare, over the lake I saw three amazing sights—a rising sun, a giant rainbow and a rising nearly full moon. Heaven and earth are available at Kildare. Go now.
It is impossible to overstate the beauty and charm of Kildare Cottage. When we stepped through the green gate, our first view of the property was magical. It literally took our breath away. As pretty as the photos are, they don't do it justice. it's an absolutely beautiful property. My husband and I desperately needed a few quiet days away to decompress, unwind, and rest. Kildare was everything we'd hoped for and more. Our usual style on trips is to race from one attraction to another to make sure we don't miss anything. At Kildare we had very little interest in the outside world. We did manage to drive the Cabot Trail, take a sail on the Amoeba, and visit the Bell Museum for a couple of rainy hours, but mostly we just wanted to hang out at the cottage. Kildare itself became the main attraction and we didn't want to miss an inch of it. We spent hours exploring every nook and cranny both inside and out, marveling at the attention to detail throughout. It's not possible to create such an amazing atmosphere by accident. Jan and her family have outdone themselves. It's truly a special place.
As wonderful as the rest of the property is, there's something magnetic about the porch and the view of lake. We repeatedly found ourselves out on the porch, drawn to the beauty of the lake with Beinn Bhreagh in the distance. We had morning coffee out there. We ate meals out there. We read out there. We sat and talked and did nothing at all out there. We had no desire for televisions, computers, or telephones. For the first time ever, I came home from a vacation feeling like I'd had an actual break and feeling restored by it. I can honestly say that Kildare taught me the value of doing "nothing" and that sometimes "nothing" is everything.
Book your stay at Kildare. You won't be sorry.
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