Oceanview Writers Retreat
in Charlottetown, Newfoundland, Canada
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Opened in June 2022! Attention writers, photographers, and painters - come to enjoy the opportunity to focus on your writing in Newfoundland. People who have never visited this island are stunned by the beauty that surrounds us in this place. You will want to Staycation in Charlottetown, in the middle of Terra Nova Park. I have a double room downstairs, with a sitting room/ kitchenette beside it. It is available for booking a week at a time between May 30th right up to Labour Day in September. There are both Peak and Off-Season Rates. You are welcome to inquire about long term, off-season bookings with special rates & a two week minimum.
PRICES (minimum stay is one week)
$150 pick-up & return from Gander Airport only (1 hour away).
Peak Rates (July & August)
The Double Bedroom is shared for $170 each a day/$1190 a week. A single person can book the Double Bedroom for $180 a day/ $1260 a week. All food & two excursions (1 full day & a 1/2 day included).
Off-Season Rates (May 15-June & September 1-15)
You can arrange for a long term, off-season stay with food & two excursions (as above) provided. ($130 a day or $910 week. Two weeks $1820. $2800 per month.)
The Double Bedroom
This room can accommodate two writers as it includes a queen-sized bed and a double bed. There are two writing desks with chairs, reading lamps over each of the beds, more lamps over the desks, an armoir for hanging clothes, and drawers for folded clothes. You can book your stay with a minimum stay of one week. Meals and two excursions (one a full day to Trinity or Elliston, and Bonavista; and a half day to hiking trails in Terra Nova Park) are included except during the off-season.
The Author's Sitting Room
This is a large space just outside the double room on the lower floor. There is a door to the backyard where it is possible to park a car or sit out in easy chairs. This room has a second armoire, a small couch and barrel chair, and a kitchenette area with a coffee maker, toaster, and fridge. There is also a powder room on the lower floor. Baths or showers can be obtained in the upstairs bathroom.
The Private Bedroom (not available at this time)
This room on the upper floor still needs some updating. However, it will offer a fabulous view of Clode Sound through a large window, making it a highly desirable place to sleep and work. It makes a perfect retreat for one writer with its queen-sized bed, an antique writing desk, and plenty of closet space for hanging or folded clothes. This room is currently under construction, but it would be ideal for someone who has difficulty with stairs. Meals and two sight-seeing tours, one a full day, the 2nd a half day, will be included.
What Your Stay Includes
Oceanview Writers Retreat provides you with gorgeous water views from the living room or the back deck. You can walk to the government wharf in about 3 minutes. In addition to taking in views of a variety of docks and boat houses at the center of the village, there is also a small waterfall hidden behind the hockey rink.
The Retreat is situated in the middle of Terra Nova National Park which has numerous hiking trails of varying difficulty. One of the Park’s Information Centers also has a Sea Life Aquarium in addition to its Gift Shop, so you can see some of the creatures that enjoy the waters off shore. We can take two optional excursions for sight-seeing trips each week, one for a half day, and one for the full day.
The idea behind this Retreat is to offer you a balance of inspiration for your writing and time to focus on your writing free from all distractions. You can put as much time into working on your writing goals as you desire, which is why I say the excursions are optional. All three of your main meals are cooked for you with attention to any special dietary needs. (This is a Gluten free/Keto friendly home but other needs can be accommodated). We'll even take a picnic basket when/if we do our road trips.
BYOB and be sure to bring your computer to write up your next project. Whale watching season is July and August every year, though nothing about when they may show up can be predicted perfectly. Clode Sound is visited by Minke and Humpback Whales, Dolphins, and Orcas – all of which follow the Caplin into Clode Sound. Plus, there are the resident moose, otters, loons, seagulls, eagles, and a variety of songbirds which you may see.
You can choose to drive here (taking the night ferry from North Sydney to Port aux Basques, then traveling via the Trans Canada to the Charlottetown turn off inside Terra Nova Park. Alternatively, you can fly to the Gander Airport (about an hour away) and arrange for me to pick you up and return you there for your flight home in exchange for a $130 fee.
Phone 709-667-2004 to book your stay at Oceanview Writers Retreat today!
I chose this place because of its protected seaside location in Terra Nova National Park. Charlottetown, Newfoundland is located on Clode Sound, at the base of the Bonavista Bay peninsula. The views from my living room or back deck are so spectacular I'm anxious to share them with writer friends, new or old. This is a perfect location for sightseeing or simply setting up to write on the deck or in your room.
You'll be provided with a bedroom (private or shared), a writing space, several areas to congregate, a fantastic view of Clode Sound, whale watching from the living room or deck (in season), and sight seeing or hiking excursions twice a week. All of your meals will be provided (including picnics if you plan a hike or come on organized trips). You'll also have access to laundry facilities. The house has two washrooms, one on each floor.
Proof of your vaccinations for Covid-19 will be required for both your safety and that of other people. (Sorry, I make no apologies for this health safety requirement.) Visitors will be able to book either private or shared accommodations.
Below is an arial drone view of Charlottetown taken in summer 2021. The retreat is on the hill behind the 'T-shaped' wharf. That is the government wharf where the salt ships arrive in the summer. Beside it is a sunrise photo taken from my living room. This is a place where the Caplin roll, which is what attracts the whales and even the Tuna into the Sound. Just seeing them roll in the waters off shore is an event in its own right.