In 2002 a very special Tall Ship sailed into Halifax Harbour to avoid Hurricane Juan. Her name was Larinda. Sadly, Larinda was damaged and sunk on the Halifax waterfront during Hurricane Juan. As a result of this unfortunate incident, my company became the new owner of the Tall Ship Larinda and spent ten years restoring her. In the interest of securing a new home for the Tall Ship Larinda, in 2006 the Pilot House Café and Cottages in St. Margaret’s Bay, Nova Scotia was purchased and renamed as Larinda’s Landing Oceanfront Cottages.
There were five cottages initially, a beautiful private beach, a wharf, breakwater, a confederation water-lot and a beautiful green space for bonfires, horseshoes, and lots of family fun. We quickly began refurbishing, landscaping, decorating, and improving the cottages and property. New appliances, new furnishings, new bathrooms, dishwashers, and finally we stocked the cupboards with everything one could think of necessary for a great cottage experience. We sided the cottages, paved the road, planted hundreds of beautiful perennial shrubs, cut down thirty dead trees, dug a third well, built a new laundry and office facility, and finally built, decorated, and installed an amazing kitchen for our fine dining restaurant Oliver Southwood’s appropriately named after our frog figurehead on the Tall Ship Larinda.
Last but certainly not least we named our cottages after the gnomes in the children’s fantasy novel “The Little Grey Men“ written by “BB” (Denys Watkins-Pitchford) a story the builder of the Tall Ship Larinda, Larry Mahon, read as a child and subsequently became inspired to build the Tall Ship Larinda through that story.
So, we welcome you to come on by and see our eight beautiful oceanfront cottages, Sneezewort’s Shanty, Dodder’s Dwelling, Cloudberry’s Cottage, Baldmoney’s Boathouse, Lucking’s Meadow, Willow’s Meadow, the Crow’s Nest, and our newest flagship cottage Captain’s Quarters.
We have put our heart and soul into this property and after fifteen years in business have met many wonderful people from around the world and feel privileged to have witnessed their enjoyment of our beautiful property and province. It is a wonderful feeling to see our hard work provide such a memorable getaway for all who choose to come and stay with us here at Larindas Landing Oceanfront Cottages. We open our doors for the season from mid May until the end of October each year and await your visit with the heartfelt intention of providing you with an amazing unforgettable experience.
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