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802 Dingwall Road P.O. Box 47, Dingwall, Nova Scotia B0C 1G0 Canada
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The Markland Coastal Beach Cottages is an excellent choice for travelers visiting Dingwall offering a spectacular setting along with friendly service and charming accommodations. A wonderful restaurant is on site offering some of the best dining on the Island. And guests are treated to a complimentary breakfast to help make their stay more enjoyable. If you’re looking for things to do, the Markland is situated just off the Cabot Trail on the most northern tip of Cape Breton Island . Not only does the Markland have a marvelous beach offering wonderful walks and refreshing swims but also a swimming pool for those who prefer a quieter space. The St. Paul South West Lighthouse, Canada's first heritage lighthouse, is just minutes away and for those keen to watch whales and kayak, check out the whale watching at Bay St.Lawrence and the kayaking at Cabot Trail Adventures - all popular attractions among tourists. Enjoy your stay in Dingwall!
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
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Fishing
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Non-smoking hotel
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dingomcl wrote a review Nov. 2022
Calgary, Canada21 contributions3 helpful votes
My son and girlfriend went to University in Nova Scotia and have never been to Cape Breton, my favourite place. I thought some cottage time on the Ocean was necessary to complete their experience. I warned them no cable, wifi or cell service in the rustic cabin (my wife explained that there is service at check in). It is definitely off the beaten path and through the highlands to get there. It would be our base camp during our visit. While we hiked, ate, drank and embraced the Celtic music around the island we always had the Atlantic and vast beaches to start and end our day. Continental breakfast at The Markland is a must and make sure you have dinner there one night, you won’t be disappointed. To have access to this while staying in a cottage is a real bonus.
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Make reservation at Markland for dinner. Traveling through the Highlands at night be careful due...
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BearAboutTown wrote a review Oct. 2021
Montreal, Canada33 contributions3 helpful votes
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My partner and I just spent an incredible week at the Markland, which served as an ideal home base for exploring Cape Breton Highlands National Park. We had reserved a table at the restaurant for our first night, but ended up delayed by about an hour (so we would arrive after the restaurant had closed). I called the front desk and they took our order and had a meal prepared for us to take back to our room upon arrival. A preview of the kind and really exceptional service. We stayed in a 1-bedroom cottage (Cottage 8) and were thoroughly pleased. The setting is intoxicating with apple trees and clumps of wild roses opening up to views of the mountains and sea. I was pleasantly surprised to hear the waves from our cottage! The cottage itself managed to convey the exact rustic and pared back atmosphere I was craving for my vacation without sacrificing design or comfort. Luxurious, top range linens, towels, curtains, and furnishings complimented the rustic cabin and wild setting marvelously. The kitchen was minimal but had everything we needed to heat up dinner on several nights of our stay. Now it seems I have buried the lead, but I must mention the INCLUDED BREAKFAST! This was truly the stand-out feature of our stay. When I made the reservation it seemed like a quaint additional perk but in truth it was one of the highlights of our trip. So many options, all homemade, changing and updated throughout our stay... My favourites were the scones, always a sweet and a savoury option, always, again, homemade! There were also Cape Breton oatcakes, several varieties of muffin, a spinach frittata, hard boiled eggs, an assortment of fruits, fresh-baked bread for toasting, and a selection of teas, juices, and coffee. Without exaggerating, it was essentially the breakfast I would go out in search of at a bakery in a large city while travelling abroad--and it was included, every day! True, it is a "continental breakfast" but I would take it any day over a buffet of scrambled eggs made from a powder and microwaved bacon. Honestly, this breakfast spoiled me and I will now try to find cottages with included homemade breakfast for all future holidays! We only ate at the restaurant on one night but were impressed. The Tidal Bay white wine from Nova Scotia on offer was delicious and went perfectly with our meal. We ordered the specials, which started off with an appropriately autumnal mushroom cream soup. Apparently there had been a Mako shark in the bycatch of some local fishermen, and we ordered it not knowing what to expect. Cooked in a garlic butter it resembled a flavourful and not at all fishy, and very very tender cut of chicken! We loved our meal and the service was again warm and accommodating. We will have to come back some time for the mussels and the cheesecake as we have heard good things about both. The beach was lovely, especially around sunset when the sky would turn vibrant shades of pink and orange. Walking on the beach, I saw several bald eagles, northern gannets, terns, piping plovers, and obviously many types of gull. I was very sad to turn in my key at the end of my stay and I hope to be back soon. Wherever I travel next, the Markland has upped my criteria for my next cottage rental!
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Date of stay: September 2021
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LindsandDave wrote a review Nov. 2022
Elmira, Canada18 contributions3 helpful votes
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Words cannot do this property justice. We had a one bedroom cottage tucked back in the woods overlooking a bay. The cottage had everything we needed, but it was the location and the restaurant on site that put the Markland over the top. The scratch baked pasties in the morning were perfection and dinner was equally delicious. The food was equal parts delicious and beautifully presented, it went way above what I expected fitting in more with a restaurant in the city, but served at a quaint cottage inn on the edge of the ocean near the top of the Cabot Trail. Easy to get to and easy to explore from, the Markland is an absolute gem in a fantastic spot along the Cabot Trail and we will be back next time we made the trip out East.
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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Rebel-NS wrote a review Oct. 2022
Halifax, Canada95 contributions67 helpful votes
We stayed there three nights on Thanksgiving weekend. We had two cottages. Our cottage was a two bedroom tucked into the edge of the woods. Our daughter and husband had a one bedroom without kitchen, connected to two others with a water view. Both cottages were comfortable and clean. I would describe them as rustic with comfortable beds. What really makes this place is the restaurant and atmosphere. The main lodge has a sitting area, communal jigsaw puzzle, evening live musician, and an over the top delicious restaurant. All the food is locally sourced as well as it can be. We had two meals there and everyone's meal was well presented and cooked to perfection. Between the 5 of us, we had, meat dishes, fish dishes, and pasta. All were extremely tasty. In the morning they serve continental breakfast which is included in the room price. Again all offerings at the breakfast was home made. This included scones, bagels, muffins, and freshly made quiche. I would definitely return to Markland, although next time to stay a little longer..
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Date of stay: October 2022
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Room Tip: There is a one bedroom near the end of the property with a stunning view of the beach
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Shauna M wrote a review Sep. 2022
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Dingwall is a picturesque location and the Markland's property sits by the ocean with a private beach that is just a few minutes walk. There is also a pool that looked nice, but we didn't use. We had no ocean view from our cottage #10. The cottages are very clean and smelled fresh. I think they are cedar. Very rustic. No TV or WIFI, which was great. We played Yahtzee. Lots of windows that opened for a nice breeze. They have ceiling fans, as well as other fans, which a lot of places don't think of. Ralph Lauren towels in the bathroom and wonderful locally made soap (The Groovy Goat) were a couple of nice touches. The bedroom was a good size with a closet and a very comfortable bed with soft sheets. Very quiet as well, which made for amazing sleeps. We had our dog with us, but not all of their accommodations allow dogs. The breakfast, which is included was one of the best we ever had at any place. The buffet included the usual coffee, teas, juices, cereals, yogurt and fruit, but they also had quiche, homemade bread, scones and bagels that were amazing and oatcakes. Everything is fresh and homemade and delicious. Suppers were equally amazing. Tip: Make a reservation. Staff was very friendly. We would go back again.
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Date of stay: September 2022
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Room Tip: If you want a view of the ocean, get one of the log rooms up front.
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Janet and Bob wrote a review Sep. 2022
8 contributions3 helpful votes
This is the one place we stayed on our tour of the Cabot Trail that I am motivated to review because we loved it so much. We arrived there by bike after a long (and steep!) day. Staff is warm, friendly and happy to help in any way. Location is unparalleled -- sit on an Adirondack chair and enjoy the view or walk down to the sandy beach that extends in either direction. Bed was comfortable, breakfast -- included in price -- was complete and tasty. Everything you need and nothing (including pretension) you don't. Highly recommend.
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Date of stay: September 2022
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FL M wrote a review Sep. 2022
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We ate at this special place recently and had a great experience - friendly, quick service and delicious, fresh local fare. Very cozy and beautiful seaside atmosphere. We had the Halibut and Seafood pasta and both were fantastic. Highly recommend!
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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timetravel4 wrote a review Aug. 2022
Toronto, Canada22 contributions3 helpful votes
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We loved our stay here at The Markland. The location is absolutely beautiful and I would recommend getting up early to view an incredible sunrise! We were in a cottage that had a sea view and was awesome, well kept, comfortable and very clean. The dinning was first class and the breakfast offerings were beyond expectations. The chef is very skilled. The staff at registration and in the dinning room were the best we had encountered on our Cabot trail tour. They convey a passion for hospitality and we loved chatting with them. There was entertainment in the evening. The only recommendations I would make would be; to have some seating on or closer to the beach, try to have wifi accessible in the rooms and cottages (although I was looking for peaceful relaxation and did not miss it until I needed to further plan the rest of our trip. The minute we checked out I wanted to stay again. Highly recommend to anyone who star gazes, loves the sunrise and yearns for a peaceful quiet at night. Selecting this as your home base for Day excursions on the trail is a wise choice!
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Date of stay: August 2022
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Suzi_O_Lu wrote a review Aug. 2022
Orillia, Canada28 contributions17 helpful votes
Fabulous location, friendly and attentive staff, and excellent food! The cottage we stayed in was perfectly appointed, had a lovely ocean view, and wonderful beds and linens. We had been ‘glamping’ during the previous week and loved the opportunity to do our laundry on-site, such a helpful amenity for folks travelling for long periods of time. The breakfasts were included and surpassed all of our expectations. We loved the homemade scones and frittatas! We had a large family dinner one night and our server Kayla handled our table expertly! The meals were fabulous and I dream of the seafood chowder! We can’t wait to return.
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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Marian D wrote a review Jul. 2022
Vancouver Island, Canada50 contributions9 helpful votes
The cottage was perfectly appointed with a terrific view. Walked on the beach, enjoyed the gardens and had a divine lobster roll wrapped in rice paper complimented with a light dip and a citrusy salad. for dinner while a lovely man serenaded us with traditional songs. Breakfast included outstanding quiche, scones,cinnamon buns, yogurt, fruit, etc. The oatcakes were so crisp and tasty that I got the recipe from the chef and have just made a batch at home!
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Date of stay: June 2022
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Markland Coastal Beach Cottages
Which popular attractions are close to The Markland Coastal Beach Cottages?
Nearby attractions include White Point Hiking Trail (7.7 km), St. Paul Island Museum & Lighthouse (1.0 km), and North Highlands Community Museum (4.5 km).
What are some of the property amenities at The Markland Coastal Beach Cottages?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at The Markland Coastal Beach Cottages?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, a refrigerator, and a seating area.
What food & drink options are available at The Markland Coastal Beach Cottages?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at The Markland Coastal Beach Cottages?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Markland Coastal Beach Cottages?
Conveniently located restaurants include Angie's Family Restaurant, Danena's Bakery & Bistro, and Morrison's Restaurant.
Are pets allowed at The Markland Coastal Beach Cottages?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Does The Markland Coastal Beach Cottages have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the harbour view available here.