Frequently Asked Questions
What Should I Bring? The summers in the area are moderate because of the sea-side location and the proximity to the cooler waters of the Northern Atlantic Ocean. Here’s what you can expect. Late April to mid June: 10 to 20 degrees Celsius (50 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit). Mid June to mid September: 20 to 25 degrees Celsius (70 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit). Mid September to mid October: 15 – 20 degrees Celsius (60 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit). Along with your summer clothes, bring a fleece jacket or sweater, weatherproof outer jacket, sturdy shoes for hiking, etc. The usual – sunglasses, sunscreen, hat – as well. You can stop in Annapolis Royal en route or after you settle in to pick up anything you might have forgotten. The closest pharmacy is there along with two medium-sized grocery stores, clothing and general stores. Please bring your toiletries with you. Just in case you leave yours behind, I leave a supply of shampoo/conditioner, soaps and toothpaste in each bathroom.We also provide a pair of binoculars, maps of Nova Scotia, umbrellas and light rain jackets for your use during your stay. For house items used during your stay, please be sure to leave them at the house prior to your departure. For your use, there is a washer and dryer with laundry soap, and an iron with board. Please let us know if you have any trouble with the house such as with the small appliances or plumbing so that we can address it as soon as possible.
Do cell phones work at the cottage? There is a cell tower nearby and good reception. However, some mobile phones are not compatible for use on all networks. Check with your provider to make certain. Some guests have purchased an unlocked phone and SIM card for use in Canada. We also have an ‘old fashion’ landline at the cottage. Local and long distance calls made within Canada and the US are complimentary.
What about internet speed? You’ll have free Wifi; but as you might expect, it’s a rural connection – around 3.5 to 4 Mbps download. It’s perfectly fine for emails, surfing and watching Netflix, but if you’re used to a fast urban connection speed you may notice the difference. Unfortunately, that’s out of our hands. If you need to use the internet for any heavy work while you’re on holiday, you might want to check with us before booking to see whether Wildflower Cottage will be suitable, especially if you deal with large files.
How do I check-in? We operate on self check-in, which means you can arrive any time after 4 pm without having to worry about people to meet and keys to pick up. Once we receive your final payment, we will email you the entry information. We ask our guests that if at all possible to please give us an approximate time of arrival in case we need to turn on the porch light or turn up the heat.
Where do we buy groceries and beverages? There two grocery stores in Annapolis Royal just 5 minutes drive from the cottage.
Map and opening and closing times for Independent Grocer
The liquor store at 180 St. Anthony Street in Annapolis Royal is open until 6 pm Monday – Wednesday and to 10 pm Thursday – Saturday. It is closed on Sunday.
If you are arriving after 6, I advise that you shop en route.
Atlantic Superstore off Hwy 101, Exit 12, New Minas
Sobey’s off Hwy 101, Exit 12, New Minas (Nova Scotia Liquor Store next door)
In Digby you’ll pass a Sobey’s Store and Atlantic Superstore en route to Hwy 101.
Is the cottage in an isolated area? While the cottage’s 60-acre setting is very private, it is not isolated. Located along a rural-residential road, it is a mere five minutes by car to Annapolis Royal where you’ll find stores, restaurants, and a community health centre. It’s also a lovely bike ride and walk into town. The location truly offers the best of both worlds.
What can someone who is use to an urban setting expect? We’re definitely in the country, which means you may encounter dragonflies, bees or humming birds whizzing by, deer or pheasants crossing the road, or a raccoon, skunk or other wild resident meandering through the lawns outside your window. Nova Scotia has no poisonous snakes and it is rare to see even a gardener snake. You’ll likely hear the music of peepers or cicadas at dusk and perhaps the hoot of a Barred or Great Horned owl. Nature abounds here. If you prefer a more controlled environment, then Wildflower Cottage may not be the place for you.
What about ticks? Here’s a link with information on ticks in Nova Scotia and safety precautions. For our part, we keep the lawns and walking paths mowed weekly and strongly advise guests to avoid the high grasses and low-lying brush. We also keep tick repellents at the house for your use.
How far is the nearest beach? Anywhere from five minutes to an hour and a half. Because of the tidal currents in the Annapolis River-Basin, swimming is absolutely not advised, but there are lots of options:
From nearest to farthest:
Can the house accommodate someone who prefers not to climb stairs? Definitely! Two people can comfortably live on the ground floor level without having to go upstairs. The ground floor level has a living room, dining/sun room area and kitchen. The bedroom has two twin beds and a full bathroom with washer and dryer next to it. There are 3 steps with a secure railing going up the deck to the front entrance. The back entrance has two steps.
What’s provided? We’re always doing updates and revisions to the cottage with a emphasis on comfort and practicality. Over the years we’ve received great suggestions from guests and also do a fair bit of traveling ourselves so are always on the look-out for amenities we think people would appreciate having in their home away from home. At the same time, we like to keep things uncluttered, spacious yet cozy. Below you’ll find a general list of essential items.
- Linens for all beds
- Extra pillows, quilts and blankets
- Soap / shampoo
- Hair dryer
- Toilet paper
- Dishes, cutlery
- Stainless steel pots and pans
- Sugar / spices
- Coffee, tea
- Dishwasher detergent and dishwashing liquid
- Paper towels, napkins, dish cloth, sponge
- Garbage bags
- Coffee maker, kettle
- Cake mixer
- Salad spinner
- Wine opener/bottle opener
- Microwave, stovetop and oven
- High speed internet
- CD player and radio
- Telephone with free local calls
- Cable/Satellite TV (Smart TV with Netflix and other apps)
- First aid kit
- outdoor bug repellent
- Cleaning supplies
- Vacuum cleaner
- Iron / ironing board
What’s your cancellation policy? Due to the small size of our operation and the short tourist season, all deposits or money received by us are non-refundable UNLESS we are able to re-rent the cottage for the same dates and time period. In that case, we will refund your money in full. We recommend travel insurance if you would like protection against something unexpected. We hope you can understand the challenging nature of running a small vacation rental and we appreciate your understanding in advance.
Does the house have air conditioning? No. We do supply fans if you need forced air. Or, open the windows for fresh country air!
Do you need a car when visiting? Yes! A car is mandatory to get around especially if you plan to do a lot of touring.