2018 Guest Comments
“…we continue to be awed by the views from our deck.”
Guests: Kerry & Larry, Keene, Ontario
Dates of stay: August 21–24, 2018
This is our second visit to Petty Harbour and we continue to be awed by the views from our deck. Thank you for providing that home-away-from-home feel. After a long day on the trails it’s great to come back to a glass of wine and a relaxing evening in our Nest. We will be back!
“…a perfect location for me to be here, yet scoot into St. John’s for visits.”
Guest: Nancy, Toronto, Ontario
Dates of stay: August 14–20, 2018
I knew I would love this place even before I arrived. And it is lovely. Comfy, spotless, so nicely decorated. And I could barely keep my eyes from the harbour and the ocean beyond. Stunning view. It was a perfect location for me to be here, yet scoot into St. John’s for visits. Karen it was always lovely chatting with you. I sure do hope to be back someday. Magical memories. With thanks and warmest wishes to you and David.
“Your accommodation was certainly well planned – and lacked nothing.”
Guests: Dave and Wendy, Gimli, Manitoba
Dates of stay: August 17–19, 2018
We thoroughly enjoyed our short stay in this quaint little village. The activity in the harbour we found most interesting. Your accommodation was certainly well planned– and lacked nothing. Thanks for the opportunity to enjoy it.
“Hikers have a name for people like you: ‘Trail Angels’!“
Guests: David and Elaine, Bridgewater, Nova Scotia
Dates of stay: August 12–13, 2018
We feel quite fortunate to have discovered this idyllic home away from home. Thank you for rescuing two weary, heat-exhausted hikers. It was fabulous to sit out on the deck soaking in the sea breeze. and watching the comings and goings on the harbour. Also, having a washer and dryer was an unexpected treat. We are already dreaming of a return visit. Thank you so much for your kindness. Hikers have a name for people like you: ‘Trail Angels’! We won’t forget you.
“What a special place!”
Guests: Suzanne and Mark, Niagara on the Lake, Ontario
Dates of stay: August 6–8, 2018
We loved the Nest and Petty Harbour! What a special place! The Nest had everything we could possibly need and the bed was very comfy! Thank you! We will be back!
Lighthouse Picnic– Ferryland
Cod jigging– Fishing For Success
Hiking– East Coast Trail
Signal Hill– St. John’s
“…such a comfortable home-away-from-home waiting for us at the end of each day.”
Guests: Gail & Jay, Oakville, Ontario
Dates of stay: July 29–August 8, 2018
Thanks for a great stay. As we took many day trips in Eastern Newfoundland it was lovely to know we had such a comfortable home-away-from-home waiting for us at the end of each day. Thoughtful touches like the books and Newfoundland Quarterly magazines made it even better. We even wore those silly but practical yellow rain hats one day. Hope we can come back again soon!
“…this quaint little house, with everything you would need, but yet keeping it simple!”
Guests: Heather and Ken, Kitchener, Ontario
Dates of stay: August 2–5, 2018
We loved every minute of it here in beautiful Petty Harbour. You both did a wonderful job of building this quaint little house, with everything you would need, but yet keeping it simple! Thanks and hope to return to beautiful Newfoundland again in the future!
“Loved Petty Harbour and Shorelark.”
Guests: Monique and George, Callender, Ontario
Dates of stay: July 26–August 1, 2018
Three weeks in Newfoundland has been a blast! Loved Petty Harbour and Shorelark. Thank you, Karen and David
“…just what we needed after 10 days backpacking on the East Coast Trail.”
Guests: Perri And Dan, Colrain, Massachusetts, USA
Dates of stay: July 31, 2018
Thanks so much for your gracious hospitality and lovely place! It was just what we needed after 10 days backpacking on the East Coast Trail. We thoroughly enjoyed the lovely tub, bed, and sunny porch. Couldn’t have been better! We also appreciate your taking us in ‘last minute.’ We will certainly mention Shorelark by the Sea to all our friends back home.
“Every need was met above expectations.”
Guests: Marie and Linda
Dates of stay: July 23–26, 2018
Thoroughly enjoyed our stay and if only we had more time here. Every need was met above expectations. Fabulous weather – do you have influence in high places?! Hope to visit in the future. Great time spent here in Petty Harbour.
“You have supplied this cute unit with almost everything a couple could want.”
Guests: Craig and Vicki, Kitchener, Ontario
Dates of stay: July 23–25, 2018
We loved our stay here in the Nest! You have supplied this cute unit with almost everything a couple could want. The views are spectacular! I would love to come back again…who knows…
“What a beautiful place to start our tour of the island.”
Guests: Hans & Marilyn, Arthur, Ontario
Dates of stay: July 23–25, 2018
What a beautiful place to start our tour of the island. On July 24th we had a tour of St. John’s. Beautiful city, wonderful views. July 25th went to The Island Rooms. Had a wharf tour with Leo and Kimberley. They screeched us in. Thank you!
“…nice to come home to the Nest after a day of sighseeing.”
Guests: Diane and Luc, Rockland, Ontario
Dates of stay: July 14–22, 2018
Thanks for everything. We realy enjoyed our week! So many things to do and see. It was nice to come home to the Nest after a day of sightseeing. It has all the comforts of home.
“Thank you for making our last few days in Newfoundland so memorable.”
Guests: Lou & Steve, Lillehampton, England
Dates of stay: 16-19 July, 2018
Had a lovely stay here in your lovely Guest House, thank you for your help with all my emails. It was great spending time with you both, sorry we didn’t get to say good-bye before we left. Thank you for making our last few days in Newfoundland so memorable. Please do look us up if you come to Portsmouth again. Best wishes and farewell.
“We enjoyed the view, the BBQ, the laundry…”
Guests: Lance and Deneen
Dates of stay: July 9–11, 2018
We had a wonderful stay! The Nest was perfect for us. We enjoyed the view, the BBQ, the laundry… 🙂 Saw the sunrise at Cape Spear, fossils at Mistaken Point, and whales feeding at St. Vincent’s beach. Listened to Irish music at the Zipline and had an amazing meal at Chafe’s. Was a beautiful three days for us, looking forward to coming back!
“Every little detail has been thought of!”
Guests: Becky & Warren, Welland, Ontario
Dates of stay: July 19–22, 2018
We thoroughly enjoyed our time in the Nest. Every little detail has been thought of! I would highly reccomend this perfect spot to friends. We’re sad to leave.
“…all the comforts of home.”
Guests: Diane & Luc, Rockland, Ontario
Dates of stay: July 14–21, 2018
Thanks for everything. We really enjoyed our week! So many things to see and do. It was nice to come home to the Nest after a day of sightseeing. It has all the comforts of home. Hope to come back soon…
“Thanks for making our last few days in NL so memorable.”
Guests: Lou & Steve, Lillehampton, UK
Dates of stay: July 16–18, 2018
Had a lovely stay here in your lovely Guest House; thank you for your help with all my emails! It was great spending time with you both, sorry we didn’t get to say good-bye before we left. Thanks for making our last few days in NL so memorable. Please do look us up if you come to Portsmouth again. Best wishes and farewell. Lots of love to ‘Gorgeous Boy’ MacIntosh!
“…the most clean and beautiful haven we’ve seen.”
Guests: Bill & Colleen, Edmonton, Alberta
Date of stay: July 11, 2018
Thank you for your rescue…you directed us to the most clean and beautiful haven we’ve seen. This is a place we’ll never forget. The kindness of the people of Newfoundland is unmatched.
“…thanks for sharing this little piece of heaven…”
Guests: Tracy & Henry, Ottawa, Ontario
Dates of stay: July 5–8, 2018
Many thanks for sharing this little piece of heaven with us. In the four nights we stayed here we made use of many of the delightfully thoughtful amenities included. In particular:
• the binoculars
• the bottle opener
• the shot glasses (cheers!)
• the glorious tub
• the fireplace
• the books (loved Alan Doyle)
Cheers to you both from your new friends.
“as far as accommodations go, we saved the best for last.”
Guests: Pam & Carry
Dates of stay: July 5–7, 2018
Thanks so much for this beautiful Nest, so comfortable and so well appointed. This stage represents our last leg of our Newfoundland trip and as far as accommodations go, we saved the best for last. A terrific spot. Many thanks!
“We can’t wait to fly back for a visit!”
Guests: Sierra & Joseph, Toronto, Ontario
Dates of stay: Jun 28-29, 2018
We enjoyed our nesting at Shorelark by the Sea! We will surely remember the views of Maddox Cove, and we had a whale of a time exploring Petty Harbour. We especially loved the lobster bisques, fish and ships. Thanks you for us feel[ing] at home in the Upper Nest. We can’t wait to fly back for a visit!
“Shorelark was a perfect ending to our trip.”
Guests: Gord & Wendy, Headinsley, Manitoba
Dates of stay: June 24–26, 2018
We saved the best for the last. Newfoundland was the last province to visit. Sorry it took so long! What an adventure. Shorelark was a perfect ending to our trip. Comfortable and cozy in spite of the rain.
“Three nights was much too short a stay…”
Guests: Dave and Jacquie, Calgary, Alberta
Dates of stay: June 21-23, 2018
Three nights was much too short a stay in your wonderful Shorelark by the Sea! The cottage was so well equipped and decorated so beautifully! It was such a treat to spend the end of our holiday in Newfoundland at such a “special place”. We will return home with many fond memories!
“This place is absolutely enchanting…”
Guests: John & Kathy, Springfield, Illinois
Dates of stay: June 17–20, 2018
We so enjoyed our stay here–a wonderful change from some cold nights camping on our way here! This place is absolutely enchanting and we will be back sometime! Loved every minute.
“…right in the heart of a beautiful harbour…”
Guests: Nora and Jim, Toronto, Ontario
Dates of stay: June 14–16, 2018
We had a lovely time. Shorelark is very nicely set up and we enjoyed being so close to the excellent hiking trails and right in the heart of a beautiful harbour. Thank you for a wonderful visit!
Bob and Donna below kept a mini daily-journal of their stay…such a great idea, we had to include all of it in our Comments section!
David & Karen
“Enjoyed our stay.”
Guests: Bob & Donna, Waterloo, Ontario
Dates of stay: June 12–23, 2018
June 12: We arrived at Petty Harbour. It was raining and cold. Karen & David have created quite an ideal home away from home here.
June 13: Windy and cold. We ventured out to Cape Spear. Bus Tourists had to get out and go to the point. We enjoyed watching them from the car. We’ll come back, lol. Had dinner at Chafe’s restaurant in town. Food is excellent!
June 14 & 15: In St. John’s these days for our work conference.
June 16: Cape Spear again.was foggy and cold but we made it up and down and all around.
June 17: Went to St. John’s today and wandered all about the town. Enjoyed the day and sights. Went to the Fish Depot, fresh scallops and 3 days worth of cod fillets!! Great deal!!
June 18: Visited Conception Bay area. Hiked from the the Manuels River Interpretation Centre down to the bay. Excellent hike and great view of Bell Island. Drove up to the ferry crossing and watched the ships leave for the island.
June 19: Drove half the Irish Loop. Stopped in to see most of the harbours and towns.
June 20: Bay Roberts hiking day. What an excellent weather day it was. Breath taking views!!
June 21: Great weather day but windy. Tried our luck again at Cape Spear and were able to get excellent pictures this time. Off to Signal Hill!! Signal Hill is a must-to-see destination. You really won’t get St. John’s as it is hard to figure–out until you see it from the top. It’s spectacular!!
June 22: Stayed close to home today. We made our way up to the top of the hill on the opposite side of town. We accidentally found the best view of the harbour and cove all in one spot. It was sunny and beautiful at 3 pm, then fog so thick at 7 pm you could cut it with a knife!
June 23: Time to leave the Rock. Enjoyed our stay. Read Alan Doyle’s book bumper to bumper. Good book, b’y!
“Shorelark was a great base for an adventure.”
Guests: Melodie and John, Stratford, Ontario
Dates of stay: June 9-11, 2018
Wow! What a great location. We could have enjoyed the beautifully designed space, watching the boats come and go –but– there’s so much more! Hiking the East Coast Trail in the backyard! Drinks! Meals in town! Visit to Quidi Vidi! Signal Hill! Shorelark was a great base for an adventure. So comfortable, such thoughtful design.
“This place is absolutely enchanting…”
Guests: John & Kathy, Springfield Illinois, USA
Dates of stay: June 18-20, 2018
We so enjoyed our stay here–a wonderful change from some cold nights camping on our way here! This place is absolutely enchanting and we will be back sometime! Loved every minute, even the rain and the fog!
“One of our top 3 in our world travels.”
Guests: Pete and Nancy
Dates of stay: May 17-19, 2018
Doesn’t get any better than this. A little slice of heaven on the Avalon Peninsula. One of our top 3 in our world travels. In 3 days 3 whirlwind hikes, all astounding. Make a point of seeing sunrise at Cape Spear. Hate to leave as we were having coffee out on the deck in the middle of a mild heat wave of 54 degrees (F). We usually never visit a place more than once but if we do, this would be it! I’d come back just for Chafe’s! The best!
“Perfect location for our home base…”
Guests: Billie Jo & Beth Ann, Sarnia, Ontario
Dates of stay: May 11-15, 2018
What a perfect location for our home base while we were here for five days. Karen and David are amazing hosts and provided everything we needed! Waking up every morning to look out at the beautiful harbour and ocean backdrop was pure bliss. Chafe’s Landing was our fave restaurant in the area–fish and chips are the best!
“…cozy and tastefully decorated.”
Guests: Prem & Allison, Port MacNeil, British Columbia
Dates of stay: April 13-15, 2018
Unit: Upper Nest
Thank you for a lovely stay! The place was cozy and tastefully decorated, with all we could hope for. We will be coming back!!