ShoreLark by the Sea2015 Guest Comments

2015 Guest Comments

“…everything we needed to be comfortable and cozy.”
Guests: Howard & Pamela, Kansas City, Missouri
Dates of stay: Sept. 24—27, 2015
Thanks for sharing the beautifully appointed Upper Nest with us. You have thought of everything we needed to be comfortable and cozy. It was nice to meet you and we appreciated your advice and compassion… We hope to come back to the Nest and beautiful Petty Harbour.


“…such a beautiful area with great people and food.”
Guests: Ian & Michelle, Windsor, Ontario
Dates of stay: Sept. 11–16
Karen & David, I am so glad that I found your place! My wife and I had quite the adventure here and the Upper Nest was a great place to call home. This is such a beautiful area with great people and food. Thanks so much and until next time…


“…really nice and cozy and comfortable.”
Guests: Kyla & Dave, Ottawa ON
Dates of stay: Sept. 5–9, 2015
We had a wonderful stay in Petty Harbour and loved the ‘Nest’–really nice and cozy and comfortable.


“…the perfect setting…even saw a whale and an eagle.”
Guests: Janet & her partner
Dates of stay: Sept. 3–5, 2015
The Nest was cozy and clean. All went well with the wedding and the couple are now happily married! Petty Harbour was the perfect setting and we even saw a whale and an eagle. The view from your deck is fantastic! Again my thanks for sharing your lovely corner of the world!


“Spectacular view…ideal location…”
Guests: AnneMarie & Larry, Grand Bend, Ontario
Dates of stay: Aug. 24–Sept. 1, 2015
We loved our stay in the Upper Nest. Spectacular view, very homelike, and an ideal location to go hiking.


“…a wonderful week!”
Guests: Becky & Paul
Dates of stay: Aug. 24–Sept. 1, 2015
We’ve had a wonderful week!  Thanks so much for the accommodations. Everything was terrific.


“You really have thought of everything.”
Guests: Judy & Jim, Lucknow, Ontario
Dates of stay: Aug. 28–30, 2015
What a peaceful place. Loved our stay here. You really have thought of everything. We feel so spoiled to have found this spot. Loving the whole experience so far. The young man at the Tourism Information was so polite and nice, as were folks at the store. We certainly enjoyed Chafe’s fish and chips. Really liked the Mini-Aquarium too. Those guys were all great as well. Such a great place here. Thanks so much.


“Well done design!”
Guests: Carol & Winston, Cobourg, Ontario
Dates of stay: Aug. 22–29, 2015
A very pleasant stay. A good base to visit, hike, and get a sense of Newfoundland. Well done design!


“…a lovely place to stay”
Guests: Chris, Donna & Holly, London, UK
Dates of stay: Aug. 19–25, 2015
Thanks ever so much for the hospitality. It’s been a lovely place to stay and we really enjoyed our trip.


“Petty Harbour is truly a gem.”
Guests: Tara & Louie, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Dates of stay: Aug. 24–25, 2015
Petty Harbour is truly a gem. Really felt like coming home for us…nothing beats a stay by the sea! Thanks so much for your hospitality Karen & David, and opening your Lower Nest to us fro two nights. We know we’ll be back!
P.S.: Thanks, David, for telling us to head to Chafe’s right away–they were closing but seated us nonetheless and we had the best cod tongues ever!


“…ShoreLark was exactly what we needed…beautiful, clean & comfortable…”
Guests: Leesa & Stephan
Dates of stay: Aug. 16–Aug. 23, 2015
Thank you for such a wonderful stay. Petty Harbour was beyond perfect and ShoreLark was exactly what we needed and were looking for–an amazing view, a beautiful, clean & comfortable home away from home. This experience has us fantasizing about buying our own little slice of heaven here. Thank you for your hospitality.This has been an inspiring vacation.


“…a wonderful place…”
Guests: Cathy & Mark, Levack, Ontario
Dates of stay: August 4—7, 2015
What a wonderful place you have here. We enjoyed coming back and relaxing here after our many excursions. Thank you.


“The town is gorgeous, and the Upper Nest is amazing.”
Guests: Justin & Sarah,
Dates of stay: Aug. 1—4, 2015
You have a beautiful resort here in Petty Harbour. The town is gorgeous, and the Upper Nest is amazing. We couldn’t have asked for a better place to introduce us to St. John’s. Thanks.


“Petty Harbour is so beautiful and the people are wonderful.”
Guests: Karin & Irv, Cambridge, Ontario,
Dates of stay: July 30—31, 2105
Can’t thank you enough for this little piece of paradise. Our situation wasn’t great (cancelled flight home–2 extra nights) but this relaxing home away from home helped so much. Petty Harbour is so beautiful and the people are wonderful. Again thanks so much and let’s hope we make it home today (it’s foggy!)


“Petty Harbour and ShoreLark…brilliant!!!!”
Guests: Susan & Sebastian, Victoria, BC
Dates of stay: July 25—28, 2015
Perfection! What a wrap-up to our three weeks in Newfoundland! Petty Harbour and ShoreLark…brilliant!!!! (Susan)

“…quaint, quiet, and delightfully charming…
A most enjoyable small hidden corner of the world—quaint, quiet, and delightfully charming and your Nest which oversees it all is just as perfect. Thank you for all the thoughtfulness you have put into making your guests comfortable. (Sebastian)


“Heaven on Earth!!”
Guests: Bfly327, London, Ontario
Dates of stay: July, 2015
What a wonderful way to be introduced to Newfoundland! Thank you Karen and David for providing such a lovely “home away from home”! Pristine and everything you could need plus more! We loved sitting on the Upper Nest deck after a day of hiking and visiting St John’s ( a very short drive into the city) . My words could not do justice to our experience, so let me just say I highly recommend this unit to anyone (lots of stairs but so worth it folks!!) . It was an “I wish we had just one more day” vacations….grateful!!


“…a perfect place to come to every day.
Guests: David and Shelley, Sidney, British Columbia
Dates of stay: July 19–July 26, 2015
Thank you very much for the very well-enjoyed accommodations. Lots of day trips to family but a perfect place to come to every day.


We will recommend your place…
Guests: Nicole and Denis
Dates of stay: July 18—July 25, 2015
We would like to thank you for letting us stay in the Upper Nest. We have enjoyed our stay very much, minus the weather, but we did feel at home. We will recommend your place around our friends and family in Ottawa. You never know, we might come back ourselves. ‘Till then we thank you again.


Sitting on the deck and soaking in the sights while barbecuing and sipping Shiraz…
Lori and Ken, London, Ontatrio
Dates of stay: July 14—July 17, 2015
I can’t believe how quickly the time has gone! 4 nights is not nearly enough time to savour the beauty and tranquility of Petty Harbour and the Upper Nest, love it! We will certainly come back when we can! Thank you for this gift and sharing your piece of heaven with us. We enjoyed everything, the Nest is beautiful and full of delights! You have thought of everything! Sitting on the deck and soaking in the sights while barbecuing and sipping Shiraz…and trying some Screech! Your attention to detail is appreciated, right down to the light fixtures! Well done! We wish you every success and consider us new friends and fans from London, Ontario. Cheers and blessings.


So that’s 2 marriages and 2 honeymoons in 4 weeks at ShoreLark!  We’ll have to change the name to LoveNests!


Our elopement and vacation definitely would not have been the same…
Guests: Alessandra & Andrew, Toronto, Ontario
Dates of elopement: July 6—12, 2015


Thank you so much for everything! The advice and recommendations leading up to our arrival were so helpful, and when we arrived the Lower Nest and Petty Harbour were more than we ever could have asked for. You two have truly though of EVERYTHING! Right down to the quirky decor! Our elopement and vacation definitely would not have been the same without this special place and your expertise. We feel so lucky to have discovered you and ShoreLark! We’re already planning the anniversary trip!

It was great to have you, and we’re happy it was so memorable. See you next year!

Check out the fabulous photos from their wedding (and of ShoreLark)!!


What a wonderful place to visit and stay!
Guests: Mike, Hannah, Sam & Phyllis, Seattle, Washington
Dates of stay: July 11—14, 2015
What a wonderful place to visit and stay! We loved the town of Petty Harbour and enjoyed the Mini-Aquarium and especially the new coffee shop*. David gave us great suggestions for places to see, eat and drive to. The house (Guest House) was appointed so well. We truly enjoyed our short 4 days here!
* The waterShed


…will always remember fondly ShoreLark by the Sea and Petty Harbour.
Guests: Marilyn & Kevin, Prince Edward Island
Dates of stay: July 8—11, 2015
Thank you so much for everything. The Upper Nest was the perfect spot for us to begin our honeymoon. Loved everything about it!! We especially enjoyed being able to enjoy some home-cooked meals because of the wonderful kitchen in the Nest. We start our trip back to PEI today but will always remember fondly ShoreLark by the Sea and Petty Harbour. We can’t believe the time passed so quickly!


…the sights and people made it worth it…
Guests: Guy & Lyanne, Sudbury, Ontario
Dates of stay: July 5—8, 2015
Karen + David, we had a very good time and enjoyed our stay in the Upper Nest. It’s a wonderful start to our honeymoon. Now off to the west coast of Newfoundland. Love the area…we will be back. We left 25º C to come to 6º C. We wore everything we brought…but that’s ok; the sights and people made it worth it. Merci, merci, merci!!


…warm, welcoming, and a little bit wild…
Susan, Martin, Eric & Carl, Montréal, Quebec
Dates of stay:  June 29—July 3, 2015
Leaving Petty Harbour…is bittersweet. You won’t find as comfortable a home, or more generous, wonderful, and hospitable hosts…we are so grateful for introducing us to Newfoundland—warm, welcoming, and a little bit wild when you step on the trails. Thank you, Karen & David.


…we got married here in the living room!
Guests: Riley & Wendy, Vernon, BC
Dates of stay: June 25—29, 2015
Great place you have here. Enjoyed our five day stay very much. So much we got married here in the living room!
Congratulations you two! We’ve had elopments and honeymooners before, but you guys were the first to actually do ‘Nest Nuptials’—we’re honoured! Sláinte! We hope you have a long and lovely life together. Karen+David


…proximity to the Irish Loop, the Admiral’s Trail & St. John’s made exploring the area fun and easy.
Guests: Bill & Ana, Ridgway, Colorado, USA
Dates of stay: June 25—28, 2015
We had a wonderful time at ShoreLark & Petty Harbour. the fish and chips at Chafe’s Landing was delicious. ShoreLark was so nicely equipped—wonderfully designed for a great stay! We really appreciated the washer and dryer to get a load of laundry done for the next leg of our journey. Petty Harbour’s proximity to the Irish Loop, the Admiral’s Trail & St. John’s made exploring the area fun and easy. We will hate to leave Newfoundland at the end of our journey.


…we had a feed of lobsters purchased from the fishermen in the harbour.
Guests: Donna, David, Stephen & Scott, Courtice, Ontario
Dates of stay: June 20—25, 2015
We had a wonderful stay in the Upper and Lower Nests. We were extremely comfortable, you had everything we needed. Thank you for the lobster dishes, they came in handy when we had a feed of lobsters purchased from the fisherman in the harbour. Chafe’s Landing had the best fish and chips we ever had. The dimmer ship light in the bedroom is a very nice touch. Have a great summer. Thanks again.


…nous nous sommes sentis comme à la maison.
Guests: Luce et Michel, Montréal, Québec
Sejour: 17—19 juin, 2015
En moins de 30 minute, nous nous sommes sentis comme a la maison. Petty Harbour a fait un oeuvre et restera toujours dans nos souvenirs les meilleurs. Revenons que logis ou il ne manque de rien, service client 5 et +!! Notre sejour ici a Terre-Neuve se termine sure une note parfaite. Nous apprécions les petites attention soyez assuris que le bouche d’oreille se fera.


Just perfect.
Dale & Una, Spruce Grove, Alberta
Dates of stay: 16–18 June, 2015
Thank you for sharing your home with Una & I. Just perfect. Beautiful setting in a picturesque harbour. We will be sure to share this great experience with all back in Alberta. (Dale)
Karen & David, your attention to detail in our temporary home is noticed and appreciated. After two weeks on the road, we especially enjoyed getting our laundry done. The soaker tub is fabulous! The ship light fixture on the bedroom is my favourite item in the decor. Thanks for everything. (Una)


a beautiful rental here…we really enjoyed ourselves
Donna and husband, Barrie, Ontario
Dates of stay: 5–7 June, 2105
We had a great few days in Petty Harbour and St. Johns. You have a beautiful rental here and we really enjoyed ourselves (even though I didn’t win the cribbage tournament!) Thanks again and we will hopefully see you again in another couple of years.


I believe you’ve nailed it!
Guest: Tanya, Sundre, Alberta
Dates of Stay: May 28–31, 2015
I must say, what a breath-taking view you are providing for visitors who are truly looking for an authentic Newfoundland feeling…I believe you’ve nailed it! I so loved hanging out at the Lower Nest and soaking up (in) all of the scenery…it reminded me so very much of why I will never, ever call anything but Newfoundland ‘home’. I feel as one with this beautiful Rock! Trust me, I shall return.


A much-needed retreat to work and play.
Guest: Thomas, Holland, Michigan, USA
Dates of stay: May 12—26, 2015
I had a great time exploring the area, going on several hikes and learning about the Newfoundland culture. Thanks for the read, Where I Belong.* I could walk out on the deck and see the exact things and scenes play out as I read. It was great sharing a beer and hearing the story behind ShoreLark by the Sea and swapping music. I have enough music to listen to to keep me busy for some time. I hope to return again if work permits or on my own! A much-needed retreat to work and play.
*The autobiography of Great Big Sea frontman Alan Doyle, who is from Petty Harbour.


…loved our short stay in the Upper Nest…next visit to St. John’s will not be complete without staying there.
Guests: James and Casey, Ontario
Dates of stay: May 16—19, 2015
Hi Karen, We were glad we were finally able to meet with you before our trip came to an end. We absolutely loved our short stay in the Upper Nest. Our next visit to St. John’s will not be complete without staying there. You have thought about all the little things that one doesn’t really think about while away from home. Petty Harbour is a beautiful spot, with small town charm and only a short drive to the city. Everything you could ask for. The view is amazing from the deck, and when the wind is blowing, not bad from inside either. We are looking forward to another trip to Twillingate next year, and we are trying to find any excuse to stay in the city, even for a night. Until next time…


 Once again, this place has taken my breath away.
Guest: Jeremy S., Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
Dates of stay: April 29—May 5, 2015
Thanks again for another great time here. It’s such a wonderful area and truly one of the most beautiful places I have ever been. The trails surrounding Petty Harbour are incredible. Once again this place has taken my breath away.


Once again the accommodations were top-notch…
Guest: Dave, Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
Dates of stay: April 16—24, 3015
Thanks for a wonderful stay in Petty Harbour. Once again the accommodations were top-notch and the beauty of Petty Harbour is awe-inspiring. Your friend in Grand Rapids, Dave.


…what an absolutely perfect ‘staycation’!

Guests: Fern & Selena, St. John’s, NL
Dates of stay: April 8—10, 2-15

Thank you! This mother-daughter duo will definitely be back—what an absolutely perfect ‘staycation’! Our 3 days in this cozy Nest were idyllic. Gentle snow outside, snuggled up with our books and laptops, occasional strolls through the village and of course marvellous fish ’n’ chips at Chafe’s Landing. Just the spring break from the routine that was needed.


…a magical place to spend a week in the winter.
Guests: Amanda & Michael, Gatineau, Quebec *
Dates of stay: January 3—10, 2015
Here it is, the end of the week already! What a magical place to spend a week in the winter. Without the photo to go with my description- the pink, gold, and white of a Petty Harbour winter dawn can only be seen in one’s imagination. We came for school, but will be leaving wanting to come back just for the joy of spending time in your Nest. May the rest of winter 2015 pass happily and the next lucky residents enjoy the Upper Nest as much as we did! All our best.
*Amanda is our returning ship’s Captain, having stayed in 2014 too!