2017 Guest Comments
“We had a wonderful vacation…”
Guests: Tom and Linda, Toronto, Ontatio
Dates of stay: Sept. 2–9, 2017
Unit: Lower Nest
Thoroughly enjoyed our stay here in the Lower Nest. It has everything we needed and was perfect for sitting on the deck with coffee in the mornings and our favourite beverages in the evenings after hiking on the East Coast Trail, visiting La Manche, Cape Spear, and Ferryland. We had a wonderful vacation and hope to be back someday. Thank you.
“It’s all here.”
Guests: Wendy & Nick, Clifford, Ontario
Dates of stay: September 2–7, 2017
Unit: Upper Nest
Our very first day in Newfoundland we drove into Petty Harbour a fisherman pointed us towards Shore lark by the Sea and then–we never left! Or if we did, it was only as far as a 45-minute drive would take us. It’s all here. FOR THE NEXT GUEST(S): The East Coast Trail is just around the corner toward the breakwater and up the hill. I was assured the paved street leading up to the trail was th worst part (this proved not to be quite true!). But once I was up there and looking out over the North Atlantic it was all worth it. Reading Alan Doyle’s book forged a connection with Petty Harbout that we would not otherwise have had. The best times were those casting a line off the breakwater and talking to the folks who ive here as they passed by. Could have stayed much longer.
“Loved our stay here.”
Guests: Colette & Doug, Vavnouver, British Columbia
Dates of stay: Aug. 31–Sept. 1, 2017
Unit: Lower Nest
Loved our stay here. Would love to have stayed longer. The Nest is great with wonderful views. Loved Petty Harbour. Visited the general store for souvenirs and took in a meal and a concert at Chafe’s Landng. Lots of fun. Would love to come back again sometime.
“…your kindness and time shared was also felt throughout your beautiful little community!”
Guests: Todd, Pier & Angela
Dates of stay: Aug. 25 & 26, 2017
Unit: Guest House
Thank you from each of us. We loved our accommodations, felt a little like home. Hope to stay here again. It was enough to mention your kindness and time shared was also felt throughout your beautiful little community! Thank you for having us!
“Our most comfortable stay yet.”
Guests: Annette, Jamie and Victoria, Mary’s Harbour, Labrador
Date of stay: Aug. 30, 2017
Unit: Guest House
Thanks for accommodating us on such short notice!! The place is stunning. Our most comfortable stay yet. Everything at one’s fingertips. Thanks again!
“…such a great location.”
Guests: Megan and Nancy, Stratford, Ontario
Dates of stay: August 27–30th, 2017
Unit: Lower Nest
Thank you Karen and David for the wonderful stay! We enjoyed our time immensely–such a great location for exploring the East Coast Trail.
“I almost stole the bed – I have never slept so well.”
Guests: Alison & John, St. John’s, Newoundland
Dates of stay: August 25–27, 2017
Unit: Upper Nest
We certainly did enjoy our stay and have already recommended your place to friends. What a perfect space you have created. We had everything we needed and more. I almost stole the bed – I have never slept so well. Despite the drizzly weather we made it out for a couple of hikes and sat on the deck for a bit the last evening. What a spectacular view and we really enjoyed watching the fisherman coming and going and splitting the fish wharfside. It was a great getaway in the perfect space. Thank you so much. Thanks again and we will continue to recommend the Nests to others.
“Keep this place going…it’s fantastic!!”
Guests: Jeff, Kim, Owen and Neve
Dates of stay: August 13-15th, 2017
Unit: Guest House
Thank you so very much for everything! Your kindness, great chit chats and lovely place were really wonderful! It was nice meeting you both and staying in Petty Harbour. Keep this place going…it’s fantastic!! (Happy Birthday Karen)
“A piece of Canadian Paradise!”
Guests: Sarah and Eric, Orangeville, Ontario and North Pomfret, Vermont
Dates of stay: July 31–August 2, 2017
We had such a great stay–the perfect relaxing vacation before the craziness of the Folk Festival*. A piece of Canadian Paradise! David, thanks for the tunes. Karen, thanks for the bath salts.
*Eric’s band, ‘The Fretless‘ were well received at the Folk festival, check them out!
“This is a beautiful place to come back to at the end of the day!”
Guests: Joanne, Dale, Abbey, & Morgan, Fredericton, New Brunswick
Dates of stay: July 31–Aug. 2, 2017
Thanks so much for the beautiful accommodations. We have really enjoyed our stay here. For such a little town there is so much to do! We took in the zip line, whale watching with Captain Wayne and supper two nights in a row at Chafe’s. We have had a wonderful time in our short stay–but would love to come back sometime! This is a beautiful place to come back to at the end of the day! Thanks for everything!
“Shorelark by the Sea is so quaint and cozy. We loved it here!”
Guests: Janette & Chris, Niagara Falls, Ontario
Dates of stay: July 30–Aug 1, 2017
What a beautiful, picturesque little fishing village on the sea. We enjoyed out stay and took many pictures. Shorelark by the Sea is so quaint and cozy. We loved it here! Be sure to read Alan Doyle’s book while looking at the harbour. It comes to life!
“We have rented throughout North America and Europe. This unit is definitely in our top three!”
Guests: Carolyn & Terry, Medicine Hat, Alberta
Dates of stay: July 23–27, 2017
We have rented throughout North America and Europe. This unit is definitely in our top 3! The sights, sounds and relaxation are first class. Close to everything. The owners are delightful and helpful. This is a ‘must stay’ while in Newfoundland.
“…the best days we had were when we didn’t leave.”
Guests: Juli, Mike, & Ford, Taylor, British Columbia
Dates of stay: July 21–July 31, 2017
Dave & Karen, you have thought of everything possible to make your guests’ stay enjoyable, from the decor and bedding to the coffee and spices. So glad we were able to stay with you!! Petty Harbour and its’ people are beautiful and while being close to St. John’s and tourist attractions was great, the best days we had were when we didn’t leave. For future guests, the must-do things are: going out fishing with Leo and Kimberly at Fishing for Success, music and food at Chafe’s Landing (make a reservation), coffee and cakes at the little coffee shop on the wharf, the craft/souvenir section at Bidgood’s just a few miles up the road, as well as their local foods (moose sausage, etc.), Herbie’s Olde Shoppe just down the block, packed full of items from local artisans and authors, O’Brien’s whale and puffin tours out of Bay Bulls. Hubby made it out to the East Coast Trail once and enjoyed the spectacular views & we all made it to the North lookout from which you could see both Petty Harbour and Maddox Cove. We look forward to visiting again. Loved our time here with our super-hosts! Thanks for everything, Dave and Karen! 🙂
“Petty Harbour is so convenient to get to the many places of interest.”
Guests: Brian and Anne, Campbell River, B.C.
Dates of stay: July 21–July 31, 2017
Sorry to be leaving! We’ll miss the friendly hosts–Dave & Karen. Thoroughly enjoyed every moment of our too-short visit to Newfoundland. Petty Harbour is so convenient to get to the many places of interest. Whale and bird watching is fantastic! Fishing with Leo is a joy! The whales and birds to be seen with O’Brien’s! And don’t forget to be ‘screeched in’! It’s just fun. Thank you Dave and Karen for a beautiful place to stay.
“…wish our home was as well thought out– everything we needed for our stay and more.”
Guests: Ken & Tracey, Burlington, Ontario
Dates of stay: July 27–29, 2017
The word for our stay in Petty Harbour and the Upper Nest: serendipity. Not finding a place to stay in St. John’s, so instead a little further. And what a find– a perfect base for our adventures on the peninsula– from sunrise over the harbour, through our count-the-whales sightings, to the peacefulness of the evening–pink skies over the bluff reflecting on the water! As for the Upper Nest –wish our home was as well thought out– everything we needed for our stay and more. Thanks so much to Karen (for directing us when the GPS didn’t!) and David for the overview of the must see and do’s!
“We loved our days in Petty Harbour.”
Guests: Chris, Mark, Joe, Lass
Dates of stay: July 18–21, 2017
Your Guest House was a great option for us, thank you for the offer. We loved our days in Petty Harbour–the whales, the trails, the people–the fresh cod!–and an extra-fun evening our last night!
“Staying here was “definitely not camping”…
Guests: Dave & Arlene, Toronto, Ontario
Dates of stay: July 19–21, 2017
Staying here was “definitely not camping” with all the thoughtful decor. We did most of the things one can in Petty Harbour except fishing, which gives us a reason to return. Art O’Brien of The Navigators had us all singing “Down in Petty Harbour” last night at Chafe’s. Great fun! Note to future residents: read Alan Doyle’s biography about growing up here, it’s a real treat. Good luck, Karen and David, and all the best.
“Thank you for all the helpful notes, the coffee, the spices, the fluffy towels, comfy bed, and the pristine clean accommodations.”
Guests: Rick & Joan, Chater, Manitoba
Dates of stay: July 11–20, 2017
When I happened upon your Shore Lark ‘Nests’ in Petty Harbour on the internet when planning our trip, I thought it would be the perfect spot to stay and it didn’t disappoint. The thoughtfulness put into the design and all the special touches was over the top to make our Lower Nest a very comfortable ‘home’ away from home. Newfoundland is so beautiful and we hope to return some day. Thank you, David, for mentioning the sunrise at Cape Spear, the highlight of my time here. So much history in this area and beautiful natural wonder. We were so fortunate the weather was perfect during our stay. Petty Harbour: the perfect setting for a perfect holiday. We do want to come back and venture to the western part of the province, but we have to fit in some time in Petty Harbour and enjoy your Shore Lark by the Sea ‘Lower Nest’ again.
Thank you for all the helpful notes, the coffee, the spices, the fluffy towels, comfy bed, and the pristine clean accommodations. We will never forget our special time here.
P.S.: Thanks for the toffee, so good!
“…wonderfully thoughtful accommodations and hospitality!”
Guests: Theresa and Chris, New York, New York
Dates of stay: July 15–18, 2017
Thank you so much for your wonderfully thoughtful accommodations and hospitality! We had a terrific time in Petty Harbour and the Avalon Peninsula. Your tips for things to see and do were most helpful to keep our days full of fantastic scenery and lot of activity. And a special thank you for the fresh cod, which was spectacular!! All the best!
“The bucket list just got longer…”
Guests: Trisha and Brewse, Don and Priscilla
Dates of stay: July 11–17, 2017
The bucket list just got longer instead of shorter because now it includes returning to Newfoundland (we know how to say it now) and to Petty Harbour. Thanks for a great week.
“Perfect setting and location for getting to see the Avalon Peninsula.”
Guests: George and Sandra, Toronto, Ontario
Dates of stay: July 9-14, 2017
Had a lovely week on our first visit to Newfoundland. Perfect setting and location for getting to see the Avalon Peninsula. The ’Nest’ had every possible convenience for self catering and we enjoyed the “loo with a view”. Will recommend you to our friends and relatives. Cheers.
“…loved the quaintness of Petty Harbour…”
Guests: Jannie, Amelia, Arie, Mieke, The Netherlands
Dates of stay: July 5–9, 2017
We enjoyed the house,’Petite Havre’ and surroundings. We were so sorry we missed the zip line. Jannie
I loved the quaintness of Petty Harbour–the morning sun on the patio and the good sleeping. Amelia
“The unit itself was adorable and felt like home.”
Guests: Karen & Mark, Morrisburg, Ontario
Dates of stay: June 29–July 5, 2017
We enjoyed our stay at the Lower Nest immensely. It was a great perch for watching the waves and fishing boats roll into the harbour while listening to the call of the seagulls. The amazing view and vistas were breath-taking and the smell of the clear, fresh air indescribable. The unit itself was adorable and felt like home. Lots to see and do. We also booked a taxi from Red & Yellow for a flat rate of $25 to go into St. John’s. We are now official Newfoundlanders after our Screech-In ceremony hosted by Terry at Trapper John’s on George St. Terry was very entertaining and it was a fun, worthwhile trip! Thank you so much of helping to make our stay in Newfoundland unforgettable. You are both very gracious hosts and we leave with the fondest of memories. Thanks again.
P.S. Hope to return one day 🙂
“We loved coming here at the end of the day as your ‘Nest’ and Petty Harbour seem to hold the very best of all we took in.”
Guests: Elise and Ted, Medicine Hat, Alberta
Dates of stay: June 29–July 5, 2017
Thanks for providing the perfect ‘Nest’ for our first time to Newfoundland. We loved every moment of our touring all the beautiful coves and harbours. We loved coming here at the end of the day as your ‘Nest’ and Petty Harbour seem to hold the very best of all we took in. We were blessed with great people, great views, large and small icebergs, whales, puffins, and great food–and nice photos and remembrances to take home. We appreciate the great outfitting of this perfect ‘Nest’ and all the good information along the way. Praying God’s best to you in your adventures. In Jesus’ love, Elise and Ted.
“Awesome is the only word to describe our visit…”
Guests: Frank, Dominion, Cape Breton, and Maria and Justin, Moncton, New Brunswick
Dates of stay: June 23–26, 2017
Awesome–is the only word to describe our visit–the owners, Karen and David–awesome–friendly, warm, welcoming, lovely people. The place itself–awesome. Clean, well equipped, beautiful. I would never hesitate to recommend this whole experience to anyone.
“…the perfect “hideaway” for us to execute our elopement plans…”
Guests: Owen & Heidi, Vancouver, British Columbia
Dates of stay: June 23–26, 2017
This is just the most adorable little place. It was the perfect “hideaway” for us to execute our elopement plans–married at Cape Spear and pictures in Petty Harbour on a beautiful sunny afternoon. We had the most amazing time here that we shall not forget.
“We love this place. So glad we booked a whole week.”
Guests: Liz & John, Kingston, Ontario
Dates of stay: June 19–25, 2017
We love this place–the view is spectacular, the Nest is so comfortable and well-equipped. We really enjoyed our hikes and other outings, and coming back here to cook and enjoy the view was a real treat. So glad we booked a whole week. We appreciated your great directions to the Nests plus all the other details–tea, coffee, spices. We too read Alan Doyle’s book– well, John read it and relayed many of the tales to me as we sat on the deck looking out to sea. Great fun! Thanks for everything.
“…all we needed and more.”
Guests: Deb and Geoff, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Dates of stay: June 19–20, 2017
Thanks, Karen & Dave, for the last minute and beautiful accommodations! We thoroughly enjoyed our short time here–wish we could have stayed longer! Fantastic place to stay–all we needed and more. All the best!
“The Nests were the perfect location and space we needed.”
Guests: Shar and Ricky, Vancouver, British Columbia
Dates of stay: June 13–16, 2017
The Nests were the perfect location and space we needed. The provisions well supplied and the view quaint. It was the perfect meeting place for neighbours to catch up while experiencing Newfoundland for the first time. Karen and David are great hosts and eager to make sure you have what you need, your are comfortable and ready to share their local knowledge. A very pleasant stay. Thank you.
“Thanks for arranging the sunshine, icebergs, whales, and crazy windstorms!”
Guests: Paul & Cheryl, Vancouver, British Columbia
Dates of stay: June 8–22, 2017
Our 2 week stay went by so quickly, and we were so very happy to have such a wonderful home base. Thanks for arranging the sunshine, icebergs, whales, and crazy windstorms! We’ll definitely remember this vacation!
“We loved watching the boats from the deck, and the beautiful sunsets.”
Guests: Karen & Erin, Cobourg, Ontario
Dates of stay: June 4–7, 2017
From the moment we walked into your Upper Nest, we felt like we were home! You have really thought of everything. We loved watching the boats from the deck, and the beautiful sunsets. Its’ central location to St. John’s and to the south (Bay Bulls, Ferryland) is ideal. We always looked forward to coming home from a day of adventure to our beautiful ’Nest’! Thanks for everything.
“…a million times better than a hotel room…”
Guests: Karin & Ed, London, Ontario
Dates of stay: June 10–12, 2017
ShoreLark by the Sea is a million times better than a hotel room–there is no way that we could have felt this comfortable, even at the best of hotels. We were so lucky to have found this place and Petty Harbour. We’ve seen some truly amazing views and walked some incredible trails, but one of my favourite memories will be reading Alan Doyle’s book about growing up in Petty Harbour *, aloud to my husband as we sipped a glass of wine and looked out our window at the harbour itself. Priceless!
Your attentiveness to even those small details is what has made Shorelark so amazing. Well done! Back in February when we booked our stay you suggested we bring layers of clothing and even light weight gloves because it can be cool in NL in June. We were fortunate to have warm temperatures in Petty Harbour but today in Elliston while searching out puffins I needed both of my jackets and my gloves! THANK YOU KAREN! We did get some great photos of the puffins and we saw over 30 icebergs on our drive to Bonavista. Another great day. My only regret on our trip so far is that we weren’t home when you tried to stop by and meet us, Karen. Our loss entirely.
Thanks again for everything.* This is also an audiobook, read by Alan himself, which I think might be even more entertaining than reading it! David
“…the perfect location with a great view!”
Guests: Larry & Linda, Fergus, Ontario
Dates of stay: June 1–8, 2017
This has been a great week in the perfect location with a great view! We enjoyed Gatherall’s puffin & whale watch (highly recommended), Signal Hill (beautiful), Chafe’s delicious lobster and fish and chips, and Ferryland. We also enjoyed the shops of St. John’s. Thanks Karen & David!
“Its’ central location to St. John’s and towns to the south (Bay Bulls, Ferryland) is ideal.”
Guests: Erin & Karen, Coburg, Ontario
Dates of stay: June 3- June 7, 2017
From the moment we walked into your ‘Upper Nest‘, we felt like we were home! You have really thought of everything. We loved watching the boats from the deck and the beautiful sunsets. Its’ central location to St. John’s and towns to the south (Bay Bulls, Ferryland) is ideal. We always looked forward to coming home from a day of adventure to our beautiful ‘Nest’! Thanks for everything!
“…loved walking along the dock and talking to the fishermen and woman as they brought in the crab for the day.”
Guests: Jill & Griff, Calgary, AB
Dates of stay: June 2-3, 2107
Thank you for our wonderful stay in Petty Harbour. The (Upper) “Nest” is so cozy and comfortable! We loved walking along the dock and talking to the fishermen and woman as they brought in the crab for the day. Very interesting. Such a beautiful spot!
Guests: Justin, Asst. Location Mgr., & the cast & crew of “Caught”
Date of stay: May 31–June 1, 2017
Thank you from the cast and crew of “Caught” for your hospitality while we filmed next door. Beautiful place! I must check this out myself for a vacation sometime!
“…loved simply waking up each day to this spectacular view of the harbour and the sea…”
Guest: Margaret, Deux-Montagnes, Québec
Dates of stay: May 26–31, 2017
Thank you so much for the wonderful stay in your cosy Upper Nest. You’ve truly thought of every detail to make it comfortable and relaxing. I loved simply waking up each day to this spectacular view of the harbour and the sea–Petty Harbour is so captivating.
Thank you for all the homey touches and interesting reading material. It was great curling up with the Newfoundland Quarterly ( a new discovery) and a hot cup of tea under the Republic of Newfoundland blanket–heaven!
Such a pleasure meeting you both–hopefully we’ll meet again. Thank you!
“…we woke at 4:30 to see the fishers pulling out into a beautiful navy/pink sky. Magic!”
Guests: Marlene and David, Ottawa, Ontario
Dates of stay: May 8–15, 2017
We’re so delighted that our daughter & son-in-law* recommended we visit your beautiful Nest. We explored, drove, ate well and walked quite a bit. We enjoyed the activities on the dock.This morning we woke at 4:30 to see the fishers pulling out into a beautiful navy/pink sky. Magic! Till we meet again…
*Sarah & Kent, http://shorelarkbythesea.com/2013-guest-comments/
“The place is absolutely stunning with all the small personal touches that we didn’t know we needed…”
Guests: John and Nicole, Ottawa, Ontario
Date of stay: May 21, 2017
Karen and David: John & I spent a day and a half hiking from St. John’s to Petty Harbour with 50 lb. and 30 lb. packs respectively. Although the trip has been absolutely breath-taking, by the time we happened upon your gorgeous town we were more than ready for a hot meal, warm shower, and rest. After eating 4 big meals at Chafe’s Landing, I called Karen. Despite our request being impromptu you both arranged for us to stay. We can’t thank you enough! The place is absolutely stunning with all the small personal touches that we didn’t know we needed: laundry detergent, tea, instructions on everything–you’ve done an incredible job of making this rest stop our favourite and what we anticipate will be our best. Thank you for this unique and special experience!