ShoreLark by the Sea2019 Guest Comments

2019 Guest Comments

“Looking forward to our 3rd trip!”
Guests: Kim & Jim, Calgary, Alberta
Dates of stay: September 4–7, 2019
So nice to come back to Petty Harbour for a second visit! We really enjoyed the view from our Nest! We woke up today, having a wonderful coffee on the patio, enjoying the beautiful sunny weather! Then took a hike, starting steps from the house, which couldn’t have been more convenient! Thankfully I took a bag along to pack lots of awesome blueberries along the way…a lovely way to end our stay. Looking forward to our 3rd trip–most likely next year!

 

“…very clean. We felt at home.”
Guests: Jeannine, Gaetan, Josée & Phillipe, Montreal, Québec
Dates of stay: August 29–September 1, 2019
Our stay was excellent! We really enjoyed ShoreLark by the Sea, it was very clean. We felt at home. Karen and David were excellent hosts!

 

“Everything was beyond expectations. Love the ‘coastal chic’ decor!”
Guest: Elizabeth, Newmarket, Ontario & (and Enfield, UK)
Dates of stay: August 27–30, 2019
I am sitting drinking coffee at the kitchen table and thinking “do I really have to go back to the real world today?” Thank you Karen and David for creating this perfect haven. Everything was beyond expectations. Love the ‘coastal chic’ decor! A perfect mix of style and comfort. The Nest was an ideal place to recover from a long day of puffin-seeking in Bonavista. Closer to home I also enjoyed coffee at the waterShed, lobster rolls at Chafe’s Landing and shopping for Christmas gifts at Herbie’s. Karen it was lovely to meet you last night and express my gratitude in person.

 

“…our first stop of many here in Newfoundland…it will be really hard to beat!”
Guests: Bob and Sue,Niagara on the Lake, Ontario
Dates of stay: August 24–28, 2019
This has been such a great place to stay. So glad we found you! You have thought of everything. It is our first stop of many here in Newfoundland and it will be really hard to beat! Thank you so much Karen and David. We love Petty Harbour.

 

“…beautiful spot by the harbour.”
Guests: Ron, Marg, Kathy and Ian, Waterloo, Ontario
Dates of stay: August 24–27, 2019
Thanks so much for your beautiful spot by the harbour. We enjoyed visiting with you and loved your beautiful home. All the best in your future endeavours.

 

“Very comfortable, kitchen very well equipped. Very nice stay.”
Guests: Renée and Clement, Montréal, Québec
Dates of stay: August 17–25, 2019
Very comfortable, kitchen very well equipped. Very nice stay. East Coast Trail (close to here) is beautiful. Must see: Cape St. Mary’s (on a sunny day); Ferryland; Signal Hill; Best beer: Quidi Vidi Brewery; nicest brewery: Dildo brewery, the cod bites are unbelievable.

 

“…a wonderful unplanned stay in Petty Harbour! This was the best possible outcome…”
Guests: John and Nadine, Calgary, Alberta
Dates of stay: August 13-16, 2019
Had a wonderful unplanned stay in Petty Harbour! This was the best possible outcome of a mad scramble at 3 AM to find lodging near St. John’s. We probably would not have seen Petty Harbour otherwise, but we are so glad we did! Thank you, Karen and David, for your wonderful hospitality.

 

“…a great time here in Petty Harbour.”
Guests: Bill and Ryan, Waterford, Ireland and New York, USA
Dates of stay: August 7–11, 2019
Thank you so much for your hospitality. We had a great time here in Petty Harbour. Visiting Shaun’s homeland, made the visit all the more special.
(Shaun is Karen’s cousin in New York)

 

“…everything we needed and more.”
Guests: Wayne, Roseanne, and Michaela, London, Ontario
Dates of stay: August 4–7, 2019
Thank you very much for your kind hospitality. We had everything we needed and more. Such a beautiful space, in such a beautiful village.

 

“It was great seeing a beautiful part of our nation”
Guests: Kelle, Cori, Jake, Nick & Julian, Calgary & Invermere, Alberta
Dates of stay: Aug 1–3, 2019
Thank you so much Karen and Dave for our lovely stay! I really enjoyed our chat on our hike. What a beautiful place you live in. I hope to be back someday. See you again on the rocky road of life, lol! Boys really enjoyed your company and drinks around the bar/patio last night.
–Kelle

Cheers from the wild one…Thank you so much. Love this big island. Hope to be back and also great to see you again.
–Cori

Thanks for the wonderful stay. Peace and love
–Jake

Thank you so much for having us. I had an amazing time and really appreciated you guys showing us that hike as well as helping to guide our stay in Petty Harbour. Thanks for everything
–Julien

Thank you for giving us such a warm welcome to your town. It was great seeing a beautiful part of our nation and meeting some amazing people along the way. It was an honour and pleasure, cheers!
–Nick

 

“We’ve cooked in your greatly equipped kitchen each night and sat out on the deck. We love this place!”
Guests: Christine and David, Sandhurst, Berkshire, England
Dates of stay: July 29–August 1, 2019
With the flights already booked from London Heathrow to Montréal, we thought our final destination would be Halifax, Nova Scotia after Québec City so we hired a car too. But then I happended to click and the Newfoundland and Labrador tourism site and came across ShoreLark! It was love at first sight and we knew we had to get here. It’s been a long drive, with a lot of stopovers, but we’ve seen Québec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia along the way. We could only stop a few nights here before we must take that long drive back to Montreal but we’ve had the most fabulous time here. We’ve been kayaking and out walking the East Coast Trail most days. Cape Spear today was beautiful, we managed to walk five miles and we saw whales! We’ve cooked in your greatly equipped kitchen each night and sat out on the deck. We love this place! Thank you Karen & David
P.S. Tinker’s Ice Cream was the bees knees!

 

“Couldn’t stay in a better place.”
Guests: Alice, Bob, John, and Judy
Dates of stay: July 29–August 1, 2019
Lovely place–we were so comfortable. Beautiful town with beautiful surroundings. Our hosts are delightful and we enjoyed ourselves immensely. Couldn’t stay in a better place. Someday with luck we will be back. Thank you for providing (& thinking of) everything we could possibly need.

 

“What an adorable place…”
Guests: June and Heather, Etobicoke, Ontario
Dates of stay: July 22–25, 2019
Heather and I had a wonderful time in Newfoundland. It was all made better by our accommodations at ShoreLark by the Sea and the very friendly host and hostess David & Karen. What an adorable place to come back to after our busy days of sightseeing. If we return we most definitely would stay here at the Nest in Petty Harbour. Thank you for everything. It was a pleasure to meet you both. Can’t wait to return!

Thank you! Spectacular stay! Heather

 

“THE BEST”
Guests: bkro1342, NY, NY, USA (on TripAdvisor)*
Dates of Stay: July 2019
I hesitate to even write this as I don’t want people to find out! The nest is perfection…clean, beautiful, wonderful view…unreal. We only came for 4 nights and next year will be at least a week. The owners are so helpful and friendly. I highly recommend this place. One of my favorite trips of all time!
*Please note that TripAdvisor ALWAYS displays an incorrect higher price, and will not correct it. Go here to find the actual rates!
Karen+David 
 
 
“A dream come true.”
Guests: June and Heather, Toronto On (on TripAdvisor)*
Dates of Stay: July 22–25, 2019
I have always wanted to holiday in Newfoundland. This spring I started planning a trip. I needed somewhere beautiful, somewhere close to the sea with a view, fishing boats that I could watch and simple places to walk to for eating and amusement. I was going to be alone and without a car. Shorelark by the Sea seemed perfect so I booked it. As I waited for the trip to arrive, to my surprise, my daughter decided to join me. She booked a flight and rented a car. This changed everything and we got around to see so much more than I expected. Karen and David were very helpful with this change of plans. Now we are back home with such wonderful memories of beautiful Newfoundland. In Petty Harbour on the upper deck of Shorelark by the Sea. Loved the accommodations, the people, the sights… sea, whales, puffins, the seal, the sunrise, coniferous trees, lupins, lighthouses, walking, souvenirs, and seafood. Everything was perfect! Thanks to Karen and David for your warm hospitality. I recommend this place as the best place to stay in Newfoundland.
*Please note that TripAdvisor ALWAYS displays an incorrect higher price, and will not correct it. Go here to find the actual rates!
Karen+David 

 

“Sometimes the unplanned things are the best!”
Guests: Pam, Dan, & Susann, Francestown, New Hampshire
Dates of stay: July 14-15, 2019
St. John’s or bust we said as we set off on foot from Mobile on the East Coast Trail on the morning of the 12th. The rain just poured on the third day, our tent leaked, everything was wet and our spirits were down. We walked into Petty Harbour at 5 PM with nowhere to go. Sometimes the unplanned things are the best! David and Karen were so awesome to let us into their beautiful Nest. It was like a paradise. We walked the town, rested, walked though the museum, chatted and purchased lovely items at Herbie’s and ate fish (twice) at Chafe’s. Best fish ever. I really can’t express how wonderful our time was, I do feel God led us here as I will always remember this spot and encourage others to visit!

 

“We walked down to the water and bought fresh lobster from the fishermen on the wharf.”
Guests: AvidCanoeist, Ottawa, Canada (on TripAdvisor)*
Dates of Stay: July 2019
Delightful. All the photos and other reviews are accurate. Be sure to give yourself enough time to just sit and enjoy the ever-changing view. There’s a lot of stairs and they are steep, but that just makes the view better. The kitchen is well stocked with coffee, tea, sugar, oil, spices and stuff, as well as the necessary pots, dishes and utensils. The bed is comfy. We walked down to the water and bought fresh lobster from the fishermen on the wharf. Then we walked around the harbour and took a zodiac out to see whales breaching by a spectacular iceberg. An evening stroll takes you to Chafe’s Landing for excellent fish and chips, Iceberg beer and local music. You can walk to two East Coast Trail starting points. It’s pretty sweet!
*Please note that TripAdvisor ALWAYS displays an incorrect higher price, and will not correct it. Go here to find the actual rates!
Karen+David 

 

“Don’t go to Newfoundland and not stay here!! Exceeded Our Expectations!!”
Guests: Getaway20989994676 (on TripAdvisor)*
Dates of stay: June 2019
Beautiful décor with outstanding attention to detail! Nothing was forgotten. The bed was so cozy, it made it so easy to relax and unwind from a day filled with exploring. The location was perfect! Close enough to St John’s and all that it has to offer, yet far enough away to enjoy the peace and tranquility. Easy access to the Irish Loop. We spent a day enjoying Petty Harbour and we can’t say enough about their friendliness and wonderful stories. Imagine sitting out on a deck drinking your morning coffee, and gazing at a beautiful Iceberg!! Karen and Dave were so wonderful to deal with. Thank you so much for sharing your little piece of Heaven on Earth!
*Please note that TripAdvisor ALWAYS displays an incorrect higher price, and will not correct it. Go here to find the actual rates!
Karen+David

 

“…loved everything about this Nest…”
Guests: John and Nancy, Lindsay, Ontario
Dates of stay: July 4-6, 2019
Karen and David, thank you for this little piece of heaven! Right from booking way back,  everything was smooth and easy. Our time here in Petty Harbour was above and beyond our expectations. Our “low part” of our trip!! We cooked fresh lobsters one night and fulfilled another ‘want’ on my bucket list (fresh lobster, cooked here, from the area!) We will be planning a return trip in the future and we know where to come!! ShoreLark it is…loved everything about this Nest in the sky. Thank you for everything!!

 

“Absolutely wonderful place to stay.”
Guests: Cathy, Carl, Natasha, Raylene, Leamington, Ontario
Dates of stay: July 1–4, 2019
Absolutely wonderful place to stay. You supplied every convenience we needed in a home away from home. We loved our time here in Petty Harbour. Thank you for everything.

 

“No detail was left out”.
Guests: Joey & Angie, Fenelon Falls, Kawartha Lakes, Ontario
Dates of stay: June 30–July 2, 2019
Let’s start a trend. I’ve left a small bag of treats, which includes a small magnet from our home town. When we come back we would love to see a fridge full of magnets from all over the world. Your piece of heaven most definitely attracts all walks of life. Our sincere gratitude for the use of your home away from home. No detail was left out. However, Husband suggests a block and tackle to carry our luggage up the stairs, LOL. But the view is certainly worth it!!!
Thanks Joey & Angie–it’s true, the view is worth the steps!!
Karen+David

 

“We will definitely recommend ShoreLark to all our friends!”
Guests: Lynn and Doug, Maryhill, Ontario
Dates of stay: June 28–July 5, 2019
Really loved our time here in the Lower Nest. Every detail to make a traveller feel at home has been looked after, and the accommodation is tasteful. Thank you, Karen & David, especially enjoyed your hospitality with getting us some fresh lobsters to cook–a new adventure for us, and delicious! Also–I was able to finish Alan Doyle’s book whole we were here–so much fun to be being in the place that he wrote about! And–we met Perry Chafe’s mother out walking! We will definitely recommend ShoreLark to all our friends!
Perry  Chafe is another immensely talented local lad, with a well-deserved reputation, who works with some very big names! And his Mom is such a sweetheart!
Karen+David

 

“…magical…”
Guests: Margaret & Jason, Oregon, Wisconsin, USA
Dates of stay: June 23–29, 2019
What a magical place to celebrate our 20th Anniversary! We loved St. John’s and Petty Harbour! Thank you.

 

“World class trail!”
Guests: Erin & Jeff, Thunder Bay, Ontario
Dates of stay: June 22–28, 2019
Tired from our hiking/running adventures,
We trodded home every night
to the ShoreLark Nest
which Karen & David set up just right.
We hail from Northern Ontario,
But now it’s time to go cheerio!

Our goal was to run most of the East Coast Trail which we did (minus the section that was closed). Our first day we ran from Brigus South to Bay Bulls. It was a long day at 42km. Our second day we ran from Cappahayden to Kingsman Cove (20- km). We were tired but the sun shone. Our third day we ram from Calvert to Cape Broyle (18 km). By far the hilliest but some beautiful shore did we see! Our fourth day we ran from Port Kirwan to Aquaforte (17 km)– our shortest day but the arch was a surprise! Our fifth day we ran around Signal Hill – a ‘town” day– and  our last day was Bay Bulls to Petty Harbour. World class trail!

 

“Thank you for sharing your lovely place with us.”
Guests: Kath and Mohammad, Toronto, Ontario
Dates of stay: June 23–25, 2019
Thank you for sharing your lovely place with us. We enjoyed our stay, the beautiful place, and especially the iceberg!

 

“The last four days have been fabulous.”
Guests: Peter and Joanne, Newmarket, Ontario
Dates of stay: June 18–21, 2019
The last four days have been fabulous. Thanks to both of you–the wonderful spot here in Petty Harbour and its’ amazing people. We have found so much to fill our days and peaceful quiet nights here in the Upper Nest. Newfoundland has captured our hearts–we will be back.

 

“Your Nest was everything we could possibly wish for! And then some.”
Guests: Alison and Paul, Port Hope, Ontario
Dates of stay: June 18-21, 2019
Wow, what a perfect place for a base on our visit to St. John’s and the Avalon. Your Nest was everything we could possibly wish for! And then some.

Petty Harbour is such a fantastic place. Loved the setting and all the action around the harbour. Thanks for all of your suggestions place to see/eat/visit/walk. They were all good ones. This is a spectacularly beautiful part of our country. We’re beginning to understand why Newfoundlanders always want to return at some point in their lives. Thank you, Karen + David, for this great experience.

 

“Everything was perfect.”
Guests: Sylvie et Marcel, St. Amable, Québec
Dates of stay: June 1–4, 2019
Thank you for the perfect spot for our vacation–everything was perfect.