Lovingly restored ocean view O'Keefe Heritage home built in 1898 with house and root cellar in the Valley in Ferryland on the Irish loop in Newfoundland and Labrador. Ferryland is a gorgeous, historic town filled with beautiful scenery and people, we are just a stone throw away from the beach, The East Coast Trail, The Colony of Avalon archeological site, Lighthouse Picnics, Dinner Theater, gift shop, tearoom, restaurants, Holy Trinity church and Ferryland Museum. You will love Ferryland.
This home is situated in a traditional, aesthetically pleasing setting in a beautiful area known locally as the Valley. It occupies an acre of land clearing for a vegetable garden in front. It is close to an area known as Freshwater and near the Pool, site of Lord Baltimore's Colony. It is close to The East Coast Trail. It's quiet peaceful setting is in clear view of the famous fishing grounds of Ferryland. The property is easily viewed as well from the main road Baltimore Drive. The open space in front of the house has a commanding view of the Downs, the islands off Ferryland and looks directly out over the Eastern Horizon.
Valentine O'Keefe, who obtained the property in the Valley, was a native of Tipperary, Ireland, born 1792 and came here as a young man in early 1800's, was an exceptional shipwright. His son Thomas built the house and also built coffins as well as furniture for local residents. Many Irish traditions were passed on in this house. Music, songs, stories and dance were important in the O'Keefe house. The family were well known for kindness, fun, singing, music and their ability to entertain. Thomas was an excellent fiddle and accordion player and a jewel for storytelling as well as his sons, grandchildren and great grandchildren. The home was also a focal point for running moonshine for recreational purposes and many a good time was had. Several weddings including my parents Jimmy and Dollie O'Keefe took place in the house. People lived and loved in this special house. The last four brothers to live in the house were my uncles and legends in the community. Valentine fondly known as Tine served in the Forestry Unit in the 2nd World War and was affectionately known for his kindness and storytelling. Albert was a quiet witty man who served his county in the Royal Navy and was injured. He was patient and kind and lived a long life and was the last man to occupy the house. Leo was strong and special and had a unique personality. He loved reading and poetry. Harold was funny and an exceptional singer and had a wonderful memory for songs and stories. Very special people lived here and restoring this house was a labor of Love and a dream for me and my family. It was restored by local carpenter Charlie Dunne andJoe Arsenault in 2015 and 2016. We are very thankful to anyone and everyone who helped and were part of the restoration. The property is a physical reminder of the traditional family based economy that existed for centuries in rural Newfoundland and Labrador. A fishing crew led by the family patriarch was at the core of the economy. All sons fished and farmed the land and had houses built close together. The cellar on the property remains a testament to this lifestyle and was used up until a few years ago. Our hope is to restore the gardens and use the cellar once again for our guests to access. The original rhubarb crop is still productive to this day.
The O'Keefe property is easily identified by community residents and is a rarity on the community's landscape as it is one of the few intact residences remaining not only in Ferryland but in the greater region of the Southern Shore. It has been occupied by the O'Keefe family for 5 generations and is of great cultural and historical value to the community of Ferryland, the Southern Shore and the province of Newfoundland and Labrador and has been awarded municipal heritage status. You will know you are staying somewhere very special when you decide to stay here. As a 5th generation O'Keefe, I will be certain to share our home, our history and our stories with you and make you feel very welcome. Looking forward to seeing you in the Valley in Ferryland.
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You will have access to the whole house when you rent it as a full vacation home including 4 bedrooms, bathroom, kitchen, laundry, living room, private top load high efficiency washer and dryer, FREE WIFI, High Def TV with satellite, an assortment of books, full deck and garden space.
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We live only 5 minutes away and are well versed in local culture and history food and music. We would be delighted to help you plan your stay on the Irish Loop and give you our suggestions or a tour of the town upon request. I am a local resident who grew up in Ferryland and have spent many years working and volunteering in tourism, culture, economic and community development. We enjoy meeting new people and sharing our beautiful community and region.
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Along with teas and coffee we provide some breakfast items like oatmeal and cereal bars. The house is stocked with basic cooking supplies like olive oil, spices, salt and pepper, sugar and condiments like ketchup mustard and relish. We have a lovely grocery store called Foodland open 9 - 9 Mon -Sat Sundays 1 -5 and a liquor store just a few minutes walk away where you can get some groceries or try our local beer and wines.
The Colony of Avalon gift shop is nearby and is fully stocked with local product and a new Arts and Crafts store called MerryMeeting is just 15 minutes away in Renews. Boat tours and puffin tours are available close by. All brochures of operators are available at the Valley House as well as kayaking and Eco tours. Witless bay just 35 minutes away is home to the largest Atlantic Puffin colony in North America and many other seabirds. We have over 22 species of whales including humpback and minkie whales and most years many magnificent icebergs drift and are grounded all along our coastlines and bays. The Irish Loop is a spectacular place to watch the whales feed on capelin, krill and squid along our coast or to go iceberg chasing. Fresh berries are everywhere and wild flowers are in abundance all along our trails and lanes. We also have a new UNESCO world heritage site as of July 17th 2016 just 45 minutes away called Mistaken Point where you will discover the oldest multi cellular life on the planet called Ediacaran fossils. Cape St. Mary's ecological reserve is home to one of the largest seabird colonies and is just 2 hours away. Every community along our coastlines has a charm and a story to tell. You will love the stories and the people you will meet. Our Artisans work is very beautiful and the creativity of our people is evident in their creations.
The Valley House is proud to display and sell local works such as hooked rugs by Carol Ann O'Neill art by Debbie Barnable, wood work by David Hynes and mummers by Marie Williams. So much to experience you will want to stay longer. We look forward to your visit. Come to Ferryland and discover this beautiful place.
- This is a peaceful community with many seniors so please be mindful of noise late at night. We do respect our local people who live here year round and ask that our guests do the same. Thank you.
- Please keep the house as you found it on check out with laundry all in one area ready for wash and the dishwasher loaded and turned on. Thank you.
Durante el período del 01 de Marzo de 2018 - 31 de Mayo de 2018 la estancia mínima es de 1 noche.
Loves life and working in tourism, taking care of people and showing them our fantastic place we live. Been involved in tourism for over 30 years in just about every way. We have lived and traveled to many places and happy to say that Newfoundland and Labrador is where we spend most of our time. Have a great husband and 3 wonderful kids. I like simple pleasures like picking berries, singing songs, hiking, cooking and learning new things. Every day is an adventure and I am grateful for all of life's blessings.