In 1872, shipbuilder J.A. Balcolm built and opened his general store here in Margaretsville. He sold everything a thriving community needed from housewares to hardware and of course, groceries. The upper floor served as a community centre but at Christmas it transformed into a wonderland of toys and gifts.
It operated as the village general store until the 1990’s, modernising with each new owner as they kept up with the times. You can still see where the old gas pumps were added on the east side and the Periwinkle Restaurant offered take-out. In fact, the dining hall overlooking the Bay where folks enjoyed their fish and chips is still on the property and is now my art studio.
When the restaurant and store finally closed for good, the building became a private home. Today our BnB occupies the main floor and we live in the storekeeper’s apartment upstairs.
The original shiplap ceiling and overhead beams add a unique ambience to the main areas while the floorboards still creak underfoot like in the ‘good ole days’. Two modern bedrooms complete with private bathrooms now welcome our guests where J.A. Balcolm’s store once welcomed shoppers. As you’d expect, the living area is spacious and open, with a stunning view of the Bay of Fundy.
Since moving to Nova Scotia in 2016, we have appreciated the slower pace of life here on the East Coast. We enjoy the outdoors, beachcombing along the shore and meeting new people so it seemed only natural to open a BnB and share this beautiful part of Canada.
You’ll find we’re laid-back hosts. Your privacy and comfort are paramount to us during your stay in our historic home. We live upstairs in the former storekeeper’s apartment so we’re always available but not in your space.
Aprille is also a working artist and you’re invited to visit her Stony Bay Studio while you stay with us. She offers painting and sketching workshops throughout the summer months. The schedule is posted to this site as soon as its available. And if you’d like a workshop arranged just for you, family and friends, be sure to ask!
We’d love to have you come and stay awhile.