About Quintal House & the Island

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Quintal House is a beautifully restored historic community structure whose original construction dates back to the mid 1800’s. Originally the home of Richard Jacobs and family, Quintal House was situated on a point of land about a quarter kilometer away from its current location. The house was purchased by Mr. Harvey Cobb, Captain and owner of the local passenger and delivery boats the Fogo Flyer and the North Atlantic, and as was the custom of our paternal settlement pattern, the house was rolled on logs over the ice by over 100 men to its current location, on what was the Cobb family property. Likewise the home and clinic of the well admired Nurse Margaret Cobb, the traditional heritage character and simple elegance of the house is accented with antique and modern functional furnishings and local artisan and craft pieces.

This 3-storey Heritage Guest Home has 3 rooms available for rental, all with serene harbour front views. The house has a warm, ageless and charming character, tastefully decorated with a mix of old world charm and new modern comforts. All rooms have comfortable beds and quality linens and are equipped with private washrooms for guest convenience. Quintal House offers quiet, calm, peaceful surroundings in a private, relaxing setting that is family friendly with crafting and other activities for the young and the young at heart.

Situated in the heart of this quaint, picturesque fishing community, Quintal House is located next to Nicole’s Café (http://www.nicolescafe.ca/), featuring fine, traditional dining and cuisine. Dessert is never far away with Growlers homemade ice cream shop just a few doors down. A few steps away you will also find the local boat dock and boat tour operator (Ketanja Boat Tours http://www.fogoislandboattours.com/), who will bring you to icebergs, whales, puffins and beautiful Little Fogo Islands. This the same boat dock that host the annual Great Fogo Island Punt Race to There & Back (http://www.fogoislandregatta.com/). Continue your step back in time in some other traditional community homes with Brett House (http://www.townoffogoisland.ca/home/38)and Hart House museums both a short walk away. We are also within short walking distance (approx. 1/2 km) to the new and exciting Fogo Island Inn (http://www.fogoislandinn.ca/#!p/), complete with up-scale amenities available to the public by reservation, such as a dining room and lounge with a breathtaking view and a public heritage library and art gallery.

We are also a short distance away from some great shopping at the Winds & Waves Artisans’ Guild (http://fogoislandshop.ca/pages/designer-the-guild). Traditional foot trails, berry picking patches and other natural community attractions, such as coastal hiking trails are all around. The closest designated hiking trail to Quintal House is the Gros Water/ Ethridge’s Point Trail here in Joe Batt’s Arm (‘Walk to the Auk’) (http://www.townoffogoisland.ca/home/36). This trail is a beautiful coastal walk that heads towards rock beaches, traditional gardens, an artisan studio and more. We are also a short driving distance from beautiful Sandy Cove Beach and the Registered Heritage District of Tilting (http://www.communityoftilting.com/, http://www.communityoftilting.com/feiletiltingprogram.htm), an Irish heritage community offering interpretive museums and scenic trails.

Located within the Labrador current from the North, Fogo Island’s geography is responsible for the parade of ice floe and icebergs that make their way South in the spring and early summer months. An occasional visit to the Island by the great polar bear from the North, as well as frequent encounters in any season with the local caribou herd can be expected. An array of wildlife, waterfowl, plant life, and berries can also be found on our Island. Breathtaking ocean shorelines and spectacular sunsets and rises are the geography and art lessons to be experienced here.

Go beach combing on the shoreline, pick some berries, enjoy a hike, take a boat ride, but most importantly meet some of our friendly locals who have a knack for ‘spinning a yarn’ (having a chat). Enjoy high quality entertainment, as these same Island locals have unique musical and theatrical gifts that are showcased at many of our on-going music festivals and theatrical events hosted throughout the year (http://www.communityoftilting.com/feiletiltingprogram.htm, http://www.townoffogoisland.ca/home/23).