what to bring to the cottage
what to bring to your nova scotia cottage

Sandy Lane
Vacation Rentals
135 Water St
Shelburne, Nova Scotia
B0T 1W0 Canada

tel: 1 902 875 2729
toll-free: 1 800 646 1577
[email protected]

Guest Testimonials

 The cottage is a great getaway and in a wonderful location. There are so many different parts of the house to explore, and all very tastefully decorated. We loved the stack of games and the nook for watching movies, sitting in the window looking out at the apple trees and rabbits, and also the ease of navigating around the area from the house. We were in NS for a wedding, and it was a perfect launching pad for all activities over the weekend, and a lovely place to wake up and come back to at the end of the night! One tip: Make sure to pick up some provisions on your way, as there's not much in the area.
 Brooklyn, NY, USA, 2018
 My husband and I take a vacation every year on our anniversary!! I had suggested going to Nova Scotia because neither of us have ever been there before and we both have always wanted to go!! I found Castaway Ocean Lodge on Home away website. My husband and I love log cabin homes and try to rent them when we have vacations!! The pictures of the cabin looked beautiful and we were not disappointed. We found it very easy to find. We came upon the cabin, we both said WOW at the same time!! The cabin was beautiful inside and out! This vacation was about relaxing, no agenda!! Each day, I awoke early in the morning, made coffee, and sat outside on the deck, reading, drinking coffee and enjoying the beautiful ocean views!! I took pictures every day of the sunset looking over the ocean!! It was absolutely breathtaking! The cabin had everything you needed for amenities. We travelled to surrounding communities of Shelburne, Liverpool, Barrington and Halifax! I would recommend this cabin for anyone who wants tranquility, serenity and a peaceful vacation!!
 Nashua, NH, US, 2015
 A Little Piece of Paradise
The Castaway Ocean Lodge was more than I ever expected. I rented this beautiful cottage as a getaway for my friends. It was more than I could have dreamed of. I left this place feeling 100% refreshed. Can't wait to go back again. The place was easy to find and the owners thought of everything you might need right down to bathrobes. The scenery is breath taking. I enjoyed the quiet mornings out on the deck with a cup of coffee watching the sunrise.
Can't remember a vacation when we were less ready or willing to pack up and go home! This is a fabulous cottage and a truly beautiful setting. We have been so comfortable and happy here. Although we have lived a total of more than 60 years in Nova Scotia, we had never truly appreciated the beauty and variety of this part of the south shore before. Thank you so much.
Doolittle Family
Halifax, NS, 2005

What to Bring

For me, packing for our vacations is both a pleasure and a curse.  I love the thought of leaving, but hate the activity of getting ready.  Suitcases line my bedroom floor for days ahead of time.  I put things in and then take them out.  It’s hard to plan the perfect “go-with-everything wardrobe”.  There is so much to think about, especially when you have children!  The new airline rules for the number of suitcases and carry-on-bags you can take with you just add another frustrating dimension to this task!  

All our Sandy Lane cottages are privately owned and are fully furnished and decorated to the homeowner's personal taste.  Kitchens are well equipped with dishes, glasses, cutlery, pots & pans, cookware and linens.  All the beds have mattress pads, pillows, sheet sets, blankets, bed spreads or comforters.   Most of the cottages have BBQs and patio furniture.

Basically all you have to bring is your food and your clothes.  To help with the packing, here is a list of some of the personal things that you might want to bring with you.


All the cottages are stocked with basic condiments at the beginning of the season.  All food in the fridge was purchased this season.  You are welcome to use the food that is in the fridge and cupboards.

There are grocery stores in all the major towns: Liverpool, Lockeport, Shelburne and Barrington.    The Sobey’s in Shelburne stays open until 9:00 p.m. on Saturdays and is also open on Sundays.  The Atlantic Superstore is a good grocery shop and can be found close by in Yarmouth, Barrington, and Liverpool.  There are also independent fish markets - Mr. Fish in Shelburne has a good supply.  If you see someone selling seafood from the back of their pick up truck, it is safe to buy.  It is most likely a fisherman or his family.  The seafood will be fresh.

Wine, Beer and Spirits

NSLC (Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation) stores can be found in all major towns close by – Barrington, Yarmouth, Liverpool and Shelburne.  Stores usually stay open until 9 p.m in the summer.

Towels and Bed Linens

Hand, face and bath towels are provided.  The homeowners would prefer that bath towels were not taken to the beach, so please bring a beach towel with you. Bed linens are provided in all cottages.  If you require a special pillow in order to sleep, please bring that with you.

Toiletries and Medications

Bring all personal toiletries and all prescriptions with you.  Pharmacies are usually open quite late during the week and on Sundays if you need over the counter medications. 


Nova Scotia’s summer weather pattern is typically warm days with cool nights.  Being on the coast, you should plan for some rain.  Bring comfortable walking shoes, a windbreaker/raincoat, and a warm sweater for the evenings and sun hats, shorts, sundresses and bathing suits for the days.  There can be some cool days in the spring and fall.  Warmer sweaters and coats are advised.  

Sports Equipment and Games

Kayaks and canoes can be rented locally.  Most of the cottages have some games on hand – cards, backgammon, cribbage, etc.

Camera Equipment

Film and regular batteries can be purchased locally.  It is not always easy to find the right battery for your camera.  So, to avoid the disappointment of a dead camera, it might be a good idea to bring an extra camera battery with you.  Hint: If you are leaving the country, proof of purchase of expensive camera equipment can avoid customs problems.

Sun Screen and Bug Repellant

Both can be purchased locally.  An insect repellant with the active ingredient DEET is the most effective at repelling mosquitoes.  While West Nile Disease is not widespread in Nova Scotia, Heath Canada advises that to be on the safe side one should minimize outdoor activities where mosquitoes are likely to be encountered, especially at dawn, at dusk and at night.

Paper Products

Paper products such as paper towel, napkins and toilet paper are supplied. 


If the cottage has a wood-burning fireplace, wood is supplied.  Wood is not supplied for fire pits or beach bonfires.  Most often wood for these fires can be found on the beach or in the woods around the cottage.  All outside fires must not be left unattended and have to be fully extinguished before going to bed.

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