Finding Belle Vue

September 4, 2023|The beginning..

Our journey to find Belle Vue Cottage began in the winter of 2022 after my husband Mike and I were drawn to Newfoundland while watching the HGTV show "Rock Solid Builds". We found that when watching the show we were drawn into the vibrancy of the towns and ruggedness of the landscape. We have both visited the East Coast in the past and found the smell of the salty ocean air, fresh seafood and the endless amount of exploration through trails and back roads pulled us in and allowed us to relax.

We began looking in January after we found a beautifully renovated biscuit box, we reached out to the realtor that had the home listed. Unfortunately we learned that house had already been sold so let the search begin! We really had no idea what we were looking for but did know that we wanted this home to play into our future, a place that our children could enjoy. The home had to be special.

Through our search we entrusted our realtor to show the homes through Facetime as this process began while there will still COVID restrictions in place, therefore we couldn't be on the ground searching with him. We virtually toured numerous homes but none of them pulled us in like this home did.

Thankfully we had already planned a home that our realtor had scheduled to show us in Upper Island Cove when he noticed that this home was coming to market. We were able to get into see the home that afternoon and we fell in love. Our realtor mentioned that this may be the house we were looking for - however we had no idea what we were looking for.

We submitted an offer on the home and closed just 2 months later in March. Our first trip to see the home happened a few weeks later in April. I can still remember the nervousness and excitement of finally seeing the house we bought virtually a few months ago - We were scared at the same time - what if the house is not what we expect? What if this experience was not what we had thought it was?

Then we came over the crest of the hill on "Long Hill Road" and our breath was taken away, the view was absolutely incredible.

And then we saw the house...

We pulled into the driveway and were immediately drawn to the back yard, the back deck and the view.

Even in the month of April the view was endless, the water was refreshing, we could see for miles. We stood there and soaked it all in.

So far what we had seen was more than what we expected. The house was standing tall and the view took our breath away, now it was time to go inside - what could that experience bring??

We opened the front door and immediately felt at home. The bright sunshine pouring in through the back windows lit up the large living space, the beautiful wood floors as it draws you into the home.

The house was renovated in 2012 with new floors, an updated kitchen with appliances, crown molding and new windows and doors. We also had the house painted to brighten up the rooms. The home has 4 bedrooms and two updated bathrooms. The space feels large enough to sleep up to 8 people with Queen beds in each room or cozy enough for 2 people to enjoy the warm fireplace.

We fell in love immediately.

We affectionately named our new home Belle Vue Cottage because of its beautiful expansive view of the town below and Conception Bay. Our past guests rave about the view! The sunrises, full moon, rainbows, waves crashing and the whales playing are all set on stage for you to view from the back deck or fire pit.

Our hope is when you visit with your friends and family that you all feel the overwhelming sense of relaxation and joy from the interior of the home right out to the breathtaking view.

If you haven't experienced Belle Vue Cottage just yet, what are you waiting for?? Our home can offer year round views and relaxation. Why not check the calendar to see if your dates are available for booking!

Renovating Belle Vue Cottage

September 13, 2023|The beginning..

renovations at Belle Vue Cottage, painting family living room

Renovating a cottage can be a labor of love, especially when the goal is to transform it into a warm and inviting space for guests. Belle Vue Cottage, nestled in Upper Island Cove Newfoundland, underwent a small renovation project when we purchased the property with the aim of creating a cozy retreat that seamlessly blends comfort, local artistry, and all the conveniences of home.

In this blog post, we will take you on a journey through the renovation process, highlighting the key elements that turned Belle Vue Cottage into a haven for visitors seeking a memorable getaway.

1. Embracing Natural Light: To create an inviting and bright ambiance, the renovation sought to maximize the flow of natural light throughout the cottage. Brightly painted walls and light-colored linens were chosen to allow the space to be bathed in natural light during the day.

2. Cozy Linens and Soft Furnishings: One of the main objectives was to provide guests with a comfortable and relaxing environment. Luxurious linens, plush pillows, and cozy blankets were carefully selected to ensure a restful night's sleep. Layers of textures and soft furnishings, such as rugs and throw pillows, were incorporated to add warmth and a sense of coziness to the cottage.

3. Local Art and Artisans: Highlighting the charm and character of the region, local art played a significant role in the renovation. The walls of Belle Vue Cottage now proudly showcase works from talented local artists, capturing the essence of the community and creating a unique and engaging atmosphere.

4. Thoughtful Attention to Details: The devil is in the details, and in the case of Belle Vue Cottage, no detail was overlooked. The renovation project paid particular attention to small touches that make a big difference. Handpicked books, board games, and a well-curated selection of magazines were made available to guests, ensuring they can unwind and enjoy their leisure time to the fullest. Thoughtful amenities such as fresh flowers, scented candles, and a selection of local teas are also provided to create a welcoming and personal touch.

5. Modern Comforts: While retaining the cottage's traditional charm, modern comforts were integrated to enhance the guest experience. Upgraded kitchen appliances, high-speed internet access, and a entertainment system were seamlessly incorporated into the cottage's design. These additions allow guests to enjoy the convenience of modern living while immersing themselves in the rustic beauty of their surroundings.

The renovation of Belle Vue Cottage successfully transformed it into a bright and welcoming home for guests. By embracing natural light, incorporating cozy linens and soft furnishings, showcasing local art, and providing all the comforts of home, the cottage now offers a memorable and enchanting experience for visitors. Whether it's a romantic weekend getaway or a family retreat, Belle Vue Cottage is ready to provide a haven of comfort, relaxation, and a true taste of the local community's charm.

Barrett's Bakery - History of Belle Vue

October 1, 2023|The beginning..

During our family visit this summer, we were honoured to be shown a piece of Belle Vue’s history by our lovely neighbours, Pat and Christine.

For many years Belle Vue was Barrett’s Bakery named after the owners, Dave and Blanche Barrett. The bakery operated between 1988 to when it closed in 2006.
Prior to the bakery, the owners ran a grocery store and a Golden Eagle/Ultramar which included gas pumps where the front garden is now, along with parking.
This store served the residents that lived in the area and the children at the time, played around the store and gas pumps. These children who are now adults and the community have such fond memories of this store and their owners.

The front portion of the house including the kitchen and bedrooms served as their store front and bakery while the back area of living room and master bedroom/ensuite were a recent addition to the home constructed during upgrades in 2012.

We are pleased to own such a special piece of the community’s history!

The Griffersons: A Blended Family's Newfoundland Adventure

October 26, 2023|Our Family

Meet the Griffersons, we are a lively and loving blended family of seven, whose hearts are deeply intertwined with the rugged beauty and rich culture of Newfoundland. Last July, we embarked on a remarkable journey to share our passion for this enchanting Canadian province with our children.

A Family United

The Griffersons are not your typical family, and we wouldn't have it any other way. With diverse backgrounds and unique stories, we've come together to create a tapestry of love and togetherness. Our shared love for Newfoundland serves as a powerful bond that weaves our hearts together.

Immersed in Culture

For our family, Newfoundland is more than a place; it's a way of life. We wanted to share this love with our children, so we packed our bags and headed for the island in July, this past summer. Our adventure began with the annual spectacle of capelin rolling onto the shores, a mesmerizing natural event that left their kids in awe of the wonders of nature.

Exploring the Great Outdoors

Hiking along the rugged coastline, our children discovered the true essence of Newfoundland. They marveled at the towering cliffs, the crashing waves, and the stunning vistas that surrounded them. It was a chance to appreciate the raw beauty of the island and create lasting memories.

Berry-Picking Adventures

One of the highlights of our trip was picking wild blueberries. With baskets in hand, they scoured the countryside, filling their containers with the tiny, sweet treasures. It was a hands-on lesson in Newfoundland's connection to the land and its bountiful offerings.

Sharing the Magic

The Griffersons' trip to Newfoundland was not just about exploring a place; it was about sharing our passion and instilling in our children a deep appreciation for the province's culture, nature, and traditions. It was a journey that strengthened our family bonds and created lifelong memories.

In the end, our family returned home with our hearts full of love for Newfoundland, knowing that we had passed on a precious gift to our children – the magic of a place where the land and its people are intertwined in a timeless dance. Our Newfoundland adventure was not just a vacation; it was a life-changing experience that will continue to shape our family's story for generations to come.

A Night of Wonderful Music and Community Spirit in UIC

November 7, 2023|

In a small coastal town like Upper Island Cove, community events often take center stage in the lives of its residents. They serve as a way to bring people together, celebrate local talent, and create cherished memories. This was certainly the case when the town recently came together to give Upper Island Cove a night of wonderful music and socializing that left a lasting impression on everyone who attended.

The event, hosted at Belle Vue Cottage in collaboration with Salty By The Sea, brought the town's community members together for an unforgettable evening of live music and camaraderie. The stage was set, the crowd was buzzing with anticipation, and the atmosphere was electric. Attendees were in for a treat as they welcomed the incredible talents of Jordan Harnum and Joelle Sunshine to the stunning venue.

The moment the first note resonated through the air, it was clear that this night was going to be extraordinary. Jordan Harnum and Joelle Sunshine delivered performances that left the audience mesmerized. Their soulful voices and skilled musicianship filled the air with melodious tunes that touched the hearts of everyone present.

But this event was about more than just great music. It was a celebration of the town's community spirit and a demonstration of the dedication of its residents to make Upper Island Cove a vibrant and thriving place. Lisa at Salty, the driving force behind this event, had an extra special surprise in store for the community.

In a touching tribute, Lisa unveiled the newly dedicated Jordan Legge Music Stage at Salty By The Sea. This stage was named in honour of Jordan Legge, an exceptional performer who had left an indelible mark on the town with his talent and passion for music. The dedication of the stage was a heartfelt gesture that recognized and celebrated the legacy of an artist who had touched the lives of many.

A Belle Vue Getaway - Travel Itinerary

December 6, 2023|

Welcome to Belle Vue Cottage, your home away from home nestled in the heart of Upper Island Cove. We've crafted a week-long itinerary that promises relaxation, exploration, and unforgettable moments for you and your loved ones.

Day 1: Arrival & Cozy Welcome

Embark on Your Belle Vue Adventure with a Stop at Clarke's Country Corner

Before you reach our enchanting Belle Vue Cottage in Upper Island Cove, we've got a travel tip for you. Take a pitstop at Clarke's Country Corner, conveniently situated at 566 Cranes Road, just a kilometer away. This charming spot is your one-stop-shop for snacks, small groceries, and gasoline, ensuring your vacation kicks off on a delightful note.

With your snack stash secured, arrive at Belle Vue Cottage, marking the beginning of your adventure. Check-in and feel the burdens of everyday life start to melt away. The warm ambiance invites you in, and the view will blow you away, setting the tone for a week of relaxation and discovery.

Settle In and Get Cozy

As you step inside, take a moment to appreciate the charm of your home for the week. The first stop every guest makes is out to the back deck to check out the view! Once you have soaked in the expansive view of Upper Island Cove and Conception Bay, cozy up by the fireplace, the heart of Belle Vue Cottage, and let its warmth embrace you. The inviting furnishings encourage you to unwind and make yourself at home.

Indulge in Luxury

For a touch of indulgence, head to the master bedroom and discover a jacuzzi tub awaiting you in the ensuite bath. Take a soothing soak, letting the bubbles wash away any lingering tension.

Whether you opt for the fireplace's warmth or the indulgence of the jacuzzi tub, your first day at Belle Vue Cottage is all about embracing the comforts that set the stage for a perfect getaway.

Provisions and Cooking Tips

If you're planning to whip up a feast, grocery stores are conveniently located in Bay Roberts, Dominion, or Powells 160 Conception Bay Highway, just 14 minutes away. Alternatively, check out Foodland at 8 Goff Avenue in Carbonear, a short 15-minute drive. Our fully equipped kitchen awaits your culinary creations. Cook up a storm and savor the flavors of your home away from home.

Day 2: Explore the Cove

Embark on a journey into the heart of Upper Island Cove on Day 2 of your Belle Vue Adventure. Take Long Hill (Main Road) to the Long Shore Walking Trail, an idyllic Trail that unveils the beauty of the Cove.

Blueberry Picking and Whale Watching

In late summer, the trail transforms into the perfect spot for fresh blueberry picking. Immerse yourself in the lush surroundings while keeping an eye out for majestic whales gracing the nearby waters.

A Leisurely Hike

Enjoy a leisurely hike along the trail, soaking in the natural beauty that Upper Island Cove has to offer. The peaceful atmosphere and scenic views create a perfect escape.

SS Kyle and Coastal Views

En route to Carbonear, be sure to catch sight of the SS Kyle ( This maritime treasure adds a unique touch to your journey. Revel in coastal views and capture the essence of this scenic route.

Local Shops and Charming Cafes

Once in Carbonear, take time to explore local shops, sip coffee in charming cafes such as the Darkstar Coffee Roasters ( This charming spot offers a delightful ambiance and delectable treats for a relaxing break.

Dinner at The Stone Jug Historical Restaurant and Theatre

Cap off your day with a delightful dinner at The Stone Jug Historical Restaurant and Theatre ( This historic establishment offers a unique dining experience, blending delicious cuisine with the rich tapestry of Carbonear's past. Savor the flavors and immerse yourself in the charming atmosphere of this iconic locale. 🍽️🎭

Day 3: Brews, Views, and Game Night

Gather your loved ones for a night of joy and bonding on Day 3 of your Belle Vue Adventure.

Family Game Night Extravaganza

In the inviting living room, create lasting memories with a laughter-filled Family Game Night. Board games, cards, and perhaps a cozy movie night set the stage for an evening of connection and fun.

Explore Newfoundland Distillery and Local Breweries

For a taste of local flavor, venture to The Newfoundland Distillery Company in Clarke's Beach or Baccalieu Trail Brewing Co. | My Site ( just 10 minutes away on Conception Bay Highway. Alternatively, experience the unique charm of Dildo Brewing Co , located 30 mins away, for lunch and grab some of their delightful beverages to bring back to Belle Vue Cottage.

Unwind at Belle Vue Cottage

Return to the comfort of Belle Vue Cottage and enjoy your locally sourced beverages. Play board games, indulge in whale watching from the deck during the summer months, and as night falls, gather around the campfire under a starry sky. It's a perfect blend of brews, breathtaking views, and family fun.

Day 4: Explore Brigus - Architectural Delights & Scenic Hike

Immerse yourself in the charming town of Brigus on Day 4 of your Belle Vue Adventure, just a short 25 minute drive.

Discover Newfoundland Architecture in Brigus

Begin your day by exploring Brigus and taking in the captivating Newfoundland architecture that graces its streets. Wander through the town, admire the unique structures, and delve into the local charm of this oceanside town.

Visit the Mercantile & Lunch at The Riseover Restaurant

Drop by the Brigus Mercantile ( for a touch of shopping, and when hunger strikes, savor a delightful lunch at The Riseover Restaurant ( . Indulge in delicious local cuisine while soaking in the cozy atmosphere.

Hike the Lighthouse Trail - If You Dare!

For the adventurous souls, dare to hike the Lighthouse Trail and visit the Brigus Lighthouse, Newfoundland Canada at . As you embark on this scenic journey, ensure you have necessary snacks, water, and dress appropriately. The Newfoundland weather can change swiftly, so be prepared for a thrilling hike with breathtaking views.

Experience the unique blend of history and adventure in Brigus, making Day 4 a memorable chapter in your Belle Vue Cottage getaway.

Day 5: Unwind and Recharge

Indulge in a day dedicated to relaxation on Day 5 of your Belle Vue Adventure.

Reading on the Deck

Find a cozy spot on the deck and immerse yourself in a good book. Let the soothing sounds of nature and the gentle breeze enhance your reading experience.

Movie Time

Create a mini home theater experience and enjoy a day of movies. Whether it's a classic or something new, let the cinematic magic transport you to another world.

Baking Extravaganza

Channel your inner chef and bake some delightful cookies. The sweet aroma wafting through Belle Vue Cottage will add an extra layer of coziness to your day.

Jacuzzi Bliss

Indulge in the luxury of the jacuzzi. Let the warm bubbles and tranquil ambiance melt away any lingering tension, providing a spa-like experience in the comfort of our home.

Homecooked Meal

Cap off your relaxation day by preparing a delicious homecooked meal. The fully equipped kitchen at Belle Vue Cottage awaits your culinary creativity.

Whether it's reading, movies, baking, jacuzzi bliss, BBQ time, or crafting a homecooked masterpiece, today is all about rejuvenation and embracing the simple joys of relaxation.

Day 6: Culinary Adventures and Coastal Delights

On Day 6 of your Belle Vue Adventure, savor a delightful mix of local cuisine and outdoor exploration.

Breakfast at Mad Rock Cafe

Kickstart your day with a delicious breakfast at Mad Rock Cafe, 723 Water Street, Bay Roberts. Enjoy a variety of morning delights and traditional Newfoundland dishes in a cozy atmosphere, setting the tone for a day filled with culinary delights.

Hike on the Bay Roberts East Shoreline Heritage Walk

Embark on a scenic hike on the Bay Roberts East Shoreline Heritage Walk. Let the natural beauty of the trail captivate you as you immerse yourself in the serene landscapes of the area. Can you locate Belle Vue Cottage across the bay???

Afternoon at Salmon Cove Sands

Salmon Cove Sands - Salmon Cove, Conception Bay - Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada (

Continue your day by heading to Salmon Cove Sands, just 25 mins north for a relaxing beach day. Feel the soft sand beneath your feet, listen to the soothing sounds of the waves, and bask in the coastal serenity. Check out the website link for availability and pricing.

BBQ Time

Fire up the barbecue back at Belle Vue Cottage and cook a delicious meal outdoors. Enjoy the unique flavors of a BBQ feast while basking in the fresh air and scenic surroundings.

Day 7: Farewell & Reflection

As your enchanting week at Belle Vue Cottage draws to a close, take a moment to savor the final chapter of your journey. Capture those last moments, cherishing the memories created during your stay.

Share Your Stories

Reflect on your favorite experiences and share them with those around you. Whether it's the warmth of the fireplace, the scenic hikes, or the tranquil moments by the jacuzzi, let these memories linger as you bid farewell.

Check-Out with a Heart Full of Moments

As you check out, carry with you a heart full of cherished moments. Belle Vue Cottage has been more than a destination; it's been a canvas for creating beautiful memories with your loved ones.

Document Your Adventure

Before you leave, remember to document your adventure. Share your stories, photos, and the joy of your Belle Vue Cottage getaway using #BelleVueGetaway. We're excited to be part of your journey and can't wait to see how your week unfolds.

More Adventures Await

Remember, your Belle Vue Adventure is just the beginning. The surrounding areas offer a myriad of activities – from whale watching in Bay Bulls to exploring Cape Spear and St. John's. Take in the breathtaking sights on a scenic drive to Bay de Verde, or travel the picturesque coastlines. Engage in thrilling experiences like iceberg hunting, cod jigging, and puffin sightings. Don't miss the charm of holiday lights in Port De Grave or the excitement of hometown parades throughout the year.

Let Us Guide Your Journey

Most importantly, when planning your trip, reach out to us. Allow us to suggest the proper activities depending on the time of year you are traveling. Your experience can be tailored to create unforgettable moments, and we're here to ensure your Belle Vue Cottage getaway is nothing short of magical. 🌍🐋🎣 #BelleVueAdventure #TravelMemories

Adrienne's Winter Haven: A Personal Touch at Belle Vue Cottage

February 11, 2024

Hey there, winter wanderers and sports enthusiasts! I'm Adrienne, the proud owner of Belle Vue Cottage, your ultimate retreat in the heart of Upper Island Cove. As a fellow parent navigating the hectic world of travel sports and family life, I understand the importance of finding a cozy haven to rest, recharge, and make lasting memories. Let me tell you a bit about what makes Belle Vue Cottage the perfect winter getaway for families like ours.

A Home Away from Home: Belle Vue Cottage isn't just a place to stay; it's an extension of our family. Having two sons deeply immersed in travel hockey, two sons conquering summer travel soccer, a thoughtful teenage daughter planning her future, and a lively four-year-old Goldendoodle, I get the whirlwind of family life. That's why our cottage is thoughtfully set up to cater to the unique needs of families like ours – a space where everyone can relax, unwind, and feel at home.

Comfort for All: With the hustle and bustle of travel sports, I know the importance of a good night's sleep and hearty meals. Our bedrooms are designed for restful nights, and the fully equipped kitchen is ready for those moments when you need a homemade, heartwarming meal. Whether you're gathered around the fireplace sharing stories or preparing for the next game, Belle Vue Cottage is a space where comfort is a top priority.

Pet-Friendly Paradise: Our furry friends are family too, right? That's why Belle Vue Cottage is pet-friendly. Your family dog is more than welcome to join in the winter fun, exploring the snow-covered surroundings and enjoying the warmth of the cottage. After all, a family vacation isn't complete without every member, including the four-legged ones.

Ideal Location: Strategically located just 9 minutes from the Danny Cleary Community Centre and 15 minutes from the Bay Arena in Bay Roberts and the Carbonear Recreation Complex, Belle Vue Cottage offers the perfect base for your winter sports adventures. With numerous restaurants and grocery stores in between, you're never far from convenience.

Local Charm:While you're here, explore the charm of Upper Island Cove and surrounding communities. Take in the scenic beauty, embark on winter walks, and experience the warmth of the community. Whether you're into outdoor activities or just want to relax with a cup of hot cocoa, this area has something for everyone.

As a family deeply rooted in the sports culture, Belle Vue Cottage is more than a business for us – it's a passion. We look forward to hosting your family, providing a space where you can create memories that will last a lifetime. Book your stay at Belle Vue Cottage directly, save the fees charged by those other online booking travel sites and experience the warmth of a true winter retreat.

See you soon!


Discovering Ancient Wonders: Fossil Expedition Chronicles

February 18, 2024|Travel 

Hello from Adrienne and Mike at Belle Vue Cottage, your cozy retreat in the heart of Upper Island Cove! As we celebrate Newfoundland's rich geological treasures, we're excited to share the extraordinary journey led by Memorial University's Christopher McKean and his team, right here in our beloved Conception Bay North.

Nestled on the shores just a stone's throw away from Belle Vue Cottage, Upper Island Cove has emerged as a hidden gem in the province's fossil landscape. Over the past few years, McKean, a PhD candidate, and his team have been unraveling mysteries that date back over half a billion years.

Newfoundland, often hailed as a "geologist's playground," showcases its uniqueness through fossils that mark the discovery of the first complex creatures globally. At Belle Vue Cottage, we're thrilled to be at the doorstep of this scientific marvel, where Ediacaran biota fossils challenge classification, leaving us wondering about their true origins.

Unlike traditional fossils, these ancient imprints cannot be studied in a lab, so McKean and his team utilize silicone casts to unlock the secrets hidden within the rocks. Join us as we dive into the significance of this research, extending beyond scientific curiosity to play a crucial role in understanding the evolution of life and Earth's history.

As we explore the geological wonders of Upper Island Cove, we invite you to consider the unique positioning of Newfoundland during the Ediacaran era—south of the equator, just off the coast of Avalonia, named after our very own Avalon Peninsula.

Comparing the fossils found here with those at Mistaken Point, McKean notes intriguing differences in age and preservation, creating a captivating narrative that adds to the allure of our local landscape.

Working closely with the community, McKean's findings have ignited a sense of pride among the locals in Upper Island Cove. As stewards of this ancient legacy, they cherish their connection to the fossils, sharing stories of barbecues on the rocks and wedding photos taken against this historical backdrop.

At Belle Vue Cottage, we revel in being a part of this unique community that proudly embraces its geological heritage. As McKean and his team strive to preserve the site for future generations, we join them in their efforts, ensuring that the magic of Upper Island Cove continues to captivate visitors for years to come.

So, whether you're sipping hot cocoa by the fireplace or exploring the rugged beauty of Upper Island Cove, let Belle Vue Cottage be your home away from home as you uncover the ancient wonders that lie just beyond our doorstep.