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Shobac Farm Gate House Designed by Architect MacKay-Lyons

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You know what they say about location, location, location. This modern vacation cottage designed by the famous Canadian architect, Brian MacKay-Lyons, has an idyllic seaside setting in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia with sheep and horses grazing in the nearby pastures. It both blends in and stands out among the weathered buildings nearby.

The two-floor cabin has an open-concept first floor with a kitchen, living area, and cozy wood-burning stove. Walk upstairs to the bedroom loft with grand cathedral ceilings featuring exposed beams. There’s a nice living space outside, as well. What do you think of this home?

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Modern Cottage with Pasture and Seaside Views in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia

Shobac Farm Gate House

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Look at this setting! Idyllic.

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Keep warm by this wood-burning stove.

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Beautiful pastoral views out the large picture window.

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Sleek European-style kitchen.

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There are two beds upstairs in the standing-room loft.

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Fully-tiled bathroom!

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Basin sink and industrial lighting.

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In the day you can look out the window.

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Nice outdoor living area.

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The rusty/weather siding has a lot of character.

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What do you think?

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  • Designed by Brian MacKay-Lyons
  • Located in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada
  • One large bedroom with two queen beds
  • Flat-screen TV
  • South-facing views overlooking the Troop Barn
  • Pastoral landscape and Hirtle’s Beach in the distance
  • Full bathroom
  • Galley kitchen
  • Open living area with leather furniture
  • Extra sleeping nook
  • STUV woodstove
  • 24’ north-facing window
  • Interior steel elements connect with the exterior cladding
  • Furnishings are an eclectic mix of new and old to reflect the modern and traditional dual personality of GateHouse.

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Natalie C. McKee

Natalie C. McKee is a contributor for Tiny House Talk and the Tiny House Newsletter. She's a wife, and mama of three little kids. She and her family are homesteaders with sheep, goats, chickens, ducks and quail on their happy little acre.
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  • Steven Tinling
    May 26, 2022, 6:24 pm

    The walls and ceiling seem to lack insulation. Is it SIP construction? insulated floor? infloor heating?

  • Linda K Howell
    May 26, 2022, 11:29 pm

    I love everything about that home even living out on the countertop range it’s AwesomEly beautiful out there
    I really love all the lighting they have out in the country too.

  • ron
    May 28, 2022, 9:53 am

    love the concept, but so much I would change………… to my taste.

  • Eric
    March 20, 2023, 1:46 am

    …and to your taste is just that. Not someone elses, but yours. And that is how it should be. Many people put down other peoples choices, heck, I’ve even done it. Much to my eternal shame…

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