Gillespie House

Fortune Harbour, Newfoundland and Labrador

Mussel farming

About Gillespie House

Gillespie House is more than a Tourist Home. It is a focal point for visitors to the area. The house is adorned with local crafts, historic photographs and artefacts.

A walking map shows tourists several self-guided hikes through old roads where one can visit the Fairy Hill lookout, abandoned communities and grave yards. Guided hikes or packed lunches can be arranged with advance planning.

All of our guests enjoy a hospitality breakfast with homemade bread and jams. At the dock area, we offer a fire pit for an evening fire or to cook or steam local lobsters or mussels.
We have made extensive renovations to all of our bedrooms located on the second floor so that each now has its own private en suite or bathroom.

Pictures

Mussel farming

Mussel farming

A gentle Harbour

A gentle Harbour

Ready to fish

Ready to fish

Gillespie House from the Harbour

Gillespie House from the Harbour

Our Dining Room

Our Dining Room

One of the Icebergs

One of the Icebergs

Just one of the many activities

Just one of the many activities

Prices

the Quirk Room

$139.00 / night. Queen bed; harbor view; newly added en suite washroom; private balcony so that you may sit back and enjoy the tranquility of the harbor.

Holidays CAD 139.00 / night
Weekdays CAD 139.00 / night
Weekends CAD 139.00 / night

the Carey Room

$129.00 / night. Queen bed; harbor view; en suite washroom. Decorated with comfy lounging chairs for evening relaxation.

Holidays CAD 129.00 / night
Weekdays CAD 129.00 / night
Weekends CAD 129.00 / night

the Lyver Room

$119.00 / night. Double Twin beds; private washroom; newly renovated and extended with vaulted ceilings and decorated with cottage spruce. Spacious and comfy room; ideal for friends travelling together.

Holidays CAD 119.00 / night
Weekdays CAD 119.00 / night
Weekends CAD 119.00 / night

Gillespie House Features

One of several suggested hikes/tours:

Follow the fairies to Fortune Harbour – fairies were significant in many areas of the island, and the older generation of the Harbour believed in the fairies and the oddities that happened to those who ventured into the woods and encountered these mysterious ‘little people’.  Learn much of the local history while sharing the many fairy stories as you travel along the Fairy Hill Trail, tracing the shoreline of the south west arm of the harbour, along the old roads and through deserted family gardens.  A moderately challenging set of steps will take you to the top of Fairy Hill where you’ll enjoy the scenic view of the many harbour islands, a commercial mussel farm and the homesteads.  Rest; observe nature and wildlife while enjoying a provided boxed lunch and prepare for our return journey.


Gillespie House Attractions

During the summer months, icebergs are often abundant just beyond the Harbour entrance to Notre Dame Bay.  The prevailing tides bring icebergs so close that they often become grounded in our tickle. Whales can also be observed during the summer.  If you’re lucky, you’ll have a whale put on a show for you.


Terms & Conditions

* Our season runs from May 1st - October 15th
* Reservations can be booked online or by calling 1-709-485-2552.
* Reservations are paid for at the time of your booking; we accept all major credit cards or email money transfers. Email money transfers can be sent to info@gillespiehouse.ca. A one week cancellation notice is required; otherwise a 25% fee is charged.
* Check in is any time after 3:00 p.m. Check out is 12:00 noon
* Wifi is available to all house guests. On your drive to Fortune Harbour, cell phone service is intermittent between Point of Bay and Fortune Harbour, and there is no cell service in Fortune Harbour.
* A continental breakfast of homemade jams, hot & cold cereals, fruit, juice, tea & coffee is included in your room cost. Lunch & dinner can be provided. Lunches average $15.00 and dinner (3 course), $25.00 per person. Our glass dining room is licensed and we open to the public 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. Thursday - Sunday. We are also licensed to sell liquor, wine, beer & spirits. Catering to groups & picnic lunches can be arranged.
* If you are a boater and are travelling to us by water, we have a suitable dock and moorings that you can tie up at no additional fee.
* Our house is smoke free and, although we love pets, it is also pet free.