Walbourne House


New Walbourne House occupies the footprint of the original Walbourne House, which was two old saltboxes knitted together over a hundred years ago by Michael Walbourne and moved at least twice that we know of. Our original intention had been to restore the house, but it was running with mold and, well, according to our neighbours, now we have what we want and know what we have. And you will too when you visit.

New Walbourne House is inspired by the Saltbox tradition. Here in Newfoundland no one uses their front doors, so we didn’t bother to build one. You enter through the porch the neighbourly way.   We used double-hung windows and placed two windows in each room so you can have a cross-breeze and listen to the wind as you read your book or fall asleep. Guests stay on the second floor of the house where there are four bedrooms, two with views on the Harbour, and two with views on the Canal. All rooms are furnished in the style of outport Newfoundland, with a touch of modern comforts. Each can be set up with either a King bed or two twin beds. Guests share the two five piece washrooms on this floor.

There is a third floor attic level that is a quiet area—we’ve kitted it out with desks and yoga mats and cots. There is a comfortable sitting room with a woodstove on the ground floor, and that’s where our Honour bar is located.  

The heart of any home is the Kitchen and Walbourne House is no exception. We have a generous Kitchen that is integrated with our Dining Room, because really, if we’d made the Dining Room a separate space, no one would go there. We take our meals in front of the gigantic corner window overlooking the harbour, except when we have the weather and a hankering to eat on the bridge.

We grow some of our own vegetables and flowers on the property, and we support many planters, fishers and foragers on the Island as we like to gather as many ingredients from the bounty of the Island as we can. We have a stage, wharf and flake. If you’re not sure what that means, we’ll be happy to tell you all about it when you’re here. You might even help us catch and split some fish (cod) if you are inclined.

light drawing of house and studio

All stays at Walbourne House include:

  • Ocean Views
  • Supper on arrival
  • Breakfast spreads
  • Dinner (Lunch) spreads
  • Soup all day
  • Communal Suppers
  • Complimentary (good) wine with Supper
  • Honour bar
  • Harbour and Canal rooms with views on the ocean
  • Shared five-piece washrooms
  • High thread count bed linen, cozy duvets
  • Island quilts and soft furnishings
  • Mid-stay room tidy
  • Wireless broadband
  • Library
  • Quiet multi-purpose space
  • Fogo Island exploration kit

Note that we have a no pets policy and there are no pet-minding facilities on the Island.

Walbourne House is adult-oriented.