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Historic Dory Buff House

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Smart TV, video games, books
3 bedrooms, in-room safe, iron/ironing board, WiFi
Smart TV, video games, books
3 bedrooms, in-room safe, iron/ironing board, WiFi

Overview of Historic Dory Buff House

Entire home

Historic Dory Buff House


5.0/5 Exceptional

Popular amenities

  • Kitchen
  • Washer
  • Dryer
  • Outdoor space

Cleaning and safety practices

  • Cleaned with disinfectant
  • Contactless check-in
  • Sheets and towels washed at 60°C
  • Follows industry sanitization guidelines
Summerville, NL

Explore the area

  • Popular LocationBonavista Bay2 min walk
  • Popular LocationRising Tide Theatre32 min drive
  • Popular LocationLockston Path Provincial Park40 min drive

Space details

3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, sleeps 6
1200 sq ft
Bedroom 1
    1 king bed
Bedroom 2
    2 bunk beds
Bedroom 3
    1 queen bed
Bathroom 1
Bathroom 2
    No shower or bathtub

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About this area

North America

What's nearby

  • Bonavista Bay - 2 min walk
  • Trinity Visitor Centre - 32 min drive
  • Lester Garland House - 32 min drive
  • Rising Tide Theatre - 32 min drive
  • Lockston Path Provincial Park - 40 min drive

About this property

Entire place

You'll have the entire home to yourself and will only share it with other guests in your party.

Historic Dory Buff House

Waterfront vacation home with kitchen and patio
Coco and Dave welcome you to historic Dory Buff House, uniquely situated on the sunny side of Bonavista peninsula, steps from the Atlantic ocean and a commercial stage, in the quaint working fishing harbor of Summerville. A 2.5 hour drive from St. John’s, 25 minutes from historic Trinity and scenic Port Rexton; 45 minutes from shopping in Clarenville, and 50 minutes from the Bonavista lighthouse.

The main floor has a fully equipped kitchen with electric rang/oven, fridge, dishwasher and microwave; laundry room with washer and dryer; dining room; living room with TV (cable and wifi); main floor guest bedroom with a queen bed, and a ½ bath. On the second floor, look out over the ocean from your king bed in the master bedroom; full bathroom with shower; and a 3rd bedroom with bunk beds, also facing the ocean. Throughout Dory Buff Coco's original artwork adorns the walls.

Enjoy a quiet afternoon in the back garden picking blueberries, or take a walk along any of Summerville’s beautiful coves and beaches where sea glass and other treasures abound.

Depending on which part of the year you’re visiting, watch breaching humpback, fin, minke and killer whales from the comfort of the front bridge (Newfanese for ‘deck’). Walk down to the fishing stage to meet the local fishermen and see the same tools of the trade, and fish cleaning and salting techniques Newfoundland fishermen have been incorporating for 500 years.

For bird lovers, you’ll be surrounded by blue jays, sparrows, crows, seagulls, osprey and bald eagles to name just a few. The fishing stage is a big draw for seabirds looking for a free feast following the filleting of cod caught daily in Summerville harbor. Stop by the stage and who knows, a kindly local fisherman may just gift you with a couple of filets of fresh caught north Atlantic cod!

Pets are welcome along with their responsible owners. Please be vigilant about scooping, and with Newfoundland's ever-changing weather, we ask that you give them a good towel-off before entering the house on rainy days or after an ocean plunge :)

Dory Buff is next door to our other vacation rental North Sea Whale House. Dave offices out of his shed situated on the hill behind both properties.

Dory Buff is perfect for you if you’re looking for an authentic, non-touristy Newfoundland outport experience.

*Note: Built in 1847 with its signature hipped roof, Dory Buff House was fully renovated in 2015, keeping much of the original woodwork intact including walls and floors. The home retains its original steep central staircase which may not be suitable for young children or adults with mobility issues.

Summerville maintains the same unique traditional charm it has had for hundreds of years. Locals refer fondly to the area as being a "festival free zone." Our sincere desire is that your friendly, respectful, discreet interaction with the locals will keep it that way!

Thank you!
Coco and Dave
Guest accommodations at this vacation home offer washers/dryers and safes. Rooms open to patios. Kitchens offer refrigerators, stovetops, microwaves, and separate dining areas.

Bathrooms include bathtubs or showers and hair dryers. Smart televisions are featured in guestrooms. Additionally, rooms include coffee/tea makers and irons/ironing boards.

The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or nearby; fees may apply.

Property manager

Dave and Constance Sturgeon
Speaks English, French

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected
Sheets and towels are washed at 60°C/140°F or hotter
Follows industry cleaning and disinfection practices of SafeHome (VRMA & VRHP)

Social distancing

Contactless check-in
This information is provided by our partners.

Property amenities


  • WiFi available

Family friendly

  • Playground
  • Children's games
  • Children's books


  • Refrigerator
  • Stovetop
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Dishwasher
  • Cookware/dishes/utensils
  • Paper towels
  • Toaster
  • Lobster/crab pot


  • Dining table


  • 3 bedrooms
  • Bed sheets provided


  • 2 bathrooms
  • Bathtub or shower
  • Soap
  • Toilet paper
  • Towels provided
  • Shampoo
  • Hair dryer

Living spaces

  • Dining room
  • Living room


  • Smart TV with cable/satellite service
  • Video games
  • Games
  • Books

Outdoor areas

  • Patio
  • Garden
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Firepit


  • Washing machine and dryer


  • Heating


  • No pets allowed


  • Smoke-free property

Services and conveniences

  • Safe
  • Iron/ironing board
  • Phone

Location highlights

  • Near the sea
  • On the waterfront

Things to do

  • Fish cleaning table on site
  • Golfing on site
  • Wildlife and game walks nearby
  • Fishing nearby
  • Power boating nearby
  • Hiking nearby
  • Birdwatching nearby
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby
  • Whale watching nearby
  • Golf nearby

Safety features

  • Carbon monoxide detector
  • Fire extinguisher
  • First aid kit
  • Smoke detector


  • Sleeps 6
  • Unit size: 1200 sq ft (111 sq m)

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Check-in time starts at 4:00 PM


Check-out before 11:00 AM

Special check-in instructions

You will receive an email from the host with check-in and check-out instructions


Pets not allowed

Children and extra beds

Children are welcome

Important information

You need to know

This property is managed by a private host, not a professional engaged in trade or business
Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card, or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed
Onsite parties or group events are strictly prohibited
Safety features at this property include a carbon monoxide detector, a fire extinguisher, a smoke detector, and a first aid kit
This property is managed through our partner, Vrbo. You will receive an email from Vrbo with a link to a Vrbo account, where you can change or cancel your reservation

Property is also known as

Vrbo Property
Historic Dory Buff House Summerville
Historic Dory Buff House Private vacation home
Historic Dory Buff House Private vacation home Summerville

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Overall score and ratings



Rating 5 - Excellent. 6 out of 6 reviews
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5/5 Excellent

Aug 2021
We loved this spot! Beautiful house, comfy beds, tons of blueberries close by and beach glass. Great spot for families

5/5 Excellent

Great stay in Summerville area!
We had a great 3 night stay in this charmingly decorated historic house! It was very well set up for our family of four including two teens, and my older parents. Bedroom and a half bath on ground floor worked well for them. The kitchen is well appointed and has everything you would need for any length of stay. Perhaps an extra chair in the living room for those who have older kids, so everyone can sit and chat. It was lovely weather so we were outside most of the time when at the house. The kids enjoyed a hit of the Xbox! The fisherman were busy when we were there in August. Dave and Coco are great hosts and just next door if needed. They have done a wonderful restoration of the house and we loved the sea glass art. Would recommend to anyone looking for a place to stay to explore that side of Bonavista Bay, and it is very convenient to Trinity and Port Rexton as well. Thank you and have a wonderful rest of summer!

5/5 Excellent

Amazing Get Away
We used our beautiful stay in Summerville to explore the Bonnavista Peninsula. It was a quite, comfortable and charming place to stay. The quite sounds of the Bay, the light breeze off the ocean, the morning coffee and evening wine on the patio, it was what everyone needs to recharge and appreciate life. The check in was easy, the place was very clean and well equipped, the beds were comfortable and it's tastefully decorated. Just needed to turn off your notifications and relax. We would love to return and would recommend this stay to anyone traveling to the area,. Brad and Family

5/5 Excellent

The Adorable Dory Buff
Beautiful property! It was a step back in time. The modern amenities did not detract from the rustic charm, comfortable beds, and quiet peacefulness of the community.

5/5 Excellent

Well equipped and very comfortable!
The house was very spacious and comfortable. Great beds and very well equipped. It was so quiet and we loved just hanging on the front deck.