We spent five days of our honeymoon at The Motion, and couldn't have been happier! The home was immaculate, very spacious for two people, and well set-up with towels, kitchen tools, etc. We saw humpback and minke whales every single day from the comfort of the living room! The ocean was entrancing and always changing; we also really enjoyed watching the gulls dive into the water. We had excellent side trips to Bay de Verde, Job's Cove (twice, to see the capelin rolling on the beach!), Northern Bay Sands, Red Head Cove, and more. Bonnie was an incredible host and everyone we met in the area was so friendly and helpful. We are excited to return and would strongly recommend staying at the Motion to anyone else!!
Wow! Loved our brief but wonderful stay at this hidden treasure. Very clean and comfortable accommodations, relaxing and restful, can't say enough. Where can one sit from the comfort of your living room and watch icebergs and whales while sipping your morning coffee. Definitely on the return list only longer stay. Caretaker was very welcoming and helpful and there to meet us as arranged. The only thing that could make this even better would be a larger window for viewing the magnificent landscape, other than that, simple perfection.
From start to finish we enjoyed our stay in this Grates Cove gem. When we arrived an iceberg greeted us and stayed for six days departing when we did.
We watched the local fisherman tend his lobster pots and monitored the fishing boats come and go. We hiked the nearby cliff lookouts and used Motion Retreat as a base of operations for our exploration of the scenic towns on north side of Conception Bay and more beached icebergs.
Motion Retreat is beautifully appointed, with a deck and large windows which invite the eye to return again and again to the sea.
My husband & I spent July 1st weekend at the Motion Retreat cottage. Even though the weather didn't co-operate with our plans, the cottage & breathtaking view certainly made up for it! The cottage windows face the Atlantic Ocean where we watched whales, Ganets & other seabirds for hours without tiring of the view. We went to the nearby communities of Red Head Cove, Bay de Verde & Old Perlican. We did the walking trails which also offered great views of Baccalieu Island & the community. We were also fortunate enough to see several icebergs. The Grates Cove Studio & Cafe is also a must for lunch or supper or you can buy fresh seafood from the local fishermen & prepare yourself. I would definately recommend the Motion Retreat for a weekend or summer vacation! Thank you, Bonnie & Juanita!
The cottage is spacious and comfortable with a spectacular view. We kept an infant in a Pack 'N Play, which we did have to keep in the bedroom in order to have it adequately dark and quiet for naps. The open-concept main area was convenient for keeping an eye on the crawling baby. The cottage had everything we needed except a resident whale!
Cleanest, most well-appointed cottage. The views are magnificent. We will be back. All the way from Oregon.....absolutely loved it.
Spent 5 nights in this very modern cabin. Last place on the east side near "the Motion" (a Rick formation you can walk you 5 minutes. Cabin is well equipped with everything you need. Wonderful wraparound porch overlooking town and the water. Huge front windows.We even had humpbacks swimming practically in front of our door for a couple of days. Lots of opportunities for great walks in the area. Grates Cove is close to Baie de Vert with some great views and historical sites. Don't miss the Baccalieu Island Viewing Trail in nearby Red Head Cove. make sure to go to the end for the view. While Motion Retreat is at the very end of the road, it's a great jumping off point for day trips.