TheGillespie House is more than a Tourist Home. It’s 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.
The Gillespie House offers an authentic outport experience. Plans for the property include adding a chicken coop, an organic kitchen garden and local fruit trees. A greenhouse is being added for organic vegetables. Soon visitors will be able to collect eggs or fresh vegetables from our garden or greenhouse.
The house has three original bedrooms, all located on the second floor, with an upstairs outside door leading to a second patio and creating a fire escape. Rooms all includewriting tables, reading chairs and high speed wifi.
The Gillespie House is one of the original historic properties in Fortune Harbour, and the Gillespie family played an integral role in forming it’s rich history.
The house was originally built by Captain John Gillespie who, with his wife, Mary Catherine (Byrne), raised seven children. Tragedy struck in the early 1900’s when Captain Gillespie died while fishing in Labrador. As it was early in the fishing season, his body was preserved in salt. When the fishing season ended his vessel entered the Harbour half masked announcing the tragedy.
Community Amenities Stop by Sonny’s Shop specializing in grocery, convenience, beer, local crafts and produce. You can check out Sonny’s Facebook Page and learn all about him and Sonny’s Shop.
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All 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.
There are always Labrador treats on our menu … breakfast jams like bake apple (cloudberry) and partridge berry. Supper features like wild salmon and Arctic char are often available.