The History of Lords Seaside Cottages | PEI Waterfront Cottages

We have been operational for 43 years here at Lord’s Seaside Cottages! It all started back in 1977.

 

Hello there, my name is Elayne Lord and I am the owner of Lord's Seaside Cottages. We have been operational for over 43 years, and it all started with my mother and father, Warren and Shirley Lord, back in 1977.


Believe it or not, the laundry room that’s currently located on the property was our first cottage! In the mid 60's, Newfoundland was at a critical stage for employment. Island Farmers were given Government grants to hire Newfoundlanders for seasonal employment during cropping time. All farmers who were awarded grants had to offer accommodations and meals to qualify, so the "Bunk House" was built for this purpose.

 

Over the years, workers came and left. Eventually the grants stopped, and so did the work. The Newfoundland workers never returned – except for my father's faithful sidekick, Terry. In fact, Terry stayed at the Bunk House year-round. The pay wasn’t great, but my dad gave him what money he could and kept him housed and fed. He eventually left and returned to Newfoundland in the early 70’s when he met his wife and started a family. Since it was no longer being used by Terry, the “Bunk House” was moved to the shore on skids and pulled by dad's tractor in the early 70’s. And the first cottage was born.

 

It wasn’t fancy, but mom and dad had the best times of their lives there! This small cottage was equipped with the basics including a bed and a portable toilet – and they used a truck battery to keep it lit in the evening. Since they enjoyed it so much, it didn’t take long for them to purchase a second cottage.

 

In 1977, mom and dad purchased their dream cottage, which is now known as cottage #0. It was beautiful! It also took 2 years to hook the water/septic and to skirt it. Needless to say, it was a lot of hard work, but also a lot of laughter that went into that cottage.

 

In 1980, my Great  Aunt Charlotte Bagnall was selling her trailer, so mom and dad purchased it. They installed new windows, flooring, and a roof. After a lot of hard work, cottage #1 was born.

 

In 1982, my father, Warren, purchased another cottage for the shore front property for just $2000. He actually made the purchase without consulting my mom (oops!). It didn’t take long for mom to come around – soon they found themselves cleaning the unit and working night and day to make much-needed repairs including replacement of the paneling on the walls. However, all their hard work was not in vain, as they were soon able to rent it out to others. In fact, it rented for $235 per week.(cottage #2).

 

In 1992, mom placed a bid on 5 prefabricated schools. The baby boom was over and the government was selling now empty buildings as a result. Well Mom unexpectedly won the bid by a $1. Of course, dad didn't know she had even bid at all. In a way, the score was even now in terms of those unexpected new unit surprises they seemed to be so fond of, haha!


Renovations to the newly added units started early in spring. Decks and roofs were added, and partitions were put in place. They were busy getting it ready before the summer months. I remember my dad often joked that guests were “waiting outside while he installed fridges and stoves.”

Over the years, upgrades and improvements were just part of the norm. Every spring, there would be new flooring, windows, paint or upgrades to furniture. Our family worked hard to create an amazing place for our guests to visit. These cottages are now known as 3,4,5,6,7.

 

Unfortunately, my dad became ill and he and mom had to move to the house for the remainder of his summers. It was then up to me to run the business. At that point, I had 7 units to maintain and keep rented during the summer months. I used cottage #2 as my sleeping quarters so I could continue to operate and grow the business.

 

Soon, I started taking on renovations myself! In fact, I completely gutted cottage #2 and renovated it using pine. Small spaces required a lot of creativity, and it soon became the “Honeymoon” suite!

 

I was on a renovation roll and was loving every minute of it! Before long, I wanted to grow the business and add even more cottages, so I bought a unit to live in and rented cottage #2. Along the years, cottage #8 was completed gutted and renovated (now my largest cottage). Interestingly enough, my neighbour was retiring from the tourist industry so I also bought her's and renovated it, which is now cottage #9.

 

At present day, Lord’s Seaside Cottage resort has 10 units for rent! We would love to have you join us this summer, so contact us to make a reservation!