Bella's Blue House

A Vacation Home in Pouch Cove, Newfoundland

History

The house is over 150 years old, making it one of the oldest in Pouch Cove.

 

It is connected to the historic Water Witch shipwreck and rescue. On the night of November 29th in the year 1875, the schooner Water Witch left St. John’s, bound for her home port of Cupids with twenty-five people on board.  In the middle of a blinding snowstorm she struck the rocks of Horrid Gulch, just north of Pouch Cove.   A dozen men and a young boy leapt from the vessel and ultimately survived thanks to the heroic efforts of the men of Pouch Cove.

 

The skipper, Captain Spracklin, and two other crew members, managed to ascend the 650-foot cliff and go for help, knocking on doors on the north side of Pouch Cove. Several local men went into action, using ropes to lower themselves down the steep cliff and pull up the survivors. This house would have been one of the houses on the north side of Pouch Cove, and likely the home of Christopher Mundy, one of the rescuers who received medals for their efforts.

Click on the story boards to read about the Water Witch shipwreck and rescue.

On the Biscan Path there is a view point with a view back to the Horrid Gulch.

Renovations

The house had been vacant for several years before our neighbors bought it in 2015 and carried out major repairs. We acquired the house in 2017 and had the renovations finished including new windows and siding and inside finishes such as new kitchen cupboards and appliances. A second bathroom was added with the laundry. We converted the downstairs living room into a bedroom to replace the upstairs bedroom which became a sitting room to enjoy the view, read a book or watch TV.

 

We were lucky to find Frederick Westy Design Studio from Bay Bulls. Esty created all the furniture for the house using reclaimed wood from old Newfoundland houses and barns.

You can read about the furniture on the Facebook page for Fredrick Westy Design Studio

Bella inspecting the work