A CAPE BRETON RESORT HONOURS THE ISLANDS FIRST LADY OF SONG

Jun 22, 2021

By Christine Ross

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Owners of a new vacation spot in Cape Breton hope Rita MacNeil’s enduring legacy will draw fans to their property.

The late East Coast singer-songwriter’s former six-acre home has been repurposed as an Airbnb rental called Rita’s Retreat.

And the waterfront getaway has MacNeil’s past woven throughout the property.

Inside, guests can sit at her grand piano or swim in a 15-metre saltwater pool chosen by MacNeil when she helped design the home in 1991.

The backyard features MacNeil’s beloved garden and a chair where the owners say she wrote some of her best-known songs.

She was 68 when she died in 2013.

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