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The Gardens of Hope Respite Cottage

Posted on January 04, 2017 by Bruce MacNaughton

In 2004, a vision was created to form The Country Gardens Foundation of Hope, Inc. large part of its vision is to build a “Respite Cottage” within the Gardens of Hope located in New Glasgow, PEI. These spacious 12 acre gardens were created for Islanders and visitors alike to enjoy the natural beauty of Prince Edward Island. An old Catholic Chapel called St. Joseph's , located at the entrance to the National Park in Cavendish, was moved to its present location within the Gardens of Hope.

With the renovations now complete, the “Respite Cottage” is a place of rest, hope and renewed spirit.  The cottage is made available for individuals, families, or caregivers coping with the effects of a life threatening illness. It is also made available to caregivers and those ministering to others who themselves are experiencing compassion fatigue.

 The Purpose of The Respite Cottage

Our hope and prayer is that the garden setting of the Respite Cottage will allow those who visit or stay to be ministered to by nature's beauty.

The cottage provides a warm and comfortable environment. It is a space designed for peace and tranquility.

Who Can Use The Cottage?

Individuals who are diagnosed with a life-threatening illness and are well enough to travel are welcome to stay at The Cottage for up to one week.

Caregivers and those ministering to others who themselves are experiencing compassion fatigue.

Non-Profit human service organizations for small gatherings or meetings.


Gathering Around the Fireplace


View of the Kitchen from Loft Bedroom 



Dining Room 


Quilted Comforts




The Cottage is wheelchair accessible.

The Cottage is able to sleep 6-7 individuals comfortably.

Two washrooms; one fully wheelchair accessible.

Fireplace, Open Kitchen, Decks.

Dishes and bedding provided.

When Is the Cottage Available?

The Cottage is available year round.

Please make your inquiries here: or

Thank you for your interest.


Maureen Goodick

Posted on March 28, 2017

I was deeply touched reading about the Respite Cottage which you have made available for healing of hearts and minds. You and your wife will be richly blessed for your loving kindness.

Lorna Jenkins

Posted on September 26, 2016

Good Morning Bruce MacNaughton:

I am a hospice volunteer working very closely with a little boy and his family right now who I think could benefit a great deal from your beautiful cottage. Would you be able to contact me please by email. Or you may phone me at 902-439-0489. Or you may phone me at work 902-368-6170. The child is two. A dear little boy. He has mitochondrial diease.. He was diagnosed about 6-9 months ago. His mom and dad are aged 32 and 34. He has four sisters aged 3, 5, 8 and 12. I would dearly love to have them be able to stay at your cottage for a week. The mom is so tired, but definitely one of the best Mom’s I have ever met in my life. Thank you so much, Lorna


Posted on June 21, 2014

Hi Suzanne,

Nice to hear from you and thank you for your comments. It has been an honour to be a part of peoples journey. We are blessed.

The Respite Cottage is an old chapel, but we have a “vision” for a small chapel down by the water in the garden. My wife and I were inspired when travelling in Crete and came upon a travellers tiny chapel and at the time there was a situation at home that needed reflection and prayer and this chapel just happened to be right where we needed it to be. We now want to build a little one for folks who are travelling to Prince Edward Island or just visiting the gardens as well.

Take care and hope we get to have a cup of tea next year in the gardens.



Suzanne de Ponce

Posted on June 21, 2014

So glad to get this beautiful update and see the progress and development of your “vision” of the respite facility which you explained to me a few years ago when visiting PEI. I’m sure many have benefited from their time of respite. Is the chapel in place? Hoping to return to PEI next year and make a personal visit to the gardens. May you be blessed for all your efforts in providing a much needed and welcome haven for those in need.

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