Quarterdeck in Summerville expands

New facility will include “sky cottages”

Barb McKenna | Queens County Advance
Published on December 17, 2015

SUMMERVILLE -Construction is under way on new beach lofts, and an all-new Quarterdeck Beachside Grill Restaurant.

The expansion will also include a 2700 sq. ft. indoor recreation facility. Everything is set to open in summer 2016, says Greg Whynot, Director of Quarterdeck Restaurant & Villas Inc..

 The Beach Lofts and the new restaurant have been designed to both complement and expand on the Quarterdeck Beachside Villas, a Nova Scotia tradition for more than 85 years.

People have been returning to this historic oceanfront property year after year, with its close proximity to the white sandy Summerville Beach.

 “Our goal with this expansion is to celebrate the amazing history of The Quarterdeck,” Whynot says on a news release. The Whynot family purchased the resort property in 2013 with an eye to revitalizing it. “We wish to remain true to its humble beginnings and historic atmosphere, while also making the necessary structural enhancements that will make the buildings safe and beautiful, and see them into the next 50 years so that guests can continue to enjoy this dynamic and unique area of Nova Scotia.”

Designed by Nicholas Fudge Architects of Halifax, The Beach Lofts will consist of 12 sleek, modern units perched on the hillside, all with views overlooking the ocean and Summerville Beach Provincial Park.

The Quarterdeck Beach Lofts feature punched-in private terraces that extend the indoor space outdoors, and include window walls that frame the view. These ‘sky cottages’ will be outfitted with high-end fixtures and furnishings, and include walk-in glass showers, quartz counter tops, and polished concrete floors. They will have double-wall construction for sound-proofing and energy efficiency. The beach lofts project will also feature the addition of a 2700 sq. ft indoor recreational facility that will be open year-round. The stand-alone structure will include enhancements that will benefit the entire resort, such as a heated indoor swimming pool, hot tub and sauna, weight room, lounging room with games, and 18-seat theatre.

  The Quarterdeck Beachside Grill, a popular eatery for generations, began in the 1930s as a simple fast-food window, featuring hotdogs and French fries for beach goers and guests staying in what was then the original Quarterdeck cabins. The new restaurant, designed by Halifax’s Breakhouse,  will celebrate the shoreline it sits on, with an entire wall of glass dedicated to the ocean view. Contemporary in its design, the Grill will have  two-levels of indoor dining with seating up to 110 people. The second level will provide a multi-purpose space for special events or meetings. It will have  a fully-uncovered wrap-around deck with glass paneling for an al fresco dining experience. In addition, the new Grill will include a retro-style canteen with its own umbrella-covered outdoor patio seating area, for a more casual dining experience.

The Quarterdeck Villas remain open year-round.