We were warmly welcomed by the owner, Eberhard, to his quaint cottage by Bras D'Or Lake. The kitchen, while very basic, was well furnished and the house was well maintained and clean. I call it rustic as it is no-frills (no wifi!) and the decorating is circa 1980. But of course, you don't come to Cape Breton for the decor, but for the amazing beauty around you.
While the cottage is on the small side, and very basic in its furnishings, it has an amazing view of the lake right from the living room/dining area. The cottage was fine for my husband and I, size wise, but if you came with children you might find it a tight squeeze, depending on how much time you will be spending inside. It is a short hike down a few (slightly steep) steps to the lake where you have the entire beach to yourself - amazing!
The closest (20 minutes away by car) town of St. Peters has a number of small eateries (nothing fancy) and a grocery store. The only down-side for us was that we came to Cape Breton to hear the local Celtic music. What I found out is that the music scene is on the other side of the island, an hour and a half away! While St.Peters is a lovely area, and the cabin perfect for a short refuge from civilization (perfect to hole away and write that next best-seller), it is far from most of the culture and activity of Cape Breton.
Additionally, the kayaking that is advertised is not available from the cottage, but rather from the owner's home, about a 10 minute drive away. He also rents you the kayaks, which seems a bit cheap for those people renting his cabins. But this was a small issue, and in general we had a lovely time!