The SpaceCome and Relax Amidst Nature, on an 8 Acre Property without a neighbour in sight!
Enter the gates and wind your way down the long, enchanting driveway, lined with windswept pines and wild granite outcroppings. At the end, you will finally see the cottage, proudly overlooking the lake, perched atop the granite.
Ideally facing Southwest for all day sun, and beautiful, nightly sunsets, the cottage offers captivating views of the lake from all of the principal rooms. You will definitely see an abundance of wildlife during your holiday, whether indoors or out.
The great room is massive with 19 foot vaulted ceiings, and a huge electric stone fireplace at one end, featuring an beam circa 1850 for a mantle, reclaimed from a barn in Sutton Ontario several years ago, and a gigantic stone hearth that is ideal for warming up on with a cup of hot cocoa. If there is one compliment that we get over and over again about the great room (which is the entire main level), it is that it is flooded with natural light. With a huge wall of windows and 6 skylights, it is a very wonderful space. The living area is large and comfy, featuring an entertainment area, games table (which doubles as a second dining table for large groups) and lots of seating. There are over 100 movies to watch and at least 10 board games to play. There are also a few toys tucked away upstairs that might interest younger children.
The living room flows into the dining area with a long table with seating for 10, along with an extra table, and an open kitchen with island, granite countertops and high quality appliances. The kitchen is fully stocked for your convenience, so pack lightly! Don't bother bringing spices and cling wrap, sugar or tin foil, and we might even have a can of peas if you forgot one. Because we use our cottage too, and we want you to feel welcomed, we leave some of our cupboards stocked with basic kitchen items. You will find tea and various canned goods. If you bring everything that you think you will need, that is best, but we don't mind sharing if you run out or forgot something. Have a good time. When you leave, maybe leave a few non-perishables to share with us, or the next guests. It makes it kind of fun for everyone this way!
The main level leads to the mezzanine with a broad, open, curved oak staircase. Once upstairs, you can see what everyone is up to down below from the hallway, which is great for parents LOLs. There are clerestory windows along the sides of the soaring ceilings in the upstairs hallway, which allow it to flood with light. Each of the 3 bedrooms open to this hallway, but we have kept them darker, with dark window coverings for a great night's sleep. The bedding is clean and comfortable but will not be matching necessarily. This is a cottage, right! The first bedroom, the guest master, has a queen sized bed with a covered opening that overlooks the great room, and a desk for a laptop etc. The second bedroom offers a king sized bed and a single bed and has a mini lounge set up with a DVD/VCR for watching movies, a coffee table and a love seat. The third bedroom has a single over double bunk style bed, and a conventional single over single bunk bed. The fourth bedroom is reserved for groups of 11 or more, and is the bunkie, a detached sleeping cabin in the woods (close to the cottage). It is available for smaller groups for an additional charge of $75.
Also found off the hallway is the laundry area and large, spa-like bathroom. This area has been designed to offer luxurious finishes such as slate and granite, with a huge stone rain head shower and jetted jacuzzi tub. There is also a skylight positioned in the centre of the room to capture as much light as possible. Relax, treat yourself!
For large groups (11 or more) for those of you really wanting to commune with nature, may we suggest a night in the bunkie. Set back in the woods about 80 feet from the back door of the cottage is an adorable little cabin with a huge picture window, hardwood floors and a double sleeper sofa. Although it can get hot or cold at various times of the year, it is cozy and surrounded by nature.
Outside, we have left a 14 foot aluminum row boat for you to use, along with a variety of sizes of life jackets, and dip net, all of which are on a use-at-your-own risk basis. Favourite outdoor activities include fishing, dip netting, canoeing or kayaking (bring own), going out in the boat, nature walks, birding and nature photography, exploring the property, trampolining, outdoor bonfires, XC skiing and snowshoeing, tobogganing,and hide and seek. For those of you who would like to bring your own equipment, Mount St. Louis is only a 20 minute drive for skiing or snowboarding, or for those bringing ATV's, Honey Harbour is an ATV friendly town, and it is not uncommon to see them on the road. Boats can also be launched in town, and our lake is ideal for Seadoos. If you are a snowmobiler, you can take off onto the lake right in front. There are also lots of places to go on the property itself with bike, or sleds. Many of the children who visit the cottage spend hours dip netting and fishing from the dock, or playing on the grounds. Many parents are surprised to see them actually playing, like we used to, not merely providing a landing pad for a phone, ipod or other electronic devices. Suggestion ... leave those items locked in the car, only use in case of emergency LOL.
Just a quick note about the waterfront. I describe the waterfront as a shallow, natural, wildlife waterfront. The shining blue waters in the Spring give way to wetland grasses and lily pads in the summer. After the first frost in the fall, the weeds disappear, returning the lake to its blue waters in time for winter, when they freeze into a sheet of ice. THE WATERFRONT IS NOT SUITABLE FOR SWIMMING. I put this in upper case letters simply to ensure that you see it. Dip net, fish, seadoo, boat, canoe, kayak, have fires beside it, gaze at the stars above it, but please do not swim in it. There are 2 beautiful sandy beaches within a 2 or 5 mile drive. The bottom can be a bit mucky here and the weeds do grow in. If tons of swimming, right out front, is what you crave, then this is not the right cottage for you.
Most of our guests are either family groups, or mature adult groups looking for a place to relax, cooks some nice meals, drink some good wine, and reconnect with each other and with nature in a relaxing and comfortable setting. We take a lot of pride in providing a nice, clean, well maintained cottage, at an affordable price, within which you can make lasting memories with your friends and loved ones. Guest AccessThe guests will have access to an indoor electric fireplace, an outdoor lakeside firepit, a row boat, a canoe, 8 acres to explore, a dock, a bunkie if rented, 3 bedrooms inside the cottage, a fully provisioned kitchen (just bring food and drinks), bedding, towels, a starter roll of paper towel, one large bar of soap for the shower, hand soaps, kitchen towels, 4 rolls of toilet paper, and laundry facilities with laundry powder. There are 2 TV's and 2 DVD players (one with VCR) and a large chest with hundreds of older VHS movies and DVD. Tons of children's movies. There are also lots of board games. We offer satellite TV with 130 channels plus the BeIn channel for European Soccer fans like us! Please note that you must use your phone or laptop or call Bell if you can't figure out how to run the remote control for the satellite TV. It is not difficult but I am not able to provide remote tech support so please self-help if you run into difficulty. Interaction with GuestsOn an as needed basis. I may call to make sure that guests have arrived safely, and, on occasion, I may be there to greet them at arrival, but usually the guests let themselves in with the electronic door code and I only interact when called upon to assist with questions, tourist info. etc. The NeighborhoodWe have a very busy lifestyle in the GTA and needed somewhere where we could just completely get away from it all. We see neighbours all week long, and wanted a cottage where the only neighbours we saw were beavers, deer, geese, ducks, rabbits, fish and turtles (I could go on...) The odd time a fisherman makes it on to the lake, and the odd cross country skier heads by in the winter, and of course the snowmobilers speed by a few times a day at Mach 10, but other than that-complete peace, tranquility and privacy. Aaahhh.
We come here to reconnect as a family, recharge our batteries, commune with nature and; sometimes, just do nothing. We always feel blessed to arrive and regretful to leave. Heaven on Earth. Getting AroundA car is a must, and town is only about 3 km. away. That being said, a boat is more fun .... may I suggest that you book a trip on the Daytripper, which departs in the Summer Season from the park office right across from Foodtown in Honey Harbour. This boat will take you to Beausoleil Island, which is part of Georgian Bay Islands National Park, the only island National Park in Canada. There, you can swim at sandy beaches, visit the Interpretive Centre, use the extensive hiking trails or walk out on the sandbars. Call a few days ahead to find out times and to avoid disappointment. Other Things to NoteWhat can I say ... there are lots of drive to your door cottages in Ontario, but we wanted a few special things that only this cottage offered. First, we have 5 kids, so we needed a real, year round cottage, a second home, not a cabin. Next, we wanted ultimate privacy, so the 8 acres was a huge selling feature for us. Most places are tightly packed in with neighbours. Not what we wanted. If we want walk around outside in our PJ's, who would know, or care. That's what we wanted-freedom. Also, we wanted wildlife. It is abundant here. We love that this cottage is very close to the water. Because it faces South, Southwest we have all day sun and sunsets too! And all of this only 90 minutes from Toronto, and with a full service grocery, liquor store, restaurants, activities etc. etc. only 2 miles up the road. SOLD!