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Dwight, Canada

Rustic magic

Rustic magic

cottage and side deck

cottage and side deck

cottage

cottage

Reading by the woodstove

Reading by the woodstove

Enjoy the atmosphere in any season.

Enjoy the atmosphere in any season.

View from the livingroom

View from the livingroom

view from dining room to the kitchen

view from dining room to the kitchen

Master Bedroom

Master Bedroom

1. Master Bedroom

1. Master Bedroom

South-wing TV living room

South-wing TV living room

Main floor bathroom

Main floor bathroom

Downstairs Hallway

Downstairs Hallway

Downstairs TV Room

Downstairs TV Room

2. Travel Themed Bedroom - Double Bed

2. Travel Themed Bedroom - Double Bed

2. Travel Themed Bedroom - Double Bed

2. Travel Themed Bedroom - Double Bed

3. Inuit Themed Bedroom - Queen Bed

3. Inuit Themed Bedroom - Queen Bed

3. Inuit Themed Bedroom - Queen Bed

3. Inuit Themed Bedroom - Queen Bed

4. Sport Themed Bedroom - Queen Bed

4. Sport Themed Bedroom - Queen Bed

4. Sport Themed Bedroom - Queen Bed

4. Sport Themed Bedroom - Queen Bed

View from the deck

View from the deck

Old ice house

Old ice house

Sleeping cabin by the lake, sleeps 5, double bed, twin bed, bunk beds. Rocking couch on porch

Sleeping cabin by the lake, sleeps 5, double bed, twin bed, bunk beds. Rocking couch on porch

Double bed in sleeping cabin by the lake

Double bed in sleeping cabin by the lake

bunk beds in sleeping cabin by the lake

bunk beds in sleeping cabin by the lake

Kayaking on Lake of Bays

Kayaking on Lake of Bays

A walk up the lane

A walk up the lane

winter wonderland

winter wonderland

studio and carport

studio and carport

studio and carport

studio and carport

interior of studio

interior of studio

Watching the deer from the sunroom

Watching the deer from the sunroom

a winter visitor in front of the studio

a winter visitor in front of the studio

Curling on the lake

Curling on the lake

Feeding the Grey Jays in Alqonquin Park

Feeding the Grey Jays in Alqonquin Park

Skiing in Algonquin Park

Skiing in Algonquin Park

Kayaking in the early morning mist, Lake of Bays, 2 kayaks available

Kayaking in the early morning mist, Lake of Bays, 2 kayaks available

Path through the woods behind cottage

Path through the woods behind cottage

Oxtongue Rapids, 5 minute drive from cottage

Oxtongue Rapids, 5 minute drive from cottage

Snowshoeing at Ragged Falls, 10 minutes drive from cottage

Snowshoeing at Ragged Falls, 10 minutes drive from cottage

river above Ragged Falls, 10 minutes drive from cottage

river above Ragged Falls, 10 minutes drive from cottage

Dorset, Ontario, 5 minute drive

Dorset, Ontario, 5 minute drive

Old Church on the path by the lake

Old Church on the path by the lake

At Ratagan Pass, Scotland

At Ratagan Pass, Scotland

Our grown children, Bill and Diane

Our grown children, Bill and Diane

Cathy on a recent trip sailing in Haida Gwaii, never wanted to leave!

Cathy on a recent trip sailing in Haida Gwaii, never wanted to leave!

John on a recent trip to Haida Gwaii

John on a recent trip to Haida Gwaii

Rustic magic cottage and side deck cottage Reading by the woodstove Enjoy the atmosphere in any season. View from the livingroom view from dining room to the kitchen Master Bedroom 1. Master Bedroom South-wing TV living room Main floor bathroom Downstairs Hallway Downstairs TV Room 2. Travel Themed Bedroom - Double Bed 2. Travel Themed Bedroom - Double Bed 3. Inuit Themed Bedroom - Queen Bed 3. Inuit Themed Bedroom - Queen Bed 4. Sport Themed Bedroom - Queen Bed 4. Sport Themed Bedroom - Queen Bed View from the deck Old ice house Sleeping cabin by the lake, sleeps 5, double bed, twin bed, bunk beds. Rocking couch on porch Double bed in sleeping cabin by the lake bunk beds in sleeping cabin by the lake Kayaking on Lake of Bays A walk up the lane winter wonderland studio and carport studio and carport interior of studio Watching the deer from the sunroom a winter visitor in front of the studio Curling on the lake Feeding the Grey Jays in Alqonquin Park Skiing in Algonquin Park Kayaking in the early morning mist, Lake of Bays, 2 kayaks available Path through the woods behind cottage Oxtongue Rapids, 5 minute drive from cottage Snowshoeing at Ragged Falls, 10 minutes drive from cottage river above Ragged Falls, 10 minutes drive from cottage Dorset, Ontario, 5 minute drive Old Church on the path by the lake At Ratagan Pass, Scotland Our grown children, Bill and Diane Cathy on a recent trip sailing in Haida Gwaii, never wanted to leave! John on a recent trip to Haida Gwaii
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2011

Open for exchange
Exchange dates Duration
September 01, 2018 - September 01, 2019

We do not usually exchange during July and August but are willing to talk about it.

2 weeks

Cottage in Muskoka

We are new to home exchange. But, our first was so successful that we are eager to do more. We exchanged with a family from Mayo, Ireland. They came in mid-winter and did all the things we have never done, dog-sledding and riding in a one-horse open sleigh. Their son came the following summer for a week and then we stayed with them the following Spring. We enjoyed a reunion with them on their second visit this summer. You really do make the best of friends doing home exchanges!

Immerse yourself in the rustic charm of our cottage on the shore of Lake of Bays,  just 20 minutes from Algonquin Park.  
The cottage is a timber frame design with a walkout basement to the lakeside. On the main floor there is a kitchen and dining and living room with a woodstove. A corridor library leads through the ‘hobbit door’ to the master bedroom with en-suite washroom with bath and shower. Off the master bedroom a room has been added with gas fireplace, two desks and an elliptical, a perfect place to for morning yoga or tai chi. The sunroom is a lovely place to enjoy your morning coffee or watch the sunset. A deck off the sunroom has a barbeque and outside dining table for four. In the walkout basement there is a den with TV, 3 bedrooms with double beds, and a second washroom with a shower. The washer and dryer are located off the hallway. 

There are two other buildings on the property. The sleeping cabin by the lake has a double bed, single bed and bunk beds, there is a porch with swinging couch. There is also a pottery studio that could be used for art projects or a writing room.

Our cottage is a place to unwind. Listen to the waves lapping on the beach. Read in the shade of the pine trees. Kayak through the morning mist. Wander along the walking path beside the lake. Savour fried chicken over the bonfire. Enjoy the sunset as you sit on the sandy beach. Experience the call of the loons as you gaze at the stars.
 
***John has allergies to dogs, and cats. He can be around some non-shedding dogs like poodles, Portuguese water dogs, and wheaten terriors.  But, we would prefer not having the responsibility of looking after a pet.    
 
Another possibility is January. The cottage is a perfect place to experience a Canadian winter. Try the sport of curling on the ice or snowshoeing through the woods. Watch the deer as they pass by the cottage. 

Families that stayed here said their favourite times were the ones spent at the cottage, exploring outside and playing games by the fire.

It is beautiful to walk just down a path along the lake. You can walk for a mile along the shoreline before it hooks back up with the newer paved Seabreeze Road. Or ramble along Warblers’ Trail, a path that neighbors created that runs from behind our cottage, through the woods.

In the area or short trips you may be interested in:

Algonquin Park
http://www.algonquinpark.on.ca
Planning to visit for the fall colours?
http://www.algonquinpark.on.ca/visit/general_park_info/fall-colour-report.php

https://www.facebook.com/Haliburton.Highlands/

A must if coming to our cottage is to visit Henrietta's Pine Bakery for their sticky buns and Muskoka clouds.
https://www.facebook.com/henriettaspinebakery/

Muskoka Heritage Place is the primary historical centre in Huntsville, featuring two museums,18 authentic pioneer buildings, and a genuine open-aired train ride, all situated on a beautiful 90-acre site. This hidden gem is perfect for the entire family and minutes from downtown Huntsville.
https://www.muskokaheritageplace.org/en/

Limberlost Reserve
http://limberlostforest.com
The hiking trails make excellent snowshoeing paths http://limberlostforest.com/activities/hiking-trails/

Take a Cruise On the SS Bigwin, leaves from Dorset
The historical SS Bigwin in Dorset was restored by a coalition of Lake of Bays cottagers, residents and organizations looking to return this precious part of lost heritage to Lake of Bays. This beautiful vessel has a storied past, carrying guests such as Clark Gable, Louis Armstrong, Winston Churchill, Greta Garbo and many other famous people out to the luxurious Bigwin Inn on Bigwin Island from 1925 – 1970.

Travel Back in Time on the Wenonah II, it leaves from Gravenhurst.
One of the best ways to enjoy Muskoka’s serene beauty is aboard one of the many cruise vessels that ply the region’s waterways. Ranging from sightseeing tours along fabled Millionaire’s Row, lunch and dinner cruises, and overnight adventures which include accommodations at a historic resort, a cruise in Muskoka is an experience to be cherished forever.
Muskoka Steamships and Discovery Centre is home to one of Canada’s most famous cruise vessels, Royal Mail Ship Segwun, North America’s oldest operating steamship. Launched in 1887, this 97 passenger piece of Canadian history – along with the larger replica steamship, Wenonah II – enthralls visitors throughout the cruise season from Muskoka Wharf at its home port of Gravenhurst. Cruises embark 7 days a week.

An hour south of the cottage is the Haliburton Wolf Centre and Forest https://www.haliburtonforest.com/activities/wolves

Visit Sainte Marie among the Hurons, in Midland http://www.saintemarieamongthehurons.on.ca/sm/en/Home/index.htm
there is also the Wye Marsh near it, for walks.

If heading further North:
http://sciencenorth.ca
 
 

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Our Family

  • 2 Adults
  • 0 Children
  • 1 Exchanges made

Occupation

  • Retired Bookseller
  • Retired Chartered Accountant

Our Home

  • House Type: Holiday home
  • Floor: 2
  • Environment: In the country
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Sleeping Capacity: 10

References

In my house

  • Pets - Not allowed
  • Small children - Allowed
  • No smoking
  • Car necessary
  • Use/Exchange of car
  • Seclusion/Privacy

Exchange Types

  • Hospitality wanted
  • Home exchange
  • Hospitality exchange
  • Youth exchange

Indoor

  • Free internet access
  • Central heating
  • Fireplace
  • Toys and games
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Clothes dryer
  • Television
  • Piano
  • Guitar

Outdoor

  • Garden
  • Terrace or deck
  • Balcony
  • Park / playground
  • BBQ
  • Garage
  • Bicycles: 2

Our Destination Wish List

  • Open for all offers
  • New Zealand
  • Australia
  • Tasmania, Australia
  • British Columbia, Canada
  • Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
  • Victoria, BC, Canada

Spoken Languages

  • English

Occupation

  • Retired Bookseller
  • Retired Chartered Accountant

Children

  • We do not have children.

Pets

  • We do not have pets.

References

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