September 01, 2018 - September 01, 2019
We do not usually exchange during July and August but are willing to talk about it.
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:
Planning to visit for the fall colours?
A must if coming to our cottage is to visit Henrietta's Pine Bakery for their sticky buns and Muskoka clouds.
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.
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:
- 2 Adults
- 0 Children
- 1 Exchanges made
- Retired Bookseller
- Retired Chartered Accountant
- House Type: Holiday home
- Floor: 2
- Environment: In the country
- Bedrooms: 5
- Bathrooms: 2
- Sleeping Capacity: 10
In my house
- Pets - Not allowed
- Small children - Allowed
- No smoking
- Car necessary
- Use/Exchange of car
- Hospitality wanted
- Home exchange
- Hospitality exchange
- Youth exchange
- Free internet access
- Central heating
- Toys and games
- Washing machine
- Clothes dryer
- Terrace or deck
- Park / playground
- Bicycles: 2
Our Destination Wish List
- Open for all offers
- New Zealand
- Tasmania, Australia
- British Columbia, Canada
- Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
- Victoria, BC, Canada
- Retired Bookseller
- Retired Chartered Accountant
- We do not have children.
- We do not have pets.
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