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CA3260

Dwight, Canada

Rustic magic

Rustic magic

View from the dock

View from the dock

Trails through the backwoods

Trails through the backwoods

cottage and side deck

cottage and side deck

cottage

cottage

View from the livingroom

View from the livingroom

Master Bedroom

Master Bedroom

Main floor bathroom

Main floor bathroom

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

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

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

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 in Scotland

Cathy in Scotland

John in Haida Gwaii

John in Haida Gwaii

Bronze

Member since

2011


Open for exchange

The member has not specified any exchange dates

Cottage in Muskoka

We have had some wonderful home exchanges in the past and look forward to having many more. But, we hope to use the home exchanges in a different way this spring. I will be having radiation and chemotherapy treatments at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Barrie, Ontario and we are looking to exchange with someone that is living close to Barrie who would be interested in exchanging for a week or more.


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 and a single bed, there is a porch with a 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 terriers.  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 neighbours 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 – enthrals visitors throughout the cruise season from Muskoka Wharf at its homeport 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, second home
  • Floor: 2
  • Environment: In the country
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Sleeping Capacity: 10

References

In my house

  • Pets - Not allowed
  • Small children - Allowed

Exchange Types

  • Home 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

Facilities

  • No smoking
  • Car necessary
  • Use/Exchange of car
  • Seclusion/Privacy

Our Destination Wish List

  • Barrie, ON, 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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