Peaceful cottage overlooking Lower Buckhorn lake. Start your day with beautiful views from the master bdrm with walkout to deck overlooking the lake, or go for an early paddle while the lake is still glass smooth, later relax in the cozy hammock by the waterfront or catch a few fish off the dock, then finish your day toasting smores on a warm lakeside fire.
Note: Rentals between June 30th and Sept 1 are Saturday to Saturday only. Discounted rates are available in June and September.
Just over an hour north of the GTA, this peaceful south-facing 3 bedroom, 1 bath, family cottage is easily accessible at the end of a very quiet road. Walk-out from the master bedroom onto the large two-tiered deck and enjoy your morning coffee while the sun rises over this beautiful large lake, or enjoy a lakeside fire overlooking the waterfront while relaxing comfortably in the two person hammock.
Several indoor amenities including Fridge, Stove, Microwave, Toaster, Coffee Maker, Kettle, Washer/Dryer, BBQ, Air Hockey, Board Games, Roku 3, Netflix and a Playstation 3 help to ensure that your stay is comfortable and relaxing rain or shine. The spacious bathroom has dual sinks as well as a tub/shower.
Outdoors the entire property is flat with lots of space for activities. Guests have access to a 14' canoe, 12 foot aluminum row boat, two 10' sit-in kayaks, outdoor games like giant jenga, as well as balls and the playground for small children.
If you have a boat or will be renting one, you'll be able to moor it at the dock on the property. There are several fee based boat launches on the lake (ask for details), or feel free to use the canoe, aluminum boat, or kayaks to quietly explore the lake.
Lake is wade-in with gradual slope in water. Swimming is best from one of the many islands in the lake, or at the public beach at Sandy Lake, just a short drive away. Lake front does have weeds so swimming off the dock is not ideal depending on the time of year.
NOTE TO PARENTS - There are several features available to keep your children safe including a baby gate, locking deck gate, cupboard locks (in bathroom and kitchen knife drawer), baby monitor, locking booster seat with tray, and step-stools. There is also a playground, small picnic table, rocking chair, diaper genie (bring your own bags), toys, and several kids movies and board games.
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During your stay, you will have the entire cottage and property to enjoy yourself.
The cottage is not available for weekend rentals.
Rentals between June 15 and September 15th require a minimum 1 week stay with Saturday Check-in.
Guests are expected to clean the cottage before leaving. If you prefer to have a cleaning fee added, we have a cleaning company we occasionally use (approx $200) so please ask prior to submitting your reservation. Cleaning supplies are provided at the cottage and you are expected to leave the cottage in the same clean condition it was when you arrived. Please remove all food and garbage prior to your departure. Check-in/out is firm to allow enough time between rentals for inspection and regular maintenance.
After confirmation of payment is received a guest package will be sent one week prior to your confirmed rental date, which will include location details, directions, a checklist of items to bring with you, and the lock information for gaining access to the cottage.
All times are firm. Please respect us and future guests by allowing yourself enough time to make sure the cottage has been properly prepared for the next guests.
The cottage is on a septic system so no parties or unexpected guests are allowed. ALL GUESTS must be identified at the time of booking. Maximum day/night capacity including adults and children is 6.
The cottage will be clean when you arrive, and you will need to ensure that it is cleaned properly before you leave. This includes:
- vacuuming of all carpeted and hard floors
- cleaning of bathroom sinks, tub, toilet
- cleaning of kitchen counters, sinks, dishes, appliances
- spot cleaning of windows (usually fingerprints from small children)
- all indoor and outdoor items put away properly (including dishes)
Do not wear your outdoor shoes indoors. Costs to clean stains or damage made to the floor will be deducted from the security deposit.
A vacuum and eco-friendly cleaners are provided.
Guests who have not properly cleaned and had not pre-arranged the cleaning service at booking will have an emergency cleaning fee of $300 deducted from the security deposit.
Respect the Surroundings
This is our family cottage and we ask that you respect the property, the cottage and other cottagers around the area. We have a good relationship with our neighbours and we hope to keep it that way, so noise between 10:00pm and 8:00am should be kept to a minimum.
Soap and Paper
Toilet paper, paper towels and hand soap are well stocked and included for use. You will need to supply your own shampoo, bathsoap, toothpaste and other personal items. DO NOT bring your own toilet paper.
Linens, Towels & Toilet
Please bring your own bed linens, towels and pillows. Do not flush any feminine or other non-organic materials down the sinks or toilet.
Follow all rules outlined in cottage binder to limit water use. Washer is intended for long term guests (greater than 7 days), and linen related emergencies. Absolutely no more than two loads in a single day.
Water & Food
Drinking water is not provided. Bring your own bottled water or use the water cooler (18L jug required) at the cottage for drinking water. Jugs and refills are available for a fee in the Buckhorn Home Hardware or Foodland. Tap water at the cottage is pulled from the lake and it is UV and particle filtered. We regularly use our cottage and usually leave a small amount of food, condiments, household supplies, etc in the fridge or cupboards. Items not specifically identified in this listing for guests to use will be kept out of the way and should be left untouched.
While at the cottage, excess garbage can be stored in the garage to prevent access to animals. Before leaving, your garbage and recycling must be taken to the dump which is just a short drive away. A nominal fee per bag is charged by the municipality. Do not leave waste of any kind, at the cottage when you leave.
Furniture & Floors
Apart from dining chairs, the furniture indoors MUST NOT be moved. The pine floor in the kitchen is soft and will scratch if the table is moved. Outdoor chairs CANNOT be used indoors. Outdoors, the picnic table, and the red Muskoka chairs must also be left in the general area they are found. Do not wear outdoor footwear in the cottage.
ALL burn guidelines must be followed and fires must be kept inside the burn pit only. Firewood can be purchased in Buckhorn, or at several roadside locations along the way. Do not burn garbage, and never cut or break branches from the trees on or around the property.
Canoe & Row Boat
Guests are solely responsible for risks associated with the use of the Canoe, Row Boat or Kayaks. Guests are responsible for the inspection and safe use of the equipment and must ensure compliance of all Transport Canada regulations when using the equipment. When not in use, please return the Canoe, Row Boat, or Kayak to it's proper storage location.
Steph is highly allergic to pet fur/dander, so no pets are allowed anywhere on the property.
Smoking is strictly for outside only and all butts should be extinguished safely and removed from the property when you leave. No smoking in the cottage, garage or breezeway is allowed.
Vehicles & Parking
Guests can park anywhere in the driveway. Do not drive or park anywhere on the grassy area. Launching a boat from the property is not permitted. Any motorized equipment on the property (boat, lawn tractor, tools, etc) must be left alone.
Damage & Deposit
Any damage of any type made to the property or contents must be reported. Damages done by guests will result in a loss of the deposit payment equivalent to the repair costs required. Failure to comply with the Guests/Parties, Pets, Smoking, or Vehicles & Parking rules will result in the immediate forfeit of your FULL deposit.
The Fine Print
Throughout the year, several guests will be using the property and equipment described throughout this listing (ie canoe, row boat, washer, ps3 etc). As such, we can offer no warranty or guarantee of any kind regarding the condition or availability of the equipment identified in this listing during your stay. We have outlined our house rules in an attempt to protect our guests and ourselves, and while we can ensure the listing is accurate at the time of your booking, and we will work to ensure it will be during your stay, Jay and Stephanie are not liable for, and make no representations or warranties concerning, the quality, safety, or availability of any equipment or accessories described.
Fortunately we've had great and respectful guests who we would highly recommend to other hosts. Most of all, we hope you enjoy your stay.
We're a 30 something couple from the GTA learning the ropes with our four and two year old in tow. We adore our cottage, and the area, and try to spend as much time there as possible.