Feedback

VRBO is part of the HomeAway family, the world leader in vacation rentals with over 1 million listings. We offer the largest selection of properties for any travel occasion and every budget. We’re committed to helping families and friends find a perfect vacation rental to create unforgettable travel experiences together. Learn More

Luxurious Lakeside Retreat - 80 Acres on Big Rideau Lake

You sent a message to this owner.

The Magical Winking Rosebud Retreat on Murphy's Bay...crystal clear water!!!!

Calendar

Last updated: 08/26/2014
Check availability
23 Available
21 Unavailable
22 Today
23 Selected dates
  • Minimum stay:Contact owner
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Portland estate description

Relax and Rejuvenate at the Winking Rosebud Retreat & Spa, an 80-acre private magical getaway on Big Rideau Lake., recently declared a UNESCO Heritage Site and within a World Biosphere. Located conveniently between Ottawa (105km), Montreal (260km), Toronto (310km), Kingston (55km), Syracuse, NY, 125miles , Lake Placid, NY, (153miles).
Superb Fishing: If you like to fish, the Big Rideau Lake offers the best fishing that you can find anywhere. Largemouth bass and small mouth bass are the most popular catches, but big walleye, crappie, pike, perch, and lake trout are common catches!!
Golfing: We are surrounded by beautiful golf courses. Rideau Lakes Golf & Country Club in Westport, The Maples Golf & Country Club in Elgin, Lombardy Glen Golf & Country, and the Evergreen Golf Course in Westport, to name just a few!
The Winking Rosebud Retreat
The Winking Rosebud Retreat 80-acre retreat is nestled amongst beautiful mature trees on the crystal clear waters of quiet Murphy’s Bay on Big Rideau Lake. It hosts a spectacular 3,000 sq. ft. Main Lodge (built in 2008), a 1200 sq. ft. Guest Cottage, a beautiful Annex, a delightful Boat House with a coveted sleepover. The Main Lodge incorporates a Spa which includes an indoor Pool and Sauna. The 'Endless Pool' can be used for lap swimming, for therapy and relaxation with hydrotherapy jets, or as a wave pool for the kids. Everyone loves the pool!! The Spa also has an indoor Infrared Sauna and highly recommended for its effectiveness in detoxifying
Beautiful handcrafted decks adorn the property with gorgeous stone and rustic walkways to take you to the water. The waterfront is very private and located on the crystal clear, spring fed Big Rideau. A long private dock extends from the boathouse offering the perfect location for mooring your boat, with plenty of dockage for several boats. There is swim ladder at the end of the dock, a swim raft with a water slide, and a mooring ball.
The Winking Rosebud Retreat incorporates both the private waterfront on Murphy’s Bay and the Winking Rosebud Nature Reserve, a75-acres of mixed forest. The land has extensive nature trails that can be enjoyed year round for bird-watching, hiking, biking, skiing, snow-mobiling.

There are four separate buildings on the property: the Main Lodge (which sleeps 12); the Guesthouse (sleeps 10); the Annex (sleeps 5), and boathouse (that sleeps 5). The entire property (including VRBO listing #433396 for our Guest House) will sleep 20 people very comfortably. However, it is possible to rent either the Main Lodge, Annex, and Boathouse or the Guesthouse separately! The distance between them affords enough privacy for all, with private parking, private walkways, and private docks for each.
It is an absolutely incredible location for a family reunion, wedding, corporate retreat, or get together with friends.
The Winking Rosebud Main Lodge
The 3500 sq` Main House is an exquisitely custom built home all decorated in South American decor with Mexican Saltillo and Talvera tiles. Most of our guests comment on feeling that they have been transported to another world when they first enter the retreat. A beautiful post and beam interior with 20' ceilings with a spectacular view of the lake is simply breathtaking. Three sets of French doors open up onto huge expansive decks across the front and side of the Main Lodge with a beautiful log and stone walkway to the lake. There is also a HUGE fireplace,
The Winking Rosebud Spa hosts a beautiful 15 x 8 indoor pool and Infra-red Sauna. The Endless Pool is designed to be used as both a lap pool for swimming and as a therapeutic aid with powerful therapeutic hydro-therapy jets. The Infra-Red Sauna is a great detoxification agent, and helps lower blood pressure, and increase blood circulation, according to Dr. Oz!
The Winking Rosebud Chef Kitchen. Chef’s, this is your opportunity to let your creative juices go wild. The kitchen is a CHEF'S dream with French doors opening up to a gorgeous deck and huge barbecue with spectacular view of the lake. The kitchen has a gorgeous gas stove & grill, and electric oven, a huge double ceramic sink, several prep stations for your sous-chefs, and great knives and other culinary aids (most spices) and appliances (there’s even a Belgium waffle maker!). There are two two-tiered bars for others to watch you create: an exquisite mapa burl bar built from an ancient European Elm tree, and a TIKI Bar a designed from copper and walnut incorporating a Mexican copper sink, a perfect spot for your bartender.
The Winking Rosebud Retreat Music Station: One of the highlights of the Retreat is the music station with a new drum kit, keyboard, microphone, and karaokee kit. Located directly in front of the Tiki bar, your entertainers are well situated in the centre of the house to create music for your guests. .
Note that the Winking Rosebud Retreat does not permit smoking in any of its buildings.
The Guest Cottage (VRBO listing 433396). The Guest Cottage is completely private from the Main Lodge separated by a 100 feet and a large cedar hedge. It is a gorgeous, 1200 sq’ cedar cottage with cedar interior, and enjoys an expansive view of the lake. Newly renovated with all new windows, kitchen, bathroom, the cottage is tastefully decorated with hardwood floors throughout. A large deck with a hot tub offers a spectacular view of the lake and a fantastic place for star-gazing at the end of the day. Private walkway and a private dock suitable for most reasonably sized boats (please talk to us about your draft size).
The Cottage has four bedrooms: queen-sized beds in each of two bedrooms, and two bedrooms with double-bottom-single-top bunk beds and sleeps 10 comfortably). It has one and one-half bathrooms, a Vermont castings woodstove, a large laundry room, five new appliances, and a terrific foosball table. It also has an outdoor fire-pit and a horse shoe pit both overlooking the lake,.
The Winking Rosebud Cottage also enjoys a separate private dock suitable for most reasonably sized boats. There are several stores close by (Portland, Westport, Smith Falls, and Perth, as well as a local market every Saturday morning in Crosby which sells all kinds of great local produce and a fantastic second hand book dealer for those who love to read). The cottage has a TV, satellite, DVD player, great movies, a foosball table, some board games, books, etc.

The Winking Rosebud Boathouse. Conveniently located at waters edge, the Winking Rosebud Boathouse has coveted 10 x 24 sleeping quarters on the upper level with a beautiful picture window overlooking the lake. For those of you who love to hear the call of the loons, this is where you want to be! Photographers bring your cameras and capture both the spectacular sunrises and the blue heron that nests in Murphy’s Bay.
The boathouse has a Queen sized bed, a set of single bunk beds, a couch, and a mini fridge.There is also Pump house for your use wit h a sink, shower, a composting toilet, and hot water.
The Waterfront/Beach. Enjoy easy access to the waterfront along the beautiful meandering stone and log walkway from the Main Lodge. Access can also be had directly with 4-wheel vehicles can also be had down a small road to the lake.
The Winking Rosebud Annex. Located directly beside the Main Lodge the tastefully decorated newly built ANNEX enjoys a spectacular view of the lake. It is ideal spot for those who require a higher degree of privacy. It can accommodate five comfortably with two double beds and a futon couch/bed, a bathroom with an eco-toilet and sink.

Location.

The Winking Rosebud Retreat is located 72km southwest of Ottawa, only minutes away from the quaint summer vacation towns of Portland, Westport, and Newboro. Located on the Rideau Lake System, Big Rideau Lake sits at the top of the Rideau Canal offering navigable waters through a series of locks all the way to the Thousand Islands and Ottawa and Montreal. The Rideau Canal is a heritage site recognized by UNESCO and also rated #2 as an exceptional historic site destination by National Geographic.
Keywords: Cottage, house, retreat, lake, fishing, getaway, private, waterfront, beach, dock, hot tub, pool, fireplace, trails, Rideau, Rideau Canal, UNESCO Heritage, Newboro, Westport, Perth, Portland, golf, sanctuary, yoga

Property Type

      • Estate

      Accommodation Type

          • Vacation Rental

          Meals

              • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

              Suitability

              • Events Allowed
              • Non Smoking Only
              • Pets Not Allowed

              Bedrooms: 9 Bedrooms, Sleeps 30, Beds for 30

              • Bedroom 1

                ...moreless

              • Bedroom 2

                ...moreless

              • Bedroom 3

                ...moreless

              • Bedroom 4

                ...moreless

              • Bedroom 5

                ...moreless

              • Bedroom 6

                ...moreless

              • Bedroom 7

                ...moreless

              • Bedroom 8

                ...moreless

              • Bedroom 9

                ...moreless

              • Other (See Description)

                ...moreless

              • King size beds (1) Main House Master Bedroom, Queen size Beds (1) Guest House - 2 Queen Beds Main House - 2 Queen Beds Annex - 1 Queen Bed Boathouse - 1 Queen Bed, Double Beds (1) Main House has a Double sleeping cubby off the loft as well as a double sized hide-a-bed in the loft. Guest House has two double-bottom-single-top bunk beds., Twin or Single Beds (1) Guest House has two double-bottom-single-top bunk beds. Boat House has one set of single bunk beds., Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Main House has a double hide-a-bed in the loft., Bunk Beds (1) Guest House has two double-bottom-single-top bunk beds....moreless

              Bathrooms: 5 Bathrooms

              Other Amenities

                  • Private dock, Swim raft with water slide, Boathouse, Endless Pool, Horseshoe Pits, Walking/Hiking/ATV Trails, 80 acre Wildlife Conservation Area, Stable, Electric Piano, Tama Rock Sar Drum Kit, Tiki Bar, Outdoor Fire Pit...moreless

                  Entertainment

                  • Books
                  • CD Player
                  • DVD Player
                  • Foosball
                  • Satellite / Cable:

                    Both houses have sattelite TV Main House has a 52' TV Guest House has a 22' TV...moreless

                  • Stereo
                  • Television
                  • Video Library

                  Theme

                  • Away From It All
                  • Family
                  • Historic
                  • Sports & Activities
                  • Tourist Attractions

                  Attractions

                  • Health/Beauty Spa
                  • Live Theater
                  • Marina
                  • Museums
                  • Restaurants

                  Local Services & Businesses

                  • ATM/Bank
                  • Groceries
                  • Hospital
                  • Massage Therapist
                  • Medical Services

                  Leisure Activities

                  • Antiquing
                  • Bird Watching
                  • Boating
                  • Eco Tourism
                  • Gambling Casinos
                  • Horseback Riding
                  • Horseshoes
                  • Miniature Golf
                  • Photography
                  • Scenic Drives
                  • Shopping
                  • Sight Seeing
                  • Walking
                  • Wildlife Viewing

                  Location Type

                  • Beachfront:

                    Spectacular location on the Big Rideau in Murphy's Bay with crystal clear water, small beach, fantastic private dock, raft and water slide. Fantastic for swimming, fishing (large and small mouth bass and pike in particular), and boating....moreless

                  • Lake View:

                    One of the most spectacular views of Big Rideau Lake and islands....moreless

                  • Lakefront:

                    Spectacular vista on very private estate with expansive decks, private dock, gorgeous landings for relaxation. Beautifully situated at the end of Murphy's Bay, crystal clear water, quiet, private, and exclusive....moreless

                  • Waterfront

                  Sports & Adventure Activities

                  • Cross Country Skiing
                  • Cycling
                  • Fishing
                  • Fly Fishing
                  • Freshwater Fishing
                  • Golf
                  • Hiking
                  • Hunting
                  • Ice Skating
                  • Jet Skiing
                  • Kayaking
                  • Mountain Biking
                  • Sailing
                  • Skiing
                  • Snowmobiling
                  • Swimming
                  • Water Skiing
                  • Water Tubing
                  • Wind-Surfing

                  Dining

                      • Dining Area

                      General

                      • Clothes Dryer
                      • Hair Dryer
                      • Iron & Board
                      • Linens Provided:

                        Sheets, blankets, towels and linens are provided....moreless

                      • Mobile Phone:

                        Cell phone are not provided but reception is available from most service providers....moreless

                      • Parking
                      • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:

                        There is a boat launch nearby (2 Kms) and we have plenty of space for your RV or Boat trailer....moreless

                      • Towels Provided:

                        Bath towels are provided but Guests will want to bring their favourite beach towel....moreless

                      • Washing Machine
                      • Wireless Internet:

                        Wireless Internet acces is available but we challenge you to take a week off :-)...moreless

                      • Wood Fireplace:

                        The Main House has a HUGE wood fireplace...moreless

                      • Wood Stove:

                        The Guest House has a Vermont Castings woodstove....moreless

                      Kitchen

                      • Catering Available:

                        There are a number of excellent caterers in the area. Please let us know if this is a sevice you require....moreless

                      • Coffee Maker
                      • Cooking Utensils
                      • Dishes & Utensils
                      • Dishwasher
                      • Kitchen:

                        Both Houses have full and very well equipped kitchens....moreless

                      • Microwave
                      • Oven
                      • Pantry Items
                      • Refrigerator
                      • Toaster

                      Outside

                      • Deck / Patio:

                        Lots and lots of decks offering privacy and beautiful views....moreless

                      • Gazebo:

                        The Guest House has a screened in Gazebo on the deck overlooking Big Rideau Lake....moreless

                      • Kayak / Canoe:

                        Main House has three kayaks and the Guest House has a canoe....moreless

                      • Outdoor Grill

                      Pool / Spa

                      • Hot Tub:

                        Guest House has a private hot-tub on the deck overlooking the lake....moreless

                      • Indoor Pool
                      • Private Pool:

                        Main House has a private indoor heated endless pool with aqua therapy jets....moreless

                      • Sauna:

                        Main House has a private Infrared Sauna....moreless

                       

                      Reviews

                      Write a review 5
                      from 43 traveler reviews
                      Loading...
                       
                      Guest Cottage available year round and the 
                      rates vary from $895 per weekend (low season) to $2000 per week (high season)
                      The Main House, Annex, and Boathouse are all rented subject to availability
                      Please contact us with your needs and we will be happy to see what we can do!!
                      

                      Note: Until confirmed, rates are subject to change without notice.


                      Please wait... Travel with confidence

                      Pay with an approved method (credit card, check, or bank transfer) to protect your payment up to $1,000. Before making a payment always call the owner at the number listed on our website, and never use instant money transfer services such as Western Union and MoneyGram.


                      Don't forget your vacation protection! Get protected now

                      Adding our Vacation Protection services can make sure your getaway goes smoothly, no matter what. We offer Cancellation Protection, Carefree Rental Guarantee, and Damage Protection so you can truly relax.

                      Protect your payments in case you need to cancel.
                      Guarantee the rental meets your expectations.
                      Ensure you're prepared in case of accidental damage.
                       

                      Calendar

                      Last updated: 08/26/2014
                      Check availability
                      23 Available
                      21 Unavailable
                      22 Today
                      23 Selected dates
                       

                      Location

                      106.2 Kilometres
                      Nearest Airport
                      Ottawa
                      8 Kilometres
                      Nearest Barpub
                      The Galley Restaurant in Portland
                      20 Kilometres
                      Nearest Golf
                      Elgin, Westport, and Lombardy
                      25.7 Kilometres
                      Nearest Train
                      Smith Falls
                      2 Kilometres
                      Nearest Motorway
                      Highway #15
                      8 Kilometres
                      Nearest Restaurant
                      The Galley (Portland), Cove (Westport), Stagecoach

                      Car: Necessary

                      Fantastic meeting place between Ottawa, Montreal, and Toronto. Beautiful private 80 acre nature reserve for hiking, mountain biking, skiing, snowmobiling. Close to tourist loving Westport, Perth, and Newboro for fantastic country shopping. Lovely flee and vegetable market every Saturday morning during the summer months in Crosby. Close to Casino in Gananoque. Live theatre and music abound in Perth, Westport, Gananoque, Kingston, and Brockville!! A spectacular location.

                       

                      Owner info

                      Year Purchased: 2006

                      About the owner: Brenda & Russ have travelled the world and incorporated art and design ideas into the development and building of this magical getaway.

                      Why the Owner Chose Portland:
                      We discovered this magical location while traveling by boat through the Rideau Canal system, recently declared a UNESCO Heritage Site, and also within a recognized World Biosphere. What makes this area so unique in the world is the spectacular quality of the water, a spring fed system that sits at the top of the lock system, draining towards Kingston and Ottawa, respectively.

                      The Unique Benefits at this Estate:
                      Privacy, rustic luxury, and exquisite South American decor, art and outstanding photography, makes this property very unique. Mexican Saltillo tiles, an extremely unique Talavera tiled guest bathroom, extraordinary Chef Kitchen, Beautiful Spa with Endless Pool and Sauna, Music Station with drum kit, keyboard, and Karaoke, gorgeous post and beam, and one of the most spectacular views on the lake.


                      Contact us

                      Speaks: english

                      Guestbook comments from the owner

                      Loading...
                      1 of 13
                       

                      Photos

                      • The Magical Winking Rosebud Retreat on Murphy's Bay...crystal clear water!!!!

                        The Magical Winking Rosebud Retreat on Murphy's Bay...crystal clear water!!!!

                      • Kids on Raft....there is now a waterslide on this raft!!

                        Kids on Raft....there is now a waterslide on this raft!!

                      • Hand carved wooden door with blue heron sitting in the bullrushes.

                        Hand carved wooden door with blue heron sitting in the bullrushes.

                      • Endless pool that turns into a wave pool and jacuzzi!! Infra red sauna too!!

                        Endless pool that turns into a wave pool and jacuzzi!! Infra red sauna too!!

                      • Boathouse with coveted sleepover....listen to the loons all night long

                        Boathouse with coveted sleepover....listen to the loons all night long

                      • Another magical sunrise...fishing boat included

                        Another magical sunrise...fishing boat included

                      • Three tiers of gorgeous handcrafted pine and cedar decks to the lake.

                        Three tiers of gorgeous handcrafted pine and cedar decks to the lake.

                      • Beautiful three-tiered deck overlooking magical Murphy's Bay on Big Rideau Lake

                        Beautiful three-tiered deck overlooking magical Murphy's Bay on Big Rideau Lake

                      • Fully Equipped Dream Chef Kitchen with three separate bars for food preparation

                        Fully Equipped Dream Chef Kitchen with three separate bars for food preparation

                      • Annex Guest Room with bathroom with eco-toilet and washbasin.

                        Annex Guest Room with bathroom with eco-toilet and washbasin.

                      • A riot of color in the Mexican Talvera bathroom!! Beautiful photography abounds.

                        A riot of color in the Mexican Talvera bathroom!! Beautiful photography abounds.

                      • Bring your own boat and enjoy our wonderful deep, crystal clear waterfront.

                        Bring your own boat and enjoy our wonderful deep, crystal clear waterfront.

                      • Entrance into the retreat with a magical view of the lake and islands

                        Entrance into the retreat with a magical view of the lake and islands

                      • Screened in porch that can seat upwards of 24 people

                        Screened in porch that can seat upwards of 24 people

                      • Guest Bedroom that opens to both living room with fireplace and pool room/sauna

                        Guest Bedroom that opens to both living room with fireplace and pool room/sauna

                      • Incredible fishing with large/small mouthed bass, lake trout, pike, and more

                        Incredible fishing with large/small mouthed bass, lake trout, pike, and more

                      • Entrance to the Winking Rosebud Retreat

                        Entrance to the Winking Rosebud Retreat

                      • Walkway to Boathouse...simply magical along the stone and wood path

                        Walkway to Boathouse...simply magical along the stone and wood path

                      • Bring your own boat or enjoy watching the boats from the deck at the WinkingRose

                        Bring your own boat or enjoy watching the boats from the deck at the WinkingRose

                      • Loft with queen sized bed (2), futon (2), pull out couch (2) and a cove (2)

                        Loft with queen sized bed (2), futon (2), pull out couch (2) and a cove (2)

                      • Master Bedroom with magical view overlooking lake with ensuite bathroom

                        Master Bedroom with magical view overlooking lake with ensuite bathroom

                      • Living Room, Dining Room, with spectacular view of the lake

                        Living Room, Dining Room, with spectacular view of the lake

                      • Outdoor firepit with firewood provided.

                        Outdoor firepit with firewood provided.

                      • Beautiful lock dock on serene Murphy's Bay

                        Beautiful lock dock on serene Murphy's Bay

                      VRBO #378568

                      There have been  visitors to this page since the counter was last reset in .

                      This listing was first published here in 2011.

                      Date last modified - Tuesday, September 30, 2014

                      43

                      9 Bedroom / 5 Bathroom
                      Sleeps 30

                      View calendar: Updated 08/26/14
                      Owner
                      Member since: 2011
                      Speaks: english
                      • Calendar last updated 08/26/2014
                      Email owner

                      613-272-2215

                      Please wait... Travel with confidence Guaranteed, secure, with no booking fees Learn how to pay safely
                      Add vacation protection services to your booking

                      Three services to protect your trip:

                      Protect your payments in case you need to cancel.

                      Guarantee the rental meets your expectations.

                      Ensure you're prepared in case of accidental damage.


                      Get it now

                      advertisement

                      Share this property via Email

                      Luxurious Lakeside Retreat - 80 Acres on Big Rideau Lake

                      Portland #378568

                      9 BR  5 BA  Sleeps 30

                      You must be signed in to share this property by e-mail

                      Share this property via Email

                        Please correct the following errors and resend:
                      • Enter one or more valid email addresses separated by commas.
                      • Oops! You have exceeded the limit of 10 email addresses.
                      • Your message may not contain markup. Please remove the markup and try again.