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LOCATION: Ottawa/Gatineau Region, (1 hr Ottawa; 45 mins Gatineau; 2hrs Mont Tremblant; 3hrs Montreal; 5hrs Toronto) ACCOMODATIONS: “LAKESIDE COTTAGES” are 3 DIFFERENT "ADULT RETREATS” as follows: 1. COZY COTAGE: is about 700 sq ft and has 1 Queen bedroom; an upstairs loft with a double and single bed. There is a hideaway bed in the living room too. Cozy Cottage has been best described by guests as being “the perfect balance of rustic with the necessary comforts and conveniences”. It’s quality, comfy, cozy, well maintained and very clean. This cottage is for those discriminating guests, usually professional couples, who prefer a more “cottagey” experience without the city-home dishwasher, Jacuzzi, etc. Cozy cottage has 2 large decks overlooking the lake & a canopied dining area. Weekly pricing for 2 persons is CAD $1000 all inclusive. Additional guests, staying for the entire week, would be an additional $150 each. High season minimum rentals are “weekly”: 5 PM Fri – 10 AM Fri. Special considerations for last-minute vacancies.
2. SAHARA-SAHEL: is about 1000 sq ft and has 2++ bedrooms (1 queen + 1 double). While still very comfy and “cottagey”, it is upscale, exotic African, in theme and quality throughout. An excellent value, Sahara-Sahel is "amongst the uniquely nicest getaways in the Ottawa/Gatineau region". Both inside, and the outside (the gardens & very nearby wide expanse of lake), are huge “wow” factors. Weekly pricing for 2 persons is CAD $1150 all inclusive. Additional guests, staying for the entire week, would be an additional $167 each. High season minimum rentals are “weekly”: 5 PM Fri – 10 AM Fri. Special considerations for last-minute vacancies.
3. AFRICAN DREAM CATCHER: is Sahara-Sahel X 10. We advertise it as very likely being "the nicest African theme cottage in all of Canada?"; maybe in the US too? The Great Room, with 28' beamed ceilings, was a 2-page “Great Spaces” photo feature in the June 2009 issue of “Ottawa Magazine”. Every square inch of African Dream Catcher is awe inspiring, charming, and unforgettable. It has 4 bedrooms with a possibility of 2 more. Weekly pricing for 4 persons is CAD $3000. Additional guests, staying for the entire week, would be an additional $640 each. High season minimum rentals are “weekly”: 5 PM Fri – 10 AM Fri. Special considerations for last-minute vacancies.
RESTRICTIONS: LakeSide Cottages are ADULT RETREATS. We respectfully target a niche market of responsible clientele WITHOUT PETS, NO CHILDEN, NO PARTIES, AND NO SMOKING INSIDE. We learned a long time ago that a successful business simply cannot be all-things-to-all-people. Thank you for your understanding.
QUIET LAKE: "LakeSide Cottages" are "showcase beautiful" waterfront settings on a very quiet larger lake (7 KM X .75 KM). Approximately 65% of the shoreline is undeveloped and will remain so. Across the lake is the uninhabited Papineau-Labelle Park. You can look out with binoculars and not see anyone with binoculars looking back at you ?.
OTTAWA TOURISM: "LakeSide" is one hour from Canada's beautiful capital city "Ottawa," including its host of museums, galleries, festivals, etc. Click on "Ottawa Tourism" in the “Links to More Information" section below.
WHAT WE PROVIDE/WHAT TO BRING: "LakeSide Cottages" are logistically simple getaways. You need only bring a suitcase, food, and items of personal interest, i.e. books, golf clubs, etc. (Absolutely?) everything is provided, and much more in very good quality. SPECIAL OCCASION GETAWAYS: "LakeSide Cottages" are almost certainly amongst the nicest by far in the greater Ottawa/Gatineau region. We’ve hosted many proposals, honeymoons, anniversaries, and simple romantic getaways. We’ve proudly hosted our first very small wedding last year and it was perfect! We can help with difficult arrangements. OTHER SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS: In no specific order, we’ve seemed to have garnered the “returning” interest of bird watchers, busy execs & business people, gardeners, musicians, star gazers, teachers & profs, and writers & poets. Also, very busy people simply needing to unwind, relax, and rejuvenate – quality time in a quality setting. MEDIA FEATURES: The African Dream Catcher great-room was a 2-page “Great Spaces” photo spread in the June 2009 issue of the upscale “Ottawa Magazine”. LakeSide Cottages, primarily featuring African Dream Catcher, was the most prominent in a summer 2008 Ottawa Citizen Newspaper story on “How To Find A Cottage On The Internet”. MORE INFO & PHOTOS & AVAILABILITY CALENDARS: Additional information about “Cozy Cottage”, “Sahara-Sahel”, & “African Dream Catcher’, is located on each cottage home page of our personal “LakeSideOttawa” web site. To indirectly get to it, click on “For More Information & Photos” in the “Links to More Information" section of this VRBO ad (below). GUARANTEE: LakeSide Cottages specializes in quietness and privacy for rest, relaxation and rejuvenation (even inspiration) in quality, clean “cottagey” settings. We guarantee that our web site, and what we tell you in our email correspondence, is not misleading. You will find our getaways as nice, if not much nicer, than your highest expectations. In the highly unlikely circumstance that we have not lived up to our advertising, and your expectations, and if we cannot favourably resolve a reasonable issue, we will make reasonable amends to our mutual satisfaction. For example, we don't guarantee the weather but we do guarantee our quality and your privacy and very reasonable quietness. No one has ever been disappointed to date, and usually 75% of our High Season rentals are return visitors from the year before, and in many cases, year after year after year before that. We think that speaks volumes about our cottage getaways and our attention to detail.
We advertise ourselves as being an "Adult Serenity" Getaway. Unforgetable paradises for solitude, quietness, privacy - to get away from the rush of city and business life. Very infrequently, we've made an exception for a quiet older child (young teen) and it worked out just fine. ...moreless
Non Smoking Only:
Smoking permitted outside. Absolutely not inside....moreless
Queen size Beds (1) 2 Queen-size in "African Dream Catcher".
1 Queen-size in "Sahara-Sahel".
1 Queen-size in "Cozy Cottage"., Double Beds (1) 2 double-size in "African Dream Catcher".
1 double-size in "Sahara-Sahel".
, Twin or Single Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Extra private bedrooms available for all 3 cottage getaways....moreless
Absolutely(?) everythjing is provided in very good quality for a logistically simple getaway. No Pets, No Lively Parties, No Children please. We guarantee what we advertise and will make reasonable mutually agreeable ammends in the highly unlikely chance that our advertising does not live up to your expectations. About 70% of our guests are return renters from the previous year, and in many cases, year after year before that. We think that speaks volumes about our getaways and oure attention to detail. See our "lakesideottawa" web page for more details and photos of all 3 getaways. ...moreless
Satellite / Cable:
Premium Satellite (Shaw) in all 3 cottage getaways...moreless
Golf Course View:
Royal Papineau Golf Course in Notre Dame de la Salette is just out of sight at the south end of our lake....moreless
All 3 cottage getaways have excellent lake views....moreless
"Cozy Cottage" is about 90 ft from the lake.
"Sahara-Sahel" is about 30 ft from the lake.
"African Dream Catcher is about 30 ft from the lake....moreless
Picturesque small mountains surround our "LakeSide Cottages" but a 2-wheel drive is perfectly adequate. We the owners have never had a 4-wheel drive....moreless
Sports & Adventure Activities
Cross Country Skiing
Air Condioning purely natural from shade and breezes off the lake & forest floor. additionally,there are ceiling fans in almost every room....moreless
Satellite internet at 1 MPS. Fast enough for normal asnd un limited internet. However, not fast enough for streaming & our expensive service only allows for 1 hour of streaming. If exceeded, our internet is automatically cut off for 24 hours. What-to-do?...moreless
Premium Maytag "Neptune" front loading Dryer. Fabric Softner provided....moreless
Bring a lap top. If not possible, we can help....moreless
in all 3 cottage getaways. Gourmet quality in "African Dream Catcher"....moreless
In Sahara-Sahel & African Dream Catcher only....moreless
Full Kitchen in all 3 cottage getaways.
Gourmet kitchen in "African Dream Catcher"....moreless
In all 3 cottage getaways. African Dream Catcher has 3....moreless
1 each in "Cozy Cottage" & "Sahara-Sahel".
2 in "African Dream Catcher".
Plus an extra when required....moreless
African Dream Catcher has about >1000 sq ft (111 sqm) of wrap-around balconies - some covered.
Sahara-Sahel has about 625 sq ft of covered patio.
Cozy Cottage has about 250 sq ft of patio - covered dining area....moreless
Sahara-Sahel .. $ 1150/week (two people).
Cozy Cottage .. $ 1000/week (two people).
African Dream Catcher .. $3300/week (four people).
During High Season - One-Week Minimum.
Rates are in Canadian Dollars.
Note: Until confirmed, rates are subject to change without notice.
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Canoeing, Badminton, Bonfire Pit, Bird Watching, Star Gazing,Walking,Great outdoor dining by the lake or on the dock :-), (We can arrange)Small Private Weddings,Proposal Holiday, Anniversaries, Small Work Shops,