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Classic Muskoka Boathouse & Cottage on Lake of Bays

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Last updated: 01/18/2016

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  • Minimum stay:Contact manager
  • Sleeps:20
  • Bedrooms:11
  • Bathrooms:4
  • Property type:Cottage
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

About the Property

Cottage, 11 Bedrooms, 4 Baths, (Sleeps 16-20)

(Note: This cottage is only for rent in August each year, and only to intergenerational families.) THE BOATHOUSE, as featured in Judy Ross! The Boathouse Book, is an exclusive Muskoka landmark property. Completely private, it is situated on the pristine Lake of Bays, just off of Old Highway 117. It is two and a half hours north of Toronto, four miles west of Dorset, and, for golf lovers, directly across from internationally renowned Bigwin Inn Golf and Country Club. It is ten minutes from the Lake of Bays Sailing and Tennis Club and ten to thirty minutes to towns, cinemas, shopping and restaurants. It is about one hour south of Algonquin Park.

This old Muskoka family compound, built in 1929, is in a completely natural setting. Spectacular sunsets, all day swimming, fishing, and relaxing on the dock are just some of the enticements that will lend to a wonderful and restorative holiday. Wake up to lapping waves and the call of the loon and paddle at night under a sky lit only by the stars.

Whether you're seeking a week away with your family and friends or looking for a place to write the great Canadian novel, the Boathouse provides enough space for both the highly social or private. Sip on a Chardonnay, swing on a hammock and watch a storm come over the lake from the shelter of the boathouse balcony. Play backgammon, cards, gather raspberries, chop wood, sleep in 'till noon, or run 10k down beautiful north Ontario roads; then relax in a wicker chair from the 1920s. From sun up to sun down, share good quality time without urban interruptions (no TVs, but wireless internet is available). You may spot a deer or rabbit and you can count on families of ducks swimming by.

The PROPERTY consists of two large separate buildings: the COTTAGE and the BOATHOUSE, as well as a GARAGE SUITE and small LAKE-SIDE ONE-ROOM CABIN. A large front lawn surrounded by a garden, forest and exposed Canadian Shield mark the way to the cottage. From the main cottage, a flight of stairs takes you down to the boathouse and several hundred feet of private waterfront. Designed by a Captain, the buildings are made with black cedar shakes, white trim exteriors and imported Douglas Fir for the interiors. There is a nautical theme throughout with whimsical additions such as a tiled compass on the floor, port and starboard painted doors, and a sprawling dock shaped like the bow of a boat.

The BOATHOUSE is surrounded on all sides by water, with stairs and ramps connecting the mainland and building. Upstairs, there are four bedrooms, one bathroom with a claw-foot tub, a small kitchen, a grand living room with a huge cathedral ceiling and gas fireplace surrounded by windows facing west, north and east. Walk out to a balcony for spectacular views of the lake and sunsets.

Downstairs there are docks on all three sides, with a large interior boat slip (motor boat not included), a canoe, and 30 feet away, a floating dock. The main dock has a slide, plenty of portable dock chairs and umbrellas for respite from the blazing sun. The swimming areas, with sandy bottom, range from 4.5 feet to 12 feet deep. On the shady side, there's a 'sandy slip' for little children to make mud pies and splash around in.

MAIN COTTAGE: Enter via a circular driveway with parking for about eight vehicles. The main cottage is flanked by an original stone patio with arbor and garden. Inside, a comfortable open concept living/dining room with skylights, traditional granite fireplace will welcome you. The large country kitchen with working wood stove, electric stove, fridges, sink, etc., lead to a back screened in porch that provides another sitting area. There are four bedrooms, two bathrooms and a deck overlooking the lake and the boathouse below. Perfect for barbecues or cocktail hour.

GARAGE SUITE: Near the main cottage, this suite is ideal for a small family or couple. It has a powder room, sitting area with cots, and adjoining bedroom.

SMALL LAKESIDE CABIN: The ultimate cozy one-room getaway in the woods.
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Member since: 2008

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 01/18/2016

Property Type

  • Cottage

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered

Bedrooms: 11 Bedrooms, Sleeps 20, Beds for 16-20

Bathrooms: 4 Bathrooms

Other Amenities

  • Canoe, covered boat-slip, raft, shallow and deep-swimming areas, dock slide, hammock....moreless


  • CD Player
  • Stereo


  • Cinemas
  • Live Theater
  • Restaurants
  • Theme Parks

Local Services & Businesses

  • Fitness Center

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Boating
  • Shopping
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Golf Course View
  • Lakefront
  • Monument View

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Sailing
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Dining Area


  • Garage
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Wood Stove


  • Cooking Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator


  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill


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The Boathouse is available for one month (four full weeks)
for the month of July 2012.
(two to four week rental rates negotiable)
Or Weekly rentals*, July only ..................... $ 7500/week.
*When scheduling the weekly option,
a cleaning period will be required between tenants (negotiable).
Payment can be made by certified cheque or via PayPal.
Other payment options can be discussed.

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

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Calendar last updated: 01/18/2016

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  • Boathouse Interior

    Boathouse Interior

  • Boathouse Bedroom

    Boathouse Bedroom

  • Cottage and Deck

    Cottage and Deck

  • Boathouse Balcony

    Boathouse Balcony

  • Boathouse Living Room

    Boathouse Living Room

  • Dock


  • Stone Patio

    Stone Patio

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This listing was first published here in 2008.

Date last modified - Sunday, February 26, 2017

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  • Response time Within 12 hours
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  • Calendar last updated 01/18/2016