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Unique NEW riverfront right in town - Thornbury sunset views over harbour

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,000 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 31 - 90 nights


About the property

3 Bdrm, 2 Bath *ALL NEW TOTAL REBUILD Dec 2017*

Across from harbour with views to the Bay. Unique location on 0 traffic cul de sac, 5 min. walk to 'downtown' Thornbury (2 hr from Toronto, 15 min. from "Village at Blue" resort). *total 100% rebuild completed Dec 2017*

This tiny perfect cottage has 3 cozy bedrooms but "lives large" with vaulted barnboard-beamed ceilings throughout and a surprisingly big open living/dining area with entire wall of glass to the river and expansive deck.

Features include:

- Secluded Master suite with walkout to deck, ensuite Bath with double vanity and large shower, heated slate floor

- 2 more Bedrooms (one with double, other with bunkbed) on the other side of the cottage sharing a 2nd full Bath

- Large 3-sided gas fireplace

- Quartz countertops in sunny kitchen with stainless steel island open to living/dining

- Convenient kitchen access to gas bar-b-q under skylit roof

- Designer dining table, leather chairs (extends to seat 8)

- Economical GAS heat

- Wall to wall floor to ceiling glass to view harbour, river and Bay

- Small shed with power and workbench for ski-tuning, bike storage

*** $C RATES SUMMARY ** Utilities are extra ***

SKI SEASON (Dec 1/18- Apr 15/19) $3,000 /mo. 4 mo. minimum

SUMMER SEASON (May 18-Oct 8/18) $5,000 /mo. 2 mo. minimum

OTHER $4,500 /mo.,1 mo. minimum

Please note:


Rates do NOT include Mandatory Utilities (gas, hydro, water / sewer) or Optional Services (wifi, satellite TV, snow removal). Actual Mandatory utilities 2017/18 ski season family of 4 weekenders was about $800 total season.

LESS THAN 30 NIGHT STAYS ARE ILLEGAL (per TBM Short Term Accommodation Bylaw 2013-50) so no exceptions, sorry.

UNIQUE location close to 'everything' . Simply enjoy the cottage or get outside and:

- FISH the Beaver River from your backyard

- CYCLE the 35 km Georgian Trail (3 min. from your door), scenic and challenging on-road cyle routes, mountain bike trails

- WALK the river bank up to the fish ladder, dam and mill pond (5min.)

- SWIM from Little River Park beach or off the harbor pier, 5 min. walk

- PLAY TENNIS at Bayview Park public courts, basically 'across the street' 2 min. walk

- PADDLE the Beaver River or Georgian Bay (rent from Gyles Marine across the river footbridge, or Free Spirit Tours in Heathcote/other locations )

- SAIL from the harbour across the footbridge, 2 min. walk

- BROWSE & BUY local artists work in 'arts-burg' (Clarksburg), 5 min. drive

- TASTE wines at Coffin Ridge (30 min. drive), Georgian Hills (10 min. drive) or cider at Thornbury Cidery (15 min. walk)h

- GOLF Lora Bay's Raven or several other courses nearby, 10 min. drive

- HIKE the Bruce Trail, 10 min. drive to Kolapore access for example (numerous other access points)

- CLIMB/ SPELUNK the Niagara Escarpment

- SKI / SHRED/ TUBE Blue Mountain (Village at Blue 15 min; private ski club Georgian Peaks 7 min. drive)

- RELAX at Scandanavie Spa (15 min. drive)

- EXPERIENCE variety of events year-round in town or at 'Village at Blue' resort * 15 min. drive

* The Village at Blue is a multi-million-$, year-round resort offering skiing, snow boarding and tubing, Xtreme mountain biking, golf, rock climbing wall, spa, year-round water play area and more. Hotels, restaurants, shops of all kinds in a pedestrian village. Check the events every week Eg.outdoor concerts, art shows, sports events and demonstrations, movie nights, etc. on their VILLAGEATBLUE website

More Details

Dorothy and Tom
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 9, 2018

About Dorothy and Tom

Hello, I live in Toronto with my husband, Tom and our dog, Teddy. We both play in community orchestras, chamber groups, pit bands for musicals etc. so can't use the cottage all the time ourselves. It's too perfect to sit empty - we make it available for others to enjoy.

Dorothy and Tom purchased this house in 2008

Why Dorothy and Tom chose Thornbury

Over 20 yr ago, we bought a log house just outside Thornbury because it's a year round, not just summer, recreational area. Thornbury is smaller, but more charming, than Collingwood - we love the quaint shops, great restaurants, the little art galleries, fish ladder, mill pond, etc.

We knew we'd always want a place here, but in town so we could walk to everything.

In 2008 we snapped up this 1940's vintage fishermans hut that had been added onto by handymen over the years. We added a 2nd bathroom and renovated then, but eventually had to demolish (all but the roof) and totally rebuilt it in 2017.

What makes this house unique

Being in town "walk to everything", 0 traffic, on the water with a river / bay / harbour view is pretty special!

The sailing and fishing activitiy is more interesting than just a plain horizon of the Bay only, plus facing west means a front row seat to spectacular sunsets.

Even though it's a small cottage, the master suite is secluded on the kitchen side, separated from the other 2 bedrooms and bath by the living/dining room for a bit of privacy from kids or guests. The 'master' can easily access the kitchen, driveway and deck without disturbing the rest of the household.

While the cottage itself is brand new as of Dec 2017, the experience is still 'vintage’ simple pleasures, depending on the season....

the warmth of the fire, walking up the river bank to watch the salmon jumping up the fish ladder, the smell of fresh bread or cinnamon buns at Thornbury bakery, the crunch as you bite into an apple picked from a tree in the front yard, a bike ride from your back door along the Georgian Trail to Collingwood or Meaford , jumping off the harbour pier with the kids in summer, a stroll to the Mill, Bruce, Sisi or the Dam Pub for dinner , the colourful sunset through the sailboat rigging, the calm of patient, silent fishermen.

Guestbook comments from the owner

So glad you enjoyed your time and thanks again for your feedback!
Jul 2013
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Thornbury House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Village ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Ensuite : Double vanity
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , master ensuite 3 piece bath, walkout to deck
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 1 bunk bed , double on bottom; single on top
  • Small but vaulted ceilings with barnboard beams
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • 10 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • ski privileges optional
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


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Unique NEW riverfront right in town - Thornbury sunset views over harbour
average rating of 5.0 based on 7 reviews

Peaceful, Bright & New

  • 5 of 5

It is everything everyone has written about here in VRBO reviews and now so much more with the renovations. “Fantastic experience and Stay”. Dorothy and Tom have been wonderful!

  • Submitted: Apr 21, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you! You were perfect guests - much appreciated:)
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Waterdown, ON

Highly Recommended Thornbury Cottage!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I had a terrific week exploring Thornbury and the surrounding area. Your cottage was a very comfortable and cozy retreat, and many hours were spent enjoying the backyard view of the bay! Your attention to detail inside the cottage left us not wanting a thing. The location was ideal as we were close enough to walk or bicycle downtown or to the marina and yet it was private enough to enjoy that camping feeling sitting around a backyard campfire. Thanks again for a wonderful vacation.

  • Submitted: Sep 20, 2014
  • Stayed: September 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Yes, you captured exactly what makes our cottage 'unique'. Thanks very much for your review
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Bridport, Dorset, England

Holiday Promises Fulfilled

  • 5 of 5

It's difficult to describe the joy one feels when making that last turn after a 5 hour drive, finding in front of you, the Cottage you booked from a Continent away, exactly as in the pictures in the listing. Indeed, within 10 minutes, we were at home.

Inside and outside, everything was just super and indeed I've pinned the listing to my desktop so that I can click on it every time I feel nostalgic about our sublime 2 weeks there.

This property was spotless and everything including the appliances all functioned perfectly. Bedlinens were all there too. The location was actually even a little better than promised and sitting on the extensive deck in the evening, literally on the edge of Georgian Bay, really does take some beating. The attractions of Thornbury are so close by that if you didn't need it for touring, you could dispense with a car.

The Owner was a mine of information and we followed up on most of her recommendations. Here too we weren't disappointed and particularly enjoyed the Dam Pub and Bridges in Thornbury. Also Ted's Diner on Range Road near Meaford is a real gem and the Canadian Cheeseplate at the Coffin Ridge Vineyard (not to mention the wine) is simply outstanding. We also took a 30,000 Island Cruise from Penetanguishene, booked from the UK and that was very worthwhile too.

Friends from about 50 kms away came to visit and were so impressed with our "find", they will be recommending it to their Family and friends from all over Canada.

To summarise, for Europeans especially but also for people more local, if you want to see a part of real Canada and live like Canadians do, try this.

  • Submitted: Dec 14, 2013
  • Stayed: September 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Waterloo, On Canada

Charming cottage in equally charming town!

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed out week long stay in this well appointed, clean cottage overlooking Georgian Bay - laundry facilities, great shower, games, DVD player, wood stove and fire pit and more. The massive deck allows you to chase the sun or the shade throughout the day, while waves lapping on the shore make gentle noise in the background. Perfect for watching the fishermen right across the riverside in the early morning and evening and beautiful sunsets. Kayak launch at the public park a very short drive away. Thornbury is a charming town with some great restaurants - if you don't want to use the cottage BBQ, check out Bruce Wine bar and Simplicity Bistro among others. A terrific week of unwinding!

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2013
  • Stayed: June 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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We found the cottage very pleasant and really well situated close to Thornbury.Hope to be back !

  • 5 of 5

We Found the entire week excellent . We loved the proximity to Thornbury.Very clean and well looked after.See you next year!

  • Submitted: Jun 24, 2010
  • Stayed: June 2010
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Yes, everyone likes the convenience of being 'in town'. Thanks, ladies!
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Nearest Airport
100 Miles
Pearson International
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Pipers Sports Bar
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Raven at Lora Bay
Nearest Motorway
0.5 Miles
Highway 26
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Bridges, Simplicity Bistro, the Mill, Bruce, etc.
Nearest Ski
3 Miles
Georgian Peaks (private) / Blue Mountain (public)
Nearest Beach
0.5 Miles
Little River Park
Nearest Point of Interest
tennis courts
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Bike trail
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pubs/ restaurants
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cheese gallery and bakery
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grocery store
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jazz in the park Sundays
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Thornbury Yacht harbour
Nearest Point of Interest
Beach, boat launch, playground
Nearest Point of Interest
fish ladder; Mill Restaurant
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Dam Pub
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Council Beach
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Georgian Peaks ski club
Nearest Point of Interest
Village at Blue resort
Nearest Point of Interest
bike trail
Nearest Point of Interest
Nearest Point of Interest
Ashanti fair trade coffee
Nearest Point of Interest
Antique/ flea market
Car: not necessary

The Blue Mountain resort area of South/Central Ontario boasts a wide variety of outdoor activities year-round (ski, sail, hike, bike are the most popular). Thornbury retains its original rural 'small town' vibe but caters to the Toronto 'big city-type' standards. Our personal favourites: bike the 35 km Georgian Trail, Scandanavie Spa, whatever free event is on at Village at Blue resort, Scenic Caves for cross country skiing in winter or zipline/nature walk other times - or just the spectacular views from the lookout off the road nearby, Coffin Ridge winery on the way to Owen Sound (eat on the deck- get the cheese tray); in Thornbury: Simplicity Bistro, Bruce Wine Bar, the Cheese Gallery, Ashanti coffee shop, Thornbury Bakery, skiing at the Peaks (private club) or Blue (public), swimming off Thonbury pier or with kids at Little River Park beach, summer Sunday nights Jazz in the Bayview Park, watching the salmon climb the fish ladder in fall, picking raspberries in summer, Gramma Lambe's and Gold's roadside fresh local produce, making applesauce or pies from our trees in fall, browsing Clarksburg / "arts-burg" , hiking the Bruce Trail... probably forgot some in there :) AND in Collingwood 20 min. west is a boardwalk, great in-town bike trail, Sunset Park beach and excellent playground, Elephant THoughts for kids, Too Good to be Through and Design by Consign shops, Tremaine restaurant with artists in residence above, the Shipyards waterfront.. maybe that's enough, huh?


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $76.91

** Rates do NOT include Mandatory Utilities (gas, water/sewer, hydro) nor Optional Services (wifi, satellite TV, snow removal). Grass cutting IS included in rates. **

** MINIMUM SKI SEASON STAY is 4 MONTHS , not 90 days ** (unfortunately this VRBO/Homeaway website does not allow Owners to specify that a minimum stay longer than 90 days)

UTILITIES: We will specify a utilities deposit you will pay upfront. After the actual utility bills are received we will provide them and 'settle up' with you (either refund any overpayment or request additional payment).

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.