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Family Reunion? This Lakehouse Takes Care of You All!

Bedrooms 5
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

House, 5 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 3 Baths, (Sleeps 12)

Grandma Stella had a dream. She and her children and grandchildren helped design and build a holiday house- a magical place where 3 or 4 families could come together and have fun, and also have private space for renewal and relaxation. A unique design makes it cozy enough for 4 and spacious enough for 12. This lakehouse is Stella's Dream. We hope our magical place will become your magical place.

The main floor has two bedrooms, each with a queen bed. The lower walkout level has two bedrooms, each with a queen bed, one of the bedrooms has its own sitting area - great for the grandparents or families wanting to keep younger children close. Tuck away the older children or other guests in the loft level bedroom with a bunk bed (double lower and single upper) as well as a twin bed. Also in the loft challenge friends to foosball, or board games, play at the keyboard or reminisce watching old VCR movies.

Three bathrooms, two with showers, one with soaker tub ensure the bathroom lineups stay short even with a full house! Yep, we are on a septic system. Take care! Drinking water is reverse osmosis. Showers are soft water. Use water wisely. We are now on a water metre.

Don't miss any of the action in the kitchen. This house is designed around a spacious kitchen with counter seating for 6 and additional dining table seating for 6. The deck and hassle free propane barbecue are steps away. Views are great from all main floor lake windows.

The walkout lower level covered patio is not only a 60 second slow stroll to Hidden Bay beach but has great space outside to drip dry all the wet suits, towels, life jackets and other soggy beachwear and toys...another hassle free design. Washer, dryer and fridge are just upgraded. Stella's Dream Lakehouse is bright, clean and well maintained. Each level has different spaces to relax, play games watch tv or listen to music.

Meet your new neighbors at the beach -- boaters, water skiers, wake boarders and youngsters trying to catch the fish that got away. Catch a float or swim in the safe swimming area. Our neighbours might take you kayaking to the water lilies at the south end of the lake.

Pick raspberries, pears, apples in the grassy back yard by day; watch the stars from the beach or deck at night. Marvel at the beautiful lake views and sunsets. You likely will see deer in Windermere, possibly our yard.

Walk a block to the Family Pantry in the morning to buy a paper if you must. Prepay and they will reserve one for you. Family Pantry also sells food and liquor- great to be so close. A longer walk or a five minute drive gets you to Windermere Hopkins Market for fresh local produce, baking, different meats and items that will surprise you. Eat in or take out.

All ages and abilities can be accommodated at the many golf courses. Take a hike to see the hoodoos, or see them from the air by the local flying company. Explore the vibrant arts community, Saturday market, shopping and wine and dining in Inveremere, Radium and Fairmont.

Start planning your fall and winter activities now! Remember this is a great place to watch salmon swimming upstream to spawn in the early fall.

Panorama Ski Resort is a 45 minute drive away. Ski or board some of the longest runs in Canada. Remember the Bugaboo Heli skiing starts from here. You'll want to come back in every season!

Keywords: Lake House, Vacation Home, Family Reunion

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Wendy Tink
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 30, 2018

About Wendy Tink

Stella, my Mum, had a dream. She dreamt of a family owned place where her children, families and friends could come together and play. And she and we made it happen! Why here? The vibrant Windermere Valley with lots of summer and winter sports for the whole family made this a perfect place. Why then? Widowed in 1987, the time was right to create a living lasting legacy for all to enjoy. And enjoy we did. Friends and family helped design walls, nail, sand, tile, pick colours, paint, carry concrete blocks, sow grass seed, plant junipers, build decks. and pour concrete. When it was super hot a jump in the lake cooled us off. Sometimes too little to help, our children would come up from the beach with notes from our neighbours.. can your kids go on a boat ride with us? They and we have made fabulous friends here and we are happy to share our legacy/Stella's Dream with our Windermere and Calgary friends. Our youngest now is the best golfer, and catches the most fish. All of us learned how to work together, to compromise, and develop something greater than ourselves. It was a lot of work. It was worth it. Together in the summer we picked apples, raspberries, pears and played. Together that whipped cream for the pies ended up on just about every grandchild every year. Grandma lived the dream and brought everyone with her. Her influence at the Lakehouse is everywhere. Each wall and paint colour has a story.

Our families have grown up now and family members have moved on. I invite you, with my 2 adult children to become a member of our Stella's Dream Windermere Lakehouse family and enjoy our magical place.

Wendy Tink purchased this house in 1993

Why Wendy Tink chose Windermere

Lots to do, summer and winter, when not lazing around having fun with family and friends, made this the perfect spot for us. Easy to get to from Calgary for a weekend or longer any time of year! Two really close beaches for swimming and water sports. One, Hidden Bay you can see from our back deck a hop skip and a jump away. A few blocks in the other direction enjoy the Windermere Public Beach with beautiful white sand, a playground and restrooms. Our property, as well as the house uphill of ours, once belonged to the Pepperdine family, long time residents of Windermere. Subsequently subdivided we built Stella's Dream so not to obstruct the neighbour's view. The bench at the end of the property was built specifically for Stella to watch lake activities as she gardened.

What makes this house unique

The design- great for multi- family groups to share fun times and private times.

Five separate bedrooms on 3 floors. Common gathering/play spaces on each floor.

The main level wrap around deck- great lake views.

Ground level deck, fully covered.

The location- beach, local shops, eateries and you dont have to drive anywhere if you dont want to!

The fruit- in season. Fantastic experiences for we city slickers.


Windermere House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 12 ...
  • Max. adults: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 30 ...
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • We are on a septic system. ONLY toilet paper can be flushed down the toilet. Damage deposit will be kept in full if septic tank backs up.
  • Prior to departure remove sheets and pillow cases from 3 beds and start in washer. Remove personal food items from fridge. Load and start dishwasher.
  • Please honour entrance and departure times. Cleaners will arrive at 10am. Late departure will forfeit your damage deposit.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , adjacent to front deck
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , soaker tub, shower main floor
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , walk out level rain shower head, seat in shower
  • bright, large mirrors, soft water.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Convertible bed(s) - 1 double , loft family room pull out couch
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , main floor sleeps 2
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , main floor sleeps 2
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , walk out lower level sleeps 2
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , walk out level, sleeps 2, private in room sitting area
    Loft bedroom 5 - 1 double , 2 twin/ single , bunk (double lower, twin upper) and twin bed, sleeps 4 total
  • Four private bedrooms queen beds. Large closets. One of the 4 bedroom private sitting area with lake view. Loft private bedroom great for kids- sleeps 4 3 person bunk and twin Loft pull out couch double games area loft.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 12 garden chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Designed for families to come together, have private space and lots of communal space on all three levels to play together. Bright and spacious deck on three sides with stunning lake views. Admire the apple and pear tree as you saunter through the grassy back yard and reach the Hidden Bay boat docks and swimming area a few minutes away.


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average rating of 5.0 based on 2 reviews

Wonderful family vacation home

  • 5 of 5

We have rented this property for a week each summer for the past several years. We keep returning because it so perfectly suits our large family. We go each year with our extended family which includes 6 little ones. It is a short walk to 2 different beaches, playgrounds, and the corner store. Just a short ride up the hill, is the best place for ice cream! There is a large yard and 2 decks to play in. At sunset, the deck is the perfect place for adults to relax and enjoy the view with a glass of wine! On rainy days, it is a short drive to Radium or Fairmont Hot Springs to soak in the hot pool. There is a fully stocked kitchen and a great barbeque. However, if you don't want to cook, it is a short drive to great restaurants. The owner has always been available and answered any questions or concerns promptly. We hope to continue returning each year and making memories for our kids and grandkids.

  • Submitted: Dec 6, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great place for a family reunion!

  • 5 of 5

We have just returned from a wonderful family reunion at Stella's Dream Lake House. We arrived to a family of deer on the lawn, then took a short stroll to Windermere lake and took in the amazing views. The property was much larger than we thought and there was everything supplied that you could possibly need. The children were kept occupied by the numerous games, DVD's, jigsaws etc.

The owner was great at communicating with us and the property was clean and in great order. We enjoyed the beach area close by, only a short drive to Invermere, great beach, shops and cafe's.

Would definitely recommend.

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
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Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Windermere Valley
Nearest Motorway
1 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Hopkins Harvest Highway 93/95
Nearest Ski
30 Miles
Nearest Beach
15 Metres
Hidden Bay and Windermere Public
Nearest Point of Interest
Windrmere Public Beach
Nearest Point of Interest
Family Pantry Convenience Store
Nearest Point of Interest
Copper City Amusement Park
Nearest Point of Interest
Windermere Valley Golf Course
Nearest Point of Interest
Windy Cafe
Nearest Point of Interest
Invermere Corner
Nearest Point of Interest
Plane and glider rides
Nearest Point of Interest
Artym Gallery
Nearest Point of Interest
Hidden Bay Marina and Swimming
Car: necessary

Something for everyone around here! Stay local around Windemere - beaches, Shadybrook water sport rentals, hiking, local produce, food and wine, woodworker and artist, Windermere Valley golf course for all abilities. Kids playground at the fenced school yard 2 blocks away or lovely grassy playground at Windermere Public Beach. Interested in history? Windermere cemetery gravestones tell stories. Visit and read about St Peter's (Stolen) Church. Or check out the museum in Invermere- tiny houses from the Mountie Days. Invermere Crossing ( glass blowing, wood working, jewelry, coffee shops, discount food store, hardware and building supplies, award winning Grey Wolf golf course) and Invermere -casual to fine dining, historical museum, kayak and boat rentals, boat launch, lots of shopping - sports, clothes, jewelry, books, crafts, hardware and building supplies. Interested in art? Visit art galleries on main street and weekly art shows at Pynelogs Cultural Centre or just drop in for tea. Don't miss the summer Saturday morning markets, local bake, butcher and ice cream shops or wine tours. Purchase or donate to the Thrift Shop and support the Invermere Hospital. Bank of Montreal is the only bank in town, but Sobeys Invermere will give you cash back. Tired of in town?.... just "get out of town"- more mountain bike trails are opening overlooking the river valley, book hang gliding and air plane rides. Radium and Fairmont Hot pools are a short drive away - more golf, food, hiking, shopping. Radium has an adult play ground worth a look!

Golfing options are legion! A wide selection of Par 3 golf courses, right up to award winning Grey Wolf at Panorama await your visit. Coy is small, and beautifully landscaped. Copperpoint has family specials and well designed courses to match every ability. Windermere Valley golf course is great for groups of all abilities.

Got some adrenaline seeking water babies in your group? White water rafting, boat rentals including non motorized boats at Pete's Marina may be just what you are looking for. Kinsman Beach in Invermere boasts beautiful white sand and opportunities to watch wakeboarding or dragon boat competitions. While at Kinsman Beach check out Pynelogs Cultural Centre art exhibitions, art classes and casual dining. The historical gardens are stunning.

Food? and Wine? In Windermere? Family Pantry one block up the street is well stocked. Pre order your paper too if you must stay in touch. Hopkins Market a few more blocks away sells fresh produce, freshly made savoury and sweet items and you can eat in.

Choose to catch a bite in one of the many eaterys and coffee shops in Invermere. Heading out to Windermere from Banff? Once you get past Radium and your cell phone reception returns give Peppi's Pizza a buzz. Great pizza to pick up on your way to our place in Windermere or pick up meals for 4 at Hopkins Harvest- great value Fridays and Saturdays.

Looking for a bit more upscale dining experience? Strands offers exceptional food in an historical house. Catch a very economincal early bird dinner on Fridays or reserve for later and dine inside, or on the veranda - a lovely setting for those later adult group evenings. Many other restaurants are great. Check out Portobellos in Invermere or drive to Hoodoo Grill, past the hoodoos for a memorable dining and live music experience. No visit to Invermere is complete without picking up pastries and breads at Quality Bakery-a very long tradition of serving take away and eat in items all day.

I love to vist Artym Gallery- main street Invermere every time I visit. This bright and airy gallery showcases many artists, local and world class. Paintings, glass, carvings, metal works, jewelry, all are eye catching. 'Just looking' or an interested prospective buyer, the owners, Connie and Grey are always welcoming! If you go, tell them Wendy sent you. Nope, no commission but a great experience! After Artym Gallery a must visit for me is Details ( ladies upscale clothes, reasonably priced and the adjacent The Three Bears shop for home furnishings with a flare. We seldom leave empty handed.

The Toursit Information Centre close to Invermere Crossing can help you plan for seasonal events, hiking trails, glider options and musical events. Interesting things to do abound.

Oh by the way Kicking Horse Coffee is roasted in Invermere. My favorite is the Three Sisters. Try them all by the mug, whole or ground beans.

Most of all tho....don't forget great holidays build in time to take it easy and relax and enjoy friends and family at our Lakehouse. ...just what Stella had in mind. Summer or winter.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $795.67
cleaning $278.48

1. Preference given to family reunions/multi-generational families and groups who will enjoy our lovely home as much as we do. Reduced rates for returning families.
2. We are on a septic system. Reminder no Kleenex, sanitary products or anything other than toilet paper when you flush. Any costs incurred as a result of flushing anything other than toilet paper will be the responsibility of the renter.
3. On hot days close blinds and reopen after direct sun is gone. This keeps the house pleasant on very hot days as there is no air conditioning. The walk out basement level is always comfortable.
4. Although Hidden Bay boat dock is close by, rental does not include boat moorage.
5. We are in the small town of Windermere. There are neighbours on both sides but still very close to the lake-few minute walk to the beach at the end of back yard.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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