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Very private modern cottage, breathtaking view, hot tub, Lake Vernon, Huntsville

Bedrooms 4
Space 1,800 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, sleep 6

This nature lover’s retreat sits peacefully high on a hill with a spectacular view of Lake Vernon and the woods around. With a southern exposure and panoramic vista, it’s truly breathtaking in all directions. Located in Muskoka just 15 minutes from Huntsville but a million miles from it all.

A charming 2 storey cottage perfect for mature groups of up to 8 people or 2 families. Each level has a kitchen, living room, deck, two bedrooms and bathroom. Ceiling fans, gas fireplaces and large windows provide total comfort and a cozy experience. High speed wireless internet and DVD players on both floors allow different age groups to enjoy themselves while at the same cottage.

Lounge around on the deck or soak in the outdoor 8 person hot tub while gazing at the stars.

Take the pathway and stairs down to the lake where you’ll find the 200 sq. ft. dock for docking your boat or jumping in for a refreshing swim. Enjoy the canoes and kayaks with a leisurely paddle or an energetic exploration of the lake. Along the way you'll find your own observation deck with astonishing cliffside views. The observation deck provides you with a secluded spot to sit and relax and gaze at the lake in complete privacy.

At the waterfront, you'll find natural vegetation along the 150 ft of private shoreline and a hard packed sandy/pebble bottom for swimming.

Boat or drive 15 min to Huntsville, shops, restaurants, world class golf and Algonquin Park.

In the winter enjoy Muskoka's vast snowmobile trail network across forests, lakes, streams and hills stretching from Georgian Bay to Algonquin Park. After the first snowfall in the Fall and during the winter, parking is on the road below the cottage. From there you walk up a hill to the cottage. The path up the hill may be slippery due to winter snow or ice and might be a problem for little children or people who have difficulty walking.

More Details

Property Manager
Les Gayne
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 14, 2017


Huntsville Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 30
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beachfront
  • Downtown ...
  • Lake
  • Lake View ...
  • Waterfront
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • PC
  • Parking
  • Toilet Paper
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub , shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , Double/single bunk bed
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double , Double/single bunk bed
    Living room - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Futon
  • There are 2 floors, each with 2 bedrooms and a bathroom. The 4 bedrooms can sleep 8-10 people. Two bedrooms have a queen bed, (sleeping 2 each), and two have a double/single bunk bed (sleeping up to 3 each). There is also a futon in the upstairs living room that can sleep 2 more. Both bathrooms have a toilet, sink, bathtub and shower.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Stereo
  • Balcony
  • Beach Chairs
  • Boat Dock
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Canoe
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • skiing
  • swimming
Linens included in cost. Changeover day in summer is normally Saturday. Changeover day in spring/fall/winter and first/last week of summer is flexible.


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Very private modern cottage, breathtaking view, hot tub, Lake Vernon, Huntsville
average rating of 3.4444444 based on 9 reviews

Lush and majestic Muskoka cottage

  • 5 of 5

A buddy and I were burnt out from work and the hustle and bustle of city life. We decided we needed to get away from civilization so we recruited our girlfriends and headed to Deer's Leap in early May. Although only 15 minutes from downtown Huntsville, most of the time during our stay at the cottage we didn't see another soul. We were just immersed in nature and beauty. Standing atop a mighty hill, Deer's Leap offers unparalleled views of lake Vernon. The cottage itself is so cozy and exactly what we’d hoped for. Large windows allow spectacular views from every room, and the bedrooms have walls that open to allow better viewing of the lake. Deer’s leap is essentially two cottages in one. The queen bed I slept in was very comfortable and the late night hot tubbing put us in a sheer state of relaxation. The hot tub is a major bonus. Although it was too early in the season to swim in the lake, we did venture down the footpath to the dock and spent some time basking in the sun with some drinks. A lovely spot indeed. Deer’s Leap had a great selection of board games and videos to choose from, some of which I haven’t seen in ages. We did venture to Huntsville a few time during our stay, there is a cute main street with shops and restaurants to entertain for an afternoon and evening. I really recommend checking out Lions lookout point.

Deer’s Leap is an amazing cottage- serene, peaceful, and isolated in the best way, with the most picturesque views. The name is also quite appropriate since we spotted numerous deer trotting past the cottage throughout our stay. I can't recommend this cottage enough. In fact, I have already booked a 2nd stay in mid-June. I'm sure I will have an even more glowing review once the lake warms up for swimming.

  • Submitted: May 29, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Not a suitable winter rental

  • 2 of 5

This cottage should simply NOT be listed as a 4 season rental. And it was really overpriced for the quality and cleanliness of the place.

First, the cottage was completely inaccessible for our Feb 17-20 stay. The fact that visitors have to hike up a huge (more than 500 feet) steep, unshovelled hill through deep snow was not made clear. All we found buried in the rental agreement (downplayed in the ad) was only a short statement about having to park on the road because the driveway is not plowed in winter.  That was very misleading. The driveway actually isn't accessible at all in the winter.

When we arrived by car at the road's end, it was hardly obvious where cottage was. No signage. No pathway.  You couldn't even see the cottage from the bottom of the hill. it took between 5 and 10 minutes to hike one trip through the woods up an incredibly unsafe hill from our car. That is UNACCEPTABLE for a winter rental.

Without a local neighbor's generous help (to bring our luggage and food to cottage) with his snowmobile - it would've been next to impossible to actually get a weekend's supplies to the cottage.  It was an awful experience.

Neither the owner nor HomeAway should be listing this as an accessible winter rental. Especially for the high price we paid.

2) In addition to the accessibility issues, once we arrived and tried to settle in for the weekend we discovered mouse feces all over kitchen (in the utensil drawers, in many pots and pans, in bowls in the cupboard, on the fridge, in drawers, and on the placemats on the kitchen table. It was gross. We encountered a lack of basic cleanliness throughout the cottage with dead bugs basically glued on ceiling from spraying and not cleaning.

3) The main floor gas fireplace was simply not working.

4) Nothing on the property was cleared of snow (decks had to be shoveled to allow us to access hot tub and to remove lid)

5) Some things could use a bit of fixing / maintenance- and patio door was leaking significantly after warmer temperatures caused some thaw).

Our family has been renting Ontario cottage properties in all seasons for over 10 years. This is by far the worst experience we had.

The views are nice and the hot tub was nice, but none of that can justify the price given the accessibility and upkeep issues we encountered.

  • Submitted: Mar 28, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Private, great view, but overpriced and difficult access to property for a winter stay

  • 3 of 5

We had a great time away with our friends and assortment of amenities available, but in hindsight felt the property was very overpriced for a winter stay. There is no safe pathway up to the cabin in winter and we are thankful we are fit as it's not an easy walk as it is. While guests are warned of this in the long list of instructions, the path was snowed in and icy and very dangerous, especially in the dark as there are no lights. Don't stay here in winter if you're not prepared or physically capable, it's quite a hike. Additionally the balcony's are not well kept - completely covered in mounds of snow and ice, nothing has been done to clear this away. The wifi did not work the entirety of our stay, and while Les tried to assist via email nothing was resolved. No cleaner included in price, and had to do cleaning ourselves - being on holidays we would have preferred the option to pay extra for a cleaner. Hot tub was definitely the highlight, and we enjoyed using this and taking in the amazing views that the position of the property had to offer. Plenty of private rooms and beds which was great. House is cozy but very outdated and needs some fixing here and there. Hence why we felt after our stay that it was quite overpriced compared to other properties we have stayed at. Beautiful area though and great location.

  • Submitted: Jan 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your comments. We're glad you had a great time away with your friends and enjoyed the great view, hot tub and amenities. We're sorry you found the winter conditions to be an issue, there was a lot of snow that came that week. The cottage is in the woods on a hill and offers fun winter opportunities for people who enjoy snowmobiling, skiing or toboganning with their kids. I went to the cottage after your stay to check the wifi. While I'm not sure why it didn't work when you were there, it is certainly working now. I even had Bell check it out to make sure just in case. We're glad you enjoyed the using the hot tub and the amazing views and great location.
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Just what we wanted!

  • 5 of 5

Our family had a terrific week at Deers' Leap cottage and we enjoyed all of its amenities.

Les was very prompt in answering all of my emails and addressing any questions/concerns prior to our arrival. We found that everything was exactly as represented and all of the detail in the instructions that were provided was much appreciated.

The lake was beautiful, the scenery spectacular, and the cottage was very comfortable for our family of eight.

We would highly recommend this cottage for a Muskoka vacation.

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Absolutely beautiful view of Lake Vernon,

  • 4 of 5

The cottage was perfect for our family, the kids stayed upstairs while the adults had peace and quite to our selves downstairs

The owner Les was very kind with whatever we needed and the hot tub put the icing on the cake.

The HomeAway app lead us right to the cottage and showed us the sites and restaurants in the area, made things so much easier.

Thanks Les for sharing your cottage with us

Lorne Kalb and Family

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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St.Catharines, Ontario, Canada

Neglected-Call this

  • 1 of 5

Where do I start? 1)Their steep driveway was crumbling off the hill, so you had to drive fast to get up there & not fall off it. 2)A huge wasp's nest one foot long and a swarm of wasps greeted you as you stepped out onto the balcony on the 2nd floor, unusable after that. 3) Showing 2 large TV's in their photos but no cable- so totally useless, just some old VCR's from 25 yrs ago. 4) The first day, I navigated down the steep 200 ft (!) cliff that takes you down to the dock on the water. Only about 50 feet are steps, the rest is a scary dirt path with rocks and weeds sticking out. I never went down there again the rest of the week. 5) Their binder suggested their garbage day was Tuesday, but when we got down the steep driveway, the box was locked! Texting them, they said the binder is old, not used, and yes, the garbage stays locked! We had to wait with the garbage inside the house for nearly a week, and drive an hour (!) out of our way home to deliver to the dump. 6) My daughter got a horrible bacterial infection from the hot tub, not well maintained, just like the rest of this place. 7) The canoe had a crack in it, letting water dangerously in. Lifejackets were sitting in a bin of dirty smelly water. Gross!...Worse than poor!

Reviewer location

St.Catharines, Ontario, Canada

Date of arrival

July 16, 2016

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks very much for letting us know about your experience at our cottage. We appreciate your concerns and we do our best to resolve every issue as soon as we can. The beehive issue has long been fixed - no more bees. While there is no cable, we do have DVD players and TV’s to play them on. We also supply unlimited hi speed internet to allow you to watch any online shows and movies that you have subscriptions for, such as the online access to your own Rogers or Bell cable account, or Netflix. Our cottage sits high on a hill with a spectacular view over Lake Vernon and the woods around. It is a natural outdoors kind of place with a natural pathway through the woods and stairs down to the lake. It’s great for people who like the outdoors and kayaking, canoeing, hiking, and other activities in a wooded lakeside setting, as well as being able to enjoy the beautiful views and sunsets you get from its location. There is no longer garbage collection at the cottage. It is common in cottage country for cottagers to take their garbage to the dump and we supply directions to our dump not too far away. We appreciate your letting us know there is still an old binder lying around in the cottage. We will have that removed as soon as we can. This was long ago replaced with the up-to-date online information located on our HomeAway website listing. For our hot tub, we have a commercial hot tub maintenance company going there every week to check the water and filters, and refresh the chemicals to the correct amounts as required for safety. They have been doing this every week for more than 10 years and keep the system working as it should. Thanks for letting us know the canoe was leaking, we didn’t know that. We’ve already replaced it with a brand new canoe. Again, we appreciate your taking the time to let us know your concerns and as you can see we do our best to resolve every issue quickly.
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Nearest Airport
200 Kilometres
Toronto International Airport
Nearest Barpub
15 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
20 Kilometres
Nearest Train
15 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
15 Kilometres
Hwy 11 and Hwy 60
Nearest Restaurant
15 Kilometres
Nearest Ski
20 Kilometres
Hidden Valley
Nearest Beach
10 Kilometres
Hutchison Beach


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $401.12
Tax Rate 13.0%

Early booking discount: $100 off all weekly bookings made before February 29, 2016.
3 day long weekends in February, May, September, October and December are minimum 3 night rentals, $1475 for the 3 nights.
First two nights charged at weekend rates. Please email for rate for three or more nights.
Security deposit is $500.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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