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Tranquil, Fishing, Canoeing Paradise On The Gorgeous Severn River

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 4 nights

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Minimum Stay
4 nights

About the property

Rustic, family, waterfront cottage, on a private, protected cove offers peace and quiet. This cottage has been in our family for almost 40 years providing a relaxing vacation escape for all. Wildlife abounds in this natural setting with almost daily sightings of loons, great blue herons, muskrats, woodpeckers, chipmunks and turtles. Endless hours can be spent exploring the cove by canoe or kayak. The protected cove offers a safe place for kids to try their hand at canoeing while within sight of home. There is a bunk house,or 'bunkie' about 40 feet from the main cottage where kids enjoy staying, allowing adults their own space in the evening hours.

Steve Horn
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
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December 26, 2016

About Steve Horn

My two siblings and I grew up in Ohio. Our family purchased the cottage in the early 70's when our mother was a teacher, and we spent the summers of our youth at the cottage, swimming, fishing and boating.

Steve Horn purchased this cottage in 1973

Why Steve Horn chose Muskoka District

We spent our summers at the cottage, but now that we live so far away, we are unable to visit as often as we'd like. It holds such cherished memories that we can't bear to sell the place, so have decided to rent it during the weeks that it would otherwise go unused.

What makes this cottage unique

The Severn River offers the unique opportunity to endlessly explore the river in either direction, while maintaining the overall look and feel of a lake. When you hear the word 'river' many people immediately assume there is a strong current and moving water. There of course is a current but it is only detectable in the few, narrow areas of the river. At our location the river is about a quarter mile wide with no noticeable current. Our cottage is on a protected cove which offers cover from the wind and waves of more open water locations.


Excellent! 4.3/5 -
(11 traveler reviews)

Tranquil, Fishing, Canoeing Paradise On The Gorgeous Severn River
average rating of 4.2727275 based on 11 reviews

Cute, comfortable and rustic.

  • 4 of 5

Very peaceful, quiet and tranquil cottage on a secluded mini bay. Cute and comfortable rustic would be the best way to describe it. Nice to see some upgrades being done, but nice also to see the original character and generations of memories built into this relaxing place.

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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Amazing property

  • 4 of 5

We would give this property a five star but the cabin itself is very rustic making it a four star. That being said it was very clean. It was perfect for our five days of fishing. We caught enough fish for a feast of fish on our last evening. The sunrise and sunset are worthy of a five star as well. Will hopefully get a chance to vacation here again in the future!

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 4 of 5

We had a great time! The rustic, cottage is very private and secluded. The nights were peaceful and quiet. It was very relaxing stay. Other than our resident ducks that visited every day we didn’t see much wildlife. Our 2 dogs splashing around in the water may have had something to do with that :). We enjoy the natural landscape; we often canoed out into the cove to watch the spectacular sunsets. We also enjoyed the paddle boat.

We canoed out to find a nice place to swim as the cottage shore line is better suited for fishing. The lily pads are abundant and a natural feeding area for fish. Our children being young it was easier than pulling the swimming dock out where the water is clearer.

The 'bunkie' was handy when we had company for a few days. Our oldest boy (5 years) enjoyed sleeping out there with his aunt. Unfortunately our stay was cut a few days short because our youngest (2 years) developed a fever and we wanted to be closer to medical attention. Part of the beauty is its secluded quietude but the slow winding gravel road to get in would not make for a quick escape.

All in all it was a great relaxing vacation. If you’re looking to get away from it all, this is the place. It has full kitchen amenities, a nice new bathroom, and comfortable beds while being rustic and peaceful. Great place to brings dogs!

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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United Kingdom

Calm Lakeside Haven

  • 5 of 5

We spent a number of very relaxing days at the cabin at the start of our two week holiday visiting from the UK. Our days here were in fact the highlight of our entire trip.

Many hours were happily lost watching wildlife, sitting on the dock in the sunshine, canoeing, swimming and reading (in the hammock). We were glad to have not encountered any bear but sad not to see any flying squirrels!

We really loved the clean, laid back cabin interior and the simplicity of the facilities (especially the fact that there is no wifi!), although the new bathroom and hot running water were much appreciated!

The local towns provided a good selection of grocery and beer stores, plus a number of restaurants.

The owners were super helpful answering questions, providing directions and other useful information. It was fantastic to read the guestbooks and glimpse into the Horn family's long history at this special place.

We hope to stay again in the future if we visit Ontario another time.

Thanks for everything!

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Toronto ON

Tranquility found! Close to the city but calm among the trees

  • 4 of 5

It's so private and quiet, nestled in a cove. The cottage is beautifully maintained ( fantastic, new bathroom). We practically lived in the screened-in porch:lots of room for chairs, dining table and still have great views of the water. Canoe & peddleboat were great. A lovely stay!

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
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Toledo, OH

A very pleasant stay.

  • 5 of 5

What you will first notice on your way to the cottage is that the gravel road takes you very deep into the boreal forest. The cottage is in a remote area that is secluded and naturally beautiful. Other than a few neighboring cottages that are fairly spaced out, you will not see much activity/traffic. The gravel road makes a great hiking trail, as it winds through the forest, up and down hills. You will likely see a lot of wildlife at the cottage. In addition to the usual (eg birds, fish, etc), we saw beavers and even a couple of giant moose up close during a hike. The cottage provides you everything you need to enjoy this natural setting. It is relatively rustic, in that it is not a modern hotel experience, but for us, a fully functioning bathroom and kitchen is hardly rustic for campers like us. There are some parts of the cottage that are being worked on, but the owners openly disclose this on VRBO so you shouldn’t be surprised. I think the key to enjoying your stay at this cottage as we have, is to acknowledge the value that you get at this price in Muskoka, and to want a very natural remote location. Last, my communications with the owners was great. You can trust that they will interact with you fairly.

  • Submitted: Oct 5, 2012
  • Stayed: Sep 2012
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About 2 hours north of Toronto, off Highway 11, the cottage is located on the Severn River, across from Morrison Landing and the Lantern Marina. About 5 miles upriver from Swift Rapids, lock 43, and about 7 miles down river from Sparrow Lake.


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Gravenhurst Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Waterfront ...
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Full bathroom with tub/shower, toilet, sink, mirror and outlets.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Full size Beds (1) 1 full bedroom, Twin or Single Beds (1) 1 bedroom with 2 twin beds, Bunk Beds (1) the bunkie has bunk beds suitable for children, as well as 1 twin bed
  • CD Player
  • Stereo ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • smoking allowed ...
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
Rental includes the use of a 17 foot aluminum canoe, a single-person fiberglass kayak, and a 14 foot aluminum rowboat.

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