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Paradise on Lake Muskoka – Cottage & Boathouse Perfect for Large Groups

Bedrooms 6
Half Baths1
Space 3,900 sq ft
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Cottage & Boathouse with Breathtaking Views on Lake Muskoka (Bala/Port Carling)

Welcome to the Clarkson Estate. This 3000 sqft cottage and 900 sqft boathouse offers gorgeous views and a calm bay perfect for your next getaway.

The Clarkson Estate is located on a private road off of Mortimer’s Point Road only 9 km from both Port Carling and Bala, two hubs of cottage country. The Estate resides on a small inlet bay yielding warmer water temperatures with southern exposure providing you and your guests with sun all day long.

The cottage has 4 bedrooms, all of which have access to a balcony or deck, and 3.5 bathrooms while the boathouse provides an additional 2 bedrooms and 2 full bathrooms. We also offer access to our Bunkie that has 3 more beds and a private screened in porch for an additional charge.

The cottage:

• Master bedroom with en-suite and access to the main balcony (King)

• First upstairs bedroom with en-suite and private balcony (Full)

• Second upstairs bedroom with private balcony (Queen & pull out Twin)

• Final bedroom located on the lower level with en-suite and access to the deck (Full)

• Two wood burning fire places, granite on the main floor and brick on the lower level

• Propane grill and patio set located on main balcony

• Entertainment center with 48” TV, surround sound, and spacious seating

• Washer and dryer located on the main level

• Three pull out couches (Doubles)

The boathouse:

• Master bedroom with en-suite and access to the patio (King)

• Spare bedroom with westerly views and easy access to the second bathroom (Queen)

• Full kitchen

• Propane grill and patio set located on the patio

• Washer and dryer

• Two cots for extra sleeping accommodations (Twins)

Included in your rental are a floating dock and 6 boats: 2 kayaks, a canoe, a rowboat, and 2 paddleboats. If you choose to bring your own boat, you can dock it on the boathouse dock. The estate also has a lakeside fire pit which is perfect for a relaxing evening. While cable TV is included, Wi-Fi is also available at an additional charge ($75/week). The Clarkson Estate is located on Lake Muskoka, which allows you to boat to Lake Rosseau and Lake Joseph with ease. Swimming from the boathouse is perfect for all ages with water depths ranging from 3 to 7 feet. A backup generator automatically powers both the cottage and boathouse during power failures.

Our family has been in the Muskoka region since the 1800's. We hope your stay can bring you as much joy as our family has experienced over the generations.

Further details below:

Security deposits are paid back within 14 days of check out.

3-4 day rentals are permitted, but security deposits for such rentals are $1,500.

Pets are permitted, but there is a $250 fee per pet.

No partying groups will be permitted.

Quiet hours begin at 10pm.

VRBO cancellation policy is not accepted by or binding on the owner. See occupancy agreement for details.

More Details

Property Manager
Tom Clarkson
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 3, 2018


Bala Estate Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • estate
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3900 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 20
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Cottage Master en-suite - toilet , combination tub/shower , bidet
    Upstairs en-suite - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Lower Level en-suite - toilet , shower
    Main Floor bathroom - toilet
    Boathouse en-suite - toilet , shower
    Boathouse Main bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 20
  • Master Bedroom - 1 king
    First Upstairs Bedroom - 1 double
    Second Upstairs Bedroom - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , The twin is a pull out under the queen bed
    Lower Level Bedroom - 1 queen
    Boathouse Master Bedroom - 1 king
    Boathouse Spare Bedroom - 1 queen
  • Three pull out couches in the cottage (all Doubles). Two Twin cots available in the boathouse. 3 can sleep in the Bunkie using a bunk bed and pull out Twin.
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Foosball
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • churches
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


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(8 traveler reviews)

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Paradise on Lake Muskoka – Cottage & Boathouse Perfect for Large Groups
average rating of 5.0 based on 8 reviews

Great Family Vacation on the Lake!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful week with our children and grandchildren! The cottage and boathouse provided lots of space for everyone to spread out. Situation in a cove, the lake was calmer and great for water fun such as water skiing, tubing, paddle boat, kayaking and swimming. We rented a pontoon boat and took many boat rides around the lakes. On a rainy day we shopped in the quaint shops around the area and our grandkids loved the trip to Santa's Village. The cottage facilities met our needs as a family and we had a great family vacation!

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Paisley, ON, Canada

Large, Bright, Quiet House on Lake Muskoka

  • 5 of 5

Cottage and boathouse were well equipped. Loved that there was enough room for our extended family to spread out with each unit having their own bathroom. Main floor bedroom and bathroom had features like grab bars that made it easier for someone with mobility issues. Upper bedrooms were light very early in the mornings, and could have benefited from blinds. Having access to kayaks, a canoe and paddleboat was a bonus, and a fun way to explore the lake. Boathouse and deck could get very hot. Owners were quick to respond to any questions or issues. A fantastic place for our vacation.

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great fun for 4 families

  • 5 of 5

We stayed on the property in August 2015. There was ample space for 4 families and we had a wonderful time. The house is very clean and well-maintained. The amenities were also quite convenient. We plan to return.

  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2015
  • Stayed: August 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cambridge, Ontario

Awesome place for a large group!

  • 5 of 5

I went with a group of 5 families (16 people all together) and we had a great time! The cottage and boathouse were both very clean and spacious. All the basics were provided when we arrived. We loved the fact that the tap water is treated so we didn't have to constantly be hauling bottled water in. We also liked that linens and towels are provided. Each of the cottage and boathouse have a laundry room so we were able to do laundry as we went and didn't need to bring a week's worth of clothing. The dump is located a mere 1.2 km away so it is very easy to keep the garbage and recycling that 16 people generate on vacation under control :). The only thing that was missing was WiFi but the owners indicated that they are on a list to get WiFi and will hopefully have it soon.

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Best Weekend!

  • 5 of 5

My fiancé and I went there for our bachelor and bachelorette parties and everyone had such a great time!! I cannot stop thinking about that cottage and how much I want to go back! Everything was very neat and there's enough supplies there if ever you forget something. Everything was absolutely perfect. From the fire pit, to the boat house, to the ample space... I couldn't of asked for a better weekend! We are definitely going back next year!!

  • Submitted: Jun 23, 2015
  • Stayed: June 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Welland, Ontario, Canada

Great weekend getaway

  • 5 of 5

Our party of 18 fit just fine, with extra space, furniture, and beds. The entire property is in excellent condition, both inside and out. The view of the lake is one of a kind, with ample non motorized vehicles to explore it with. The boat house provided a great space for daytime relaxation, complete with barbecue, and a large deck. The cottage provided a comfortable hang out for those chilly nights on the lake. The fire pit was exceptional with lots of space for everyone. The property was very easy to find, and the downtown is not far from the cottage. Tom, and his brother, the owners, are everything you would want to deal with, when choosing a destination. They were very friendly, honest, fair and on the level when hashing out the details of the trip. My only problem was that we couldn't stay longer!I would recommend this cottage for a large party destination, such as a bachelor party, or a getaway with some friends, or the family. 10/10 in my books!

  • Submitted: Jun 18, 2015
  • Stayed: June 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: recommended


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $193.72
Refundable damage deposit $1,162.34
Card Fee $193.72
Cleaning/Mgrs. Fee $232.47

$300 cleaning/mgrs. fee charge added to rental price.
****Rental is not secure until occupancy agreement is signed and returned and initial deposit is paid.*****
****Security deposit is $1,000 for pre-peak season rentals and/or large group parties.
****If paying through VRBO (Book It Now Button), you will have a $250 credit card fee which would be deducted from your damage deposit/security deposit when the deposit is returned to you. VRBO charges us for using their credit card services. Hence this fee is passed along to you.
****** $300/person fee over 20 occupants for the week.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.