3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms,
Betty Mabel or Bill Mabel
About Betty Mabel or Bill Mabel
Betty Mabel, 54 year owner of this property that family has been enjoying for as many years. Son and Family help manage.
Betty Mabel or Bill Mabel purchased this Cottage in 1961
Why Betty Mabel or Bill Mabel chose Muskoka Lakes
Scenic, private much sought after location with southern lake view exposure,sundecks, hammock, outdoor beauty, fun lake activities and hiking trails or Just relax and enjoy the great views.
What makes this Cottage unique
Private road, shopping, sundeck, BBQ, Lake View. Islands and Scenic Park areas to explore with hiking trails.
Please consider the following guidelines when booking this property:
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Beautiful Location - Disappointing Accommodations
I have rented many VRBO properties and this is my first overall negative experience. I grew up at cottages in the area and appreciate 'rustic' a great deal, but this rental was not acceptable for the price paid.
First the positives however;
The property is in a fantastic location on lake Muskoa. No boat traffic, great water areas and gorgeous sunsets. The kayaks were also a nice bonus.
1. The property is poorly maintained and has some safety issues. The staircase leading to the boathouse has no railing on the steep downhill side and the steps are crooked. The paved access is so steep it is hard to maintain footing when wet.
2. The property was not clean (and we are not a picky family). The towels and linens are very old. The BBQ was so greasy it was a fire hazard to use and had massive flare ups from many many uses since being properly cleaned. (I am a Firefighter and have seen houses destroyed by this). The patio furniture was dirty and completely soaked and had no covers or table cloths and we spent an hour cleaning the chairs and table just to make them useable without getting your clothes filthy. There were two rolls of toilet paper for a four night stay in a three bedroom place so we had to go back to town to get more.
3. The water from the taps is lake sourced and not recommend to drink and we were not informed of this by the owners until I emailed asking about it. There was no potable water supplied on site at all. Nothing was mentioned about bringing bottled water in the property description.
4.Communication with the owners was very slow. Responses from them took more than 48 hours at times by email. No texting or voice was available. The directions to the property are simply wrong as the distance description on Walkers Point Road says 3 Miles when the actual distance is Just over 1 Mile to the turn.
5. The access to the cottage from the parking loop is extremely steep. Anyone with mobility issues of any kind would struggle tremendously. Bringing in and removing gear and bags would be tough if you aren't quite fit. This was not mentioned by the owners.
I struggled writing this review. I don't want to affect anyones income but certain basic standards need to be met.
I hope the owners invest a few thousand dollars in maintenance and hire someone to clean it properly before guests arrive moving forward.
Will be back next year!
I don't usually write reviews of places that we stay at but just wanted everyone to know how great of a property this was. The view is spectacular and the photos dont do it justice. Will be back next year!
Glad you had a great stay. Most of the Photos are for the Nature of the lake and not the glitz.
Nature Lovers Paradise
Beautiful Muskoka cottage with great privacy. My family and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay, and can't wait to go again. The sunsets were incredible and the cottage was supplied with everything needed for a comfortable stay. Loved the peace and quiet. Was only woken up at night by an owl nearby in a tree!
Glad you had a great visit. Let us know if you or a friend are interested next year. Sincerely Bill & Betty
Amazing site on Lake Muskoka!
We spent 2 weeks at this amazing older cottage. It is on a quiet bay on Walker's Point with a spectacular western view and magnificent sunsets. This is an older cottage with modern amenities set in beautiful Muskoka woods. It is very rustic but this is what made it so special for me it reminded me of the cottage I went to as a child. Lake Muskoka can be very busy but this area did not have the constant boat traffic that I have experienced on Browning Island.
We rented a boat for the week and it was great having a spot in the boat house. Unfortunately the weather didn't co-operate and we didn't get to boat as much as we would have liked, however, we did get to boat into Bala a couple of times to indulge in Don's Bakery (an absolute must but get there early). There was a kayak and canoe which we made use of in the bay.
The lake bottom was firm sand which is great for anyone who doesn't like soft bottoms. The stairs into the water could be slippery just be aware and careful.
My only caution to renters is that this cottage is on a fairly steep hill which could be a problem if there are any medical issues.
Over all we had an amazing time and will hopefully be back.
Thank You for your visit and review. Let us know if you are interested again next
Bill & Betty Mabel
Sunsets like you'd never image.
I am a grandchild of the man that bought and built this property up to what it is today. I have been traveling to this cottege since I was 6 months old, now 26. It has been a special place for our family. There are so many wonderful things to do here and is perfect for spending time with friends and family. You can make your experience as fast pace or slow and relaxing as you choose. My favorite things to do include: laying out on the dock, swimming, canoeing to small islands and frog ponds, hiking, exploring, swimming in Bala Falls, playing cards, board games, cooking out and eating on the porch, renting jet skies, campfires, waterski shows, visiting town, farmers market, watching the sunset and starts at night and spending time with loved ones. Would not spend my vacations any other way!
Muskoka Lake East Bay
We had a great 2 weeks at this cottage. The cottage had all amenities and the location was good for travel to surrounding sites--Gravenhurst, Bala, Port Carling, and Bracebridge. The cottage was spacious and had all items you would expect from a cottage--linens, kitchen utensils, games, etc. etc. Everything we looked for was there. The road down to the cottage was very steep and I would not recommend it for anyone with disabilities. Similarly, the walk down to the water from the cottage was lengthy and not recommended for disabilities. But it was well cleared and steps for those who can hike up and down. No beach for small children. The sunset views were amazing. It was very woodsy and hence lots of mosquitoes but Muskoka Lake is so beautiful, it is a wonderful experience to have a lovely cottage here for two weeks. The owners are very responsive to any problems that may arise during your stay. And there is a local bakery that has amazing cinnamon buns!
Thank You. We are glad you enjoyed your stay. Please let us know if you or anyone you know may be interested next year. Sincerely Bill & Betty
Cottage is off Renley Road. Private drive. Near Hardy lake Hiking Trails, and Barons Hiking if driving from Gravenhurst head North on hwy 169 approx. 15 km to Walkers Point Rd turn Right and go approx 2 km and turn left on Renley. Then go 1.5 km and turn left at the Mabel Firnwood sign. Also if coming from the opposite direction the Town of Bala further North on Hwy 169 head South approx 12 km to Walkers point Rd and turn left then go approx 2 km and turn left on Renley Rd. Go 1.5 km and turn left at The Mabel sighn. Bala is near The Moon River Bala Falls and Key To Bala Dance and Band. Gravenhust and Port Carling have Opera & Library. Variety of Art studios and Antique shops. Seguin steamship cruses, Weekly Ski Shows in Bala every Tuesday evening. Bakery stores, Churches. Santas Village, Rides and water fun off the Muskoka River in Bracebidge. Regattas, Kettles Church, Farmers Market every Wednesday in Gravenhurst.