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This three acre property is located at the south end of Six Mile Lake. You can drive right up to the back door. The main floor has a large living room, a bathroom, two bedrooms, and a kitchen/dining room that pours into the large screened in porch. Upstairs has two more large bedrooms and another bathroom. The front deck is eight feet wide and goes the full length of the front of the cottage, stocked with comfy cottage chairs. A walk off the porch takes you to an open grassy area where we play top toss or badminton. Just beyond this is 'Dad's Office' (the barbecue). Follow the brick path down to the water and you'll be at the large main dock, loaded with Muskoka chairs. This is where we spend most of our time. The main dock has two floating arms that allow you to jump out into the eight foot deep water. You can swim over to the kiddie raft (complete with small slide) or just relax on the dock. To the side of the dock is a walk in sandy area; not really a beach, but ok for little kids if you are there watching them. There are two other boat docks on the property. Take a short drive over to the Provincial Park (5 minutes) and spend the day at the beach or take a nature hike. Motorized boats are available for rent at the marina.
Liz grew up in Scarborough but summered in Thousand Islands. After we got married (and paid the house mortgage off) she just had to have a cottage. We found an ad in our local paper that said cottage for sale, million dollar view. Both the description and the price were fairly accurate. We bought it, but could not save the 1952 structure. We built a new cottage, retaining as much of the old furnishings, brick paths, and charm that we could. The 'sauna' at the east end of the property still bears the 1952 etching on its lentel. Forgot to mention; I grew up in Willowdale, and met my dear wife in vet school in Guelph. We've been married since 1986, and have three young men (I used to call them boys) to help with major projects. I practise in Scarborough, Liz is in alternate career paths, and we have lived in Aurora since 1989. Yes we have pets, a Black Lab (Magnum) and a Persian cat (Gertrude). Only the dog is allowed at the cottage.
Jeff purchased this cottage in 1999
Six Mile Lake is the archetypal Muskoka Lake; wispy Eastern Hemlocks lining a rocky granite shoreline. The lake is delightful combination of open and sheltered water. There are two or three very large open areas, suitable for watersports, and many, many bays of varying sizes that are fun to explore and draw fishermen from all over. There is a sandy park at one end, two marinas, five sets of rapids, jumping rocks, frog marshes, blueberry islands, and more. Our bay is large enough to swim and kayak, but small enough to keep out the big wind and waves. We love it. You will too.
Our cottage is right by the waterfront, but the back is about two acres of entirely wild mixed forest. Raspberries and blackberries grow wild at the entryway. There is an amazing dam/recreational area a five minute walk away. We have seen deer, foxes, bunnies, geese, trumpeter swans, turkeys, ducks, loons by the dozens, the rare blue skink, and mink (I think). Wildlife abounds.
We had such a wonderful time with our four adult children (ages 24 to 31) and out 10 month old grandchild. Jeff and Liz were wonderful hosts and this Canadian retreat is readily accessible to anywhere on the East Coast (took us about 6.5 hours from Pittsburgh). It was perfect for all of us, regardless of age. Out hosts left out a range of "toys" for all ages, from games and yard activities, to kayak, canoe, paddle board, paddle boat and a great dock and swimming platform. Fishing was good and we did a lot of biking on nice rails to trails paths within a 20 minute drive. Grilled out most nights but also had a great meal at the Explorer Restaurant in Midland and the kids enjoyed a visit to a local cranberry bog. For those who enjoy day trips, the Georgian Bay offers a whole host of activities (about an hour away) but if you enjoy chilling and just relaxing with friends or family, you never need to leave the property. Whether coffee on the deck with hummingbirds, a day of swimming and recreating in the lake right from the property's dock, eating inside or out with a well equipped kitchen, enjoying a book in the great room, or watching the incredible stars at night (no ambient light), you could not ask for a better place. Layout of the house is great. The weather was really hot so the fans helped. We would definitely return.
Our family and some friends rented the cottage in early September 2014. Jeff and Liz were there on arrival to greet and show us around. They helped us unpack the car, left all instructions and emergency information.
The cottage was exactly as described; spacious, great entertaining & living room, lots of beds, well equipped kitchen and BBQ area, great dock for swimming and several water craft options for lake adventures. Our toddler really enjoyed the paddleboat rides chasing loons and catching pan fish off the dock. When the weather didn’t cooperate, we enjoyed our time inside playing with cottage toys, games and puzzles that they were kind enough to share.
And, on our first day, a deer came to the clearing in the bushes to watch my daughter and I explore the yard. That was a nice touch!
Thanks Liz and Jeff, we had a fantastic time and hope to rent it again someday.
Our extended family rented the cottage from Liz & Jeff last year, and we had an excellent week. The owners were extremely welcoming on the first day, and continued to check in on us throughout the week. The set-up of 2 masters worked extremely well for a 3 generational gathering - everyone had their own space, but were still able to come together in the large living room, and the space outside. The cottage was equipped with everything you could ask for - both inside and out. It is a large property with great light - and lots of spots for both sun and shade.
We had a great week - thanks Liz and Jeff for sharing your cottage with us!
Six Mile Lake is a land-locked lake with it's own sandy beached Provincial Park and zillions of nooks and crannies. A visitor could spend all their time winding down at the dock, visit the beach with the kids, or go exploring around the lake. There is a smaller bay to the left of us that is a nursery for fish and frogs...a daily exploring activity for the kids. Our non-motorized boats are included, so you can use the paddleboat, kayak and canoe to your heart's content. Power boat rentals are available at the local marina. Although you are not likely to leave once you get here, we are easy travelling distance for day trips to Midland or Parry Sound. Both towns offer full size cinema theatres and many fine restaurants as well as ferries for Island Cruises on Georgian Bay.
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My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
Smoking is not permitted. Any persons on the property are the sole responsibility of the guest. Guests assume all risks arising from their use of the premises. Cottage is on septic, do not flush anything other than toilet paper, do not flush feminine products. Indoor woodstove is for winter use only. Pets are not permitted.
$500 non-refundable deposit required within two weeks of booking. Remainder is due one month prior to expected date of arrival or property will be re-listed and no refund made. Agreement to rent is contingent upon homeowner receiving acceptable references.