Adult Lifestyle Comfortable Rustic Cabins Overlooking World Biosphere Reserve
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- Minimum stay:30 nights
- Property type:Cabin
- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Hilltop Lodge Cottages & Marina is located just outside of picturesque St. Williams, Ontario, Canada which is conveniently located near Port Dover, Turkey Point and Port Rowan. NOTE: THE CABINS ARE 1920'S ERA AND ALL INCLUDE STAIR ACCESS POINTS; THERE ARE NO RAMPS AS OF THIS WRITING. IF YOU REQUIRE SPECIAL ACCOMMODATION(s), PLEASE CONTACT THE OFFICE TO INQUIRE. WE HAVE OPTED TO BECOME AN ADULT LIFESTYLE RENTAL OPERATION ONLY, EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY. 90+% of our rentals are accommodating mature adults over 30 YOA already. We look forward to the continued patronage of our loyal customers, as we continue to serve this demographic area and with renewed attention to your special needs and desire for a quiet refuge.
These and other small villages off the beaten path are where you'll find quaint little shops with rare treasures, farm market stands of fresh local fruit and veggies, not to mention innumerable scenic viewpoints such as the iconic Long Point Lighthouse.
For easy access to shopping, dining, winery tours, eco adventures, and even star-gazing using our 4' reflector telescope you can't beat Hilltop Lodge. On certain nights, you can even see the Milky Way with the naked eye due to the pristine, clear skies above Hilltop Lodge. Use the 'star-chart' in your rustic cabin to find Polaris, The Big & Little Dippers, Orion, 7 Sisters and many other constellations.
Our lakefront property encompasses 5+ acres with four rustic cabins overlooking scenic Long Point Inner Bay. All cabins are fully equipped for self-catering with full-size frigs, microwave, filter-type coffeemaker, gas range and outdoor propane BBQs. All cooking and eating utensils, pots/pans, plates and other crockery are provided for your convenience. There are 3 grocery/convenience stores within 10-15 minutes drive. Complimentary coolers with freeze-packs are provided for your use on the property, on your boat or at the nearby beaches and picnic areas.
Sandy beaches are nearby at two popular Ontario Provincial Parks at Long Point and at Turkey Point or via boat access from our marina.
There are two restaurants with available boat access/dockage for diners arriving by small craft, one in Port Rowan and the other at Turkey Point Marina Basin. NOTE: These are definitely not 'gourmet' venues, but worth a try especially if you like people-watching over a beverage and a snack on their outside patios.
The protected waters of the bay and its marshes are perfect for the kayaker, canoer, windsurfer or the avid outdoors person. Bass and yellow perch fishing are two of the species fishers seek in both amateur and professional tournaments every year.
Birdwatchers also flock to the adjacent UNESCO-designated Long Point World Biosphere Reserve for the phenomenal birding opportunities. The fact that Bird Studies Canada is located only minutes away from Hilltop Lodge is proof-positive of the plethora of waterfowl and songbirds that migrate through this region.
Lush Carolinian woodlands are also native to the area with a number of Crown Forest trails available nearby. The Hilltop Lodge property boasts what is perhaps the largest Hackberry tree (a rare Carolinian species) known in Norfolk County, towering over 150 feet above the waters of Long Point's Inner Bay -- not to mention the massive maples, pine and spruce trees.
Relax and recharge your batteries at Hilltop Lodge. Cottage rentals are available on a monthly basis with on-site boat dockage, so bring your boat! Seasonal discounts are available. For those who truly fall in love with our little piece of heaven, we also offer longer-term lease options up to 5 years. Enjoy your holidays -- don't be a slave to your cottage! Let us take care of everything. You can be as physically active as you wish with plenty of area attractions for the outdoorsperson or avid shopper alike. Or simply choose to sit back, relax and enjoy.
Kind regards, The Management
OTHER USEFUL INFORMATION:
The cottage is NOT air conditioned and there is NO WiFi as of this writing. Call us if you require internet access arrangements. There are fans in each room.
What you will need to bring:
Groceries (local stores carry staples)
Thre are 8 twin beds, in 4 bedrooms, plus 2 sofas. The beds are fitted with mattress covers sheets/linens ARE provided. Extra wool blankets are available if needed free of charge. Coin laundry washer & dryer available in Port Rowan if needed.
Extra Paper products (such as paper towels, napkins)
Fishing poles / Tackle / Fishing License(s)
Beach shoes / Sandals (sand can be extremely HOT!)
Passport for US citizens
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Long-Term Renters Welcome
- Minimum Age Limit For Renters:
Not Suitable For Children:
To ensure the ongoing peace and tranquility throughout our 30+ Adult Lifestyle property, guests are asked to observe our 'Quiet Time All The Time' policy. Loud music or other disturbances are precisely what our guests want to escape from. Please be respectful of everyone's right to 'Quiet Time'....moreless
Pets Not Allowed:
We have a pet house cat on the premises. Unless you've made special arrangements with us, pets are not permitted, with the exception of service animals such as seeing-eye dogs. PLEASE let us know your situation IN ADVANCE; as we'll certainly do our absolute best to provide accommodations on a case basis....moreless
Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 8
- Two Twin size beds are provided in each bedroom along with a clothes dresser and chair. All bedding including linens, pillows and blankets are provided. If you find any out of date entries indicating otherwise, please disregard. Starter set of towels and paper products are also provided free of charge....moreless
Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bathroom
- To ensure the ongoing peace and tranquility throughout our 30+ Adult Lifestyle property, guests are asked to observe our 'Quiet Time All The Time' policy. Loud music or other disturbances are precisely what our guests want to escape from. Please be respectful of everyone's right to 'Quiet Time'....moreless
- DVD Player
- Away From It All
- Tourist Attractions
- Live Theater
- Winery Tours
Local Services & Businesses
- Fitness Center
- Bird Watching
- Eco Tourism
- Miniature Golf
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
- Wildlife Viewing
The GPS Co-ordinates indicated mark the St. Williams Lighthouse & our Marina entrance channel. The easiest way to find Hilltop Lodge is navigate to the town of Saint Williams, go South & watch signs....moreless
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Freshwater Fishing
- Jet Skiing
- Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
- Sound/Bay Fishing
- Water Skiing
- Dining Area
- Seating for 8 people
- Linens Provided:
- Coffee Maker
- Dishes & Utensils
- Pantry Items:
We encourage guests to bring their small craft boats up to 25 feet overall length. Please contact us with the draft and beam dimensions of your boat so that the proper dockage slip is reserved....moreless
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My Standard Rate
30 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
- Refundable Damage Deposit $142.88
- Tax Rate 15%
Management reserves the right to adjust rates and terms at any time and without prior notice. All information contained in advertisements is believed to be accurate at the time of publication. While all reasonable care is taken to ensure the accuracy of information, no liability is accepted by Hilltop Lodge, its subsidiaries, owners, heirs or agents beyond typographical correction of any error.
Manager's cancellation policy:
50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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St. Williams Conservation Reserve (SWCR) is only 5 minutes by car north of Hilltop Lodge. It is composed of 1034 hectares of Crown land. SWCR is one of the largest blocks of forest and other natural habitats in the Carolinian life zone of southern Ontario. It is recognized regionally, provincially, and nationally for its exceptional biological diversity and its globally imperiled oak savanna. The reserve includes two large but separate tracts of Crown land, the Nursery Tract, and the Turkey Point Tract located next to Turkey Point Provincial Park. The conservation reserve is on the Norfolk Sand Plain, deposited as a large delta in a glacial lake. Well formed sand dunes are prominent features on the Nursery Tract, but less frequent on the Turkey Point Tract. The dunes in SWCR are prone to wind erosion in the absence of vegetation cover and underlying root mat.
The total area covers 1034 hectares (2,554 acres). The ecological communities found in the Reserve include oak savanna, oak woodland, other tallgrass communities, sand barrens, forests, wetlands and streams supports one of the highest concentrations of species at risk in Ontario and Canada. The St. Williams Dwarf Oak Forest comprises a portion within the larger, publicly owned tracts of the St. Williams Crown Lands. The whole site has been the focus of intense conservation efforts in the past few years, and groups such as the Norfolk Field Naturalists have lobbied the provincial government to protect this extraordinary ‘hot spot’ for species at risk. Among the many species at risk known to occur at the St. Williams Crown Lands are American Chestnut, Eastern Flowering Dogwood, Dwarf Chinquapin Oak, American Ginseng, Sptted Wintergreen, Bird’s-foot Violet and many other rare species. Make Hilltop Lodge your base for adventure and natural explorations. Whether on the water or in the woodlands, you'll discover the unique beauty which makes this place a world-recognized biosphere reserve. Relax at 'Hilltop Lodge'.
HELPFUL HINT: We have found that the various mapping sites on the web often contain mistakes. Therefore, if you are using any such maps double check it with satellite images such as Google Earth and your GPS or in-vehicle navigation system. The GPS Co-ordinates indicated mark the St. Williams Lighthouse & our Marina entrance channel. The easiest way to find Hilltop Lodge is navigate to the town of Saint Williams, go South & watch for the signs at the left (east) side of the road. From St. Williams, you'll be heading south on Townline Street till it goes down a steep hill with a slight turn to the left. Just as you're approaching this downhill slope put on your left turn signal and watch for the entrance sign to Hilltop Lodge as you're descending. If you get to the water you just went a little too far. Make a U-turn and go back a few hundred feet.
Year Purchased: 1969
About: Mom & Dad (Mary & the late Frank Bogensic Sr.) took over the cottage business from Ms. Maude Harkness with the purchase of the property in '69/70. Since then there have been many changes, including the addition of indoor plumbing to the rustic cottages and a modest marina at the lakeside. The outhouses are gone, yet the rustic atmosphere remains in other ways. The peace and quiet of the lakeside hasn't changed since Mr. Swan originally built the cottages in the 1920's. We welcome you to the 'Hilltop' and hope that you'll become another of our loyal clients. All the best, Frank Bogensic Jr.
Links to more information:
- CLICK HERE - UNESCO-designated Long Point World Biosphere ReserveUNESCO-designated Long Point World Biosphere Reserve
- CLICK HERE - Turkey Point - the ONLY provincial park with a golf course!!
- CLICK HERE - Long Point Provincial Park
- CLICK HERE - Canada's Carolinian Forest in Norfolk County: St. Williams Conservation Reserve (SWCR) is located in the former townships of South Walsingham and Charlotteville, 15 kilometers southwest of the Town of Simcoe. It is composed of 1033.95 hectares of forest.
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Great way to unwind after your day of exploring the adjacent Biosphere Reserve.
All the kitchen basics are provided: coffee, sugar, filters, coffeemaker, etc.
Enjoy our small library and reading nook or take a book with you to the beach :)
Hair dryers, curler, crimper, etc are provided for you
A second WC is located in the shower room
Pretty Mountain Ash beside the cabin
View from screened porch
Treehuggers are most welcome!! Enjoy our massive Sugar Maples on the property.
2 Piece Lav is separate from Shower area for convenience of guests sharing cabin
Bring your kayak or canoe and explore the famous UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve!
10 minute powerboat ride or 5min by car to local waterfront grille
This listing was first published here in 2014.
Date last modified - Friday, December 02, 2016
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