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Adult Lifestyle Comfortable Rustic Cabins overlooking World Biosphere Reserve

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 30 nights

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Half Baths
Minimum Stay
30 nights

About the property

4BR, 1.5 Bath, 8 Twinbeds, Hilltop Views over Lake Erie's Scenic Long Point Bay

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


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.

Mosquito repellant


Beach towels

Extra Paper products (such as paper towels, napkins)

Flashlight (Torch)

Fishing poles / Tackle / Fishing License(s)

Beach shoes / Sandals (sand can be extremely HOT!)

Passport for US citizens

More Details

Property Manager
Frank Bogensic, Jr.
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, german
Calendar last updated:
February 4, 2016

About Frank Bogensic, Jr.

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.

Frank Bogensic, Jr. purchased this cabin in 1969


4.8/5 -
(4 traveler reviews)

Adult Lifestyle Comfortable Rustic Cabins overlooking World Biosphere Reserve
average rating of 4.75 based on 4 reviews
Munich, Germany

Gemütliche Ferienwohnungen direkt am Lake Erie!!

  • 5 of 5

Die Ferienwohnungen liegen direkt am Lake Erie und haben einen wunderschönen Blick über den See. Die Umgebung ist sehr idyllisch und ruhig und eignet sich daher optimal zum Entspannen. Die Unterkunft war sehr sauber und gut ausgestattet. In der näheren Umgebung gibt es einige Freizeitangebote, wie z.B. Zip-lining. Toronto und die Niagara Fälle sind jeweils in ca. zwei Stunden Autofahrt zu erreichen. Die Besitzerin wohnt direkt nebenan, ist immer hilfsbereit und sehr freundlich. Ich kann es daher sehr empfehlen, hier ein paar Tage oder auch Wochen zu verbringen.

  • Submitted: Apr 24, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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One Prowler Boat

  • 5 of 5

I cant say enough great things about this Marina. The view is fantastic and just looking is enough, but to be out on the Bay and experience the thrill of this great place is just awesome. My family never stops asking when were going back to Hiltop Marina in St Williams to enjoy more great hospitality and beautiful scenery. Thank you for having us and were hoping to be back again this year and many more to come. Two Buoys and a Lab

  • Submitted: Mar 31, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Brantford, ON

Quiet little gem overlooking Lake Erie Inner Bay

  • 5 of 5

Hilltop Cabins at the base of the small village of St. Williams are a wonderful place to enjoy a quiet, relaxing holiday or longer stay. There are a few cabins available from small to quite large, very well kept and clean. The proprietors are very friendly and accomodating, and live on site to offer help in any way possible. The view from the cabins, high up on the hill is incredible, overlooking the small marina of 50-60 boat slips below. Although we are not fisher-people per se, I understand the perch fishing in the inner bay is as good as you'll find anywhere. You are centrally located between Port Dover, Turkey Point, Port Rowan and Long Point, and a short drive along Front St. was most enjoyable and scenic. A most enjoyable stay and very reasonably priced IMO.

  • Submitted: Mar 30, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Our family deeply appreciates the loyal support of all our customers. Whether it be your first summer season at the 'Hilltop' or the 45th, we strive to make your stay enjoyable and memorable. Your referrals are the majority of our repeat customers and we're very fortunate to have friends like you sharing your experiences with others. Thank you! Sincerely, The Bogensic Family
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Sodwana, KZN

Rustic Retreat

  • 4 of 5

Nothin fancy...clean cabins, great views of the lake...plenty of interesting things to do in area; next time will bring fishin skiff & explore these waters. No extra charge for dockage...will stay again

  • Submitted: Mar 28, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Yes, small craft dockage is always available for a modest extra charge. If you're staying all summer, then seasonal dockage rates do apply. Please call us in advance with the beam, length and draft dimensions to ensure we reserve the best slip for your boat. Thank you very much for sharing your impressions and for the positive comments.
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Nearest Barpub
4 Miles
The Boathouse, Port Rowan Harbour
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
The Boathouse, Port Rowan Harbour
Car: necessary

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.


Rates & Availability

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Refundable damage deposit $143
Tax Rate 15.0%

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

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  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Port Rowan Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom - toilet , shower , Antique, enameled, cast iron sink
    Lavatory - toilet , Antique, enameled, cast iron sink
  • Starter set of towels and paper products are provided free of charge. If you find any out of date entries indicating otherwise, please disregard and contact the management with any questions.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 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.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Boat ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • smoking allowed ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • arboretum
  • churches
  • festivals
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowmobiling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
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'.

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