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Incredible sunrises and sunsets relaxing above the water of Bala Bay

Bedrooms 2
Space 600 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 5 nights


About the property

Huge wrap around deck 2 bedroom with loft with 4 piece bath sun all day

This Post and Beam two bedroom + loft is a favorite place to stay on the Point. Private with deep water swimming a perfect get away for two to five people. You can relax in the all day sun or lounge in the shadows to read your book. The sunrises are incredible and the evenings are beautiful with sunsets through the whole summer. Star gazing is unsurpassed as the north shore of the bay has few cottage lights to obscure the stars. This Boathouse is cozy but full of natural light. the lapping of the water is a sleep aid that no drug can compare to. A hideaway with fantastic convenience to everything in Muskoka. Easy to get to.

Steve Manchee
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, german
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 21, 2018

About Steve Manchee

This property has been in our family since the early 1900's I acquired my lot in 1985 and built the cottage on the other side of my property in 1986. The Boathouse was designed and started to build in summer of 89' completed for use in 1990.

Steve Manchee purchased this cottage in 1985

Why Steve Manchee chose Bala

I grew up here the Post and Beam boathouse overlooks the original cottage of my Great Grandfather. We are going onto the seventh generation of our family here on Bala Bay. My father and uncles sailed, swam, paddled and rowed these waters for over a century. This has been a vacation spot for people from all over the world with many returning over and over through the years. We have hosted many of the bands who have played at the 'Kee To Bala' across the bay for the last 15 years. Many of them preferring the privacy of the Boathouse while they rest up for their nights of entertaining the vacationers of Muskoka. My father helped move the piano into 'Dunn's Pavilion' for the first show in 1942'

What makes this cottage unique

The Loons call, the trains whistle and the star gazing from the deck is unsurpassed. Cast a line off the deck or swim off the dock it is a wonderful place to stay. I can't guarantee the weather, but everything else will be a great time to spend in Muskoka.

It is close to many world class Golf courses. there in the classic boat museum in Gravenhurst. The opera house in Gravenhurst and the shopping in Bala and Port Carling.


Bala Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 600 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed ...
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , great showers excellent pressure
  • one 4 piece bathroom with great water pressure.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , East Bedroom queen bed seperate deck entrance morning sun
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , West bedroom Queen size Bed and seperate deck entrance
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , oft has a double bed and great view to boot
  • 2 bedrooms with queen size beds plus a loft with a double bed and a fantastic view out onto the lake
  • DVD Player ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


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Incredible sunrises and sunsets relaxing above the water of Bala Bay
average rating of 5.0 based on 5 reviews

Perfect Location!

  • 5 of 5

Spent a week up during end of August and it was an absolute pleasure. Very relaxing and private area close to Bala and Gravenhurst. Definitely will re-book in 2019.

  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Paul, happy to contribute to a decompress for you. You were a great guest and left the place in good nick. Look forward to having you back next summer hopefully the weather will be better then. best regards Steve
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Petaluma, Ca

My family and I really enjoyed our stay at this wonderful haven on the lake.

  • 5 of 5

If you are looking for a peaceful, clean and cozy place to stay on Lake Muskoka, this place is a find. We stayed for a week and enjoyed the sunrises and sunsets on the deck and slept to the gentle sounds of the lake outside our windows. The cottage was clean and private with amazing views of the lake. The host was more than helpful with any of our needs allowing us to use his kayaks and paddle board on the lake and we would definitely come back and stay again!

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Toronto, Ontario

A perfect week

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I rented Steve’s boathouse for a week in August. It is every bit as serene as it appears in the VRBO posting. The deck offers a breathtaking view of Lake Muskoka, and features the sunrise and sunset perfectly. It is also ideal for stargazing, train watching, and sunbathing. We could hardly pry ourselves off the deck to run into Bala for supplies. The Boathouse is quiet and private, but only a short drive into Bala and Port Carling. It was the best week of my year to date. The unit is well maintained and had every amenity we needed. The owner, Steve Manchee, was a dream to deal with. He went above and beyond to ensure we enjoyed our stay. We had the most wonderful time, and cannot wait to go back next year.

  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2015
  • Stayed: August 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Sittin' on the dock of the (Bala) bay! Quiet & Escape from reality!

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I both work in highly demanding stressful careers and we enjoy our time AWAY from everything. Steve's Boathouse sure delivered that! You have a wide open view of Bala Bay and are across the lake from the train bridge which provided many glimpses at the MacTier northern route with trains throughout the day and night. The inside is maintained immaculate and the outdoors has a weathered feel like many traditional Muskoka type cottages. I always enjoyed sailing the lakes on the Segwun as a child and wanted to one day be relaxing on one of those cool boathouse properties, this was my realization come true. The price is steep, but you do get what you pay for. The amenities of home including well maintained inside and comfortable beds, and a million dollar view. We relaxed on the lower deck fishing & swimming, but spent the majority of our time on the upper deck just taking it all in. We experienced a loon, cormorants, odd seagull, heron flying by daily, and curious red squirrels running about. We were grateful to be on the water with a slight breeze that kept the mosquitoes at bay, as they are bad this year especially in the woods and likely most cottage settings. Steve was great to deal with and it was a hassle free rental for both of us. We hope to bring my elderly parents back again next year, and enjoy more time if we can!

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Toronto, Ontario, Canada


  • 5 of 5

Beautiful Boathouse; compact & efficient kitchen, lots of room, comfortable beds, well maintained, views of sunrise and sunset, private, great breeze off the lake, huge deck, great swimming off the lower dock with a ladder, 2 story windows to the lake with spectacular view…our favourite place! 2 private bedrooms with queen size beds & an upper loft with a double bed. We visit here at least once a year, highly recommended for spring, summer and fall! Small & quaint village of Bala nearby, for shopping, banking, ice cream, dinners & amazing concerts at the Key to Bala, but that's only if you can tear yourself away from the boathouse!

  • Submitted: Apr 21, 2015
  • Stayed: September 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
25 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
7 Kilometres
Bala Bay Inn
Nearest Golf
10 Kilometres
Too Many to list
Nearest Train
25 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
2 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
7 Kilometres
Moon River Lookout
Car: necessary

There are many things to do if you are not just chilling on the deck. The steam boat rides in Gravenhurst or visiting the golf courses in the area. Many many things too many to list. Water ski show every Tuesday evening in Bala. Visit the Cranberry Marsh. Shopping in Port Carling a short drive from the cottage. The water ski school also a short drive . The Kee to Bala on Sat. nights, great bands and dancing.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $387.45

50% with booking balance upon arrival

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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