|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
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We've held our 2017 rates to the same as 2016. We only book by the week and the rate is $1500 Canadian, with a damage deposit of $500 Canadian. Our changeover day is Saturday (in at 4pm, out by noon a week or two later).
Please note that we are limited to 6 people staying at Ridgeview overnight and a limit of 8 people during the day. We count everyone with a heartbeat. That includes babies, even if they bring their own crib. It includes grandparents, even if they have a pacemaker, and it includes all engineers and lawyers, despite what people may think.
Ridgeview Retreat is located on the north shore of Shadow Lake on a large, private lot surrounded by trees.
This cottage is ideal if you are looking for somewhere that you can enjoy the quiet outdoors, swim in clear water, sit and read in the sunshine, play board games with your family or friends. You’ll love it if you just want to laze about or if you like going for a leisurely paddle around the bay or up the river. It’s perfect if you want to fish or if you just like the idea of being in a boat and throwing a line out to pretend to fish.
The local Foodland is pretty well-supplied during cottage season so you can grab a decent steak for the bbq if you feel like it. Eating out is somewhat limited but the Pattie House in Coboconk does a pretty good job with fish and chips. Going to the Kawartha Dairy in Minden at least once is required (unless you don’t like amazing ice cream) and you really should take in a movie and see the museum at the Highland Cinemas in Kinmount (see links for this).
Your dog is welcome to accompany you as look as s/he is not aggressive towards other dogs or children and you follow house rules (keep them under control, clean up after them, no dogs on the furniture, no wet dogs in the house). Our dog, Whiskey, is a golden retriever/yellow lab cross and she loves to meet new friends. Of course, you should make sure your dog has all the current immunizations and you might want to consider flea and tick control since they may encounter wild animals (squirrels, chipmunks, and raccoons).
-- 2 ground-floor bright bedrooms with queen-size beds, ceiling fans, and windows on two sides.
-- loft overlooking living room with a queen-size bed, single window, and floor fan.
-- large living room with TV, ceiling fan and a/c wall unit but it isn't really needed
-- wrap-around porch provides spots for quiet reading, playing board games, or doing jig-saw puzzles
-- lots of screened windows provide flow-through breezes, supplemented on still days with ceiling fans in each area.
-- bright bathroom with modern, walk-in shower (no tub)
-- large modern kitchen with stove, refrigerator, and dishwasher
-- large gas barbecue (propane provided)
-- electric baseboard heaters with individual thermostats for each room
-- wood floors throughout
-- potable hot and cold water; you can drink it from the tap (no need to boil or use bottled water)
-- bed linens and towels provided; bring your own beach towels
-- Secluded deep lake on the Gull River system
-- Lot is south-facing and very sunny but private with mature trees
-- Clear view of night sky for star-gazing
-- Sand beach with weed-free walk-in; no diving
-- Boathouse and dock (boat launch on river)
-- Canoe, and metal rowboat available - you must provide PFDs and proof of proficiency
-- Excellent fishing on sandbar about 50' off shore - Bring your own equipment and licenses
The cottage is on a ridge so there is a steep, paved driveway up to the back of the cottage and from the edge of the front yard there are two sets of stairs (20 and 40 steps) down to the lake. There is a large 12' x 24' deck at the edge of the front property where the hill drops off that has a screened gazebo with a dining table and six chairs.
This cottage is ideal for the following types of guests:
-- singles or couples looking for a quiet getaway
-- couples who have kids aged 6 and older; there are lots people in our area of the lake who have kids from 6-14. They can explore their independence and running up and down the stairs to the beach will help them sleep well at night.
This cottage is not suitable for:
-- people who want to go to the beach but have trouble with stairs
-- people looking for "night-life"
Neil and I are mostly retired from paid employment but we have both been very involved with various volunteer activities. As you see from our photo, we have a 1947 amphibious airplane that we use to get to the cottage from our home near Elmira, Ontario.
Janet purchased this cottage in 2013
This cottage is located beside one of the cottages owned by our family since the 1960s. It is one of the original 1920s cottages on the lake and was updated and winterized by the previous owners who lived there year-round after they retired.
We enjoy the quiet peacefulness of the lake and we decided to buy the property when it became available so we would know our neighbors.
We spent 2013 upgrading the cottage to include doors on the bedrooms and sound insulation in the walls between rooms to provide more privacy. We also upgraded the beds to queens and replaced the living room furniture. The work took longer than expected so 2014 will be the first year that we are accepting bookings.
The best part of this cottage is that it truly is a retreat from the daily grind. The view from the front porch is magnificent. Since it is on a ridge, there is almost always a breeze. The gardens provide an array of flowers from spring through fall when the trees take over with a magnificent display of colour.
We had excellent time. Property was clean and good. Hopefully we would come again.
My wife and I rented the cottage for 2 weeks and were joined by friends and family throughout. Ridgeview Retreat is a great property with everything you need to enjoy your vacation. The interior of the cottage is functional and pretty, and in fact, the pictures don't do it justice. In terms of outdoor space, the gazebo is perfect - we ate almost all of our meals with a clear view of the lake. The walk down to the beach and dock is an effort (well, a greater effort to walk back up!), but even with little ones we had no real issues. The beach is perfect for kids and the lack of stones or many weeds is a bonus.
Janet, Neil and Whiskey were very friendly and helped when we needed them. You can tell that they are proud of the property and don't treat it like a rental. We will hopefully be back next summer!
I decided to book Ridgeview Retreat for some quiet time and to enjoy the great outdoors. Ridgeview is beautiful, the views are spectacular and the cottage is like a home away from home. The lake was fantastic, my dog and I enjoyed it thoroughly. At night we enjoyed the peace and quiet and the stars. It was comfortable and had everything I needed to work and play. The owners are amazing and made it that much easier to ease right in. I cannot wait to return!
We spent a week at Ridgeview with our two kids and had a great time. The cottage has all you can ask for, complete with even an A/C unit and a dishwasher (even though we didn't need either as the cottage stayed cool even through a heat wave and handwashing dishes was just fine). The cottage is in a very nice area surrounded by cottages, with lots of watersport activities on the lake (it was quite busy on the weekend in fact), and it has a nice sandy beach with very friendly neighbours. The owners have strict although understandable expectations spelled out in a detailed contract and instruction sheets, but don't let that deter you unless you are the type to break things or leave a mess behind... The place is worth it and well maintained as a result. We look forward to our next visit already.
This cottage is so cozy and exactly what our family was looking for. It's very clean and has everything you need (we even used their slow cooker one night!). The stairs are serious and the driveway is insanely steep, you definitely need to exercise caution on both but, they are completely manageable. We had a 2 and 5 year old with us and it was fine, we went slowly and it actually meant we didn't need to worry about the kids being down at the water without us. The beach was nice, sandy, shallow and great for the kids and there was really good fishing right off the dock. Even better fishing if you can get out on the lake.
Shadow Lake is beautiful, we loved it.
This Lakeside Cottage is everything we hoped for and more. Impeccably clean, bright well equipped kitchen, super comfortable queen size beds, spotless bathroom with walk in shower, outside Gazebo, and all with a beautiful view overlooking Shadow Lake. We canoed, fished, swam, and relaxed. I can't tell you how many times I was asked, " How did you find this place?" I just smiled-I did not admit that I was just very lucky! We loved sitting on the dock in the early morning, coffee in hand, the silence only broken by the chirping of birds and the scurrying of chip monks. The only problem I could find with Ridgeview Retreat at the end of our stay was that it was so difficult to leave!
Norland is sits on the cross-roads to several larger tourist areas: Coboconk (Coby), Kirkfield, Fenelon Falls, Minden, Kinmount. Norland has a small grocery store and a public library within walking distance of Ridgeview Retreat as well as a gas station and convenience store which usually has home-baked treats. There's a small park near the crossroads, overlooking the dam on the Gull River just above the boat launch for Shadow Lake.
Coboconk (5 min south of Norland): Come here for groceries, wine, and beer or to eat at one of the two restaurants or visit Canada's smallest jail. Coboconk is the high point on the Trent-Severn Waterway and has a public launch to access Balsam Lake. From this point, one can circumnavigate the world, by seaworthy vessel, without ever having to travel on land.
Kirkfield (10 min west of Coboconk): This is the second highest hydraulic lift lock in the world and is an amazing work of engineering. Check out the link for more information. This is also the historic site of the home where Sir William MacKenzie was born in 1849.
Fenelon Falls (15 min south of Coboconk): more locks and tourist boutiques and restaurants. It's a favorite place to look at all the large cruisers that are going through the Trent-Severn Waterway. There's also a Canadian Tire, Home Hardware, grocery store, beer store and LCBO but Coboconk is closer to Norland if that's what you're looking for.
Minden (20 min north of Norland) has more stores and restaurants as well as a small hospital for emergencies. While the other towns offer ice cream stands, this is the closest location of the famous Kawartha Dairy, where people line up, rain or shine, to get their ice cream fix. You'll find it easily on the main stretch if you look for the cow on the roof. Eat your ice cream there, drive into the heart of Minden to walk along the picturesque Gull River, or head to the scenic lookout high above the Kawartha Dairy.
Kinmount (20 min east of Norland) is home to the Highlands Cinema. Keith Strata has taken his love of movies and movie memorabilia and extended his home into the surrounding woods to create five theatres and a museum that are open to the public only during cottage season. Allow at least 30 minutes for touring the museum before your chosen first-run movie starts. Standard movie fare (popcorn, drinks, hot dogs, candy) is available. See the links for more information and the current movie listings.
Queen Elizabeth II Wildlands Provincial Park one of the most diverse and least disturbed natural areas found in Central Ontario. See the links for more information about this amazing area.
Norland: The Links at Monck's Landing is only 5 minutes away, just north of Norland.
Minden: Beaverbrook is right in the heart of Minden and Blairhampton, set in the woods, is about 10 minutes north of Minden.
Fenelon Falls: Byrnell Golf Club is located on the road on the way into Fenelon Falls from Norland.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
Jun 30 2017 - Sep 10 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$379|