Ridgeview Retreat is located in the Kawarthas on Hwy 35, a short drive north-east of Toronto. It is on the north shore of Shadow Lake and has a sandy, private beach on a large, private lot surrounded by mature trees.
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"
Ridgeview Retreat is where 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. If you want to paddle farther, you can go to the south end of the lake, through the narrows into Silver Lake and then into the Gull River all the way to Coboconk. 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).
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.
-- 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 (standard cottage supply)
-- 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.