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Ridgeview Retreat - Your Private Getaway on Shadow Lake

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Last updated: 05/23/2017
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  • Minimum stay:7 nights
  • Sleeps:6
  • Bedrooms:3
  • Bathrooms:1
  • Property type:Cottage
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

Cottage with 3 Queen beds; fantastic view of Shadow Lake, walk-in entry to lake.

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).

Cottage Details
-- 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

Property Details
-- 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"


Member since: 2015

Speaks: english
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 05/23/2017

Property Type

  • Cottage
  • 1200 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 6
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    Renters must be over 25....moreless

  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered:

    Your dog is welcome if s/he is not aggressive and your follow the house rules....moreless

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6

  • Riverside: 1 queen


  • Lakeside: 1 queen


  • Loft: 1 queen

    Loft is accessible by stairs from the living room....moreless

  • Lakeside room has a Queen-sized brass bed and windows on the south and west side of the cottage. Riverside has a Queen-sized solid cherry bed and windows on the north and west side of the cottage. The walls and ceilings of the Riverside and Lakeside bedrooms are insulated to reduce noise between rooms....moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom


  • Stereo
  • Television:

    Flat screen TV, no cable or antenna. Used for watching videos only....moreless

  • Toys:

    Playing Cards, board games, jigsaw puzzles....moreless


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Library
  • Museums
  • Playground

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries

Leisure Activities

  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Miniature Golf
  • Scenic Drives
  • Walking

Location Type

  • Beachfront:

    Private sandy beach with trees, facing south....moreless

  • Lake View
  • Village:

    The village of Norland is a short scenic walk away. ...moreless

  • Waterfront

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Sailing
  • Swimming


  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    There is a single AC unit installed in the living room....moreless

  • Clothes Dryer:

    Available in Coboconk....moreless

  • Fireplace
  • Heating:

    Electric baseboard heat in all rooms....moreless

  • Internet:

    High speed (unlimited)...moreless

  • Linens Provided:

    Sheets, pillows, and duvet supplied for each guest room....moreless

  • Living Room
  • Parking:

    Parking for one vehicle at the cottage and another at the road....moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    Additional fee...moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    Laundry facilities available in Coboconk....moreless


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items:

    Dish soap, dish clothes and dish towels Napkins, paper towels, garbage bags, etc. Sugar, salt and pepper. ...moreless

  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Boat:

    Sailboat may be available on request and proof of competency. Boat launch is on river. Dock at cottage. ...moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    Large 10' x 20' deck overlooking the lake....moreless

  • Golf:

    Golf is available at many nearby locations....moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    Canoe may be available on request....moreless

  • Lanai / Gazebo:

    Screened gazebo with dining table...moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    Grass area in front of cottage. Large flower gardens blooming throughout the summer. ...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Gas barbecue. Propane is provided....moreless



Write a review 4.7
from 6 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Jun 30 - Sep 10, 2017
7 night min stay


Changeover Day: Saturday

My Standard Rate
7 night min stay


Additional information about rental rates


  • Refundable Damage Deposit $365.90
  • Taxes Not included

Owner's cancellation policy:

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.

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170 Kilometres
Nearest Airport
YYZ (Toronto International)

Car: Necessary

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.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2013

About the owner: 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.

Why the Owner Chose Norland, Kawartha Lakes, ON, Canada:
We bought Ridgeview Retreat in late 2013 when the previous retired owners were unable to remain there year-round. It is adjacent to two cottages owned by our family since the 1960s. We spent the fall of 2013 and most of 2014 renovating it and adding a large deck to make the most of the magnificent view. It is one of the original 1920s cottages on the lake and retains many of the original features inside (original floors and outside walls now inside the porch). The exterior windows have all been replaced with thermopane sliders and each room has electric baseboard heat. Since it is fully insulated it is warm on cool days and cool on warm days. It has a large, modern kitchen and renovated bathroom with a reasonable sized shower. Ridgeview Retreat is our favorite of our three cottages!

The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
The best part of this cottage is that it truly is a retreat from the daily grind. The view from the front porch and the deck is wonderful. 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.

Contact us

Speaks: english
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 05/23/2017

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  • New deck, gazebo, and dining set overlook the lake from the 12'x24' deck.

    New deck, gazebo, and dining set overlook the lake from the 12'x24' deck.

  • Beach, facing south-west. Dock is for use of guests.

    Beach, facing south-west. Dock is for use of guests.

  • Kitchen from entrance from driveway.

    Kitchen from entrance from driveway.

  • Dining room.

    Dining room.

  • Front porch, looking east.

    Front porch, looking east.

  • New loveseat for the reading end of the veranda.

    New loveseat for the reading end of the veranda.

  • TV with HDMI cable, XBOX, DVD player, stereo

    TV with HDMI cable, XBOX, DVD player, stereo

  • View of living room from loft.

    View of living room from loft.

  • Lakeside bedroom.

    Lakeside bedroom.

  • From tulips in the spring to lilies in the fall, this perennial garden delights.

    From tulips in the spring to lilies in the fall, this perennial garden delights.

  • New deck built Oct 2014. One tree by the deck fell in Nov 2015.

    New deck built Oct 2014. One tree by the deck fell in Nov 2015.

  • At the beach, looking east. New dock will be installed in spring 2015.

    At the beach, looking east. New dock will be installed in spring 2015.

  • Dining room showing door to the side yard where the gas barbecue is.

    Dining room showing door to the side yard where the gas barbecue is.

  • Front porch, looking west. Orange chair has been replaced by new loveseat.

    Front porch, looking west. Orange chair has been replaced by new loveseat.

  • Living room.

    Living room.

  • Living room showing stairs to loft.

    Living room showing stairs to loft.

  • Loft bedroom. Window faces west and has view of trees.

    Loft bedroom. Window faces west and has view of trees.

  • Riverside bedroom.

    Riverside bedroom.

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This listing was first published here in 2015.

Date last modified - Tuesday, May 23, 2017

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