About the property
- Cottage2165 sq. ft.
- Half Baths1
- Minimum Stay3 - 7 nights
5 Bedrooms and 2 kitchens In 2 fully equipped cottages. Great for larger groups
(Fellow Canadians please NOTE: VRBO prices are in US dollars. The $Canadian summer rate is $3495 per week.) 30 minutes from Algonquin Park! Come and stay at the landmark historic 'Bemaba Lodge' cottages, with 25 acres of forested and grassy playground all to yourself, including over 400 ft. of frontage on Kawagama Lake, the largest Lake in Haliburton County. Swim, boat, fish for abundant Bass and Lake Trout right off the dock, or for even more privacy, we have a separate 6-acre private STOCKED lake with a small sandy beach for the kids. (The kids love it, because it is brimming with minnows, is stocked with Rainbow Trout and has a paddle boat, and you can even spot painted turtles if you look for them.) All of this, surrounded by the Boreal Forest that the Muskokas and Haliburton are famous for, and a short car ride from the famous Algonquin Park.
Bemaba Lodge cottages have it all, with a drilled well and UV/Filter system delivering safe drinking water, a full septic system, and 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms in the main cottage PLUS 2 more bedrooms and a second full kitchen and bath in the second cottage. As well, there is a big screened in porch on the front of the main cottage, and a lovely natural stone fireplace. We also have natural pine floors, and 2 spacious and modern kitchens filled with natural light. And, with the country ambiance of a lovely Cedar Log interior, you will feel like you have really arrived in the great outdoors. Play the piano to your friends, or sit around the fire pit in the evening with acres of room to roam. The lot is rock level, with a huge front lawn and steps down to the large dock, where you can moor your boat, swim, and watch the sunsets. Or if it rains, you can sit on the spacious covered screened-in porch on the main cottage and just enjoy the excellent view of the lake, protected from the bugs. It just doesn't get any better!
The second, fully equipped 2-bedroom cottage also has a fully equipped modern kitchen and 3-piece bath with shower, and a queen bed in each of the 2 bedrooms.
You can launch your boat for free nearby, and there are two Marinas on the lake as well as miles and miles of boating. The Marinas rent out fishing boats, ski boats, pontoon boats, and even jet skis. (We ourselves supply two canoes and a rowboat for you, as well as life jackets and a paddle boat for the small lake.)
Dr. James Check
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- May 16, 2018
About Dr. James Check
I am a University Professor who lives and works in Toronto, but my heart is in the great outdoors. I grew up in Calgary, fishing and camping in the streams of the Rocky Mountains, and when I came to Toronto to become a Professor I discovered the amazing lakes that we have here in Ontario. What a find!
Dr. James Check purchased this Cottage in 2011
Why Dr. James Check chose Algonquin Highlands
The original giant old Bemaba Lodge (formerly Willgold Lodge, owned by the Williams Gold Refining Company) was developed in the 1920's, back when people traveled to "cottage country" to stay the entire summer. During this time, numerous buildings were built on this site, several of which are still standing today (including a huge, 50-foot long boathouse). In 1938, the smaller, more cozy Bemaba 3-bedroom Cottage was built, followed by the 2 bedroom cottage in the 1950's. Both cottages are now fully modern and well equipped, with a classic and roomy "Muskoka Room" (screened in porch) in front of the larger cottage. Our guests have thoroughly enjoyed the excellent view, the lovely Cedar Log interior, and the long, swooping porch roof, which is why we have been fully booked up each summer. We even have a small, private 6-acre lake on the site ("Little Beaver Lake"), which has a small sandy beach on it for those who like a little "wilderness" feel. Four Springs ago, for the first time we stocked Little Beaver Lake with Rainbow Trout, which are now available for you to fish and eat, and which are now some 2 feet long!
What makes this Cottage unique
What appealed to us about Bemaba was the unique history of the property, the architecture, the 400 ft. of lakefront, and the huge 25-acre property, set back some 600 feet from Kawagama Lake Road. It is going to be a great retirement home for us!
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untidy and disheveled property
A major storm came through the area one day prior to our arrival, taking out the hydro, we were not notified about the storm until 2 hours before our arrival, leaving us with no power and no water -the pump for running water works off of hydro. The owner was there when we arrived loading a generator onto his trailer to take with him. He had jugs of bottled water for us to use, he gave us pails and showed us how we had to walk down the cliff to the lake for water to dump into the back reservoir of the toilet so that we were able to flush it. We explained to the owner that we would not be able to stay without a generator as we purchased all of our groceries for the week already and needed a fridge. He did offer to take our groceries to his house just 500 meters away that had a generator until the power was restored. Our wives opted to stay at a nearby hotel. Upon seeing our wives the following day at the hotel he offered to reimburse us for the hotel and pay for the following night as well because hydro was still not restored, he also reimbursed us 500.00 for the first night, which we did appreciate. The property was very unkempt, the grass was more than 1 ft. long, attracting many mosquitos, we asked him if he could arrange to cut the grass around the fire pit, he seemed annoyed and explained that the inclement weather conditions didn't allow for it to be done...but the neighbors grass was well groomed ? The two cabins that we rented on the property are separated by a third very old dilapidated cabin which was overrun with raccoons and other critters that is not shown on the website photos. The stairwell to walk down to the lake is overgrown with weeds....It could be a nice place to stay if the grounds were well kept and a generator was installed, especially for the price that is charged.
We are sorry that the renter was displeased, and we do apologize for any inconvenience. We would, however, like to address a number of misleading comments in the renter’s review.
First, the event that led up to the power outage was actually a tornado that wreaked havoc and blocked one of the main roads to the cottage. We immediately contacted the renters before they arrived and gave them an alternate route, and told them that the Hydro One ETA for restoring power was 6 P.M. that same night. (Check-in was 4 P.M.) To be safe, we also had a friend’s generator on-site, but Hydro one then changed their ETA to the following day so we had to return our friend’s generator but acquired another generator and had it on-site later that same night. (Power was restored by Hydro One the following evening.) We have now arranged for a generator panel to be permanently installed at Bemaba.
Please note that we do not have any cliffs at Bemaba - there are stairs down to the dock, which have been carefully trimmed.
As well, the grass was NOT a foot long, as we had just cut it three weeks earlier. Nonetheless, we immediately had someone cut the grass again on the entire property the next day, and gave the renters all insect repellent for themselves and their dog, as they did not bring any. For lighting, we gave them extra large flashlights and more candles.
We also booked multiple rooms at a local motel (just in case), and refunded the renters’ first night at Bemaba. In total, we spent some $900 trying to satisfy the renters, and at the end of the day they were only without power until 11:30 P.M the first night.
We also put their groceries in our own fridge at our own private cottage, but when they asked us to let their entire party of 10 plus strangers and a large dog take over our own personal 3-bedroom cottage, we declined as we would have no place to go ourselves.
Finally, the old original Bemaba Lodge building that we are restoring on the property, as well as the giant old Bemaba boathouse, are considered quite charming by our guests and both are considered historical landmarks on Kawagama Lake. The boathouse is even shown on Google Earth.
It is truly unfortunate that, after all of our efforts and some $900 that we spent trying to accommodate these renters, they were still not satisfied. We did the best that we could, and certainly no one would have predicted that we would all have to cope with the devastating effects of a tornado.
The cottage was lovely and spacioious, was fully equipped
with modern amenities and had a nice country feel. The 25 acres was
an amazing size. The small lake was very nice and stocked with
Rainbow Trout. he fishing on Bemaba Bay was amazing for lake trout and bass, my girlfriend and I went out fishing every day.
An amazing place to stay
A lovely cottage with a big kitchen and everything we needed for cooking. And it was so nice having clean, drinkable well water so that we did not have to bring our own. We also loved the huge porch where we could sit and enjoy the view and the firepit even when it rained. The place was nice and clean and the beds were lovely and comfortable. And there was a huge front and back lawn where the kids could play football or throw the frisbee. And the huge dock was to die for! We could wade in at the shore if we wanted, or dive in off the end of the floater where it was also plenty deep enough and long enough for our big 19' boat. The property itself was huge, and there was even a little "extra" lake where we saw minnows, little turtles, and even fish jumping! All in all, a great place to stay, and only 15 minutes from Dorset, where we could get groceries at Robinsons and beer at the liquor store (very convenient).
A Real Gem
My husband and I stayed at Bemaba in early September. The cottage was spotless and the property was beautiful. This place defines the word privacy!!! It also had an awesome sweeping view of the lake and a great dock. For chilly September evenings the fireplace came in handy. The covered porch was a great place to hang out when it rains.The kitchen was well equipped and there was a babeque to use. The owner was attentive when we requested a new light bulb. When the owner came over we started asking him about the property. What a wonderful story! This cottage would be great for large families as you can also rent the 2 bedroom cottage on the same property. Can't wait to return!
My husband and I stayed here with friends last autumn and thoroughly enjoyed it. The retro charm of the buildings (and its interesting history) is unique, as is the huge property. Quiet and private, yet sunny and open grounds. Even saw deer one morning on the lawn!
Great for walks and boating, and exploring. Dinners on the porch and fires in the evening in the stone fireplace were a great way to unwind.
We rented the cottage for a week last summer. When we arrived the cottage was exceptionally clean which we appreciated. Cottage is roomy and comfortable. Really enjoyed sitting on the porch and looking out to the lake. Lake is beautiful and really enjoyed swimming as well the dock is large and in good shape. Property is huge and loved taking long walks. Nice that the property is a short drive to Dorset where we could pick up anything we needed. Will definitely rent the cottage again.
Kawagama Lake is the largest Lake in Haliburton County Ontario, and it is just downstream of the pristine and well-protected Algonquin Provincial Park, so the waters are extra clean and go very deep in the middle (over 200 ft.) All surrounded by the Boreal Forest that the Muskokas and Haliburton are known for. Bemaba Lodge cottage has it all, with a drilled well delivering safe drinking water, a full septic system, and 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms in the main cottage, as well a a lovely stone fireplace, natural pine floors, and a spacious and modern kitchen filled with natural light. And with the country ambiance of a lovely Cedar Log interior, you will feel like you have really arrived in the great outdoors. Play the piano to your friends, or sit around the fire pit in the evening with acres of room to roam. The lot is rock level, with a huge front lawn and steps down to the dock, where you can moor your boat, swim and watch the sunsets, or if it rains you can sit on the spacious covered porch and just enjoy the excellent view of the lake. It just doesn't get any better! AND THAT'S NOT ALL! We also have a second fully equipped 2-bedroom cottage with its own fully equipped kitchen and bathroom. So if you have a large crowd (up to 10) or are expecting extra guests, this second cottage is just what you need. You can launch your boat for free at a public launch site near the cottage, and there are two Marinas on the lake as well as miles of boating. The marinas rent out fishing boats, ski boats, and even jet skis. (We supply a canoe and a rowboat for you as well as life jackets and there are 2 pedal boats at the small private lake.) The town of Dorset, Ontario is just 15 minutes away, with the famous Robinson's country store (carrying a full line of groceries and hardware), a liquor store, 4 restaurants, a motel, a service station with mechanic, and even a TimbrMart. As well, there are several golf courses within an hour's drive. For a great day trip or just an afternoon, the large and historic town of Huntsville is just 50 minutes away, and of course, there is the famous Algonquin Park, a huge and amazing wilderness area, only 30 minutes away!
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