Family Cottage Right on Lake Windermere

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Last updated: 10/13/2016
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  • Minimum stay:1-30 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

This family cottage is one of the few rental properties located right on Lake Windermere. It has more than 100 feet of prime lake frontage and is situated on a large treed lot. It is an ideal spot for relaxing with family and friends in a 1600 sq.ft. open-beam cottage with magnificent views across the lake to the Purcell Mountains. The window-lined living room is dominated by a beautiful floor to ceiling fireplace of local stone. The spacious, remodeled kitchen (finished in May) and dining area look out onto the back patio with a full-size barbecue. The cottage sleeps 6 in 3 bedrooms.
During the winter months, the cottage becomes your own ski chalet where you can gather around the fireplace, look out over the frozen lake or go skating or skiing minutes from your door. The 30 km Windermere Whiteway, the longest skating rink in the world, is located right in front of the cottage. The Toby Creek Nordic Ski Club maintains the Whiteway ( which doubles as a classic cross-country ski trail. For downhill enthusiasts, the cottage is half an hour away from Panorama ski resort ( with its six chair lifts and gondola accessing 3,000 patrolled acres of terrain.
There is a chair waiting you by the fire for Christmas, New Year's or winter breaks in this beautifully-situated family cottage.

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Property Type

  • Cottage
  • 1600 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    Families with children are welcome. Groups of adults must all be over 30 years old. ...moreless

  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9, Beds for 9

  • Bedroom 5: 1 double

    Living room has pull out double...moreless

  • Master Bedroom: 1 double

    Two dressers and a clothes closet--sleeps 2...moreless

  • Bedroom 4: 1 twin/ single

    Sun room has a single bed and a bureau...moreless

  • Bedroom 3: 1 bunk bed

    Bottom bunk sleeps 2 adults, top 2 kids. Bureau/closet...moreless

  • Bedroom 2: 1 bunk bed

    Bottom bunk sleeps 2 adults, top 2 kids. Bureau/closet...moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower

    Recently refurbished bathroom with vanity and long tub...moreless


  • Books:

    Small selection of adult and children's books...moreless

  • DVD Player
  • Stereo
  • Television:

    Flat screen television. ...moreless


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Churches
  • Festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Miniature Golf
  • Paddle Boating
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Beachfront:

    The cottage is adjacent to a privately maintained sandy community beach ideal for children. ...moreless

  • Downtown:

    Invermere, located 9 km from the cottage, is a bustling visitor-oriented community with very good restaurants/cafes, art/craft galleries, specialty food stores, supermarkets, and BC liquour store. ...moreless

  • Lake View:

    Enjoy a spectacular lake view from the living room across to Mount Nelson, the region's highest peak . Sunsets are enjoyed from the cottage deck while enjoying a meal, or from the lakeside patio....moreless

  • Lakefront:

    The cottage is situated on 106 feet of private lake front property with a four foot retaining wall; two sets of stairs leading down to the water with a partially floating dock for canoes/row boats. ...moreless

  • Mountain View:

    The Purcell Mountain range lines the far shore of Lake Windermere and the Rocky Mountains stretch from north to south as you drive from the cottage to golf courses or to hike in nearby Kootenay Park. ...moreless

  • Village:

    Windermere Village, 3 kms south of the cottage is famous for St. Peter's Church ("the Stolen Church"). An excellent fruit and vegetable store is on the highway at the entrance to the village. ...moreless

  • Waterfront:

    The lake is ideal for swimming, boating/canoeing, water skiing/tubing and some fishing. The cottage has its own anchored buoy for mooring boats. A community swimming dock is off-shore. ...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Golf Privileges Optional
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Hunting Big Game
  • Hunting Small Game
  • Ice Skating
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Paragliding
  • Parasailing
  • Rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Sailing
  • Ski Lift Privileges
  • Ski Privileges Optional
  • Skiing
  • Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing
  • Water Tubing
  • Whitewater Rafting
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining:

    Windowed dining area facing back garden with large Weber barbeque on patio...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 8 people


  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace:

    Living room features local stone fireplace. ...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    If required, forced air heating available...moreless

  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room:

    Living room looks out to the lawn and lake...moreless

  • Parking:

    Ample parking at the back of the cottage...moreless

  • Telephone:

    for local calls only...moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine


  • Coffee Maker:

    Filter coffee maker, porcelain tea pot, and electric kettle. ...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Dinner/breakfast/lunch plates, serving dishes and cutlery for 10 people. Casual and formal glassware as well as attractive plastic wine and drinks glasses for outdoor use. ...moreless

  • Kitchen:

    Spacious bright kitchen which is ideal to bring friends and family together after a meal ( there is no dishwasher). ...moreless

  • Microwave:

    High Powered Microwave...moreless

  • Oven:

    Large oven perfectl for turkey, ham and roast beef dinners. ...moreless

  • Pantry Items:

    Frying and roasting pans, glass-topped pots and casseroles, wooden salad bowls and salad spinner...moreless


  • Boat:

    The cottage has its own boat buoy and boats can be launched nearby. Ask for details if you bring your own motor boat. ...moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    Front deck faces the lawn and the lake and extends to a dining area with table, benches and retractable umbrella. Patio by the lake ideal for gatherings of family and friends. ...moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    Renters can bring their own kayaks or canoes; the cottage has its own partially floating dock for launching and storage. ...moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    The cottage is surrounded by lawns on three sides. The back garden is complemented by window box on front and rear windows. ...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Large Weber barbecue on back patio near the kitchen. ...moreless



Write a review 4.2
from 4 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Sep 5 - Oct 31, 2016
4 night min stay

Nov 1 - Mar 31, 2017
30 night min stay

Spring 2017
Apr 1 - Jun 23, 2017
4 night min stay

Summer 2017
Jun 24 - Sep 1, 2017
7 night min stay

Fall 2017
Sep 2 - Oct 31, 2017
4 night min stay

* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • One time cleaning fee $112.58
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $375.25


Check in time is 4pm on the first day of the rental period (unless varied by agreement).

Check out time is 11 am on last day of the rental period (unless varied by agreement)

Reservation deposit: a 50% deposit is due at the time of booking. Balance due and payable 30 days prior to arrival. $500 damage deposits due 30 days prior to your arrival and will be refunded within one week of stay if no claims made. Payments for Canadian renters by Interac bank transfer. Further details provided when reservation confirmed by owners for these and non-Canadian transfers.

Owner's cancellation policy:

50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.

100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.

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Last updated: 10/13/2016
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296 Kilometres
Nearest Airport
Calgary International Airport
4.4 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
Copper Point Highway 93/95
2 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
Highway 93/95
5 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
Black Forest Highway 93/95
6 Metres
Nearest Beach

Car: Necessary


Owner info

Year Purchased: 1963

About the owner: We grew up in Calgary and love Windermere and the mountains. We have spent a number of years in the Canadian foreign service living in Africa, Europe and the United States but have never missed a summer at Windermere. We have travelled a great deal but have yet to find a place with the spectacular beauty, clean air and fresh water of the Canadian Rockies and Columbia River Valley.

Why the Owner Chose East Kootenay F, BC, Canada:
For more than 50 years this cottage has been a place for family gatherings where parents, their children and now grandchildren can gather. It is a place for all ages offering an all seasons retreat with skating and cross country skiing right outside your door on the Lake in winter; a place in summer for games on the lawn, spending time with your children on the near-by sandy beach, swimming or boating and for quiet relaxation or golf in the spring and fall. Having a family dinner on the deck under the maple tree when the weather is warm or in the cottage's spacious dining area is always a favorite activity . The comfortable living room with it's beautiful fireplace is always an attraction next to the newly renovated kitchen with all its amenities.

The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
A lakeside cottage with views across Windermere to the Purcells is a special vacation spot. We relax, reconnect, and welcome family and friends over casual meals. We love: the nearby hot springs at Radium and Fairmont ; sunning ourselves on the various decks; the hikes in the Bugaboos or Kootenay Park; the wood-oven bread sold at the Farmer's Market; the tea room and exhibitions at the local cultural centre; the friendly town with its grocery stores, gourmet shops, galleries and the best gelato this side of the Rockies. Mostly we love spending time with our family, sitting in front of the fireplace when its cold outside, playing Trivial Pursuit or an old-fashioned game of cribbage. In the summer, a hammock and chaise lounges await you on the lawn. Life is casual, relaxed, and refreshing.

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Speaks: english, french



  • Curlers on Lake Windermere

    Curlers on Lake Windermere

  • Evening western view

    Evening western view

  • The central fireplace is made from local stone.

    The central fireplace is made from local stone.

  • New kitchen under the skylight

    New kitchen under the skylight

  • Kitchen, dining area and dishwasher

    Kitchen, dining area and dishwasher

  • The master bedroom.

    The master bedroom.

  • The Great Whiteway in front of the cottage for Nordic skiing and skating

    The Great Whiteway in front of the cottage for Nordic skiing and skating

  • Enjoy kilometers of cross country skiing on the Lake.

    Enjoy kilometers of cross country skiing on the Lake.

  • The family living room faces the Lake

    The family living room faces the Lake

  • Another view of the family living room.

    Another view of the family living room.

  • New kitchen and hardwood floors

    New kitchen and hardwood floors

  • Dining area and back garden

    Dining area and back garden

  • Renovated bathroom with full size tub and shower

    Renovated bathroom with full size tub and shower

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This listing was first published here in 2015.

Date last modified - Friday, October 21, 2016

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Family Cottage right on Lake Windermere

East Kootenay F, BC, Canada #711685

3 BR  1 BA  Sleeps 9

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