I'm a huge advocate of VRBO and use it for most of our vacations. Since I was a nervous wreck renting this without reading any reviews, I'll take the time to write one.
We arrived on Sat from spending a few days in Niagara, to a very tidy property. It's probably the nicest cottage we've ever stayed in. We loved being a short 10-15 min drive to Tobermory and the Grotto was literally right down the main road. Our kids love to ride bikes, climb and explore on their own, and while there wasn't a ton of room to do this outside at the cottage (on land) we didn't have to go far to find it. Some of the weeks highlights include; a beautiful bike ride from Dyer Bay up to the lighthouse for a picnic, hiking, climbing and jumping off rocks at the Cove and my kids even made it down to the Grotto (Bruce Peninsula National Park), rode our bikes from the cottage to Singing Sands for a picnic beach day, and found Little Cove for another more secluded beach (rock) day.
Our kids are ages 11, 9 and 7. The swimming was fine for them, but there isn't really a gradual entry. You mostly run and jump which they had no problem doing. Water shoes are helpful since there isn't a ladder for climbing out. At the cottage they still found a way to ride bikes, spent lots of time trying to work up the courage to catch crayfish, caught minnows, fished, played cards, swam, kayaked and relaxed on their iPads. The instant fireplace was perfect on a few chilly mornings.
Trash and recycling - how it all works. I'm used to a dumpster and a specific garbage/recycling day.
The kitchen table - while it's not my style, a glass top would be great. Or else very detailed user instructions. Lol Not seeing the cork hot pads, and it being in the kitchen and all, I was horrified to wake up to a huge water ring our first morning from a single glass of cold water. :( I was almost in tears. But with the help of Google, a hot pan (no iron handy), a clean towel, and a lot of patience, I got it out. Whew!
We are from Michigan, and we love this area because of the clear (but chilly) water, and the feeling of being in a foreign country (lots of French speaking folks), without having to get on a plane to experience it all. Thanks Eva for a wonderful family vacation.