EXQUISITE CUSTOM BUILT HOME WITH STUNNING VIEWS OF LAKE SIMCOE

Lauren Helmkay

Speaks english
Sleeps10
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms4
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights
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EXQUISITE CUSTOM BUILT HOME WITH STUNNING VIEWS OF LAKE SIMCOE

Stratford House Rental Photos and Description

4 bedrooms, 4 full bathrooms, 1 half bathroom, sleeps 8

This home is spacious, elegant, and finished top to bottom with all the amenities. Private beach, shared with owner, on lake approx 19 x 16 miles wide. Gradual entry is perfect for children. Gourmet kitchen with cathedral ceilings, numerous walkouts. Each bedroom has own ensuite bath. All the amenities of an exquisite home, in a cottage setting.

Suitability:
  • non smoking only
  • children welcome
Lauren Helmkay (Owner)
Advertiser since 2012
Speaks english

About Lauren Helmkay

We love Lake Simcoe and being in the lake, and we love learning more about our travelling friends. Our home is known to be open as well to our guests, but we also respect the privacy of those who are looking to just 'get away' :)

Lauren Helmkay purchased this house in 2012

Why Lauren Helmkay chose Stratford

This home is a real 'retreat'; you'll find space to make your own, and common areas to enjoy company. The lake is the draw of this house, whether for summer swimming, or winter ice fishing. The house has a large back yard as well where you might find a badmitton net set up, or a fire burning in the fire pit.

What makes this house unique

An hour north of Toronto, this is cottage country without the commute in the long traffic north. The house itself offers spaciousness, cathedral ceilings, and an elegance that makes you feel you've landed somewhere really special.

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Sleeps10
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms4
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights
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Guaranteed, secure, with no booking fees
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Three services to protect your trip:
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Reviews

Reviews

5
based on 21 traveler reviews

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Exquisite custom built home with stunning views of Lake Simcoe
average rating of 5.0 based on 21 reviews
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Exquisite custom built home with stunning views of Lake Simcoe
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p428699vb
Stratford Ontario
Mississauga
5

Another AMAZING holiday spent at this gem!

  • 5 of 5
This is our third time staying at this cottage, and it is always a great experience. The place is beautiful, spacious, fully equipped with everything you could imagine, and Lauren is fantastic to deal with. Very friendly and helpful.
Every time we've gone, she's added or changed something, always making it even better than before.
We enjoyed it, my grown children enjoyed it, and my granddaughters really enjoyed it! I'm happy to report that no babies were born while there....but my daughter-in-law did give birth only 6 days after leaving. My daughter is due this week..... they were both very comfortable at this cottage, even in the late stages of pregnancy....that says a lot!!
Lauren, you're wonderful, the place is fantastic, the neighbours are nice, and we will be back :)
As a matter of fact, I'll be back in just a few weeks for our annual Ladies Weekend Getaway in September!!
I absolutely love the fact that it's only an hour away to your paradise! See you again soon!
  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
Owner's Response: Debbie - we are so happy you all had a great time - again!! :) By now you must be keeping busy with little newborns! It would have been exciting but I'm glad the ladies got a chance to rest at the cottage first!! See you in a couple weeks and look forward to some pictures! Lauren
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Exquisite custom built home with stunning views of Lake Simcoe
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p428699vb
Stratford Ontario
Richmond Hill, Ontario
5

A relaxing retreat close to Toronto. Amazing!

  • 5 of 5
We go cottaging once a year to explore different parts of Ontario. This year, we decided to stay close to GTA to avoid the stress of cottage traffic and the long drive. When you have 2 little ones that are car sick, the short drive to Keswick is really nice. We were 4 adults and 4 kids, ranging between the ages of 4-8. As many of the reviews said, the pictures on the site do not do the place justice (and usually it is the other way around!).

It was really convenient that everything was on hand, including bedding, staple oils and spices, laundry detergent/fabric softener, towels, beach towels, paper napkins, toilet paper, and tissue paper. I've had to lug all of those last year to a different cottage and so not fun! The place was clean, beautiful and luxurious... we definitely felt pampered.

Lauren, the owner, lives a couple of doors down and was so extremely friendly & helpful when needed. It was actually convenient to have her close by in case we had any questions or needed anything.

The dock came equipped with so many toys for the adults and kids to enjoy. It was better than expected. The kids had so much fun and the adults enjoyed relaxing on the dock, looking at the beautiful view.

Overall, it had everything that we wanted and so much more! Would definitely recommend to others and come back again.
  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
Owner's Response: Emily - we love that you all felt pampered! and got to enjoy the new dock :) Look forward to seeing you again and I'll send you a note on the detergent we use that makes the sheets smell so nice, LOL! Thanks!! Lauren
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Exquisite custom built home with stunning views of Lake Simcoe
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p428699vb
Stratford Ontario
Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
5

Overall an amazing weekend!

  • 5 of 5
Read all the reviews and saw all the pictures but still, once we got there it was far more amazing.

Our group consisted of 10 between the ages of 20-30.
I've been accustomed to renting out cottages for a long time now, and the owner is by far the best I've ever dealt with. She's extremely accommodating, super helpful, sweet, and gave us a lot of space and privacy (though she did drop by to give us a homemade pie from her mother!).

The place was gorgeous and amazingly well kept. I would definitely come back again very soon!
  • Submitted: May 26, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: We are thrilled you enjoyed yourselves here and you were a pleasure to have! It was great to see all the water toys back out in operation! The summer begins! :) Thanks for the lovely review - we agree the pictures don't do it justice no matter how many we take! LOL
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Exquisite custom built home with stunning views of Lake Simcoe
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p428699vb
Stratford Ontario
5

Unreal!

  • 5 of 5
There are no words to describe the beauty of this property! The pictures really do not do it justice as it is a massive home with so much to offer. Stayed there over the Family Day Long weekend in February 2014 with 10 people. It fight everyone comfortable with more than enough space for everyone. One of the best features is the amount of bathrooms- each room has its own separate bathroom which is very convenient for large groups. Each room is decorated beautifully- like something out of a magazine. On top of that, the furniture is impeccable and most of the items are updated antiques which look unreal. The owner is an absolute treasure of a human being. She bought a dozen roses and put them in a vase along with a Valentine's card and a box of chocolate (Valentine's day was the day before we arrived). She laid out towels in arrangements, left little soap and shampoo bottles everywhere and even emailed over the weekend to ensure we had everything. There are no words to explain how amazing she is; reminded me of having an amazing grandmother who is more concerned with your enjoyment than her own. The view of the lake is also spectacular and all of the neighbors are extremely nice. Overall, one of the best places I have ever visited and I have told plenty of people of my amazing weekend. Do not hesitate to book this property as you will not be disappointed. She also had a gift basket of coffee, spices, teas etc laid out so we did not have to bring so many food items. You will love it here!
  • Submitted: Mar 3, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Can't thank you so much for this review - except I'm way too young to be a grandmother, lol lol lol...(ha?)....seriously, we are so happy you had a great time and enjoyed the cottage. Come back and visit again soon...!!
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Exquisite custom built home with stunning views of Lake Simcoe
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p428699vb
Stratford Ontario
5

Family Christmas in Winter Wonderland

  • 5 of 5
We had 7 people at this wonderful home for Christmas this year. The owners were so helpful and kind and the house was extremely well appointed and beautifully kept. The photos don't quite do it justice as it was even more grande than we were expecting. Reading by the living room fireplace or drinking wine and chatting around the kitchen island made for a wonderful holiday.
I would happily return here in Summer to better enjoy the lakefront and have already recommended it to others.
Other conveniences include the close by services (groceries etc 10-15 minutes away, coffee shop in Sutton, a nice restaurant for a special dinner in Jackson Pt.)
  • Submitted: Jan 5, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: We're so happy to hear you had a great holiday with us :) We love to see families come together here and relaxing!! I agree with your our pictures don't yet do the place justice - think it's time for a professional photographer! Because we're pretty proud of it too! But if we are erring on the side of exceeding expectations, we're good with that!! LOL Would love to see you all again in the summer - or next Christmas! Happy New year and thanks for taking the time to pop us a review! Much appreciated!
business
Exquisite custom built home with stunning views of Lake Simcoe
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p428699vb
Stratford Ontario
5

Absolutely Beautiful Getaway Home.... not too far from home

  • 5 of 5
A group of us rented this stunning home for the weekend for a reunion.
The location was absolutely perfect. Not too far away from the city (45-60min from the GTA). Right by the lake with beautiful views. Wish it was the summer so that we could have enjoyed the lake more.
The house itself was perfect! It was like a mini resort getaway. Every guest that came was ecstatic and very impressed at the quality and beauty of the home. Everyone wanted to come back again in the summer!
And the icing on the cake of our whole weekend experience was the homeowner Lauren. She was sweet, friendly, easy to work with and was very accommodating to our needs.

Awesome home!
Awesome owner!
Awesome weekend!

Thanks again for everything Lauren!
  • Submitted: Dec 25, 2013
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: What can we say? AWESOME! LOL Thanks so much for the great review but even more we are delighted you had a great time and we'd love to see you back to enjoy the summer festivities! Lauren
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Cottage country, 1 hour from Toronto.

Lake Simcoe, a short drive north of Toronto, offers some of the best fishing in Ontario. The lake is fished year round (pike, perch, whitefish, lake trout) and is famous for it's winterlake trout and whitefish bonanza.

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Availability & Rates

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Stratford House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rental rates quoted in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
High Season
Jun 1 2014 - Sep 15 2014
7 night minimum stay
C$4,200
 
 
Holidays
Dec 20 2014 - Jan 3 2015
4 night minimum stay
C$600
 
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
C$600
 

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 13.0%

Cancellation Policy

Policy available by contacting owner when booking.
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Amenities

Amenities

Stratford House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Lakefront ...
  • Waterfront ...
General:
  • Iron & Board
  • Parking Off Street
  • Living Room
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Wireless Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Telephone
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Internet
  • Towels Provided
  • Parking
  • Garage
Kitchen:
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
  • Ice Maker
  • Pantry Items
  • Catering Available
  • Kitchen
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Microwave
Dining:
  • Dining Area
Bathrooms:
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
  • 4.5
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Master Bedroom - 1 king , Walk out deck, Ensuite Jacuzzi Bathroom
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 1 baby crib , Walk out deck, Ensuite bathroom with shower
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , 2 twin/ single , Ensuite bathroom with tub/shower
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , On Main floor; Full bathroom with tub/shower
  • Playpen also available upon request
Entertainment:
  • Games
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Satellite / Cable
Outside:
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Balcony ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Water Sports Gear
  • Kayak / Canoe
Suitability:
  • non smoking only
  • children welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • jetted tub
Attractions:
  • cinemas
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • water parks
  • live theater
  • restaurants
  • health/beauty spa
Leisure Activities:
  • walking
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • gambling casinos
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • shopping
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • Babysitter
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • kayaking
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • rock climbing
  • swimming
  • equestrian events
  • skiing
  • golf
  • wind-surfing
  • water skiing
  • mountain biking
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • snorkeling
  • water tubing
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • freshwater fishing
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