|Minimum Stay||2 - 7 nights|
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. Third year in business and ensure to read our reviews!
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
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.
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.
My partner and I agreed to organise a murder-mystery weekend away for a group of 9 people over Halloween weekend, and Lauren (the owner) was nothing but accommodating, responsive, and generally fabulous both before and during our arrival. The house is not only stunning, but its location is perfect (I was amazed how little time it took to get to/from the cottage to/from Toronto), combined with amenities and groceries nearby so we didn't need to haul much to the cottage.
All our guests were elated with the size (each guest had there own bed - and there was more than enough room to accommodate more if necessary), cleanliness and overall grandeur of the house. As with any online transactions, there's always a hint of reservation when something looks too good to be true, but much like all the reviews below, I hope I can convey how excellent the entire experience was for me - I'm already planning a summer return so we can take full advantage of the private beach.
Thanks once again Lauren - without you and your home, our murder mystery weekend wouldn't have been such a huge success. I hope you can forgive us for the remnants of a feather boa scattered around the house...
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.)
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
Jun 27 2015 - Sep 5 2015
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
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Rates subject to change until booking is complete.
Holidays may require minimum nights.
Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (CAD) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.