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Luxurious Lakeside Retreat - 80 Acres on Big Rideau Lake

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Bedrooms 9
Property type estate
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Luxurious Lakeside Retreat - 80 Acres on Big Rideau Lake

Bedrooms 9
Property type estate
Minimum Stay nights


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Estate, + Other (See Description) (Sleeps 20)

Relax and Rejuvenate at the Winking Rosebud Retreat & Spa, an 80-acre private magical getaway on Big Rideau Lake., recently declared a UNESCO Heritage Site and within a World Biosphere. Located conveniently between Ottawa (105km), Montreal (260km), Toronto (310km), Kingston (55km), Syracuse, NY, 125miles , Lake Placid, NY, (153miles).

Superb Fishing: If you like to fish, the Big Rideau Lake offers the best fishing that you can find anywhere. Largemouth bass and small mouth bass are the most popular catches, but big walleye, crappie, pike, perch, and lake trout are common catches!!

Golfing: We are surrounded by beautiful golf courses. Rideau Lakes Golf & Country Club in Westport, The Maples Golf & Country Club in Elgin, Lombardy Glen Golf & Country, and the Evergreen Golf Course in Westport, to name just a few!

The Winking Rosebud Retreat

The Winking Rosebud Retreat 80-acre retreat is nestled amongst beautiful mature trees on the crystal clear waters of quiet Murphy’s Bay on Big Rideau Lake. It hosts a spectacular 3,000 sq. ft. Main Lodge (built in 2008), a 1200 sq. ft. Guest Cottage, a beautiful Annex, a delightful Boat House with a coveted sleepover. The Main Lodge incorporates a Spa which includes an indoor Pool and Sauna. The 'Endless Pool' can be used for lap swimming, for therapy and relaxation with hydrotherapy jets, or as a wave pool for the kids. Everyone loves the pool!! The Spa also has an indoor Infrared Sauna and highly recommended for its effectiveness in detoxifying

Beautiful handcrafted decks adorn the property with gorgeous stone and rustic walkways to take you to the water. The waterfront is very private and located on the crystal clear, spring fed Big Rideau. A long private dock extends from the boathouse offering the perfect location for mooring your boat, with plenty of dockage for several boats. There is swim ladder at the end of the dock, a swim raft with a water slide, and a mooring ball.

The Winking Rosebud Retreat incorporates both the private waterfront on Murphy’s Bay and the Winking Rosebud Nature Reserve, a75-acres of mixed forest. The land has extensive nature trails that can be enjoyed year round for bird-watching, hiking, biking, skiing, snow-mobiling.

There are four separate buildings on the property: the Main Lodge (which sleeps 12); the Guesthouse (sleeps 10); the Annex (sleeps 5), and boathouse (that sleeps 5). The entire property (including VRBO listing #433396 for our Guest House) will sleep 20 people very comfortably. However, it is possible to rent either the Main Lodge, Annex, and Boathouse or the Guesthouse separately! The distance between them affords enough privacy for all, with private parking, private walkways, and private docks for each.

It is an absolutely incredible location for a family reunion, wedding, corporate retreat, or get together with friends.

The Winking Rosebud Main Lodge

The 3500 sq` Main House is an exquisitely custom built home all decorated in South American decor with Mexican Saltillo and Talvera tiles. Most of our guests comment on feeling that they have been transported to another world when they first enter the retreat. A beautiful post and beam interior with 20' ceilings with a spectacular view of the lake is simply breathtaking. Three sets of French doors open up onto huge expansive decks across the front and side of the Main Lodge with a beautiful log and stone walkway to the lake. There is also a HUGE fireplace,

The Winking Rosebud Spa hosts a beautiful 15 x 8 indoor pool and Infra-red Sauna. The Endless Pool is designed to be used as both a lap pool for swimming and as a therapeutic aid with powerful therapeutic hydro-therapy jets. The Infra-Red Sauna is a great detoxification agent, and helps lower blood pressure, and increase blood circulation, according to Dr. Oz!

The Winking Rosebud Chef Kitchen. Chef’s, this is your opportunity to let your creative juices go wild. The kitchen is a CHEF'S dream with French doors opening up to a gorgeous deck and huge barbecue with spectacular view of the lake. The kitchen has a gorgeous gas stove & grill, and electric oven, a huge double ceramic sink, several prep stations for your sous-chefs, and great knives and other culinary aids (most spices) and appliances (there’s even a Belgium waffle maker!). There are two two-tiered bars for others to watch you create: an exquisite mapa burl bar built from an ancient European Elm tree, and a TIKI Bar a designed from copper and walnut incorporating a Mexican copper sink, a perfect spot for your bartender.

The Winking Rosebud Retreat Music Station: One of the highlights of the Retreat is the music station with a new drum kit, keyboard, microphone, and karaokee kit. Located directly in front of the Tiki bar, your entertainers are well situated in the centre of the house to create music for your guests. .

Note that the Winking Rosebud Retreat does not permit smoking in any of its buildings.

The Guest Cottage (VRBO listing 433396). The Guest Cottage is completely private from the Main Lodge separated by a 100 feet and a large cedar hedge. It is a gorgeous, 1200 sq’ cedar cottage with cedar interior, and enjoys an expansive view of the lake. Newly renovated with all new windows, kitchen, bathroom, the cottage is tastefully decorated with hardwood floors throughout. A large deck with a hot tub offers a spectacular view of the lake and a fantastic place for star-gazing at the end of the day. Private walkway and a private dock suitable for most reasonably sized boats (please talk to us about your draft size).

The Cottage has four bedrooms: queen-sized beds in each of two bedrooms, and two bedrooms with double-bottom-single-top bunk beds and sleeps 10 comfortably). It has one and one-half bathrooms, a Vermont castings woodstove, a large laundry room, five new appliances, and a terrific foosball table. It also has an outdoor fire-pit and a horse shoe pit both overlooking the lake,.

The Winking Rosebud Cottage also enjoys a separate private dock suitable for most reasonably sized boats. There are several stores close by (Portland, Westport, Smith Falls, and Perth, as well as a local market every Saturday morning in Crosby which sells all kinds of great local produce and a fantastic second hand book dealer for those who love to read). The cottage has a TV, satellite, DVD player, great movies, a foosball table, some board games, books, etc.

The Winking Rosebud Boathouse. Conveniently located at waters edge, the Winking Rosebud Boathouse has coveted 10 x 24 sleeping quarters on the upper level with a beautiful picture window overlooking the lake. For those of you who love to hear the call of the loons, this is where you want to be! Photographers bring your cameras and capture both the spectacular sunrises and the blue heron that nests in Murphy’s Bay.

The boathouse has a Queen sized bed, a set of single bunk beds, a couch, and a mini fridge.There is also Pump house for your use wit h a sink, shower, a composting toilet, and hot water.

The Waterfront/Beach. Enjoy easy access to the waterfront along the beautiful meandering stone and log walkway from the Main Lodge. Access can also be had directly with 4-wheel vehicles can also be had down a small road to the lake.

The Winking Rosebud Annex. Located directly beside the Main Lodge the tastefully decorated newly built ANNEX enjoys a spectacular view of the lake. It is ideal spot for those who require a higher degree of privacy. It can accommodate five comfortably with two double beds and a futon couch/bed, a bathroom with an eco-toilet and sink.


The Winking Rosebud Retreat is located 72km southwest of Ottawa, only minutes away from the quaint summer vacation towns of Portland, Westport, and Newboro. Located on the Rideau Lake System, Big Rideau Lake sits at the top of the Rideau Canal offering navigable waters through a series of locks all the way to the Thousand Islands and Ottawa and Montreal. The Rideau Canal is a heritage site recognized by UNESCO and also rated #2 as an exceptional historic site destination by National Geographic.

Keywords: Cottage, house, retreat, lake, fishing, getaway, private, waterfront, beach, dock, hot tub, pool, fireplace, trails, Rideau, Rideau Canal, UNESCO Heritage, Newboro, Westport, Perth, Portland, golf, sanctuary, yoga

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  • Events Allowed
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed (Owner)
Member since: 2011
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Brenda & Russ have travelled the world and incorporated art and design ideas into the development and building of this magical getaway. purchased this estate in 2006

Why chose Portland

We discovered this magical location while traveling by boat through the Rideau Canal system, recently declared a UNESCO Heritage Site, and also within a recognized World Biosphere.

What makes this area so unique in the world is the spectacular quality of the water, a spring fed system that sits at the top of the lock system, draining towards Kingston and Ottawa, respectively.

What makes this estate unique

Privacy, rustic luxury, and exquisite South American decor, art and outstanding photography, makes this property very unique.

Mexican Saltillo tiles, an extremely unique Talavera tiled guest bathroom, extraordinary Chef Kitchen, Beautiful Spa with Endless Pool and Sauna, Music Station with drum kit, keyboard, and Karaoke, gorgeous post and beam, and one of the most spectacular views on the lake.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We were so pleased with our accommodations at Winking Rosebud retreat.We were celebrating our 50th anniversary with all our family.There was something for everyone. We had karaoke competitions between the generations.Needless to say to much laughter. The extra cottage allowed for an escape for the grandparents at night.The children loved the raft and row boat and spent hours playing at the beach.The boat house gave them a hiding place as well.We were able to eat as a group and found we were well supplied to accommodate our numbers. The tranquil setting was ideal for family time. Proximity to Ottawa and the small towns gave us our rainy day get away. All in all great memories for this family. Ann and Mike P. and family

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Luxurious Lakeside Retreat - 80 Acres on Big Rideau Lake
average rating of 4.9574466 based on 60 reviews
Peterborough, Ontario

Beautiful Group Get Away

  • 5 of 5

This is the second time I have visited the Winking Rosebud with a large group of people and we certainly hope to make it an annual event. The retreat is beautifully built and its location is equally stunning. From the infinity pool, to the skating ring, to the hot tub and onto the ski trails, into cozy beds and excellent kitchens, our group has always found a winter-time retreat here delightful!

We rent the entire retreat and find that it easily accommodates a large group of us. With private rooms and the two kitchens, we find that people celebrating and families with young children can all easily intermingle.

Brenda cares very much about her space and her guests and works hard to make sure that everything is in good order. The space is luxurious yet welcoming and its easy to feel comfortable at the Winking Rosebud.

Staying at the Winking Rosebud is guaranteed to be a highlight of any gathering or vacation. Weather its yoga on the deck or drinks at the tiki bar, beautiful memories will follow you home. We are grateful to have this type of space to relax and connect in and look forward to many more celebrations held here.

  • Submitted: Apr 2, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

Perfect Winter Retreat!

  • 5 of 5

We used the Winking Rosebud as our winter retreat. We had quite a large group, and the facilitates provided ample sleeping arrangements, kitchen supplies and room for us all. The pool and sauna made it feel like a vacation even though it was winter, and the main lodge was a fantastic center for the weekend. There is lots of privacy and the views are stunning! From towels to a personalized walk through of the property to firewood to coffee, it had everything we needed and more! Brenda made sure we had everything we needed, including a local contact in case we had any other requests. It was a wonderful experience.

I can only imagine how beautiful the property is in the summer, and I know our company hopes to come back every year.

  • Submitted: Mar 31, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Montreal, Quebec

Fun for Everyone

  • 4 of 5

We had a wonderful time at Winking Rosebud for our annual winter weekend getaway. There was something for everyone: cross country skiing, snowshoeing and sledding. Our group included 10 kids ranging from 9 months to 14 and everyone had a blast, enjoying the amazing indoor pool, sauna, hot tub and foos ball. There was lots of space in the main house for our group of 24 to relax and enjoy ourselves. Loved the heated terracotta floors and eclectic decor!

  • Submitted: Feb 28, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Toronto + family from Europe

excellent site for a week with the extended family

  • 5 of 5

I spent a week at Winking Rosebud with a large group (2 grandparents, 3 couples, 5 grand-kids, and some extra friends at different times during the week and two dogs) in early August. We rented the entire property.

Brenda put in a lot of special touches that made everyone feel extremely welcome from the first moment (e.g., folded towels in bedrooms, fresh flowers, firewood for the pit). The resort is very spacious and the water front is extremely welcoming with two docks, a sandy area and the floating pontoon and clear water for swimming. There is very little boat traffic and from the house, you can barely see any other properties.

There were plenty of activities for the kids, with the volleyball court and the large open spaces with lawn for running around.

Having three separate living areas provided people with some space, but the main house with its large open kitchen and living room was a focal point for everyone to regroup at the end of the day.

Everything was very clean and up to date. There were plenty of linens and towels and the kitchen had everything you could ever need.

We looked at a lot of places and Winking Rosebud was unique in terms of the number of people it could comfortably accommodate, how much room there was on the water and on the property for running around, how secluded it felt, and how clean modern it was. I strongly recommend it for people looking for a large group gathering.

  • Submitted: Dec 24, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Hong Kong

"Best holiday ever" as voted by the Aussies

  • 5 of 5

We needed a place to house 4 families fro, Australia in what was to be their first Ontario experience ever and the winking rosebud provided the ultimate staging point for a week they will never forget.

The Winking Rosebud is a fantastic holiday destination. Situated right on a lake with your own private jetty and spectacular views over the lake. Quiet and secluded yet only a 10 minute drive to the local shopping areas.

We stayed with 4 families in total and there was plenty of room for all the different age groups to have their own special areas. The hot tub on the verandah was a big hit although the parents never really had the opportunity to enjoy it!!

The property is so unique, the main house is fantastic with 2 large tables to feed large numbers with ease, the kitchen is extremely well equipt and makes cooking for large numbers no trouble at all. The property enables the children to have the freedom they enjoy while being safe in the large grounds the Winking Rosebud has to offer.

We absolutely loved our time at the Winking Rosebud and the children voted it “the best holiday ever”

We would recommend this as a holiday destination without question.

  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Kingston, Ontario, Canada

A Magical and Whimsical Experience for our Family

  • 5 of 5

Our family recently chose the Winking Rosebud Retreat for an end of the summer get-a-way before our children headed back to college in September. From the moment we walked through the wonderfully hand carved doors into the Main House, we were awestruck by the inspirational and ecclectric surroundings all around us.

The clear and sparkling Big Rideau Lake made our morning kayak a beautiful and peaceful way to start our day. The indoor pool and sauna offered a fun and relaxing way to end our day.

This beautiful retreat offers the perfect setting, along with all of the amenities and features required, to host an original and unforgetable event for a large gathering of people.

We thank Brenda for her warmth and hospitality and look forward to returning to the Winking Rosebud Retreat one day soon.

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway


Nearest Airport
106.2 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
8 Kilometres
The Galley Restaurant in Portland
Nearest Golf
20 Kilometres
Elgin, Westport, and Lombardy
Nearest Train
25.7 Kilometres
Smith Falls
Nearest Motorway
2 Kilometres
Highway #15
Nearest Restaurant
8 Kilometres
The Galley (Portland), Cove (Westport), Stagecoach
Car: necessary

Fantastic meeting place between Ottawa, Montreal, and Toronto. Beautiful private 80 acre nature reserve for hiking, mountain biking, skiing, snowmobiling. Close to tourist loving Westport, Perth, and Newboro for fantastic country shopping. Lovely flee and vegetable market every Saturday morning during the summer months in Crosby. Close to Casino in Gananoque. Live theatre and music abound in Perth, Westport, Gananoque, Kingston, and Brockville!! A spectacular location.


Rates & Availability

Portland Estate Rental Rates


  • From $895/wknd
  • Canadian Dollars
  • Guest Cottage available year round and the
  • rates vary from $895 per weekend (low season) to $2000 per week (high season)
  • The Main House, Annex, and Boathouse are all rented subject to availability
  • Please contact us with your needs and we will be happy to see what we can do!!


Portland Estate Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • estate
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
    Bathroom 5 -
  • 9 Bedrooms, Sleeps 30
  • King size beds (1) Main House Master Bedroom, Queen size Beds (1) Guest House - 2 Queen Beds Main House - 2 Queen Beds Annex - 1 Queen Bed Boathouse - 1 Queen Bed, Double Beds (1) Main House has a Double sleeping cubby off the loft as well as a double sized hide-a-bed in the loft. Guest House has two double-bottom-single-top bunk beds., Twin or Single Beds (1) Guest House has two double-bottom-single-top bunk beds. Boat House has one set of single bunk beds., Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Main House has a double hide-a-bed in the loft., Bunk Beds (1) Guest House has two double-bottom-single-top bunk beds.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gazebo ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Events Allowed
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Indoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • Sauna ...
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Private dock, Swim raft with water slide, Boathouse, Endless Pool, Horseshoe Pits, Walking/Hiking/ATV Trails, 80 acre Wildlife Conservation Area, Stable, Electric Piano, Tama Rock Sar Drum Kit, Tiki Bar, Outdoor Fire Pit

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