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Cozy Thornbury riverfront in town with gorgeous sunset views over harbour!

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 31 - 90 nights


About the property

3 Bedroom, 2 Bath across from yacht harbour

Charming NEW* cottage on the riverbank across from the yacht harbour. Unique location on 0 traffic cul de sac overlooking river, harbour and Bay, yet just 5 min. walk to 'downtown' Thornbury (2 hr from Toronto, 15 min. from the Blue Mountain "Village at Blue" resort). *total 100% rebuild completed Dec 2017.

This tiny perfect cottage lives large, with vaulted barnboard-beamed ceilings throughout and wall to wall walkouts to an expansive deck.

Features include:

- Secluded Master suite with walkout to deck, ensuite bath with heated slate floor

- 2 small bedrooms on the other side of the cottage sharing a 2nd full bath

- Sunny kitchen with quartz counters, stainless appliances

- Stainless steel topped island overlooking living/dining

- Convenient access from kitchen to side patio with gas Bar-b-q

- Cozy gas fireplace

- Quality casual furnishings (distressed leather couch, oak dining table)

- Wall to wall glass walkout to expansive west-facing deck with separate lounge and dining areas

- Shed with power and workbench for ski-tuning, bike storage

Simply enjoy the cottage or get outside and:

- FISH the Beaver River from your backyard

- BIKE the 35 km Georgian Trail 1 min. from your door

- WALK the river bank up to the fish ladder, dam and mill pond (5min. )

- SWIM from Little River Park beach or off the harbor pier, 5 min. walk

- PLAY TENNIS at Bayview Park public courts, basically 'across the street' 2 min. walk

- PADDLE the Beaver River (rent from Gyles in town or Free Spirit Tours farther upriver )

- SAIL Georgian Bay from the harbour across the river via footbridge, 2 min. walk

- BROWSE /BUY local artists work in 'arts-burg' (Clarksburg), 5 min. drive

- GOLF Lora Bay's Raven or several other courses nearby, 10 min. drive

- HIKE the Bruce Trail, 10 min. drive to Kolapore access for example

- BIKE, ROCK CLIMB or SPELUNK the Niagara Escarpment

- SKI / SHRED/ TUBE the Blue Mountain (Village at Blue 15 min / Georgian Peaks 7 min. drive)

- ENJOY variety of events year-round in town or at 'Village at Blue' * 15 min. drive

* The Village at Blue is a multi-million-$, year-round resort offering skiing, snow boarding and tubing, Xtreme mountain biking, golf, rock climbing wall, nearby Scandanavie spa, year-round water play area and more. Hotels, restaurants, shops of all kinds in a pedestrian village. Check the events every week Eg.outdoor concerts, art shows, sports events and demonstrations, movie nights, etc. on their VILLAGEATBLUE website

THANKS for looking!

NOTE: Our rates do NOT include utilities / services, which we bill separately. It's more work for us, but more fair to you to pay only for your actual usage.


1. NO exceptions to TBM Bylaw 2013-50 mandating minimum 30 night stay. (Unfortunately this VRBO/Homeaway site automatically displays 'daily' rates for properties that are ILLEGAL to offer 'daily')

2. SKI SEASON minimum is $C 14,000 plus utilities = 4 months or less (unfortunately this VRBO/Homeaway site does not allow owners to specify >90 day minimum stay)

More Details

Dorothy and Tom
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 9, 2018

About Dorothy and Tom

Hello, I live in Toronto with my husband, Tom and our dog, Teddy. We both play in community orchestras, chamber groups, pit bands for musicals so can't use the cottage all the time ourselves. It's too perfect to sit empty - we make it available for others to enjoy.

Dorothy and Tom purchased this house in 2008

Why Dorothy and Tom chose Thornbury

It's totally new... and in a totally unique location!

There is 0 traffic yet it's in town - 'walk to everything'. Its rivermouth/ bay / yacht harbour view is more interesting than just looking straight out over Georgian Bay and has west-facing backyard to enjoy sunsets.

In 2017 we intended to just replace floors, ceilings and siding but the project scope quadrupled due to 1940's era foundation issues, so the entire cottage other than the steel roof is brand new.

What makes this house unique

The views , secluded 0 traffic location, yet being able to walk to the village center in 5 minutes, is unique!

Also, even though it's a small cottage, the master suite is private and secluded on the kitchen side, separated from the other 2 bedrooms and bath by the living/dining room. With its own walkout to the deck, the 'master' can prepare and enjoy coffee in the morning or a nightcap in the evening without disturbing the rest of the household.

While the cottage structure is brand new, the experience is still 'vintage cottage simple pleasures'.

Depending on the season: the warmth of the fire, walking up the river bank to watch the salmon jumping up the fish ladder (or to visit the Bakery for cinnamon buns), the crunch as you bite into an apple picked from a tree in your front yard, a bike ride from your back door along the Georgian Trail to Collingwood or Meaford for lunch, jumping off the harbour pier with the kids in summer, a stroll to the Mill, Bruce, Sisi's or the Dam Pub for dinner , the colourful sunset through the sailboats' rigging, the patient, silent wading fishermen .... aaaaaaah

... AND oh did I mention? It's THE cutest waterfront, in-town property :)

Guestbook comments from the owner

So glad you enjoyed your time and thanks again for your feedback!
Jul 2013
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Thornbury House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Village ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Ensuite : Double vanity
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , master ensuite 3 piece bath, walkout to deck
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 1 bunk bed , double on bottom; single on top
  • Small but vaulted ceilings with barnboard beams
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • 10 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • ski privileges optional
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


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Cozy Thornbury riverfront in town with gorgeous sunset views over harbour!
average rating of 5.0 based on 6 reviews
Waterdown, ON

Highly Recommended Thornbury Cottage!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I had a terrific week exploring Thornbury and the surrounding area. Your cottage was a very comfortable and cozy retreat, and many hours were spent enjoying the backyard view of the bay! Your attention to detail inside the cottage left us not wanting a thing. The location was ideal as we were close enough to walk or bicycle downtown or to the marina and yet it was private enough to enjoy that camping feeling sitting around a backyard campfire. Thanks again for a wonderful vacation.

  • Submitted: Sep 20, 2014
  • Stayed: September 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Yes, you captured exactly what makes our cottage 'unique'. Thanks very much for your review
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Bridport, Dorset, England

Holiday Promises Fulfilled

  • 5 of 5

It's difficult to describe the joy one feels when making that last turn after a 5 hour drive, finding in front of you, the Cottage you booked from a Continent away, exactly as in the pictures in the listing. Indeed, within 10 minutes, we were at home.

Inside and outside, everything was just super and indeed I've pinned the listing to my desktop so that I can click on it every time I feel nostalgic about our sublime 2 weeks there.

This property was spotless and everything including the appliances all functioned perfectly. Bedlinens were all there too. The location was actually even a little better than promised and sitting on the extensive deck in the evening, literally on the edge of Georgian Bay, really does take some beating. The attractions of Thornbury are so close by that if you didn't need it for touring, you could dispense with a car.

The Owner was a mine of information and we followed up on most of her recommendations. Here too we weren't disappointed and particularly enjoyed the Dam Pub and Bridges in Thornbury. Also Ted's Diner on Range Road near Meaford is a real gem and the Canadian Cheeseplate at the Coffin Ridge Vineyard (not to mention the wine) is simply outstanding. We also took a 30,000 Island Cruise from Penetanguishene, booked from the UK and that was very worthwhile too.

Friends from about 50 kms away came to visit and were so impressed with our "find", they will be recommending it to their Family and friends from all over Canada.

To summarise, for Europeans especially but also for people more local, if you want to see a part of real Canada and live like Canadians do, try this.

  • Submitted: Dec 14, 2013
  • Stayed: September 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Waterloo, On Canada

Charming cottage in equally charming town!

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed out week long stay in this well appointed, clean cottage overlooking Georgian Bay - laundry facilities, great shower, games, DVD player, wood stove and fire pit and more. The massive deck allows you to chase the sun or the shade throughout the day, while waves lapping on the shore make gentle noise in the background. Perfect for watching the fishermen right across the riverside in the early morning and evening and beautiful sunsets. Kayak launch at the public park a very short drive away. Thornbury is a charming town with some great restaurants - if you don't want to use the cottage BBQ, check out Bruce Wine bar and Simplicity Bistro among others. A terrific week of unwinding!

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2013
  • Stayed: June 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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We found the cottage very pleasant and really well situated close to Thornbury.Hope to be back !

  • 5 of 5

We Found the entire week excellent . We loved the proximity to Thornbury.Very clean and well looked after.See you next year!

  • Submitted: Jun 24, 2010
  • Stayed: June 2010
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Yes, everyone likes the convenience of being 'in town'. Thanks, ladies!
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tennis courts
The Cheese Gallery
"AWESOME local and not-so-local cheese, artisinal breads, spreads and other specialty / gourm..."
The Dam Pub
"osso bucco (lamb shank) special Fri. nights. hundreds of scotches"
jazz in the park summer Sundays
"free concerts in summer in this beautiful lakefront park. Also playground for the kids"
Thornbury Yacht harbour
"Walk to the harbour master's office, behind and up the stairs for gorgeous view. Also swim o..."
Little River Beach
"Little River Park -- beach, small playground, public boat launch ramp. Sandy beach but rocky..."
The Mill Cafe
"The Mill has great food and 2 patio- one overlooking the mill pond and dam. The fish ladder..."
Georgian Peaks Club
"Private ski club in winter; tennis in summer. Slalom Gate shop at bottom of hill"
Ashanti Coffee Cafe
"Great little spot to watch the town go by - owners have farm in Africa "from farm to cup" - ..."
Blue Mountain Antique Market
"Kings Court "
Bruce Wine Bar
"Terrific fresh local food.. if you want to meet others there are long 'family style' tables"
Coffin Ridge Vineyard & Winery
"Go on a nice day when you can sit outside- you'll think you are in France overlooking the vi..."
Bridges Tavern
"Good restaurant & pub right at the dam and overlooking the Mill Pond"
Pipers Sports Bar & Grill
"Upscale sports bar with deck in summer. Closest restaurant to the cottage and right on the G..."
Simplicity Bistro
"OUR ABSOLUTE FAVOURITE PLACE TO EAT! Walk there from the cottage so enjoy your bottle of win..."
Georgian Hills Vineyards
"Nice spot for a wine tasting. Great pear and apple icewines (oops! they can't call it that b..."
Sisi Trattoria
"Italian.. nice! Love when they open the front to the street in summer. Very European"
Georgian Trail
"Georgian Trail - former railway line now bike path - 40 km"
Le Scandinave Spa Blue Mountain
"awesome spa! be sure to book ahead though. "
Oliver Bonacini Blue Mountain
"Toronto's "other" Oliver & Bonacini location at the Village at Blue resort. Many great resta..."
Thornbury Bakery Cafe
"Sweet little village bakery. Get there early for the butter tarts which sell out fast on a s..."
Gyles Sails And Marine
"Rent kayak, canoe and get 'all things marine' here"
Free Spirit Tours
"Great way to spend a nice day on the Beaver River! Nice alternative on windy or rough-water ..."
Thornbury Foodland
"Lots of good produce, nice staff. Good selection of prepared meals if you don't feel like co..."
"Big, new (as of Spring 2016) with excellent Vintages section. "
Blue Mountain Village
"Resort at the base of Blue Mountain - shops, fine and casual dining, small year-round indoor..."
Nearest Airport
100 Miles
Pearson International
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Pipers Sports Bar
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Raven at Lora Bay
Nearest Motorway
0.5 Miles
Highway 26
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Bridges, Simplicity Bistro, the Mill, Bruce, etc.
Nearest Ski
3 Miles
Georgian Peaks (private) / Blue Mountain (public)
Nearest Beach
0.5 Miles
Little River Park
Nearest Point of Interest
tennis courts
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Bike trail
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pubs/ restaurants
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cheese gallery and bakery
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grocery store
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jazz in the park Sundays
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Thornbury Yacht harbour
Nearest Point of Interest
Beach, boat launch, playground
Nearest Point of Interest
fish ladder; Mill Restaurant
Nearest Point of Interest
Dam Pub
Nearest Point of Interest
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Council Beach
Nearest Point of Interest
Georgian Peaks ski club
Nearest Point of Interest
Village at Blue resort
Nearest Point of Interest
bike trail
Nearest Point of Interest
Nearest Point of Interest
Ashanti fair trade coffee
Nearest Point of Interest
Antique/ flea market
Car: not necessary

The Blue Mountain resort area of South/Central Ontario boasts a wide variety of outdoor activities year-round (ski, sail, hike, bike are the most popular). Thornbury retains its original rural 'small town' vibe but caters to the Toronto 'big city-type' standards. Our personal favourites: bike the 35 km Georgian Trail, Scandanavie Spa, whatever free event is on at Village at Blue resort, Scenic Caves for cross country skiing in winter or zipline/nature walk other times - or just the spectacular views from the lookout off the road nearby, Coffin Ridge winery on the way to Owen Sound (eat on the deck- get the cheese tray); in Thornbury: Simplicity Bistro, Bruce Wine Bar, the Cheese Gallery, Ashanti coffee shop, Thornbury Bakery, skiing at the Peaks (private club) or Blue (public), swimming off Thonbury pier or with kids at Little River Park beach, summer Sunday nights Jazz in the Bayview Park, watching the salmon climb the fish ladder in fall, picking raspberries in summer, Gramma Lambe's and Gold's roadside fresh local produce, making applesauce or pies from our trees in fall, browsing Clarksburg / "arts-burg" , hiking the Bruce Trail... probably forgot some in there :) AND in Collingwood 20 min. west is a boardwalk, great in-town bike trail, Sunset Park beach and excellent playground, Elephant THoughts for kids, Too Good to be Through and Design by Consign shops, Tremaine restaurant with artists in residence above, the Shipyards waterfront.. maybe that's enough, huh?




Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $78.65
Refundable damage deposit $393.24

** Rates do NOT include utilities / services (wifi, satellite TV, gas, water, hydro,etc.) so that you pay only for what you actually use and want. **

** MINIMUM SKI SEASON STAY is 4 MONTHS , not 90 days ** (unfortunately this VRBO/Homeaway website does not allow Owners to specify that we have a minimum stay longer than 90 days)

UTILITIES: We will specify a utilities deposit you will pay upfront. After the utility bills for your stay have been received we will provide them and 'settle up' (refund or request additional payment). Mandatory utilities are: electricity, water/sewer, gas, basic satellite TV. Grass cutting service IS included in the rate shown.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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