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c/w FREE Algonquin Park / Arrowhead Pass !Bring Your Pet Free

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Space 1,000 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

Overview

About the property

1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom Waterfront Log Vacation Suite

We are proud recipients of' Top Vacation Rental Winner in the distinctive Algonquin Region! Call or text 705-783-5133 for our current special!! Bring your pet free!

Each booking comes complete with an UNLIMITED Algonquin Pass which also gains access to the world famous Arrowhead Skating trails located just 16 minutes away!! This trail is a major highlight with our winter guests where each Saturday and some Thursday evenings you can skate over 1km through tiki lit groomed forest trails! Free entrance with your complimentary pass. You can also rent x-country skis and skates at Arrowhead too! Blue Heron amenities include a romantic wood burning fireplace and two pairs of complimentary high tech snowshoes. We are conveniently located on year-round serviced roadways. Our flat level access driveway is regularly plowed and sanded - NO hills to negotiate!

Whether you are 'stay-cationing' with a young family or exploring the wide array of activities Muskoka has to offer, you are sure to return home with lots of fun filled memories! Blue Heron is a completely PRIVATE 1,000 sq ft waterfront vacation apartment suite nestled inside a protected cove on prestige's Walker Lake. We are conveniently located just 15 minutes from the historical town of Huntsville, and 30 minutes from the gateway of world renown Algonquin Park. Blue Heron amenities include, WIFI, Netflix, Bell Satellite, PVR and much, much more! Bring your pet free!

We are empty nesters who quietly reside in upper level when we are not travelling. We converted a large four bedroom log cottage into a fully independent and locked vacation apartment and quickly become Number 1 on TripAdvisor in Algonquin Region! Be assured, you will have full privacy throughout the entire grounds and full access to entire grounds including beach, firepit, etc. Other than an optional brief orientation at arrival you will not see anyone unless you specific request assistance. As you can see from all our five star reviews, we are just a text or phone call away from any concierge services tips on what to see and do in the area. We offer the option of a self check in/check-out and provide personal electronic lock access to entrance, especially convenient for those arriving late at night. We leave out a welcome binder for easy reference on the cottage and activities in the area.

This fully furnished all season executive one bedroom suite captures the heart and soul of Muskoka! The open concept living room features a traditional Muskoka stone fireplace c/w 12' post and beams logs that revive the era of an early pioneer homestead. The full size kitchen is fully equipped with modern amenities such as microwave, dishwasher, refrigerator, and even features a cooking island! NEW: We now provide a Keurig Coffee machine c/w wide array of coffee and teas to enjoy :) Our recent upgrades include Netflix , blu-ray on our 52" wide screen! The open concept dining/living/and bedroom all face the west to what our guests refer to as the 'Million Dollar Sunset '

For those that need to keep connected , you would have full access to WiFi internet . For quieter moments Blue Heron includes a variety of board games, a wide selection of reading material, or enjoy watching Netflix or DVD's on our new blu-ray player! Propane infra-red BBQ on site.

Seasonally we supply a complimentary canoe from early Spring to late Fall and provide 2 pairs of hightech snowshoes during the snow months. All bookings include an UNLIMITED Algonquin Park Pass with every booking.

The Blue Heron is a naturalist delight - explore a waterfall in Algonquin Park, track a deer print, visit a historical sites, or simply 'Kick Back' and enjoy the natural beauty of a sunset overlooking serene Walker Lake in our new Muskoka chairs! .

During your stay you can choose from so much of what Muskoka has to offer. We are close enough to all the attractions such as golfing, skiing, restaurants, and yet far removed from the hustle and bustle of modern day living!

It’s perfect for both the young and old alike; whether you are traveling on business, vacationing with a young family, or escaping for a romantic getaway , the extra spacious setting accommodates everyone . . . we even offer specials for long term rentals. The Blue Heron is a naturalist delight - explore a waterfall in Algonquin Park, track a deer print, visit a historical sites, or simply 'Kick Back' and enjoy the natural beauty of a sunset overlooking serene Walker Lake on a canoe or snowshoe :).

Blue Heron is proudly in affiliation with local renowned eco-artist Chad Irwin who would gladly provide unique personal guided nature tours. Let us know at time of booking and we will gladly set you up a tour that suits your interests :)

Here are some of the exciting educational nature hikes and tours you can choose from:

A)Tree Tour:

Meet the majestic, green giants of the forest -- in this on site walk and talk, we will learn their significant role in the local ecosystem as well as their gifts to human culture as food, medicine & tools. In the context of the last glacial movement, we will read the local landscape to tell the story of its past.

B) Learn Plants through Art:

Plants and trees speak to us all the time - through a secret language. Magically, it is the same language as art. Through drawing and painting we will learn how to decode this secret language to discover who they are and what they are saying.

You can bring the practise home with your own field journal and plant identification kit.

C) Wilderness survival :

Based on the ancient teachings of "the Sacred Five," we will explore the empowering ways to feel and live more "at home" in the wilderness.

More Details

Property Manager
Susan Caracciolo
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
December 13, 2017

About Susan Caracciolo

Susan and Dennis are empty nesters who in 2010 converted their log cottage into private self catering executive vacation lakefront accommodation which walks out to beautiful Walker Lake. The Caracciolo's are very service based, so travellers needing any assistance / travel information, or perhaps a forgotten a item, they will be only pleased to a assist! Most popular features: This child and pet friendly property has its own tree house, playground swing set, basketball net, paddle boat, and the upper deck which overlooks the western sunsets.

Susan Caracciolo purchased this apartment in 1983

Why Susan Caracciolo chose Huntsville

We feel in love with Muskoka in its vast 2,500 square miles of stunning pine and maple forests, 1,600 sparkling lakes, magnificent waterfalls, granite cliffs, and the most breathtaking scenery in the province. Flanked on the north by Algonquin Provincial Park, Muskoka is known for its extraordinary beauty and tranquility. Many artists, sculptors, and writers are inspired by the magnificent and natural setting, lending the Muskoka area an artsy edge that further attracts visitors and cottagers alike!

What makes this apartment unique

Muskoka is a year-round region. During the fall, Muskoka is transformed into an artist's palette of breathtaking colours. Winter offers an icy wonderland of fabulous snow activities including hiking, snowshoeing, skiing, skating, sledding, ice fishing, and more. With Spring comes the return of the mesmerizing calls of the loons, welcoming guests and the exciting summer activities just around the corner.

There is so much to explore and be enriched with the area's exciting culture: A very popular stop inside the park is Algonquin Art Centre & Gallery showcasing some of Canada's foremost wilderness and wildlife artists

There are many distinctive Golf Courses in our area: Huntsville Downs Golf Club Huntsville, Deerhurst Resort which features two distinctive 18-hole golf courses, and Bigwin Island voted the “Best New Canadian Golf Course” by Golf Digest – and the #6 Best Golf Course in Canada by Score Golf

Ski or Snowboard at Hidden Valley Highlands Ski Area is just 7 minute drive away just off Hwy 60 Snowshoe and cross country ski on Walker Lake or many of the vast trails in the immediate area. Try tubing or skating at Arrowhead Park with your complimentary entrance pass : )

NEW TOUR OPTION!

Upon request, we can arrange a variety of personalized on-site nature activities! Some of the educational nature hikes and tours you can choose from include:

Wilderness Survival:Based on the ancient teachings of 'the Sacred Five,' we will explore the empowering ways to feel and live more 'at home' in the wilderness. or try a Tree Tour:

Meet the majestic, green giants of the forest -- in this activity-enhanced walk learn trees significant role in the local ecosystem as well as their gifts to human culture as food, medicine & tools. In the context of the last glacial movement and learn how the local landscape tell the story of its past.

We are only 6km away from J Albert Provincial Park with its majestic hiking trails to explore!

Amenities

Huntsville Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: Noon
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lakefront ...
  • Waterfront
  • Waterfront ...
Theme:
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Security System
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • fax
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , jetted tub
  • Starter supply of homemade natural soap supplied
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1* - 1 queen , 1 baby crib , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Ask about our extra bedroom, optional at 15 per person
  • Master features queen size bed accommodates two individuals. As an option, we can set up a crib/playpen for an infant. NEW! For added comfort, an extra bedroom with queen size bed is available. Maximum for this rental is still 4 occupants, but starting in Fall 2016, the extra bedroom is available at extra 25/per night. Advance notice is required but payment for extra bedroom can be at time of arrival. Note: Posted rates will apply to current one bedroom rental
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
Outside:
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Boat ...
  • Boat Dock
  • Canoe
  • Child's Swing
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Raft
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Walkway to Water
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Jacuzzi
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
The Blue Heron Cove is fully equipped with all the extras such as a new kitchen, waterfront tree house, hammock, UV filtered water system, garbage services, steam iron, Keurig and standard coffee makers, ample parking, Large Flatscreen TV, Blu Ray c/w Netflix,, complimentary movie library and includes on site garden chairs and a children's swing set. Additional Features: Upon request: a 4 man tent, portable playpen, carriage, crib available Complimentary Internet available, Optional maid Services are available and negotiated at reasonable local rates, boat launch access to lake: Note canoes, kayaks, wind surfers welcome!

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average rating of 4.8 based on 25 reviews
5

great place

  • 5 of 5

Owners were very friendly and were happy to give us suggestions on activities to do. I would recommend without any hesitation

  • Submitted: Nov 13, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Thanks for a warm welcome to Canada

  • 4 of 5

Thank you Susan and Dennis for welcoming us on our 1st trip to Canada. Your premise was lovely, clean and had all the amenities for making our stay comfortable. The beach and dock are just steps away:) This is a great family-friendly vacation rental!

  • Submitted: Oct 27, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was such a pleasure meeting you and reading your positive feedback both in our guestbook and online. We are delighted you all enjoyed such a relaxing stay and had a chance to experience some our our beautiful beachfront sunsets in our new Muskoka chairs! Thanks again for staying with us, and please do think of us if your travels bring you back to Canada!
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“Perfect winter getaway to experience great Canadi

  • 5 of 5

My kids (17 and 13) and I had such a great little winter vacation and were able to pack so many activities in just 4 days with great savings thanks to the free Algonquin pass provided and being in such a great location. Snow shoes were available at the cottage so we could go snow shoeing around the lake which the cottage is on. Arrowhead park was just 15 mins away and we were provided with a free Algonquin pass that saved us the daily park/access fee per car. There, we did tubing, which was free, skating which was also free (for those that brought our own skates and skate rentals available for those that didn't), and cross-country skiing. There are also snow shoe trails at this park. It was so beautiful.

Susan was so welcoming when we arrived. The place was clean, cozy and again some complimentary extra's that we really appreciated. The extra bedroom was used and we all slept great....warm blankets, clean rooms and comfortable beds.

I can't say enough about our experience at Blue Heron's Cove but need to mention a very important extra that we've never experienced before which is how dog-friendly they were. No extra charge to bring our dog! ...and there were dog treats left for him too. I was in a pinch and was going to forego one additional activity we wanted to try (dog sledding) because we couldn't take or leave our dog but Susan offered to watch him for us! I knew our dog was in good hands with her and her family (which I also met both her son and daughter when we were checking out and all were very kind).

We really hope to experience the cottage in the summer, spring and fall and hope we get the opportunity to. With so many great reviews I'll need to book early!

  • Submitted: Apr 7, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your wonderful feedback and for taking the time to share your family winter-scape at Blue Heron ! We agree that this area is an idyllic vacation spot which makes it a perfect getaway for people of all ages! We were so pleased that you had a chance to try out Arrowhead's new skating trail, and had the opportunity to experience dog-sledding and snowshoeing for the very first time! We are delighted that our new bedroom we offer was comfortable for your boys. Coming from a family of Muskokians, we know there is something new to explore in Muskoka and Algonquin every season! We look forward to seeing your lovely family and Dookie again soon! PS Thank you too for your generous contribution to our local food bank!, It is very much appreciated :)
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5

Perfect family getaway

  • 5 of 5

We cant thank you enough for your hospitality, beautiful accommodations, and making us feel at home. What a perfect spot for our little family to get away and enjoy the winter season. Your cottage is gorgeous and we wanted for nothing. Having the second bedroom was really helpful with our little guy!

  • Submitted: Jan 25, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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A Nice Place To Stay

  • 3 of 5

My husband and I stayed two nights in late November, 2016. The location is excellent. On the waterfront, walk out the French doors to a beautiful, expansive view of the lake. There is a large, fieldstone walkway from the entrance towards the lake and the lawn. It's quite impressive but there is little fill between the stones so you have to be careful walking across it. The surrounding area is great for taking a walk and we enjoyed the serenity we were surrounded with.

When we arrived it was dark. Don't arrive in the dark. There is only a skinny, dirt pathway to a set of outdoor stairs you have to duck under before you arrive at an outdoor patio under a deck belonging to the upper part of the home. It was difficult to navigate especially with luggage.

The cottage is actually a lower-level, above-grade apartment in a large cottage home. The owner, who lives upstairs, was very welcoming, helpful, and was on hand for any questions or concerns. We did hear the owner from time to time walking across the floor over us as well as hearing the sound of dishes being handled.

The apartment was very clean and spacious and it has plenty of large windows. The kitchen was fully equipped and the bathroom and living/dining room were roomy, There were ample linens and toiletries. We did find the two black sofas were well used (black tape duck covered a new places) and they were not comfortable to lounge on. That said, we are in our late 50s so sitting or lying on something ultra firm is a challenge. The bed was comfortable but it was high off the floor and up against a wall. There also is a crib but we couldn't move it out of the way to center the bed so we could get in on either side. We did pull it out about 30cm from the wall and we both got by with the narrow space to walk on either side. If you're flexible and not fussy you'll be fine.

A nice place to stay for two people.

  • Submitted: Dec 12, 2016
  • Stayed: November 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your feedback Johanne and Larry. Im very service based so appreciate guest feedback to ensure everyone enjoys their stay at Blue Heron. I upgraded the master-bedroom with the very popular high bed-frame and mattress that many enjoy - but guests are absolutely welcome to move around any furniture to suit their personal taste. I provide lots of comfy cushions and memory form to enable guests to customize both the sofa and bed to suit their preference. The sofas,which are only 12 months old , were damaged just before your arrival, so I adhered three small strips of tape until the new covers arrived just a week ago. As described on Homeaway/VRBO, this unique waterfront log vacation apartment is completely private and offers personal concierge services as often (or as little ) as guests request. As host, Im located at far end of cottage and accessible by either phone or text should guests have any questions or require assistance throughout their stay. As shown in our high ranking reviews, past guest have remarked how quiet and private this rental is – There was a time when dishes were removed to access a surge protection unit, so what you heard was highly unusual. Blue Heron is both child and pet friendly, so the crib is a well appreciated feature along with the pet and candy treats I leave out. In addition to our parking lot/ pathway light sensors, I organize my cleaner to leave all lights on for any guests arriving late at night. - based on texts, I was under the impression you would be arriving at standard 4pm check-in, so my apologizes why it was dark at check in. The entry provides a light that illuminates so you can enter your electronic door code at night with ease. I do agree with you, Blue Heron does have a beautiful expansive view and is a nice place for a couples getaway! .
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5

Perfect Getaway

  • 5 of 5

Blue Heron Cottage was the perfect getaway for my husband and I, our two-year-old girl, and our Bernese Mountain Dog. The cottage apartment was fully stocked with everything we needed - from cream for our coffee and fresh towels, to board books and stuffed animals tucked away for our little one. The waterfront was perfect for all of us - a dock for the dog to jump off and swim to shore, a shallow area for our toddler to play, and a beautiful view of the sunset each night for us. Our family loves to hike, so the park pass and proximity to Algonquin Park was perfect. One of the best surprises was the one-of-a-kind tree house that captured our little girl's imagination! We made so many great memories. Thank you Susan.

  • Submitted: Nov 6, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Norsemen Restaurant
Muskoka on the Rocks
Andrews' Oxen Sleigh & Wagon Rides
Oxtongue River - Ragged Falls Provincial Park
"Photogenic Falls, especially in early Spring"
J. Albert Bauer Provincial Park
"Beautiful scenic all-season trails !majestic hiking trails, perfect for nature lovers to ex..."
Back Country Tours
"Rent ATV, snowmobile, Jet ski and explore Muskoka"
Dwight Beach
"Lovely public beach, access to Lake of Bays : )"
Algonquin Art Centre
"Algonquin Art Centre is a world-class art gallery that showcases some of Canada’s foremost w..."
Nearest Barpub
2 Kilometres
Muskoka On the Rocks, Bistro & Bar
Nearest Golf
12 Kilometres
3: Deerhurst, Whispering Pines & Huntsville Downs
Nearest Motorway
2 Kilometres
Only metres away from yr round Limberlost& Hwy 60
Nearest Restaurant
400 Metres
5 min walk to 4 Star Norseman Restaurant & Bistro
Nearest Ski
10 Kilometres
Only 7 minutes away Hidden Valley Ski Resort
Nearest Beach
30 Metres
Private Beach + many in area
Car: recommended

Just over a two hour drive north of Toronto , Muskoka District,is a vast 2,500 square miles of stunning pine and maple forests, 1,600 sparkling lakes, magnificent waterfalls, granite cliffs, and the most breathtaking scenery in the province. Flanked on the north by Algonquin Provincial Park, Muskoka is known for its extraordinary beauty and tranquility. Many artists, sculptors, and writers are inspired by the magnificent and natural setting, lending the Muskoka area an artsy edge that further attracts visitors and cottagers.

Muskoka is a year-round region. During the fall, Muskoka is transformed into an artist's palette of breathtaking colours. Winter offers an icy wonderland of fabulous snow activities including hiking, snowshoeing, skiing, skating, sledding, ice fishing, and more. With Spring comes the return of the mesmerizing calls of the loons, welcoming guests and all the exciting summer activities just around the corner.

Most popular among our guests is Algonquin Art Centre, a world-class art gallery that showcases some of Canada’s foremost wilderness and wildlife artists. Located in one of Canada’s most beautiful provincial parks, the AAC is built upon a long tradition of artists in Algonquin Park from Tom Thomson to Michael Dumas. Feature lots of family art activities, art classes, art demos, to encourage our visitors to discover the artist within. Your complimentary pass gives you free entrance into the park. Voluntary admission. The Gallery Open June 1st to Thanksgiving Weekend.

Golf:

Huntsville Downs Golf Club is reasonably priced and built on 200 acres of beautiful Muskoka countryside, the par 72 - 6,270 yard Huntsville Downs provides the challenge and beauty of top rated courses without the high price tag. Deerhurst Resort in Muskoka, Ontario features two distinctive 18-hole golf courses, the famed Deerhurst Highlands and picturesque Deerhurst Lakeside, carved from Muskoka’s ruggedly beautiful landscape by acclaimed architects Robert Cupp and Thomas McBroom. Or Bigwin Island offers recently voted the “Best New Canadian Golf Course” by Golf Digest – and the #6 Best Golf Course in Canada by Score Golf.

Ski/Snowboard:

Hidden Valley Highlands Ski Area is the closest of many ski hills, just off Hwy 60 on Hidden Valley Rd in Huntsville, season and night passes are available, beginner, skiing and snowboarding packages.

Tubing /Toboganning/ and Cross Country Skiing:

Arrowhead Provincial Park , off hwy 11 at north end of Huntsville, tubing and tobogganing hills Also at Delta Grandview Resort on Hwy 60 just east of Huntsville, tobogganing

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Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $34.97
Additional Guest Fee $11.66 per person per night

Cancellation Policy:You can book with assurance! Deposits can be applied to any future booking within 12 months. The owner will make every attempt to re‐book your reservation. If the reservation is re-booked at the same rate, you will be FULLY REFUNDED or prorated according to rebook price. We have had great success in rebooking as we offer last minute specials on behalf of our depositors!

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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