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Lauren Helmkay

Member since: 2012
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Speaks: english

Exquisite custom built home with stunning views of Lake Simcoe

32 Reviews
Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

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Ontario House Rental Photos and Description

4 bedrooms, 4 full bathrooms, 1 half bathroom, sleeps 10

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. Fifth year in business and ensure to read our renews!

  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Lauren Helmkay (Owner)
Member since: 2012
Call Owner
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 Ontario

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.


based on 32 traveler reviews

Exquisite custom built home with stunning views of Lake Simcoe
average rating of 5.0 based on 32 reviews

Even better than expected!

  • 5 of 5

First and foremost, Lauren [owner] was pleasant, thorough and very prompt with all online communication. Dealing with her was a pleasure.

The drive up from Toronto couldn't have been easier and smoother. Our 'tour guide' was waiting for us when we drove up, welcoming us and giving us a tour of the home, grounds and dock area. By the end of it, we could not come up with a question; it was THAT thorough, yet concise.

The first thing we noticed when we got to the Lakehouse was how the, albeit, beautiful pictures did not do it justice. It was even lovelier. It felt like a boutique hotel disguised as a lakehouse. It even smelled amazing! Also, VERY VERY clean, especially considering the shear size and footprint.

Details, details, details. In the decor, the amenities, the equipment available to us, etc. From the DVD movies to the water sports/equipment, to the kitchen tools to the bedding, we truly overpacked for this well-equipped getaway. I can go on and on about the details but there is not enough space here.

We will definitely be returning to this gem [and will pack a lot less].

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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What a dreamy place!

  • 5 of 5

We had such a great time at this property. Lauren was extremely helpful and always available when needed.

We were A group of 10 and had an exquisite time. The property is absolutely stunning and so well kept with everytjing avaialble! I loved how accomadating the owners are. From the rooms to the water facilities, everything was top notch! Its a great place for families or a group of friends to head out and relax. My group and I would highly reccomend this place

To anyone! Thank you Lauren for such a great experience! Kind Regards

  • Submitted: Jun 6, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Sina - thanks so much for leaving your comments! We're so glad you had a great time and that everything was beyond your expectations! That's what we strive for! :) It was great so see you all making use of the waterfront and having a good time. Look forward to seeing you all again!
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Markham, Ontario, Canada

Great getaway to welcome 2016!

  • 5 of 5

What a great place to stay. As soon as you walk into this home you don't want to leave. It is beautifully decorated and very welcoming. The kitchen is fully equipped with everything you would need to cook a fabulous meal. The beds are super comfortable. We would definitely recommend this property to families, couples and families. The owners are awesome. Thank you Lauren and Grant

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Must stay!

  • 5 of 5

We held our small family wedding there over the Thanksgiving long weekend. It's close enough to the GTA but still able to escape the city. Lauren and her brother Grant were so nice and helpful. I have nothing bad to say. The ceremony went well, we had a great time there. Almost everything you need is there! Seriously. Spices, pots, utensils and even female sanitary products to name a few. Lauren and Grant has thought everything thru. Thank you for the once in a life time memory!

  • Submitted: Oct 26, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We really enjoyed having you and so glad everything went well for the wedding - despite the wind!! Thanks so much for taking time to send us a review, we appreciate! Hope to see you guys again soon! :) Lauren and Grant
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Pea Ridge, Ar, Us

Simply stunning!

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I came up to this house beyond excited to spend time with my family! The place was amazing, the pictures you see on here are nothing till you lay eyes on this spectacular residence. It was really roomy to hang out with all the family but the rooms were huge as well to still have your own little espace away! Lauren and Grant and their staff are simply the best people you could ever meet! And can't thank them enough for the opportunity to spend a week in this beautiful place without a doubt we will be back again!!

  • Submitted: Oct 14, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Stayed here for a week, the pictures just don't do this wonderful house justice. The owner Lauren and her brother Grant can't do enough to help and are on hand if you have any questions. Everything you need is there, we even needed a band aid and they were on hand as well.

Would recommend this vacation rental spot very highly, it has wonderful views of Lake Simcoe from the living room and balcony's. On the shore there are loads of toys for the water, the kitchen is loaded with everything you need, great front and back porches for relaxing. BBQ worked fantastic, huge dining room table was great for our family gathering. My son and daughter in law drove from the USA and couldn't stop talking about how wonderful the house was. The bedrooms and on suit bathrooms are 5 star ++++ everything was provided.

Thanks to Lauren and Grant for making our week there so a wonderful occasion we will always hold this place dear to our hearts.

  • Submitted: Oct 10, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: recommended

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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Jun 25 2016 - Sep 5 2016
7 night minimum stay
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2 night minimum stay

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Tax Rate 13.0%

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Ontario House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 4000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 Master - toilet , shower , jetted tub
    Bathroom 2 Queen - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 Double/Twin - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 4 Queen Main - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 5 Half Main Floor - tub , Main Floor
  • 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
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis
  • Water Sports Gear
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed ...
Pool / Spa:
  • jetted tub
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing

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