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Exquisite custom built home with stunning views of Lake Simcoe

Bedrooms 4
Space 4,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

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!

Lauren Helmkay
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
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Calendar last updated:
April 19, 2017

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.


Keswick House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 4000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed ...
  • children welcome
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
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


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(37 traveler reviews)

Exquisite custom built home with stunning views of Lake Simcoe
average rating of 5.0 based on 37 reviews

Far and away one of the nicest homes we have encountered through the VRBO experience!!

  • 5 of 5

Lauren is truly the Hostess with the Mostest! Not only an amazing home, but decorated beyond the imagine of Pottery Barn's best minds! Everything is in place for you to walk right in and start living your vacation, right down to fresh coffee and salt and pepper! A truly enjoyable experience for everyone in our party. Lauren and RJ could not have been more gracious hosts. Enjoy your stay on Simcoe!!

  • Submitted: Feb 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Mike - thanks so much for being great guests and we were glad the ice held up for your fishing with all this warm weather! :) lauren
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A perfect home away from home!

  • 5 of 5

Our family travelled from Seattle to spend Canadian Thanksgiving back home. Lauren your home is the cleanest of any place I have ever rented. I didn't want to leave, it was so cozy! We did a lot of cooking for my mom (so she could have some prepared dinners). Your kitchen had everything we needed and more. The rooms are all decorated so beautifully! I remember arriving late at night; all the lights were on, it looked so beautiful and welcoming as we drove up the driveway! I have mentioned your home on Facebook to all of my local friends. Thank you for a wonderful stay. I would come back in a heartbeat! Trish, Brian and Family

  • Submitted: Nov 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Stunning lakefront home with everything!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay in this spectacular charming house! Stunning, spacious and it had everything we needed and much more. The owner was extremely hospitable, very helpful and very pleasant throughout our entire stay. We had an incredible fun big group celebration and everyone expressed how beautifully decorated and private each room was... each having their own ensuite spa bathroom was a key feature. We were in love with the kitchen, very well laid out, beautiful and has everything you need. There were so many activities available indoors/outdoors and the highlight was the stunning views with only steps away from the lake watching the most picturesque sunsets and we enjoyed waking up each morning watching the lovely sunrise from the Master suite and beautiful cozy front porch. This house is the perfect retreat from city life and we highly recommend this luxury elegant lakefront home to anyone and we will certainly be back!

  • Submitted: Nov 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Stunning property - perfect for families

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I rented The Simcoe Lakehouse with our children and grandchildren this summer. In all we were 10. All our expectations were surpassed by this luxurious lakefront home with spectacular views from the bedrooms, front porch and beachfront dock. The sunsets were breathtaking.

The comfort and spacious 4 bedrooms with adjoining bathrooms were well equipped with towels all the toiletries. One of the bedrooms had an adorable nook with a crib which my grandson slept quite comfortably.

The gas barbecue on the back porch was very convenient. The large dining area accommodated the entire family around the dining table.

Entertainment with full TV cable, movies, CD's, games, books.

There was no time for boredom with the backyard activities, games, and fire pit. Must not forget the watercraft toys, provided fun for all.

It was great having Grant, the property manager nearby with the added personal touch of fresh herb garden and some of Grant's home-made pickles. To top it off, the humongous bag of theatre popcorn was the best!

We look forward to enjoying cottage life again in the future.

  • Submitted: Sep 20, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fabulous Family Vacation

  • 5 of 5

Our family of nine, Including a 6 year old, a 3 year old and a 2 year old had a fabulous vacation on Lake Simcoe. Lauren, Grant and RJ, were so lovely and made sure that we had everything we needed for a great time. The lake house was absolutely beautiful. It had everything we needed. It was spacious and so well maintained. There was a homey feel to it. Toronto has so much to offer, but other than going to a Blue Jays game, we didn't want to leave the lake house. We are already excited about returning next year!

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We loved seeing all of you really enjoy the lakefront and the water toys! It just wasn't the same here the day you all went to the Blue Jays! LOL. Thanks so much for taking the time to write a review, Sue, we appreciate it!!
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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
Owner's Response: We're so glad you all had a fabulous time at the lakehouse :) There's nothing we like better than hearing 'Better than expected!' because we know our reviews set expectations pretty high!! Look forward to having you all again as soon as you can make it back! Thanks!! Lauren
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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.


Rates & Availability

Keswick House Rental Rates

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Dec 5 2016 - Jun 29 2017
2 night minimum stay
High Season
Jun 30 2017 - Sep 5 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 13.0%

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