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Clean Picturesque Boater Paradise on the Trent-Severn River.

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

Cottage, 3 Bedrooms + Sleeping Porch, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 8)

Boating paradise only 1.5 hours from Toronto! If your dates are not available, please see our other vacation home at VRBO # 1100812.

Waterfront, on the Severn River (part of the Trent-Severn System) just minutes from Sparrow Lake. APPROX. Lat Long.: 44.790501,-79.392239.

Two screened porches (front and rear) plus an outside deck overlooking the river and lawns.

Lovely cottage on the Severn River at the border between Muskoka and Severn Township. Only a few minutes up river from the rugged beauty of Sparrow Lake, and downriver from Trent-Severn Lock 42 and the warm turquoise water of Lake Couchiching.

Take a spectacular boat trip right from the front door into Georgian bay in only a couple of hours, or boat right to Casino Rama in under an hour! Or, just relax in the screened porch in between swims from the dock. In a quiet location only minutes by car or boat to dining and activities at resorts in Port Stanton.

Three bedrooms, one downstairs and two upstairs. First upstairs bedroom with one double and two twin beds, second upstairs bedroom with one double bed and two twin beds. Downstairs master bedroom with one double bed. Lots of parking.

Keywords: riverfront, severn, muskoka, orillia, gravenhurst, washago, sparrow, lock 42, couchiching

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Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 16, 2017

About Jan

Family owned cottage near our childhood home. Our family has looked after this cottage on behalf of other owners for many years. We recently decided to purchase it for our use.

Jan purchased this cottage in 2009

Why Jan chose Ontario

This area is close to amenities, and well serviced, yet has a truly removed-from-it-all feel. Lots of great boating right at the dock. Sparrow Lake is only five minutes down stream. Georgian Bay, Lake Couchiching, and all the other great places on the Trent-Severn are close by. The Torrance Barrens is a 20-minute drive. The private Muskoka Wildlife Park is 10-minutes away.

What makes this cottage unique

It's so wonderful to wake up in the morning and sit out on the porch and enjoy breakfast while looking over the river and the birds and wildlife. Later in the day we have a choice to go biking, hiking, or boating right from the cottage.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Jan's place is a historic cottage located on the river with all the amenities and enough space for an average to large family to function. excellent kitchen utilities, two dining areas, many places to sleep, and nice size dock and river facing yard. be warned that the train tracks are within hearing distance. walking distance to the marina and docks at the mouth of the river into Sparrow Lake. nice neighborhood to stroll through. cottage comes with as many fans, radios and other appliances necessary to make your stay comfortable. will book again in future, due to the nostalgic location for our family on the river.
Jun 2017
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Port Stanton Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • 1
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Downstairs - 1 queen
    Upstairs East - 1 queen , 1 double , 1 twin/ single
    Upstairs West - 1 double , 1 twin/ single
  • Queen size Beds (2), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (3)
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Boat
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • limited accessibility
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Two screened porches (front and rear), private dock on river, grass front and back lawn. Cottage is well maintained, but is over 100 years old. Originally built as one of a group of cottages for friends who were all executives at Simpsons-Sears in Toronto.


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Clean Picturesque Boater Paradise on the Trent-Severn River.
average rating of 4.7727275 based on 24 reviews

Beautiful view. Lots of boat traffic. Lots of surrounding noise. Cottage smelled musty.

  • 3 of 5

Outdoor view was beautiful. Loved the screened in porches! Fishing off the dock not great, and river was a bit quick for a row boat or canoe so I would recommend renting a boat, but be careful of wrekless boaters. We saw quite a few. Loud music at several surrounding cottages at night. Upon entry to the cottage there was a foul, musty smell. We got used to it, but upon reentry after being outdoors, it was definitely there. We would have liked to open more Windows but many of the screens had tears and there were quite a lot of bugs. Internet VERY slow even for use on low usage smartphones. The Owner is very nice and easy to get ahold of. We had a pretty nice time, just a few small things that we had expected to be a bit nicer based on reviews that we read.

  • Submitted: Jun 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We checked in several times with Emily during her stay and she told us everything was fine and she was having a great time, so we were surprised by some things in her review. We, and a maintenance person, were both in the cottage less than an hour before her arrival and there was no smell. Nor was there any after her stay. The cottage is dry, has a new roof, and is well ventilated - it's two to three feet off the ground. It WAS the wettest spring on record this year, with rain almost every day for almost three months, so perhaps the surrounding vegetation smelled damp after that day’s rain. We asked the guests who stayed right after Emily if we could drop by to inspect and fix any screens immediately after seeing this review; and out of the ten window screens in the cottage, there was a rip in one, which we repaired. The river has an 8 kilometer speed limit and is policed so generally traffic is slow and quiet. Compared to being on a lake, the river is quieter because boats and jet skis cannot race around. The canal closes in late afternoon or early evening (no later than 7 each night) and traffic drops to nearly nil. The current in the river was faster than normal this spring because of the record high rainfall, but normally the current is mild. Even so, the current is not that fast. This is a great opportunity for us to remind everyone spring in Muskoka is always subject to weather and there can be LOTS of mosquitoes and black flies. Our two screened porches are a wonderful way to avoid them and enjoy the outdoors, but if you go right outside in spring you WILL NEED BUG SPRAY or long pants and sleeves ESPECIALLY. This can also be true on a wet day in the summer. The cottage is very quiet, we always have wonderful sleeps there. Noise has never been an issue, as our neighbors are all seniors within two houses each side - and across the river. There is a noise by-law in Gravenhurst and Severn and the Ontario Provincial Police will attend if loud noise continues after hours. But this has never been necessary.
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Excellent weekend on the Severn River!

  • 5 of 5

Really enjoyed our weekend get away at the cottage. Was comfortable and spacious for 8. The main reason for the stay was fishing and the best spot we found was literally 100 feet from the dock. This is a very convenient location.

  • Submitted: Jun 8, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nice cottage getaway

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay a lot at Jan's cottage. The place was clean and cozy and backyard is fantastic. We enjoyed our boat ride a lot on the beautiful lake sparrow and used the campfire every night. Jan was very responsive to our questions and requests.

  • Submitted: Sep 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Quiet and Comfortable!

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed our stay very much. The cottage was clean and so comfortable, including the beds, sofas, etc. It was super quiet which made the stay even more relaxing. We all enjoyed the large dock and Huge frontage. We made fires in the fire pit everyday and watched the boats go by.

It was great to have the option to sit on the screen porch even though the mosquitoes were not bad when we were there. We would definitely go back again. The only drawback was that there is no beach area for young children to swim and there is a lot of vegetation in the water, which for me, is not appealing to swim in, so I didn't.

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Relaxing cottage

  • 5 of 5

This is a great place for my daughter,grandchildren and I. We played badminton,some bored games. Kids and there mom went fishing and swimming there. It's relaxing and sitting at the dock reading. There's lots of board games,kitchen supplies. Been here twice never want to leave. The neighbours are also friendly.

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, Mary Lou! We were so glad to have you and your wonderful family at the cottage again. It is a special, relaxing spot and we're glad you and your family enjoyed it. Having nice people like you and your family at the cottage and seeing you enjoy it makes it all the more worthwhile for us too. Thanks also for again taking good care of the house and property. We look forward to welcoming you another time soon!
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Perfect summer get away!

  • 5 of 5

This cottage was fantastic. Kitchen was well stocked with plates, cups, glasses and appliances, so there was no need for wasting plastic cups, cutlery and plates. The rooms were super cozy. The backyard space is huge, allowing for tons of space for activities. The river is gorgeous, and perfect for swimming and boating. Good tree cover too so you're not in the sun the whole time in the backyard. The sun room was a great place to eat and still feel the outdoor breeze, while avoiding bugs at the same time. Plus, the HBO was a fantastic bonus. I can't think of anything bad to say. 10/10

  • Submitted: Jun 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, John. We're glad you had a good time and enjoyed our cottage! The shade and the river are very nice and it's good to know you appreciated those parts of the experience. Also, thank you to you and your family for being great guests and leaving the cottage in great shape! Have a wonderful rest of the summer and we hope to see you again.
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Nearest Airport
20 Kilometres
Gravenhurst, ON
Nearest Barpub
5 Kilometres
Bayview Wildwood Resort, Port Stanton
Nearest Golf
5 Kilometres
Lake St. George G&C Club
Nearest Train
15 Kilometres
Washago, ON
Nearest Motorway
7 Kilometres
Highway 11 north
Nearest Restaurant
5 Kilometres
Bayview Wildwood Resort, Port Stanton
Nearest Beach
15 Kilometres
Washago, ON
Car: recommended

Norman Bethune House is nearby, in Gravenhurst.

The Torrance Barrens preserve is a 15-minute drive from the cottage, along Muskoka Road 13. Directly on the Trent-Severn waterway. Only 2 KM from Sparrow Lake. Some of the best fishing in Central Ontario right off the dock. The famous Carden Plain bird-watching area is about 40 minutes to the east of the cottage.


Rates & Availability

Port Stanton Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Summer 2017
Jun 30 2017 - Sep 4 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
Fall 2017
Sep 5 2017 - Nov 5 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $39.21
Damage Deposit $156.83

Security deposit of $200 required upon booking. Bed linens, pillows, towels, and face cloths are NOT included but are available for an additional $50 if you cannot bring your own. Life jackets (PFDs) are NOT provided. PLEASE note that we cannot accept promises to rent via email as reservation confirmation. Your reservation is confirmed only upon our receipt of the refundable deposit. Until the deposit is received, we reserve the right to rent the cottage to others.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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