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Doug or Orla Irwin c/o Susan

Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
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Off the Grid Yurt Located on 11 Private Acres c/w Algonquin Pass & Canoe!

Sleeps2
Bedrooms 1
Half Baths1
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Overview

Huntsville Cabin Rental Photos and Description

This OFF-THE-GRID eco-sustainable yurt rental is the perfect couples getaway!

If you are seeking restitution away from the pressures of everyday living, or enjoy "glamping" without the fuss, the Yurt experience is sure to revitalize and re-connect you back to nature and rejuvenate the soul!

A yurt is perfect way for vacationers who seek the simplicity of living the ultimate Algonquin experience. The thought of sitting around a campfire under a clear sky, gazing up at the stars and listening to the sounds of the night can pacify your minds and rejuvenate your soul!

This 100% Canadian made Yurt comes fully equipped with all necessary linens including freshly laundered towels, facecloths, and sheets for the queen size bed. We supply 2 battery packs to power small non grid devices such as the reading lamp and small coffee maker.

During late Spring, Summer and Fall the adjacent kitchen cabin compliments the yurt in giving you a additional screen-in porch overlooking the dock. They are both located within meters of each other and you will be assured full privacy on vast 11 acres of private property. Note: the cabin portion is closed off during winter and early Spring. During the cooler seasons,you will be kept snuggly warm even during the coldest of wintery nights inside Yurt's wool lined interior and our new high-functioning wood stove. Its large 17'x17' circumference is the perfect size for a couples getaway!

We leave out a wide selection of games & reading material for the quieter moments. In addition to supplying kindling/firewood, we include propane for the BBQ, ample ice/thermal container to store perishables, and standard size life jackets for the on-site canoe during Spring /Summer and Fall and high tech snowshoes in snow season.

During off season, we can make arrangement for hot showers closeby. Jusk ask at time of rental.

Pets with up-to-date vet shots are welcome no charge, but advance notice is required.

Check out this website's pictures of our unique outdoor washroom which our guests fondly call " Muskoka's finest privy" It even features art work and a chandelier!

Muskoka is just a 2 1/4 hour drive north of Toronto. We are located just 12 minutes from historical Huntsville and 30 minutes from the gateway to Algonquin Park, right in the heart of Muskoka District with its vast 2500 square miles of stunning pine and maple forests, 1600 lakes, waterfalls, cliffs and breathtaking scenery!

All accommodations offer an unlimited complimentary Algonquin/Arrowhead Parking Pass!

Features include on site canoe, paddleboat, private dock, open fire pit, waterfall and stream. On site clean safe drinking water is provided.

Lakeside Yurt 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.

Here are just of our many 5 star REVIEWS!

Feb 17th

GREAT time of the grid!We came here for peace, relaxation, and the great outdoors. This property met those requirements and more. The yurt was well-equipped, cozy (thanks to the woodstove) and secluded enough that you felt away from everything, yet because it was only a short hike and 10 minute drive into town it was still convenient for us to get around and explore Huntsville. Thank you to our wonderful hosts Doug and Orla, we will definitely be back and recommend it to others! All the best, Lauren

Recommended for: Pet-friendly, Adventure Seekers, Romantic Getaway

Feb 6th

We had a wonderful time. The winter experience was truly a memorable one. It's definitely something that we can cross off our list now. We took advantage of the Arrowhead pass and explored the park. We particularly enjoyed skating through the forest. Meeting Doug and Orla was a complete pleasure as well. They were so sweet and welcoming, it made the experience more special.

We were pleased with the two nights and the urge of accomplishing something new was satisfied. Doug was generous enough to extend the third night to the next time we visit at which we were pleasantly surprised by. On our way home Emily and I discussed coming back. Hopefully in October to take advantage of the leaves changing.Thank you for everything and look forward to booking more adventures with you, Carla

Oct 10th

Hi Doug and Orla: Stephanie and I had an absolutely amazing time at the yurt. We could not have imagined a better location and trip over all. As far as feedback I can honestly say I would not change a single thing. From the very first contact to the moment we drove away was perfect. Meeting Doug to show us the place was very nice and of course the property speaks for itself. We have many pictures and memories that will last a lifetime. Over the next few weeks we are going to plan a time to visit again, this time in the warmer days of summer and hope to make this a yearly trip. Thanks again for everything. All the best, Randy and Stephanie

October 24th

Thanks so much Susan for arranging our visit - we had a great time!! We had a great visit - despite a day of rain - and want to return for sure. Thanks, Krista

August 10th

We had a fabulous time. Orla and Doug were exceptional hosts and we were so happy that they agreed to roll with the punches in spite of not knowing we were arriving. We will definitely be adding Lakeside Yurt & Studio to our ongoing getaway plans. Cheers, Raye, Craig and Lola (the dog)

NEW! Nature Tours can be arranged with advance notice.

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:

A) 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.

With only natural materials from the local land, we will: build shelter, purify water, create fire from friction, and find food.

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, what they are saying & their edible & medicinal qualities.

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

C)Tree Tour

Meet the majestic, green giants of the forest -- in this activity-enhanced walk and talk, we will 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, we will read the local landscape to tell the story of its past.

If you are interested, please contact TreeStyle: Tree & Forest Permaculture at treestyletree@ or call 705.349.8733 with the following info:

1. Which session(s) you would like to participate in

2. Name(s) of participant(s) attending

3. Dates of stay at yurt

Cost: Voluntary Donation

In addition to our onsite solar shower, you also have access to wifi just five minutes down the road – we just need advance notice if interested.

What is supplied: When you arrive, the cabin and yurt will be clean and set up with freshly laundered linens, bath towels , hand towels, wash cloths, paper towels, BBQ c/w propane and utensils, ample supply of games, firewood and starter supplied for fireplace/bon fire. Starter supply of dishwasher soap, hand soap, toilet paper, we also keep on hand a few spare beach towels

You can safely dive off the T shaped dock (c/w canoe). Its 36ft in length and 6-7ft deep at the end. The dock is conveniently located only 300ft away from the Yurt.

Yurts have developed into great popularity over past decade, where campers/cottagers can experience an high end upgrade to traditional camping without the work, lately referenced as “glamping”. We supply all the basics, queen size bed, sheets, linens, basic cooking utensils. The sounds of nature is purely therapeutic : ) Other than bringing your basic personal supplies, we do the rest!

More Details
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Doug or Orla Irwin c/o Susan (Property Manager)
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english

Reviews

Exceptional! 5/5 -
(10 traveler reviews)
Off the Grid Yurt Located on 11 Private Acres c/w Algonquin Pass & Canoe!
average rating of 5.0 based on 10 reviews
5

words cannot describe this amazing place.

  • 5 of 5

We had the pleasure of staying here for 2 nights. First of all i would like to thank doug and orla, for sharing this slice of heaven with us. We knew the reviews were good before we got here...but being here was even more spectacular than expected. Nothing but privacy and nature.. sounds of the waterfall all throughout the gorgeous property. This is one of a lifetime experience. That is for sure. Once again thank you doug and orla. You guys are good people. See you again very soon.

Farhan and zaheen.

  • Submitted: May 19, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
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5

A little slice of heaven

  • 5 of 5

The moment that we both arrives at the Yurt, we knew that not only was this a very special place, but we were going to have an absolutely wonderful time. And we did.

The property itself is a gem, with it's trickling waterfall, it's cabin with a lakeside view, and having Benson lake all to ourselves. The Yurt was so cozy and romantic. The wood-burning stove provided both warmth and a place to sit by with a tea and share stories. We went hiking on the trails, snowshoeing on the frozen lake, and even tobogganing down the hill, which was so much fun. The echo on the lake is magic. To anyone visiting, it's something you must try. We were lucky to be able to see the stars at night, and found it pretty special to be able to do that even as we were laying in bed. And hearing wolves and owls at night was pretty incredible.

We want to thank Doug and Orla again for their wonderful hospitality, and for allowing us to enjoy this unique, special, and beautiful place. It was a get-away that we will never forget, and we cannot wait to visit again. It was magic.

Nina & Jay, Toronto

  • Submitted: Mar 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
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5

So Romantic!

  • 5 of 5

Doug,

Just wanted to tell you that our stay at the yurt was amazing! You guys truly have a hidden gem. . I have done lots of back country camping in the past and enjoy the quiet, private nature of it. I would say that although you can drive to the yurt it mimics the same type of private and quietness of back country camping. The only reason why I wouldn't tell everyone I know about this place is so that there is some availability for when we want to come next! Although the weather was a little cold we were still able to get a few nice walks up the road and through the woods. We want to come back in the warmer weather so we can explore the lake in the Canoe. We got engaged on your dock in the snow storm and it was something we will always remember.

Thank you again for an amazing stay. We will definitely be back next year!

Mike and Alana

  • Submitted: Nov 4, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
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Owner's Response: Hi Mike and Alana! A big congratulations on your engagement. I was just thinking about you both. It's been very busy closing our gallery in Algonquin Park for the season. I really liked you both as you reminded me of ourselves at your age with our three children. Orla and I took the odd weekend away for some piece and quiet . I'm sorry you didn't get a chance to meet Orla but maybe next time you will. Thank you very much for coming and we would love to have you up again. The lake is great for swimming. Maybe we should change it from Healing lake to Engagement lake! Kindest regards, Doug and Orla
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Solitude

  • 5 of 5

I found my days and nights at the yurt filled with discovery and wonder.

The cries of the loons, being woken by owls and hearing the distant wolves will be a life long memory for me. Standing on the dock and playing my favorite melodies on my euphonium was a joy especially with a four second echo. Who knew wolves like Holst! I found everything I needed was available and things I didn't weren't.

I hope to next time take Orla up on her advice of looking at the stars from the middle of the lake. The best part was that it It was also an absolute joy to share this all with my Airedale" Rosie". I hope to return. Sven

  • Submitted: Oct 1, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
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Owner's Response: Thank you Sven for taking the time to post such an uplifting review ! Doug and I strive to ensure every guest is welcome and has everything conveniently on hand throughout their stay. As a family of nature lovers, we find Lakeside Yurt is the perfect balance of peace & tranquility, so its fulfilling when we hear our guests are are captivated by the beauty and soothing sounds of our little retreat too! We enjoyed having you at Lakeside Yurt and yes, nothing compares in seeing the stars on water at night! We look forward in seeing you again soon! Take care for now, Orla and Doug Irwin
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Amazing

  • 5 of 5

We had an amazing weekend. Living in the city, we've never seen the sky so clear, the majesty of it all. It was the perfect way to get away from the business of life and just spend some time for ourselves.

Doug and Orla were amazing and very hospitable. It was a pleasure meeting them. They made sure we had everything we needed and was always available if we needed to contact them.

As a result of this time away, we have considered doing this every year.

Thank you so much for the experience!

P.S. Coming back with about 30 mosquito bites was definitely worth the experience! :)

- Nathan

  • Submitted: Jun 11, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
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Simply amazing! Already planning a return visit!

  • 5 of 5

Hi Susan,

Thanks for your note, and your flexibility in our date changes mid-February.

The yurt is incredible, the property is unbelievably beautiful, and our experience couldn't have been better.

Doug, Orla, thank you so much for your time and such an intimate and personal introduction to the yurt. Both myself and Spencer were a little bit timid about how we were going to manage over the weekend but you made it painless and easy. I'm going to be talking everyone's ears off about how unique (and doable!) of an experience this was. I know we'd definitely love the opportunity to try this again in the late summer/early fall.

The National Park pass was greatly appreciated -- Arrowhead was beautiful. Hopefully next time we'll seize the opportunity and see Algonquin, as well.

Thank you so much for sharing this with us!

K

PS -- I love the emphasis on local and Canada-made products!

  • Submitted: Mar 24, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
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Owner's Response: Hi Ksenija & Spencer, It was our pleasure having you stay at our little piece of paradise. I'm glad you both had a great time and we had no worries as you both came well prepared and organized. If you enjoyed it in the winter you will love it in the summer and we would be delighted to have you back. Kindest regards, Doug & Orla
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Car: necessary

Muskoka is just a 2 1/4 hour drive north of Toronto. We are located just 12 minutes from historical Huntsville and 30 minutes from the gateway to Algonquin Park, right in the heart of Muskoka District with its vast 2500 square miles of stunning pine and maple forests, 1600 lakes, waterfalls, cliffs and breathtaking scenery!

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Rates & Availability

Huntsville Cabin Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
HIGH SEASON RATE
Jul 1 2016 - Sep 30 2016
2 night minimum stay
$121
From
$142
Fri,Sat
$841
 
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$117
From
$134
Fri,Sat
$764
 

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 13.0%

Cancellation Policy: You can book with assurance Your deposit can be applied to another reservation made at the time of the cancellation for your stay period anytime within the next 12 months. If full payment has been paid, 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 at 100% or prorated accordingly

Manager'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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Amenities

Huntsville Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Lakefront
  • Waterfront
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
General:
  • Heating ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Wood Stove ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Pantry Items
Dining:
  • Dining Area
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , Off the Grid, Outdoor Comfort Station
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Queen Size Bed
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Games
Outside:
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • 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:
  • basketball court
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • ski privileges optional
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Our lakeside waterfront accommodation is fully accessible by road. Your rental includes a propane frig (located in nearby screen kitchen cabin), BBQ, fire pit, clean drinking water, and private dock c/w canoe and standard size lifejackets. The lake is perfect to venture out by canoe. This one of a kind accommodation is located on vast 11 acreage of forested private property. Our guests claimed our outhouse to be our guests have called "Muskoka Finest Privy" - its adorned in art and even includes a chandelier! (you can view from screen porch picture attached).

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