About the property
- Cottage6000 sqft
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay2 - 4 nights
Cottage 8 Bedrooms + Bunk beds and Futons, 4 Baths, (Sleeps 1-40+)
PLEASE NOTE : IF YOU ARE ON VRBO GO TO homeway.ca listing # 375579 FOR RATES IN CANADIAN $ (Rates are quoted in $US on the VRBO site.)
This Cottage has the largest private indoor pool for rent in Canada.Activities Activities Activities!!! There is so much to do for all ages at this cottage. It's like your own private resort... Fantastic no matter what mother nature throws your way. It's the perfect cottage to ensure the weather is not an issue. Enjoyment,relaxation and entertainment for all ages.. Parents will never hear there kids say they are bored.The kids have so much to do that the adults can relax and have a holiday without constantly trying to keep everyone entertained. The main feature of this cottage is the 2000 sq ft attached pool building with a 40 ft Indoor pool and a 10 person hot tub.The warmth (30 C water temp)of this year round facility will keep you bug free in the warmer months and leave you forgetting about the Caribbean in the colder months.Go jogging indoors as 25 laps of the pool is one kilometer.There are three acres of landscaped grounds with two Weber BBQ s(one with rotisserie),full size sand filled regulation beach volleyball court,fire pit,children's play structure,sandbox, tennis and basketball court on the 5000sq ft asphalt sealed driveway and a toboggan hill (toboggans supplied). Seasonal vegetable are available in large organic garden. Inside there is WiFi access for your laptops and devices,8 x 4 pool table,darts,board games, satellite TV(2 x 60',1 x 51', 1 x 42' and a selection of movies) plus three XBox's(1 kinect 6 controllers and a selection of games). This is an ideal vacation for large family gatherings, groups,several families or as a corporate retreat.
Private Retreat within easy commute of Ottawa and Montreal and a great base to explore Eastern Ontario, Western Quebec and Upstate New York. Lake Placid in the middle of the Adirondack Mountains is within two hours as is Mont Tremblant in Quebec. The St Lawrence river is 10 minutes away with all its water related recreational activities and there is a free area to launch your boat in Cornwall which is 12 minutes away.
There is a nice sheltered beach 15 minutes away on the St Lawrence where you can enjoy water related recreational activities.Free boat ramp in Cornwall 12 minutes away to launch your water related recreational toys.
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- Calendar last updated:
- May 8, 2018
About Frank Murphy
I am a New Zealander who has lived in Canada since 1997. Lucky to have travelled to over 125 countries so ask me and maybe I have been to your country and home town.
Frank Murphy purchased this Cottage in 2000
Why Frank Murphy chose South Glengarry
It is a nice rural area with all the advantages of two of the larger cities in Canada. Ottawa, Canadas Capital and Montreal with its French influence. New York State in the USA is only 15 minutes away and is the gateway to the Adirondack Mountains(Americas Largest National Park)with Lake Placid a beautiful two hour drive from the cottage..The area is in the centre of a lot of Canadian culture and the St Lawrence River with all its water related activities is 10 minutes. away.
What makes this Cottage unique
One of the best features of this cottage is the space indoors. Never have the weather spoil your holiday again. Each season has its charm from swimming without the bugs to floating in the pool while a winter storm rages outside. Go jogging indoors as 25 laps around the pool is 1 kilometer and you won't slip as the whole area is covered with an all weather carpet. This cottage has the warmth of summer every day of the year. Outside on the properties grounds there are seasonal year round activities from table tennis,tobogganing to beach volleyball.A unique place to relax and be entertained.
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Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 12:00 AM
Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
Great Place Year Round
We stayed for two nights for a weekend long bachelor party. The place was very clean and comfortably slept 21 full grown guys.
The property is huge, and when the weather didn't cooperate it didn't matter because the house itself is so big, and of course the pool. The big screen tv in the pool room helped as well.
Frank was a great host and would always respond within the hour to any question we had in the run up to the visit. The house had everything we need, towels for everyone, bedding dishes glasses, and three, maybe four, very large refrigerators. Two BBQ's and 2 ovens which were all put to very good use. Everyone was very impressed and I think a lot will be looking for a reason to book the house in the future. Also the beer store is only a 12 -15 minute drive away for when you run out of beer.
Clean, spacious and well taken care of Cottage - Loved it
We had a family get together in Aug and booked this cottage for 3 nights. It is about 5 hours drive from Toronto (Much closer to Ottawa and Montreal - within 2 hours drive from both locations) but I must say that it was worth driving all the way for.
It is located very close to Hwy 401 but far enough to make it feel like a cottage in a very quiet neighborhood.
It has large and well-taken care off, front and backyard in addition to a long driveway (enough to park 10 cars). It has a great beach volleyball area (didn't end up using it) plus a play area for younger kids (they loved the model ship in the play area).
The cottage is designed to accommodate 20 -30 people with enough space to have all sit at the dinner table and enjoy a family meal. Rooms are very clean and there is more than enough storage and fridge space (3 fridges), icemaker, coffee maker etc.
In terms of entertainment, this cottage came with few 50 inch plus TV's and game consoles etc. plus a pool table, tennis table and a lot of toys for kids to keep them entertained. I can safely say that this is the best-kept and managed cottage we have rented in the last 5-7 years.
Now for the best part, as mentioned in the advertisement, it has a large pool with a hot tub and tons of life jackets. We spent more than half our awake time in the pool (other half was eating enough to reenergize for next pool trip)
Frank (owner) is a super nice guy and very responsive. He visited every day to check the pool water to make sure it was safe for us to swim.
When I initially saw the listing, I was a little scared to make the reservation as it looked like too good to be true but we are glad that we went ahead. One of the best family gathering we had in the last few years and the reason is the way this cottage kept us all together at one place rather than different groups running in different directions to keep them entertained.
The only negative comment which I got from few in the group was that there are more than enough bunk beds to accommodate all but few more rooms will be a nice addition to this wonderful cottage.
Great place for a reunion
We absolutely loved our weekend at Frank's cottage. There was over 40 of us and we had more than enough space. Huge kitchen table was amazing for feeding all the kids at once and ample fridge space for everyone's food and drinks. Pool, hot tub and volleyball court provided hours of entertainment for the kids and adults. Bunks are very sturdy and all have nice mattresses so they are comfortable for adults too.
We had a wonderful time and would definitely go back!
Frank was an excellent host, greeting us when we arrived and showing us how everything worked and coming back subsequent days to make sure pool was nice and clean.
Awesome place to get away with family and friends! Many activities on site, lots of sleeping space!
Awesome place! You said that this place is unique in Canada. We certainly believe it as nowhere else would have been suitable for our Mom’s surprise retirement party. Thanks for giving us a place to celebrate this special moment in our Mom’s life. Hopefully we will come up with another excuse soon to head out to "Murphy’s Retreat”. Au Revoir!
From Jen and Laurie and almost 35 other party guests.
P.S A special thanks for your efforts in making the place “special mobility needs friendly”. Our grandparents couldn’t have been with us otherwise.
Another Great Stay
Another great stay at this fantastic place! We visited with adults and 13 kids and it couldn't have been better. The new bunk beds downstairs are great the kids loved them. Pool was fantastic as always and house clean as can be. Thanks again Frank!
Amenities that rival or exceed hotels.
If you were looking to stay at a high end spa resort, well you are not going to appreciate the dated interior. But if you are getting flashbacks to the cottages that your family vacationed at long ago, you are going to get nostalgic. Nonetheless, you will find yourself busy enjoying the vast amenities of the property than putting too much of a worry about the lack of chicness in furniture, washrooms or kitchen cabinets.
However to be have a balanced review, I would like to point out some things that could need some attention. The towels are plentiful, but most had a feel of a scrub sponge, I guess they have had much use over their lives and have felt the baking of the sun once too often now. And for a possible future renovation, a larger kitchen sink would be plenty helpful. When you have 4 or 5 families' worth of dishes to sort thru, a large farm sink would do the trick. And that's about it.
Clear consensus, we had 5 families join in with various numbers of young children and everyone from the parents to children loved the property! The indoor pool and hot tub was stupendous, the outdoor pirate ship and sand area was marvelously entertaining and that custom dining table - no words can describe having the ability to sit down all together as a family for each meal. Less not forget the huge open yard to play baseball or soccer, a driveway to which the kids rode their bikes endlessly around, a fire pit for those must have smores, and we didn't even get around to touching the pool table or turning on the video gaming systems. The two stoves, 3 fridges, ice maker, washer and dryer, two BBQs, bug zappers, industrial size garbage bin and strong WiFi were a godsend for our sizeable group. We definitely did not feel unsettled about any lack of amenities, supplies or beds, plenty of space for the kids to rest or for parents to find a momentary quiet spot.
The owner Frank was a wonderful host, giving us the run down when we got there, coming back to fix us out of a jam and answering all of countless questions. He was great to correspond with beforehand and was quick to respond.
Yes modern updates would make this property even more glamorous, but it did not detract from the amazing time we spent there. At the end of the stay our 7 year old said it was the best days of his life. And since we do all this for the kids so they can experience and bond together as they grow, if that's the reaction I'm getting, well I think we made a great choice for a cottage.
Thank you for your positive review. The large kitchen sink is a great idea which I will incorporate when I replace the kitchen countertop.I have been focusing on increasing the amount of activities and infrastructure at the cottage but will now turn my attention to the inside of the cottage.
In the last year I have built an extra sleep out,installed a gas fireplace to replace the wood burner in the basement,added a stone handicap pathway, made the kitchen dining area open plan and added an extra oven plus had that wonderful all aluminum 20ft x 5ft dining table fabricated. I think most would agree that focusing on increased activities and infrastructure is preferable to a few cosmetic upgrades inside the cottage.
Even with the large sink I would not use it for cleaning the dishes as there is a full size dishwasher beside the sink and detergent is supplied. It takes about an hour to go through it's cycle and would allow you to enjoy your time at the cottage without the need to spend time on chores.
I am sorry you found the towels a bit rough. They were dried on the clothes line and in future I will use fabric softener. Most of the towels are less than a year old and damaged ones are replaced. Your group had about 80 towels and half of those would be less than one year old. I purchase about 40 to 50 towels each year and they are of a high enough quality to unfortunately disappear. Lot's of cottage don't supply towels for that reason but I consider my cottage as a luxury getaway and put the losses down to the cost of doing business.
Once again thank you for taking the time to write the review as your feedback helps me improve the quality and enjoyment of the cottage for future guests. I look forward to accommodating your wonderful group in the not too distant future.
Extra activities on property include :-Full size sand filled beach volleyball court.35' x 60' ice rink. X Box Kinect(games provided),Tennis + Basketball(All raquets and balls provided) on 5000 sq ft sealed driveway,Darts,Foosball,Toboggan Hill(toboggans provided),plasma cars and trikes,board games,sand box and a large selection of childrens toys.
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
*Rates include applicable taxes.*A $2000 deposit is required to secure the booking. * There is also a $1000 refundable security deposit.*There is also a $250 departure cleaning fee. Rates for 1 to 24 guests.Extra fee for 24+ guests.PLEASE NOTE: CHECK IN ON FRIDAY OR SUNDAY ONLY FOR FULL WEEK BOOKINGS. * July/August has a three night minimum booking.