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Luxurious Lakeside Retreat - 80 Acres on Big Rideau Lake

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Bedrooms 9
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

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Estate, + Other (See Description) (Sleeps 20)

Relax and Rejuvenate at the Winking Rosebud Retreat & Spa, an 80-acre private magical getaway on Big Rideau Lake., recently declared a UNESCO Heritage Site and within a World Biosphere. Located conveniently between Ottawa (105km), Montreal (260km), Toronto (310km), Kingston (55km), Syracuse, NY, 125miles , Lake Placid, NY, (153miles).

Superb Fishing: If you like to fish, the Big Rideau Lake offers the best fishing that you can find anywhere. Largemouth bass and small mouth bass are the most popular catches, but big walleye, crappie, pike, perch, and lake trout are common catches!!

Golfing: We are surrounded by beautiful golf courses. Rideau Lakes Golf & Country Club in Westport, The Maples Golf & Country Club in Elgin, Lombardy Glen Golf & Country, and the Evergreen Golf Course in Westport, to name just a few!

The Winking Rosebud Retreat

The Winking Rosebud Retreat 80-acre retreat is nestled amongst beautiful mature trees on the crystal clear waters of quiet Murphy’s Bay on Big Rideau Lake. It hosts a spectacular 3,000 sq. ft. Main Lodge (built in 2008), a 1200 sq. ft. Guest Cottage, a beautiful Annex, a delightful Boat House with a coveted sleepover. The Main Lodge incorporates a Spa which includes an indoor Pool and Sauna. The 'Endless Pool' can be used for lap swimming, for therapy and relaxation with hydrotherapy jets, or as a wave pool for the kids. Everyone loves the pool!! The Spa also has an indoor Infrared Sauna and highly recommended for its effectiveness in detoxifying

Beautiful handcrafted decks adorn the property with gorgeous stone and rustic walkways to take you to the water. The waterfront is very private and located on the crystal clear, spring fed Big Rideau. A long private dock extends from the boathouse offering the perfect location for mooring your boat, with plenty of dockage for several boats. There is swim ladder at the end of the dock, a swim raft with a water slide, and a mooring ball.

The Winking Rosebud Retreat incorporates both the private waterfront on Murphy’s Bay and the Winking Rosebud Nature Reserve, a75-acres of mixed forest. The land has extensive nature trails that can be enjoyed year round for bird-watching, hiking, biking, skiing, snow-mobiling.

There are four separate buildings on the property: the Main Lodge (which sleeps 12); the Guesthouse (sleeps 10); the Annex (sleeps 5), and boathouse (that sleeps 5). The entire property (including VRBO listing #433396 for our Guest House) will sleep 20 people very comfortably. However, it is possible to rent either the Main Lodge, Annex, and Boathouse or the Guesthouse separately! The distance between them affords enough privacy for all, with private parking, private walkways, and private docks for each.

It is an absolutely incredible location for a family reunion, wedding, corporate retreat, or get together with friends.

The Winking Rosebud Main Lodge

The 3500 sq` Main House is an exquisitely custom built home all decorated in South American decor with Mexican Saltillo and Talvera tiles. Most of our guests comment on feeling that they have been transported to another world when they first enter the retreat. A beautiful post and beam interior with 20' ceilings with a spectacular view of the lake is simply breathtaking. Three sets of French doors open up onto huge expansive decks across the front and side of the Main Lodge with a beautiful log and stone walkway to the lake. There is also a HUGE fireplace,

The Winking Rosebud Spa hosts a beautiful 15 x 8 indoor pool and Infra-red Sauna. The Endless Pool is designed to be used as both a lap pool for swimming and as a therapeutic aid with powerful therapeutic hydro-therapy jets. The Infra-Red Sauna is a great detoxification agent, and helps lower blood pressure, and increase blood circulation, according to Dr. Oz!

The Winking Rosebud Chef Kitchen. Chef’s, this is your opportunity to let your creative juices go wild. The kitchen is a CHEF'S dream with French doors opening up to a gorgeous deck and huge barbecue with spectacular view of the lake. The kitchen has a gorgeous gas stove & grill, and electric oven, a huge double ceramic sink, several prep stations for your sous-chefs, and great knives and other culinary aids (most spices) and appliances (there’s even a Belgium waffle maker!). There are two two-tiered bars for others to watch you create: an exquisite mapa burl bar built from an ancient European Elm tree, and a TIKI Bar a designed from copper and walnut incorporating a Mexican copper sink, a perfect spot for your bartender.

The Winking Rosebud Retreat Music Station: One of the highlights of the Retreat is the music station with a new drum kit, keyboard, microphone, and karaokee kit. Located directly in front of the Tiki bar, your entertainers are well situated in the centre of the house to create music for your guests. .

Note that the Winking Rosebud Retreat does not permit smoking in any of its buildings.

The Guest Cottage (VRBO listing 433396). The Guest Cottage is completely private from the Main Lodge separated by a 100 feet and a large cedar hedge. It is a gorgeous, 1200 sq’ cedar cottage with cedar interior, and enjoys an expansive view of the lake. Newly renovated with all new windows, kitchen, bathroom, the cottage is tastefully decorated with hardwood floors throughout. A large deck with a hot tub offers a spectacular view of the lake and a fantastic place for star-gazing at the end of the day. Private walkway and a private dock suitable for most reasonably sized boats (please talk to us about your draft size).

The Cottage has four bedrooms: queen-sized beds in each of two bedrooms, and two bedrooms with double-bottom-single-top bunk beds and sleeps 10 comfortably). It has one and one-half bathrooms, a Vermont castings woodstove, a large laundry room, five new appliances, and a terrific foosball table. It also has an outdoor fire-pit and a horse shoe pit both overlooking the lake,.

The Winking Rosebud Cottage also enjoys a separate private dock suitable for most reasonably sized boats. There are several stores close by (Portland, Westport, Smith Falls, and Perth, as well as a local market every Saturday morning in Crosby which sells all kinds of great local produce and a fantastic second hand book dealer for those who love to read). The cottage has a TV, satellite, DVD player, great movies, a foosball table, some board games, books, etc.

The Winking Rosebud Boathouse. Conveniently located at waters edge, the Winking Rosebud Boathouse has coveted 10 x 24 sleeping quarters on the upper level with a beautiful picture window overlooking the lake. For those of you who love to hear the call of the loons, this is where you want to be! Photographers bring your cameras and capture both the spectacular sunrises and the blue heron that nests in Murphy’s Bay.

The boathouse has a Queen sized bed, a set of single bunk beds, a couch, and a mini fridge.There is also Pump house for your use wit h a sink, shower, a composting toilet, and hot water.

The Waterfront/Beach. Enjoy easy access to the waterfront along the beautiful meandering stone and log walkway from the Main Lodge. Access can also be had directly with 4-wheel vehicles can also be had down a small road to the lake.

The Winking Rosebud Annex. Located directly beside the Main Lodge the tastefully decorated newly built ANNEX enjoys a spectacular view of the lake. It is ideal spot for those who require a higher degree of privacy. It can accommodate five comfortably with two double beds and a futon couch/bed, a bathroom with an eco-toilet and sink.


The Winking Rosebud Retreat is located 72km southwest of Ottawa, only minutes away from the quaint summer vacation towns of Portland, Westport, and Newboro. Located on the Rideau Lake System, Big Rideau Lake sits at the top of the Rideau Canal offering navigable waters through a series of locks all the way to the Thousand Islands and Ottawa and Montreal. The Rideau Canal is a heritage site recognized by UNESCO and also rated #2 as an exceptional historic site destination by National Geographic.

Keywords: Cottage, house, retreat, lake, fishing, getaway, private, waterfront, beach, dock, hot tub, pool, fireplace, trails, Rideau, Rideau Canal, UNESCO Heritage, Newboro, Westport, Perth, Portland, golf, sanctuary, yoga

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  • pets not allowed (Owner)
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Brenda & Russ have travelled the world and incorporated art and design ideas into the development and building of this magical getaway. purchased this estate in 2006

Why chose Big Rideau Lake

We discovered this magical location while traveling by boat through the Rideau Canal system, recently declared a UNESCO Heritage Site, and also within a recognized World Biosphere.

What makes this area so unique in the world is the spectacular quality of the water, a spring fed system that sits at the top of the lock system, draining towards Kingston and Ottawa, respectively.

What makes this estate unique

Privacy, rustic luxury, and exquisite South American decor, art and outstanding photography, makes this property very unique.

Mexican Saltillo tiles, an extremely unique Talavera tiled guest bathroom, extraordinary Chef Kitchen, Beautiful Spa with Endless Pool and Sauna, Music Station with drum kit, keyboard, and Karaoke, gorgeous post and beam, and one of the most spectacular views on the lake.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We were so pleased with our accommodations at Winking Rosebud retreat.We were celebrating our 50th anniversary with all our family.There was something for everyone. We had karaoke competitions between the generations.Needless to say to much laughter. The extra cottage allowed for an escape for the grandparents at night.The children loved the raft and row boat and spent hours playing at the beach.The boat house gave them a hiding place as well.We were able to eat as a group and found we were well supplied to accommodate our numbers. The tranquil setting was ideal for family time. Proximity to Ottawa and the small towns gave us our rainy day get away. All in all great memories for this family. Ann and Mike P. and family

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Luxurious Lakeside Retreat - 80 Acres on Big Rideau Lake
average rating of 4.948276 based on 71 reviews

The Best Birthday Cottage Weekend Ever!

  • 5 of 5

My friends and I simply had the best experience in this humble abode. As soon as you walk in, we felt like we were in a different world, but it also felt like home. There's something comforting about this retreat; maybe its the beautiful art, the photography (taken by the owner herself), the beautiful rooms, the interior design, how well kept it is, the beautiful of the lake, or maybe it's a combination of all of them. Working with Brenda was so delightful and made the entire process a memorable experience for my boyfriend's birthday. From day one, Brenda has been nothing but kind, patient and very accommodating to the needs of not only myself but for my guests as well. Her hospitality made it easier on us in planning this entire event. She made sure that we were well taken care of and that we were happy. Brenda also her business partner Karen gave us an amazing tour and informed us and demonstrated all that we needed to know in regards to the retreat. Once we entered the cottage, everything was so well stocked and supplied, we were beyond surprised on how well the cottage was equipped. I have nothing but good things to say about Winking Rosebud Retreat. I would recommend this to everybody who wants to THE perfect cottage retreat. We will definitely be coming back. Thank you so much from the bottom of our hearts Brenda and Russ!

  • Submitted: Feb 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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It Felt like Home but Treated like Royalty in a 5 Star Hotel

  • 5 of 5

Stayed at the Winking Rosebud from December 31st to January 3rd 2016. First off, I want to mention that Brenda took a chance renting out to a group of 20 something year olds. Many cottages turned us away because of this fact, but Brenda welcomed us with open arms. My experience started 2 months before I arrived. From the first email, Brenda would answer within a day every time

Let me tell you that the pictures do not do this place enough justice.I simply could not believe the space of the cottage. We had a group of 26 of us and there was plenty of room. Even a table big enough to fit us all for dinner

The kitchen of my dreams. As an aspiring chef and one of the cooks for the whole group, I will tell you right now that I spent most of my time in the kitchen. I had been worried that the kitchen would not have the tools needed to prepare everything I wanted, so I packed some things from home, but that box never got unpacked from the car. The kitchen had plenty of room for 4 people to be doing separate things at once. The only thing to mention is that the thermometer on the BBQ seems to be broken, and if you wanted to keep something at a specific temperature then you had to know what you were doing. Other then that, the kitchen was stocked with spices that were provided, the fridge and freezer had enough room to fit everything we brought and still had room in it

The bedrooms were clean, comfortable spacious and very open. I stayed in the master room but know that the bedrooms work on open concept theme. There aren't any doors you can lock, with us this held no problem because we all ended up sleeping wherever we fell asleep anyways. I was shocked at the amount of responsibilities NOT asked of us. All we were told to do at the end was to put the towels in the washer. That was it. We of course took all the linens off the bed, cleaned as much as we could and all in all tried to leave the place as we found it. Again, 5 star hotel feeling

The grounds themselves, no words could describe how beautiful and spacious it is. It felt like driving into a fairy tale. I only wish we came during the summer and could experience the lake and enjoy the water. We had 7 cars, and no problem finding parking

10 minute drive from town where you could find anything you needed, grocery store, liquor store, etc

It was painful to leave such a beautiful place, I recommend it to anyone and everyone, will return. 2500 characters is not enough to give a proper review.

  • Submitted: Jan 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful Retreat for Corporate events and the most Wonderful Owners and service team

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at the Winking Rosebud from Dec. 4-6th. Before I mention how beautiful the grounds are and the property itself, I must underline that the hospitality offered by the owners was one like no other…As a company we’ve been taking our employees to a corporate weekend getaway to celebrate the holidays every year for the last 10 years. We stay at the finest cottages, and the Winking Rosebud topped every single cottage we’ve stayed at over the past 10 years. Brenda and her husband were genuinely friendly and welcoming throughout the entire booking process and always provided quick feedback on questions we had prior to arriving. The property manager Karen welcomed us upon our arrival and gave us a wonderful tour and was available throughout our entire stay if we had any questions!!

Brenda went so far as to check up on us after our first night’s stay to make sure everything was to our likings. The property itself is unlike anything you’ve ever seen. Beautifully decorated with eclectic artifacts, you can tell that Brenda and her family are very well travelled and provide a home that guarantees a welcoming experience for anyone.

Every room is unique, the energy is very warm and welcoming, every bathroom is special, the floors are heated throughout the main lodge which is an absolute treat, the indoor pool and sauna are also a real treat, the house is very well equipped with everything you need to host a wonderful get together, there is really NOTHING they didn’t think of and the additional cottages on the property are clean and comfortably and equally well decorated!

I highly recommend staying at the Winking Rosebud for a corporate retreat, a team building activity weekend, a brainstorming session, whether you are looking to offer a relaxing weekend to your staff by the beautiful lake or gather your team to brainstorm or simply to celebrate milestones….this place is a real gem!

  • Submitted: Dec 9, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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What an absolute gem!

  • 5 of 5

A dozen ladies descended on this amazing retreat for the weekend and were so pleasantly met by the most incredible spot. Enough room to spread out, a fridge large enough for an army and the most fabulous architecture, decorations and thought put into a property. This resort has tons of private sleeping areas, along with lots of space to be social. We hiked, relaxed by the water, sat on the spacious decks, cooked in the well appointed kitchen and relaxed by the fire. Every time we turned around we saw beautiful artwork, photography, and artifacts from all over the world. We are grateful for the opportunity to have stayed in such an oasis of museum type quality environment. But don't be fooled by that, we also took in the pool, hot tub, karaoke machine and state of the art kitchen! This spot has it all! We will definitely be visiting again.

  • Submitted: Nov 18, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Girls Getaway!

  • 5 of 5

Every year our group of ladies searches for a place for our fall getaway. This year, our group of 15 had a fantastic time at Winking Rosebud. It was a perfect getaway. Lots of space, lots of bedrooms and very well appointed. The kitchen is very well stocked including the super-size fridge and freezer. We really enjoyed cooking in the kitchen together and creating our delicacies! The main lodge is very eclectic and you will find treasures all over the house.

There is lots to do there. We enjoyed using the kayaks and swimming in the lake. We played horseshoes and volleyball. The indoor endless pool and sauna and the outdoor hot tub are so relaxing and soothing. The view of the lake from the main lodge and the guest cottage is so beautiful. It is lovely just relaxing on the deck and watching the water. It is a great spot for biking and hiking as well. Outside of the retreat, we played golf, shopped in Westport and enjoyed the local restaurants. We were also close enough to enjoy a day in Kingston with its many tourist attractions and restaurants.

I would definitely recommend this retreat to a large group or for a family reunion. We all loved the place so much we have booked again for next year's getaway. We look forward to returning to The Winking Rosebud. It is a gem! Thank you Brenda for making our stay so memorable!

  • Submitted: Oct 19, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing Post-Wedding Retreat Space for Family and Friends

  • 5 of 5

We added a family and friends retreat to the end of our wedding and chose the Winking Rosebud because of how many people could be accommodated. The first day we had 35 adults sleep over and slowly had our group shrink in numbers over the course of the week.

With 35 people we had more than enough space (even the introverts could find a peaceful spot) and when we were down to 14 people we didn't feel too far away from each other (keeping the extroverts happy).

We had fantastic weather and spent most of our time sitting on the dock or on the small beach, jumping in and out of the water to cool off. We also took advantage of the yard space (the viking game 'kubb' was a hit, using the firewood provided), the fire pit (great for singalongs, storytelling, and s'more making), the hot tub, the infinity pool, the sauna, the keyboard, the karaoke machine, the amazing kitchen (we enjoyed doing group cooking in the space for communal meals), the deck overlooking the lake (we ate most of our meals out there - and used the BBQ for a number of them), the canoe and kayaks in the boathouse, and other amenities I'm sure I've forgotten. There were also lots of great spaces to hold nighttime game playing.

Any large group looking for either a fun filled retreat with lots of games or a relaxing retreat with connection to nature and spa-like amenities would be happy with the Winking Rosebud. The main lodge (albeit strangely decorated) is a beautifully constructed building that allows you to naturally rise with the sun with its ample East-facing windows. If I am looking to vacation with a large group again I would definitely come back to this magical space.

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
106.2 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
8 Kilometres
The Galley Restaurant in Portland
Nearest Golf
20 Kilometres
Elgin, Westport, and Lombardy
Nearest Train
25.7 Kilometres
Smith Falls
Nearest Motorway
2 Kilometres
Highway #15
Nearest Restaurant
8 Kilometres
The Galley (Portland), Cove (Westport), Stagecoach
Car: necessary

Fantastic meeting place between Ottawa, Montreal, and Toronto. Beautiful private 80 acre nature reserve for hiking, mountain biking, skiing, snowmobiling. Close to tourist loving Westport, Perth, and Newboro for fantastic country shopping. Lovely flee and vegetable market every Saturday morning during the summer months in Crosby. Close to Casino in Gananoque. Live theatre and music abound in Perth, Westport, Gananoque, Kingston, and Brockville!! A spectacular location.


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Low Season Rate
Jan 4 2016 - May 20 2016
2 night minimum stay
Canada Day Weekend
Jun 30 2016 - Jul 3 2016
4 night minimum stay
Summer High Season
Jul 4 2016 - Sep 1 2016
7 night minimum stay
Labour Day Weekend
Sep 2 2016 - Sep 5 2016
3 night minimum stay
Family Day Weekend
Feb 17 2017 - Feb 20 2017
3 night minimum stay
Victoria Day Weekend
May 19 2017 - May 22 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $398
Tax Rate 13.0%

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Please also note that our payment terms require payment of 25% on booking and the balance is paid in three instalments at 120 days, 90 days, and 60 days prior to taking up your reservation.

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Big Rideau Lake Estate Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • estate
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
    Bathroom 5 -
  • 9 Bedrooms, Sleeps 30
  • King size beds (1) Main House Master Bedroom, Queen size Beds (1) Guest House - 2 Queen Beds Main House - 2 Queen Beds Annex - 1 Queen Bed Boathouse - 1 Queen Bed, Double Beds (1) Main House has a Double sleeping cubby off the loft as well as a double sized hide-a-bed in the loft. Guest House has two double-bottom-single-top bunk beds., Twin or Single Beds (1) Guest House has two double-bottom-single-top bunk beds. Boat House has one set of single bunk beds., Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Main House has a double hide-a-bed in the loft., Bunk Beds (1) Guest House has two double-bottom-single-top bunk beds.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gazebo ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Events Allowed
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Indoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • Sauna ...
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Private dock, Swim raft with water slide, Boathouse, Endless Pool, Horseshoe Pits, Walking/Hiking/ATV Trails, 80 acre Wildlife Conservation Area, Stable, Electric Piano, Tama Rock Sar Drum Kit, Tiki Bar, Outdoor Fire Pit

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