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OVER 100 FIVE STAR REVIEWS - Luxurious Retreat on Big Rideau Lake

Bedrooms 9
Property type estate
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About the property

Estate, + Other (See Description) (Sleeps 30)

******* OVER 100 5 STAR REVIEWS *******

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 will sleep 30 people very comfortably.

It is an absolutely incredible location for a family reunion, small 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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Member since: 2011
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July 9, 2017


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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Portland Estate Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • estate
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 30
  • Events Allowed
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
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
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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Wonderful! Wonderful! Wonderful!

  • 5 of 5

We had three generations of family vacation at the Winking Rosebud Retreat and what a wonderful trip we had! The retreat is beautiful - inviting - unique - and ready for all ages and all activities, be they indoor or out! The campfire set-up was the way we ended every day and the set-up with chairs in a circle made it very comfortable. The home was well stocked with everything you could need in the kitchen. All the way around a great spot to vacation! Brenda and Russ were welcoming and helpful in getting us settled and ready for fun!

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect Venue

  • 5 of 5

For years now, we have rented summer facilities for family gatherings of various sizes. The Winking Rosebud Retreat is by far the best we have ever had. Four generations, ages 2 to 90, some 30+ people all COMFORTABLY accommodated in an expansive, yet intimate and relaxed surroundings. The kitchen was the best equipped that we seen, the beds comfortable and the furnishing a cut above. We felt we were welcomed guests in a friend's home. The fishing, boating, swimming and just plain hanging around to take in the banter and familial good vibes was wonderful. The perfect place for the perfect gathering. We are already making plans to return and to make this our regular summer gathering!

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing Property and Hosts!

  • 5 of 5

The property slept 30+ very comfortably and we never ran out of things to do. Brenda, the owner, was always a phone call away and never hesitated to answer any of our questions or concerns. The best part of this cottage is all the deck space where you can overlook the lake and soak up the sun.

Overall, I would highly recommend this cottage for anybody as there is something for everyone. Hot tub, pool, sauna, volleyball court etc.

Thanks again Brenda!

  • Submitted: Jun 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing Retreat

  • 5 of 5

Great location, cant say enough of how well everything went. For a large group such as ourselves this place was great. We had volleyball, horseshoes, acres of trails, and loads of green space to play other outdoor activities. The pool and hot tub were welcomed as the water was not yet warm enough to swim. We really enjoyed how well set up the entire place and buildings were for us to come and enjoy right away without any setup, and how great Brenda was during booking and our stay. Would recommend this place to anyone looking to enjoy a great view of the Big Rideau in a great spot !

  • Submitted: Jun 9, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

What a fantastic spot for a gathering. All the amenities you could imagine, they kept our group of 20 busy for days! The property is stunning and well kept. Our interactions with Brenda were amazing. She has to be one of the warmest people I have ever met. If there was anything we needed she didn't hesitate to bring it to us!

We can't wait to go back!

  • Submitted: Jun 8, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect for a Company Retreat

  • 5 of 5

This was our first company retreat and we fell in love with The Winking Rosebud the first time we saw it online. There was only 7 of us which made it very comfortable for us, but this place is huge and can accommodate up to 30 people. We spent most of our time in the Main House which has a breathtaking view, vaulted ceilings and a massive kitchen. We really enjoyed the indoor pool as it was early May and it wasn't warm enough to swim in the lake. I would recommend this cottage to anyone who is looking to escape the city. It has more than you need and can accommodate a large group quite easily. There's also a lot to do on site, but with our small group we didn't get to take advantage of everything. We will need to come back again and hopefully with a larger team next time.

  • Submitted: Jun 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • 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.


Rates & Availability

Portland Estate Rental Rates

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $398.76
Tax Rate 13.0%

Please inquire about our rate prior to booking as rates will vary depending on demand, number of people, number of buildings required, and other variables. Please also inquire as to other services that may be available to you.
Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed.
Please also note that our payment terms require payment of 25% on booking and the balance is paid in three installments at 120 days, 90 days, and 60 days prior to taking up your reservation.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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