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Melanie Coulson

Member since: 2012
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Speaks: english

Privacy , Luxury and Simplicity

6 Reviews
Bedrooms 5
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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The Archipelago Cottage Rental Photos and Description

Relax in a brand new 3 bedroom summer home / cottage with a super large king master with a luxury en suite , 2 bedrooms with Queen beds sharing a modern guest bath with 4X3 rain-head shower and floor to ceiling windows. Read a book in the spacious den ( with a Queen pullout) or outdoors in the fully screened in Muskoka Room , or on the private granite patio or at the water's edge on a 20 X 20' dock. The cottage has a gourmet kitchen with all modern appliances and a pantry with an extra full size refrigerator for bevees and extra food. A full size wood burning fireplace overlooks a spacious great room with vaulted fir ceilings. An extended Restoration Hardware table provides comfortable seating for 14 and a kitchen island has bar stools for 6!

A sauna at the water's edge will sooth your soul or be mesmerized by the waterside fire pit on a starry night.

The property is 300 feet wide so has amazing privacy and also has a 640 sq ft. sleeping cabin with a Queen bedroom ,a comfortable eating area and luxury bath. Additionally, you will find a bunk bed in a separate bedroom and a Queen pull out in the living room area. The waterside deck is perfect for the guests to enjoy a late afternoon snack or early breakfast.

While all that is happening, you can relax knowing a full sized dishwasher and washer/dryer await your command. This should provide enough time to enjoy the excellent fishing , boating and secluded bays of the amazing Lake Healey!

More Details
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • alternative lifestyle
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • smoking allowed
  • wheelchair accessible
Melanie Coulson (Owner)
Member since: 2012
Call Owner
Speaks: english

About Melanie Coulson

We are experienced cottagers from the Toronto area and have built what we hope will be our summer home away from the noise and traffic of the city. Our kids have a few years left of traveling with us so we are taking the opportunity to share our home with like minded families.

Melanie Coulson purchased this cottage in 2010

Why Melanie Coulson chose Ontario

Healey Lake is a special oasis of private bays, excellent water-skiing and fishing and has retained the cottage charm that has made Muskoka a favorite travel destination.

What makes this cottage unique

Sitting on the granite patio in total seclusion or watching the stars as the water slaps gently against the dock - bursting from the sauna for a refreshing plunge make this our fun away from home.


based on 6 traveler reviews

Privacy , Luxury and Simplicity
average rating of 5.0 based on 6 reviews

A Wonderful Cottage Rental

  • 5 of 5

The Coulson cottage is a gem, and Andrew and Melanie are welcoming and very helpful. The cottage itself is a beautiful design which complements the shoreline and vegetation, and is surrounded by a lovely perennial garden. Inside, the cottage is well-appointed, the kitchen well-equipped, and was spotless upon arrival. The Muskoka Room is charming. The bunkie is much better than most we've seen, with a proper bathroom, good windows, little kitchen etc. The dock area is great - lots of seating and a good umbrella. The cottage is situated on a quiet part of an already quiet lake with great swimming. The property gets all day sun. We rented a boat at Mariner's Cove Marina and they are pleasant people to deal with. Our teenagers had fun tubing, knee-boarding, and fishing. Ate their share of S'Mores around the campfire too! Brought a lot of food with us, but Foodland in MacTier also came in very handy for dairy and non-perishables and is quite well-stocked. Also picked up good produce at Ontario Produce across from the lumber place. All in all a great family vacation spot.

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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A Piece of Heaven on Healey Lake!

  • 5 of 5

We have rented cottages in the past and this one was by far the best we have ever stayed at. The property is stunning and the large windows all around the cottage give beautiful views. Our group of 8 plus 5 kiddies were more than comfortable and even on the couple rainy days we had, we didn't feel like we were on top of each other. The owners seem to have thought of everything when building this cottage as we absolutely wanted for nothing. The lake was perfect for swimming for kids and adults with a shallow sandy area by the fire pit and was nice and deep by the dock. We will definitely be back!

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much ! We are very happy here and love to have others enjoy the property. Hope you are indeed able to return !
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Gorgeous, luxurious house on Healey lake

  • 5 of 5

Our group of 12 had the most wonderful, relaxing vacation in this house. From the moment you walk in the front door, you are surrounded by beauty, comfort, and peacefulness. The views of the lake and surrounding nature are amazing. The flower gardens around the cottage can take your breath away. The cottage was very clean and well maintained.The beds were very comfortable, the kitchen had most up to date appliances and gadgets. We enjoyed the Muskoka room, where we played games, listened to the music (the stereo system is great) and read books. We rented jet skis from the nearby marina, and kids had a blast riding. We enjoyed kayaking, fishing, wind surfing, hiking, and swimming in the lake. We felt very welcomed by our hosts, they were attentive to all our needs And we are very grateful for their hospitality. We will definitely come back!!!

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Exceptional Experience at Healey Lake

  • 5 of 5

We recently stayed at this beautiful property on Healey Lake. From the minute we walked through the front door our experience was exceptional. The cottage is gorgeous with stunning views of the lake. The lake side area of the property is beautiful with perennial gardens, fire pit, sauna, great dock and bunkie. All of the amenities are first class and the cottage was spotless upon arrival.

The location is quiet and pretty with lots to explore on the lake by boat or by canoe.

The fishing off the dock was great for the kids who enjoyed catching (and releasing) some bass and sunfish everyday.

The owners took care to ensure that our experience from beginning to end in their beautiful home was one we would remember with lots of tips, suggestions and information. Everyone had a great time and we hope to visit again in the future.

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks very much ! You were perfect guests and we hope to see you again in the future!
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Oakville Ontario

The Group

  • 5 of 5

We arrived at noon to find a great looking cottage in a wonderful setting. The owners had provided a printed guide which we found very helpful in our navigation of the functioning of the cottage and amenities. We felt very welcome as the owners had left a welcoming note, bottle of wine and a small gift. The cottage is brand new and it and the guest cottage were clean and ready for guests. We were a group of 11 and found that the cottage and guest house accommodated us very comfortably. We were all able to sit at the spacious dining table for dinners and games. The Muskoka room provided a wonderful alternate space for relaxing, reading and conversation. The dock was equipped with a large umbrella and 8 very comfortable Muskoka chairs. We spent many hours on the dock in conversation, sunbathing and swimming. We especially appreciated the quietness on the lake. We spent most of the week at the cottage canoeing, fishing, taking hikes etc. We did play golf a couple of times at a very nice local course Diamond in the Ruff. We would definitely recommend this property to anyone seeking a beautiful setting in a magnificent facility, especially if you have a good size group to share the experience.

  • Submitted: Sep 16, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Irene and John

  • 5 of 5

Can't say enough about this property and the town of Mactier. Beautiful cottage! We got to meet the owners and quickly understand why the property was so great. The Coulson's are gracious hosts and made us feel right at home. We will be returning next year. The people of Mactier were all so friendly and Mariners Cove Marina was great too. Everything at the cottage was as stated and so much more. If you want a cottage with everything imaginable this is a wonderful place for you. The lake was relatively quiet compared to some of the larger lakes. Nice and restful. Thank you to Coulson family for sharing your wonderful cottage with us.

  • Submitted: Sep 2, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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In the Heart of snowmobile country, the property boasts several walking and hiking trails, great fishing, and local amenities in Mactier and less than 15 minutes to north Lake Joseph.


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The Archipelago Cottage Rental Rates

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Summer 2017
Jul 1 2017 - Jul 22 2017
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $760

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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The Archipelago Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Dialup Access
  • Linens Provided
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Dining Area
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • 3 full baths with glass showers
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • King size beds (1) Floating in the middle of an extra large master with reading lights and floor to ceiling widows and an ensuite, Queen size Beds (1) 2 Queens in main cottage and 1 Queen in Guest CAbin, Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) 1 Queen sofa in Den and 1 Double sofa in Guest Cabin, Bunk Beds (1) Bunk bed in separate bedroom in guest cabin.
  • DVD Player
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • alternative lifestyle
  • children welcome
  • pets considered ...
  • smoking allowed ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Sauna ...
  • marina
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • scenic drives
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Heated Bathroom Floors and front entrance way in the main cottage; Fans in all the bedrooms; Extensive snow mobile trails nearby; Town of Mactier has Liquor store, Foodmart and a Home Hardware; 2 Marina's on lake with Jet Ski Rental.

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