|Minimum Stay||2 - 7 nights|
Located on Aylen Lake, near Algonquin Park, this charming cottage is the perfect vacation retreat. Aylen Lake is known for being a large natural spring- fed lake that offers fantastic fishing and water sports, also known as one of the cleanest lakes in North America. Sensational sunrises and sunsets! This spacious cottage sleeps 13, great for large families or small groups. Kitchen, dining area, family room, open upper loft, bathroom, and 5 bedrooms. A rustic log cabin that sleeps 6 is also available on the property for an additional $300. Our pebble and rock shoreline features 2 sixteen foot docks to park your watercraft, swim from, or try your luck at fishing, and 2 large decks for sunning and picnics. Outside dining furniture and propane BBQ available. You will find 2 public sand beaches (boat to shore) with picnic facilities, and many trails on beautiful Aylen Lake.
Nearby Algonquin Park offers great hiking, biking, and ATV trails, wildlife sightings, and so much more. Day trip opportunities include the Visitor’s Center Museum, the Logging Museum, and other tourist attractions within the park. Whitewater Rafting, paddling, and golfing at local courses.
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My brother and his family stayed at this cottage recently. My family and my two sisters had rented elsewhere on the lake. The cottage is huge and solid. Plenty of room for a couple of families. Was not the cleanest when they arrived and my sister in law spent a good deal of time bringing it up to acceptable. Furnishings and decor are rustic and the usual hodgepodge of timeworn stuff. This is not a "Cottage Life" showcase. However, the location is good, it is spacious, the beds are adequate, the bathroom works and has hot water plus the porta-potty outhouse outside, the balcony and two large docks offer plenty of seating. BBQ worked fine. Aylen Lake is beautiful and as noted the owners or caretaker has laid patio stones out in the water as a walkway to the sandier part of the lake bottom. Large table for family meals or games, good complete kitchen, etc. It's not a romantic hideaway or showcase, but it is adequate housing on a beautiful lake where you should be outside most of the time.
This large cottage (5 bedrooms plus loft) easily accommodated our group of 9, including three children (10, 11, and 14). It is rustic, so don't expect luxury - but is an "authentic" Canadian cottage experience in my opinion.
Aylen Lake is very clean and cool - excellent swimming. The owners have even installed rock steps and patio stones to make entry easier. Nice canoeing to nearby islands (bring your own - no boat provided). Loons, beaver, chipmunks, red squirrels, bluejays and other wildlife abound.
Cottage is well laid out, and adequately equipped. Kitchen features full stove, fridge, microwave, and electric griddle. Lots of seating in living/dining areas. Older TV with VCR/DVD combo player.
Quiet neighbours and low traffic lake.
25 minutes to Barry's Bay, and close enough to Algonquin Park to make it a base for day trips along Hwy 60. Easy drive from Ottawa, longer from GTA.
Owners easy to deal with, although some information lacking (VRBO issue?). All in all, I would recommend this cottage and return myself.
Adventurers - good base for nearby explorations in Algonquin, white water rafting on Madawaska, other provincial parks.
Families - lots of room for everyone, teens can find their own space.
Girls (or guys) getaway - again, lots of room, one bath may be limiting in this case.
Sightseers - near several provincial parks and other points of interest.
So my group which consisted of a total 13 people arrived here for the May long weekend in Friday around noon. We already knew from pictures that the outside yard is not well maintained but when we got inside, the house with a quick look, looked okay but later we found so many bugs around the house on the floor, sofa, even on some dishes. This really annoyed everyone in the group because we obviously didn't want this. Upon arrival, the BBQ was also not working, apparently rats had chewed up the pipe from the propane tank. To resolve this, we had the agent bring us his bbq as most of our food needed to be bbq'd so we weren't going to do way without it. Overall, this property is not worth the stay, the lake view is good but that's about it. The lawn area not being properly maintained or paved was actually a lot more annoying than we had thought it would be. Also, another huge no no for us was the fact that there was only one washroom in the cottage. There was a porta potty outside but obviously you can't shower in there. You can find much better cottages for around the same price, avoid this one if you can.
|Refundable damage deposit||$228|
We expect you to leave the cottage cleaned, as found, Clean kitchen, bathroom and vacuum cottage. If not clean, fee of $130. will be taken from deposit.