Fall Rhapsody or Thanksgiving
About Donald LeBlanc
59 years old, born and raised in Ottawa. I have 5 kids, mostly grown up, two in university now. I am an Engineer working with National Research Council Canada for the last 17 years. I consider myself a handyman and do most of my own repair and upgrade work myself. I live in Ottawa, about 1.5 hours from my cottage.
Donald LeBlanc purchased this Cottage in 2004
Why Donald LeBlanc chose Les Collines-de-l'Outaouais Regional County Municipality
Good location for a large family get together. Shallow water and beach for kids. 5 bedrooms lets couples have their own spaces. Modern kitchen and screened in porch allows for the comforts of home while in the country setting. The lakes on the Quebec side are just beautiful with the hilly terrain. Its far enough from the city that you can actually see the stars and the milky way on a clear night. Clean air and very little light pollution.
What makes this Cottage unique
I bought the place for the bedrooms, as I have a large family myself. But the thing that makes it great we find is the screened in porch. It makes such a difference not having to battle with blackflies, mosquitoes, wasps, and flys at dinner time. Overlooking the lake at lunch or dinner, and even having a coffee at breakfast when the lake is mirror smooth is such a wonderful experience.
Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
Ideal cottage for large family gathering
We had a wonderful family Thanksgiving weekend at this cottage amidst the backdrop of spectacular fall colors. Donald was easy going and very helpful with arrangements and directions. We took advantage of the cottage canoe, games, movies and the large dining room table with plenty of room to accommodate 16 of us for our Thanksgiving dinner. We explored the town of Wakefield and nearby hiking trails. Plenty of beds, and ample kitchen supplies. Fit our needs perfectly. Thank you, Donald.
We had a group of 5 us spend a weekend at Donald's cottage and it was wonderful! Donald was helpful in showing us around the place and making sure we had everything we needed. The place was clean and definitely large enough for a big group! We had a great time!
And this was a great group to have stay. They left the place neat, tidy and clean afterwards. I'm glad they enjoyed themselves. Hope they come back again soon. The cottage is open four seasons so its good for a fall weekend or winter getaway.
Great cottage for a family gathering.
We enjoyed our stay at this cottage on Lac Sinclair. It was a wonderful break from busy lives. The kitchen is equipped with everything for any size gathering. Linens are not provided and if using all five bedrooms, more pillows are needed for the beds. Blankets and comforters are provided. We especially enjoyed having a dishwasher and washer and dryer as we were there for a full week.
Donald is both kind and professional as host. He has a checklist that he reviews which explains all the workings of the cottage. There is even an easy to use back up emergency generator which thankfully we did not have to use.The damage deposit was refunded promptly, within a week.
The lake is large and shallow. This makes the beach are safe for children. Also, the water is crystal clear all over the lake. It is perfect for canoeng, kayaking and paddleboating and Donald supplies all of thes to use.
This is a remote location, but easy to get to after the first drive into the cottage. There is lots of parking. One drawback to be aware of is the lack of both internet and cell phone reception. There is however, a landline for use in emergencies.
Thank-you, Donald for a great vacation.
Thanks very much for the review, I try to make all my guests feel welcome. Regards the pillows, I'm a bit surprised to hear there were not enough. I have available linen boxes with extras that were not opened. Must have been an oversight that I didn't point them out.
As for the internet, my plan is to get that once an unlimited data package becomes available. For now that means waiting on Bell to bring in a DSL line. I'm told that may happen next year.
Again, very glad you had a good vacation and I hope to see you again soon.
The space was more then enough for the large group we had. Donald was super helpful and had everything we could have possibly needed ie: dishes, platters, pots ect. (we were there over Thanksgiving) games and movies galore.
The only negative was the amount of clutter lying around.
I think the review is spot on. I need to remove some clutter that has accumulated with the passing of my father last year. That is the project for over this coming winter. This group left the place very tidy when they left. A good bunch of folks.
Perfect for our group
Donald was very helpful getting us started for our week at the cottage. We used the beach for a little swimming and lots of ball throwing for the dogs. The kitchen was well equipt for all our meals. Great selection of DVDs for our nightly entertainment.
I like to get all my groups off to a good start. Cartherine and family left the place in a very good condition afterwards which is always very much appreciated. I hope to see them again in the future!.
This is a very adorable cottage! Dont let its snall size deceive as there is a lot of open space. The back screened patio came in very handy for outdoor hang outs. Great owner as well, had a pleasure dealing with him. I very much recomend.
Fall rhapsody, See the colorful leaves, perfect for a family Thanksgiving get together