Sleeps 10, Modern, grassy lawn, weed-free waterfront family vacation home
About Lesley Rocklin
We are a family of 5 (this photo is from 2006) who absolutely love being at the cottage. For us, the Lakefield cottage is a delightful, quiet retreat close enough to the City without long lines of traffic or isolation when you run out of eggs or bacon. Our children have grown up here and they, along with their friends, have formed life long friendships with people on the water and in town. My husband and I met just down the river at Trent University and were thrilled when the opportunity presented to purchase this home. We look forward sharing this special place with you and your children. We look forward to welcoming you and hope that every time you come to the cottage your memories are wonderful.
Lesley Rocklin purchased this Cottage in 2004
Why Lesley Rocklin chose Peterborough
Lakefield offers a quiet place to explore water, and trails without the stress of the 400 highway and cramped properties on congested lakes. My husband and I were introduced to the Kawartha area while still in high school, through friends, and fell in love with its many lakes and restaurants. Our cottage is about a 20 minute drive to Warsaw Caves, the majestic trees and massive boulders of this Glacial scratched land will take your breath away. The history of Lakefield: a Cement Factory, the railway, and the massive undertaking to build the Trent Waterway provides a rich, vibrant, story for authors, painters and sculptors. Our property is also a little famous, with Canadian Rock Stars, NHL Hockey Players and even an artist calling this property home at one time or another.
What makes this Cottage unique
I love and long for my morning coffee on the master bedroom deck at about 6am, the sun is just peeking over the trees across the water. Some mornings, when the air is cooler than the water, the fog reminds me of a great Camelot story. Taking a kayak out to explore the river, seeing the loons, and watch the sun rise is an unfound experience anywhere else. My husband loves our huge bonfire pit. He collects all the recycling he can and the property is usually twig free because the chance to sit along side the water from dusk to the early morning hours, with a cold beer in a large chair, with a "Fire Stick" to stoke the flames is all he really wants!
Pool / Spa
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
Minimum age of primary renter:27
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
love the river life
Great space with a beautiful kitchen and a lovely waterfront. Leslie and Mark were readily available to troubleshoot any issues. The location was great, close to Lakefield and Peterborough.
Perfect family cottage
This was a great property on the beautiful Otonabee River. The cottage was fully equipped with everything from toys for the kids to DVDs for adults kayaks and the boat
It is wonderful to hear that you found the toys, puzzles and games for the little ones. May weather can be unpredictable and we try to have plan B thought out for you. The bucket of DVDs are mostly “classics” with a bit of quirky for fun!
I hope you enjoyed exploring the water and found some time to make life long memories.
We would love to host you again when you are ready for Lakefield.
Our family had a wonderful time!
We rented this cottage for our sister/sister annual get together (2 families of 4, with kids between the ages of 11-15), along with a dog, and we had a great time. Tons of fish to catch right off the dock, lots of water toys, and the water was so clear that you could see the bottom. The beds were very comfortable, and the entire family could easily sit in the living room for movie nights! Lesley made us feel relaxed and at home, and even sent good recommendations on local restaurants beforehand. We're hoping to come back another year!
Adrienne, I am so glad you chose to have your Sister/Sister family mix at our Lakfield Cottage the summer. It was a pleasure to meet you and show you around, while answering any questions and giving "You Should Know" tips about the cottage and the area.
One of the fantastic features that we love about our cottage is that it easily fits 2 families and is perfect for older children who want a bit of "their own space" upstairs in the "Kid Zone". Last year, we had a family who had Boys Upstairs (Dads too) and Girls Downstairs - something about bathroom and pool table rights!
We are very fortunate to have such great water front for both fishing and swimming. I hope you got a chance to use the bon fire pit with a beer or three and fall asleep at least once in the hammock.
You and your extended family are welcome to come back when the time suits you. Lakefield Cottage is in our family to stay!
Thank you for the kind words and I look forward to hosting you again another time.
Brought our family (4 kids ranging from 7-18) and the end of the summer. It had tons of space for us all and so much to do. Safe swimming, quiet and easy access to launch our boat (very close by) got to kayak and again was very peaceful. Tons of parking. Great flat outdoor space, great for families. Loved the kids group space upstairs.
Thank you for your kind words, your family is lovely and we enjoy having you. Mi Casa et sous Casa! The note from your youngest was so sweet, I promise more jumbo marshmallows next time you join us.
I am glad that the fishing rod we found under a bed was safely returned to your daughter!
We hope to see you next year.
Our family stay
Was asked to submit a review after our family stay and was pleased to do this.
Lovely home on the water with quiet neighbours for our August week away on the water.
We had one of our older parents with us which turned out perfectly here. The land is very easy to manoeuvre on for seniors as it is very level, a big bonus. Water was not only warm but had great access to get in on two sides of the property and was sandy which is a plus. Kids hate weeds and mucky water and this was not at all like that.
Fantastic kitchen to cook in, lots of space and lovely bedrooms. We took the room overlooking the water which was gorgeous to wake up to.
Loved the place and are booked again for Aug 2017.
On vacation in under 2 hours. Best place ever
The Lakefield Cottage is on a quiet, safe and secluded road and is very easy to get to.
My family tried this place for the first time 5 years ago and have booked in with Lesley every year since. The two main floor bedrooms are perfect. My husband and I loved the deck off the master bedroom, the sun rises are spectacular. My Mother In Law joined us for four nights she was very comfortable using her walker to navigate inside the house. Lesley even provided a shower chair for her to use.
The cottage is very clean and organized, with all the details covered. Cozy blankets, bath towels, (even tooth paste and q-tips) dinner ware to feed an army (a full drawer of cutlery).
My 4 children had plenty of space in the" Kids Apartment". It's huge, awesome for them, with plenty of sleeping options and all the things that make cottage life fun. We had friends up and the four beds up there provided sleeping space for everyone.
I appreciate and look forward to the jacuzzi tub as my own mini vacation, while on vacation. The owner leaves a few candles and plastic wine glasses.
Everyone looks for great swimming and this cottage has it. Great for jumping off the dock, playing on the sandy shore, snorkelling in and around the rock shoals, standing 40 feet off shore in 3 feet of water in one spot but 15 feet deep in another. It's so awesome. There is plenty of rock bass to enjoy right under the dock! We discovered that they eat raisin bread.
We brought our dog the first two years but found that he was too stressed to relax so now we leave with with friends.
Last year we brought our bikes and had three day trips. The best by far was out to the Warsaw Senic Caves, followed closely by a round trip along river road.
Lakefield Literary Festival
Lakefield Art, Jazz & Craft Festival
Buckhorn Fine Art Festival
Curve Lake First Nation Pow Wow
Slots At Kawartha Downs
Petroglyphs Provincial Park
Warsaw Caves and Trails
Canadian Canoe Museum
Indian River Reptile Zoo
Lakefield College School is 8 minutes away
Burleigh Falls is 15 minutes away
McLean Berry farm has fantastic fresh pick your own berries
Lock 26 is a Historic National Site
The town features waterfront parks, restaurants and the streets boast many charming original homes and churches dating back to the 1800’s. Right on the border of cottage country, visitors to Lakefield can soak in the feeling of both the historic aspects of farm town life and you are only a few steps from the scenic Otonabee River as it meanders through town. The best of both worlds!
When you come to Lakefield take the time to wander the boardwalk along the Otonabee River. You can also hike or bike along miles of rail trail. And because the town is situated in the Trent Canal Waterway system you can even arrive by boat! There are many area attractions including shopping, spa, golf, museums and galleries. It is also interesting for winter sports lovers to note that Lakefield will be the new home of the Ontario Speed Skating Oval