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Finding Value in Muskoka

March 26, 2016

People always ask us, what cottages do you have available this summer, under $5,000/week?

Read on to learn about 8 beautiful cottages that are available for less than $5,000. From lakefront properties to tucked away family havens, learn about a selection of Jayne’s great value cottages, including their unique features, location, and month(s) of availability.

Please feel free to contact Jayne to discuss individual cottages and whether they will meet your needs.  These cottage owners are looking for minimum rental of 2 weeks.

Under $3,000

Bala Boathouse – July availability.

bala boat houseCan you imagine living in a Boathouse? Hear the waves as you sleep? Watch the sunrise on the water? And a 10 minute to ice-cream or stumble home from the Kee to Bala after a concert?

Property: Very compact Boathouse Cottage located literally right on Lake Muskoka! Pristine Lake Muskoka frontage yet so close to enjoy the amenities in Bala! Outside deck wraps around the Boathouse. The interior Boathouse slip is available for your boat and there is ample additional dock space for additional boats.

Cottage: Consists of 3 bedrooms, 1 additional “hallway” bedroom and pull out sofa. 1 Bathroom and a separate shower. Ceiling fan in living room, all bedrooms have room fans. Kitchen has all updated appliances, including dishwasher and washer dryer. Kitchen table seats 6. Screened in Muskoka Sunroom in Lower Level has a walkout to the side deck contains a outdoor dining table which seats 8 as well as a sitting area with 4 Muskoka chairs to lounge on. There is an upper level Juliette Balcony on the front of the Boathouse overlooking Lake Muskoka.

Features: Family-Friendly flat land and Shallow Water, Walking Distance to Bala, Water Cooler Provided.

2 car parking, maximum 7 guests, children welcome, non-smoking cottage, cleaning turnover fee is an additional, pets welcome!

Sunny Brae – July or August availability.

sunny braeTrue Cottage Feel. Lovely family Muskoka Cottage with a great southern sun and view of Lake Rosseau!

Location: 5 minutes by boat or car to Cleveland’s House, JW Marriott and The Rock Golf Club.

Property: Beautiful hard packed “rippled” sand right level lot – no stairs! Shallow water, very quiet location. Deep enough for boats to park at end of 75 foot dock. Wonderful for children and young families!  Large fire pit at water’s edge. The dock can park many boats.

Cottage: Consists of 3 bedrooms with 1 Double and 2 Queen beds and 1 Bathroom with combination shower/tub. Kitchen has a new dishwasher and laundry facilities. Dining table seats 8. Outside dining table seats 6 on a large deck that extends from edge to edge on front of cottage to overlook the water.

Inclusions: Canoe, Tin boat

Features: Sandy Beach, Shallow Water, Level Lot, South-Facing

Notables: 2 car parking, sleeps 6 maximum, children welcome, non-smoking, pets welcome!


Under $4,000

Shangra’Lai – July availability.

ShangGreat family location with all the cottage comforts one wants in Muskoka – spacious interior, beach, firepit, lots of level land for kids to play, screened in deck, firepit, wifi, satellite etc. Relax, unwind or play, the memories will be priceless!

Property: Located on Dudley Road, just outside of Bala and 10 minutes to Port Carling, in the heart of Lake Muskoka. Close to Don’s Bakery, The Cottage Butcher, ice cream, Foodland and Olivers Coffee Shop in Bala and of course, the legendary concert locale, The Kee of Bala. Within 5 minute drive to the shores of Lake Joseph and Lake Rosseau.

Cottage: Located on a quiet bay that has very little boat traffic.  Extremely peaceful and quiet mornings to watch the sunrise.  Great for swimming or kayaking or kids playing safely in the paddle boat where you can keep an eye on them. Beach consists of hard packed sand super for easy shallow water entry and swimming.  Deep water off the end of the dock.  Relax in the Muskoka chairs on the nice new dock.  Lots of dock space to park boats.

Interior is charming and nicely appointed, this cottage has ample room for a large family or multi-generational family.  The main level consists of 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms and there is a large lower level Queen bedroom and large extra sitting room with TV and walkout to front.

Inclusions: 2 Kayaks, Paddle boat, Lifejackets, Hammock, Fire pit, Housekeeping of 2 hours midweek

Notables: 3 car parking, Maximum 8 guests, Children welcome, Non-smoking cottage, Pets welcome!


Fox Hollow – July or August availability.

foxSpace for everyone with five bedrooms two bathrooms, with a slip boathouse for your use. Hang out in the Muskoka Room, Living Room & Games Room. Five minute boat ride to Rosseau’s Friday’s Farmer’s Market and Muskoka Woods Camp! Very private.

Property: Directly across the lake from Muskoka Woods camp. 5 minutes by boat to the town of Rosseau. See the Segwun Steamship pass by your cottage on it’s way to the town of Rosseau.

All the fun is at the dock with the sandy shallow area and roasting marshmallows at the fire pit.  Take some amazing pictures on the new dock.  Explore the shoreline in the canoe provided.  Kids will like a paddle over to an island a ways off the shoreline.

Cottage: Put your feet up in this charming cottage with all the comforts.  Living room has a wood burning fireplace, TV and a walk out to sun on the deck equipped with patio dining table and outdoor furniture.  The screened in Muskoka Room will allow you to breathe in the fresh morning air, enjoy cocktails as dinner is being prepared or a quiet reprieve away from the dock.

Lower level has a games room with a TV, pool table and two bedrooms with twin beds.

Inclusions: New for 2016 – New Stain on Cottage Exterior, new deck railings and stain, new floor in Muskoka room, new floor in Kitchen. Rental includes 2 hours of housekeeping per week.

Features: Boathouse use of one slip, Sandy shallow water, Canoe and aluminum boat, Fire pit near shoreline, Great view of east shore of Lake Rosseau, 2 Satellite TVs, Privacy.

Notables: 3 car parking, Maximum 10 guests, Children welcome, Non-smoking cottage, Pets considered, inquire within!


Millie’s Bluff – July availability.

milliesBest Location in all of Muskoka, and private! Clean pine bungalow style cottage right on water’s edge! In Port Carling close to all amenities. Boathouse is available to rental family.

Property: Right in Port Carling! 2 minutes to restaurants, pharmacy, grocery, caffe lattes and shops! By boat, you are at the southern end of Lake Rosseau. Beautiful big lake views to the north and low boat traffic. Surrounded by some of the most beautiful cottages on the lake!
360 ‘ Lake Rosseau frontage.  Very nice lot with great privacy.  Shallow at water’s edge and deep water off end of dock.  There are 4 Muskoka chairs on the dock and 2 tables.  On the cottage deck there are 6 chairs, end tables and a picnic table.  Gardens and planters adorn the property and are professionally maintained during the summer season.

Cottage: Beautiful shiny knotty pine floors, walls and furniture. Galley kitchen between living room and family bedroom wing.  Pine dining t

able expands to seat 8. New sofa and flat screen TV in summer of 2016.  The family bedroom wing has 3 bedrooms, master has a queen bed, there is a bunk bed room and a twin bedroom (1 bed) with couch.  The family bedroom wing has another full bathroom with bathtub with shower head as well as laundry facilities.

There is a guest bedroom wing at the one end of the house with twin beds (can be pulled together to a king size bed).  Guest bathroom is a full bathroom with bathtub and shower head.

Inclusions: Canoe, Wireless Internet, Satellite TV, Housekeeping of 2 hours per week included in rental.

Features: Cottage set back 20 feet from shoreline, Excellent proximity to Port Carling, Canoe, Fire pit, Boathouse interior slip available to rental, New couch and flat screen TV for summer of 2016.

Notables: 3 car parking, Maximum 7 guests, Children welcome, Non-smoking cottage.


Rosseau Getaway – July or August availability.

rosseau getawayGetaway to this lovely modern three bedroom, fully renovated cottage with everything new, including new deck, waterside deck and dock. Gorgeous view of Rosseau situated in quiet bay.

Property: Located 8 minutes from the town of Rosseau, this cottage is an awesome private haven for a couple or small family. Nature is abundant here, quiet majestic Muskoka, as this cottage is located in a very quiet bay with virtually no neighbours.

Wonderful cottage that has it all, including a great price point!  New dock and there is also a dock that runs along the property that has shade.   Also new for 2016 is a 15′ x 15′ deck that is being built into the rock formation at the water’s edge.

Area is known for great fishing.  The water depth at end of the dock is about 4 feet and shallow at the water’s edge so good for families with children.

Cottage: Chic modern cottage includes Muskoka room, Caesars counters, stainless appliances, indoor and outdoor dining, large deck and dock with Muskoka chairs, Internet, Satellite TV.

Three bedrooms, Master with Queen, second bedroom has walk-out to deck and 3rd bedroom has bunk beds.  One bathroom with glassed-in shower.

Inclusions: Fire pit, Kayak, Rental includes 2 hours mid-week housekeeping per week.

Features: Very private, Everything brand new, Fire pit, Kayak, New 15′ x 15′ deck at water’s edge, Netflix.

Notables: Children welcome, Non-smoking cottage.


Under $5,000

Lakeview – July or August availability.

lakeviewWonderful family getaway in Muskoka! Fresh new cottage decor! Has everything! Muskoka pine-panelled cottage with 3 plus bedrooms. Sleeps 8! Beautiful view of the big Lake.

Property: Located between Foots Bay & Gordon Bay. Outside of the Muskoka room is a large deck with a grouping of 4 Muskoka chairs, Weber Gas BBQ and 2 other teak chairs on the wrap-around deck for morning coffee overlooking lake!

Cottage: Lovely family cottage includes 3 plus bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, Muskoka Room, large kitchen. Dining table in the Muskoka Room seats 10.

New mattresses and linens. Master, at end of hallway, has Queen bed with 2-piece ensuite. Off Living Room is a bedroom with 2 twin beds, and off the kitchen is the 3rd bedroom also with 2 twin beds. Main bathroom is 4 piece with separate shower and tub.

Kitchen is large with open pass-through window to Living Room. Comfortable Living Room with a wall of operable windows overlooking the lake. This Great Room contains nice comfy furniture, wood-burning fireplace and TV monitor on an artist’s easel with Satellite TV. Muskoka Room has a small seating area, flat screen on the wall and dining table. 4 Muskoka chairs are also dockside for a relaxing day on the dock!

Inclusions: Use of boathouse, 1 kayak, 1 canoe and 9 hp tin boat, rental includes 2 hours of midweek housekeeping.

Features: Boathouse Slip, Satellite TV including HBO and Movie Network, Ceiling Fans in living room and master,

Notables: 3 car parking, Maximum 8 guests, Children welcome, Non-smoking cottage, Pets welcome!


Sunset Beach – July or August availability.

sunset beachSunset Beach has a true cottage feel and offers a wonderful private view of Lake Rosseau including speckled islands and sunsets. Cottage is close to shore and is a perfect fit for any family looking to enjoy Muskoka’s natural beauty. Beach! Location!
Property: 7 minutes to Windermere, 10 minutes to Port Carling, 25 minutes to Bracebridge. With a beautiful swimming area off of shallow sandy at beach and deeper off the dock, low boat traffic and a nice deck to enjoy amazing sunsets, Sunset Beach is everything you want in a Muskoka cottage. The calming aspect of the cottage is unmatchable and you may be hard pressed to find a ‘cozier’ cottage getaway.  Outside dining table seats 6 on a large deck that extends from edge to edge on front of cottage to overlook the water.  Deck also features a covered gazebo for shade and dining.
Cottage: Consists of 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, with Master ensuite.  Large principal rooms and bedrooms.  Great room consists of large dining table to seat 10 and wood burning fireplace and large seating area with flat screen TV.  Enclosed den off Great Room is a great space for kids or an office (room is also a walk out from Master bedroom wing) containing a desk and comfy sectional sofa.

Also there are also 2 rustic cabins on the property, great for kids camp outs and forts.  One contains a bunk bed and small sitting area and the other has a bar area and couch.  Both are decorated and fun places for kids.

Inclusions: Beach features a huge fire pit, Canoe, Paddle boat, Includes 2 hours mid-week housekeeping.

Features: Sandy Beach, Shallow Water at Beach, Deeper Water at End of Dock, 2 Rustic Cabins both with sleeping quarters, Level Lot, Southwest facing

Notables: 5 car parking, Maximum 6 guests, Children welcome, Non-smoking cottage, Pets welcome!


Farmhouse Lake Retreat – July or August Availability (one-month minimum)

farmhouse lake retreatDesigner couple have opened up their chic century farmhouse for vacationers! Bannockburn Farm is a cool and quirky 60 acre property situated 200 metres back from Lake Muskoka.

Property: With 5 km of walking trails on the property and a private dock, these top Canadian designers have made this farmhouse their ‘country’ project – a truly a rare find in Muskoka. It is as beautiful inside as Muskoka is on the outside. Centrally located, 5 minutes to Bala off Hwy 169, 15 minutes to Port Carling and 2 hours from Toronto. Shallow water, new dock and located beside Bannockburn Church make this an ideal location for a family to enjoy peace and serenity.

Cottage: Farmhouse has 3 sitting rooms (Screened-In Porch overlooking the lake, Great Room with Fireplace and Entrance Reading Room), electronic games table, 52″ TV, Apple TV, outdoor patio with dining table and fire pit.

Inclusions: Baby Grand Piano, Apple TV, Electronic Game Center with 50 games, Bicycles, Housekeeping of 2 hours mid-week included in rental.

Features: 5 km of Walking Trails on the Property

Notables: 6 car parking, Maximum 8 guests, Children welcome, Non-smoking cottage, Pets allowed – must sign pet waiver


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