11 Tips to Find the Perfect Summer Cottage

Summer is coming! Jayne weighs in on how to find the perfect cottage for you and your family.

1. Well Water Or Lake Water?
First of all, well water does not mean you will be pumping your water directly out of a well. Many cottage owners prefer to have water enter their cottage through a well system, rather than out of the lake. That’s because well water is naturally filtered through the earth and is therefore, cleaner than lake water. Lake water often has traces of grit and pesticides, depending on the location of the cottage. Most importantly, lake water is not appropriate to cook with, even after boiling it, since solid grit doesn’t evaporate.

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Cottage Spring Cleaning Hacks

The warm weather has returned, and you have only one thought in mind: being able to enjoy your summertime weekends ensconced in your comfortable country cottage!

With the snow on the ground finally melting there is no shortage of spring cleaning to be done in cottage country. After many months left alone, things can get a little musty and rusty—not to mention all that dust! We have a few tips that will help you tackle your cottage spring clean and get your summer home ready just in time for May long weekend


1. Load up your dishwasher (not with dishes).

Don’t overlook the convenience of this hardworking appliance. It can take on unusual things, like your glass light-fixture globes, beach toys, toothbrush holders, and so much more. Just choose a gentle cycle and skip the heated dry.

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$6-7k Family Getaway

Family Approved Cottages

To most Muskoka cottagers, the cottage is synonymous with family. Jayne’s Cottages is all about celebrating family and providing memorable getaways to cherish this special time. In this blog, Jayne features five cottages that are ideal for the family or extended family. Even better, each cottage is available between $6,000 and $7,000/week.

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Finding Value in Muskoka

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.

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A Global Travellers’ Vacation Rental Wishlist

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Imagine a sprawling villa in the heart of California wine country, a Hawaii home overlooking a 19-foot waterfall and swimming grotto, or a rustic Alaska cabin with nighttime views of the northern lights. These aren’t fantasies; they’re actual vacation rental properties available online.

Today, holiday-makers can choose from numerous Vacation Rental Platforms, allowing travellers to look outside the typical boxy hotel. From a luxurious villa to a spare apartment bed, there’s probably one to be found online. But what kinds of rentals are getting the most love, and what rental offerings are most popular?

In order to answer this question, Jayne’s Cottages looked into Airbnb’s round up of most ‘desirable’ listings. This list includes those rentals that compelled users to use the “wish list” saving feature the most.

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Top 10 Winter Activities in Muskoka

Ontario’s cherished summer playground has a winter life you may not have discovered! With exceptional trails and great snowfalls, Muskoka transforms into a winter wonderland equipped to satiate the mightiest adventurer to the coziest reader. Whether you’re seeking a winter family getaway or a couples winter escape, you will find exactly what you’re looking for on Muskoka’s snowy shores. Read on to discover 10 Jayne’s Cottages-approved winter activities in Muskoka!

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Muskoka Rental Scams and How to Avoid Them

After a 15-month investigation led by London-based RCMP that concluded in December, police charged five Windsor-area residents with defrauding at least 45 people in cottage rental scams in 2014.

Young families, couples and groups of friends of all ages from across Canada fell for the scam. They booked dreamy cottages through classified websites as such Kijiji and Craigslist – often paying upfront at an average cost of $1,200 per week – and headed to places in Haliburton and Muskoka.

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