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Cottage in Muskoka
We are looking for a home exchange in France between May 26, 2020, and June 30, 2020. (it can be for a few days or a week, we are flexible) We did a 'hosted' home exchange with a lovely couple and their three children from the Loire Valley. They spent a week with us, enjoying the playing on the beach, swimming in the lake, campfires, and exploring Algonquin Park.
We are going to visit them this spring. We would like to add a few weeks exploring other parts of France. We would like to stay for a week in Paris and a week in Provence. But, we are open to other suggestions. We love the countryside, gardens, art galleries and other cultural sites.
We love dogs, but John is allergic to them. We would prefer not to have the responsibility of looking after pets.
We are looking for a non-simultaneous exchange or hosted exchange. June is not the month to visit Muskoka, Canada, because we can have a lot of mosquitoes. We would be happy to have you at another time of year. July and August are warm and sunny and perfect for swimming and kayaking. September is one of my favourite months when it can be warm enjoy to swim and the leaves are starting to change colour. October is getting cooler but is spectacular with the autumn colours.
We look forward to hearing from you,
Cathy & John
Nous recherchons un échange de maison en France entre le 26 mai 2020 et le 30 juin 2020. (cela peut durer quelques jours ou une semaine, nous sommes flexibles). leurs trois enfants de la vallée de la Loire. Ils ont passé une semaine avec nous à jouer à la plage, à nager dans le lac, à faire des feux de camp et à explorer le parc Algonquin.
Nous allons les visiter ce printemps. Nous aimerions ajouter quelques semaines à explorer d’autres régions de la France. Nous aimerions rester une semaine à Paris et une semaine en Provence. Mais nous sommes ouverts à d’autres suggestions. Nous aimons la campagne, les jardins, les galeries d'art et autres sites culturels.
Nous aimons les chiens, mais John y est allergique. Nous préférerions ne pas avoir la responsabilité de prendre soin des animaux de compagnie.
Nous recherchons un échange non simultané ou un échange hébergé. Le mois de juin n'est pas le mois de visiter Muskoka, au Canada, car nous pouvons avoir beaucoup de moustiques. Nous serions heureux de vous accueillir à un autre moment de l'année. Juillet et août sont chauds et ensoleillés et parfaits pour la baignade et le kayak. Le mois de septembre est l’un de mes mois préférés quand il fait chaud, profitez-en pour nager et les feuilles commencent à changer de couleur. Octobre se refroidit mais est spectaculaire avec les couleurs d'automne.
Nous avons hâte d'avoir de tes nouvelles,
Cathy et John
Immerse yourself in the rustic charm of our cottage on the shore of Lake of Bays, just 20 minutes from Algonquin Park.
The cottage is a timber frame design with a walkout basement to the lakeside. On the main floor, there is a kitchen and dining and living room with a woodstove. A corridor library leads through the ‘hobbit door’ to the master bedroom with en-suite washroom with bath and shower. Off the master bedroom, a room has been added with gas fireplace, two desks and an elliptical, a perfect place to for morning yoga or tai chi. The sunroom is a lovely place to enjoy your morning coffee or watch the sunset. A deck off the sunroom has a barbeque and outside dining table for four. In the walkout basement, there is a den with TV, 3 bedrooms with double beds, and a second washroom with a shower. The washer and dryer are located off the hallway.
There are two other buildings on the property. The sleeping cabin by the lake has a double bed, single bed and bunk beds, there is a porch with a swinging couch. There is also a pottery studio that could be used for art projects or a writing room.
Our cottage is a place to unwind. Listen to the waves lapping on the beach. Read in the shade of the pine trees. Kayak through the morning mist. Wander along the walking path beside the lake. Savour fried chicken over the bonfire. Enjoy the sunset as you sit on the sandy beach. Experience the call of the loons as you gaze at the stars.
***John has allergies to dogs and cats. He can be around some non-shedding dogs like poodles, Portuguese water dogs, and wheaten terriers. But, we would prefer not having the responsibility of looking after a pet.
Another possibility is January. The cottage is a perfect place to experience a Canadian winter. Try the sport of curling on the ice or snowshoeing through the woods. Watch the deer as they pass by the cottage.
Families that stayed here said their favourite times were the ones spent at the cottage, exploring outside and playing games by the fire.
It is beautiful to walk just down a path along the lake. You can walk for a mile along the shoreline before it hooks back up with the newer paved Seabreeze Road. Or ramble along Warblers’ Trail, a path that neighbours created that runs from behind our cottage, through the woods.
In the area or short trips you may be interested in:
Planning to visit for the fall colours?
A must if coming to our cottage is to visit Henrietta's Pine Bakery for their sticky buns and Muskoka clouds.
Muskoka Heritage Place is the primary historical centre in Huntsville, featuring two museums,18 authentic pioneer buildings, and a genuine open-aired train ride, all situated on a beautiful 90-acre site. This hidden gem is perfect for the entire family and minutes from downtown Huntsville.
The hiking trails make excellent snowshoeing paths http://limberlostforest.com/activities/hiking-trails/
Take a Cruise On the SS Bigwin, leaves from Dorset
The historical SS Bigwin in Dorset was restored by a coalition of Lake of Bays cottagers, residents and organizations looking to return this precious part of lost heritage to Lake of Bays. This beautiful vessel has a storied past, carrying guests such as Clark Gable, Louis Armstrong, Winston Churchill, Greta Garbo and many other famous people out to the luxurious Bigwin Inn on Bigwin Island from 1925 – 1970.
Travel Back in Time on the Wenonah II, it leaves from Gravenhurst.
One of the best ways to enjoy Muskoka’s serene beauty is aboard one of the many cruise vessels that ply the region’s waterways. Ranging from sightseeing tours along fabled Millionaire’s Row, lunch and dinner cruises, and overnight adventures which include accommodations at a historic resort, a cruise in Muskoka is an experience to be cherished forever.
Muskoka Steamships and Discovery Centre is home to one of Canada’s most famous cruise vessels, Royal Mail Ship Segwun, North America’s oldest operating steamship. Launched in 1887, this 97 passenger piece of Canadian history – along with the larger replica steamship, Wenonah II – enthrals visitors throughout the cruise season from Muskoka Wharf at its homeport of Gravenhurst. Cruises embark 7 days a week.
An hour south of the cottage is the Haliburton Wolf Centre and Forest https://www.haliburtonforest.com/activities/wolves
Visit Sainte Marie among the Hurons, in Midland http://www.saintemarieamongthehurons.on.ca/sm/en/Home/index.htm
there is also the Wye Marsh near it, for walks.
If heading further North:
- 2 Adults
- 0 Children
- 1 Exchanges made
- Retired Bookseller
- Retired Chartered Accountant
- House Type: Holiday home, second home
- Floor: 2
- Environment: In the country
- Bedrooms: 5
- Bathrooms: 2
- Sleeping Capacity: 10
In my house
- Pets - Not allowed
- Small children - Allowed
- Hospitality wanted
- Home exchange
- Hospitality exchange
- Youth exchange
- Free internet access
- Central heating
- Toys and games
- Washing machine
- Clothes dryer
- Terrace or deck
- Park / playground
- Bicycles: 2
- No smoking
- Car necessary
- Use/Exchange of car
Our Destination Wish List
- Open for all offers
- New Zealand
- Provence, France
- Paris, France
- British Columbia, Canada
- Victoria, BC, Canada
- Retired Bookseller
- Retired Chartered Accountant
- No children will be traveling with us.
- We do not have pets.