Cottage Profile Hop, skip and a jump to a beautiful sandy beach! ‘DoorianGray’ is located north of Wasaga Beach and close to Balm Beach, this is an all-season rental property close to skiing at Blue Mountain if you wish to rent in the winter. This is a 1200 sq ft, 3 bedroom home, which sleeps up to 6 people on 1 level. It is located in relaxing Simcoe County about 2 hours north of Toronto. It is a short 350m walk to the sand beach near Lafontaine Beach. It is nestled in the pines, and has a spacious wooden deck across the front of the windowed cottage. The Owners have indulged in a door collection visible throughout and around the... grounds. The cottage itself is interesting and has been featured in several newspaper and magazine publications including: Toronto Star, Retreats Magazine, Simcoe Life, Free Press Newspaper. It is designed with a French Country motif with a medieval castle feel and the ever present ‘DoorianGray’ monograms throughout (the portrait is locked up in the basement!) The kitchen area is small and has dark wood cabinets. It is equipped with fridge, stove/oven, and sink. A sink with window looks eastward to the backyard. Counter space is minimal for meal preparation. Dine at a rough dining table sitting in wooden bench pews. Or take your meals outside under the pines in the nice weather to eat at the wooden laminated table (a salvaged piece of an old bowling alley!) Again, with church pews for seating. The living room is bathed in light from the westward facing wall of floor to ceiling windows. A curvey sofa tucked into the corner is romantic and also allows functional seating focused both on the corner TV with satellite television or the large central field stone fireplace (it may not be lit in summer though). There are 3 bedrooms here all on one floor. Bedroom 1, has a large queen ‘sleigh’ bed. Bedroom 2 has a double bed with wooden church altar headboard. Both Bedroom 1 and 2 have whitewashed walls. Bedroom 3 has a queen bed with a faux stone wall. Rich warm, reddish cherry laminate flooring is found throughout the cottage. A small 3-piece bathroom features a romantic clawfoot bathtub and fixtures (a 360 degree shower curtain allows for careful showers). Walk down the street and on to the communal path through the tall pines to the lake to where you’ll find a gorgeous wide sandy beach. Sunsets are fabulous with long panoramic views of the Blue Mountains over beautiful Nottawasaga Bay! In the evenings, gather around the firepit and roast marshmallows under the pine trees. A single children’s rope swing is there too. Alternately, there is a communal firepit down at the beach. A pond and watchful Budda are a feature (but unfortunately the pump is broken). Being in a serviced subdivision, it has municipal treated water supply. Note: Mobility challenged visitors may find the short, winding walk up the pathway to the cottage from the 2 car gravel driveway troublesome - especially at night. All this is found only 20km from town, in what seems, a world away from the everyday. If you can tear yourself away, take a day trip to Penetanguishene or Midland to the historic Martyr's Shrine. You are also 14km from the gates of beautiful, natural Awenda Provincial Park.
Additional amenities include: living floor area - 1200 square ft, courtyard at side of cottage, chairs, cd player, patio furniture ( patio table, drinking water - municipal, number of bedrooms - 3 bedrooms, number of baths: one 4 piece with a claw foot tub, beds - 2 queens, 1 double, television - 40" lcd flat screen, outdoor fire pit, loungers ).
Left on 09/02/2013 for a stay in July 2013 | Susan and Peter
We really enjoyed our 2 week stay at Doorian Gray. The cottage is located on a beautiful lot and close to the lake for swimming. We enjoyed sitting on the large porch at the huge table reading our chatting and watching the world go by!
In terms of recommendations, the lock box was difficult to use and we would have benefited from a fan in each room as it was a very hot 2 weeks . In addition, the front room really needed to have a blind on it as it was in full view of the street.
The cottage was neat and tidy and very decorated in a very interesting way. We loved the beautiful large livingroom and deck and spent many hours there as well as on the beach nearby. As a result, of this lovely 2 weeks, we have bought a cottage in the area since we loved it so much :) Many thanks for sharing your lovely cottage with us!
Clean and comfortable
Left on 08/25/2013 for a stay in August 2013 | karen
Great décor and very comfortable beds. Beautiful grounds and great beach close by. Very clean and a wonderful deep bathtub.
Frying pans were not useable.
Left on 07/18/2013 for a stay in July 2013 | Joel
Cottage was as described. We went as a family, 2 adults, one child. Close walk to beach was convenient. Beach is semi private and most days we had it to ourselves. It has a gradual entry, although somewhat rocky within the water. There is not much to do except lounge at the cottage or beach. So if you're looking for night escapes this may not be the place. We spent evenings at the fire pit. Be sure to make a day trip or two to Balm Beach (15min) for a beach getaway. Only knock against this property was the seating within the cottage. It was not very comfortable.
Wonderful family holiday
Left on 10/23/2012 for a stay in August 2012 | Kathleen
The cottage is charming, creatively decorated with a joyful ambiance. Rooms are spacious and clean and the outdoor area is delightful. The cottage is within 20 minutes of shopping and other amenities, so no need to lug a large supply of groceries or necessities. Close walking distance to the beach. Quiet, family oriented neighbourhood.
You might want to bring your own coffee maker. The one supplied makes a good pot of coffee, but takes a long time to brew.
This cottage exceeded our expectations
Left on 09/13/2012 for a stay in July 2012 | Gillis Family
The cottage itself was beautiful - very clean, with a unique decor theme. It was very close to the beack - which was very clean, and not at all crowded. It would have been nice to have a dishwasher at the property, and it would have been nice to be able to use the fireplace. The check-in time was a little bit awkward - not really early enough to enjoy the day at the beach, or really do much more than arrive and get unpacked before dinner.
It was ok but I wouldn't rent it again.
Left on 11/05/2011 for a stay in August 2011 | steph
The beach was no good--we walked several hundred metres out and it was still rocky and shallow. All our feet were so sore after that trek out and back that we didn't go back to the beach for the whole week. We drove to Balm beach every day instead. The cottage didn't have curtains which meant that we didn't get to sleep in past 630am, which didn't make it a very restful holiday. Couldn't text as there was no cell reception. However, it was clean and quiet.
A Series of Unfortunate Events.
Left on 08/12/2010 for a stay in May 2010 | Steve
From the pictures the place looks great, but you don't really notice that in the first shot of the cottage their neighbour is in the background. The cottage itself is nice and the beds are fine, but the couch, although great to look at, is not that comfortable. My wife was pregnant at the time and we would have appreciated a place to just lounge on the rainy days. Through no fault of the owner, the week we were there there was a massive amount of construction and the entire cottage literally shook as new roads were being built. The outdoor fire pit is in the front yard overlooking the road instead of being private and the beach isn't quite as close as described. It's a very nice place to visit, but it's not the private get away we were hoping for.
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