Cottage Profile The renovation of an old farmer's field into a country property has allowed the creation of a charming 'villa' with swimming-pool and all kinds of comforts, located at the end of a country road, mid-way between Owen Sound and Wiarton. The Villa on the land cottage rises in a country setting among evergreen, maple and apple trees, between the Niagara Escarpment and Gowen Lake, offering spectacular sights of the escarpment ridge which reaches to Georgian Bay, only 5 minutes distance. It is surrounded by there fragrance of luxuriant pine and cedars trees, is equipped with a private swimming-pool, gazebo and two generous decks ove...rlooking spectacular country vistas. The land is an excellent accommodation to spend unforgettable holidays, fully equipped and furnished with accuracy and taste while offering a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Modern country villa islocated on 84 acres of land with a mixture of rolling pasture, wetlands, hardwood forest and private lake and features a private in-ground 28 ft long swimming pool with a magnificent view of Gowan Lake and the Escarpment. The pool has a privacy fence on two sides and chain link fence on the other two sides in order to maintain the view of Gowan Lake and the Niagara Escarpment. This uniquely designed; 2200 square foot villa has all the comforts of home in a country setting. On the ground floor there is a large living room, half of which is sunken, with pine floors, exposed wooden beams, stone clad wood burning fireplace, TV with DVD, VCR with a collection of movies, stereo system with iPod dock. Off the living room is the main dining room, with glass windows along the wall and across the vaulted ceiling. The dining room has a large 12 foot long harvest table with adequate seating for 8 comfortably. Connected to the dining room is a large fully equipped kitchen. This elegant country kitchen has Bruce Peninsula flagstone floor, butcher block counters and loads of cupboard space, large oven and refrigerator as well as a dishwasher, microwave and many other features. Because the dining area is located a few steps lower than the kitchen, the kitchen and dining area share a luxurious view of the surrounding country side, Escarpment, and Gowen Lake. Leading off the kitchen and dining room is a comfortable den \ bedroom with a queen size fold-out futon. Also on the ground floor is a three-piece bathroom (shower) and full laundry facilities (washer/dryer). Located on the second floor is the master bedroom which has a king size bed (linens are provided) with cathedral ceiling, sitting area with hand crafted twig furniture and a second storey balcony that provides a great view of the surrounding escarpment, lake, and sunsets. Attached to the main bedroom is an ensuite bathroom with a spacious glass enclosed shower, seperate Jacuzzi tub, and separate room with toilet. This bathroom has a second door, so it is accessible to the main hallway. There are two other bedrooms (both have queen beds) on the second floor, each of these rooms has a ladder leading up to two separate sleeping lofts, (and one loft has a double bed, the other a single). The house is located in a beautiful setting on top of a rise in "The Land". This provides a 360-degree panoramic view of the surrounding country side. From the front of the cottage the view is over rolling country side, the Niagara Escarpment, down towards Gowan Lake and the adjacent wetland area (Rubber boots recommended to access the lake as it is left in a natural state to protect the bird life in the area). The property has private walking trails, private sitting areas, and two outside decks. It is located at the end of a dead-end road that turns into a walking trail and connects with the Bruce Trail and some of the finest hiking in the province. This is the perfect spot for a family holiday or executive retreat. *This rental is not available for ATVs, snowmobiles or any other form of motorized recreational vehicles (the owners are actively replanting the property with seedlings and young trees). * Pool in use only during seasonally appropriate weather usually June, July, August and September
Additional amenities include: plus two sleeping lofts, and one queen size futon in den/bedroom, cabana table with tall chairs pool side), plus one double and one single in lofts, one ensuite four-piece to master bedroom with jacuzzi tub and one three-piece on main floor (shower), two-storey home, number of bedrooms: 4, 4 muskoka chairs, high speed lite wireless internet, deck size 160 square feet plus 450sq ft, patio furniture ( wrought ironoutdoor dining table, stereo with ipod deck, beds: one king size bed, 6 muskoka chairs, umbrella, wooden picnic table, fireplace with fire wood, inground pool 14x28 (shallow end is 3 feet and deep end is 7 feet, 8 chairs, number of bathrooms: 2, two queens, drinking water -well water (potable) and electric water cooler, plus a 400 square foot pool deck, heat source: propane forced air furnace, 4 chaise loungers, solar heated pool), television 26 inch screen, floor area 2200 square feet.
Left on 10/21/2011 for a stay in July 2011 | Esther
We wanted a place to getaway with lots of space, scenery, and a pool, that's exactly what we got! We we're able to spend the week relaxing by the pool without being stuck with a huge crowd of people and loved it! I would highly recommend this cottage to friends and family!
Guelph, Ontario Canada
Left on 08/17/2010 for a stay in July 2010 | S D
This was a wonderful vacation home. If you are not interested in having a lake, this is the property for you. The home was clean, with lots of room. We vacationed with a 5 year old & a 3 year old who loved sleeping in the orange room. The kitchen was gourmet style which we took full advantage of, and the living areas offered plenty of room for reading, puzzles and games. The property was large enough to allow games of tag, soccer, and a little T-ball. The pool was consistently 82 degrees (we had a decently hot week) and clean. Not an overly large pool, but great for young kids and leisurely swims. We were close enough for little day trips to Wiarton and Owen Sound. If the house had a hot tub and satellite TV, it would rate a five. Very highly recommended you will not be disappointed. The owners have taken great care to make this a beautiful home.
Chatham Kent and Kitchener Waterloo
Great place to relax by the pool.
Left on 08/04/2010 for a stay in July 2010 | Christine
The grass around the pool (inside the fence) could be cut maybe 2x per week. After a couple days, the clover was flowering and getting tall and it attracted alot of bees which made it difficult for the kids at the pool. The cement immediately around the pool was very narrow, so it was a constant reminder to watch the kids don't step on the bees. Also, the grass on the outside of the pool area could have been cut. The lawn mtc men cut a couple strips around, but left everything else really tall. I believe that the owners are naturalists, but with 84 acres of trees and a lake, this part could have been kept cut to give the kids a place to run and play soccer or something. It also made the landscape look unattractive and made for more bugs. The television in the main living room blew the breaker because there were too many things plugged into the outlet. When we turned on the dvd player, it blew the breaker. When the guys went to the basement to fix it, they found black mold in the basement. That is not a pleasant thing to see when renting a cottage. We also had a bat in the house.
The cottage itself was big enough for two families to share and eat together. The beds were comfortable and all the ceiling fans made it comfortable for sleeping. The salt water pool was nice and clean. We all had a great time with only the few minor issues of grass, breakers, and a bat. We would definitely go back. The kids had a blast spending time in the pool and the week away with all their cousins.
New York City
Great...but could be wonderful!
Left on 09/17/2009 for a stay in August 2009 | Amy
We really enjoyed our stay in the cottage. There were just a few things that would make a big difference. The first thing is that the cottage could really use a good cleaning. It was really dusty and the floors were pretty dirty. I am imagining every family finding it a bit dirty and this sets the precedence for the level of cleanliness that they leave the cottage.
The second thing that really needs attention is the lawn. The grass had been mowed prior to our arrival, but it was a very poor job. The person obviously just mowed around the adirondack chairs in the lawn so there was high grass around the chairs and anything in the lawn, including the propane grill.
The pool was beautiful and clean and we thoroughly enjoyed it. However, there were high weeds all around the pool. It had not been trimmed at all. It looks really odd to see our pool photos with weeds all over the edges of the sidewalk.
I LOVED the floor plan and the open feel of the house. I also loved the remote location. We are from New York City and it was so nice to be in such a peaceful area.
I don't want this survey to seem very negative because we really enjoyed our stay. I just beleive that progress can only come when constructive criticism is given. Thanks again for allowing me to give feedback.
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