Cottage Profile Nestled between the escarpment and the cobble beach of Dyer's Bay, this 1200 sq ft 'gingerbread' cottage is built in the old-Ontario farmhouse style. Beautifully decorated, this 2-bedroom home is the perfect setting for your holiday, set against the pristine waters of Georgian Bay. Inside the cottage you will find a bright, inviting kitchen, dining area, and living room with hardwood floors throughout. The kitchen is fully equipped with fridge, gas stove/oven, ample cupboard space and a bright window over the sink. The breakfast bar with four bar-style chairs is the perfect place to enjoy your morning coffee. Just adjacent to this is the dining area and living room, which are afforded great views by the large windows and windowed French doors that look direct out into Dyer's Bay. Enjoy a sit-down meal at the dining table, with enough seats for all in your party and watch the waves. Or take a seat on the couch or two comfy chairs to take in the view, or watch a show or movie on the TV - with satellite and built-in DVD player. The gas fireplace in this space will warm you on a cool summer evening while an area rug adds charm. There are two bedrooms at this cottage, each with an ensuite bathroom. The master bedroom offers a queen bed and a four-piece ensuite bathroom complete with a massage tub. Early sunrises provide a gorgeous view from the master bedroom which also has French doors entering onto the large waterfront deck. The second bedroom has a double bed as well as a single, and its own two-piece ensuite bathroom. A washer and dryer provide you with full laundry facilities, for your convenience. Outside on the deck you can enjoy the compelling 180 degree waterview from Cabot Head to Cape Chin. Predominant southwest winds blow offshore most of the summer months providing you with a comforting breeze. Relax on a lounger with a good book and catch some sun or take a nap. There is also a propane BBQ so you can cook up a tasty feast. The shoreline consists of a pebble beach with excellent swimming in some of the cleanest water in Ontario. Water shoes are recommended. If you are looking for a shady spot, there is a covered roadside porch at the front of the cottage with a sitting area. While you're here on holiday, you can explore all that this area has to offer. For those who like to hike, the Bruce Trail is located 0.5 km away and provides spectacular opportunities for hiking and exploration. For cyclists the area also has great road riding along paved roads or you can follow the spectacular shoreline road (which is gravel) to Cabot Head Lighthouse. This is a 10 km ride along a road that is squeezed in between the 150 foot cliffs of the Niagara Escarpment and the waters of Georgian Bay. For 80% of the road there is no development on either side. There is restaurant within walking distance at the Apple Wood Inn if you'd like to eat out. The communities of Tobermory and Lion's Head are only a 30 minute drive from the cottage for sightseeing opportunities, shopping and more.
Additional amenities include: fire pit, beds: 1 queen, 1 kayak (recreational), chairs, satellite receiver (living room), television (32") with built-in DVD and cd players, telephone (long distance block), deck area: 300 square foot (lakeside deck) and 200 square foot (roadside covered porch), number of bedrooms: 2, life jackets (4 adult), water: from shore well (potable with uv filter), washer and dryer, number of baths: 2; one four-piece with massage tub and one two-piece. bathrooms are accessible from both bedrooms as ensuites., 1 single, 1 double, dwelling type: one-storey bungalow cottage, 2 loungers), patio furniture (patio table, living area: 1200 square feet....Read more
Left on 08/13/2010 for a stay in June 2010 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Aug 13, 2010Stayed Jun 2010
We enjoyed our stay very much. Everything was perfect - starting with beautiful house in a picturesque location and nice weather. We never experienced any problems, so our stay was unforgettable. We thank the owner of the house for providing us with every amenities possible.
Left on 08/03/2010 for a stay in June 2010 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Aug 3, 2010Stayed Jun 2010
We knew we were going to have a wonderful week from the moment we pulled into the driveway. The cottage is inviting and beautifully decorated. The water is so clean. Every need we had was anticipated. It was wonderful to wake up and see the water from the bed. We've been talking about going back next year ever since.
Left on 10/29/2009 for a stay in September 2009 | johnReviewed Oct 29, 2009Stayed Sep 2009
we received a great welcome.the cottage was great. the location was good and was central to a lot of things of interest.there was not a thing not to like about this cottage.the sun rises where a thing to see.
Left on 02/05/2009 for a stay in October 2008 | Pam HayesReviewed Feb 5, 2009Stayed Oct 2008
My husband and I spent hours at home comparing various cottages, finally settling on the Georgian Belle. We have rented two other cottages on the Bruce Peninsula. We knew that the Belle would be the nicest cottage we'd ever rented.
However, we were unprepared for just how lovely the cottage was "in person". Pictures cannot do it justice. We arrived at dusk. Inside, soft music was playing, and the lights were turned low. It was obvious that the cottage had been decorated with great care. It felt elegant, yet unpretentious. We were very happy to be there.
We hiked on both of the nearby trails. They are not the most spectacular trails on the entire peninsula. However, having trails so close gave the vacation a very different feel. We had never before been able to walk out our front door, and be on the trail within minutes. The Devil's Monument trail is spectacular when it runs along the escarpment. It criss-crosses an interior road. You can use that road as a shortcut to the more interesting parts of the trail. Devil's Monument, itself, is quite spectacular. Be sure to climb down to the beach. The view is not to be missed!
The view from the cottage is also quite nice. Because it was October, we spent most of our non-hiking time inside the cottage. The large windows afford a lovely view of the Georgian Bay. At that time of year, the tree near the beach is a brilliant yellow-orange. The cottage was especially cozy at night. It was much more romantic and sophisticated than the "homier" cottages we have rented. There is a CD player with a varied collection of CDs, many of which are suitable for romantic dinners by candlelight.
If you are a paddler, there is plenty of beachfront from which to launch. It is pebble beach, with mild, lapping waves in calm weather. In the summer, when the windows can be open, the lapping waves would be quite soothing for sleeping. It would be hard to find a nicer cottage, if you are a small party or a couple!
Left on 01/23/2009 for a stay in September 2008 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Jan 23, 2009Stayed Sep 2008
We were in much need of a secluded getaway and the Georgian Belle was incredible. The cottage owner is a gem and sets the stage for an incredible dream vaction. It is like an advertisement walking through the front door. Will go back given the opportunity. Suitable for a couple needing some one on one time. Great deep clean waterfront... romantic sunrises and coffee on the rocky beach!
Left on 01/23/2009 for a stay in June 2007 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Jan 23, 2009Stayed Jun 2007
We have spent two vacations at the Georgian Bell and hope to return. The cottage is comfortable, in immaculate condition, and well equipped. The view from the cottage is truly spectacular. We enjoyed canoeing, walking along the shore of the bay, bird watching, and just relaxing. The owner, who lives nearby, is delightful.
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