A magnificent year-round holiday retreat on picturesque Skeleton Lake. As the name Hermitage suggests, this unique property on 3.5 acres and 540 feet of lake frontage offers complete privacy and the perfect getaway.
This million dollar plus property features a quality, custom-built cottage and boathouse, both with numerous luxury features. The 5000 square foot cottage, featuring 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms, is nestled among mature trees and beautiful granite rocks. The property has been landscaped to blend into the beautiful, natural surroundings and the buildings have been designed to complement this setting.
The cottage interior is stunning and has many unique features that blend gracious, luxury living with a casual vacation home lifestyle. The exotic hardwood floors in cabbage bark and poisonwood, and the mixed exotic hardwood ceilings throughout make this a one-of-a-kind property. Most of the wood in the cottage is hardwood from Central America, including the kitchen cabinets, stairs, railings, doors, and much of the furniture. This unique blend of unusual woods gives the cottage a warm, rustic, yet elegant charm. Large wood-framed windows provide stunning views from every room, allowing you to enjoy the natural beauty even indoors.
The cottage is designed around a magnificent, cathedral-ceiling great room with a huge, floor-to-ceiling river rock fireplace, a wall of windows offering a breathtaking long view of the lake, and cabbage bark floors. At one end of the the main level is a family room with a large river rock fireplace and a wall of windows overlooking the lake. At the other end of the main level is an office/library with two walls of windows presenting stunning views of the lake in two directions. Sliding patio doors lead to the deck.
The open concept kitchen has a large island in mixed exotic hardwoods that is great for snacks or just for chatting with the chef. The dining area has a view of the lake and sliding patio doors open directly onto the deck. There is a convenient main floor laundry room. French doors lead from the kitchen into a large Muskoka room/sunroom, with a high, vaulted ceiling in exotic woods and walls of glass windows and doors, that provides magnificent views of the lake and woods. Three sets of sliding doors lead from the Muskoka room directly onto the deck. Enjoy breakfast or a romantic dinner on the deck or in the Muskoka room, enjoying gorgeous views in all directions.
A magnificent, wide wooden staircase of mixed exotic hardwoods leads to the upper floor. A loft area with a large balsam infra-red sauna and workout area overlooks the great room and has a gorgeous view out over the lake. The loft separates the master bedroom and ensuite from the other three bedrooms. The master bedroom, with a king-size poster bed, has beautiful poisonwood floors and glorious views of the lake in two directions from immense windows. The walk-in closet is completely cedar lined. The ensuite bathroom has a heated, natural slate floor, a long poisonwood and slate vanity with two sinks, a large shower of glass and slate, and a long 6.5 feet BainUltra ThermoMasseur air tub with programmable cycle, chromotherapy, and heated back. At the other end of the loft, a hallway leads to 3 bedrooms, all of which have a lake view. The bathroom at this side of the upstairs has a large shower with slate walls and glass door. End your day relaxing in the sauna or the ThermoMasseur air tub.
The cottage has a commanding, long view of beautiful Skeleton Lake. Natural granite stone steps grace the main entrance and another set of stone steps lead to a boardwalk that runs along the sunroom around to a large deck. The 700 square foot, private deck of exotic hardwood with glass railings offers gorgeous views of Skeleton Lake and some of its most picturesque islands. A cedar stairway descends down to the boathouse. The cottage is winterized for those who enjoy winter sports and activities. Four-wheel drive recommended for winter access.
This unique property is situated at the end of a private road and ensures complete seclusion. It is truly a one-of-a-kind property that will allow you to experience Muskoka at its best in all four seasons. This quiet waterfront property on Skeleton Lake should provide you with one of your most memorable vacations ever....Read more
Left on 09/10/2013 for a stay in July 2012 | Clare
Muskoka's best kept secret - situated on the beautiful Skeleton Lake, offering exquisite views from every aspect of the cottage.
I spent the week there with my family of 6 and thoroughly enjoyed the endless activities the cottage and property had to offer.
The Boat house was our favourite, lying in the hammock, watching the kids endlessly jump off the boat house deck, fully equipped kitchenette, bedrooms and bathroom so could spend the whole day/night down on the water.
I hope it is available next summer :)
I do not hesitate to recommend this luxury cottage to anyone!
Left on 06/27/2013 for a stay in August 2012 | A FlipKey verified reviewer
My family and I had the opportunity to spend some time here during august 2012. I have to say that we were stunned the first time we walked into the main cottage and saw the view over the lake. It was beautiful!
The main cottage was very spacious and clean, and we absolutely loved the indoor sauna upstairs.
Most of the time was spent down by the water, around the traditional Muskoka boathouse. The water was deep and extremely clear, perfect for swimming!
Also, as a fisherman, I enjoyed the variety of fish that are found in Skeleton lake, and had quite a bit of success casting off the dock!
I would definitely recommend this location and would love go back again in the coming years.
Left on 06/27/2013 for a stay in August 2012 | Carla
We rented this cottage as a group of family and friends and it was honestly the most amazing experience we've ever had! The cottage is very spacious which is perfect for spending a summer vacation with a big group of people. The best part of our stay was definitely the boathouse and everything that goes with it! We spent hours every day down at the boathouse whilst enjoying the sun on the deck; kayaking; jumping off the deck; and of course enjoying the beautiful view of Skeleton Lake. The cottage provides more than enough entertainment (both indoor and outdoor) to keep everyone in your group occupied. I would highly recommend this cottage and will definitely be back there myself in the near future!
Left on 06/27/2013 for a stay in August 2012 | Stevemanton
Perfect location for a family vacation or getaway with friends. Breathtaking views of Skeleton Lake and the surrounding area from both the house and boathouse. It exceeded all of my expectations and I couldn't have asked for a better vacation!
Both the house and boathouse are very spacious and can accommodate a large group of people. Perfect size kitchen and living area ideal for evening entertainment.
Left on 06/18/2013 for a stay in June 2013 | A FlipKey verified reviewer
I stayed at this cottage in the month of June. This place is the perfect getaway. The beautiful wood that is used throughout the cottage gives this the perfect woodsy feel. The numerous bedrooms gave great privacy to all of my group, and the sunroom/living room gave us a perfect spot to gather. The deck is great for taking in the breathtaking view while sipping on your drinks.
I will definitely be returning.
I especially loved the kitchen, as I like to cook.
Beautiful cottage nestled along the rocky banks of a pristine lake. It's very well kept with plenty of rooms to share with family and friends. The Belize wood in the interior looks amazing and delivers the cottage feel in a luxurious way. The boat house is a great spot to spend the day basking in all the wonderful pleasures the lake has to offer. The peaceful atmosphere makes this a great place to get away. I had an amazing time and would love to visit again!!
Left on 06/17/2013 for a stay in June 2013 | Brita
An absolutely immaculate cottage located on a delightfully serene, peaceful lake. This grand 5000 sq. foot cottage made it the perfect retreat for our large group of family and friends to comfortably embrace this unique Muskoka experience. The most stunning cedar stairway descends toward an overwhelmingly stunning view of the exceptionally pristine Skeleton Lake. Highly recommended and unquestionably beyond compare to anything in the Muskoka domain.
The 13% Harmonized Sales Tax does not apply to rentals at The Hermitage
High Season (Mid June through early September) Cottage and Boathouse $6900/week
Shoulder Season Cottage and Boathouse $4400/week
Boathouse Only (Low) $2000/wk, $900 2-night wknd, $1200 3-night wknd
Boathouse is closed in Winter
A 25% deposit is due upon confirmation of rental
Balance of payment is due 8 weeks prior to occupancy
US Dollars and Euros also accepted. Monthly rates available
Note: Until confirmed, rates are subject to change without notice.
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Luxury Cottage/ Boathouse Skeleton Lake Muskoka
6 BR / 4 BA / Sleeps 12
Muskoka, Ontario, Canada
Sandra L Beckett
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