Cottage Profile This spectacular timber-frame cottage is located on a large private lot on the shores of Hay Bay. It overlooks Devil's Straits between Georgian Bay and Lake Huron. The centrepiece of this cottage is the magnificent floor-to-ceiling open fireplace, hand-crafted using the unique stone of the area. This fireplace is surrounded by a 32-foot vaulted ceiling and supported by large squared timber post-and-beam construction. The large floor-to-ceiling windows and natural pine flooring only add to a bright, spectacular and natural living environment. The main living area is organized around an open concept design containing the living room, dining room and kitchen. The living room is tastefully furnished with collectibles and antiques. Furnishings include a large, comfortable leather couch, a uniquely carved Indonesian day bed as well as the window seating that surrounds the massive Rumford fireplace. Adjacent to the seating area is a built-in pine desk with telephone and full satellite wireless Internet connection. A superb audio system, complete with an iPod docking station, in addition to the CD player is available for your listening pleasure. The dining room contains a square Australian jarrah wood captain's table with highback chairs that seat eight. Next to the dining area is a beautifully-appointed kitchen with all the amenities of home. This kitchen includes plenty of cupboard and counter space with modern appliances (fridge, stove, microwave and dishwasher). The kitchen is very well equipped catering to all of your culinary needs and contains a breakfast bar with three high-back chairs. Sliding glass doors lead from the dining area onto a large wrap-around deck with teak patio table and chairs as well as lounge chairs. This is an excellent spot to enjoy the incredible water views and sunsets. Step down to the lower deck with a new 7 person spa/ hot tub - perfect for soaking after a long day kayaking the bay or hiking the Bruce Trail! No matter where you sit, you are surrounded by the sights and soothing sounds of lapping water from the bay. The remaining rooms on the ground floor are: a modern three-piece bathroom with shower, full laundry facilities and a beautiful, bright bedroom with a queen-sized bed. An open staircase leads from the lower level to the second storey of the cottage. At the top of the stairs is a cozy sitting / sleeping area with armchair and double bed. This is also where the satellite HDTV with DVD and VCR are located. On the second floor, there is an amazing 20-by-30 foot open loft master suite, which contains a luxurious Jacuzzi tub, shower, sitting area and four-post teak king-sized bed, as well as a private deck with an exquisite view of the lake. The master bedroom also contains a separate washroom and walk-in closet. The second upstairs bedroom has two pine twin beds and a large closet filled with games - perfect for children. A 600 foot driveway winds down from the main road to the cottage. The cottage is located on a private five acre forest consisting of mature cedar, birch, spruce and tamarack trees. There is a large grassy area at the rear of the cottage where the kids can play. The cottage rates a 'five out of five' on our privacy rating. A short trail leads from the cottage down to 500 feet of natural undisturbed shoreline, which is bordered by a nature reserve and contains many small bays and inlets. This is a great area to explore by water. A canoe, two kayaks and snorkelling equipment are provided with the cottage rental. The area is also renowned for excellent fishing. Swimming opportunities exist left down the shoreline about 150 ft. or right to the end of the point. Due to lower water levels on Lake Huron and Georgian Bay, you may wish to explore more ideal swimming opportunities accessible from this cottage - swimming can be enjoyed in the deeper waters off the numerous islands in Hay Bay (easily accessible by kayak or canoe). While enjoying this deep water swimming you can enjoy snorkelling! The shoreline in this area consists of flat rock with some stones. Swim shoes are recommended. The cottage is located at the end of a paved road a short bike ride away (4 km) from Tobermory. Take advantage of the four mountain bikes included in your rental at the cottage. You could even bike to the beach at the base of Hay Bay and enjoying more swimming opportunites there. In the village of Tobermory, you can stroll through the shopping area, visit the library, restaurants and beautiful natural harbour, or take a scenic boat cruise to view shipwrecks, lighthouses and visit Flowerpot Island. Dinner cruises aboard the Chi-Cheemaun are also very popular. For hikers, naturalists and scuba divers, the area is a dream come true. This is truly a magnificent cottage!
Additional amenities include: firewood provided, 1 queen, kayak (sit on top) x 2, snorkeling equipment for 2 adults and 2 children., and one three-piece with shower (ensuite)., VCR/DVD, floor area: 2800 square feet, fire pit, hot tub ($125 extra available may 2013), water source:well, wireless internet - 3g rocket hub, television (no satellite or cable), cd player (multi-disk player), 4 mountain bikes, deck area: 450 square feet, life jackets ( 4 adults), beds: 1 king, 1 double (in loft), number of bedrooms: 3 plus loft, 2 partial sets of golf clubs, number of baths: 2. one four-piece with jacuzzi, and 2 twins....Read more
Left on 07/28/2014 for a stay in July 2014 | Sunseekers099Reviewed Jul 28, 2014Stayed Jul 2014
Wonderful, wonderful place to rest, relax, and enjoy all that Tobermory has to offer, while feeling like you're living in "luxury in the woods"! It's huge so our family of 4 plus 2 guests for 2 days had plenty of room to spare.
The cottage itself has so much character and we couldn't help but notice and appreciate the craftsmanship - post and beam, wood brought in from BC, stone from the Bruce Penninsula, fantastic layout, joints with wooden dowels, etc.
The kitchen has everything we needed. The beds were incredibly comfortable. My favourite thing was to roll over every morning and look at the lake through the sliding glass door in the master bedroom. Even a rainy day was a fabulous one - bubble bath in the deep soaker tub with a glass of wine and a book; then later, when the sun came out, a bike ride into town, then a kayak on the bay - heaven!!
It was awesome having the fire pit right down at the waterfront where we could have the fire going in time to watch the gorgeous sunsets and fireworks on Canada Day.
The weather was a little cool, especially in the evenings, so the hot tub was a fantastic way to end the day, overlooking the bay. Don't worry about the amber water - it's normal for well water in a heavily wooded area.
The fishing was good, right off the shore - small mouth bass.
I so appreciated having laundry facilities there so we could go home with suitcases full of clean laundry rather than to mounds of dirty clothes to get through upon return home.
This did not feel like a cottage but a home in the woods. Plenty of privacy and gorgeous scenery.
One minor suggestion would be to have dry fire kindling available. After the rain, it was hard to find any anywhere, even places that sold it in town.
Left on 07/18/2013 for a stay in July 2013 | BurtReviewed Jul 18, 2013Stayed Jul 2013
The house is big and impressive with it's huge beams and beautiful wood.
Excellent equipment throughout. Kitchen well equipped and stocked with basic needs. Good library and sound equipment. Tv kind of awkwardly placed on upstairs level and difficult to navigate (bring in the many apparent possible channels via satellite.)
Outdoor equipment of very good quality including bikes, canoes and kayaks. Grandson really enjoyed snorkeling. Wireless internet service was pretty good except that when more than one user, signal would sometimes drop. We had a great family week because of the space available, the great outdoor activity options, and the quiet and serenity of this beautiful cabin. Though people are not far away, we felt like we could have been at a wilderness retreat. Finally, the caretaker was a very nice fellow to deal with.
Left on 07/11/2013 for a stay in June 2013 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Jul 11, 2013Stayed Jun 2013
This was our second stay at Elenriel and we were not disappointed. Beautiful location, excellent privacy and a lovely, clean home. We had great service from rentcottage.com and have recommended them to many people. We love the Tobermory area and I think that this is going to become an annual tradition. The sunsets are second to none, especially when viewed from the hot tub with a glass of wine.
Left on 07/11/2013 for a stay in July 2013 | dlhfamilyReviewed Jul 11, 2013Stayed Jul 2013
I am so glad I read and believed the reviews and booked this rental home. I rented for just my husband and myself as a way to celebrate our anniversary and recuperate from our daughters wedding celebrated the day before we arrived. We had never been to this area and traveled 8 hours to get here. The house is full of art, culture and beauty. The kitchen is spacious, well stocked, with ample lighting and quality appliances. The windows let the natural beauty in the house and the pine wood interior surrounds you like a soothing cover. The photos are just a glimpse into the beauty of the home. We loved canoeing in the red canoe and even tried out snorkeling off a small island we could reach out in the lake. We spent the last 3 days hiking the Bruce trail (day hikes) and have had some beautiful cool sunny weather. Yesterday there were significant winds which made the lake seem even more wild and majestic. We enjoyed a fire in the fireplace, The Little Tub Bakery, making a fire in the lakeside fire ring and the peacefulness and quiet of the home. Everything is better than imagined and the fine details of decorating and architecture have been noted, appreciated and thoroughly enjoyed! Well, we are headed out for a sunset canoe ride! Don't want this week to be over.
Left on 06/13/2013 for a stay in May 2013 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Jun 13, 2013Stayed May 2013
We spent our honeymoon here and everything was beyond perfect.
All the amenities are there all you need to bring is your food, towels, linens, clothes and yourself.
The cottage is beautifully decorated and it honestly hurt to leave it.
My only qualm was that they should give you some drugs before you leave so you don't get too attached to the cottage.
Left on 11/01/2012 for a stay in August 2012 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Nov 1, 2012Stayed Aug 2012
The cottage was total luxury. It felt as if someone handed us their house keys for a week by giving us access to the amazing stereo, bicycles, kayaks, etc. Everything in the cottage is super high quality like the dishes, the comforters, the pillows...
We enjoyed making fires at the fire pit, the hot tub, walking on the rocks with the kids.
The bottle of wine was a good pick too! Our friends from Paris enjoyed it too.
Left on 08/08/2011 for a stay in June 2011 | John and DianeReviewed Aug 8, 2011Stayed Jun 2011
We totally loved this vacation destination and would love to return at another time. It is so peaceful and private! We enjoyed using the canoe and kayaks provided, and the master bedroom suite was so restful! The service provided by the rental agency was also wonderful! The whole experience was so relaxing and magical for us. The only thing that would make this vacation experience perfect would be if the cleaning of this fabulous home could be included in the rental price.
Left on 09/29/2010 for a stay in August 2010 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Sep 29, 2010Stayed Aug 2010
The cottage was beautiful, the kind of place you would like as a home, very well equipped with all the amenities to enjoy a quiet holiday. The privacy is rated 5 star, and it really is, yet you are close enough to town that you can bike there for a little adventure. The swimming is not ideal, but there are beaches that are close. The waterfront offers up a vista of sunsets and is setup well to burn away the night with a campfire. The canoeing and kayaking through the bay is fantastic, you are sheltered from the big water and there are many islands to explore. The deck off the master bedroom became our observatory on the clear nights, the area is secluded enough to make for excellent star gazing. The proximity to Tobemory and the ferry makes the trip from Northern Ontario very easy. These trips to The Bruce are an annual trip for our familly, the stay at Elenriel puts 2010 at the top of the list for enjoyable holidays.
Left on 01/23/2009 for a stay in August 2007 | jmReviewed Jan 23, 2009Stayed Aug 2007
This is a beautiful home, very tastefully decorated and comfortable to stay in. It is located on a shallow bay which is rocky, but fun to explore and pleasant for swimming -- but water shoes are a must. The beach is covered in fascinating rocks -- tricky for older people or the very young to navigate, but fun to explore.
It has excellent privacy. its close to Tobermorey, which as lots to see and do.
My family really enjoyed it and we would be happy to return.
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