Cottage Profile The Keeshigonong Cottage ("Home of the Cedars") is a truly unique vacation retreat. The cottage, which is located on Sydney Bay on the undeveloped shores of Georgian Bay, is an environmentalist's dream. This cottage is environmental friendly with electricity supplied by solar power and a composting toilet. There is now potable running cold water at the cottage. There are no indoor showes here, there is however both a camp shower that you can warm up in the sun and also a cold water shower outside at the cottage. There are showers at the Cape Croker Park, 3km away. This waterfront cottage is situated on a 50-acre lot, surrounded by a mix of cedars, birch trees and alvar.The property features many walking and hiking trails. as well as kilometers of shoreline you can stroll at sunset. If you step outside the west door of the cottage you step into an alvar- a rare eastern prairie with its own unique plants and flowers. If you step outside the northern door, you have a completely private and unobstructed view of Sydney Bay, a sheltered bay on Georgian Bay. Walk around and enjoy some of the best natural scenery in Ontario. The interior of the cottage is bright and airy. The cottage interior is of an open concept design - living, dining, and kitchen areas form one large room. The living room boasts a cathedral ceiling, a feature which helps keep the cottage cool in summer and warm in the winter.The effect of the ceiling and the large windows is to retain as much daylight as possible for as long as possible. Suspended from the high ceiling is a chandelier that holds real candles. When it is lit it provides light and a peaceful atmosphere for the whole cottage. There is no shortage of counter and cupboard space in the kitchen. There is a new propane gas stove, as well as a propane refrigerator. The dining room has a large table and enough chairs to sit eight comfortably. In the living room you will find a pull-out queen-sized futon and a comfortable lazy boy chair. The living area has laminate flooring and a wood -burning stove. Firewood is provided. Each of the two sound proofed, private bedrooms contains a queen-sized futon as well as a night table, dresser, and reading light. The loft is very roomy, and comfortable. It has a rocking chair and two queen size futons. There is also a child-sized pool table. To minimize the impact on the environment, but still ensure our guests' comfort, the cottage has an odour-free composting toilet inside. All you need to do is add a little peat moss. Down by the shore you will find a horseshoe pit as well as a firepit where you can roast marshmallows while listening to the waves lap against the shore. If you hike north along the shoreline for about a half-hour you will reach Cape Croker Tent and Trailer Park Restroom, shower and laundry facilities are available here.This park also offers natural trails, beach volleyball and native cultural activities - many artists and craftspeople of the Nawash reserve can be found here. Fresh fish, caught daily, are sold on the reserve at a location a five-minute drive from the cottage. You will also find a convenience store a few kilometers away. Wiarton is a short drive away. There are many little shops in Wiarton featuring locally-handcrafted items. Many studios/shops in the outlying areas specialize in oil painting, woodworking, stained glass & pottery. Wiarton is the home of famous painter Paul Duff. His studio is open for visitors during the summer and is located north on Hwy 6 approximately 8 km away. Some pieces of original art on the walls of the cottage is for sale when so marked. Please Note: This cottage is powered soley by the sun. Please do not bring electrical equipment that requires highpower. Examples of such equipment include juicers, blenders and TV's. Portable computersare fine if they are not running continuously. Smaller electronic devices such as iPods, cell phones, tablets and speakers are ok.
Additional amenities include: firewood provided, wood stove, life jackets, horse shoe pit and shoes, deck 500 square feet, reading material, beds: 5 queen size futons (owner will supply foam slabs if renters want a softer bed), two storey cottage with sleeping loft, fire pit, childs pool table(small), small radio / tape deck (portable), card and board games, living area 1250 square feet, number of bedrooms: 2 bedrooms plus large sleeping loft, number of baths: one two-piece bathroom with composting toilet., arbour over deck for shade, hammock, (not shown in photographs), solar power....Read more
Left on 02/13/2012 for a stay in July 2011 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Feb 13, 2012Stayed Jul 2011
Aanii boozhou, I rented this cottage last July, 2012 and it was great! Miigwetch for letting me stay in Keeshigonong for a bit and looking forward to staying for a bit again this year. Again, miigwetch,
Left on 11/06/2011 for a stay in July 2011 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Nov 6, 2011Stayed Jul 2011
Cottage description is correct about everything, so pay attention to every detail. If I would recomend it to a freind I would add that place is very quiet but for a food supplies it is better to go to Wiarton (30 km) because a convenience store a few kilometers away has very limited selection of items. It is not the owner's fault just do not count on this store.
Left on 09/01/2009 for a stay in August 2009 | PipReviewed Sep 1, 2009Stayed Aug 2009
If you want privacy like we do then this is the ideal cottage. The cottage was very attractive and comfortable. We enjoyed the swimming even though it was a little tricky thanks to the slippery clay stones. My only concern was the composting toilet which tended to attract alot of flies....
Left on 02/05/2009 for a stay in July 2008 | LaurieReviewed Feb 5, 2009Stayed Jul 2008
A great place to retreat from the world. It is the most quiet spot I've been to apart from canoe trips to Algonquin Park.
You have to be willing to use an outhouse and compost toilet and deal without a shower. It is far better than a camping trip. My kids enjoyed using the shower bag outside attached to the porch. Watching the hummingbirds throughout the day is a highlight. We also enjoyed using the puzzles upstairs in the loft.
The only downside was not being able to bike on the property because it is too rocky. You must be vigilant of the poison ivy around the cottage and the driveway.
We did many day trips which included Lions Head Beach, Red Bay, Cabot Head Lighthouse and Cyprus Lake National Park.
Thank you for bringing the poison Ivy to our attention we have taken steps to ensure there is no poison ivy around the cottage or on the driveway.
A FlipKey verified reviewer
"Sanctuary of Solace"
Left on 02/05/2009 for a stay in June 2008 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Feb 5, 2009Stayed Jun 2008
The description of this 'off the grid cottage' sounded too good to be true ... yet proved to be better than I had hoped! Investigating the alvar -- a rare eastern prairie with its own unique plants and flowers; waking to the sunrise with a cup of coffee enjoyed by the edge of the water; lounging in the hammock; early morning canoe trips; observing the flight pattern of butterflies and hummingbirds; outdoor firepit and indoor woodstove etc. etc. all combined to create a one-of-a-kind vacation.
For a first-time renter, the experience was made very enjoyable by everyone I dealt with. Don't let the bag shower throw you off!!
If you're searching for solitude and REAL privacy, I'd recommend Keeshigonong as "a sanctuary where time stands still, hummingbirds hover, healing takes place and metamorphosis begins."
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