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Muskoka's Premier Luxury Cottage And Boathouse

Bedrooms 6
Space 5,000 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Cottage, 6 Bedrooms + Loft, 4 Baths, (Sleeps 12)


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.

A huge walk-out basement is completely finished, featuring slate floors and huge windows that also have a gorgeous view of the lake. There is an attached double garage and a large parking area behind the cottage, with additional parking on the access road.

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.


Above the two-slip boathouse is 650 square feet of beautiful living space. The living quarters include an open concept living and kitchen/dining area that has breathtaking views of the lake from three sides. You can sit around the wood-burning stove on chillier evenings and enjoy the views of the lake. 3 sets of sliding patio doors lead from this area out onto the large sun deck that wraps around the boathouse. Floors, ceilings, and walls are entirely in pine, providing a bright, warm, rustic atmosphere. At the back are two bedrooms with queen-size beds and sliding patio doors that open onto the deck. The bright pine bathroom has a large shower. Above the bedrooms is a large loft with sleeping area that overlooks the living room and the lake. Older children will love the loft!

Have breakfast or a BBQ dinner on the deck. Enjoy the call of the loons. Relax in the hammock. Fish off the deck. Jump off the deck into the lake. The lapping waves will lull you to sleep. You’ll never be closer to the water!

The boathouse is available for rent separately in May, June, September & October. When the boathouse is rented separately, the cottage will not be rented. The boathouse is closed in the winter.

Keywords: Cottage and Boathouse

More Details

Sandra Beckett
Member since: 2006
Speaks english, french, german, spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 21, 2018

About Sandra Beckett

Sandra is a retired professor of Modern Languages and the author of numerous books on French and comparative literature.

Why Sandra Beckett chose Muskoka Lakes

People say it has the most stunning views in all of Muskoka. The views of Skeleton Lake and the surrounding forest are breath-taking and you have complete seclusion. The wildlife is abundant. You can engage in a wide variety of activities right from the doorstep. The unique custom-built cottage features a variety of exotic hardwoods from Central America.

What makes this cottage unique

Infra-red Sauna,;BainUltra ThermoMasseur Air Tub with chromotherapy; 2 floor-to-ceiling River Rock Fireplaces; Games Room with Pool Table, Air Hockey, Poker Table, etc.; Kayaks; Paddle Boat; etc.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had a fantastic time there, it's really beautiful and peaceful. [Tortorella Family Ontario, Canada]

We enjoyed our stay and have warm memories. [Dixon Family Ontario, Canada]

Thanks again for allowing us to experience the Hermitage. [Mancuso Family [Ontario, Canada]

We had a great weekend at The Hermitage. Thank you very much for the use of such a beautiful location. I had spent time at Skeleton Lake as a teenager and the trip brought back a flood of great memories. I had forgot how much I enjoyed cottage life. [Kimber Family Ontario, Canada]

We had a fabulous time, it was a bummer coming home, we had such a fun relaxing week, we both wish we could have stayed longer. Thanks very much for everything. [Halder Family Ontario, Canada]

I’m still glowing from the relaxing time we had at your boathouse. It’s truly a beautiful and peaceful place. Thanks again for your hospitality and opening your beautiful home to us. [Paul and Rose Ontario, Canada]
Jun 2011
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Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation cottage rental in Muskoka Lakes

Property Type:
  • cottage
Floor Area:
  • 5000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Fitness Room / Equipment
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • restaurant dining guide
  • Parking
  • Security System
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • cold water dispenser
  • Wood Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • refrigerator mini size
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
  • 4
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • books adult
  • books kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • games kids
  • Music Library
  • Piano
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Game Console
  • Video Games
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • beach chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Canoe
  • Child's Swing
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Pedal Boat
  • screened porch/lanai
  • Terrace
  • Water Skis
  • deck wood
Pool / Spa:
  • Jacuzzi
  • Private Pool
  • Sauna
  • Spa Whirlpool
  • Whirlpool
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • festivals
  • forests
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Cottage, 2 Fireplaces, Satellite TVs, PVR, Jenn-Air Range, Pillows & Comforters/Blankets are provided, BainUltra Air Tub, Infra-red Sauna, Hammock, Boathouse, Boat Dock, Wood-burning stove, Bar refrigerator, Toaster Oven, Hot Plate, Paddle Boat, Pillows & Blankets are provided, Linens and towels are included.


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Muskoka's Premier Luxury Cottage And Boathouse
average rating of 5.0 based on 22 reviews

Exceeded our high expectations

  • 5 of 5

I rented The Hermitage for a week, for a family reunion (10 adults). The photos and owner's description lead us to expect a beautiful house and setting; however, the cottage,

boathouse, property, and views exceeded our expectations. Even though it rained everyday

(and sometimes all day) but one while we were there, we LOVED our stay. The main cottage is both spacious and warmly welcoming, and the boathouse is charming. Despite the rain, we kayaked and swam a bit, hiked, and watched thunderstorms and sunrises over the lake (the latter encouraged by the huge windows in the bedrooms). I can't imagine anyone would be disappointed with any aspect of their stay. And the owners were a pleasure to deal with. 5 stars are not enough for this gem.

  • Submitted: 3-Jul-2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello Rosemary, We are delighted you enjoyed your vacation with family at The Hermitage despite the rain. We throughly enjoyed helping to plan your family vacation. We are extremely happy The Hermitage exceeded your expectations. For privacy and view, it doesn't get much better in Muskoka. Thanks again and we look forward to you and your family coming back to The Hermitage very soon.
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Markham, ONT

Stunning cottage with an even more stunning view

  • 5 of 5

Our team spent the Thanksgiving Weekend at the Hermitage. The pictures did not prepare us for the beauty of our surroundings, the comfort and luxury of the cottage and the stunning views from each window of the house. We spent our days hiking, kayaking, playing pools, air hockey etc in the games rooms, watching movies and sports in the larger than life TV room and hanging out at the boathouse house which in itself is a beauty. It was a perfect getaway for our group and a great place to team build. I would recommend staying at the Hermitage any time of the year in its peaceful natural surrounding.

Thank you Paul and Sandra from the INDS Team.

  • Submitted: 12-Oct-2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are delighted your team enjoyed The Hermitage and we are also delighted you hope to come back again to The Hermitage. It was the perfect time for the changing of the colours in Muskoka. Thanks again.
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Ancaster Ontario

Rent Here Every Year Best Cottage with Lots of Privacy

  • 5 of 5

Me and My family rent this cottage every year, it is a luxurious cottage with lots of space. It has a great view of the lake, it comes with some kayaks and fishing rods. The lake is a very quiet lake with lots to do and explore, there is plenty of forest to hike through, it is very secluded which works out perfectly for my hijabi mother. Honestly the pictures don't do this place justice, its more beautiful in person and the price is more than fair considering how many this cottage sleeps.

  • Submitted: 19-Sep-2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words. We are delighted that you have come to The Hermitage for 4 years in a row. For privacy and view, it doesn't get much better than The Hermitage in Muskoka. Thanks again and we look forward to your visit next year.
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Toronto, ON

The perfect Muskoka getaway!

  • 5 of 5

Even after seeing photos we were not prepared for how truly beautiful this cottage would be. "Luxury" is being modest; this cottage literally has EVERYTHING you need for a perfect getaway. We were a team of 13 and it slept us comfortably with more than enough room to spare. I was able to watch the most beautiful sunset from the comfort of my bed from the Lake View bedroom from in the main cabin and it was absolutely breathtaking & a memory I will hold onto. The games room was a huge hit with our team: pool table, air hockey, foosball you name it! We definitely appreciated being able to roll in with a huge group and not worry about activities, the hermitage had us covered! The Boat House was equally impressive with a gorgeous deck that was great for lazing out on and even better for making a big splash into the beautiful waters that surround it.

We had a blast Sandra, thanks for everything!

The Q Team

  • Submitted: 29-Aug-2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Sydney, Australia

Outstanding holiday

  • 5 of 5

WOW, what an amazing place we holidayed in on Skeleton Lake, in the Muskoka region north of Toronto. It has a magnificent three storey lake house amidst the silent forest and a beautiful boathouse on the shoreline.

The main house is built with exotic hardwoods and blessed with astounding natural views of the lake and forested islands. The siting allows one to think you are alone by this lake, as no other dwellings are visible from the main house. It has all the luxuries for relaxation, entertaining and recreation.

We really enjoyed dining al fresco on the large deck with barbecue. The cottage is spacious with splendid furnishings and a whole level devoted to games. In the huge lounge room there is an impressive stone fireplace next to a two storey feature-window. This view overlooks the lake, taking in the adjacent fir and pine trees, and the distant forested shorelines, disturbed only by squirrels and small birds. There is also a piano should a song come to mind. Upstairs there are four large bedrooms, a spa and a relaxing infra-red sauna.

The waterfront property includes a magnificent boathouse which is accessed by a wooden stairway to the shoreline. This substantial, and beautiful boathouse can comfortably sleep four, has a lounge area, small kitchen and an extensive deck where one can dream away the stresses of city life relaxing in one of the many Muskoka chairs. There are kayaks for paddling and the swimming is refreshing in the clean, pure lake. We enjoyed the silence and solitude of this place enormously, particularly listening to the mournful yodel of the Loons and watching for other wildlife in the woods.

The owners were very friendly, helpful and informative.

Wherever you are in this fabulous cottage you are aware of the expansive views of the great Canadian wilderness. To experience such tranquility in such comfort is a rare treat.

  • Submitted: 18-Jan-2015
  • Stayed: August 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words and we are delighted you enjoyed your stay at The Hermitage. It was also delightful having guests from Australia. Thank you again.
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A relaxing and wonderful stay. Beautiful house.

  • 5 of 5

It's was hard to do anything but relax, unwind, and have fun with friends at this little piece of heaven. The Hermitage was exactly what we were looking for to 'get away from it all' and to catch up with our Canadian friends as we visited from Scotland. It was the perfect place to holiday and experience a side of Canada we find so unique and rustic. Not only is the scenery stunning, tranquil and welcoming. The Hermitage offered us it's comfort and luxury with welcoming arms. We were all in awe of the grandeur yet homely atmosphere the owners have created. It was home from home but on a more spacious and relaxing scale. We particularly loved cooking and conversing in the kitchen. We made many a feast!

The boat house was a lovely edition. We had a lot of fun on the lake and felt with nature here. After swimming we sat at the boathouse overlooking the water as the sun set on our little piece of paradise. It was very peaceful, a moment to remember.

It has to be said we didn't want to leave. The owners did a fantastic job at making us feel welcome and accommodated our needs perfectly. Thanks for a wonderful stay!

  • Submitted: 14-Dec-2014
  • Stayed: July 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review. It was delightful to welcome guests from "across the pond". ie: Scotland. Thank you again and we hope you can return in the future to The Hermitage.
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Car: necessary

The beautiful Muskoka region, which is located about 2 hrs. north of Toronto, is bounded by Georgian Bay on one side and Algonquin Park on the other. Muskoka is among the world’s celebrated lakelands. The area was discovered by Samuel de Champlain in 1615. The region features many scenic lakes surrounded by wooded hills and granite rock and offers a wide range of activities year round to suit all tastes and age groups. The unique character and natural beauty of Muskoka draw people from around the world. Skeleton Lake was formed by the impact of a meteor, explaining its somewhat circular shape and great depth. That is also the reason for the limestone bottom, which gives the lake its famous clarity. In the heart of Muskoka, the Hermitage offers a wide diversity of activities in all seasons. Relax and enjoy the natural beauty or engage in a wide choice of sports, sightseeing, cultural events, and other activities. Summer Sports include Hiking, Biking, Golf, Boating, Swimming, Waterskiing, Wake-boarding, Tubing, Jet Skiing, Fishing, and Fitness Centre. Boat Rental is available in the area. There are two Marinas on Skeleton Lake.

Winter Sports include Sports: Cross-country Skiing, Snowmobiling, Snowshoeing, Sledding, Skating. The Hermitage is located very close to both cross-country and snowmobile trails. The many sightseeing options include: Steamship Cruises on Lake Muskoka, Museums, Santa’s Village, Algonquin Park. All the roads between Highway 11 and Highway 69 in the Muskoka area are extremely scenic, in particular Highways 518, 141, 3, 118 and 169. The towns of Port Carling and Rosseau are well worth a visit. Other Activities: Wildlife Viewing includes deer, bears, wolves, coyotes, wild turkeys, and many other animals and birds. Stargazing from the cottage deck or the boathouse deck is breathtaking. Shopping includes many unique stores and boutiques. Excellent restaurants range from fine dining to casual. Cinemas and theatre.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation cottage rental in Muskoka Lakes

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
May 26 2018 - Jun 29 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Jun 30 2018 - Aug 30 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Labour Day Weekend
Aug 31 2018 - Sep 3 2018
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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