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Lake Muskoka Cottage/Boathouse (Bala/Port Carling) Book 2018 NOW!

Bedrooms 6
Half Baths1
Space 3,000 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Cottage and Boathouse With Breathtaking Views On Lake Muskoka

This cottage and boathouse combination provides a gorgeous setting for hosts and guests. Perfect For Family Gatherings or Larger Groups. (Please however, no partying groups. We hope to maintain order in our family community.)

Many pluses included with this combination rental:

*It's located right on Muskoka Lake which allows you to boat to Lake Rosseau and Lake Joseph!

*We include 5 BOATS with the rental!!!! a canoe, 2 kayaks , a rowboat, and a paddleboat.

*There is a fire pit right by the water for evening socializing! (Keep in mind that noise travels on the lake. No loud music past 10 p.m.)

*An automatic propane generator which kicks on during power failures is a huge advantage when vacationing in Muskoka. This gives power to both dwellings. Power interruptions won't interfere with your vacation!

*Dish provided!

*WIFI available for additional cost, $75/week.


-Very spacious cottage with 3 levels! The 4 bedrooms are spaced out with one on the main floor, two on the upper floor, and one in the basement. Pull out couches allow for additional sleeping. 3 of the bedrooms are ensuites.

-2 wood burning full fire places (main floor and basement)

-Cedar peaked ceiling on the main floor.

-Large deck overlooking the lake with a patio set and propane barbecue grill.

-2 additional decks for the two upper bedrooms.


-Foosball table

Boathouse (Additional pictures and other information on another link provided when you inquire):

-The spacious boathouse has a full kitchen, 2 bedrooms, 2 full baths, a deck with a beautiful view and a full patio set as well as a propane barbecue grill.

-Southern Exposure which means you have sun all day long from sunrise to sunset.

-The boathouse is available separately during off season rentals only. Otherwise, we rent the boathouse with the cottage during prime season. The rate is negotiable during off peak season.

Further details below:

Cottage: 4 Bedrooms with beds of: King (ensuite), Queen (ensuite), Queen with pullout twin underneath, and Double Bed (ensuite), 2 ½ Baths (Sleeps 14)

Boathouse: 2 bedrooms with beds of: King (ensuite) and queen, 2 baths, (Sleeps 6). There are 3 additional rolling twin cots for extra sleeping accommodations.

Full kitchens and washer and dryers available in BOTH the cottage and boathouse.

This cottage and boathouse combination is the perfect place in Cottage Country located off of Mortimer’s Point Road (Quiet inlet bay on Muskoka Lake. Since it’s a relatively small and quiet bay, the water temperature is warmer than other areas.). The rental offers a full living quarter’s boathouse.

The cottage sleeps roughly 11 people and the boathouse sleeps 6 as well. We also have a bunkie with a bunk bed (2 twins) and an additional twin that may be utilized if agreed upon for an additional fee.

The cottage has a master ensuite with a king-sized bed on the main floor. The bedroom also has a 42-inch flat screen TV. Another ensuite bedroom upstairs has a double-sized bed. The 'Judge Bedroom' upstairs offers a queen sized trundle bed so that two can sleep on the bed and one on the pull out portion sleeping a total of 3. Both of these bedrooms offer private mini decks overlooking the lake. The bedroom ensuite in the basement has a queen-sized bed. A granite fireplace gives the living room and upstairs a gorgeous view. Reclaimed brick offers a marvelous look of the fireplace in the basement. Also included in the basement is large big screen tv. The large deck from the cottage looks out onto Muskoka Lake where ducks, loons, and the occasional mink love to visit. The kitchen has all the amenities needed to make the perfect Muskoka meal.

The boathouse below offers southern exposure which means sun is available all day long. The main large deck of the boathouse is perfect for sun bathing, taking in the view, dining, or just watching the stars at night. (Meteor Showers in August are jaw dropping!) Lower Docks are on three sides of the boathouse, which make swimming, fishing, or sunning an ideal experience available in mere seconds. The biggest bonus of the boathouse is that the lake is visible from the family and dining room on three sides. Whether from the deck or inside, the sights make eating breakfast, lunch and dinner a special treat! The master ensuite bedroom of the boathouse has a king sized bed with a private bathroom including a bidet. The second bedroom has a queen-sized bed.

You may dock your boat by the docks. There are 5 BOATS included in the rental: a canoe, rowboat, 2 kayaks, and paddleboat. This is a great added amenity for you to explore the lake. Local marinas that rent boats typically charge $100/day for such boats!!!! They are yours to use when renting from us!

Chairs are available for enjoying the view from the docks or deck from either the cottage or boathouse. The decks on both the cottage and boathouse have a patio set. Both decks also offer propane barbecues. The swimming area around the boathouse ranges from 3 feet to 7 feet close to the boathouse and then deeper (~20 ft.) further out. The water temperature is warmer as it’s located in a smaller, shallow bay on Lake Muskoka.

A fire pit right by the lake is available for use when fire bans are lifted. This is a great bonus for nighttime socializing!

With so many amenities right on the property (swimming, sunbathing, star gazing, boating, fishing, water skiing) you won't be bored.

The Glen Orchard General Store is only 10 minutes away for quick need items. They also have videos for rent. Restaurants, shopping, and sight seeing in Bala, Bracebridge, and Port Carling are within a short distance. Tennis and golf are also nearby. Lake Muskoka connects to Lake Rosseau and Lake Joseph in the heart of Port Carling. Port Carling is not far either by motorboat or by car.

Please email to see the link to see additional details and pictures of the fully functioning boathouse included in the rental. It's a must see!!!!

Weekend or 3 or 4 day rentals are permitted, but security deposits for such rentals are $1,500. Security deposits are paid back within 14 days of check out.

Pets are permitted, but there is a $250 fee per pet, no matter if it's a full week or weekend that you're renting. We've had numerous issues with pets over the years. Yes, even the ones who've promised that there won't be ANY issues.

NO partying groups! We live in a nice community and want to respect our neighbors. Outside noise needs to be quieted at 10 p.m.

If paying via VRBO/credit card, there is an additional $200 charge. VRBO charges us for using credit card payment. We recoup that fee through the $200 charge.

VRBO cancellation policy is not accepted by or binding on the owner. If you cancel, any time up until the date which is eight weeks prior to the Check In Date, We will retain $1,000 to cover costs. If You terminate on a date which is less than eight weeks before Your Check In Date, the entire amount you have paid to us will be kept by us unless we are able to find a subsequent occupant at the same rate.

More Details

Property Manager
Tom Clarkson
Member since: 2012
Speaks english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
March 4, 2018

About Tom Clarkson

We have been fortunate enough to vacation and spend our summers at the boathouse and cottage for many years. It is something that every member of our family cherishes!

Tom Clarkson purchased this cottage in 1965

Why Tom Clarkson chose Bala

Our family has been in the Muskoka region since the 1800's. Since then each generation of the family has spent unbelievable times in Cottage Country. The cottage and boathouse have given our immediate family members memories that will last forever!

What makes this cottage unique

The cottage and boathouse offer spectacular views of Muskoka Lake. Water activities are easily attained by being so close to the lake:

-swimming, sunbathing, boating with any of the 4 boats included in the rental, fishing, socializing by the fire pit, gazing at the lake, etc. If you vacation here, you'll know why this place is so near and dear to our hearts.


Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation cottage rental in Bala, Ontario

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 20
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace
  • Heating ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
    Bathroom 6 -
  • 5.5
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 20
  • Master Bedroom - 1 king
    Bedroom 3 (Judge Bedroom) - Has a trundle bed (2 on top) and one on the pull out portion
    Downstairs Bedroom - 1 queen , Queen sized bedroom with ensuite bathroom.
    Bedroom 2 Upper Level - 1 double , Double sized bed in upstairs bedroom with ensuite.
    Bedroom 5 - 1 king
    Bedroom 6 - 1 queen
  • King size beds (2) One in the boathouse and one in the cottage, Queen size Beds (2) One in the cottage and one boathouse, Double Beds (1) in cottage, Trundle beds (1) in cottage which sleeps 3, 3 pull out couches in the cottage that are double sized beds, Twin or Single Beds (2) 2 twins available in the boathouse, Bunk Beds (1) 1 bunk bed that sleeps 2 in the boathouse.
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Foosball
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • long term renters welcome
  • churches
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


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average rating of 5.0 based on 7 reviews
Paisley, ON, Canada

Large, Bright, Quiet House on Lake Muskoka

  • 5 of 5

Cottage and boathouse were well equipped. Loved that there was enough room for our extended family to spread out with each unit having their own bathroom. Main floor bedroom and bathroom had features like grab bars that made it easier for someone with mobility issues. Upper bedrooms were light very early in the mornings, and could have benefited from blinds. Having access to kayaks, a canoe and paddleboat was a bonus, and a fun way to explore the lake. Boathouse and deck could get very hot. Owners were quick to respond to any questions or issues. A fantastic place for our vacation.

  • Submitted: 14-Jul-2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great fun for 4 families

  • 5 of 5

We stayed on the property in August 2015. There was ample space for 4 families and we had a wonderful time. The house is very clean and well-maintained. The amenities were also quite convenient. We plan to return.

  • Submitted: 29-Aug-2015
  • Stayed: August 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cambridge, Ontario

Awesome place for a large group!

  • 5 of 5

I went with a group of 5 families (16 people all together) and we had a great time! The cottage and boathouse were both very clean and spacious. All the basics were provided when we arrived. We loved the fact that the tap water is treated so we didn't have to constantly be hauling bottled water in. We also liked that linens and towels are provided. Each of the cottage and boathouse have a laundry room so we were able to do laundry as we went and didn't need to bring a week's worth of clothing. The dump is located a mere 1.2 km away so it is very easy to keep the garbage and recycling that 16 people generate on vacation under control :). The only thing that was missing was WiFi but the owners indicated that they are on a list to get WiFi and will hopefully have it soon.

  • Submitted: 3-Aug-2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Best Weekend!

  • 5 of 5

My fiancé and I went there for our bachelor and bachelorette parties and everyone had such a great time!! I cannot stop thinking about that cottage and how much I want to go back! Everything was very neat and there's enough supplies there if ever you forget something. Everything was absolutely perfect. From the fire pit, to the boat house, to the ample space... I couldn't of asked for a better weekend! We are definitely going back next year!!

  • Submitted: 23-Jun-2015
  • Stayed: June 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Welland, Ontario, Canada

Great weekend getaway

  • 5 of 5

Our party of 18 fit just fine, with extra space, furniture, and beds. The entire property is in excellent condition, both inside and out. The view of the lake is one of a kind, with ample non motorized vehicles to explore it with. The boat house provided a great space for daytime relaxation, complete with barbecue, and a large deck. The cottage provided a comfortable hang out for those chilly nights on the lake. The fire pit was exceptional with lots of space for everyone. The property was very easy to find, and the downtown is not far from the cottage. Tom, and his brother, the owners, are everything you would want to deal with, when choosing a destination. They were very friendly, honest, fair and on the level when hashing out the details of the trip. My only problem was that we couldn't stay longer!I would recommend this cottage for a large party destination, such as a bachelor party, or a getaway with some friends, or the family. 10/10 in my books!

  • Submitted: 18-Jun-2015
  • Stayed: June 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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An Excellent Getaway at a great price!

  • 5 of 5

A group of 21 young adults between the ages of 22 and 25. The place was absolutely perfect we could not have asked for anything more. The cottage was extremely spacious and well kept, with lots of furniture, beds, tables etc. The boathouse was an incredible spot to hang out during the day with the calm lake all around. The boathouse and boat well had anything you would need in terms of boating and swimming. The condition of the cottage was a 10/10 in a very convenient location just 5-10 minutes from the dump and local stores. Tom was a fantastic host, he answered any questions or concerns right away and did everything in his power to ensure everything went smooth for us renters.

All in all, highly recommended! A great choice for any sort of group whether its families, friends, etc.

  • Submitted: 3-Jun-2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: recommended

If you've not been to the Muskoka region, you're in for a real treat, especially if you choose to book your stay at our cottage with its adjoining boathouse. Water activities, sightseeing, boating, and shopping are just some of the many activities available for you in this beautiful area that will leave you with lifelong memories!


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation cottage rental in Bala, Ontario

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
May-Half Of June
May 19 2018 - Jun 8 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 1 guests; add C$250 per night, per additional guest
Half Of June-Sept. 8
Jun 9 2018 - Sep 8 2018
7 night minimum stay
Sept. 5-Nov. 1
Sep 9 2018 - Nov 10 2018
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit C$1,500
Pet Fee C$250
Card Fee C$250
Cleaning/Mgrs. Fee C$300

$200 cleaning/mgrs. fee charge added to rental price.
****Rental is not secure until occupancy agreement is signed and returned and initial deposit is paid.*****
****Security deposit is $1,000 for pre-peak season rentals and/or large group parties.
****If paying through VRBO (Book It Now Button), you will have a $200 credit card fee which would be deducted from your damage deposit/security deposit when the deposit is returned to you. VRBO charges us for using their credit card services. Hence this fee is passed along to you. You can avoid this fee through electronic transfer.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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