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Best view of Bala Bay Muskoka-Lake Muskoka

Bedrooms 4
Space 1,800 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 6 nights


About the property

SSW exposure modern Post and Beam 4 bedroom 3 bathroom

This Bala Bay Lake Muskoka cottage and boathouse were designed for the property. The cottage is positioned so the sun sets down the middle of the cottage on the 21st of Sept. and March 21st. Large outdoor cedar deck with stairs and ramp down to the 14 x 42 ft. dock. Floor to ceiling wood burning fireplace. 3 bedrooms upstairs with a 4 pc. bath. One main floor bedroom en-suite. Queen beds in each room. Main floor washroom with 2 person jacuzzi. Large open ceiling dining and living area lots of windows. Full kitchen with dishwasher. Basement with 5 x 9 pool table. Leather floors. World class entertaining. A real Muskoka Cottage. featured in Cottage life magazine June 2012 and Muskoka life in 2007. Property has been in the family since 1905. This cottage designed and built in 1985/86. faces Bala and some of the best sunsets in Muskoka.

Stephen Manchee
Member since: 2013
Speaks english, german
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Calendar last updated:
May 23, 2018

About Stephen Manchee

My fathers family has been on this property since 1905 and previous to that on Bala park Island from the mid 1880's.

The 7th generation will be on the property this year.

Stephen Manchee purchased this cottage in 1985

Why Stephen Manchee chose Torrance

Having spent virtually ever summer here for the last 56 years you could say it is in my blood. I grew up on the adjacent property as a child and acquired this property in 1985. We have shared our Muskoka traditions with people from around the world.

What makes this cottage unique

I designed and built the dock, cleared the land set out the position of the cottage. Helped design the layout, had the cottage built and hand finished many aspects of exterior decks etc. It was built to be passed down from my generation to my children and grandchildren. It was created with a love of Muskoka as true as can be.


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

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beachfront
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • cottage upstairs - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , Cottage upstairs
    Bathroom 1 cottage main floor - toilet , jetted tub , Bathroom also has stacked washer/dryer.
    Bathroom 3 main floor bedroom - toilet , shower , Main floor bedroom separate ensuite bathroom with shower.
  • Cottage has 3 bathrooms 1 upstairs 4 piece 2 downstairs 1 bedroom ensuite w/shower Main bathroom has a two person bathtub with jets.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , South east corner side of main cottage
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , South west side of main cottage
    Bedroom 1 cottage main floor - 1 queen , Cottage main floor has private bathroom with shower
    Bedroom 2 upstairs separate entrance to upstairs bathroom - 1 queen , Has separate pocket door to bathroom.
  • Each of 4 bedrooms main cottage has a queen size bed
  • DVD Player ...
  • Pool Table ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • long term renters welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowmobiling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
There is also the KEE TO BALA Where all Muskoka dances.. Wonderful music and a great place to be on Sat. Night. We have had a number of bands, as our guests who have played there. A short drive to Bala where you can enjoy unique activities, for example, there is a ski show every Tuesday Take a trip on the Segwun steamship, go to the Opera in Gravenhurst. Or do nothing but enjoy your surroundings


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Best view of Bala Bay Muskoka-Lake Muskoka
average rating of 5.0 based on 6 reviews

Excellent Lake Muskoka get away

  • 5 of 5

We recently returned from an enjoyable 5 night stay at this property. The cottage had a unique mixture of modern amenities, historic structure (post and beam construction, hardly a screw or nail to be found anywhere!), expansive dock and picturesque views. We were a party of 9, including 4 kids, and we never felt cramped; plenty of room and the third bathroom was useful. The cottage had a comfortable feel and we will likely return one day.

  • Submitted: 12-Aug-2014
  • Stayed: August 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A Gem in the Heart of Cottage Country

  • 5 of 5

From the moment you arrive at this picturesque escape you'll know that you have found a true gem in the heart of Muskoka. The cottage itself is a beautiful example of post and beam construction making it a very warm and inviting home away from home. The cottage has also been equipped with everything you'll need to make your stay memorable. A beautiful kitchen makes preparing meals a joy and you'll love eating on the expansive patio. It's perfectly situated at the end of Bala Bay providing beautiful vistas throughout the day and into the evening. Plus the deck at the waters edge is perfect for sunbathing or a little paddle boarding and a perfect spot to enjoy the sunsets. Our family has been enjoying this cottage for the last ten years creating countless cherished memories along the way. Needless to say we always look forward to our next visit.

  • Submitted: 28-May-2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A wonderful, gorgeous, relaxing long weekend at a beautiful retreat.

  • 5 of 5

My family and friend were able to absolutely enoy this gorgeous, well-equipped retreat for the Thanksgiving Holiday weekend. It was a relaxing, picturesque setting with two large decks and a dock that affords wonderful daytime sun and beautiful sunset, starry nights.

The rooms are very comfortable, and the kitchen and dining area ideal for families and getaways. The owner is very accommodating and ensures that all is good when you arrive and that your needs are met - we like that!

I would HIGHLY recommend this wonderful retreat - it is just what we needed after a busy summer!


  • Submitted: 22-Oct-2013
  • Stayed: October 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A wonderful, gorgeous, relaxing long weekend at a beautiful retreat.

  • 5 of 5

We can't say enough about the wonderful stay we had at this beautiful cottage retreat on Lake Muskoka. Our family spent Thanksgiving at the cottage and there was lots of room for all - big decks for those perfect daytime sittings and nighttime viewings - stunning! We were able to actually swim off the dock on the Saturday as it was so hot - refreshing - but wonderul.

I would HIGHLY recommended this property for pleasurable consideration!

We will be back.

  • Submitted: 18-Oct-2013
  • Stayed: October 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Our family has rented on this property for the last 12 years.

  • 5 of 5

Our family ages 2-88 years old love this accommodation. Cottage is very clean and well equipped. Fully stocked kitchen utensils, bedding, towels etc. Washer, dryer and dishwasher are an added plus.The dock and swimming are super for all ages. Sunsets over Bala Bay are wonderful. Owner is very accommodating.

The boathouse is lovely as well and it is fun to sleep over the lapping water and enjoy both the sunrise and sunset from your surrounding deck. We return year after year for our family vacation.

  • Submitted: 5-Jul-2013
  • Stayed: July 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful Cottage! Highly recommended.

  • 5 of 5

A bright, attractive, comfortable cottage with a great layout and an excellent view overlooking the lake. Some very beautiful sunsets and sunrises, as well as great star-gazing. The large, well-equipped kitchen was a pleasure. Great cottage for a family get together. The owner is exceedingly kind and very helpful.

The place had everything we needed for a great vacation. Thanks! Looking forward to renting the cottage again. :)

  • Submitted: 30-Jun-2013
  • Stayed: June 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
35 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
7 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
25 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
10 Kilometres
Nearest Train
25 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
2 Kilometres
HWY 169
Nearest Restaurant
8 Kilometres
Nearest Ski
80 Kilometres
Mt. St. Louis
Nearest Beach
1.5 Kilometres
Car: recommended

Located in the southwest part of Muskoka,across the bay from Bala. It is close to all kinds of activities during the day and evenings. Take a ride on the oldest steamship in service located in Gravenhust 20 mins. away or visit the Cranberry marshs also 15-20 mins. away. Everything you need is close at hand, shopping in PortCarling 20 Mins. away. But mostly enjoy the beauty of Bala bay with great swimming wonderful sunsets and create your own 'MUSKOKA MEMORIES'.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation cottage rental in Torrance, Ontario

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My Standard Rate
6 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit C$500
Pet Fee C$75

Check in after 3:00 pm on arrival day Depart by 11:00am on departure day .

50% with booking Balance due upon arrival... cash preferred

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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