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A Beautifully Restored Loghouse That Combines Heritage With Modern Amenities.

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,200 sq ft
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 2 - 6 nights


About the property

Situated On 156 Acres On A Lake, This 2 Bedroom Home Has Kms Of Hiking Trails.

A real heritage opportunity where you can stay in the oldest house in Strathcona County. This is your chance to experience an early pioneer home without sacrificing modern amenities. While maintaining the original character of the loghouse, newer additions have included a full kitchen, heated floors, bathroom and laundry facilities. In addition to the loghouse, the property also features many historical items including an old bunkhouse, a Swiss-style logbarn, antique farm machinery and an old boat once used for a tourist camp on Cooking Lake in the 1930's. Kilometres of trails throughout the property introduce you to the native flora and fauna in this area. As a wildlife preserve, the property has been maintained in its natural state. Situated on the shores of Hastings Lake, there is access for canoe and kayak enthusiasts. A day paddling on the lake will take you to the many islands of Hastings Lake. Our property also boasts a 70 acre Ducks Unlimited Conservation Area. If you are a bird-watching enthusiast or just looking to enjoy nature, this is the place for you. We offer tranquillity in a natural setting all within a short 35 minute drive to the city of Edmonton.

You will enjoy the full-use and privacy of this heritage loghome with your hosts only a short 10 minute walk away along a forest trail. We are there when you need us but happy to allow you to enjoy your time away on your own in peace and quiet.

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Martha Rutherford Conrad
Member since: 2014
Speaks english
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
June 19, 2018

About Martha Rutherford Conrad

I enjoy spending time in the outdoors including hiking, biking and horseback riding. Following an Honours degree in History from Queen's University and a Masters in Information Science from the University of Western Ontario, I have enjoyed a career in museum management. Personally, my husband and I have owned historical properties that we have strived to restore back to their original character. We love to travel, explore new places and meet new people. Fulfilling one of our goals, over the years we have taken our four children on camping trips across Canada travelling as far north, west, south and east as possible within Canada in a truck with an old canvas tent. We loved our journeys together as a family and we look forward to meeting you and hearing about your journeys.

Martha Rutherford Conrad purchased this chateau / country house in 2013

Why Martha Rutherford Conrad chose Strathcona County

Maggie's Hill Heritage Loghouse is a special property that immediately appealed to my husband and I. It is the oldest property in Strathcona County and was settled by one of the first Metis settlers in this area. When his daughter (Maggie) married a Scottish railway man, he gifted the loghouse to them as a wedding gift. Together Maggie and John raised 9 children in a 600 sq. foot loghouse. Sitting on a hill overlooking Hastings Lake, the property soon became known as Maggie's Hill. It is a privilege for my husband and I to become the lastest stewards of this treasured historic site.

What makes this chateau / country house unique

The property is resplendent with details that depict the early pioneer heritage in Strathcona County from fencing styles, shingles, and architectural details. The property also boasts a 70 acre Ducks Unlimited Conservation Area with an opportunity to view a wide variety of birds and waterfowl including teal ducks, wood ducks, pelican, goshawks and great horned owls.


Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation chateau / country house rental in Strathcona County

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , The toilet and shower are each in their own separate rooms
  • The toilet, shower and sinks are all in their own separate spaces to help facilitate use.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 twin/ single
    Living Room - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Double pull out couch
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , Available adjoining the loghouse and only in summer months
  • The main bedroom is in the loft of the loghouse with a full staircase leading up to it. It is a large bedroom with a queen size bed and sitting area. There is a second bedroom just off the bathroom area with a single mattress. It is in a nook surrounded by windows and has a privacy curtain. The living room has a double sofa bed that can accomodate two. The fourth bedroom is a separate cabin attached to the loghouse and accessed from the outside. It is a short walk across a porch to get to this room. It is only available in the summer months.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • long term renters welcome
  • botanical garden
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • swimming
Motorized vehicles are not permitted on any of the trails. Fireworks are not permitted at any time.


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A Beautifully Restored Loghouse That Combines Heritage With Modern Amenities.
average rating of 4.928571 based on 70 reviews

Cozy Rustic Cabin perfect for a romantic getaway

  • 4 of 5

The look and feel of the place was like out of a fairy tale. Cozy, inviting and full of charm. Some walking trails and close to the lake. Lots of mosquitoes but the house was well protected by mesh around the whole house which kept moths and bugs away. The house is old and creaks a lot so not ideal when you're taking the stairs down to use the bathroom at night which is next to the sleeping area we used for our child. Next time, we'll leave the kiddo with grandma and enjoy the romantic and solitude the place has to offer.

  • Submitted: 28-May-2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful experience

  • 5 of 5

This cabin is charming, in a beautiful location, very comfortable and thoughtfully equipped. We all enjoyed our stay, even though the weather was dodgy. Lots of toys for the kids plus the lake--the biggest and best toy.

  • Submitted: 17-May-2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful and quiet and private. There's nothing like it. Breathtaking and peaceful.

  • 5 of 5

We love this place and have stayed here at least 4 times now. The owner is great and the property is just fantastic. It has a perfect rustic charm combined with modern conveniences. Great views and super cozy. I love sitting by the fire with my fresh brewed Starbucks coffee and have often seen wildlife right outside the window. Fresh air from the covered porches and the warm fire and cozy reading nooks and many trails make this the perfect getaway. There's a good selection of movies, books, and games as well. We will definitely be back again ❤

  • Submitted: 16-Apr-2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Outstanding! We loved the thoughtful mix of character and modern life convenience.

  • 5 of 5

The cabin is located half hour from Edmonton in case that you miss the big city fun. It has heated floors throughout, a fully and modern equipped kitchen, a lovely wood fire stove and it is full of well selected antique pieces. The mattresses both on the single bed and the queen size are tempurpedic - so very comfortable for all kinds of preferences. We will return for the Fall season and colors. It is without a doubt one of the best cabins that we have ever stayed in.

  • Submitted: 2-Apr-2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Amazing gem near Edmonton

  • 5 of 5

We've stayed here several time and love the peace and quiet. It's beautiful in the winter, and great for cross country skiing or snowshoeing.

  • Submitted: 11-Feb-2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely space to refresh away from the city.

  • 5 of 5

This is our third visit. We love the peaceful interaction with our surroundings.

  • Submitted: 30-Jan-2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
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This rolling landscape in eastern Strathcona County is called the Land of Lakes for good reason. Populated with many lakes, we are situated on one of the most eastern of them called Hastings Lake. Renowned as a bird sanctuary, Hastings Lake is a treasure trove for bird watchers. Maggie's Hill is home to many species of birds including teal ducks, wood ducks, pelicans, bald eagles, ruffed grouse, goshawk and great horned owls. Wildlife is plentiful on the ranch with the opportunity to view moose, deer, coyote, muskrats, beavers, bobcat and even the rare wolf.

Maggie's Hill Heritage Loghouse is close to premier attractions including Elk Island National Park, Ukranian Heritage Village and Blackfoot Cooking Lake Conservation Area. Sherwood Park provides many amenities including shopping, theatre, public library, recreational facilities, restaurants and a farmers market. Within 45 minutes you are on Whyte Avenue in Edmonton with its theatres, festivals, boutique shops and diverse culinary experiences.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation chateau / country house rental in Strathcona County

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Summer 2017
Jun 28 2018 - Sep 4 2018
6 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add C$25 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add C$25 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit C$100

An additional guest fee of $20 per person per night does apply to children over the age of 2.

Maximum occupancy of 7 (including day visitors) is strictly enforced unless prior approval is obtained from the owner.
Check-in is 4 PM or later and check-out is 11 AM or earlier.

Motorized vehicles are not permitted on any of the trails.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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