‘Askenonia’ means house of friendship in the ancient Huron tongue. And indeed, there is no better place to enjoy the blessings of friends and family than in this aptly-named, luxury log and timber frame cottage on the beautiful sandy shore of southern Georgian Bay. Nearly every room offers a wonderful view of ‘Belle Eau Clair’ Beach and the clear, warm waters of Nottawasaga (southern Georgian) Bay. This picturesque beach has been the subject of postcard photos for many years.
Located just 2 1/2 hours by car from downtown Toronto or 90 minutes from Pearson International Airport, in no time you will be enjoying the peace and quiet of this lovely lakeside setting just a short drive from the hustle and bustle of the city.
The beautiful sandy beach is the nicest private beach in southern Georgian Bay, very quiet and private with only 11 cottages, backed by 70 acres of Nature Conservancy forest with many walking trails. The water is shallow and exceptionally clear, without currents….perfect for young children and anyone who enjoys swimming in clear, reed-free water.
Built 2000-01, this well-appointed, 6500 sq ft family home accommodates up to 15 guests in luxurious comfort. There are four spacious master suites (two kings, one with ensuite bath; one queen with adjacent private bath; one twin-bedded master suite, and two smaller bedrooms which can sleep adults or children in XL twin beds and one set of bunks. All three lake-facing master suites have private porches or balconies - perfect places to relax with a good book and enjoy the tranquility.
The cottage includes three full baths and 2 half baths with high-end fixtures, including an extra-large, twin-headed ‘rain bath’ shower in one of the upstairs master suites. Stone floors in the front entrance and main floor full bath are heated for your comfort.
On the main floor there is a spectacular great room with 68-ton stone fireplace, and thirty-five foot ceilings and massive log pillars and trusses, as well as a separate, sound-proofed family room with 50-inch flat screen television (Shaw satellite cable), Blue-Ray DVD player, a large library of DVDs, an upright grand piano and dozens of board games and puzzles for hours of family fun.
The open concept kitchen features top-of-the line cabinetry, stainless steel appliances and a wine refrigerator, in addition to two conventional ovens, a microwave and a pizza oven. It is separated from the dining area by a long granite counter with four bar stools, which serves as a focus for entertaining and conversation. The kitchen is well equipped, with plenty of good quality pots and pans, crockery, glasses and cutlery.
Entertain your guests in style at the large custom-built maple dining table which seats 12 in front of huge picture windows with a wonderful view of the lake. Alternatively, you can eat outdoors at our spacious round dining table with lazy Susan and seating for 10 people, inside the expansive screen porch which encloses the entire front face of the cottage. There is also an additional teak dining table on the exterior (unscreened) porch which seats six people comfortably under a large ‘market-style’ umbrella. The large Napoleon BBQ grill can handle a feast for a crowd.
Similar to ‘Florida-style’ homes, the entire front face of the cottage opens to the outdoors with ‘nana wall’ disappearing glass doors. This is truly ‘outside inside’ living at its best – with no bugs to bother you in a 900 square foot screened porch running the entire width of the first floor of the cottage. Relax in the Beachcomber hot tub which seats eight, or on the large exterior deck with teak deck furniture and lots of comfortable cushions to while away the hours.
Furnishings throughout were painstakingly planned and assembled, many handcrafted by artisans in the Adirondack region of the northeast US and designed specifically for the cottage.
Enjoy a friendly game of beach volleyball on our regulation-size court by the water’s edge, or build an award-winning sandcastle with our array of beach toys.
Occasional thunder storms are an impressive sight in summer, and you can relax knowing that there is an automatic generator that will kick in immediately in the unlikely event of a power outage. High quality water is supplied by well, and there is also a reverse osmosis filtration system for the best-tasting drinking water.
Laundry facilities are on the premises, and all linens are supplied, including beach towels.
The nearest towns are Penetanguishene and Midland, Ontario, just 15 minutes away, with a number of nice local restaurants and shops should you feel the need to leave your cottage paradise.
Enjoy a round of golf at nearby Midland Golf & Country Club or Brooklea Golf Club, both of which are a test of skill for any golfer. For the kids, mini-golf and go-carts tempt at nearby Balm Beach. Your own watercraft can be launched at nearby marinas in Lafontaine and Penetanguishene. At the cottage we have two kayaks at your disposal, as well as bikes. Paddle in the evening around nearby Tiny Island or out into the bay. Nothing beats the peaceful scene out on the water near dusk, as you listen to the loons.
In winter, ski areas at Mount St. Louis and Moonstone are 30 minutes away, and Blue Mountain and the various Collingwood ski areas are an hour door-to-door. In the height of winter, the forest behind the cottage and the beach itself become a cross-country ski playground. Winter storms are fierce and beautiful, but you will be warm curled up by the wonderful fire or in the hot tub!
Summer, winter, spring or fall, this is a very special retreat where you will sooth your senses and create beautiful memories. We hope to welcome you soon.