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Shan Atkins

Member since: 2015
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6 br, 5 ba Lakeside Luxury Log Cottage on southern Georgian Bay (Lake Huron)

Bedrooms 6
Half Baths2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 - 14 nights


Photos and Description of the Penetanguishene vacation cottage rental

Peaceful family retreat on beautiful Belle-Eau-Clair Beach

‘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.

More Details
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Shan Atkins (Owner)
Member since: 2015
Call Owner
Speaks english


Nearest Airport
141 Kilometres
Pearson International, Toronto, Ontario
Nearest Barpub
10 Kilometres
Flynn's Irish Pub, Penetanguishene, ON
Nearest Ferry
14 Kilometres
Car ferry to Christian Island, Cedar Point, ON
Nearest Golf
16 Kilometres
Midland Golf & Country Club, Midland, ON
Nearest Restaurant
10 Kilometres
Le Maitre D, Penetanguishene, ON
Nearest Ski
50 Kilometres
Mount St. Louis, Moonstone
Nearest Beach
Car: necessary

Georgian Bay is the eastern lobe of Lake Huron, and is often referred to as the 'sixth Great Lake' due to its size. (There are only five official Great Lakes but Georgian Bay is larger than two of them). The north channel of Georgian Bay is one of the world's foremost freshwater boating destinations, on every boater's bucket list.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation cottage rental in Penetanguishene, Ontario

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Late fall '16
Oct 10 2016 - Nov 26 2016
7 night minimum stay
Spring '17
Apr 3 2017 - May 18 2017
7 night minimum stay
Peak Summer '17
May 19 2017 - Sep 4 2017
14 night minimum stay
Early Fall '17
Sep 5 2017 - Oct 31 2017
10 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit C$6,500
Cleaning C$350

Minimum rental depends on time of year. Contact me for additional availability. Absolutely no smoking and no pets. Rates subject to change prior to confirmation of booking. This is a beautiful home, luxuriously appointed in every way. You will not be disappointed!

50% of rental cost due at time of booking. Balance due 60 days prior to occupancy. Damage deposit - reserve put on credit card two weeks prior to occupancy; released upon post-rental inspection. This is NOT a charge, just a reserve.

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

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 6500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lakefront
  • Mountain View ...
  • Village ...
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 2 Half Baths
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , XL, twin-headed ‘rain’ shower. Connected to master suite #2
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet
    Bathroom 5 - toilet
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 15
  • Master Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 2nd floor, lake view, ensuite bath, private balconyj
    Master Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 2nd floor, lake view, ensuite bath, private balcony
    Master Bedroom 3 - 1 king , 1 sleep sofa /futon , 2nd floor, forest view, queen sofa bed, adjacent bath
    Master Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single , Main floor, lake view, french doors open to screened porch
    Bedroom 5 - 2 twin/ single , Main floor, XL twin beds, forest view
    Bunk Bedroom 6 - 1 twin/ single , 1 bunk bed , Main floor, XL twin bed, forest view
  • The four master suites are spacious and well appointed with custom pine and log-style furnishings. Two of the suites have connecting bathrooms and the other two have bathrooms right next door. The ground floor master is a perfect 'grandparents' suite because there are very few stairs to get to it and the next door bathroom is accessible with a walk-in shower (no lip) and heated stone floor.
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • swimming
A beautiful retreat in historic Huronia (southern Georgian Bay). Tour nearby attractions at St. Marie-among-the-Hurons, the Martyr's Shrine (visited by Pope John Paul II) and Discovery Harbor in Penetanguishene, which was an important port for the British during the War of 1812.