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Ridgeview Retreat - Your Private Getaway on Shadow Lake

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,200 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

1920s 3-bedroom, private cottage in the Kawarthas, Ontario, Canada

Ridgeview Retreat is located in the Kawarthas on Hwy 35, a short drive north-east of Toronto. It is on the north shore of Shadow Lake and has a sandy, private beach on a large, private lot surrounded by mature trees.

This cottage is ideal for the following types of guests:

-- singles or couples looking for a quiet getaway

-- couples who have kids aged 6 and older; there are lots people in our area of the lake who have kids from 6-14. They can explore their independence and running up and down the stairs to the beach will help them sleep well at night.

This cottage is not suitable for:

-- people who want to go to the beach but have trouble with stairs

-- people looking for "night-life"

Ridgeview Retreat is where you can enjoy the quiet outdoors, swim in clear water, sit and read in the sunshine, play board games with your family or friends. You’ll love it if you just want to laze about or if you like going for a leisurely paddle around the bay or up the river. If you want to paddle farther, you can go to the south end of the lake, through the narrows into Silver Lake and then into the Gull River all the way to Coboconk. It’s perfect if you want to fish or if you just like the idea of being in a boat and throwing a line out to pretend to fish.

The local Foodland is pretty well-supplied during cottage season so you can grab a decent steak for the bbq if you feel like it. Eating out is somewhat limited but the Pattie House in Coboconk does a pretty good job with fish and chips. Going to the Kawartha Dairy in Minden at least once is required (unless you don’t like amazing ice cream) and you really should take in a movie and see the museum at the Highland Cinemas in Kinmount (see links for this).

Your dog is welcome to accompany you as look as s/he is not aggressive towards other dogs or children and you follow house rules (keep them under control, clean up after them, no dogs on the furniture, no wet dogs in the house). Our dog, Whiskey, is a golden retriever/yellow lab cross and she loves to meet new friends. Of course, you should make sure your dog has all the current immunizations and you might want to consider flea and tick control since they may encounter wild animals (squirrels, chipmunks, and raccoons).

Please note that we are limited to 6 people staying at Ridgeview overnight and a limit of 8 people during the day. We count everyone with a heartbeat. That includes babies, even if they bring their own crib. It includes grandparents, even if they have a pacemaker, and it includes all engineers and lawyers, despite what people may think.

Cottage Details

-- 2 ground-floor bright bedrooms with queen-size beds, ceiling fans, and windows on two sides.

-- loft overlooking living room with a queen-size bed, single window, and floor fan.

-- large living room with TV, ceiling fan and a/c wall unit but it isn't really needed

-- wrap-around porch provides spots for quiet reading, playing board games, or doing jig-saw puzzles (standard cottage supply)

-- lots of screened windows provide flow-through breezes, supplemented on still days with ceiling fans in each area.

-- bright bathroom with modern, walk-in shower (no tub)

-- large modern kitchen with stove, refrigerator, and dishwasher

-- large gas barbecue (propane provided)

-- electric baseboard heaters with individual thermostats for each room

-- wood floors throughout

-- potable hot and cold water; you can drink it from the tap (no need to boil or use bottled water)

-- bed linens and towels provided; bring your own beach towels

Property Details

-- Secluded deep lake on the Gull River system

-- Lot is south-facing and very sunny but private with mature trees

-- Clear view of night sky for star-gazing

-- Sand beach with weed-free walk-in; no diving

-- Boathouse and dock (boat launch on river)

-- Canoe, and metal rowboat available - you must provide PFDs and proof of proficiency

-- Excellent fishing on sandbar about 50' off shore - Bring your own equipment and licenses


The cottage is on a ridge so there is a steep, paved driveway up to the back of the cottage and from the edge of the front yard there are two sets of stairs (20 and 40 steps) down to the lake. There is a large 12' x 24' deck at the edge of the front property where the hill drops off that has a screened gazebo with a dining table and six chairs.

More Details

Member since: 2015
Speaks english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 8, 2018

About Janet

Neil and I are mostly retired from paid employment but we have both been very involved with various volunteer activities. As you see from our photo, we have a 1947 amphibious airplane that we use to get to the cottage from our home near Elmira, Ontario.

Janet purchased this cottage in 2013

Why Janet chose Norland

We bought Ridgeview Retreat in late 2013 when the previous retired owners were unable to remain there year-round. It is adjacent to two cottages owned by our family since the 1960s. We spent the fall of 2013 and most of 2014 renovating it and adding a large deck to make the most of the magnificent view.

It is one of the original 1920s cottages on the lake and retains many of the original features inside (original floors and outside walls now inside the porch). The exterior windows have all been replaced with thermopane sliders and each room has electric baseboard heat. Since it is fully insulated it is warm on cool days and cool on warm days. It has a large, modern kitchen and renovated bathroom with a reasonable sized shower.

Ridgeview Retreat is our favorite of our three cottages!

What makes this cottage unique

The best part of this cottage is that it truly is a retreat from the daily grind. The views from the front porch and the deck are wonderful. Since it is on a ridge, there is almost always a breeze. The gardens provide an array of flowers from spring through fall when the trees take over with a magnificent display of colour.


Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation cottage rental in Norland

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: Noon
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lake View
  • Village ...
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace
  • 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 Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom - toilet , shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Riverside - 1 queen
    Lakeside - 1 queen
    Loft - 1 queen , Loft is accessible by stairs from the living room.
  • Lakeside room has a Queen-sized brass bed and windows on the south and west side of the cottage. Riverside has a Queen-sized solid cherry bed and windows on the north and west side of the cottage. The walls and ceilings of the Riverside and Lakeside bedrooms are insulated to reduce noise between rooms.
  • Books ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • golf
  • sailing
  • swimming


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Ridgeview Retreat - Your Private Getaway on Shadow Lake
average rating of 4.714286 based on 7 reviews

A Lovely Cottage

  • 5 of 5

Jo and I just returned from spending 3 weeks at the Kennedy's cottage. It was lovely. The cottage itself was very simple, comfortable, and friendly. The beautiful pine walls and ceiling and wrap around front and side windows made it wonderfully bright and open. Everything worked well. The outside screened-in pagoda and deck overlooking the lake felt like an extension of the cottage into the outdoors and we used it all the time.

The area around was lovely. The lake, river, forests, loons, other birds and the clarity of the Milky Way and the billions of other stars were constant food for our souls. Being able to take the pleasant 15- 20 min. walk into Norland was a real treat. The theater/ museum in Kinmount is quite remarkable and, indeed, unique.

Our family visited in ones and twos and threes at varying times and they all really enjoyed the indoor and outdoor space.

We had a very enjoyable stay. Janet and Neil were very pleasant, helpful and respectful. I would absolutely recommend it.

  • Submitted: 24-Jul-2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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We have very good time

  • 4 of 5

We had excellent time. Property was clean and good. Hopefully we would come again.

  • Submitted: 17-Sep-2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Ridgeview Retreat

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I rented the cottage for 2 weeks and were joined by friends and family throughout. Ridgeview Retreat is a great property with everything you need to enjoy your vacation. The interior of the cottage is functional and pretty, and in fact, the pictures don't do it justice. In terms of outdoor space, the gazebo is perfect - we ate almost all of our meals with a clear view of the lake. The walk down to the beach and dock is an effort (well, a greater effort to walk back up!), but even with little ones we had no real issues. The beach is perfect for kids and the lack of stones or many weeds is a bonus.

Janet, Neil and Whiskey were very friendly and helped when we needed them. You can tell that they are proud of the property and don't treat it like a rental. We will hopefully be back next summer!

  • Submitted: 19-Aug-2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Ridgeview Retreat

  • 5 of 5

I decided to book Ridgeview Retreat for some quiet time and to enjoy the great outdoors. Ridgeview is beautiful, the views are spectacular and the cottage is like a home away from home. The lake was fantastic, my dog and I enjoyed it thoroughly. At night we enjoyed the peace and quiet and the stars. It was comfortable and had everything I needed to work and play. The owners are amazing and made it that much easier to ease right in. I cannot wait to return!

  • Submitted: 16-Aug-2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great time!

  • 5 of 5

We spent a week at Ridgeview with our two kids and had a great time. The cottage has all you can ask for, complete with even an A/C unit and a dishwasher (even though we didn't need either as the cottage stayed cool even through a heat wave and handwashing dishes was just fine). The cottage is in a very nice area surrounded by cottages, with lots of watersport activities on the lake (it was quite busy on the weekend in fact), and it has a nice sandy beach with very friendly neighbours. The owners have strict although understandable expectations spelled out in a detailed contract and instruction sheets, but don't let that deter you unless you are the type to break things or leave a mess behind... The place is worth it and well maintained as a result. We look forward to our next visit already.

  • Submitted: 6-Aug-2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great cottage with an amazing view

  • 4 of 5

This cottage is so cozy and exactly what our family was looking for. It's very clean and has everything you need (we even used their slow cooker one night!). The stairs are serious and the driveway is insanely steep, you definitely need to exercise caution on both but, they are completely manageable. We had a 2 and 5 year old with us and it was fine, we went slowly and it actually meant we didn't need to worry about the kids being down at the water without us. The beach was nice, sandy, shallow and great for the kids and there was really good fishing right off the dock. Even better fishing if you can get out on the lake.

Shadow Lake is beautiful, we loved it.

  • Submitted: 6-Jul-2015
  • Stayed: June 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
170 Kilometres
YYZ (Toronto International)
Car: necessary

Norland is sits on the cross-roads to several larger tourist areas: Coboconk (Coby), Kirkfield, Fenelon Falls, Minden, Kinmount. Norland has a small grocery store and a public library within walking distance of Ridgeview Retreat as well as a gas station and convenience store which usually has home-baked treats. There's a small park near the crossroads, overlooking the dam on the Gull River just above the boat launch for Shadow Lake.

Coboconk (5 min south of Norland): Come here for groceries, wine, and beer or to eat at one of the two restaurants or visit Canada's smallest jail. Coboconk is the high point on the Trent-Severn Waterway and has a public launch to access Balsam Lake. From this point, one can circumnavigate the world, by seaworthy vessel, without ever having to travel on land.

Kirkfield (10 min west of Coboconk): This is the second highest hydraulic lift lock in the world and is an amazing work of engineering. Check out the link for more information. This is also the historic site of the home where Sir William MacKenzie was born in 1849.

Fenelon Falls (15 min south of Coboconk): more locks and tourist boutiques and restaurants. It's a favorite place to look at all the large cruisers that are going through the Trent-Severn Waterway. There's also a Canadian Tire, Home Hardware, grocery store, beer store and LCBO but Coboconk is closer to Norland if that's what you're looking for.

Minden (20 min north of Norland) has more stores and restaurants as well as a small hospital for emergencies. While the other towns offer ice cream stands, this is the closest location of the famous Kawartha Dairy, where people line up, rain or shine, to get their ice cream fix. You'll find it easily on the main stretch if you look for the cow on the roof. Eat your ice cream there, drive into the heart of Minden to walk along the picturesque Gull River, or head to the scenic lookout high above the Kawartha Dairy.

Kinmount (20 min east of Norland) is home to the Highlands Cinema. Keith Strata has taken his love of movies and movie memorabilia and extended his home into the surrounding woods to create five theatres and a museum that are open to the public only during cottage season. Allow at least 30 minutes for touring the museum before your chosen first-run movie starts. Standard movie fare (popcorn, drinks, hot dogs, candy) is available. See the links for more information and the current movie listings.

Queen Elizabeth II Wildlands Provincial Park one of the most diverse and least disturbed natural areas found in Central Ontario. See the links for more information about this amazing area.


Norland: The Links at Monck's Landing is only 5 minutes away, just north of Norland.

Minden: Beaverbrook is right in the heart of Minden and Blairhampton, set in the woods, is about 10 minutes north of Minden.

Fenelon Falls: Byrnell Golf Club is located on the road on the way into Fenelon Falls from Norland.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation cottage rental in Norland

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Jun 2 2018 - Sep 8 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Sep 9 2018 - Oct 20 2018
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit C$500

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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