100 Feet of WATERFRONT with BOATHOUSE and THREE COTTAGES
About Deborah Wotherspoon
We looked for many years to find the perfect cottage property that would allow our family to congregate even when they lived far away. Almost ten years ago we found that perfect spot on gorgeous Clear Lake at 1069 Ridge Road, right next door...Our kids all loved it, got married, had babies and came with their friends and our grandchildren. It was all wonderful until we didn't fit anymore...Happily in 2012 our lovely next door neighbors decided to sell their charming cottages at 1073 Ridge Road and we bought the property......We rent the OAK, ACORN and SEEDLING to people whom we feel will appreciate it's charm and history when our family can't be there to use it.
Deborah Wotherspoon purchased this Cottage in 2012
Why Deborah Wotherspoon chose Torrance
The lay of the land at 1073 Ridge Road is just splendid. The combination of the trees and the rocks and mounds of periwinkle and the shining lake beyond is absolutely magical...We also love the view to the two private islands in Clear Lake in front of our properties...We've made many improvements to the property since we purchased it, but have retained that Old Muskoka feeling. The charcoal clapboard exteriors with white and red trim nestle into their wooded surroundings...The interiors are light and beach-y and are furnished with comfortable soft seating and new mattresses, along with interesting antiques, memorabilia and artwork...The Muskoka Rooms can be enjoyed in a downpour or allow a breeze on a hot summer day...The cottages are comfy and very pretty but the real star is CLEAR LAKE. Although many families on the lake have been cottaging on Clear Lake for a century, it remains a beautiful hidden gem. Only 1 1/4 miles long and less than a mile wide, it provides endless exploration in its bays and rocky shoreline. Camp Pinecrest occupies approximately 700 acres at the end of the lake and borders two other lakes. It's heavily treed and largely undeveloped areas ensure the beauty of the lake remains intact...The lake is alive with kayaks, canoes, paddle boards and paddle boats. There are motor boats and kids flying on tubes but the overall feeling of the lake is peace and joy and serenity. It is our greatest joy to spend time at the LAKE and we hope that our cottages will give your family and friends as much pleasure as it does ours!
No refunds for cancellations made after payment is made
Old fashioned cottage experience
We had a lovely family vacation at this cottage-myself , my husband and our son and his wife and our grandson. Having the 3 cottages available worked really well. The lake was great and the canoe, kayak and paddle board were much used. The cottage is older and more to my taste than my son’s generation. There was a problem with one of the toilets and while Deborah was really responsive and tried to get it fixed it didn’t work for part of the time. I would imagine that won’t be a problem again. Also you do have to be super careful with food because a chipmunk could and did get in to the main cottage. Again this may be fixed but it is hard to chipmunk proof an older cottage. The screened porches were lovely and everything was very clean! Deborah was a wonderful host to deal with. All in all a great vacation in a cosy cottage.
We enjoyed having you and your family. Yes, the plumber is coming tomorrow to find out why that toilet is so sluggish...and my carpenter is filling holes with steel wool and adding trim to try to keep those tiny flexible red rodents outside where they belong! I'm glad you enjoyed our crystal clear lake and the fire pit. The day you left the Fire Marshall issued an "EXTREME" rating and banned fires until we get some rain! No s'mores for us for awhile!
Great family vacation
This was a nice property right on the water with water toys and a nice big deck. Deb was very fast in responding to any inquiries we had. We had a slight plumbing issue she worked fast to fix (turned out to be a breaker). Great family vacation, loved the lily pad!
amazing cottage on a beautiful Lake
The place is clean, looks like recently renovated, beautifully designed, and very cozy. Warm and very comfortable atmosphere was carefully created by the owner - everything is made to ultimate relaxatoin and rest.fully stocked kitchen, rooms and beautiful deck to enjoy a great meal. Clean amazing water for swinging with a wrap around dock with all the water toys like kayaks , peddle boats, floties etc..also came well equipped with life jackets. the owners Deborah and her husband are just amazing people very helpfull and punctual on replies.. would definitely rent this beautiful property again..
We are so happy you all had such a wonderful time at the Oak/Acorn/Seedling! And the weather certainly cooperated in getting you maximum swim time on the lily pad and a even a couple of evening campfires. We'd be delighted to have you return next year! We are always adding features and improving so keep checking the listing for any changes. A larger floating swim dock is in the works as well as new dropdown rain curtains for the Muskoka Room this fall. Best Deborah
Pros: The cottage has comfy mattresses, the kitchen is well-equipped and the proximity to Clear Lake Brewery and Bala was great. And Clear Lake is nice for swimming.
Cons: Lots of other cottages and docks close by so no privacy down by the water. The dock doesn’t get sun after 3 and the floating dock is in poor repair.
Thank you for your review. Although the dock gets full sun from sunrise and throughout the day it drops behind the house in late afternoon particularly early in the season. We have purchased a new swim dock which will allow guests to paddle or swim out the extra 100 feet to sit in the sun until the evening hours...with good SPF of course!!!
A REAL Muskoka Feel
The property reminded all of us of childhood Muskoka memories but the thoughtful amenities, charming decoration and cleanliness of the Oaks cottage went beyond our expectations.
Location to town and situation on the quiet lake was ideal for us. If your looking to recapture your child hood Muskoka memories in comfort and style book this property.
We are so delighted that your stay at our Oak/Acorn/Seedling was enjoyable and hope you will return to visit us again! Thank you so much for noting the details in your kind review too!
Clear Lake is a treasured family-oriented lake hidden just off Hwy 169 between Gravenhurst and Bala in the Township of Muskoka Lakes. Wildlife abounds in the rocky and treed surroundings of the four "roads" that lead into Clear Lake.
The water which is clean and deep Is the perfect spot for an early morning paddle-boat ride with your coffee in hand. Or canoe or kayak along the shoreline and wave to the loons.
A short walk to the corner of Southwood Road and 169 to Torrance Mercantile gets you your morning paper, a carton of milk and a loaf of bread. Or gourmet pizza at PIE.
The town of Bala lies about 5 km up the road and has all the amenities you need including fudge, ice cream, the Country Butcher, The Beer Store, LCBO, antiques and a haircut.
Port Carling, another 20 km by car, is the scene of many great galleries, restaurants and the site of the famous "Locks".
Gravenhurst, about 25 km below us on 169, has a quaint main street with antiques, toy stores, restaurants and brewery, as well as a PC and Sobeys,, Canadian Tire, and even a Dollarama! The Muskoka Wharf complex in Gravenhurst is home to The Muskoka Steamship and Historic Society and the famous Sequin.
There are many great golf courses in the area as well as other diverse sports and cultural activities to explore.