Cottage, 6 Bedrooms + Loft, 4 Baths, (Sleeps 12)
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About Sandra Beckett
Sandra is a retired professor of Modern Languages and the author of numerous books on French and comparative literature.
Why Sandra Beckett chose Muskoka Lakes
People say it has the most stunning views in all of Muskoka. The views of Skeleton Lake and the surrounding forest are breath-taking and you have complete seclusion. The wildlife is abundant. You can engage in a wide variety of activities right from the doorstep. The unique custom-built cottage features a variety of exotic hardwoods from Central America.
What makes this Cottage unique
Infra-red Sauna; BainUltra ThermoMasseur Air Tub with chromotherapy; 2 floor-to-ceiling River Rock Fireplaces; Games Room with Pool Table, Air Hockey, Poker Table, etc.; Kayaks; Paddle Boat; etc.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Great family get-away.
Our three generation family (pre-teen to 70's) group all enjoyed the living space in both boathouse and cottage, the beautiful scenery and the water. Daily exercise was achieved by the many steps between cottage and boathouse. Excellent weather permitted maximum enjoyment of the decks at both locations.
Beautiful Lake but the 157 steps from the water to the main floor of the house is quite the workout ! Also the AC was broken and none of our party brought fans because we thought the home would have functioning AC. Sleeping and cooking became unbearable. Some of our group left prematurely. For over $8,000 a week, we would've expected some correction in the price or a more urgent response than "open the windows and hope the weather cools down".
Obviously, we were disappointed to receive this review, which does not accurately reflect the situation. We did have an issue with the A/C and we did everything possible to have it repaired before these guests arrived. The technician came the day before their arrival and we had hoped it would be available for their stay. Unfortunately, it required a special order part and the earliest date the technician could return to install the part was 2 days after their departure. There was absolutely nothing we could do to have it repaired earlier. We regret that the guests were inconvenienced but in the 15 years we have owned the Hermitage, we have never used the A/C ourselves. The majority of Muskoka cottages do not have A/C and cottagers generally embrace the warm weather when it arrives. These guests had 2 days of weather in the high 20s during their week-long stay followed by 3 days of 20 degree weather. We explained the situation to these guests in a lengthy email which did not include their misquotation but concluded as follows: “Fortunately, it appears the weather has cooled down and it will be cooler during the rest of your stay so hopefully the A/C will not be an issue”. We have rented the Hermitage for the past 15 years and well over 100 families have spent a very enjoyable time at The Hermitage, some returning for subsequent stays. The Hermitage has been featured on the TV show “Lakefront Luxury” and most recently in “Muskoka Living” magazine. Our goal is to exceed expectations and to do whatever we can to ensure a wonderful holiday in Muskoka for all our guests, as we have been doing since 2005
The place to stay
5 Star plus. If you want a great place to stay in Muskoka this is it.
Thank you for your review. We are delighted you enjoyed your stay at The Hermitge. It was a pleasure to have you and your family come to The Hermitage. Thanks again.
Could not have wished for more!
My family and I had the privilege of staying at The Hermitage for a week in July. The property is beyond stunning, and was the absolute perfect destination for our party of 9 (5 adults, 4 children). The view from the main cottage is like something from a postcard, and is both tastefully decorated and extremely comfortable. There are lots of spaces to gather together, or to find a place to be alone! Our children particularly enjoyed the games room in the basement, which has a pool table, foosball, air hockey, and poker table. We spent many hours at the boat house, which has a kitchen, bathroom, and bedrooms. The owners generously encouraged us to use their kayaks, paddle boat, canoe, and tin boat. We had a dream vacation and were extremely impressed with the owners' attention to detail, and thoughtfulness during our stay. We could not recommend staying here more!
We are delighted you enjoyed your stay at The Hermitage and thank you for the very nice review. The Hermitage is a special place and we would be delighted for you and your family to come back again sometime. It was a pleasure having you stay at The Hermitge. Thank you again.
Exceeded our high expectations
I rented The Hermitage for a week, for a family reunion (10 adults). The photos and owner's description lead us to expect a beautiful house and setting; however, the cottage,
boathouse, property, and views exceeded our expectations. Even though it rained everyday
(and sometimes all day) but one while we were there, we LOVED our stay. The main cottage is both spacious and warmly welcoming, and the boathouse is charming. Despite the rain, we kayaked and swam a bit, hiked, and watched thunderstorms and sunrises over the lake (the latter encouraged by the huge windows in the bedrooms). I can't imagine anyone would be disappointed with any aspect of their stay. And the owners were a pleasure to deal with. 5 stars are not enough for this gem.
Hello Rosemary, We are delighted you enjoyed your vacation with family at The Hermitage despite the rain. We throughly enjoyed helping to plan your family vacation. We are extremely happy The Hermitage exceeded your expectations. For privacy and view, it doesn't get much better in Muskoka. Thanks again and we look forward to you and your family coming back to The Hermitage very soon.
Stunning cottage with an even more stunning view
Our team spent the Thanksgiving Weekend at the Hermitage. The pictures did not prepare us for the beauty of our surroundings, the comfort and luxury of the cottage and the stunning views from each window of the house. We spent our days hiking, kayaking, playing pools, air hockey etc in the games rooms, watching movies and sports in the larger than life TV room and hanging out at the boathouse house which in itself is a beauty. It was a perfect getaway for our group and a great place to team build. I would recommend staying at the Hermitage any time of the year in its peaceful natural surrounding.
Thank you Paul and Sandra from the INDS Team.
We are delighted your team enjoyed The Hermitage and we are also delighted you hope to come back again to The Hermitage. It was the perfect time for the changing of the colours in Muskoka. Thanks again.
The beautiful Muskoka region, which is located about 2 hrs. north of Toronto, is bounded by Georgian Bay on one side and Algonquin Park on the other. Muskoka is among the world’s celebrated lakelands. The area was discovered by Samuel de Champlain in 1615. The region features many scenic lakes surrounded by wooded hills and granite rock and offers a wide range of activities year round to suit all tastes and age groups. The unique character and natural beauty of Muskoka draw people from around the world. Skeleton Lake was formed by the impact of a meteor, explaining its somewhat circular shape and great depth. That is also the reason for the limestone bottom, which gives the lake its famous clarity. In the heart of Muskoka, the Hermitage offers a wide diversity of activities in all seasons. Relax and enjoy the natural beauty or engage in a wide choice of sports, sightseeing, cultural events, and other activities. Summer Sports include Hiking, Biking, Golf, Boating, Swimming, Waterskiing, Wake-boarding, Tubing, Jet Skiing, Fishing, and Fitness Centre. Boat Rental is available in the area. There are two Marinas on Skeleton Lake.
Winter Sports include Sports: Cross-country Skiing, Snowmobiling, Snowshoeing, Sledding, Skating. The Hermitage is located very close to both cross-country and snowmobile trails. The many sightseeing options include: Steamship Cruises on Lake Muskoka, Museums, Santa’s Village, Algonquin Park. All the roads between Highway 11 and Highway 69 in the Muskoka area are extremely scenic, in particular Highways 518, 141, 3, 118 and 169. The towns of Port Carling and Rosseau are well worth a visit. Other Activities: Wildlife Viewing includes deer, bears, wolves, coyotes, wild turkeys, and many other animals and birds. Stargazing from the cottage deck or the boathouse deck is breathtaking. Shopping includes many unique stores and boutiques. Excellent restaurants range from fine dining to casual. Cinemas and theatre.