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Sands on Golden Lake
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Golden Lake
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 17 April 2017 via mobile

This place is just fantastic for a ladies' getaway weekend! It has become a twice-yearly tradition, booking the cottage, spending the day in the spa (heavenly, looking out over the lake while having a pedi), gourmet dinner, sleeping in and then a relaxed brunch that next morning. A much-needed rejuvenation for a group of mums!
The cottage is fully equipped if you want to prepare your own food (we usually just stop at the LCBO and grocery store for snacks in Eganville, enroute from Ottawa) and has a big living room with fireplace for hanging out in the evening. The hosts are friendly, and you feel as though you're a welcome guest in their home.
The resort is very small and intimate, and you need to know that it doesn't have the amenities of a big chain hotel (like a pool, hot tub or gym) but with the beach & the view of the lake, the atmosphere is what you'll remember (and come back for).
I have recommended this place to a number of friends, you won't be disappointed!
We'll be back in May and can't wait!

Stayed: September 2016, travelled with friends
Thank Heather B
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Reviewed 26 February 2017 via mobile

What an amazing little beachfront Inn!!!. The rooms were quite large, quite modern and well appointed. Love the balcony and waking to that view !!! And the food..., who would have expected out of the middle of nowhere to find food like that. All so beautifully presented, and so flavorful. The mussels in white wine sauce ...I had to ask for extra bread to sop it up ...I didn't want to waste one drop of that sauce !! I can't wait to see the place in the summer. Owner and Staff are exceptionally friendly. My only suggestion for an overnight stay is if you are a person with lots of phones perhaps take an extension cord as it is not a business hotel with a bed side charging station. But most people should travel with an extension cord these days. But if you want to unplug, sleep in, luxuriate, savour wonderful food, soak in the sun and take in the view, and perhaps enjoy some romance ...this is the place !!!!!!!!!! Just a delightful find !!!!!

Stayed: February 2017, travelled solo
Thank Anne A
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Reviewed 21 February 2017

literally right on the shore of the lake this place is an all around location. We staying in the hotel had dinner and breakfast at the restaurant and it was just great. I was actually shocked at how nice the room was, and blown away by the food. the room was simple but clean and very roomy and well appointed. The bed was comfy and had a great view out over the lake. they filled a bag of ice for Lisa's sore knee both after dinner and after breakfast. they were most helpful, when we asked for a late checkout they just said no problem and didn't even hint at a charge like they would at a big hotel in most cities. The meal was really wonderful. We had the northern pickerel which was Gluten free, lots of options. and the non GF seafood pasta. We had the cake for desert and really enjoyed the whole night, quiet music and view of the snowmobiles going on and off the lake. Great weekend get away for sure. We will be back. if we had left over wine from our bottle they said we could take it back to our room, unfortunately we didn't have any to take

Room Tip: we had room 17 and it was good, but up the stairs, if you want a main floor room be sure to ask
  • Stayed: February 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 February 2017 via mobile

We stayed at Sands on Family Day Long weekend and can't say enough great things about it!
First-the service is incredible!!! From Jeff at the front desk to Meredith in the restaurant, we felt like we were the only guests that mattered!
The room-we stayed in #3. WHAT A VIEW!!! Our room had a balcony that overlooked the lake and the view is stunning! The room was clean and spacious and included a coffee maker and mini fridge. The bed and pillows were clean and comfortable and had a modern look to it!
The restaurant- LOVED!!!! Amazing service with an even better view! Get the mussels!!! And the apple blossom!
We have done a lot of travelling and love trying new places, but we will absolutely be making this an annual trip!!!
Thanks Sands for making our anniversary so memorable!!!

Stayed: February 2017
Thank ErikaZee
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Reviewed 14 February 2017

because of health issues we haven't gonne back in almost 2 years...... this is the place. Can't wait to go back....... this is the best place in the valley..... the food, the comfy room,the cleaness, the friendly service and all the extras........They are the best!

  • Stayed: March 2016, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 January 2017

I met a friend there for a girl's getaway weekend and the Sands was a perfect half way point for both of us. We were blown away with how great this place was. Our room was bright, clean and spacious. The beds were very comfortable. The food in the dining room was very good although we would suggest a few more vegetarian options. Having said that we enjoyed all of our meals. We pampered ourselves in the spa on Saturday and also appreciated the surrounding area including Barry's Bay which offered yoga on Sunday. It was all good.

Room Tip: Select a room overlooking the lake (although I suspect they all do as the inn is right on the water...
  • Stayed: January 2017, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 23 January 2017

Stayed in one of the sweet, cozy chalets. Snowy outside, warm cozy fireplace and white duvet inside! Cooked for myself in the well equipped kitchen, but also dined in the scrumptious restaurant. Food amazing, service top shelf! Will return for sure, many times and will share with friends.

  • Stayed: January 2017, travelled solo
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Thank Cmae10
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Address: 13163 Highway 60 | Deacon, Golden Lake, Ontario K0J 1X0, Canada
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Region: Canada > Ontario > Golden Lake
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Golden Lake
Price Range: $105 - $378 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Sands on Golden Lake 3*
Number of rooms: 19
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The ideal getaway with a pristine, sandy beach,lakeside spa treatments and Golden Lakes only lakeside dining room. A year-round retreat to enjoy nature hikes, ice skating & ATV/ snowmobile trails. Cozy up to your own private fireplace or jacuzzi - a welcoming guest room or chalet awaits you. ... more   less 
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