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“Stress free serenity surrounded by the beauty of...”
Elevated front deck with southern exposure overlooking sandy Lake Huron shoreline...great for kids.
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Elevated front deck with southern exposure overlooking sandy Lake Huron shoreline...great for kids.
View of the Willow Bank from the water's edge. Sit back and relax on the front deck with a good book, a cool drink and enjoy the spectacular view.
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Elevated front deck with southern exposure overlooking sandy Lake Huron shoreline...great for kids.
View of the Willow Bank from the water's edge.
Sit back and relax on the front deck with a good book, a cool drink and enjoy the spectacular view.
Back porch and main entrance to cottage
The Willow Bank sign welcomes visitors to the cottage
Forever changing but always spectacular views overlooking the waterfront
Master bedroom with king sized bed and walk-out to private balcony
Second bedroom on upper level of main cottage is furnished with a comfortable queen-sized bed..
Newly remodeled bathroom features a reglazed deep claw foot bath tub. It's the place for long soaks.
The bathroom also features a spacious shower stall with a glass door for those that prefer a shower.
Fully equipped kitchen with stainless steel pots and pans and a full selection of utensils
Light and bright comfortable living room overlooking waterfront
Dining room table can be expanded so that 8 people can dine comfortably
Entertainment room on lower level with gas fireplace, HDTV, Blu Ray and surround sound.
Excellent water system supplies plenty of clean water from a drilled well
New in 2014! PVC Decking and Glass Railings make for an even more comfortable front deck
Outdoor dining while enjoying the spectacular view from the new deck is pretty special
The charming guest cabin is clean and comfortable.
The guest cabin is furnished with a queen sized bed and a couch that coverts to a single bed.
The Willow Bank features two kayaks and a paddleboat for guests to use during their stay.
The back view of the Willow Bank at dusk
Exploring the area surrounding the cottage by water is a great way to relax and get some exercise.
Paddle a kayak from the cottage to the lake or swimming raft
There is a shoreline fire pit with benches and complimentary firewood.
Imagine a blazing fire under a star-filled night sky
Camp-fire on the night of the Supermoon May 2012
The amazing night sky at the Willow Bank. Photo by guest Danny Turcotte of Catch-Light Photography.
World famous Lake Huron sunset can be seen from Singing Sands.
The rugged Georgian Bay shoreline is a short drive away from the cottage.
The Bruce Peninsula National Park is home to the Grotto.
The color of the water in Georgian Bay contrasts with the rocks and the trees.
Lake Huron near the cottage can be the place of large skies and big waves on windy days.
The Bruce Peninsula is home to many lighthouses. This one is in the Lions Head harbour.
The Chi Cheemaun is a car and passenger ferry that sails between Tobermory and Manitoulin Isand
Sunset dinner cruise aboard the Chi Cheemaun is a favourite activity for some guests
Sail from Tobermory at dinner time enroute to South Baymouth and then sail back home.
The Bruce Peninsula National Park's Visitors Centre is worthy of a visit
There is an elevated observation tower for visitors to climb.
There are breathtaking views that stretch out in every direction to the distant horizon.
The Canadian Red Maple Leaf flies proudly atop the tower.
There are many hiking trails including the Bruce Trail for visitors to explore.
The Bruce Peninsula is a special place to experience anytime of year.
Often Hummingbirds are seen at the feeders and the flowers throughout the summer.
Downy Woodpecker at a feeder
As daylight fades the sky changes colors. The sky will darken and stars will appear.
The Willow Bank is nestled in the trees but is still on the shore of a shelterd bay.
Explore the nearby woods by hiking the trails. Make sure you bring your camera and take some photos.
The Willow Bank cottage was recognized as one of the top cottage rental properties near Tobermory
This honor was awarded to a select group of vacation rental owners based on reviews from past guests
In 2012, Glenn Aishford was rated excellent as a cottage property owner by Tripadvisor and Flipkey.
The Bruce Peninsula is a peaceful and beautiful place. Bring your camera.
Wildlife seems to be everywhere.
Sunlight dancing across the top of the waves as they break near the shore.
Singing Sands beach is the place for picnics and long walks in the sand
Wildflowers seem to be everywhere
The varying hares are regular visitors around the cottage.
Grab a tall drink and settle in for a relaxing sit
The Indian Paint Brush blooms early in the year
A view of the Willow Bank from the far shoreline opposite the cottage
The Willow Bank is tucked back into the cedar tress
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4 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 7
Tobermory, Bruce County, Ontario

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Riva B
Owen Sound, Canada
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Stress free serenity surrounded by the beauty of nature”
Reviewed January 26, 2016 for a stay in September 2015
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person found this review helpful

Along with a small group of friends, I spent a weekend at the Willow Bank cottage last fall. The cottage was clean and comfortable and really well equipped. We enjoyed sitting on the front deck relaxing and watching the beautiful view overlooking the waterfront. In the evening we sat around a camp-fire at water's edge under a star-filled sky that was breathtaking. It rained on the second night of our stay but our group was well entertained watching a movie on the HDTV located in the entertainment room. The gas fireplace there kept the room warm and cozy. The cottage owner responded quickly to my inquiry and booking the cottage was easy and straightforward. I would have no hesitation recommending the Willow Bank cottage to other travelers. Our small group is planning to make a visit to the Willow Bank part of our annual tradition.

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Liked best: The location of the cottage is very private and surrounded by nature
Liked least: Having to leave at the end of our stay
Travelling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
Families with young children
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Management Response
26 Jan 2016
Thank you for taking the time to review the Willow Bank cottage. I'm happy that you and your friends enjoyed your stay. I look forward to hosting your group again.
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Lauren210...
1 review
“Beautiful cottage close to great hiking trails”
Reviewed September 24, 2014 for a stay in September 2014

Staying at this cottage was a really nice experience. It was extremely clean and all three rooms (including the guest cabin) were very comfortable. It was a little pricier than other options but it was within 15 mins to great hiking trails, had a fire pit and kayaks. Highly recommended!

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Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
3 Oct 2014
Thanks for your review. I am glad that you and your group enjoyed your time on the Northern Bruce Peninsula and were able to enjoy the long list of amenities we provide at the Willow Bank. I hope to see you folks again sometime.
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Robin B
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Wonderful place to stay (good location, accommodations, and attention to detail)”
Reviewed September 22, 2014 for a stay in September 2014
1
person found this review helpful

This is a wonderful place to stay.
There is a lot to do and enjoy right from the cabin. It's especially suited to young children due to the shallow water (I have a two year old). Really short drive to a perfect beach. Close to Tobermory and the national park.

The cabin is comfortable and just like a home. It has everything you need. Entertainment systems, amazing views, and a well stocked kitchen etc. We really enjoyed seeing the flying squirrels as well as all the birds at the feeders.

The owners were fast to respond to any questions. It was a bit of work to complete the booking. It is worth it to know the owners only rent to reliable people. They took great care for individual requests (put out the high chair for us). I would definitely recommend this rental.

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Liked best: The view. Toddler friendly. The bird feeder visitors. Home like feel.
Travelling group: Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
Families with young children Large groups
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  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
  • Did the property offer wi-fi/internet access?
  • Was your security deposit returned on time?
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
28 Sep 2014
Thank you for taking the time to review the cottage. I am glad that you enjoyed your stay. We have many families with young children mention that the shallow water and the apron of sand along the water's edge in front of the cottage was the perfect place for their young children to play. The flying squirrels and the birds at the feeders are always entertaining. I hope to welcome you and your family back to the Willow Bank again sometime.
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Allen L
Toronto, Canada
1 review
“Relaxing, beautiful and fantastic retreat”
Reviewed September 2, 2014 for a stay in August 2014

Our week at the Willow Bank was more relaxing and enjoyable than we have expected. The serene and private surrounding was a wonderful getaway from the big city, and its a great place to just sit back, take it easy, and forget about the time. Almost wish this place remains a hidden gem! Thanks again Glenn!

Travelling group: Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
11 Sep 2014
Thank you for taking the time to review the Willow Bank following your stay. It was a pleasure meeting you and your group. I am glad that you enjoyed "the serene and private surrounding". I hope you will tell your family and friends about the place and would consider staying at the Willow Bank again sometime.
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Diane C
Calgary, Canada
1 review
“Willow Bank was the place where many great memories were created and the ambiance was one of peace and serenity”
Reviewed June 29, 2014 for a stay in June 2014

Our stay was wonderful and the owners Glenn and Brenda ensured there was everything available for both creature comforts (us) and nature at our doorstep. Seeing the wonders at our doorstep; the peaceful surroundings was all that we had hoped for. Traveling from Calgary there was the side of nature we do not have.
Would definitely recommend Willow Bank.

Travelling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Management Response
8 Jul 2014
We are glad that you and your friends enjoyed your stay at the Willow Bank. We would welcome you back anytime.
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Zbyszek T
Otwock, Poland
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Great silent place & extremely clear night sky !”
Reviewed May 28, 2014 for a stay in May 2014
1
person found this review helpful

We are very happy that we have chosen this cottage on our tour from Europe. We spent great time in this beautiful location and the cottage is one of our favorite places in Canada. Clear sky full of stars with luminous Milky Way is amazing. Meteors are brighter, and the night there is the most spectacular!
During the day we were accompanied by birds, whose habits amazed us.
We met a lot of animals here (but we did not encounter a bear).
All we want is... to be back there soon!
Thank you, Glenn!
Camelopardalids Expedition 2014

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Liked best: Overall the cottage - the balconies are great!
Liked least: Cold nights this May :)
Travelling group: Friends
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
Large groups People with pets
  • Was the property as advertised?
  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
  • Did the property offer wi-fi/internet access?
  • Was your security deposit returned on time?
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Management Response
3 Jun 2014
I was honoured that your group of amateur astronomers chose to travel from Warsaw, Poland to the Willow Bank cottage near Tobermory, Ontario, Canada to observe the meteor shower that occurred during the early morning hours of May 24th, 2014. Our previous guests have commented in the past about the clarity of our night sky at the cottage, but to have three esteem representatives from the Polish Fireball Network decide that the front deck of the Willow Bank cottage was the perfect place to observe this once in a lifetime phenomena is humbling. I am proud that the cottage exceeded and your expectations and thrilled that you said it was one of your favourite places in Canada. We would welcome you and your other colleagues to the Willow Bank anytime. Good luck in your research.
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solala41
Kitchener, Canada
1 review
“Wonderful clean cottage with lots of fun stuff to do”
Reviewed May 20, 2014 for a stay in May 2014

we stayed at the cottage for one week. it was clean and in excellent condition. it is perfect for families as well, as the water is shallow and there is lots to do with kids. 2 paddle boats are provided, kayaks, an outdoor fire pit, a swing, many things that can keep you entertained during your stay. tobermory itself is only a 15 minute drive away, but yet the cottage is very private.
we would definitely come back here!

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Travelling group: Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Families with young children
  • Was the property as advertised?
  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
  • Did the property offer wi-fi/internet access?
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Management Response
22 May 2014
We are so glad that you enjoyed your stay. My wife and I work hard to make sure the place is clean and tidy for all of our guests. We look forward to your return to the Willow Bank.
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