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'Serenity' in Muskoka

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Master Bedroom Wing c/w ensuite bathroom at dusk from a canoe.
The winding driveway down to the lake culminates in an entry courtyard.
Ahhh! Snow angels on a frozen, snow covered 'Serenity' bay. What a winter wonderland!
1 of 27Master Bedroom Wing c/w ensuite bathroom at dusk from a canoe.
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Overview
4 bedrooms
4 bathrooms
12 guests
3 nights minimum
Cottage
In search of privacy, stunning views, beautiful natural waterfront and outstanding accommodation? This impressive architect owned and designed cottage delivers. Watch heron fly into the wetlands or otter swim by. Relax ... you have found 'Serenity'. On Otter Lake, we frown on the noise and pollution from boat motors so only canoes, kayaks, sail boats and paddle boats can be seen albeit infrequently. The dock out to deeper water allows for swimming and diving or watercraft mooring. A winding granite lane sweeps down to the cottage/home's entrance courtyard where glimpses of the lake around and through the home can be seen. The cottage/home sits on an exposed plateau of the Canadian Shield at the base of a point within meters of the lake on one side and a bay on the other. Your attention wil...In search of privacy, stunning views, beautiful natural waterfront and outstanding accommodation? This impressive architect owned and designed cottage delivers. Watch heron fly into the wetlands or otter swim by. Relax ... you have found 'Serenity'. On Otter Lake, we frown on the noise and pollution from boat motors so only canoes, kayaks, sail boats and paddle boats can be seen albeit infrequently. The dock out to deeper water allows for swimming and diving or watercraft mooring. A winding granite lane sweeps down to the cottage/home's entrance courtyard where glimpses of the lake around and through the home can be seen. The cottage/home sits on an exposed plateau of the Canadian Shield at the base of a point within meters of the lake on one side and a bay on the other. Your attention will be captured as soon as the front door opens and you enter the foyer. Twenty five foot high floor to ceiling windows with 8' high and 7' wide sliding patio doors, flanking a granite clad Rumford wood burning fireplace, offer a magnificent outlook up Otter Lake and across Serenity Bay. The stone tile floor sets off the majestic fireplace that features hand cut and split granite stone. This lovely space will embrace winter visitors who want to relax in front of the fire while the snow gently drifts down outside, just as much as those cooling down after a day of summer fun. The Great Room also features a centrally located docking station for your iPhone or iPad that allows you to channel your music through the speaker system or use the built-in iPad or Blu-Ray DVD/CD player to control the 55' Samsung Smart TV or listen to an array of Satellite radio stations. The Dining/Kitchen area, within the Great Room, comfortably seats 10 at the extra-large harvest table and 4 at the kitchen island with direct access to the large outdoor Lake Terrace. The Lakeside Terrace is well appointed with teak chaise loungers alongside complimentary chairs and features a large direct connect gas BBQ, no need to worry about the propane supply! What a great place to relax with a morning coffee or that after dinner drink. With its prominent location adjacent to the Dining Room, the oversized sliding doors equipped with screens create a seamless indoor/outdoor environment for family and friend gatherings. For that late evening bonfire, the Lakeside Terrace also features a natural Rumford fireplace that backs onto the indoor Rumford. The 10' wide and 27' high overhanging roof protects the terrace from light showers. Or go down to the point and the dock where a fire pit sits atop a piece of the Canadian Shield. The Chef's kitchen is designed with the professional cook in mind and features a 12' Brazilian granite slab island so all can enjoy getting involved or sit and watch the 'chef' at work. The kitchen has been designed to accommodate a gas cooktop, microwave/convection oven combo unit, dishwasher, wine and beverage cooler along with a wide range of top name small appliances. Just off to the side of the Great Room is a comfortable Muskoka Room, perfect for playing games, watching TV or curling up with a good book. The oversized screened patio doors allow this room useful access to the outdoors in both summer and winter. Continuing on down the hall in the West Wing there are two large bedrooms, each with a spectacular view of the lake and highlights a queen size bed and bunk beds in each room? Also in the West Wing is a 4-piece Bathroom with a vessel sink on a marble vanity. The Loft overlooks the Great Room with a ping-pong table, yoga mats, weights for light exercise, a lovely view of the lake on one side and features a 20' high dormer window with a gorgeous view of the forest beyond on the other side. On this same level, also overlooking the Great Room, is a fourth Bedroom with a king size bed and Ensuite Bathroom with an oversized walk-in shower with rain head, massaging jets and sliding glass door. Back on the main level just off of the entrance making it central to the entire house is a fully equipped Laundry Room complete with washer, dryer, utility sink and ironing board. The Master Bedroom is on the main floor in the East Wing and features a king size bed, Scandinavian high-efficiency wood burning stove, a large walk-in closet area and a spectacular Ensuite Bathroom with trough style wash basin, oversized walk-in shower with rain head and massaging jets. This very private side of the home provides spectacular views across the bay and down into the wetlands, even from the washroom and shower, again, meters from the water's edge where wildlife abounds. More
House Rules
Pets Allowed: No
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
'Serenity' has a responsibility to the few cottage owners on the lake and to the environment. Loud and overly boisterous activities will not be tolerated. If you appreciate and have a respect for nature, you will appreciate and respect 'Serenity'.
Bathrooms
2 Attached (ensuite), 2 Full baths
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About the Owner
Colin K
Languages spoken:English
Response Rate:79%
Response Time:Within a day
Listed Since:April 2014
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Reviewed August 18, 2020

Beautiful home, small quiet lake. Great get away. Close to Huntsville with lots to do. True Serenity.More

Date of stay: August 2020
Thank sharondmcc
Escape529640, VR Owner at 'Serenity' in Muskoka, responded to this reviewResponded August 31, 2020

Thank you so much for your review, Sharon. We really do try to make 'Serenity' everything one would hope for. It's a wonderful feeling when guests appreciate what you have provided them. You were amazing guests. We really appreciate how well you looked after our...More

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Reviewed October 1, 2017

Date of stay: September 2017
Reviewed August 29, 2017

Overall: We had a great time. For the most part the weather cooperated and we all enjoyed a lot of time outdoors. The cottage is absolutely beautiful inside and out. The cottage was affectionately called "the glass palace" by our teenagers. They appreciated all the...More

Date of stay: August 2017
Thank 37janetf
Reviewed July 19, 2016 via mobile

My family stayed at Serenity cottage recently, and couldn't have asked for a better week. It was our first time renting a cottage together. We had 7 kids with us, and 2 seniors, and everyone felt at home. As mentioned in many other reviews, the...More

Date of stay: July 2016
2  Thank Sharon T
Reviewed May 15, 2015

If you're looking to get away from the everyday hustle and bustle, well then 'Serenity' is the perfect location for you. The name speaks for itself. It's the feeling of home that helps with relaxation and during your stay, the owners treat you just as...More

Date of stay: May 2015
Thank Getaway20152015
Management response:Responded May 16, 2015

Thank you so much for your review. We really do try to make 'Serenity' everything one would hope for. It's a wonderful feeling when guests appreciate what you have provided them. You were amazing guests. It was as if you had never stayed. The place...More

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Reviewed April 26, 2015

We had a group of 5 of family / extended family members booked for a short holiday retreat for 3 days in this very nice cottage "Serenity". The place is indeed so serene, and is insanely stunning place just by the first look of the...More

Date of stay: April 2015
3  Thank EddieandNatalia
Management response:Responded May 16, 2015

Thank you so much for your terrific review. We get great satisfaction out of sharing with others what we believe is an amazing place. It's so quiet and peaceful and we've attempted to provide all the elements of a luxury villa. Eddie and Natalia treated...More

Reviewed February 16, 2015

We were looking for a place to spend the Family day long weekend and looked at a lot of places but decided to go with 'Serenity ' and were really glad that we did ! This place is even more stunning in real life and...More

Date of stay: February 2015
Thank Allochka A
Management response:Responded February 17, 2015

Alla and her extended family were amazing guests. It was as if they had never stayed. The place was immaculate! They stripped the beds and left all the bedding and towels neatly placed on the bed and near the showers as you would expect. Rarely...More

Reviewed September 3, 2014

The Serenity is just a perfect place! We had a great time there. Wonderful design of the space, attention to every detail and amazing nature surrounds it. We loved everything and would definitely recommend it. And we would like to thank owners of the cottage...More

Date of stay: August 2014
Thank NL187
Management response:Responded September 9, 2014

At 'Serenity', we do make the utmost attempt to make our guest's stay an enjoyable and memorable one and do hope they consider a return visit. We would highly recommend this guest to other hosts as they were very considerate of our home and left...More

Amenities
Pets Allowed: No
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
DVD Player
Alarm Clock
Balcony
Grill
Boat Available
Books
Ceiling Fans
Central Heating
Suitable For Children Under 5
Deck
Dishwasher
Dryer
Fireplace
Freezer
Refrigerator
Hairdryer
Highchair
Internet Access
Iron
Kettle
Linens Provided
Microwave
Paper Towels Provided
Parking
Patio
Ping Pong Table
Cable/satellite TV
Soap/Shampoo Provided
Stereo System
Cooker
Terrace
Toaster
Towels Provided
TV
Washer
Water Views
Waterfront
Wi-Fi
Fishing Nearby
There Is A Golf Course Within 30 Mins Drive
Horse Riding Nearby
There Are Tennis Courts Nearby
Watersports Nearby
Beach Or Lakeside Relaxation
Cycling Trips
Hiking Trips
Rural/Countryside Retreats
Short Term Rentals (4 Days Or Fewer)
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About the neighbourhood
Huntsville is a charming and friendly destination in Ontario, Canada. It is a relatively rural destination just over two hours of driving from the large city of Toronto. This isolation only adds to the appeal of Huntsville and encourages its reputation as a place to get away from it all and enjoy the scenic landscape, water recreation activities on Muskoka River and the welcoming feel of a small town.
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