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Is it wheelchair accessible?
The cottage is not officially wheelchair accessible (yet! - it's in the renovation plans) but we have had guests in wheelchairs in the past. It requires a little bit of extra muscle power and some ingenuity. If you have any concerns at all, please contact us and we can talk it through together.
All in all, it's our hope to make the cottage as comfortable and inviting to everyone as possible. We'd certainly love to have you & hear feedback on how we can make it even better.
Is there air-conditioning (a/c)?
Since most folks like to come up and experience the peace, quiet, and authenticity of rural cottage country, we try keep everything as natural as possible, so we don't offer central air conditioning. Instead, along with many fans and a portable air conditioning unit, there’s a regular westerly wind that creates lovely cross-breezes through the cottage - just leave the windows open at night to let the cool air flow through!
Is the oven self-cleaning (kosher)?
Yes, indeed, as long as everyone is comfortable using the self-cleaning feature for this purpose, she's all good.
Is there satellite or cable TV?
Most folks come up to getaway from it all, so we've done our best to leave the cottage and 'er surroundings as natural as possible. The cottage doesn't have satellite or cable TV, though there's a large TV with a DVD player & plenty of movies. There's also free internet so, if you're handy with it, you can watch the big game online.
Can we smoke at the cottage?
Smoking isn't allowed inside the cottage. It's fine anywhere outside. We ask ya to put cigarette butts into one of the supplied ashtrays and "pack out what you pack in" by removing them along with your garbage.
Is the hot tub open?
Yes! The hot tub is open all year round at all of our cottages. For your year-round pleasure, we also have a lakeside sauna, firepit & log fireplaces - wohooo.
Is the sauna open?
You betcha it is. The sauna is open all year round at all of our cottages - along with the lakeside hot tub & log fireplaces. Come and warm yer bones.
Can we swim at the cottage?
Our family loves to, so you certainly can with the knowledge that it's a lake you'll be swimming in. The lakefront itself at all of our cottages is natural, making it an ideal fish habitat (and fab for catching lunch ;) Most folks who head up to the cottage are looking to spend time in nature, as nature intended, so if you're okay with the fishies, lilly pads & reeds - like our family is - you can swim off the end of the dock or sandy beach, while others prefer to row or paddle out into the inlet or lake to swim. Please note that in the middle of summer, the reeds are at their tallest & most majestic, so if you're uncomfortable with natural lake shorelines, this may not be the place for you & yours - worry not, we won't take it personally! For the wee wonders, there's also a large sandy beach & wading area great for toddlers.
Can our kids/toddlers swim there?
Our kids love it. The lakefront itself at all of our cottages is natural and we have a large sandy area that's specifically designed for toddlers to play & wade into the edge of the lake. It's shallow and extends out into the lake for the wee wonders. At The OG & Woody, specifically, the bigger kids jump off the end of the dock when they don't mind swimming with the fishies, lilly pads & reeds. At all of the cottages, we're on a calm inlet so there's no currents to worry about (there isn’t even any rowdy boater or jet-ski traffic to make waves - yay). For more on the swimming, see "Can we swim at the cottage?" above
Is there fishing equipment?
You'll definitely want to bring your own fishing equipment with you to reel in some tasty lunch :)
Are there fishing boats?
It depends what you consider a fishing boat as we've got various water toys at each cottage, including a canoe, rowboat and/or paddleboat.
Can we rent motor boats?
Yes, indeed. Check out the lovely local folks like Lauderdale Point Marina and Sopher's Landing Marina. There's also Muskoka Wharf Marine and Northern Lakes Marine who'll deliver boats right to the local boat launch for ya:
The OG cottage - Franklin Park on Sparrow Lake
Cahoots cottage - North Morrison Lake Boat Launch
Woody cottage - Fox Point Public Boat Launch on Wood Lake
Can I dock my own boat?
The OG cottage has a dock with water depth of about 5 feet. You can launch it locally and moor it on the dock, which will be in the water from Victoria day weekend (May) thru thanksgiving weekend (October), weather permitting.
If you're booked into one of the other cottages, reach out and we can yadder through the options :)
Can we hoot & holler with music?
How much outside space is there?
Oodles. At each of our cottages, there's anywhere between one-two acres of cleared property (and loads of forest). On the lakeside of the cottage, each cottage has spacious decks, lotsa lawn sprawling space & a sandy beach. Check out The OG, Cahoots, or Woody Cottage for visuals.
Will the lake be frozen?
This is a very difficult question to answer as it, obviously, depends on the weather. Generally speaking, the ice is at a suitable depth some time in December or January (occasionally earlier) until at least March. At the Woody Cottage, specifically, we recommend a quick stroll up the road to the public access for more solid adventures on ice. Have a look at the "How to know when ice is safe" wiki-how page to keep you & yours safelease :)
Will the driveway be plowed?
Yes, both the driveway & the private lane leading up to the cottage are plowed regularly by professionals.
Meat & potatoes
How much is the booking deposit?
To reserve your dates, we ask for a booking deposit of 50% of the rental rate.
How much is the security deposit?
There's a minimum security deposit* of $1000, which we collect just a week before your getaway and wing back to ya in full within ten business days when the cottage and 'er surroundings are left as you found 'em - undamaged and in a clean, re-rentable state. Wanna pay it later? Need it back sooner? Just let us know.
* We may require additional security deposits for pets, large gatherings, events, extended stays, etc. We'll let ya know early on.
How much is the cleaning fee (aka barnsweeping)?
Darn good question! Have a gander here: https://www.trenanthiacottage.com/etc/barn-sweeping
What if we need to cancel?
Is it available on weekends?
Yup. We've got weekends available all year round, including during the summer. Yippee!
Can we have a party?
Nope. Simple as that. If you're looking for a party cottage, then moooove along. It's not gonna happen here.
If, however, you're looking to simply enjoy a relaxing cottage getaway with your loved ones, and you respect that everyone else around ya comes to relax at their cottages too, then we'd love to have ya! You're also asked to remember that noise travels easily across a lake, so no outdoor music devices are allowed (speakers, boom boxes, etc) and to keep the noise down, especially after 10:30pm (which is a Muskoka-wide bylaw - and the quickest way to put a real damper on yer getaway with a visit & fine from the OPP!)
Where do we get the keys?
Have no fear - entry information will be sent to you one week before your getaway begins.
What to bring
Is firewood provided?
We start ya off with a whack o’ logs so depending on how handy ya are as the fire-tender, and how much fire lovin’ you’d like, you could be all set. Otherwise, you may wanna get some more, lol. They sell it at most gas stations & grocery stores up in this neck o' the woods (about $12/bag) or you're welcome to buy some directly at the cottage. We’ve conveniently left some piled for ya with the prices marked (about $15 for a similar quantity). You can either leave cash or we can sort it out with the security deposit afterward, whadevah suits ya :)
Can we drink the water?
The water at the cottages comes direct from the lake (at The OG) or a well (at Cahoots and Woody). It's safe to use for regular activities such as showering, washing dishes, and the like. For drinking water, we recommend bringing some for your getaway, and all nearby supermarkets stock water - easy peasy :)
You can also see other tidbits here on the packing list
How can I travel there? How can I get there from Toronto Pearson airport (YYZ)?
Your best bet will be a rental car, easy peasy.
If you're traveling without a car, there's a number of options including taking an airport shuttle, bus, train, or flying into Muskoka Airport (YQA). The nearest towns to The OG and Cahoots cottages is either Orillia or Gravenhurst, while for Woody cottage, it'd be Bracebridge.
From those towns, it's a 15-20 minute drive to the cottage by taxi or limo. And personally, we definitely recommend the limo - shared across a number of peeps, it's a reasonable price and they'll take you directly to the cottage in style, whoot whoot.
Here are some leads: