Is the hot tub open?
Is the sauna open?
Can we swim at the cottage?
Can our kids/toddlers swim there?
Can we fish at the cottage?
Is there fishing equipment?
Are there fishing boats?
Can we rent motor boats?
Can I dock my own boat?
How much outside space is there?
What is there to do?
Can we hoot & holler to music?
Meat & Potatoes
How much does it cost?
How much is the booking deposit?
How much is the security deposit?
How much is the cleaning fee?
How do I pay using e-transfer?
How do I pay using Paypal?
Is it available on weekends?
Can we have a party?
Can we have an early check-in?
Can we have a late check-out?
Where do we get the keys?
Can we have a look around?
What are the COVID updates?
What if we need to cancel?
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 & we'd love to hear your 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 rural cottage country, we try keep everything as natural as possible, so there isn’t any 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 you're comfortable with using the self-cleaning for this purpose, it'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 but it's fine anywhere outside. We ask ya to put cigarette butts into one of the supplied ashtrays and remove them along with the garbage
Is the hot tub open? Yes! The hot tub is open all year round. For your winter time pleasure, we also have a lakeside sauna, firepit & fireplaces - wohooo
Is the sauna open? You betcha it is. The sauna is open all year round - 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 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 is natural and we have a large sandy area beside 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, specifically, the bigger kids jump off the end of the dock when they don't mind swimming with the fishies, lilly pads & reeds. 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 lunch
Are there fishing boats? It depends what boat you consider a fishing boat as we've got some options including a canoe & a rowboat (depending on which cottage yer at).
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 - Franklin Park on Sparrow Lake
Cahoots - North Morrison Lake Boat Launch
Woody - Fox Point Public Boat Launch on Wood Lake
The OG - Franklin Park on Sparrow Lake
Cahoots - North Morrison Lake Boat Launch
Woody - Fox Point Public Boat Launch on Wood Lake
Can I dock my own boat? If you'd like to dock your boat right at the cottage, The OG has a dock that with water depth at about 5 feet. You can launch it locally and moor it on the dock at the cottage. The dock will be in the water from Victoria day weekend (May) thru thanksgiving weekend (October), weather permitting
Can we hoot & holler with music? Being at a lakefront cottage has its perks, like being able to enjoy it with your loved ones, and we like to remember that we share the lake with lotsa lovely folks who've also come up to relax. If it's a summer pool party vibe yer after, with outdoor music, hoots & hollers, there's plenty of other places to do that (Vegas, anyone?) Because noise travels so easily across water, up in Muskoka, music amplifying devices are asked to be kept indoors, so that the natural outdoor vibes can continue to be shared by everyone. If you're like us and just wanna soak up the calm, quiet, and peacefulness of the lake and each other, then you'll be ace. We love the sound of nature, swapping campfire stories, and sharing giggles - that's music to our ears!
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 for more information
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? We like to keep our rates as pocket-book friendly as possible so we ask ya to leave the cottage as ya found 'er - in a clean, re-rentable state. But some folks prefer not to herd everyone into cleaning up (which can make for a grumpy end of an otherwise lovely getaway), so if you'd prefer, we can arrange for someone else to do the bulk of the Barn Sweeping (aka cleaning) for ya - yaaaaay. You can see the complete list of what's covered in our handy dandy end of stay checklist
Enjoy relaxing longer for $345 + hst
How do I pay using e-transfer? Have no fear, it's super easy. Just ping us and we'll walk ya through it :)
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
How many VIPeeps are allowed to rent during COVID? As Ontario continues to respond to Covid-19, we’re trusting our lovely guests to relax responsibly by respecting any current provincial guidelines. It’s easier to enjoy each other’s company while spread out across nearly 3000 sqft of cottage (oh and don’t forget about the great outdoors ;)
With the cottages being in the boonies, you'll be able to getaway with your loved ones, safe in the arms of Mother Nature, without having to interact with anyone else. We just ask folks to be mindful & responsible for taking care of their own health, which’ll in turn take care of everyone’s.
Are the cottages thoroughly cleaned during COVID? While we usually ask folx to tidy up after themselves (and still do!), we’ve also doubled up on giving the cottage a deep clean between our lovely guests. We’re using the helpful tips & practices from Public Health Canada to ensure all our surfaces, knobs, handles, linens, and so on, are given a thorough disinfecting when we do all the magic-behind-the-scenes. And, as always, we’re leaving disinfectant & cleaning products available for use at any time during your getaway. We love making sure the cottage is taken care of, so you & yours can enjoy your time together with peace of mind :)
What happens if we need to cancel or there’s another “lockdown”?
Sh*t, uh, Cancellations happen. We understand that sometimes the unforeseen gets in the way of your getaway and we try our best to make everything a bit easier for ya. When booked directly with us:
- If you need to cancel within 60 days of your arrival date, funds are non-refundable buuuuuut we'll do our best to get another lovely group of guests into the cottage to get ya as much of those funds back as we can. If we're successful, we'll give ya a full refund less a $145 + hst administration fee and any costs / discounts that we had to offer.
- If you cancel your booking more than 60 days before your expected arrival date, we'll provide a full refund less a $145 + hst administration fee
- COVID: If Ontario is under a stay-at-home order or in the Grey/lockdown zone when yer getaway arrives, we’ve still got some flexibility. While funds are also non-refundable, we’re able to shift ya to a later getaway 'round the same rate or you can hang onto a credit for whenever we're given the go-ahead again and yer feeling comfy having a well-deserved getaway, sweeeeet.
Annnnnnnd, if you do have the chance to book directly with us again in the future, we'll put any administration fee towards your next getaway, easy peasy. Life is bigger™ with friendly cancellation policies :)
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 OG has non-potable cottage water comes from the lake so we have a water cooler that takes up to 18L jugs - all nearby supermarkets stock the jugs - easy peasy. Cahoots and Woody Cottage both have potable water that comes a well. If it's helpful, 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? If you're traveling without a car, your best bet is to take a shuttle to Orillia or Gravenhurst. From there it's just a 15-20 minute drive to the cottage by either a rental car or taxi. If there are a few of you traveling, then you can call a limo & have them take you directly to the cottage in style. Here are some leads:
- Northern Airport (shuttle) 1-800-461-4219
- Ontario Northland Transportation (bus) 1-800-461-8558
- Gravenhurst Limousine Service (limo) 1-855-720-6622
- Gravenhurst taxis
- Orillia taxis