Cottage | 6 bedrooms | sleeps 12
A magnificent year-round holiday retreat on picturesque Skeleton Lake. As the name Hermitage suggests, this unique property on 3.5 acres and 540 feet of lake frontage offers complete privacy and the perfect getaway. This million dollar plus property features a quality, custom-built cottage and boathouse, newly constructed in 2006, both with numerous luxury features. The 5000 sq. ft. cottage, featuring 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms, is nestled among huge, mature trees and beautiful granite rocks. The property has been landscaped to blend into the beautiful, natural surroundings and the buildings have been designed to complement this setting.
The beautiful, custom-built boathouse was completed in 2006. Above the two-slip boathouse is 650 sq. ft. of beautiful living space. The living quarters include an open concept living and kitchen/dining area that has breathtaking views of the lake from three sides. You can sit around the wood-burning stove on chillier evenings and enjoy the views of the lake. Three sets of French doors lead out onto the large sundeck that wraps around the boathouse. Floors, ceilings, and walls are entirely in pine, providing a bright, warm, rustic atmosphere. At the back are two bedrooms with queen-size beds and French doors that open onto the deck. The bright pine bathroom has a large shower. Above the bedrooms is a large loft with sleeping area that overlooks the living room and the lake. Older children will love the loft!
Have breakfast or a BBQ dinner on the deck. Enjoy the call of the loons on the lake. Relax in the hammock. Fish off the deck. Jump off the deck into the lake. The lapping waves will lull you to sleep. You’ll never be closer to the water!
The boathouse is available for rent separately in May, June, September, and October. When the boathouse is rented separately, the cottage will not be rented. The boathouse is closed in the winter.
|Size||Sleeps up to 12, 6 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Toronto, Nearest railway: Toronto|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Jacuzzi or hot tub, Sauna, Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, Air conditioning, TV, Video player, CD player, Telephone, Fax machine, Pool or snooker table, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||6 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms of which 3 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Double beds (6), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 6|
|Further details indoors|
The cottage interior is stunning and has many unique features that blend gracious, luxury living with a casual vacation home lifestyle. The exotic hardwood floors in cabbage bark and poisonwood, and the mixed exotic hardwood ceilings throughout make this a one-of-a-kind property. Most of the wood in the cottage is exotic hardwood from Central America, including the kitchen cabinets, the stairs and railings, doors, and much of the furniture. This unique blend of unusual woods gives the cottage a warm, rustic, yet elegant charm. Large wood-framed windows provide stunning views from every room, allowing you to enjoy the natural beauty even when you are indoors.
The cottage is designed around a magnificent, cathedral-ceiling great room with a huge, floor to ceiling fieldstone fireplace, a wall of windows offering a breathtaking long view of the lake, and cabbage bark hardwood floors. At one end of the the main level is a family room with a second large fieldstone fireplace and a wall of windows overlooking the lake. At the other end of the main level is an office/library with two walls of windows presenting stunning views of the lake in two directions. French doors lead from the office/library to the deck.
The open concept kitchen has a large island in mixed exotic hardwoods that is great for snacks or just for chatting with the chef. The dining area has a view of the lake and French doors open directly onto the deck. There is a large, mainfloor laundry room with washer and dryer. Another set of French doors lead from the kitchen into a large Muskoka room/sunroom, with a high ceiling in exotic woods and walls of glass windows and French doors, that provides magnificent views of the lake and woods. Three sets of French doors lead from the Muskoka room directly out onto the deck and boardwalk. Enjoy breakfast or a romantic dinner on the deck or in the Muskoka room, enjoying gorgeous views in all directions.
A magnificent, wide wooden staircase of mixed exotic hardwoods leads to the upper floor. A loft area with a large balsam infra-red sauna and workout area overlooks the great room and has a gorgeous view out over the lake. The loft separates the master bedroom and en suite from the other three bedrooms. The master bedroom, with a king-size poster bed, has beautiful poisonwood floors and glorious views of the lake in two directions from immense windows. The walk-in closet is completely cedar lined. The en suite bathroom has a heated, natural slate floor, a long poisonwood and slate vanity with two sinks, a large shower with glass and slate sides, and a long 6.5 ft. BainUltra ThermoMasseur Ayoura air tub with programmable cycle, chromotherapy, and heated back. At the other end of the loft, a hallway leads to three bedrooms, two of which have lake views and the other a forest view. The bathroom at this side of the upstairs has a large shower with slate walls and a glass door. End your day relaxing in the sauna or in the ThermoMasseur air tub.
A huge walk-out basement is completely finished, featuring slate floors and huge windows that also have a gorgeous view of the lake. There is an attached double garage and a large parking area behind the cottage, with additional parking on the access road.
|Further details outdoors|
The cottage has a commanding, long view of beautiful Skeleton Lake. Natural granite stone steps grace the main entrance and another set of stone steps lead to a boardwalk that runs along the sunroom around to a large deck. The 700 sq. ft. private deck of exotic hardwood with glass railings offers gorgeous views of Skeleton Lake and some of its most picturesque islands. A cedar stairway descends down to the boathouse. The cottage is winterized for those who love to ski, snowmobile, snowshoe, ice fish, or engage in other winter activities. Four-wheel drive recommended for winter access.
This unique property is situated at the end of a private road and ensures complete seclusion. It is truly a one-of-a-kind property that will allow you to experience Muskoka at its best in all four seasons. This quiet waterfront property on Skeleton Lake should provide you with one of your most memorable vacations ever.
The Ontario region
The beautiful Muskoka region, which is located about 2 hrs. north of Toronto, is bounded by Georgian Bay on one side and Algonquin Park on the other. Muskoka is among the world’s celebrated lakelands. The area was discovered by Samuel de Champlain in 1615. The name Muskoka is an English corruption of the Ojibwa name of the chief Mesqua Ukie. The region features many scenic lakes surrounded by wooded hills and granite rock and offers a wide range of activities year round to suit all tastes and age groups. The unique character and natural beauty of Muskoka draw people from around the world.
Skeleton Lake was formed by the impact of a meteor, explaining its somewhat circular shape and great depth. That is also the reason for the limestone bottom, which gives the lake its famous clarity.
Skeleton Lake is thought to have received its name from two human skeletons found on the rocks by surveyors working on the north shore of the lake. Intrigued by this mystery, settlers asked a native chief about the skeletons and learned that he and his people had camped on that site one winter. They usually found plenty of deer in the area, but that winter the camp faced starvation and were forced to move when some members of the tribe were already weak. A 14-year-old boy, unable to move, was left behind, but his mother, a young widow, refused to leave her son to die alone. The image of the mother and son dying together in the cold and silence of the winter moved those who heard the tragic story. The Lake was named in their memory, thus commemorating forever a mother’s devotion to her son.
Activities (on site or nearby): SUMMER TIME: Hiking, Biking, Golf, Boating, Swimming, Waterskiing, Wake-boarding, Tubing, Jet Skiing, Fishing, Boat Rental available in area, Two Marinas on the lake, Steamship Cruises on Lake Muskoka, Fitness Centre, Hunting, Wildlife Viewing, Shopping, Restaurants, Cinemas, Museums, Santa’s Village, Sightseeing. WINTER TIME: Cross-country Skiing, Snowmobiling (close to trails), Snowshoeing, Sledding, Skating.