Traditional cottage on a lake

Traditional cottage on a lake

Kathleen [Kate}

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3 Bedrooms
Sleeps 6
2 Bathrooms
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Our home

Our cosy cottage is a place where you can retreat, relax, read, partake of water sports, birdwatch or take a trip to the nation's capital. It has been in Bruce's family for over 60 years. Located on a secluded point of land on a beautiful, clear, quiet lake, it has been rebuilt and modernized over the past 8 years by Bruce. It consists of a central cottage with an extensive wrap-around porch along two sides, enclosed but open to breezes [without insects!!]. 10 sliding patio doors open onto wrap-around decks that overlook the lake. This is our 'summer living/dining room' and the decks are an additional living/dining area.
The inner part of the cottage consists of a modern kitchen, which, like all rooms has views of the lake and is open to one long room with dining and sitting areas . A large stone fireplace provides cheer on chilly nights. Two bedrooms are in this part, with queen size beds, while a third study/bedroom overlooks the bay on the porch area, [it has a very comfortable queen-size sofa-bed on a solid, wooden platform ... no sagging!!] Shared are a full bath + 1/2 bath.
Although heated, insulated and with ceiling fans in each room, it is best enjoyed from June through early October, for exchange. [We are usually there from May to November, before our annual 'migration' with the snowbirds to Florida!
As we are directly on the water, guests have access to the lake via a short flight of steps onto a long dock and a nearby raft. We're equipped for summer fun with two [new] kayaks, one venerable canoe, a 14' motor boat, outdoor lawn games and deck furniture designed to let you relax, snooze, read and eat out-of-doors. Inside are board games, books, WiFi, a satellite TV and computer access.
The cottage is located near the quaint village of Burnstown on the Madawaska River. An easy 1 hour drive can bring you to Ottawa, the scenic and historic capital of Canada, with its museums, art galleries, summer street festivals, concerts, etc. We are also just 1 hr. 15 mins. from the beautiful Gatineau Park in Quebec, or from such activities as white water rafting on the Ottawa River.

Property features

Who we are

  1. We are a retired couple, with two adult children, who live in Canada but on opposite coasts! We divide our time between our summer home near Ottawa, Canada [May to October] and our winter home in Venice, Florida [November- May] and visits to our son, daughter-in-law and daughter. We are open to simultaneous exchanges or reciprocal at either of our homes. [At the moment, the Venice house is occupied until we arrive in November, but we would be open to exchange there later.]

  2. Bruce is a retired high school principal and Kate a retired guidance counsellor. In addition to our careers in Canada, we have also taught abroad, in Germany [where we met and married], the United Arab Emirates and Switzerland, and made extensive [one year] trips overland to India and later, with children, to Europe and Africa.

  3. Travel has been, and still is, a passion for both of us, as we met teaching in Germany almost 50 years ago. We love the experience of other cultures, food, markets, music and art. Bruce is an avid woodworker. Having built both our former home and the cottage, now, in retirement, he has helped in the building of a medical clinic in Guatemala. Kate is enjoying 'dabbling' in painting, and cooking 'as the spirit moves'! We have both been enriched by volunteering at the medical clinic in Guatemala. The spirit of these people keeps us humble!

Our availability

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Where is it?

Your neighbourhood

Our cottage is at the end of a private lane, but is not entirely isolated as we have excellent neighbours who usually spend a considerable amount of time at their own cottages in summer. It is a place to enjoy the lake and water sports, watch birds, canoe, kayak, read, enjoy hobbies and lawn games. If you feel the need of culture, head 1 hour southeast to Ottawa, the nation's capital.

Best restaurants
Neat Cafe; Blackbird Cafe - Burnstown; Calabogie Peaks
Favourite cafés
Neat Cafe; Blackbird Cafe - Burnstown
Where to go shopping
Bittersweet Gallery, Burnstown
Your area's cultural and historical landmarks
Waba museum in White Lake
Local walks
Calabogie highlands
Places you love to exercise
see above
Top day trips
White-water rafting, Beachburg; Ottawa - all museums and things cultural.

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