This property is as pictured in the listing. It is 5 minutes from the town of Fenelon Falls and a popular tourist spot in the summer. We were told when we called the cottage wouldn't be ready for 3pm check-in and the cleaner would call us. We got a call around 3.30pm and were told where to find the key. The first impression was great clean bathrooms and bedding, lots of towels and a upgraded kitchen. Many cooking utensils and dishes are included and it is a well stocked kitchen for large family gatherings. The water access and boat house are wonderful also with many water toys and a row boat.
Unfortunately the cottage is for sale and needs some maintenance to make sure all the critters do not get into the cottage. We arrived Saturday July 21st and on Sunday the 22nd a chipmunk was running all over the cottage inside. We called the cleaner (our contact for the owner, who doesn't live in Canada) and she said we should try and catch it in a pail with some food. She also said this had never happened before. That is highly unlikely because the chipmunk was back on Tuesday the 24th. We managed to close off parts of the cottage and open a door and shoo it out both times. A chipmunk we could deal with along with ants, spiders and a possum that lived in the tree on the deck. After all you are in the country. The final straw was on Wednesday the 25th after we were in bed a bat was flying around the cottage. We are a family of 4 woman and 4 young girls. The bat flew into my granddaughters bedroom and was zooming over their heads. Once again we closed off the doors everywhere and opened a door and it finally made its way out .It was terrifying too say the least especially if the bat was rabid. We couldn't sleep after that and left the next day because we didn't want to stay another night. The owner did not respond once to any of our concerns. The tv did not work once the whole time we were there. This wouldn't have been an issue but it rained 4 of the 5 days we were there. We called the cable company ourselves and were told there is no signal coming from the cottage at all. Also they advise you do not drink the water. There were many trips into town to buy jugs of water.We also only stayed 5 nights because of the bat but paid for 6 and didn't receive any compensation. If anything in this review doesn't bother you then by all means rent this property.
This big cottage was perfect for a family gathering - 5 bedrooms, 3 full bathrooms, comfortable beds, a kitchen full of everything you might need to cook and serve, several living spaces and a large table in the front room for meals and games. The boathouse has a large upstairs room with bed (no bathroom) and space perfect for the younger generation to hang out. The dock was large and lake water warm for swimming. He town with supermarket, beer store, liquor store, etc was just a 5 min drive. The cottage is old and needs some maintenance as some windows don’t open, no curtains on bedroom windows, fireplace damper only opens part way, we had to fill the propane tank to use the BBQ, the fire pit had broken edge, outdoor chairs dirty and mismatched, the outside of the cottage was covered in cobwebs and the lovely decks had to be swept before use. Don’t let these things deter you - just go expecting things won’t be perfect. Peaceful setting with beautiful lake views and stunning sunsets.
The location is perfect....just a short trip to town, but still feels like a cottage.
Lots of space outside and in to hang out, eat, play board games, and watch the lake.
Good mix of sunny and shady areas. Loved that the kitchen had all the equipment we would need for a large group. Also, the fact that plenty of linens are included was a real bonus. We enjoyed using the games and water toys. Check-in was a breeze.
A family vacation of a lifetime! Our kids, grand babies, brother, nephews and niece all found this cottage warm and comforting with space for everyone. Nana and Papa took the boat house to keep our sanity. Rented and docked a pontoon boat at the dock for the week. We could not have found a better location. Great Vacation
We had such a wonderful time with our kids, best friends and their kiddos! Even mom and dad came up to stay in the boat house..which they loved! Everything was perfect and would recommend the cottage to anyone. There is something there for everyone, especially for the kids. We had a couple rainy days, and with such a spacious cottage the kids were not bored:) The property is also perfect for the kids! Thank-you for a wonderful week, and we will be back next year :)
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