This is an ideal cosy autumn semi-wilderness getaway place for a couple, or a couple with a kid, or for a couple of friends. Come and smell the woodsmoke wafting in the fresh autumn air! The cottage is accessible by canoe until the lake freezes in early December. After that, it's accessible on foot, skis and snowshoes through the winter. Throughout the autumn it's glorious
This is an ideal cosy autumn semi-wilderness getaway place for a couple, or a couple with a kid, or for a couple of friends. Come and smell the woodsmoke wafting in the fresh autumn air! The cottage is accessible by canoe until the lake freezes in early December. After that, it's accessible on foot, skis and snowshoes through the winter. Throughout the autumn it's glorious there -- spectacular colours until the leaves are down, and then wonderful clear vistas and forest walking with great visibility. The woodstove keeps it totally cosy indoors. There is usually perfect seclusion with no one else on the lake. It's the best time to go, although it's too cold for swimming after early October.
The cottage is an artistic gem on a safe and quiet lake with beavers and loons and numerous bird species -- owls, herons, hawks, ospreys, and many migratory songbirds. In over 20 years experience on the lake we've seen no bears. It's a cosy three-room place with a small bedroom (8x12) with an antique double bed; a main room (16 x12) with a single bed; and a kitchen (8X12). Sleeps 3, max.
There's a cheery, pleasant and kid-friendly outhouse about 15 feet from the back door of the cottage.
Groups of 2, or 2 people and a child, maximum. No big dogs, and no more than one small dog per group. There are beavers active nearby as well as porcupines and lots of other wildlife that we don't want disturbed by dogs.
Access is by canoe only until the lake freezes in early December. It's a simple 15-minute paddle from the car park (except on the rare days its extremely windy, in which case canoeing steering skills and paddling strength are needed). We provide an ultra-safe very-hard-to-tip Grumman 17 foot aluminum canoe as well as life jackets and paddles. Or, bring your own canoe, but no motorized craft, thanks.
The place is great for swimming, hiking, sailing, fishing, landscape painting, writing poetry, making music, napping, and lazing on the dock in the afternoon sun. (Kitchen dancing has been known to happen from time to time as well). There's a campfire pit with cooking counters and benches and a set of pots for small campfires and cookouts by the dock. So, depending on the weather, and your inclination, you can cook indoors on gas, or outdoors on the fire. The cottage has a fully-equipped indoor kitchen, put together by people who love to cook, and eat, and socialize over food and wine and music.
There's solar-powered lighting, and a solar-powered cooler that keeps drinks and food cold. There's mininal phone service - texting works fairly reliably, but phone and email/mobile internet connection is sporadic at best. There's a wood stove for cool nights (bring some wood). We have 20 acres of forest so lots of room to roam and gather wood for your outdoor campfires. If you're burning our cut logs in the woodstove indoors please leave us a few bucks to pay for our wood cutting costs.
The lake has about 15-20 cottages but we're in a secluded cove with open forest for miles to the south and east behind our cottage. There are no roads anywhere near us. However, there's a small cabin about 150 metres to the north, and every once in a while the owners use it and that does break the seclusion. They're respectful and friendly, and they seldom come.
From our dock there are half a dozen docks visible along the forested southeast shore of the lake. If you come on weekdays you will likely have near-total seclusion. But the summer weekends are much busier, especially the holiday weekends. After Sept 1 the whole lake is completely quiet. If you want near-total seclusion come anytime between Sept 5 and May 24.
This place was made by and for lovers, artists, poets, musicians, dreamers, writers, environmentalists, ecologists, escapists (but not escapists from prison, please)...and their children.
- Check in: After 2PM
- Check out: Before 2PM
- Cancellation policy: Moderate
- On arrival: Go straight to camp
- Minimum nights: 2 nights
- Accepts bookings: 12 months out
- Response time: Within 6 hours
- Response rate: 100%
Offered on the Host's property or nearby.
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We had the privilege of visiting Paul's cabin not once but twice in the last month or so. We knew as we paddled away after the first trip that we wanted to return as soon as possible.
The cabin itself is truly a work of art, and its intricate, whimsical details and delightful decor are definitely what stole our hearts. The kitchen is fully equipped with any and all utensils one may need. The lounging area is perfect for relaxing by the woodstove while enjoying some music, reading a book, attempting Scrabble or mastering the art of colouring. We had a few rainy days during our stays, and despite the weather, we had a wonderfully cozy time relaxing indoors.
The exterior of the cottage and the waterfront are both gorgeous (outhouse included). We had a great time exploring the entirety of the lake in the canoe, and also thoroughly enjoyed our morning coffees and sunset vino on the dock.
Paul is a remarkably hospitable and attentive host, even with limited cell service. He has truly gone above and beyond to ensure our visits to Ragged Lake were exceptional, and his generosity is sincerely appreciated.
Charming cabin getaway
We had an incredible weekend at Paul's cabin! The instructions and tips he provided us with leading up to our stay were so helpful and we had no trouble settling in once we arrived. The cabin has everything you could want for a quiet weekend in the woods, including a radio (bring extra batteries if you want to listen all weekend), games and loads of art, books and trinkets to spark your curiosity. The kitchen is well equipped and we had fun cooking up some delicious meals in the wood stove. The lake is beautiful for paddling, swimming (with easy access in/out) and we had a great hike around, using the maps and materials provided by Paul in the cabin. We were so charmed by the construction and thought put into Paul's cabin - it's not hard to fall in love with this spot, especially curled up next to the fire on a cool night. We didn't want to leave and can't wait to book our next stay!
We had the most lovely time at Paul's cottage! We chose a late October weekend - the views of the lake were stunning. We were warm and cozy the entire time thanks to the indoor fireplace and many blankets :) It's the perfect place to unwind with a good book. We played board games, took lots of naps, paddled the lake and enjoyed the beautiful scenery. The location was perfect and very private. Paul has literally thought of EVERYTHING - including a fully stocked kitchen and phone chargers. We can't wait to come back :)
I had a lovely stay at Paul's Cosy Canoe Cottage. Paul was a very thoughtful, communicative host and was quick to answer any questions that arose. The cottage was the perfect place to relax - curling up by the fire with a glass of wine and a good book! I will definitely be back.
Magical fall stay!
We had a wonderful time staying at Paul’s place. It was truly magical with the fall colours, and had the coziest spaces to relax and enjoy. We will definitely try and visit again soon!
We had an absolutely fantastic stay at Paul’s cozy cottage! It was a very unique space with everything we needed for a fall getaway. We wouldn’t change a thing and are so grateful to Paul for opening up his home for others to get to experience and enjoy.
Perfect off-grid experience!
Paul’s little cabin in the woods is such a relaxing way to spend some time unplugged in nature. Everything you could possibly need is supplied at the cabin for a cozy off-grid experience. Paul was amazing from start to finish with making sure we had all the necessary instructions and information about how to get there and what to bring. Perfect way to end the summer and we really hope to get back there someday!
Serene and charming
Paul’s place was amazing. My partner and I stayed for 3 nights and was the highlight of our summer. The cabin was exactly as described, but the photos simply don’t do it justice. The canoe ride over was very nice and straightforward (we arrived after dark and had a windy ride on our way out, but still had no issues).
The cabin was full of eccentric trinkets, but also well thought out items that covered everything we needed. Every time we sat down and looked around the cabin, we noticed something new and interesting about it.
We canoed to the swamp meadow and did some hiking behind the cabin as Paul suggested. Both were incredible. Swimming was great, the outdoor cooking station was excellent, and it was an inspiring place to play guitar.
Overall, my partner and I were very grateful to have the opportunity to stay in a place like this, and would absolutely visit again.
Last suggestion: if you’re heading West on your way out, stop at Honey’s Diner!