This is an ideal semi-wilderness cosy and warm autum getaway place for a couple, or a couple with a kid, or for a couple of friends. 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,
This is an ideal semi-wilderness cosy and warm autum getaway place for a couple, or a couple with a kid, or for a couple of friends. 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: 89%
Offered on the Host's property or nearby.
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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!
Paul's place was exactly as described - an amazing place to relax and unwind from the hustle and bustle of modern life.
The cabin was super functional, the solar panels to power some inside lights were a huge bonus (for relaxing and reading inside before bed), and view from the dock was serene - we spent the majority of our time lounging on it!
Paul was an incredible host - not only did he provide very thorough written instructions, he answered all of our additional questions in advance via text & phone call.
Would definitely recommend to anyone looking to "disconnect" from the world for a few days!
A very special place
Paul’s cabin is a one of a kind oasis in nature. As soon as we stepped in the door, we felt the cosy nostalgic atmosphere of a cabin that has whimsical and thoughtful touches. You can read a book, play a board game, and admire nature from the large windows. Being able to be off the grid is a luxury we rarely experience these days, and time slows down as soon as you step onto the dock. We will be back! Thanks for your care and attention Paul, we felt so lucky to be able to enjoy your cabin for our visit.
My girlfriend and I stayed here for two nights and it was amazing. Nearly everything that could be needed could be found somewhere, and the site is just spectacular. We cooked every meal in the outdoor kitchen, over the fire, and ate with the setting sun down on the dock.
Paul’s cabin really is an artist’s paradise, I found myself writing and drawing more vigorously than I could somewhere else, and we definitely want to go back again.