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Restored historic century home in huntsville

Blog by Susan Brown | May 30th, 2017

A rare opportunity exists to own a piece of Muskoka history just south of downtown Huntsville. This charming house by the locks has a history filled with pioneering adventure and entrepreneurial spirit.



The property is now home to a successful hobby antiques business and a charming guest cottage B&B, but it was once the setting for the longest operating watermill in Muskoka. On land granted by Queen Victoria to the Fetterly family in 1879, a water-powered mill was established using the swiftly flowing waters of the Muskoka River. Lumber was produced and carried by steam tug to locations throughout the Muskoka Lakes. After 81 years, the mill closed and the land where the mill once stood was developed into the picturesque park that now sits alongside the Brunel Locks. An enterprising family by the name of Scarlett, then opened the very first general store in Huntsville on the property.



In a picturesque setting overlooking the Muskoka river, as it flows between Fairy and Mary Lakes, this charming home has recently been thoughtfully restored with great respect for the home’s enduring character, and a vision for the future with it’s environmentally friendly appointments. Sustainable American clay walls are a non-toxic and healthy alternative, and reclaimed pine wood grace the floors and wainscotting of this home.


House by the Locks has Historic Muskoka Charm

A remarkable covered wraparound porch, with its sheltered view of the surrounding verdant landscape, welcomes visitors to the home, while a large and bright kitchen with an oversized island can be said to be the heart of this home. A formal dining room is located off the kitchen, and an inviting sunken living room with a more casual dining area faces multiple windows that overlook the beauty outside. A generously sized guest bedroom with a cedar-lined ensuite is located on the main floor, along with a main floor laundry room. Radiant in-floor heating ensures that the house is warm and inviting all year long.
The spacious upper level features 2 additional bedrooms and a large master suite.

A spectacular income-generating guest house and a hobby antique business are two unique features of this charming Muskoka property



A brand new 500 square foot guest house sits tucked away behind the main house, surrounded by flourishing landscaped gardens. A perfect in-law suite or as a space for overflow guests, it is also conveniently zoned as a Bed & Breakfast, and the current owners earn a monthly income from it as their highly regarded House by the Locks guest house. Heated floors run through the cabin and even into the generously sized walk-in shower. The bedroom has a queen-sized bed, and there is also a functional kitchenette off the bright living room.



If interested in carrying on the entrepreneurial spirit of this property, you have the opportunity to continue with the successful antique hobby store that is housed in the large double garage. Seen from the park and the street, this charming shop does very well.

A sense of the past and its place of importance in the history of Huntsville seeps from the landscaped grounds of this charming Muskoka cottage country home.

For more information and to book a viewing, please contact Susan Brown at www.lakeofbayscottages.com