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What's your cottage style

Blog by Susan Brown | June 12th, 2017

The word “cottage” means different things to different people. It could be a secluded cabin in the woods, a stylish lakehouse, or an off-the-grid island retreat. It could be rustic or luxurious, simple or lavish. It could be on a river, a small lake, a large lake, a Great Lake, in the middle of the woods or in a charming small town. If you’re considering purchasing a cottage, take some time to consider your cottage style so you can narrow your search to properties that will truly interest you.

Lake House
You’re looking for a four-season dwelling with a boathouse and/or substantial dock, reliable plumbing and heating, all-weather access on maintained roads, and of course, a beautiful view. A lakehouse is a home-away with all of the comforts of home, likely located on a larger body of water connected to a system like the Trent-Severn. You can count on a decent grocery store, café, hardware store and maybe even a cute boat-up bistro just down the road or up the lake.

Cabin Retreat
You dream of a place where you can’t get reliable Internet access, the sound of the wind through the pines is the loudest noise, and life is simplified to the necessities: a warm fire, a comfy bed, a sound cedar-strip canoe and fresh fish for dinner. Your cabin is sufficiently off-the-beaten path that if you want four-season access you probably have to pay for your road to be plowed yourself. Your lake may allow only non-motorized crafts, and the neighbours keep to themselves. You go up for the solitude, not the social life.

Beach House
A whitewashed cottage with plenty of windows and a large screened-in deck provides a relaxing, comfortable home that can be luxurious or simple, depending on your tastes. Muskoka might be more known for its rock-and-pine shorelines, but beaches can be found, and they’re great for swimming!Small children also love splashing in shallow, sandy-bottomed bays. If you think you might need a gentler landscape accessible to seniors or anyone with mobility challenges, beach-front property is perfect for you.

The Charms of a Northern Town
If you like the idea of being close to the woods, a freshwater lake and spectacular recreation opportunities, but want the comfort, convenience and culture of a community, consider a home in one of the vibrant communities of Muskoka. Accessible year-round, close to amenities, yet still much quieter than southern Ontario cities, Huntsville is a complete community with character, ready to welcome you.

Whatever your cottage style, together we can find the perfect property that meets your needs and exceeds your expectations. The diversity of landscapes and property types on offer in this special part of Canada is unmatched. Let’s explore it together!