You've worked hard all year and you deserve a vacation. You've decided that this year instead of wasting two days of your vacation travelling to and from a far off country, you would vacation closer to home in Ontario. Your friends have mentioned how much they have enjoyed visiting Tobermory and the Northern Bruce Peninsula. You thought you would go on-line to see what all the fuss was about and you were excited to read about all the things that this area of Ontario has to offer to visitors. Eventually your on-line search led you to look for a place to stay and you are now considering renting a cottage.
Well you're in luck because you have landed on a web-site developed to showcase the most often reviewed and one of the highest rated vacation properties on the entire Bruce Peninsula by Flip Key and Trip Advisor. In 2011, 2012 and 2013 this cottage was rated excellent by previous guests in their on-line reviews of the property following their stay.
Please take your time and look around this site. I suggest reading the descriptions and looking at the photos. Afterward, you might want to read what our previous guests have had to say about their stay at the cottage in the "Reviews" section. Rest assured that everything written and every photo displayed on this site is honest and accurate.
Consider this as your first step in a journey that could lead you to this special cottage located in a very quiet and private area of the Northern Bruce Peninsula about a 10 minute drive south of Tobermory. Let your journey begin.
Imagine for a moment... you're standing at the water’s edge of a sheltered bay off of a large lake. There is a forest of green trees behind you. You're breathing in fresh air that is slightly tinged with a hint of white cedar. There's a clear sky overhead and a you sense a gentle on-shore breeze blowing through your hair. A vast sea of blue water stretches out in front of you all the way to the horizon. The lake water there is crystal clear and it is the most amazing colour of blue. You notice a few seagulls flying nearby and you hear them calling above the sound of the waves lapping on the shore. As you stand there savouring the moment, your heart-rate slows and you sense your mind and body begin to relax.
There's no need to imagine this scene anymore because this place does exist and it's only a morning drive north-west of Toronto. You can experience this place for yourself while staying in a clean and comfortable cottage located on the Lake Huron shoreline.
We call this place the Willow Bank.
The Willow Bank is a modern four bedroom cottage located ten minutes south of Tobermory on the shore of Lake Huron. The Willow Bank is the perfect all-season accommodation for guests to call home while they rest, relax and explore the beautiful Bruce Peninsula in Ontario, Canada.
The Willow Bank cottage can accommodate families and groups with a maximum number of 7 people.
The cottage is located a short distance from the most popular tourist attractions in the area including the Bruce Peninsula National Park, Fathom Five National Marine Park, Flower Pot Island, the Grotto, the Bruce Trail and Singing Sands Beach which is rated one of the finest sand beaches on the entire Bruce Peninsula.
The cottage is comfortably furnished, tastefully decorated and equipped with many modern outdoor amenities including a large elevated front deck, a gas BBQ, a glass patio table and chairs, a shoreline fire pit, two kayaks and a paddleboat. Inside the cottage, there is a dishwasher, a 46 inch flat screen satellite HDTV and a complimentary wireless high-speed internet connection to name a few.
The Willow Bank cottage has four bedrooms and a spacious four-piece bathroom. The master bedroom is large and furnished with a king-sized bed. The second bedroom is slightly smaller and furnished with a queen-sized bed.
The bathroom is a large light filled room with a deep claw-foot tub and a separate glass-door shower stall.
A cozy and clean, well-furnished one room guest cabin is located a few steps from the main cottage. It serves as a bedroom and is comfortably furnished with a queen-sized bed and a couch that easily converts to a single bed. A composting toilet located in a separate building nearby is convenient for those that choose to stay in the cabin.
The sofa in the entertainment room located on the lower level of the main cottage easily converts into a double-bed and this room can serve as the third or fourth bedroom. This room features a large window with screens so it gets plenty of day light and ventilation.
The kitchen is spotlessly clean and well equipped with a full array of good appliances including a dishwasher, a microwave oven , excellent stainless steel pots and pans and a wide variety of cooking and baking utensils.
This cottage draws clean water from a drilled well. The well water is government tested; charcoal filtered, softened and purified using a state of the art ultra-violet light water purification system. There is an extra large electric water heater that supplies the cottage with an unlimited supply of hot water.
The living and dining rooms are located at the front of the cottage and have a wall of windows over-looking the front deck and waterfront. The dining room table can allow 8 people to dine comfortably. The living room is furnished with a satellite TV, a comfortable rocking chair and a large leather sectional sofa.
The Willow Bank's south facing and elevated front deck is one of it's best features. It's accessed through a patio door from the dining room. The deck is the place to watch a morning sunrise while enjoying breakfast and a morning coffee. It's also the place to be to enjoy the last light of the day savouring a home cooked dinner or an evening night cap. The deck is furnished with lounge chairs, a glass patio table with an umbrella, six dining chairs and a gas BBQ for grilling and outdoor dining. A few bird feeders and hanging baskets of flowers attract a wide variety of wild birds.
The Willow Bank features an entertainment room on the lower level that is equipped with a 46 inch satellite HDTV, a Blu Ray Disk player with surround sound and a wide selection of the latest release Blu Ray DVD movies and music concerts. A wall mounted gas-fireplace there adds a lovely warmth and ambience to this room.
A full sized washer and dryer are provided for guests to use.
The lake water in front of the cottage is clean and shallow (given the present low water level in Lake Huron). The sandy apron at the water's edge makes this an ideal place for children to wade, swim and splash about under the watchful eyes of an adult.
Two ride-on-the-top BIC kayaks with paddles, a two-person paddleboat and adult size personal floatation devices are provided for visitors to use. A swimming raft anchored nearby in deeper water is the ideal spot for catching some sun or for diving and swimming in the crystal blue waters of Lake Huron.
At the end of the day, guests can enjoy a campfire in the fire pit located on the shoreline. Complimentary fire wood is provided. And what family doesn't enjoy the opportunity to make lasting memories of their children roasting marshmallows or hotdogs over an open campfire? On clear nights the star-filled sky overhead is truly amazing!
During the rental season from June 21st until September 5th, the minimum rental stay is 7 nights, starting and ending on a Saturday. Stays of less than 7 nights are available during the spring and fall. When booking the Willow Bank, you will be communicating directly with the cottage owner and as a result there are no additional booking fees or taxes to pay.
Please take a moment to look at the more detailed information and photographs displayed on this web-site.
The Willow Bank cottage and the Northern Bruce Peninsula are magical places where good times are enjoyed and pleasant memories are made.
I look forward to receiving your enquiry.
Glenn A. Aishford
Proud Owner- Willow Bank Cottage- Private Lakeside Retreat