Imagine for a moment... you're standing at the water’s edge with a forest of green trees behind you. You are breathing in air that is clean and fresh sometimes slightly tinged with the smell of cedar. There is a clear sky overhead and a gentle breeze is blowing through your hair. Lake Huron stretches out in front of you from your toes to the horizon and the water is the most amazing colour of blue. There are a few seagulls flying nearby and you can hear them calling above the sound of the waves lapping on the shore. As you stand there appreciating the view, your heart-rate begins to slow and you feel your mind and body start to relax. You sense that there is a certain magic to this place and that it can be good for your soul.
You don't need to imagine anymore, this place really does exist and we are happy to make it available for you, your family and friends to experience and enjoy. We call it the Willow Bank.
The Willow Bank is a clean, comfortable, modern four bedroom Cape Cod style, two storey cottage located ten minutes south of Tobermory on the shores of a sheltered bay 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 cottage is located in a quiet and secluded lakeside setting. No other cottages in the area are visible from the Willow Bank assuring visitors privacy and a peaceful and relaxing vacation.
The cottage is comfortably furnished, tastefully decorated and equipped with many modern amenities including a large elevated front deck, a gas BBQ, 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. The cottage is located a five minute drive from Singing Sands which is one of the finest sand beaches on the Bruce Peninsula.
The Willow Bank cottage is the ideal accommodation for families and groups with a maximum number of 7 people or less.
The Willow Bank cottage has four bedrooms. Two of the bedrooms and a spacious four-piece bathroom are located on the top floor of the cottage. The master bedroom is large and furnished with a comfortable king-sized bed. The second bedroom is smaller and furnished with a comfortable queen-sized bed.
The recently remodelled bathroom is a large light filled room located on the second floor. A deep claw-foot bath tub is located there and is the perfect spot to lay back and enjoy a long relaxing soak. The bathroom is also equipped with a separate glass-door shower stall.
A clean, well-furnished one room guest cabin is located just a few steps from the main cottage. It serves as the third bedroom and is comfortably furnished with a queen-sized bed and a couch that easily converts to a single bed. A composting toilet is located in a separate building nearby.
The sofa in the entertainment room located on the lower level of the cottage easily converts into a double-bed and this room can serve as the fourth bedroom. This room features a large window with screens so it gets plenty of day light and ventilation. A blind on this window assures that it can be darkened for restful sleeps.
The kitchen is spotlessly clean and well equipped with good appliances including a dishwasher, a microwave, excellent stainless steel pots and pans and a wide variety of cooking and baking utensils. The kitchen is located adjacent to the dining room and is just steps away from the front deck.
This cottage draws plenty of clean fresh water from a drilled well. The water is government tested; charcoal filtered, softened and purified using a state of the art ultra-violet light water purification system. The cottage owner feels very comfortable drinking this water. There is an extra large electric water heater that supplies the cottage with what seems to be an unlimited supply of hot water.
The living room and dining rooms are located at the front of the cottage and are bright spaces with a wall of windows looking out over the front deck and towards the waterfront. The dining room table can be easily expanded to 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 large, south facing and elevated front deck is a show stopper and possibly it's best feature. It's accessed through a patio door off of the dining room. It's the perfect place to sit and watch the morning sunrise while enjoying breakfast and a morning coffee. It is also the place to rest and relax enjoying the last light of the day savouring a home cooked dinner or an evening night cap. This deck is equipped with comfortable lounge chairs, a glass patio table, six dining chairs and a gas BBQ for grilling and outdoor dining.
The Willow Bank also features an entertainment room on the lower level that is well furnished and 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 located there adds a lovely warmth and ambience to this space.
A full sized washer and dryer are provided for our guests to use on the lower level.
The lake water in front of the cottage is clean and shallow and the sandy apron at the water's edge makes this a safe place for small children to wade 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. Paddling the kayaks in the shelter of the bay or out to the main lake is a great way for visitors to spend some time while exploring the area around the cottage by water. A large floating swimming raft is anchored nearby in deeper water. This swimming raft can be the ideal location to catch some sun or to dive and swim in the crystal blue waters of Lake Huron.
At the end of the day, guests of the Willow Bank cottage might want to enjoy a blazing campfire in the fire pit located on the shoreline. Complimentary fire wood is provided. 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 at the cottage is truly amazing!
Some people consider the Bruce Peninsula to be one of the last true hidden vacation gems in southern Ontario. Located just a few minutes away from the Willow Bank cottage are two of Canada's national parks. The Bruce Peninsula National Park is a land based park that offers visitors an opportunity to experience the rugged beauty of the Bruce Peninsula including the Bruce Trail and the Grotto. Fathom Five National Marine Park is a water based national park that encompasses some of Georgian Bay and many rock and tree covered islands in the area including Flower Pot Island.
It should be noted that during the summer rental season, from June 21st until September 6th, the minimum rental period 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, there are no additional booking fees or taxes to pay.
The Willow Bank cottage and the Northern Bruce Peninsula are magical places where good times are enjoyed and pleasant memories are made.