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When it comes to finding a cottage, some people enjoy the challenge of uncovering a diamond in the rough—sourcing a great fixer-upper or a promising location perfect for a new build. But for others, the allures of cottage life are simply too compelling to suffer the long delays of a difficult search or a lengthy renovation. For buyers looking to forego the wait, a spectacular new cottage on Mortimer’s Point, Lake Muskoka, is move-in ready and outfitted with luxuries just waiting to be enjoyed.


There are numerous features of this property that make it a stand-out in the eyes of Richard Scully, a Muskoka realtor with over two decades’ experience in the region. First among these is location. The property includes 311 feet of frontage on breathtaking Lake Muskoka, giving it an address of distinction on one of the region’s most soughtafter bodies of water. A magnificent two-storey boathouse offers a stately face to lake travellers, while the main cottage is tucked among the trees, giving it exceptional privacy at no sacrifice to the view from inside.

A charming granite flagstone pathway leads cottagers and guests between the main cottage, the dock, and a stone patio overlooking a sandy beach, ideal for wading children. Deeper waters off the dock offer theperfect spot for a swim, and long views of the lake can be enjoyed from a comfortable seat on the dock, the patio, or an expansive deck on the side of the cottage. Built by Lakeridge Developments of Muskoka, both the cottage and boathouse are clad in an appealing combination of earth-toned stone, wood siding, and cedar shingle, offering tasteful lakeside curb appeal and a harmonious complement to the natural surroundings.


In spite of all the beauty of its setting, you won’t be disappointed when it’s time to come inside. The stunning main cottage combines traditional influences with modern splendour over 4,356 square feet of luxurious living space. Dark-stained v-groove oak ceilings throughout the main floor rooms harmonize with solid distressed antiqued oak wood floors and complementary trim, evoking century living and a classic style. A 20-foot vaulted timber frame ceiling in the Great Room allows plenty of space for a soaring wood-burning fireplace clad in locally sourced natural granite and offset by a rustic reclaimed wood mantel. Meanwhile, on the lower level, a cozy family room with a view of the lake has its own granite fireplace.

A bright, spacious Muskoka room offers plenty of capacity for large gatherings and play, with views of the lake and woods and access to a sweeping upperlevel deck. Screened-in windows ensure refreshing cross-breezes and a haven from rain and insects, while a vaulted ceiling with integrated audio, and subtle lighting contribute to a light-filled outdoor ambience.

The four-bedroom cottage includes a generously sized upper-level master bedroom with stained, vaulted ceilings and a private deck overlooking the lake, accessible through glass doors. With heated ceramic tile floors, twin sinks, and an elegant tumbled marble tub, the stunning all-white ensuite offers an extraordinary setting in which to relax and unwind.


At the heart of the cottage, an impeccably detailed chef’s kitchen will answer the dreams of the family gourmet. White cabinets and subway tile backsplash work in tandem with a cheery sink window and light from the neighbouring Muskoka room to ensure a bright and airy workspace. A butler’s pantry, granite countertops, a large island with sink, and a gas range with curved hood round out the accessories in this exquisitely appointed kitchen. Fitting to its role as a family hub, the kitchen opens onto a dining area overlooking the lake, ensuring that meal preparation never deprives the cook of either company or a scenic view.


Not to be outdone is this property’s two-storey boathouse and covered boat slip. Echoing the interior of the main cottage, white beadboard walls and dark stained oak on the floor and vaulted ceiling ensure that guests are treated to elegant lodgings. And with two slips and a third covered boat port slip, 650 square feet of living space on the upper level, and its own bedroom and bathroom, visitors will have both adventure and splendour at their fingertips. A sprawling deck with transparent railings on the upper level and a sizable dock at ground level provide plenty of room to soak up the sun after a swim and an ideal spot to catch the last of a beautiful sunset. A distinctive cupola over the living area gives the boathouse distinguished, old-world charm.

Both roomy and private, this unclaimed architectural beauty combines the best of modern luxury with the finest influences of the past. All that remains is for it to be discovered by a family looking for a place to make a lifetime of memories together.

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