We are outdoor lovers, hikers, campers and canoers. Family with two young kids.
We have been going to these cottages on and off for many years, and they were priced according to their quality - rustic but cheaper than other places in the area. With new ownership, we've seen the prices go up (almost $200 a night) which makes sense for the cottages that have received some upgrades, but the owners are also charging this for the very old and dirty cottages (more like cabins or shacks), which is unfair. The furniture smelled like wet dog - we had to get them to vacuum "again", and things were broken - toilet paper roll broken off wall, leaking sink, chair with no back, lights that didn't work...then there were the four mice running back and forth in front of us across the floor while my kids were playing on the carpet (which was also heavily stained, I had to put blankets down)...the last straw for us was when cottage staff asked us to reuse the second-hand mouse traps they had, my husband refused and we were told, "that's how we do things around here". We went into town and bought our own. To spend $200 a night and then have to remove dead mice from traps because the owners don't want to spend $1on a mousetrap is disgusting. Talk about cheap. We understand in fall little rodents may wander in, but for nearly $200 a night, management could make an appropriate effort.
They are also obsessed with how the recycling should be done there by guests, but have made little effort to make it clear and easy for visitors to manage it. This to me, exemplifies the level of mismanagement. They have one garbage bin in the "cottage" with an old photocopied list of what the town recommends, then they "scold" guests when they don't get it right, Here's a forward-thinking suggestion - put several bins in the cottage - each clearly listing what can go in. It is not the job of the guests to figure all this out.
As for our nature-loving family of four, never again. We researched while we were there, and I encourage you to do the same. There are many other cleaner places at similar price points ,where there is also pride of ownership. In the past, we have recommended these cottages to others, but I will be sure to tell my friends and colleagues about this place now...do your research, find a better place. Spend the extra $10 more a night to truly enjoy the beauty that surrounds you in Algonquin Park.
- Also Known As:
- Oxtongue Lake Cottages Dwight, Ontario, Canada