I should have written this earlier, I tried to let it go but it still bothers me a lot.
I too purchased a dealfind as a year ago we were considering purchasing at a "cottage resort" and was excited to have the opportunity to check out lantern bay although they have the highest maintenance fees.
We headed up north on Canada day for what was to be a 2 night trip with our 2 children. Upon arrival we were shown to our "cottage" which had a panel missing at the side and was atop a dirt hill. It was fairly private because it had trees beside the deck and you could see down to the water. We unpacked the truck, filled the fridge then I thought I would explore a little, only to walk into a sticky bug trap as a walked out onto the deck with a live dragonfly stuck to it ugh! The BBQ was old and beaten up and tools were non existent for it. There were dollar store tongs that were in 2 pieces for use tho. I then discovered the "firepit'" of should I say cinder block redneck disaster that had a broken bottle in it and outside of it. Wonderful for small children... I think not ! One of the 2 plastic muskoka chairs was broken tossed to the side in the woods.
There was no cell reception at all, how on earth are you supposed to make an emergency call if needed ?! I have a daughter with epilepsy. No cable or wifi available either. So ur pretty much cut off and the weather was rainy. The staff that I saw were teenagers buzzing around on golf carts courteous enough but not the impression that was good enough to purchase and pay $6k plus in maintenance which by this point we had been turned off. My husband wanted to Leave right away but we knew we had to put in at least one night. There was no ladder on the bunk beds. I couldn't get the sheet on properly and it was tough for my 6 year old up get up. The beds were lumpy I could feel every spring. I took my daughter to the "beach" aka sandbox. Pretty small for the size of the resort. The pool was under construction. I think we were in bed by 9 pm. No Canada day celebrations of any kind as they had been done on June 30th ?! A restless uncomfortable night was had by all. Including our 11 lb dog that it cost $75 more to have come With us!!! Rip off ! There were 2 paddle boats for the whole resort. We didn't even try. We drove to gravenhurst to escape the next morning as there was nothing to do at the resort and upon our return Packed up and left after 1 night. So all in all we spent over $400 for a night plus time and gas and a whole lot of packing for an unpleasant trip to muskoka and can safely say that my husband and me at this point were turned off "cottage ownership" at any Ventura resort. I told the girl at the desk And she gave me an email address which turned out to be wrong. I have photos that I took if the property as I was just shocked at the state of the exterior with the broken glass and chair.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Lantern Bay Resort is located on the Severn River, just north of Sparrow Lake in the Muskokas. We are 10 minutes south of Gravenhurst and just an hour and a half from the GTA. Families can enjoy great fishing, boat rentals, playground and kid’s activities. Resort Cottages accommodate up to 6 people comfortably and offer a wide range of stunning Muskoka scenery! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Lantern Bay Resort Gravenhurst, Muskoka District