We arrived with our young family in the late afternoon, well after the check in time of 3 pm. We were advised that our cottage was not ready because it had been trashed by the previous family that was in there and required extensive cleaning. We were asked to return in a half hour. We returned 1 hour later and the cottage was still not ready. After we debated on whether or not to forget our deposit and leave, we agreed to stay as our kids were tired and hungry and had seen the playground. Ended up cleaning the cottage again after getting in.
On the website the following is noted "We have replaced all of the beds with new ones, most of the furniture and all of the dishes, pots & pans, cutlery and utensils. Also the large and small appliances." This is not true. The stove was ancient and only two burners worked. The beds did not feel or look new. The cutlery, utensils etc are used, yard sale pickups. The microwave, coffee maker and toaster were new.
The toilet in our cottage was not a conventional toilet. It was like something you would find in an RV. Our cottage stunk like an outhouse, no matter how much cleaning product I used.
On the upside, there are two playgrounds for the kids with lots of toys. Watch out for animal droppings first thing in the am though. Our kids loved the playground. The beach is a gem and is a short distance away. The water is clear and shallow, perfect for little kids. It was very calm while we were there. The ice cream store on the corner is very nice and friendly. Woodland Beach area is definitely somewhere we would stay again, however you would never find us staying at this "resort" again.
The previous poster noted the skunks. This was evident by the skunk spray on the outside of our cottage. The cottages have had nothing done on the outside to prevent them from nesting under them.
In the end, we stayed because we would have lost our deposit and our kids could play with other kids within our sight. The beach was good for us. When checking out two days early the owners neither offered a refund for the two days or for the four hour delay waiting to check in. I felt cheated no we were ripped off as we paid as much for this place as we would have for decent hotels.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We provide fully furnished family accommodations in a friendly cottage court of 1, 2 and 3 bedroom cottages. The cottages are nestled amongst the trees with play areas for the children. Beautiful Woodland Beach is a 2 minute walk down the lane on Georgian Bay also known as "The Family Beach", part of the longest fresh water sand beach in the world with picturesque sunsets. Also enjoy the nightly campfires in the cottage court. Each Cottage is fully equipped and come with a propane BBQ and picnic table outdoors. ... more less
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- Woodland Cedars Family Cottage Resort Tiny, Ontario