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“Had a fantastic time!”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Aisling Lakehouse

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“Had a fantastic time!”
Reviewed March 18, 2005

We just came back from a weekend at SunDog Retreat, March 11 & 12, 2005. Everything about our experience was positive, from the booking to the time we (regretfully) had to leave. Mary and Ted are wonderful hosts, and the cottages are perfect. In an email before we arrived, Mary asked our expected arrival time, and they had lit the wood-burning stove before we got there!
We stayed in the Knotty Pine suite, which was beautifully decorated in a blend of different types of natural wood. It was both cozy and spacious at the same time. The suite has a kitchenette, with a decent sized fridge and stove, a microwave, coffeemaker, and all the cookware and utensils you would need. The bedroom is upstairs, with a very comfortable king-size bed. Outside, there's a screened in porch that's shared with the suite next door, with plenty of firewood and even a BBQ! A short walk from the suites is a brand-new 9-person outdoor hottub. When we were there, only one other suite was occupied, so we had the hottub to ourselves one night.
One of our favourite features of the SunDog Retreat is the serenity and the peacefulness. It's located a about 1 km off the next road, with only a few other cottages on the lake. We went shoeshoeing on the lake Saturday afternoon for about 3 hours, and didn't hear or see another person - not even any footprints! Also, since there are only 4 suites, it would be a very private resort even when they're all occupied.
Everything is very clean and well cared for. We highly recommend SunDog Retreat to others, and will definately be going back ourselves some day!

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English first
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Reviewed March 1, 2005

For more than 15 years a large group of us (14 to 20) have been going on annual three day winter cross-country ski vacations in remote areas of Ontario. The purpose of the weekend is a true get away from it all vacation where people can rejuvenate themselves, come together for breakfast and dinner, and enjoy the great outdoors at their own pace in the wonderful silence of winter. For many years we skied into a remote part of Algonquin Park, skied and snow shoed wild ungroomed trails, and stayed in what could best be described as very rustic accommodation (no electricity, no running water).

As we have gotten older we have sought out more comfortable accommodation while maintaining the “get away from it all” focus of our trip. For the past 2 winters we have found this at Sundog Retreat south of Parry Sound. The four cottages open up to form a space where we can retreat into privacy while coming together in several common gathering spaces. The amenities are first class with very comfortable sleeping areas, lots of washrooms to accommodate a group, an outdoor hot tub (great to soak in after a day on the trails), snow shoeing on the property, and a great network of cross-country ski trails around 15 minutes drive away.

To start each day a healthy and filling breakfast was prepared and served by our hosts Ted and Mary. The Saturday dinner was amazing and brought us together for a wonderful evening of just hanging out after a great day on the local cross country ski trails.

Our hosts led a 2-hour snowshoe exploration of their property and surrounding lakes on Sunday.

Ted and Mary bring much of their warmth and enthusiasm for the outdoors to our weekend and were wonderful hosts for our annual winter adventure. We look forward to our next visit already planned for next winter.

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Canvey Island, Essex, England
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Reviewed September 26, 2004

We stayed in the Honeymoon Suite for just 2 short nights and wished we had booked a whole week. The Suite was perfect for us and the breathtaking setting was the best antidote to the soulless city-based hotels we visited on our way around Canada.

We spent a whole day on a pedallo on the lake, visiting the beaver lodge and eating lunch on the picnic-bench deck which has been anchored on its own in the middle of the water. It was paradise, and I was so sad to have to leave.

If you visit on a clear day take Ted and Mary (your friendly and welcoming hosts) up on the offer of a star-gazing bonfire at night - you will be amazed by the number of stars you will see from their waterside decks - we were speechless.

I would highly recommend this wonderful retreat (and as someone who never goes below a 4 star hotel, it is a good recommendation!!)

  • Stayed September 2004
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Reviewed August 31, 2004

Our stay at Sundog was fanstastic. The owners Ted and Mary are wonderfully warm people eager to help you enjoy your getaway to the cottage. It is located on a quiet lake which just sparkles in the sunshine in late afternoon. Canoe rides on the lake are peaceful, with lots to take in from the surrounding woods. The cottages have all the amenities you need and provide a comfortable home for your stay. All in all it was a wonderful week for us and our 2 year old daughter - who after her great time at the cottage appropriately named her new doll after her host and new friend Mary. . .

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Reviewed August 29, 2004

Ted and Mary are the owners and are really kind and friendly people. We stayed in the Knotty Pines cabin and loved the natural setting (both outdoors and indoors). All the tables and stair railings and bedposts are made from finished raw tree branches. The gardens outside are gorgeous and the lake is tranquil and clean.

Just two hours north of the big city and only 15 min from the small town of Port Parry. Enjoyed the stay tremendously!

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Reviewed July 16, 2004

My family of six enjoys traveling and discovering new and exciting places to stay. Some of the places that we've stayed have been "exciting", but not pleasantly exciting! We were delighted with our stay at the Sundog Retreat--retreat being the operative word. Although we were not far from town, it felt like we stepped out of the rush and into the serene. The lake is peaceful, the cottage is beautiful and our experience was incredible. We were thrilled with the friendliness of Ted and Mary, the owners. We had an instant connection. They made us feel so comfortable and welcomed our four children, (ages ranging from 2 through 19). We had plenty of things to do, we could kayak, canoe, swim, paddleboat, lounge in the garden, hike, and if we felt like it, we could venture in to Parry Sound and take in some of the more "touristy" things. What an escape! My husband also took advantage of an awesome massage--both Mary and Ted are massage therapists. I ended my vacation refreshed and relaxed, ready to face the world again! This is a great vacation if you just want to rejuvenate! I highly recommend it!

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Reviewed June 27, 2004

My husband and I, plus a large group of our friends went to The Sundog Retreat to spend a wonderful weekend away from the city. For those of you who enjoy a truly secluded lakefront setting, fresh air, hiking trails, breathtaking scenery, and beautifully charming accommodations, then this place is for you!

The Sundog Retreat opened its doors only this past year, so be prepared to be absolutely delighted by the choice of four (soon to be five, I believe) individual suites that have their own unique character. They range from a homey, country look with natural log railings to a more modern, open-concept chalet-style suite with cathedral ceilings and a loft. The suites are fully equipped with all the bedding and bath linens that you'll need. The kitchens have a full-sized oven, microwave, coffee maker, toaster, dishes, cutlery, etc., so all you need to bring is food, clothing, and personal items. There was even a jacuzzi tub!

The property is directly on the waterfront, with two docks and a raft for some fun swimming. The water is very clean, and there is canoeing, kayaking, and pedal boating available. You can go all around the lake in these, or hike up to some pretty waterfalls. Our group of friends have been to many places together and this is by far our favourite!

This place is undoubtedly one of the best places to visit in the Parry Sound area. This region is unbeatable with its stunning scenery, with lots of nature parks along Georgian Bay to venture into as well.

For those of us who cannot afford our own cottage, this is truly the best thing there is. The rates are very reasonable. You will be glad you went!

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Property: Aisling Lakehouse
Address: 79 Sundog Rd | Seguin, Parry Sound, Ontario P2A 0B2, Canada (Formerly The SunDog Retreat)
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Location: Canada > Ontario > Northeastern Ontario > Parry Sound
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 11 Specialty Lodging in Parry Sound
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Aisling Lakehouse 3*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
An authentic cottage experience for your family or group on a private and serene lake. Aisling Lakehouse offers 3 interconnected cottage suites that allow your group to be together when you want to be and separate when you need to be. Open year round, cottage suites can be rented separately in the winter season ... more   less 
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Aisling Lakehouse Parry Sound, Ontario

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