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Beauview Cottage Resort
Markham, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
91 reviews
43 hotel reviews
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“We'll be back. Lovely place with wonderful people.”
Reviewed August 10, 2009

Like many of the other reviewers our family spent a week thoroughly enjoying our time at Beauview. Not only is the location lovely with well maintained cottages, everyone enjoyed the use of the paddleboats/canoes/kayaks, the water trampoline, sandpiles, tetherball, ample chairs and the awnings. Also, Gord's grill down by the water was handy not only for the welcome barbeque but also when we borrowed it to put on multi-family lunches (the fun never has to stop for lunch). Yes, we met another family at Beauview and our kids playing with each other gave us apple opportunity to make new friends.

As others have mentioned we also did an afternoon outing to nearby Huntsville (for Ice Cream and mid-week groceries) and did a day trip to Algonquin Park with the pass the Beauview has for this. Both added a little variety to an enjoyable week mostly staying put. Our family normally does roving vacations so having a week at Beauview was a change and it worked out really well, the kids had a blast and we cut way down on the driving and the packing & unpacking. Still between unstructured play, Nancy runs crafts, Gord took the kids out water tubing, we all went out on the boats, or got in the hot tub with the neighbours, we made serious dents in the beach novels and other summer reading or just vegged out. Exactly what we'd expect from a week at the cottage.

Two things that I don't recall previously mentioned. Beauview has rods & reels that they're happy to lend and the stars at night. Our two 10-year olds wanted to try fishing so we borrowed the gear and happily spent hours learning to cast and retrieve with just lead sinkers and floats (no hooks and no having to unhook 10-year olds or other non-fish items and a lot less intense supervision required).

The star gazing was amazing, I do kinda regret that our week was in July and not in August during the annual Perseid meteor shower. We live near the city and it's sometimes a challenge find just the Big Dipper. After nightfall (and after the mosquitos have subsided), the dock is a wonderful place to go stargazing. If you've never seen a night sky that isn't washed out by light polution, the sight of the Milky Way will make the hair on the back of your neck stand up. Soooo many stars. It's been a long time since I was able to find many of the constellations I once was taught to look for. Not only the are the Little Dipper and Bootes much easier to find but the Summer Triangle is spectacular from the dock. I should have brought my star chart and binoculars to try finding some of the Galaxies and double stars that are visible in the night sky. Oh well, perhaps next time.

A last word for Workaholics or those that need to be on-line, our cottage had a Linksys WRT-54GL (with high gain antenna) providing a very acceptable quality of Internet. I do *not* regret having left my work laptop at home but was glad we brought my personal laptop. Our 13-year old definitely was happy to have connectivity in the mornings and evenings.

The short summary is this: we liked Beauview, the property and the proprietors (Nancy & Gord) and we'll be back.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled with family
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Thornhill, ON
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Reviewed July 12, 2009

My family was interested in Beauview because of the website and the other great reviews on this site. However, as we said to the hosts/owners Gord and Nancy, Beauview is far more beautiful than even the pictures on the internet show. However, as well as the cottage being clean and well taken care of (including an on-deck hot tub), the thing that impressed my wife and me the most was how many things they had to do for our young children. They have a playground suitable for kids of all ages plus two large sand areas with many sand toys. There are also play kitchens and rocking horses, sports balls and nets, a tetherball, along with kayaks, canoes, and pedal boats for use free of charge. They even provided life jackets for our young children and Gord was kind enough to take our family out on a boat trip on the Lake of Bays. The children did an art activity and we all attended a welcome barbecue. However, there are lots of great places to lay in the sun and relax too, including park benches on a couple of the docks (What a view!) Gord and Nancy go out of their way to make your stay as enjoyable as possible, giving great info on the area and the resort itself. It is located just 15 minutes from Huntsville and about 40 minutes from Algonquin Park (they have a parking pass you can use also!) We are already planning our return visit next summer!

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled with family
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Kitchener, Ontario
1 review
Reviewed March 27, 2009

We had an awesome time. Good location, easy to find, clean and spacious, friendly people. The view and wild life were incredible!

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled as a couple
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Buffalo NY
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Reviewed March 4, 2009

My family and I have been stay at Beauview for years now, we are there every summer for a week, and every winter for at least 4 days... Gord and Nancy are the greatest ! They are the best hosts anyone could ask for. The cottages are very nice, and very clean. The beds are all very comfortable, and the location is awesome... You will not be sorry if you choose to stay at Beauview. We have been vacationing in Muskoka for 10+ years now, and you will not find a nicer place than Beauview.

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled with family
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woodstock, Ontario
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Reviewed October 20, 2008

My husband and our good friends stayed at the Beauview for a long weekend ( October 17 - 19 ) just to get away for some R & R and to enjoy the northern colours. We were very nicely welcomed by Gord Bell to his resort. He gave us a thorough tour of the property and through our cottage and made sure we had everything we needed. The cottage was newer and was very clean. We had all the conveniences that we needed . The cottage came with our own personal hot tub which was clean as well and perfect for the end of our day walking trails at Algonquin Park. The cottage was situated very close to the lake. Great views! The lake was absolutely beautiful and there is lots of room for outdoor games and campfires. A great place for kids as well. We have no complaints . Huntsville is not too far , with great shopping and restaurants. We spent one day at Bala for the Cranberry festival. Lots to do . Would definitely come back to visit.

  • Liked — clean, comfortable cottage and hot tub
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed October 2008, traveled with friends
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London, UK
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Reviewed August 17, 2008

We stayed at the 3 bedroom cottage for a week this August with our two children. It is a fantastic setting on the shore of the Lake of Bays, and the water was suprisingly warm and pleasant to swim/fall into. The kids and I used all the extensive selection of kayaks, canoes and pedaloes provided free of charge (lifejackets also provided) as well as the water trampoline and slide for them. We were on the water every day at some point. Gord ran the tubing sessions for the kids which they loved (nominal cost), and Nancy ran craft sessions and bingo. Nothing was too much trouble for them to ensure everyone had a fantastic holiday. The kids also got on well with other families staying on site.

The six cottages are sufficiently spaced but close to the water and there is plenty of space for other activities such as soccer, badmington etc, all provided. There are fish to catch as well! Our cottage was spotlessly clean and fully equipped and ready to use.

Shopping was easy with a large selection of supermarkets and smaller shops at Huntsville (15 mins). Nearby Baysville (10 mins) is small and has a great coffee shop/cafe. Algonquin Park visitor centre is well worth a visit and a pleasant drive of under an hour, with a selection of trails through the park of varying difficulty and length. We did the short beaver trail and saw the lodges and dam.

We were a bit concerned about mosquito and blackfly before we went as we were regularly warned about them by others in the south, but although we did get some mosquito bites it was manageable, mainly only a problem in the evening when some spray and sensible clothes helped. The cottage had screens on doors/windows. The blackfly season was apparently over when we went.

Be prepared however for a slow drive from Toronto/ Lake Ontario area, the highways are very busy and overloaded with traffic, and service facilites limited and overcrowded at weekends. Once you get to the area though the roads are empty and scenic, with deer and other animal sightings.

We would definitely recommend Beauview, particularly for those with active children, but for all generally with the selection of different cottages (unless you are looking for a solitary away from everyone backwoods experience!)

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  • Stayed August 2008, traveled with family
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Keswick,ON
1 review
Reviewed August 9, 2008

We have had the opportunity to visit many different cottages in Ontario and can say without a doubt that Beauview is the best cottage location that we have ever seen! Beauview has it all...great hosts, cottages, hottubs, swimming, water sports, activities(BBQ, crafts, bingo, badminton etc) and fishing.

We look forward to staying at Beauview for our 3rd time next summer.

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  • Stayed July 2008, traveled with family
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Property: Beauview Cottage Resort
Address: 4215 South Portage Rd, Huntsville, Ontario P1H 2J3, Canada
Location: Canada > Ontario > Muskoka District > Huntsville
Amenities:
Beach Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 7 Specialty Lodging in Huntsville
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
3 Stars Canada Select. Resorts of Ontario member. A small, quiet, friendly, unpretentious, cottage resort with six cottages on Lake of Bays, near Huntsville Muskoka, Ontario. Close to Algonquin Park. The cottages have kitchen, 3 or 4 piece baths, satellite TV, gas fireplace, A/C, wireless internet. Some have outdoor personal hot tubs. Canoes, water trampoline, kayaks, playground. Winter: snowshoes available to borrow, snowtubing, skiing, snowmobiling nearby. ... more   less 
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Beauview Cottage Resort Huntsville, Ontario

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