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.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Beauview Cottage Resort Huntsville, Ontario