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“Peaceful and Tranquil”
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The best gossip... er.. giggles are shared in the hot tub
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The best gossip... er.. giggles are shared in the hot tub
Lots of space for water fights (sleeps 12) Sandy beach for sand castles, beach volleyball & horseshoes
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The best gossip... er.. giggles are shared in the hot tub
Lots of space for water fights (sleeps 12)
Sandy beach for sand castles, beach volleyball & horseshoes
Dock, sandy beach & pro volleyball net surrounded by forest & lake
Outdoor fire pit for sharing marshmallows, s'mores and ghost stories
Canoe, paddle boat & rowboats included - even great-grandma loved a good paddle (circa 1920)
Vintage games room with skee ball & more
Let off some steam in the lakeside barrel sauna
Catch lunch fishing with friends right off the end of the dock
Share the sunshine & good times with family & friends
Enjoy a drink by one of the two log fireplaces any time of the year
Wrap around deck with stair edging (no banisters to block the view)
Share a meal at the locally handmade harvest dining table
Living room #1 (forest-side) with a log fireplace, cathedral ceiling & skylights
Living room #2 (lakeside) with log fireplace and patio doors to the deck
Bright, lakeside kitchen with lots of room to dance, er, cook (super bright during the day)
The 'loonie bin' bedroom : queen size bed, skylight, en suite bathroom and hangin' space
The 'afternoon riser' bedroom : two twin beds (top tip: push 'em together to share)
The 'cabin' bedroom : queen size (too many bedrooms to show 'em all, stalk our website for more)
Lakeside hot tub open all year round!
Lakeside barrel sauna in the snow - wohooooo
Hot dogs in front of the fireplace (pets are welcome free of charge - bring 'em along :)
Enjoy family ice-hockey on the frozen lake
Throw a crazy snowpeople building competition
Frolic in the fall leaves (did we mention we're open all year round? lol)
Ahhhhh, go on, y'know ya wanna :)
Our looney, uh, friendly family would love to welcome you - see ya soon :)
Our logo, featuring Philomena the flying pig (and her tattoo :)
Winter wonderland
Lakeside hot tub, open all year 'round
Barrel sauna, open all year 'round
Here she is!
Fall colours from the dock
Back yard :)
Fab fishing!
Firepit frolicking!
Awwww
Queen bedroom with cathedral ceilings
Hang out space overlooking the lake
Twin bedroom (top tip: push 'em together to make a double)
Twin bedroom
Twin bedroom (top tip: push 'em together to make a double)
Twin bedroom
Bunk bedroom
Bunk bedroom with tall cathedral ceilings
Queen bedroom
Queen bedroom, quirky closet
2 acres of lakeside loveliness
Pets welcome any time of year :)
Pets welcome any time of year :)
Vintage games room
Kitchen
Kitchen
Kitchen
Forest-side living room #1
Forest-side living room #1
Dining room
Wall of vintage tin signs
Lakeside living room #2
Lakeside living room #2
Two log burning fireplaces
Rainbows & unicorns (well, maybe not the unicorns part, lol)
2 acres to romp in!
Beautiful, bright night skies
Life is bigger :)
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Cottage -
5 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms, Sleeps 12
Gravenhurst, Muskoka District, Ontario

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Jamie C
Toronto, Canada
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“I wish I had read the reviews prior to renting from this group”
Reviewed August 19, 2013 for a stay in July 2013
5
people found this review helpful

Like the guest from 2012 we too have rented many cottages in the Muskoka area. We found this cottage to be the worst as well, for all of the reasons that 29Sylvester94 included in thier review. Rather than rehash what you have probably already read in that review, i will include some others he didnt mention. If you boat this location is LESS than ideal. Our jetboat was rendered usless due to the thick thick weeds that choked the area. If you have a jetboat or seadoo, forget it they wont work in the swamp out front. Our other boat, an inflatable was barely able to cut through to get out into the water. FOrget swimming- you cant, at least not near the cottage.
Now for the cottage:
The Tv is unusable- there is a such a loud hum when you turn it on that you cannot hear the program you are trying to watch- not a huge deal unless its raining and youre trying to catch a Jays game or something.
THe Wii, despite being charged extra, was unusuable. One of the controllers had had a battery explode in it at some point, so even though we tried replacing the batteries the controller would not work. We tried to get a refund but were told that it only needed batteries (which it didnt, we tried :)- but opted not to fight over the $25)
The Internet- Its a cottage, in cottage country, so of course the internet is spotty at best. We paid the $50 for it, but it was barely usable and required us to reset the router each time you tried to use it. It stays active for an hour or so at slow speeds and then goes down again. For $50 i would have expected better.
Hot Tub was cloudy for most of our visit, it was usable the last couple of days.
The cleaning package- we paid for the cleaning package, but also opted to do a fairly thorough cleaning of the cottage prior to our departure. If you have a dog, and you elect to bring it to this "pet friendly" cottage than be warned. It better be a labradoodle or other non shedding animal. We were charged extra because the cleaning staff (that we paid for) found dog hair on the floor in the kitchen. Ridiculous.
The final blow came the week after we got home. We recieved an email from the property manager stating that we had damaged the wood flooring, the couch and the dining room table so they would be keeping the hefty security deposit. We were shocked, we did not damage ANYTHING in the cottage, and in the 15 years of renting have never been accused of damaging anything so it was obviously quite a shock. That matter will be settled in small claims im sure- but suffice to say that if you elect to rent this place after reading this honest review then you have no one to blame for your experiences! Worst end to a vacation ever, thanks Trenanthia! Looking forward to your "I'm sorry we didnt live up to your expectations reply!"

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Liked best: The power being restored the third day
Liked least: Being ripped off for my security deposit
Traveling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   No.
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Management Response
Aug 18, 2013
Trenanthia Cottage is not “just a rental property” - she’s a family owned cottage with a group of caring people that strive to do the best we can. We love the cottage and her guests. And with more than 500 people that stay with us throughout any given year (since 2009), we’ve found the vast majority of our guests are kind and respectful. They love the cottage, her surroundings and what we’ve done to improve her over the years. And they treat her with the care that you would expect if it were your own cottage.

(Thankfully rarely) we do, however, meet some guests who aren’t quite so kind and respectful. Unfortunately, this reviewer’s vacation happened to begin the day after a massive thunderstorm swept through the area, causing damage and blackouts for weeks: http://globalnews.ca/news/736994/gravenhurst-still-recovering-from-fridays-storm/. It feels hurtful when the reviewer doesn’t mention all the hard work we put into keeping the cottage substantially operational during that period, including jumping through hoops to secure a generator, removing fallen trees and cleaning up the best we could from the storm - all of which seemed to be very much appreciated at the time. And it’s sad for us to read of their disappointment with the business realities of having to retain a portion of their security deposit to cover the costs associated with their departure, which saw the cottage left unclean with blatant damages and, shall we say, unhygienic conditions (dog waste) left for the next guests. With the love we put into everything we do, it’s a struggle not to take it personally and, sometimes, to want to just throw in the towel.

But then we remember: there are lovely people out there. People who are decent, kind and respectful and who appreciate the love and care we put into everything we do. We love to have guests like you :) And we’d love for you to see the real Trenanthia Cottage and let her show you what it feels like to spend your vacation somewhere that isn’t ‘just a rental property”, but rather a family owned - and loved - cottage.
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Tanya M
London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Peaceful and Tranquil”
Reviewed September 26, 2012 for a stay in September 2011
1
person found this review helpful

I arrived from London (UK) not having had a break for quite a while and jet-lagged but the night I arrived the sky was filled with one of the most stunning night skies I have ever seen which took my breath away. The Milky Way was spectacular... Clearing the city from my mind had begun in a rather dramatic way.

I awoke the following morning having slept like a baby to the wonderful prospect of a massage from a lovely local woman (a naturopath from Gravenhurst) which succeeded in really clearing jetlag from my system and kick starting the relaxation which unfolded over the coming hours and days. She came to the cottage to massage 3 of us and really was well worth trying out. By the by, cottage is a misnomer for such a large and spacious home.

I slept beautifully and woke each morning happier and happier as I relaxed more and more and was lucky enough to wake up to beautiful sunshine and warmth in late September. Breakfasts were great as there is a large open space between the living room and the dining area plus kitchen linking them looking out onto the lake. So each one of us could emerge at our leisure and join in or sit off somewhere to be quiet if so wished, inside or outside on the deck. The local bakery in Gravenhurst was a big hit with most of us as they make delicious chelsea buns and cakes, better than the original ones over here! A low fat breakfast it is not, but when on your holidays a little indulgence goes a long way....

We visited the local wildlife sanctuary which was both hilarious at times as the staff were brilliant (see photo below) but also an eye-opener to the wonders of nature. Check out the wolverine's dance - amazing and mesmerisingly beautiful. I thought wolverines existed only in Hollywood....

Some beautiful memories....Lying out on the hammock and simply closing my eyes and listening to birdsong was so relaxing, or turning my head a few inches to gaze out on the tranquil lake, had the same effect. However, my favourite was walking out of the property to a large open space just before Trenanthia on the same side to spend time alone and to reconnect to myself and to Nature. As I walked, the breeze would whisper through the tops of the trees and the occasional bird would sing, the wildflowers were a random sprinkling of colour on a gorgeous large grassy open space that simply kept drawing me back. If you have been too busy for too long... this is a fantastic place to go and just be. To relax, to feel peace and tranquility gently flow through you and Nature surround you with its beauty and restore you. I wish you a wonderful holiday...

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Liked best: Lying on hammock and listening to birdsong, playing badminton by the waterfront, fantastic breakfasts looking out on Sparrow Lake on the deck with chelsea buns and walks to nearby open space to reconnect to Nature plus amazing speed boat trip.
Liked least: ......Leaving
Traveling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Families with young children Large groups
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Management Response
Sep 25, 2012
Thank you for your beautiful review! :)

We're so glad that you've been able to make the best of your stay with us and enjoyed the lovely scenery around our cottage! The beauty of nature and fresh air is indeed definitely very soothing and we hope that you will be back with us for another unforgettable getway very soon! :)
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33SarahP
Sundance, Wyoming
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“A little piece of paradise”
Reviewed August 19, 2012 for a stay in May 2012
1
person found this review helpful

If I was forced to give a criticism of Trenanthia Cottage, it would be that I wasn't able to stay longer. Comfortable, well furnished and with every convenience you could ask for, it's also in an idyllic location. There's nothing quite like lazing in a hot tub while gazing out over a beautiful lake - the experience was one of peacefulness and tranquility, mixed, of course, with some wonderful evenings of friends and laughter. A couple of days there and you've forgotten that city life ever existed, let alone are yearning for it. I'll be going back next year - as soon as I can, in fact. Highly recommend Trenanthia for a getaway with family or friends.

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Liked best: The ambience of the place
Liked least: Leaving!
Traveling group: Friends
Your age range 25-34
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Management Response
Aug 18, 2012
Thanks for your fantastic review! :)

We thoroughly enjoyed having you with us. So pleased that you liked the location and that we've been able to provide with an enjoyable and memorable stay that's taken you away from the City buzz for a little while! Looking forward to welcoming you again for a special getway! :)
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thegoodci...
Los Angeles, California
2 reviews
“A forestry haven on a lake”
Reviewed August 15, 2012 for a stay in February 2012

Having booked and seen pictures of Trenanthia Cottage online we were excited to get there. What we found was more then we expected. The "cottage" is a mansion. My kids loved it, exploring every nook they could inside and outside the house. Talk about plenty of room. The inside of the cottage has great modern decor but the outside is the wow factor.
There was 8 of us altogether. Two families with kids and there was plenty of room to socialize or be alone. The lake was perfect for my kids to splash about in in the shallows.

We had the local handyman check in with us to make sure everything was good and up to our needs which was amazing. He was super friendly and helpful with information on the local area.

We have recommended this place to a bunch of our friends one of who has already booked it. We know they wont be disappointed!

The canoe, the volleyball, the peddle boat, all but a distance fond memory now. I highly recommend this place for a great city get away for anyone. We'll be back Trenanthia Cottage. YES WE WILL!!

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Liked best: The quiet, the lake, the jacuzzi and the array of entertainment
Traveling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
Large groups People with pets
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Management Response
Aug 14, 2012
Thanks millions for your awesome review and recommending us to your friends! :)

We are so glad you had a fantastic stay and that we achieved our goal of providing every guest with a memorable and happy vacation. We consider every guest a part of the Trenanthia family and we look forward to welcoming you and your family back for another special family getaway! :)
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29Sylvest...
Lakefield
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“poor quality - poor value”
Reviewed August 8, 2012 for a stay in June 2012
4
people found this review helpful

We have rented several Muskoka cottages. This was the worst. The cottage was very dirty when we arrived: carpets stained, shower curtains moldy, walls dirty, bed skirt covered in dog hair, dirty toilet seats, fridge and microwave dirty. I could go on. The "beach" front is very shallow, essentially swamp and the view from the cottage is not particularly attractive. Large numbers of Canada geese that occupy the deck and lawn area, while nice to look at, leave copious droppings. Overall, very poor value. I would not recommend this property to anyone.

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Management Response
Aug 7, 2012
We apologize we were unable to meet your expectations. The conditions you described certainly don't reflect the high standards and excellent cottage experience we consistently deliver to our guests, as we hope the other reviews help to exemplify. We appreciate you taking the time to provide your feedback and, with time to reflect, if you should happen to change your mind we'd be happy to welcome you back. All the best, the Trenanthia Cottage family :)
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Claire J
Toronto
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“A very special place.”
Reviewed May 2, 2012 for a stay in December 2011

We were delighted with Trenanthia Cottage. We arrived from Toronto on a cold Friday evening in late November, and within an hour we were sitting around the living room with the fire blazing, drinking wine and chatting as if we were at home. The decor is beautiful and the cottage has a wonderful cozy feel. Everything you need in terms of kitchen appliances / crockery / table settings is there. It has the perfect balance of having your home comforts with all the draws of going to a lakeside cottage.

The cottage was also extremely clean when we arrived and they provided ample cleaning stuffs to leave the place as we found it.

The owners were very helpful and were in constant communication with us as we planned our weekend. While we were there, the local Super checked in with us by phone and in person to make sure the fires were working okay.

Overall, we had a terrific time and everything was perfect. We want to go back every year!

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Liked best: The entire ground floor of the cottage is a beautiful area for the family to relax, eat, drink and play games.
Traveling group: Large Group/Tour
Your age range 25-34
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway People with disabilities
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Management Response
May 1, 2012
Thank you so much for being our guest! We are certainly glad you enjoyed your stay. We'll be sure to have a warm, toasty fire ready for you when you return! :)
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gee777777...
Toronto, Canada
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“It doesn't get better than this.”
Reviewed May 1, 2012 for a stay in October 2011

our group has now trusted our annual get-together to trenanthia for three years, and it's been fantastic. we have a group of 16, and we've been doing this for 31 years, so the venue and atmosphere are of the utmost importance. trenanthia has always been so accommodating to our truly unique needs, and hopefully we've found a home for many years to come.

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Liked best: customer service is always great.
Traveling group: With Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
Families with young children Large groups
People with pets
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Management Response
Apr 30, 2012
We are so glad we were able to meet your needs. As you mentioned, we always strive to go the extra mile to make sure each of our guests feel welcomed and needs are accommodated to the best of our ability. We look forward to providing your group with another exceptional experience on your next visit! Cheers!
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