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Oakview Lodge & Marina
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Reviewed July 25, 2010

We stayed 3 nights and we both agreed it was one of the best vacations we've had in recent years. From the moment we arrived everything just went so wonderfully well but there are 3 things that really stand out about this place (not in order of preference)

1. Location: A beautiful spot right on the head of a quiet lake with hiking trails almost in their backyard &10 mins drive from bike trails. We intended to hike and bike during our stay so this was just perfect for us

2. Hosts: Valerie and Krenar are the most amazing hosts. Valerie is warm & bubbly and she made us feel comfortable from the get go , she gave us great tips about nearby attractions and made sure we were well looked after. We had a tour booked one morning and they had no problem serving us breakfast two hours earlier than their usual service time. Krenar is the star of the kitchen which brings me to the third and most important reason why if you are ever in the vicinity of Haliburton County you must give this place a look up.

3. Food: When we booked we knew they ran a fine dining restaurant on the main floor of the lodge (with a lounge and bar area equipped with a television) so we booked the meal plan (breakfast and dinner included) and it turned out to be the best decision of our lives The food is gourmet quality, each of us chose a different appetizer and entree everyday and every one of our choices was simply superb. Whether the unique Thai style Mussels or Lamb Shank, the Veal Chop or the Grilled Atlantic Salmon, I'm talking quality that fine dining restaurants in Toronto or New York city would be proud of. The restaurant gets busy at dinner so they obviously already have a reputation with the local cottagers. If you stay here be prepared to gain a few pounds as we did.

There are other positives too, our suite was very clean, spacious & comfortable equipped with a mini fridge and flat screen television with over 200 channels available via satellite . The beds are super comfy with feather pillows that your head and neck will just sink into at night, just what we needed after our active days. The restaurant by itself is worth a visit, I would drive the two and half hours from Toronto just for a meal, its that good.

Thank you Valerie & Krenar, you will be seeing us again

Carl & AJ

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 12, 2010

We travelled to Oakview for a weekend snowmobile getaway with friends. We found the resort on the net and took a chance without have had the benefit of many reviews. It was definitely worth the risk.

Facility
We stayed in the Loon's Nest cabin which is just beside the main lodge. It was perfectly comfortable for 3 couples and had all amenities that we needed. The main lodge is very pretty, with vineyard style decor. The restaurant area is very comfortable with a good view and fireplace. There is also a lounge area with bar/couches/fire place which is great for just hanging out if you chose. Hot Tub area in the screened in porch section which is very convenient. Great to come back to after a day outside.

Spa Services
We booked the spa services about two weeks ahead of our arrival. We had full day of treatments for 2 people - full body massage, facial, manicure and pedicure. The great thing about the spa treatments was having them come to us, as we had everything arranged in our cabin.

Food
The food is exceptional. Very unexpected in middle of nowhere. The menu is very extensive and the prices are very reasonable for fine dining. No burgers and fries, but for a weekend without the family it is exactly perfect! The menu is so appealing that we felt compelled to try one of everything! We spent the weekend trading meals so we could all have a taste! If there was something you wanted that you didn't see on the menu, all you had to do was ask for it.

Service
By far the most gracious service that I have ever experienced at a resort. Valerie is a fantastic host. She remembers everyone's name immediately and treats each guest like a visiting family member. Everything we needed, she made it happen with a smile and a friendly comment.

Location
The location is perfect for snowmobiling as it is right on the main trail. Very accessible to get to many different spots.

I can't think of a single thing that wasn't perfect. We will be making a winter weekend to Oakview an annual event!

Stayed: February 2010, traveled with friends
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Reviewed February 8, 2010

We stayed here, in the separate Loon's Nest Cottage, for 3 nights with 2 other couples for a snowmoblie trip. The cottage was a great value and had everything we needed - a full kitchen, bathroom, 2 bedrooms and 2 futons. It was literally right on the B snowmobile trail and had plenty of different trails for us to explore. Our hosts, Valerie & Krenar, were exceptional! They were very accomodating and made us feel right at home. They even opened the kitchen almost an hour early so the guys could get a jump on snowmobiling. But the absolute best part of the trip was the food. I can't even describe how yummy it was! Everything on the menu was delicious and we tried everything! It was great food with great proportions and was fairly priced. We would (and are planning to) return here.

  • Stayed: February 2010, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 5, 2007

The Accommodation:
My wife and I wanted to book an affordable hotel getaway for our son's visitors day at Camp. I found the Oakview Lodge & Marina on a website. Since it was a short stay we figured how bad can it be? Well let me tell you, it was incredibly beautiful location, right on Little Hawk Lake. We stayed in a wonderful room was incredibly charming. It was perfectly clean with no surprises. The beds were really comfortable. I am a terrible sleeper and for the first time in years I actually slept in till 7:00am. Trust me that is a really good sleep for an insomniac like me. Other features include a main room with music, books and satellite tv. The also have a great candy store on location.

The Service:
In both the lodge and the restaurant, the service was the best I've had in years. The owner Valerie was so friendly and made it her priority to make sure we were happy. We had numerous servers and people helping out in the restaurant and Stephanie was our main server. I can't praise the entire staff enough. They were beyond great!

The Food:
I know I gained weight last weekend at Oakview. If you go book the meal plan for sure. It was 45 dollars per day per person and well worth it. I don't even know where to begin, saying the food tastes great does not do it justice. The presentation of each meal was unreal. Everything was so delicious. I'm not a lamb fan, but my wife ordered it on the last night. I would eat more lamb if it tasted like the lamb at Oakview. We were going to stay an extra night, just so we could eat in the restaurant again. Word of warning, don't snack during the day or you'll be sorry later. You'll want to save room for dessert.

I don't usually write reviews, but I had to say my piece of the Oakview.

If I could make only 2 recommendations for Valerie. We were in the Sun Up room and a heavy nightshade would be great since the sun rises around 5:30 in August. The other recommendation may not be possible but a better ladder on the ski boat with an additional rung so it makes it easier to climb back in the boat.

Other than that, book the Oakview you will not be disappointed and it will surpass your expectations. We will return for sure!

Thanks
Jeff

  • Stayed: August 2007, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 5, 2017
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  • Stayed: July 2017, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 25, 2016 via mobile
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Stayed: September 2016, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 25, 2014
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  • Stayed: August 2014, traveled as a couple
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Address: 2029 Little Hawk Lake Rd, Algonquin Highlands, Ontario K0M 1J2, Canada
Location: Canada > Ontario > Algonquin Highlands
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 Specialty Lodging in Algonquin Highlands
Price Range: $164 - $244 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Oakview Lodge & Marina 3*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Whether your idea of unwinding involves participating in a variety of outdoor activities, relaxing fireside with a book or a beverage, or indulging your palate, Oakview Lodge has something to offer you! Oakview Lodge & Marina sits right on the banks of Little Hawk Lake in Algonquin Highlands, Ontario, and has a number of great hiking trails backing onto the property. Complimentary canoes, kayaks, stand-up paddle boards, paddle boats and bicycles are available for guest use. All rooms have their own private bathroom and mini-fridge; Suites include T.V.'s and most have their own fireplace. A common lounge area with a stone fireplace has satellite TV, board games, books, and magazines. A small restaurant, outdoor deck and hot tub are also available for guest use. If you need a place to COME UNWIND, this is the place to do it! ... more   less 
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