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Heather Lodge
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Reviewed September 12, 2010

My husband and I stayed at Heather Lodge for a short romantic getaway. Some of the experience was most enjoyable, but parts were not acceptable, making it an average 'okay' mini holiday.
Pros: The lodge is impeccably clean, well appointed and maintained. We stayed in the only Deluxe room which was very large and had beautiful furnishings (no fireplace however). The bed was excellent and there was a small balconey facing the woods and lake - giving a lovely view. The bathroom was exceptionally nice, very clean and modern. The main lodge building has lovely decks and the gardens and grounds are very pretty and also well landscaped and nice. Beautiful lamposts abound throughout the very small property. There are bird feeders near the decks and dining room which make for thoughtful enterainment if you enjoy nature. Our room also had a good flat screen TV with excellent satellite reception.

Cons: The lodge is located about two hundred feet from a noisy highway and you can see the highway from the very small waterfront area. Even sitting on my balconey facing the lake, I could hear the trucks roar by as well as noise from the cottagers all very close to the lodge. We saw a Lakeside room and it didn't look much better than a good quality motel room. The actual property is quite small and an unsightly marina is right next to the docks. The two waterfront docks have very steep ramps making them difficult to access if you want to sit there. There are many many steps everywhere, making Heather Lodge completely inaccessible to anyone disabled, and challenging to anyone with physical demands. The main lounge in the lodge is very dark - although the furnishings are lovely - and we found all the lighting generally very dim and dull. There is virtually nothing to do on site - a shuffleboard court sits right on top of the parking area - barely a hundred feet from the highway. We didn't use the hot tub ( a common one for all). The waterfront chairs were wet and unclean in the morning with no towels nearby to wipe them down. Meals: very average. The owners do all the cooking and cleaning and waitering. You must vacate your room between 10 -11:30 so they can do the housekeeping; you must have breakfast at 8-9 SHARP . There was no decaffinated coffee available and I was questioned about my choice in asking for this (very uncomfortable). There was one choice for dessert - ice cream the second night - so forget it if you can't have too much dairy. Your gratuity goes to the owners and it is automatically put on the bill - there is no 'staff' and no choice about gratuity.

Two nights and four meals at Heather lodge came to almost seven hundred dollars. The owners are pleasant and have certainly tried hard to maintain their lodge. However as far as hospitality - we were often told (even though we weren't soliciting an opinion)that our meal choices were strange eg "You don't want sausage? That's the best part!" "You can't have caffeine - I love caffeine!"...."Sit here - it's already set for you" (only two couples including us in the dining room. This made us feel rather awkward as opposed to 'welcomed'.

This review details our experience as best as possible. Heather Lodge in our opinion is very average, albeit a clean place. We would not return nor recommend it to our friends and family.

  • Stayed: September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 21, 2010

The Inn offers personalized service from a wonderful Dutch Canadian couple. The meals were plentiful and delicious. The location peaceful and scenic. A great place for a couples getaway. The area boast many hiking trails...biking trails and friendly people.

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 17, 2010

Arend and Conny Meiling, hosts of Heather Lodge provide a wonderful holiday experience. The meals are superb and the rooms are very clean and beautifully decorated. Heather Lodge is well maintained and is a gem found close to Minden in the Haliburton Highlands. My husband and I have stayed there four times and we plan to go again. We took my elderly parents for a week-end and they enjoyed themselves too. When I was undergoing active treatment for cancer my husband and I escaped from the routine of hospital visits and enjoyed a very restful and relaxing time at Heather Lodge. We were confident that I would remain "safe" at their Lodge. This year when we returned we were embraced by the Meilings as if we were family. Indeed, it is like home away from home, only better because your meals are made and your room is cleaned for you! We have never been disappointed and the opposite is true, we have always been well pleased. We look forward to returning to Heather Lodge each summer, we love it. The end of August 2010 I will be one year clear of cancer, the Meilings and Heather Lodge contributed to my successful recovery.

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank LangtryFarm
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Reviewed August 17, 2010

We were first there 4 years ago in the summer and our review would have been the same as the ones posted already. We are headed back for an entire week on Friday, August 20. The place is immaculate, the food is excellent and included in the price of the room. It is quiet and peaceful, a perfect place for a quiet get away. There is much to do in the area in the summer with golf and cycling high on our list. Great place, try it out

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Thank Mitched007
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Reviewed August 15, 2010

Connie and Aarond were fantastic hosts and we had an amazing summer getaway! The accomodations were gorgeous, clean, and well maintained. The atmosphere was peaceful and the landscape and view of the lake was breathtaking. The food was absolutely delicious and the service was fantastic. I would highly recommend Heather Lodge! We had a fantastic time and we had zero complaints!!!! we will definitely be visiting again.

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 7, 2010

The six of us have gone to Heather Lodge for 5 of the past 6 years for a winter weekend getaway. My husband and I tried it out in January 2005 and loved it so much that we decided this was the only place to spend our winter weekend getaway. Aaron and Connie are superb hosts and make your stay enjoyable in every way. The rooms are great - comfy and very tastefully decorated. The lounge is so cozy with the fire and big comfy chairs for reading or playing games. The scenery is picturesque, with lots of birds flying in for their dinner. If you're lucky, you may even see deer walking across the back at dusk. You can snowshoe right from the back door, or enjoy any of the trails close by. Last year the lake did not freeze enough to go skating, but we were lucky to find an outdoor skating rink in a nearby town which was great. There aren't a lot of rooms, which makes this a quaint spot. We say it's the best kept secret!!!! We haven't stayed here in the summer or fall, as we usually camp at that time of year, but one of these days we will because we know it will be awesome. I don't know how anyone can be disappointed with their stay with Connie and Aaron!

  • Stayed: February 2010, traveled with friends
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2  Thank PTCruisers
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Reviewed October 5, 2017 via mobile
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Stayed: October 2017, traveled with friends
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Additional Information about Heather Lodge

Address: 14483 35 Hwy, Minden, Ontario K0M 2K0, Canada
Location: Canada > Ontario > Minden
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 7 Specialty Lodging in Minden
Price Range: $158 - $164 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Heather Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Heather Lodge is the perfect hideaway for adults wishing to step back, relax and enjoy the abundant natural beauty of the Haliburton Highlands. Heather Lodge is a quant, casual yet elegant resort, combining all the charm and ambiance of an old lodge with the luxury of a modern inn. Offering superb customer service, culinary delights with Chef James and an outdoor enthusiasts activities. Open year round, offering non-motorized waterfront activities in the summer and cross country skiis and snowshoes in the winter season. Twelve Mile Lake offers fantastic swimming and boating activities, adjoined to two other lakes with an enormous private deck seated with comfy chairs and bonefire. Close to many points of interests such as Haliburton Forest & Wildlife and Algonquin Park to just name a few. This couple resort offers guests a spectacular experience with each and every one of our guests. We invite you to experience Heather Lodge. Proud Members of Ontario's Finest Inns and Resorts of Ontario. ... more   less 
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