|Property type||chateau / country house|
|Minimum Stay||2 - 3 nights|
We are proud recipients of' Top Vacation Rental Winner in the distinctive Gold category! We are offering any week in February just 999 CAD!! Call or text 705-783-5133 for our current online Special or about our extra additional bedroom option!!
Blue Heron amenities include, WIFI, Netflix, 2 pairs of high tech snowshoes, Bell Satellite, PVR and much, much more! Bring your pet free :)
Each booking comes complete with an UNLIMITED Algonquin Pass which also gains access to the famous Arrowhead Skating trails located just 12 minutes away!! Very popular with our winter guests is each Saturday evening, you can skates through tiki lit trails through over 1 km of groomed forest trails! You can also rent snowshoes or xcountry , or try out their tubing hill :) Even closer, is Hidden Valley and Deerhurst each 7 minutes away!
Whether you are 'stay-cationing' with a young family or exploring the wide array of activities Muskoka has to offer, you are sure to return with memories to treasure a lifetime!
Blue Heron is a completely PRIVATE 1,000 sq ft waterfront log vacation apartment situated in a protected nesting cove on prestigious Walker Lake conveniently located just 15 minutes from the historical town of Huntsville, and 30 minutes from the gateway of world renown Algonquin Park! This fully furnished 1-2 bedroom suite captures the heart and soul of Muskoka!
The open concept living room features a traditional Muskoka stone fireplace c/w 12' post and beams logs that revive the era of an early pioneer homestead.
The newly constructed kitchen is fully equipped with modern amenities such as microwave, dishwasher, refrigerator, and even features a cooking island! For those that need to keep connected , you would have full access to WiFi internet . For quieter moments Blue Heron includes a variety of board games, a wide selection of reading material, or enjoy watching Netflix or DVD's on our new blu-ray player! Propane BBQ on site: , extra propane tank available. We supply complimentary snowshoes throughout the winter month and a canoe in Spring, Summer / early Fall. Each booking comes with unlimited Algonquin and Arrowhead Park Pass!
Pets with recent vet shots are welcome, but advance notice required at time of application.
The open concept dining/living/and bedroom all face the west to what our guests refer to as the 'Million Dollar Sunset ' Other than a brief orientation upon arrival to provide your Algonquin Pass, you will not see anyone throughout your stay - the grounds/firepit/bbq are entirely yours! Your host will be easily accessible by either phone or cell should you have any questions at any time throughout your stay. Past guests LOVE the concept of having a personal concierge on hand in providing any forgotten items, passing along tips to some local hidden trails, or even prearranging a special event to make an arrival memorable!
During your stay you can choose from so much of what Muskoka has to offer. We are close enough to all the attractions such as golfing, skiing, restaurants, and yet far removed from the hustle and bustle of modern day living! Experience the 'Old Muskoka' ambiance at the Norseman Restaurant, well known for its relaxed fine dining. We are just a five minute walk from its fine European and traditional Canadian cuisine!
It’s perfect for both the young and old alike; whether you are traveling on business, vacationing with a young family, or escaping for a romantic getaway , the extra spacious setting accommodates everyone . . . we even offer specials for long term rentals. The Blue Heron is a naturalist delight - explore a waterfall in Algonquin Park, track a deer print, visit a historical sites, or simply 'Kick Back' and enjoy the natural beauty of a sunset overlooking serene Walker Lake on a canoe.
NEW: High Tech Snow Shoes now available during snow season and included with each booking.
Cancellation Policy: You can book with assurance : ) Your deposit can be applied to another reservation made at the time of the cancellation for your stay period anytime within the next 12 months. If full payment has been paid, the Owner will make every attempt to re‐book your reservation: if the reservation is re-booked at the same rate, you will be FULLY REFUNDED at 100% If the reservation cannot be rebooked, then 80% of the funds processed will be returned or prorated according to re-booked price.. To date , we have an excellent success rate in re- booking as we offer last minute sales on depositors behalf!
Blue Heron is proudly in affiliation with local renowned eco-artist Chad Irwin who would gladly provide unique personal guided nature tours. Let us know at time of booking and we will gladly set you up a tour that suits your interests :)
Here are some of the exciting educational nature hikes and tours you can choose from:
Meet the majestic, green giants of the forest -- in this on site walk and talk, we will learn their significant role in the local ecosystem as well as their gifts to human culture as food, medicine & tools. In the context of the last glacial movement, we will read the local landscape to tell the story of its past.
B) Learn Plants through Art:
Plants and trees speak to us all the time - through a secret language. Magically, it is the same language as art. Through drawing and painting we will learn how to decode this secret language to discover who they are and what they are saying.
You can bring the practise home with your own field journal and plant identification kit.
C) Wilderness survival :
Based on the ancient teachings of "the Sacred Five," we will explore the empowering ways to feel and live more "at home" in the wilderness.
Susan and Dennis are empty nesters who in 2010 converted their log cottage into private self catering executive vacation lakefront accommodation which walks out to beautiful Walker Lake. The Caracciolo's are very service based, so travellers needing any assistance / travel information, or perhaps a forgotten a item, they will be only pleased to a assist! Most popular features: This child and pet friendly property has its own tree house, playground swing set, basketball net, paddle boat, and the upper deck which overlooks the western sunsets.
Susan Caracciolo purchased this chateau / country house in 1983
We feel in love with Muskoka in its vast 2,500 square miles of stunning pine and maple forests, 1,600 sparkling lakes, magnificent waterfalls, granite cliffs, and the most breathtaking scenery in the province. Flanked on the north by Algonquin Provincial Park, Muskoka is known for its extraordinary beauty and tranquility. Many artists, sculptors, and writers are inspired by the magnificent and natural setting, lending the Muskoka area an artsy edge that further attracts visitors and cottagers alike!
Muskoka is a year-round region. During the fall, Muskoka is transformed into an artist's palette of breathtaking colours. Winter offers an icy wonderland of fabulous snow activities including hiking, snowshoeing, skiing, skating, sledding, ice fishing, and more. With Spring comes the return of the mesmerizing calls of the loons, welcoming guests and the exciting summer activities just around the corner.
There is so much to explore and be enriched with the area's exciting culture: A very popular stop inside the park is Algonquin Art Centre & Gallery showcasing some of Canada's foremost wilderness and wildlife artists
There are many distinctive Golf Courses in our area: Huntsville Downs Golf Club Huntsville, Deerhurst Resort which features two distinctive 18-hole golf courses, and Bigwin Island voted the “Best New Canadian Golf Course” by Golf Digest – and the #6 Best Golf Course in Canada by Score Golf
Ski or Snowboard at Hidden Valley Highlands Ski Area is just 7 minute drive away just off Hwy 60 Snowshoe and cross country ski on Walker Lake or many of the vast trails in the immediate area. Try tubing or skating at Arrowhead Park with your complimentary entrance pass : )
NEW TOUR OPTION!
Upon request, we can arrange a variety of personalized on-site nature activities! Some of the educational nature hikes and tours you can choose from include:
Wilderness Survival:Based on the ancient teachings of 'the Sacred Five,' we will explore the empowering ways to feel and live more 'at home' in the wilderness. or try a Tree Tour:
Meet the majestic, green giants of the forest -- in this activity-enhanced walk learn trees significant role in the local ecosystem as well as their gifts to human culture as food, medicine & tools. In the context of the last glacial movement and learn how the local landscape tell the story of its past.
We are only 6km away from J Albert Provincial Park with its majestic hiking trails to explore!
My husband and I stayed two nights in late November, 2016. The location is excellent. On the waterfront, walk out the French doors to a beautiful, expansive view of the lake. There is a large, fieldstone walkway from the entrance towards the lake and the lawn. It's quite impressive but there is little fill between the stones so you have to be careful walking across it. The surrounding area is great for taking a walk and we enjoyed the serenity we were surrounded with.
When we arrived it was dark. Don't arrive in the dark. There is only a skinny, dirt pathway to a set of outdoor stairs you have to duck under before you arrive at an outdoor patio under a deck belonging to the upper part of the home. It was difficult to navigate especially with luggage.
The cottage is actually a lower-level, above-grade apartment in a large cottage home. The owner, who lives upstairs, was very welcoming, helpful, and was on hand for any questions or concerns. We did hear the owner from time to time walking across the floor over us as well as hearing the sound of dishes being handled.
The apartment was very clean and spacious and it has plenty of large windows. The kitchen was fully equipped and the bathroom and living/dining room were roomy, There were ample linens and toiletries. We did find the two black sofas were well used (black tape duck covered a new places) and they were not comfortable to lounge on. That said, we are in our late 50s so sitting or lying on something ultra firm is a challenge. The bed was comfortable but it was high off the floor and up against a wall. There also is a crib but we couldn't move it out of the way to center the bed so we could get in on either side. We did pull it out about 30cm from the wall and we both got by with the narrow space to walk on either side. If you're flexible and not fussy you'll be fine.
A nice place to stay for two people.
Blue Heron Cottage was the perfect getaway for my husband and I, our two-year-old girl, and our Bernese Mountain Dog. The cottage apartment was fully stocked with everything we needed - from cream for our coffee and fresh towels, to board books and stuffed animals tucked away for our little one. The waterfront was perfect for all of us - a dock for the dog to jump off and swim to shore, a shallow area for our toddler to play, and a beautiful view of the sunset each night for us. Our family loves to hike, so the park pass and proximity to Algonquin Park was perfect. One of the best surprises was the one-of-a-kind tree house that captured our little girl's imagination! We made so many great memories. Thank you Susan.
The property was everything my husband and I were looking for. The fact that we had our own water front was perfect. We could sunbathe when we wanted or make use of the canoe (which we did every day!). We made use of the fire pit every night and were able to have such lovely evenings on the lake as well. The view from the door and lake front is exactly what you want when you stay in Muskoka. You can see beautifully calm waters and lush greenery. It was like looking at a post card. Susan was amazing and very accommodating. My husband and I had just gotten married and the property allowed us to be alone and de-stress after a hectic few months. We could not have been happier with our choice!
It was a pleasure, Susan. - we went out on the dock on Saturday night and, even though I thought the Perseid meteor storm had passed, we saw one incredible shooting star that lasted a good five seconds. Friday, with the weather looking ominous, we went on a brewery and gastropub excursion (we are both foodies) through Gravenhurst and Bracebridge. Saturday morning was hiking around west end of Algonquin. Nicole had never been to the Park, and we couldn't have asked for better weather. Saturday evening was spent dockside at Blue Heron with the pooches (whom had settled in well by then - they are all adopted from shelters and suffer separation anxiety at first) - watched a beaver coming out from the neighbouring property, the shooting star, and then had an awesome lake-side fire under the stars. Sunday morning we canoed around the whole lakeshore, there are some spectacular places. The highlight of the canoe trip was being up close and personal with a loon that was more than happy to show off his plumage a few feet from us (a real show-off - I have kayaked close to loons, but they are shy and will submerge. This guy was anything but shy - hung out with us and another couple fishing. Incredible!). My regret is I didn't pop in to meet Travis Shilling at Jeff Miller's studio, but we had to head back to Toronto and Guelph. We really enjoyed Blue Heron, All the best, Gavin
As we did not have a car Susan met us at Huntsville, took us shopping,arranged bicycles, a trail ,trips to Alonquin- and a nature trip with Chad, the wilderness expert who taught us how to make a friction fire. She is wonderfully thoughtful and considerate.
And the property is lovely.A wonderful secluded position by the lake with its own canoe,tree house and childrens play area.
The weather was cold but we enjoyed having bonfires by the lake,outside barbecues and cosy nights in playing Board games by the fire.
The property is thoughtfully equipped with wi fi,TV,jacuzzi,desk and work area,two cosy sofas by the fire- much more attractive than the photos on the website!
Everything was very clean ,lots of nice little touches-e.g.complementary set of tea and coffee,lots of logs for the fire and bonfire.
Altogether a very relaxing experience . We were very well looked after and would not hesitate to recommend Blue Heron-a lovely place.
We had such a lovely time at Blue Heron. Susan is more than accommodating and the bed was gloriously cushy! We enjoyed exploring many of the trails in the area, which Susan thoughtfully pointed out to us, and gave us inside tips and knowledge about the area.
There is real attention to detail at this getaway, including natural, handmade soaps, a Keurig machine, complete with cups, and cream and juice left in the fridge. Loved having outdoor fires and enjoying the autumn colours.
Our dog Pot Roast appreciated the complimentary treats!
Just over a two hour drive north of Toronto , Muskoka District,is a vast 2,500 square miles of stunning pine and maple forests, 1,600 sparkling lakes, magnificent waterfalls, granite cliffs, and the most breathtaking scenery in the province. Flanked on the north by Algonquin Provincial Park, Muskoka is known for its extraordinary beauty and tranquility. Many artists, sculptors, and writers are inspired by the magnificent and natural setting, lending the Muskoka area an artsy edge that further attracts visitors and cottagers.
Muskoka is a year-round region. During the fall, Muskoka is transformed into an artist's palette of breathtaking colours. Winter offers an icy wonderland of fabulous snow activities including hiking, snowshoeing, skiing, skating, sledding, ice fishing, and more. With Spring comes the return of the mesmerizing calls of the loons, welcoming guests and all the exciting summer activities just around the corner.
Most popular among our guests is Algonquin Art Centre, a world-class art gallery that showcases some of Canada’s foremost wilderness and wildlife artists. Located in one of Canada’s most beautiful provincial parks, the AAC is built upon a long tradition of artists in Algonquin Park from Tom Thomson to Michael Dumas. Feature lots of family art activities, art classes, art demos, to encourage our visitors to discover the artist within. Your complimentary pass gives you free entrance into the park. Voluntary admission. The Gallery Open June 1st to Thanksgiving Weekend.
Huntsville Downs Golf Club is reasonably priced and built on 200 acres of beautiful Muskoka countryside, the par 72 - 6,270 yard Huntsville Downs provides the challenge and beauty of top rated courses without the high price tag. Deerhurst Resort in Muskoka, Ontario features two distinctive 18-hole golf courses, the famed Deerhurst Highlands and picturesque Deerhurst Lakeside, carved from Muskoka’s ruggedly beautiful landscape by acclaimed architects Robert Cupp and Thomas McBroom. Or Bigwin Island offers recently voted the “Best New Canadian Golf Course” by Golf Digest – and the #6 Best Golf Course in Canada by Score Golf.
Hidden Valley Highlands Ski Area is the closest of many ski hills, just off Hwy 60 on Hidden Valley Rd in Huntsville, season and night passes are available, beginner, skiing and snowboarding packages.
Tubing /Toboganning/ and Cross Country Skiing:
Arrowhead Provincial Park , off hwy 11 at north end of Huntsville, tubing and tobogganing hills Also at Delta Grandview Resort on Hwy 60 just east of Huntsville, tobogganing
Cancellation Policy:You can book with assurance! Deposits can be applied to any future booking within 12 months. The owner will make every attempt to re‐book your reservation. If the reservation is re-booked at the same rate, you will be FULLY REFUNDED or prorated according to rebook price. We have had great success in rebooking as we offer last minute specials on behalf of our depositors!