WE OFFER ADULT LIFESTYLE RENTAL ONLY. PROPERTY IS NOT SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN OR PETS. No WiFi, nor AC, yet soothing cool breezes 100 ft above & overlooking Lake Erie. SEASONAL RENTAL IS PREFERRED. We're accommodating mature adults over 30+ YOA only. We are located just outside of picturesque St.Williams, Ontario, Canada and conveniently near Port Dover and Port Rowan for easy access to shops, dining, winery tours, ziplining, eco adventures, star-gazing or just relax by the bay.
We look forward to the continued patronage of our loyal customers, as we continue to serve this demographic (30+) exclusively and with renewed attention to your special needs and desire for a quiet refuge. Our lakefront property encompasses 5+ acres with the rustic cabin overlooking scenic Long Point Inner Bay. It is fully equipped for self-catering with full-size frigs, microwave, filter-type coffeemaker, gas range and outdoor propane BBQ. All cooking and eating utensils, pots/pans, plates and other crockery are provided for your convenience. There are 3 grocery/convenience stores within 10-15 minutes drive. Hilltop Lodge is 'unplugged' with no cable TV/Internet/AC. NOTE: THE CABIN IS 1920'S ERA. No A/C and no WiFi. THE CABIN HAS STAIR ACCESS POINTS; THERE ARE NO WHEELCHAIR RAMPS AS OF THIS WRITING. IF YOU REQUIRE SPECIAL ACCOMMODATION(s), PLEASE CONTACT THE OFFICE US.
Sandy beaches are nearby at two popular Ontario Provincial Parks at Long Point and at Turkey Point or via boat access from our marina. Check online for info on many of the area attractions such as 'African Lion Safari' that you won't want to miss.
There are two restaurants with available boat access/dockage for diners arriving by small craft, one in Port Rowan and the other at Turkey Point Marina Basin. NOTE: These are not 'gourmet' venues, but worth a try especially if you like people-watching over a beverage and a snack on their outside patios.
The protected waters of the bay and its marshes are perfect for the kayaker, canoer, windsurfer or the avid outdoors person. Guests are welcome to take advantage of our single and tandem kayaks for use on the Inner Bay only. Should you wish to take any kayak in your vehicle to navigate other nearby waterways such as Big Creek or the Hahn Marsh, you only need to leave us a fully refundable deposit of $300 Canadian (cash only please) and sign some paperwork (
Bass, pike, pickerel and yellow perch fishing are some of the species fishers seek in both amateur and professional tournaments every year. Fishing licenses are sometimes hard to get locally, so remember to go online and purchase them before your arrival and be sure to print out the proof of purchase along with your license(s).
Birdwatchers also flock to the adjacent UNESCO-designated Long Point World Biosphere Reserve for the phenomenal birding opportunities. The fact that Bird Studies Canada is located only minutes away from Hilltop Lodge is proof-positive of the plethora of waterfowl and songbirds that migrate through this region.
Lush Carolinian woodlands are also native to the area with a number of Crown Forest trails available nearby. The Hilltop Lodge property boasts what is perhaps the largest Hackberry tree (a rare Carolinian species) known in Norfolk County, towering over 150 feet above the waters of Long Point's Inner Bay -- not to mention the massive maples, pine and spruce trees.
With our adjacent marina on the premises, we encourage guests to bring their small craft boats up to 26 feet overall length can be accommodated. DOCKAGE IS INCLUDED FOR MONTHLY GUESTS (an $800 value included). Please contact us with the draft and beam dimensions of your boat so that we can reserve the proper dockage slip for your small craft. Shoal draft sailboats are most welcome as are runabouts, bass boats, centre consoles, etc.
HELPFUL HINT: We have found that the various mapping sites on the web often contain mistakes. Therefore, if you are using any such maps double check it with satellite images such as G-o-o-g-l-e Earth and your GPS or in-vehicle navigation system. The GPS Co-ordinates indicated mark the St. Williams Lighthouse & our Marina entrance channel. The easiest way to find Hilltop Lodge is navigate to the town of Saint Williams, go South & watch for the signs at the left (east) side of the road. From St. Williams, you'll be heading south on Townline Street till it goes down a steep hill with a slight turn to the left. Just as you're approaching this downhill slope, put on your left turn signal and watch for the entrance sign on your left for Hilltop Lodge Cottages & Marina as you're descending. If you get to the water, you just went a little too far. Make a U-turn and go back a few hundred feet.
Enjoy your holidays -- don't be a slave to your cottage! Let us take care of everything. You can be as physically active as you wish with plenty of area attractions for the outdoorsperson or avid shopper alike. Or simply choose to sit back, relax and enjoy the waterfront views of Long Point's Inner Bay (Lake Erie).
Kind regards, The Management
OTHER USEFUL INFORMATION:
The cottage is NOT air conditioned and there is NO WiFi as of this writing. Call us if you require internet access arrangements. There are fans in each room.
What you will need to bring:
Groceries (local stores carry staples)
The cabin has 8 twin beds, in 4 bedrooms, plus 2 sofas. The beds are fitted with mattress covers sheets/linens ARE provided. Extra wool blankets are available if needed free of charge. Coin laundry washer & dryer available in Port Rowan if needed.
Extra Paper products (such as paper towels, napkins)
Fishing poles / Tackle / Fishing License(s)
Beach shoes / Sandals (sand can be extremely HOT!)
Passport for US citizens