What is the perfect family cottage memory?
Is it that first longed-for view of the lake as you alight from the drive? Is it stretching out on the sofa in the great room, watching as the sun sinks slowly through the pines? Is it watching toddlers take their first steps in the shallow water at the lake’s edge?
This beautifully designed cottage, perched above 310 feet of pristine Lake Joseph waterfront, was made for a lifetime of family cottage memories. With 5,000 square feet of living space on two levels, six bedrooms and seven baths, it has everything that makes a Lake Joseph cottage so desirable: boat access throughout the Muskoka Big Three Lakes for shopping, visiting and entertaining (Port Carling’s just a short drive or boat ride away) – while its coveted location in a sheltered bay means a minimum of boat traffic, and a maximum of privacy. Whether your dream is hosting lots of friends or family, or a relaxed escape for just the two of you, you’ll find it here.
Come in the double French doors off the drive and drop your bags on the flagstone entry floor (perfect for shedding snowy boots in winter, or muddy footwear after a summer hike). You can drop off groceries in the kitchen to the right, or turn left and head straight to the great room. With its vaulted, timber-framed ceiling, you can immediately sense that this great room is special: it’s spacious without being cavernous, intimate without feeling crowded. Beyond its big wood-burning granite fireplace, made for gathering around and warming up after a day on the water, French doors lead out to a wide, breezy upper deck with your first breathtaking view of the lake through the trees.
Past the adjoining dining room – big enough to feed a crowd in style – the kitchen is the perfect size for multiple cooks to prepare a meal together; for catering staff at your large formal gatherings; or putting together a quiet dinner for the two of you. A few steps farther, and one of the prettiest rooms in the whole house awaits: an old-fashioned sunroom, a more versatile version of the Muskoka screen porch. If it’s real breezes that you crave, walk out to another secluded deck, nestled in the pines.
The lower level is designed for indulgence: a luxurious wine cellar, a well-proportioned gym, a fireplace built for a cozy fireside reading and a walkout to an intimate patio. The outdoor spaces here are as thoughtfully designed as the cottage proper. Beautifully landscaped stone paths lead to multiple outdoor seating areas on a variety of levels as you descend towards the water, including a magical firepit seating area, strategically located to make the most of offshore breezes – perfect for spotting fireflies, as the sun goes down and the spangled, impossibly clear Muskoka night sky appears above.
At water’s edge, the main boathouse accommodates private guest quarters, three boat slips (all with powered platform lifts), and a large dock for sun-worshipping. There’s even a second boathouse/paddle shack with its own dock and swimming raft – perfect for keeping your kayaks accessible to hit the water with.
There’s so much more to enjoy here that we invite you to come visit and see for yourself. You may just discover a lifetime of cottage memories is waiting for you.
Lake Joseph | 5,000 sq.ft. | Listed For $ 12,900,000