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Orkney Beach 1 on the shores of Lake Simcoe

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Orkney Beach 1 on the shores of Lake Simcoe

6 guests
3 bedrooms
3 beds
1 bath
6 guests
3 bedrooms
3 beds
1 bath
Self check-in
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Hot tub
This is one of few homes in this area that has this feature.
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100% of recent guests gave this home’s check-in process a 5-star rating.

This beauty is located in a quiet community about an hour and a half north of Toronto; on Lake Simcoe. Recently upgraded to include a 55 inch led tv, Internet access, hot tub, paddle boat and canoe, this cottage has a lot to offer.

Only 10 minutes from Orillia, the water is clear with a rocky bottom. A beach area (small stones) with a gradual entry make water access easy . Depth at the end of the dock fluctuates between 3 and 5 feet.

Amenities

Wifi
Kitchen
Hot tub
Free parking on premises
Heating
TV

Sleeping arrangements

Bedroom 1
1 queen bed
Bedroom 2
1 double bed
Bedroom 3
1 double bed

House Rules

No smoking
No parties or events
Check-in is anytime after 4PM
Check out by 12PM (noon)
Self check-in with lockbox

Availability

13 Reviews

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Justin User Profile
Justin
September 2018
It’s a cute 3 bedroom with two livingrooms and good sized kitchen. We had a great time with 6 of us and had plenty of room. Plenty of hot water was a good feature and the fire pit at the shore was a great place to congregate. Murray is a good host with a quick response time. You’…
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Response from Murray:
Hi Justin. Glad you enjoyed yourselves. Unfortunately, one of the hot tub pumps blew about 3 weeks ago and I have to order another (about $1200) to come in from BC. My plan is to have it back up and running for next spring. With all that stuff in the guide that was left on the table... every rental is different and a lot of that stuff is because some renters do things that I wouldnt think of so, I just note it in there. For example; I had one of my renters decide to drive around the end of the driveway onto the front lawn (and across the septic tank) so that they didnt have to carry their gear from the cottage to the driveway; hence, the note for "do not drive on the lawn". In the summer, if the lights are left on at night, bugs will be thick on the front of the cottage in the morning. Just stuff like that. Some folks have never been to a cottage before and need their hands held. Now, about the condiments. We usually dont stock anything in the fridge; some renters will throw it out when they arrive; others appreciate it. We do like to leave at least a roll of toilet paper , dish soap (sorry for their not being enough) and, I do like to leave a few ice cubes in the freezer to get you started. Hey, I even left poop bags there for the dog !!!!! Glad you enjoyed the place; come back next year when you can make use of the water toys and swimming in the lake. Have a great day
September 2018
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Greg
August 2018
Great quiet spot on the lake. House is clean and cozy, sun room is a wonderful place to relax on a rainy day or to escape the sunshine. Plenty of privacy with the tall shrubs surrounding the property and on weekdays the lake is extra quiet.
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Cheryl
June 2018
A wonderful piece of heaven on Lake Simcoe. The cottage had modern amenities with a rustic charm. Our weather was dim but the beautiful sunroom gave us an outdoor feel. The host was easily accessible too. This is a great location for your next stay.
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Vanessa
June 2018
My friends and I had a very good time at the cottage. Very spacious, looks even nicer than the pictures. The hot tub was definitely a nice addition to the beautiful lake views!
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Response from Murray:
Hi Vanessa: Airbnb will in fact do the damage deposit. However, with them holding the damage deposit on your credit card, it locks up $500 on your credit card limit. Since it is very rarely used, I didnt want to bother folks with it. From my point. Should there be a need to make a damage deposit claim, I would now have to go through airbnb and prove my case which takes time. For example, in the guest agreement, there is a note about leaving garbage. It costs about $15 for me to get rid of someone's garbage that is left there. Would it be worth my time and effort to make the claim to airbnb for $15 ? If you leave it in a mess, its a minimum $100 fee. I'd have to pay that and then try to deal with airbnb to cover the cost . If they disagree, then I am out at least the $100 for the cleaners (I cant wait until i settle the dispute between airbnb and the guest before getting the cleaners in as my turnaround time during the summer months is only 4 hours; if you leave at noon and the place is a mess, I have to get it cleaned (2 hours minimum) before the next guests arrive at 4 pm. Since most of the cottages are not mine (i rent then for clients), the damage incurred could easily exceed any commission that I make on the cottage rental itself. Although I have not as of yet, gone through Airbnb to recover any out of pocket expenses due to rental damage, (and i did suck up that $15 out of my commission on that rental that left garbage), I see it as an extra time delay in getting things done. Hope this explains why i request the damage deposit cheque as I dont really have the time to deal with a 3rd party when trying to recover any renter incurred out of pocket expenses. I do understand that it is a pain to provide this security (not many younger folks have cheques available) deposit but at this time, i really dont know of any other way to cover it. Hope this helps
June 2018
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Debbie
June 2018
We recently rented this property for a weekend getaway and would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone considering it! The beds are super comfortable, the cottage is sparkling clean and the location is outstanding!
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Response from Murray:
Hi Debbie: You should have called me about the internet password not working. I think what may have happened was that the internet company may have reset their service and my router did not pick up a new ip that the service sent me. I was only about 4 doors down from that cottage; thanks for the info, I will take a look at it today. Also, thanks for the $10 and the jug of water; you really didnt need to do that. If we advertise that we supply the bon fire wood, renters will have huge fires and burn tons of it; if the renter supplies it themselves, then they will think twice about having huge fires. Anyway, thanks again for leaving the place in pristine condition; i will be returning your damage deposit within the next couple of weeks. And thanks for removing your garbage as well. Hopefully, you can come back during the summer and maybe spend a week at the Orkney Beach cottage on beautiful McPhee Bay. Have a great day
June 2018
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Beth
May 2018
Murray’s cottage is both charming, clean and is full of amenities! From the well maintained boats to indoor and outdoor furnishings, Muskoka chairs on lovely grass and a smooth dock with a ladder to such beautiful sparkling water. Thank you Murray, we hope to be back soon! Warm r…
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Response from Murray:
Thanks for the wonderful feedback Beth. I trust our water problems didn't inconvenience you too much. Moose and I checked the cottage yesterday and thanks for leaving it in such a clean and tidy state. Glad you had a great time. Bye for now
May 2018
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Arian
May 2018
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