Bi-Century Log Cabin, Desert Lake Waterfront Farm

Entire cabin hosted by Magret

  1. 4 guests
  2. 2 bedrooms
  3. 2 beds
  4. 1 bath
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Restored 200+ year old Log Cabin on 200 acre WF farm, with 2000ft WF on spectacular Desert Lake. A natural paradise of true Canadian Shield. One double bed, one King in loft. Full kitchen. 3pc bath(shower) . Very private get-a-way .

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DESCRIPTION: It is rare to have private enjoyment of over 200 acres of a waterfront farm with 2,000 feet of spectacular shoreline on pristine Desert Lake. Follow the horse trails through pasture and woods. See trees that have graced this land for hundreds of years unspoilt. This is true Canadian shield country. Bring a compass and a camera.

The home is fully equipped for your vacation, four seasons of the year. The home has a sleeping loft with a king size bed and one small main floor bedroom with antique double brass bed. Linens and towels are always cleaned/sterilized off-site after each visit.
Open concept kitchen/ dining /cozy living area with a woodstove.
The cabin is ideally suited for a couple. However, 4 people- (two couples) can be easily accommodated.
Wood is provided free of charge. Extensive rear decking for outside dining in warmer weather plus a wrap around covered porch. Central heating system and air conditioning for year round comfort. Modern appliances, microwave, dishwasher, fridge, stove, coffee maker, electric water kettle, water cooler, BBQ. Amply furnished for the comfort of our guests of 1 to a maximum of 4 people. Flat screen 40inch TV with Blue Ray player and a random assortment of DVDs. Unlimited WIFI access to stay connected to the outside world. Basic condiments, sugars , salt etc. etc. are provided.

When staying at the log home you have access to 2000 feet of pristine and private waterfront on Desert Lake with 200 acres of field and forest for hiking and exploring. This is not a campground or resort. You will appreciate a very private time. The exclusive waterfront has a large floating dock with ladders and the water is very clean and exceptional for swimming. (During warm weather).
Bring your own kayaks, canoes , boats or use ours. We have two kayaks and a canoe available with paddles and PFDs. If you have a motorized boat, there is a public boat launch about 3 minutes down the road, near Desert Lake Campground where Holleford and Desert Lake intersect. Get in the boats and explore Desert Lake, Mitchell Creek, Birch Lake and Kingsford Lake giving access by water to Frontenac Provincial Park.

To access the private waterfront on the farm you can drive or enjoy a 5- 10 minute walk on a very attractive private lane. During the summer there are a few cows and horses on the property grazing on small pasture fields nestled amongst the trees. Most of the farm is pristine Canadian Shield forested terrain, interspersed with pasture. A naturalists delight.
This is not a 'run out he back door and jump into the lake' setting. When it was built over 200 years ago, the inhabitants were more concerned about being close to their neighbours rather than an engaging water view. Be prepared to stroll down to the water's edge, or you can drive along the lane to park at the head of a 100 foot trail that takes you down to the 'boat launch' where a large west facing floating dock with a swim ladder is exclusively yours for the duration of your stay.

Four wheeling and sea-doos are discouraged. Snow mobiles are allowed when there is adequate snow, providing that operators stay on the prescribed trails. Notice is requested in advance from guests bringing snow machines.

Desert Lake is one of the largest, cleanest, deepest inland lakes in Eastern Ontario. The lake is approx 4.5 miles long and the deepest spot is 232 feet. The average depth of the lake is 72 feet. Due to the cleanliness of the water and its depth, it makes for one of the premier Lake Trout fishing spots in Southern Ontario. The lake also produces northern pike, large and small mouth bass, yellow perch, crappies and lake herring.

For the more adventurous, Birch and Kingsford Lakes can be accessed by a short canoe ride down Mitchell Creek. These lakes offer more wilderness oriented opportunities, like hiking and camping, as they border on Frontenac Park.

Frontenac Provincial Park is within a 10 minute drive. The park has numerous hiking trails, dozens of lakes with excellent fishing and an abundance of wildlife. For more information on the park, contact Friends of Frontenac Park.

Ten minute drive to Verona, where you will find banking, grocery including LCBO and Beer Store, restaurants, churches, library, medical building , hardware, Farmer’s food outlet ,convenience stores and much more. .

Twenty minutes to the north are the quaint little town of Westport where you could spend an afternoon shopping. Also in Westport are two golf courses and one more can be located just north of Verona which is just 10 minutes away.

40 minutes to the south in Kingston , Amherstview and Camden East, there are several different golf courses.

Thirty or more minutes to the south is the beautiful historic City of Kingston, with numerous attractions such as Fort Henry, Bellevue House, Queens University, Royal Military College and Canadian Forces Base Kingston.

Please contact Magret for further information and to book your vacation rental.

Where you'll sleep

Bedroom 1
1 king bed
Bedroom 2
1 double bed

What this place offers

Beach access – Beachfront
Free driveway parking on premises – 4 spaces
Free washer – In unit
Free dryer – In unit
Central air conditioning
Patio or balcony

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Where you’ll be

Verona, Ontario, Canada

This is true Canadian shield country in the "land of a thousand lakes". Kingston (population 165,000) is approximately 35 minutes away. Verona, a small town of 500 is approximately 8 to 10 minutes away for the conveniences of gas, grocery, liquor and beer outlet , farmer's food outlet,restaurants, golf course, bank (BMO), medical attention , churches, etc. The renowned Frontenac Provincial Park is less than an 8 minute drive away.

Hosted by Magret

  1. Joined in October 2014
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I consider myself blessed to have been raised in this beautiful part of the world- the land of a thousand lakes. My husband Richard and I have a love and respect for the land and the creatures that inhabit it. This 200 year old log cabin was restored and refashioned by us over many years and continues to be a source of pride for us in its accomplishment. Albeit, the original builder will be amazed at the transformation, much of what was there originally has been reinstated and strengthened to meet current safety and living standards. It is our pleasure to be able to share this property with like-minded people. As hosts, we are not the 'hovering' type . We respect our quests' privacy and try to make their stay as pleasant and stress free as possible from the minute they walk through the door.. We live a short 25 minutes away and are always available by phone and can come if needed.
I consider myself blessed to have been raised in this beautiful part of the world- the land of a thousand lakes. My husband Richard and I have a love and respect for the land a…

During your stay

This is a private getaway location. Once you have been given the access code and are in the cabin, you will be introduced to the property by being provided with maps of trails and a welcoming package. Occasionally the farmer whose cattle and horses are on the land may access the property to check on the livestock. You may not even know he is there as the access for him is different than yours. In the winter months, there is no livestock on the property. Enjoyment of the cabin will be yours and yours alone for the duration of your stay. For any emergencies or other concerns, phone numbers are provided on reverse side of brochure which is left for you.
This is a private getaway location. Once you have been given the access code and are in the cabin, you will be introduced to the property by being provided with maps of trails…
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Things to know

House rules

Check-in: After 2:00 p.m.
Checkout: 11:00 a.m.
Self check-in with keypad
Not suitable for children and infants
No smoking
No pets
No parties or events

Health & safety

Airbnb's COVID-19 safety practices apply
Nearby lake, river, other body of water
Carbon monoxide alarm
Smoke alarm

Cancellation policy