The view of the Willow Bank from the water's edge showing the front lawn and the elevated front deck. The cottage is tucked back into a forest of cedar trees.The view from the upper front deck showing Lake Huron. There is an apron of sand at the  water's edge making it the ideal place for young children to play under the watchful eyes of their parents.
Willow Bank - Private Lakeside Retreat- Sleeps 7
Willow Bank - Private Lakeside Retreat- Sleeps 7
7 guests
4 bedrooms
5 beds
2 baths
7 guests
4 bedrooms
5 beds
2 baths
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The Willow Bank is a clean and comfortable well equipped 4 bedroom, two bathroom cottage located in a private and very quiet setting on the shoreline of a sheltered bay of Lake Huron about a 10-minute drive south of Tobermory in Ontario, Canada. It's located near the major tourist attractions including the Bruce Peninsula Park featuring the Grotto and Singing Sands Beach. It is the ideal accommodation for families and small groups staying in the area. Maximum group size is limited to 7 people.

The space

The Willow Bank cottage is located on the Northern Bruce Peninsula a short drive from the major tourist attractions including the Bruce Peninsula National Park, Fathom Five National Marine Park, Flower Pot Island, the Grotto and Singing Sands Beach to name a few.

The cottage faces south and is located in a very private setting on the shore of a sheltered bay of Lake Huron and it is surrounded by a forest of green trees.

The maximum group size at the cottage is 7 people including children.

There are 4 Bedrooms furnished with comfortable beds.

The master bedroom is large and furnished with a comfortable king-sized bed. From this room, there is a walkout to a private balcony equipped with a couple of chairs overlooking the waterfront. The second bedroom has a comfortable queen-sized bed. Both bedrooms are located adjacent to the bathroom on the top floor and both have closets, dressers, end tables and reading lamps.

The Guest Cabin which is located just a few steps from the main cottage can serve as the third or fourth bedroom. It is clean, cozy and furnished with a queen-sized bed, a dresser, end tables, lamps, two ceiling fans, and a couch that easily converts to a single bed. The guest cabin is a good size of about 200 square feet and can be the ideal place for older children, maybe a second couple or for grandparents to stay in at night when they might appreciate having their own separate and quiet sleeping space. The Guest Cabin is never booked separately from the main cottage so there are no privacy concerns.

The sofa in the entertainment room located on the lower level of the main cottage converts to a double bed.

All of the bedrooms have windows that open with screens and ceiling fans to ensure that they are kept cool during the heat of summer for a long restful sleep.

A 4 piece bathroom features deep claw-foot tub and shower stall.

The spacious bathroom located on the top floor was completely remodeled in 2012. This room is clean and bright and features a recently re-glazed deep claw foot tub that can be the perfect place for long relaxing baths. Imagine relaxing in that tub for a long soak in warm water reading a good book and maybe enjoying a glass of wine. A separate glassed-door shower stall completes this spacious mini-spa like bathroom.

A 3 piece bathroom was recently constructed on the lower level of the cottage adjacent to the Entertainment Room /3rd or 4th bedroom. It features a glass door shower stall, toilet and sink.

A composting toilet located in a separate building is just a few steps away from the Guest Cabin.

Clean well-equipped kitchen

The kitchen is spotlessly clean and well equipped with good appliances including a refrigerator, oven/stove, dishwasher, coffee maker, toaster, and microwave. Stainless steel pots and pans and a full array of cooking utensils are provided. There is an ample supply of cutlery, flatware and a wide variety of glassware including wine glasses and such to allow your family or group to dine comfortably.

There is a walkout to the front deck from the dining room with easy access to a propane BBQ located there. This makes it convenient for the cook in your group to stay connected with everyone in your group while preparing delicious meals.

Comfortably furnished living room and dining room

The living room and dining rooms are located at the front of the cottage and both are bright spaces that feature a wall of windows looking out over the front deck and towards the waterfront.

The dining room is located adjacent to the kitchen and features a dining room table that can be easily expanded to allow 7 people to dine comfortably.

The living room is furnished with a large leather sectional sofa, a comfortable arm chair and ottoman. The room has a satellite 46" wall mounted TV with a DVD player, CD player with a stereo receiver (wired to the upstairs bathroom) and an IPOD docking station. There is an excellent selection of DVD movies provided for our guests to enjoy.

South facing large elevated deck overlooking the waterfront

The Willow Bank's south facing elevated front deck is the perfect place to watch the sunrise while savouring a morning coffee. This deck features an ever-changing but always spectacular view of Lake Huron and the surrounding forest during the day and a star-filled sky at night. This deck is equipped with a gas BBQ, comfortable lounge chairs, a glass patio table, umbrellas and six chairs for outdoor dining.

If your family or group is like most that stay at the cottage, the front deck is the place where they will love to spend time during days when they decide to stay at the cottage instead of venturing elsewhere on the peninsula. It is a wonderful place to dine outside or to sit back, lounge and to catch a few rays. Watching the birds come and go to the feeders there can be entertaining and very relaxing.

Entertainment room features 46" flat screen satellite HDTV

A new entertainment room was constructed on the lower level of the cottage and is furnished with comfortable furniture, a 46" flat screen satellite HDTV with surround sound and a Blu-Ray disk player. We provide a selection of Blu-Ray movies and music concerts for adults to enjoy. There is also a large collection of regular and Blu-Ray movies that are sure to entertain the children in your group.

A fire in the wall mounted gas fireplace located there adds a lovely warmth and ambiance to this room making it the ideal place to enjoy a good movie, a music concert or the big sporting event, especially on cool evenings during the spring and fall.

Clean fresh water pumped from a deep drilled well

The Willow Bank cottage has an excellent water system equipped with a submersible pump that draws fresh water from a deep drilled well. The cottage has plenty of water and it is supplied throughout the cottage with excellent water pressure. The water in the cottage is charcoal filtered, softened and purified using an ultra-violet light system. The drinking water has been government tested and deemed safe. The cottage owner is not hesitant to drink the water in the cottage.

The cottage is equipped with a large hot water heater that provides the cottage with what appears to be an endless supply of hot water.

Shallow water at the cottage is safe for young children

The lake in front of the cottage can be the perfect place for young children to play in the sand at the water’s edge under the watchful eyes of their parents. The Singing Sands beach is a 5-minute drive from the cottage and everybody that stays at the cottage raves about the warm water and the soft sand that can be enjoyed there.

Two person paddle boat and two kayaks

A two person paddle boat, two kayaks and some adult and children sized PFD's are provided for guests to use and enjoy at the cottage. Paddling the kayaks is a fun way to explore the area surrounding the cottage by water.

Shoreline fire pit and complimentary firewood

The fire pit and the two park style benches located on the shoreline in front of the cottage are the perfect places to make lasting family memories while enjoying a blazing campfire under a dark star-filled sky. What child does not enjoy roasting marshmallows or hot dogs over the dying embers of an open fire? Complimentary firewood is provided but you might have to bring your own guitar if you are planning to entertain your family and friends with a few songs.

On some nights, you might be fortunate to hear the howls and yelps of a pack of coyotes off in the distance.

The Willow Bank cottage is a magical place where life can be enjoyed and lasting memories are made.

In addition to the use of the main cottage and the guest cabin, guests will be able to enjoy the use of a long list of modern amenities including two kayaks and a two person paddle boat. In addition, there is a shoreline fire pit and complimentary firewood is provided for our guests to enjoy. And what child wouldn't enjoy, at the end of a fun-filled day, making memories of sitting with their family around a blazing campfire under a star-filled sky roasting marshmallows of hotdogs?

I like to take the opportunity to greet our guests during their check-in at the cottage. Afterward, I can be contacted by telephone or email to assist them if they have any questions or a problem is encountered.

The area surrounding the cottage is very private and is unspoiled. The cottage is located close to the western boundary of the Bruce Peninsula National Park. Guests will be able to observe some of the area's wildlife from the cottage. During the day, the view of Lake Huron from the cottage is spectacular. At night, the sky overhead can be filled with countless numbers of stars.

There is no public transit on the Northern Bruce Peninsula and guests will require the use of an automobile to move about the area.

The "Willow Bank Pre-Arrival Information Package" will be emailed to all guest following their confirmed booking.

Guest access

In addition to being able to access the main cottage and the guest cabin, guests staying at the cottage will have access to a long list of modern amenities including high-speed wireless internet, a clothes washer and dryer, two kayaks, a two person paddle-boat, a fire-pit located on the shoreline and complimentary firewood.

Interaction with guests

I like to welcome guests to the cottage when they are checking in. This gives me an opportunity to show them around the cottage and the property. I can answer any questions they might have at that time. Afterwards, I can be contacted via the phone, texts or by email to resolve any problems that might arise during their stay.

Other things to note

The Willow Bank is a smoke free and pet free environment.

Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 king bed
Bedroom 2
1 queen bed
Bedroom 3
1 queen bed, 1 sofa bed
Bedroom 4
1 sofa bed


Cleaning Fee $125 CAD
Security Deposit $500 CAD
Weekly Discount: 30%
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House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Check in is anytime after 4PM
Check out by 11AM

During the peak summer rental season ( from June 17th through September 18th, 2017), the minimum stay is 7 nights starting and ending on a Saturday. At other times the minimum rental stay is 2 nights unless it is a Long Weekend (Victoria Day, Thanksgiving) then the minimum stay is three nights.

The rates shown are for a group size of 7 people comprised of a maximum of 4 adults and three children. Groups consisting of more than 4 adults will be considered but the rate quoted might vary from the rate displayed.

All bedding for the king-sized bed will be provided. All beds will have pillows and comforters provided. All other linens and towels used in the cottage will be the guest's responsibility to supply except for guests traveling to the cottage from overseas. Guests traveling to the cottage from overseas will have the required linens and towels supplied.

Linens and towels can be supplied for other guests for an additional charge.

The Willow Bank is located in a quiet and secluded area that offers our guests complete privacy. It is expected that our guests will treat the cottage with the respect it deserves and treat it like their own. It is expected that guests will leave the cottage tidy at the end of their stay.

Pets are not allowed on the property.

Smoking is not allowed in the main cottage or guest cabin.

No ATV's, snowmobiles or off-road motorcycles are allowed at the cottage.

No guns or archery equipment are allowed at the cottage.

No fireworks are allowed at the cottage.

Guests will be required to sign a rental contract with the cottage owner during the booking process. The rental contract will be emailed to the guest by the owner.


Safety features
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector
First aid kit
Fire extinguisher

2 nights minimum stay

11 Reviews

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Hakan User Profile
July 2017
Very nice place, I highly recommend using the kayaks and enjoy the water, beautiful.
Glenn User Profile
Response from Glenn:
Thanks Hakan for taking the time to review the Willow Bank cottage. I do appreciate it. I'm glad that you and your family enjoyed the cottage and the two kayaks that we provide. The sheltered bay in front of the cottage is a perfect place to paddle around before heading out toward the main lake.
July 2017

Zhengjie User Profile
May 2017
Great cottage and location. Need to bring your own linens for guest room and towers. It is not typical for an airbnb rental and causes some inconvenience when our group arrive late and there are not shop around open. But overall the house is great and has a lot of features you can use during the stay, such as canoe and fireplace. The house is close to the national park.
Glenn User Profile
Response from Glenn:
I am sorry that this guest was inconvenienced when they arrived late and found that linens and towels were not provided. It is clearly indicated in my listing and in the pre-arrival information package that I email all my guests 6 weeks prior to their stay. The only sheets and pillow cases I provide are for the king-sized bed. Towels and linens for the other beds remain the responsibility of the guests to provide unless prior arrangements have been made. I am sorry that this guest did not take the time read my listing or the information package as this was something that could have been easily remedied if I had have known. I do not live close to the cottage and it was impossible for me to return there after they arrived. I must stress to every potential guest that each and every Airbnb location is different and it is important to take a look at the listing and the pre-arrival information package that is sent so that this situation can be avoided in the future. I am glad that Zhengjie's group, in spite of this problem, enjoyed their stay and was able to enjoy the Willow Bank's many amenities and its close proximity to the Bruce Peninsula National Park.
May 2017

Roxine User Profile
October 2016
Glenn was very responsive via email and the phone. The cottage was even better than we expected! The cottage is just by Lake Huron and we had a wonderful time.
Glenn User Profile
Response from Glenn:
Roxine, I am glad that you and your family enjoyed their stay at the Willow Bank cottage during the 2016 Thanksgiving Weekend and found it to be "even better than we expected". I work hard to ensure that the cottage is clean and well prepared for all of my guests. I certainly hope you and your family would consider booking another stay at the Willow Bank cottage again in the future. The cottage and the Northern Bruce Peninsula are equally as pleasant in the spring of the year.
October 2016

Staying at Willow Bank was an exceptionally pleasant experience. All communication with Glenn was very smooth and clear, the cottage itself is very well equipped and sophisticated and the area in general is beautiful. Our group consisted of seven people from age 7 to 59 and everybody had an amazing time. The newly renovated patio is perfect to relax on while not loosing sight of the kids playing in the stream and the constantly changing view of the surrounding nature is simply breathtaking. We will most definitely be back at Willow Banks, hopefully sooner than later!
Glenn User Profile
Response from Glenn:
Thanks Guomundur for deciding to book the Willow Bank. It was a pleasure to host you and your family at the cottage. I'm glad that you enjoyed your stay and would love to welcome you folks back anytime. I do agree with you that the ever changing view from the front deck is breath taking. You were certainly excellent ambassadors for your home country of Iceland.
June 2016

Rebecca User Profile
June 2016
Our experience with Glenn and his amazing property was great! We had such a lovely stay and Glenn ensure the property was perfectly ready for us upon our arrival. We would definitely recommend Glenn and his property to anyone wanting to stay in a private, comfortable, picturesque, and clean cottage in Tobermory.
Glenn User Profile
Response from Glenn:
Rebecca, I am glad that you and your family enjoyed your stay at the Willow Bank cottage. I appreciated that you responded to my emails promptly during the booking process and left the cottage clean and tidy when you departed at the end of your stay. I would welcome you and your family back to the cottage anytime.
June 2016

Darren User Profile
May 2016
We had a wonderful stay at Glenn's cottage. It was an excellently-appointed and had a beautiful view from the patio. Glenn was very welcoming and gave us a tour of the cottage when we arrived. Its location was nicely secluded and was very quiet. We would not hesitate to stay here again!
Glenn User Profile
Response from Glenn:
I'm glad that you and your friends enjoyed your stay at the Willow Bank cottage. Good luck in your studies.
May 2016

Amber User Profile
October 2015
Glenn, thank you so much for letting us the house for our Honeymoon! It was so perfect to have all the amenities of home without hotel check-ins and being crowded in with other tourists. We bought groceries at a nearby store and was able to cook almost all of our meals at the house. Pans, spices, and tableware being provided is such a huge plus for vacationers like us who like to dine in. :D We can't say enough about the other things provided as well. We packed extra light because we knew there was a washer/dryer. We didn't spend tons of money on entertainment because we had access to netflix (own account) and a great little movie den. When we did want to be adventurous we used the kayaks and paddleboat provided and went for little trips to the bay to watch the sunset, etc. Bruce Penn is so amazing. Tobermory is such a beautiful little town. Singing Sands beach is right around the corner from the cabin - and we went on *so* many hikes along the Bruce trail. The Cypress Lake/Grotto hike is literally minutes away from the house and is like 4 hikes in one! There is so much to see and we ran out of days before we ran out of things we wanted to do. We also loved being in such a quiet neighborhood. We came home almost every night to a snowshoe rabbit (first I'd ever seen) on the lawn. The chipmunks are so laid back I got only a couple feet from petting one! The Jays are gorgeous too. I can't say enough about the view and how amazing it was to wake up and walk outside and hear waves crashing. I could go on and on - this place is a mini-wonderland. Some things to know before you come here: There are two Tobermory's (make sure you know which one you are coming to - ie: not the bright colored houses in pictures of Tobermory, Scottland). He does provide wi-fi - but if you are U.S. your phone will not work for calling. Everything is in Metric! I 'knew' this but didn't remember until the radio said 'high of 19 degrees tonight' - :) Bring hiking boots; you'll want to hike all over the whole peninsula - it's so beautiful! We kind of did things backwards - but if you want an order of how to plan a week stay - come early on Saturday and go on the sunset cruise (from Blue Heron), then plan your hikes from there. We recommend the Grotto, Overlook, White bluffs, then wrap up with the intensely amazing, vertigo inducing cliffs of the Lion's Head. Thanks again Glenn!!!
Glenn User Profile
Response from Glenn:
Amber was easy to communicate with and I would have no reluctance recommending her as a guest.
October 2015

Owen Sound, CanadaJoined in December 2014
Glenn User Profile

I have spent over 40 years enjoying and exploring the rugged and beautiful Northern Bruce Peninsula in Ontario, Canada. I am offering visitors to this part of Ontario an opportunity to stay in a clean and comfortable cottage that is located on the shores of Lake Huron in one of the nicest sheltered bays in the entire area.

I enjoyed a 32 year career with a major Canadian telecommunications company before retiring in 2004. I then embarked on a second career working for an emerging cottage rental management company as an Account Manager. I worked with many clients on the Bruce Peninsula and surrounding areas. In that position, I became very knowledgeable in all aspects of the cottage rental business. I left that company and now exclusively manage and maintain a guest cottage that I own and operate on Lake Huron about 10 minutes south of Tobermory.

I pride myself in providing guests with a comfortable place to stay that is equipped with a long list of modern amenities. I work hard to ensure that my guests can relax and enjoy the cottage while they explore and fully experience this unique area of Ontario.

Although this may be a new listing on Airbnb, I have been successfully advertising the Willow Bank on a wide variety of cottage listing web-sites since 2003. The Willow Bank has consistently received 5 star reviews from guests that have stayed at the cottage. There are a number of families that have been returning to the cottage every summer for many years.

I promise to do everything possible to ensure that my clients receive the highest level of customer service from the first time they send me an inquiry, through-out the booking process and during their stay at the cottage.

I look forward to receiving all inquiries. I strive to answer all questions promptly. I look forward to welcoming new visitors and returning friends to the Willow Bank cottage. It really can be a magical place and I am excited to be able share it with others.

Languages: English
Response rate: 100%
Response time: within an hour

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