Once you get north of Gravnhurst into the Bracebridge and Huntsville areas, it is pretty easy to escape from modern life into cottage country. Most side roads lead to pockets of lakeside or riverside cottage communities, and will immediately have you thinking that you really should get away more often.
If you are fortunate enough to stay here at Sandcastle Cottage, you'll find yourself wishing you'd discovered the secret that is Ril Lake a lot sooner. Just under 3 km in length, the lake boasts enough depth (average 56 feet) to keep the water clear and good for swimming and water sports as well as a couple of islands to make boating interesting and provide some great scenery. And yes, Sandcastle has the holy grail of cottage rentals, a sandy beach with a shallow, sandy walk-in. It also has an extended dock to keep you in the sunshine after the sun has dipped below the trees in the late afternoon or evening.
Up at the top of a nicely terraced property is the cottage itself. You'll find yourself completely able to relax here. A traditional cottage with a recent retrofit, Sandcastle sleeps your family in cottage comfort. There are 3 bedrooms and a 4-piece bathroom to keep you comfortable, of course. The living/kitchen/dining area is where this cottage shines, enjoying a view of the lake that is picture perfect. There is also satellite TV for keeping track of the big game or your favorite soap opera and a wood stove in case a summer evening throws a chill your way. The kitchen is fully modernized and includes a dishwasher so you won't be spending your post-meal time scrubbing. Any time you want to enjoy the view you can step out onto the expansive deck, which has lots of seating and an even better view of the beach and lake - perfect for Mom and Dad or Grandma and Grandpa to enjoy a cool drink while watching the kids enjoy the beach.
Most families like to take a day or two to explore the area around a cottage. You are well positioned to do this here. The communities of Huntsville and Bracebridge are an easy drive and the smaller quaint towns of Dorset and Baysville are closer. Why not spend some time here...make Sandcastle YOUR castle for a week.+ More