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Cottage of the Week: $5.9 million for a Muskoka retreat with a winter-proof sauna out back

The 2,400-square-foot property also comes with a two-slip boathouse, granite from the Canadian Shield and a 75-metre shoreline

By Teagan Sliz
Cottage of the Week: $5.9 million for a Muskoka retreat with a winter-proof sauna out back

Location: Port Carling
Price: $5,995,000 Size: 2,400 square feet on 2.5 acres of land Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 3 Real estate agents: Shawn Woof, Sotheby’s International Realty Canada

The place

A four-bedroom, three-bathroom home nestled on the shores of Lake Joseph. The place comes with a cedar sauna facing the water, a beach and tons of space—ideal for a young family or someone who loves to host. It’s a speedy car ride from Lake Joseph Golf Club and various trails and a short, stunning boat ride to the shops and restaurants in Port Carling.

The history

The original owners built this classic Muskoka cottage in 1991, renovating it in 2010. In 2014, it was sold to its current owners, who, after a decade of enjoyment, have decided to find a new escape.

The tour

Surrounded by a dense forest, the southwest-facing destination has plenty of room for sun lovers, including a 600-square-foot patio off the main house.

This four-bedroom Port Carlin retreat is currently going for $5.9 million.

Inside, residents are greeted by the modern open-concept kitchen and living area, canopied by vaulted ceilings and equipped with an original stone fireplace and hemlock floors. 

A peek inside the open-concept area.

Turn left and you’re in the California-like kitchen. Flooded with natural light, it has a custom camouflaged fridge, plenty of storage and a jumbo window overlooking it all. 

That panel fridge on the left is a nice touch.

A closer look reveals its granite counter, island with a built-in wine rack and new KitchenAid appliances.

The counters are granite and the appliances are KitchenAid.

The grand room comes with unobstructed views of the lake and a dramatic suspended canoe, which the owners once used. 

Note the hanging canoe in the grand room.

The grand room is the home’s anchor, connecting the patio and water to the front door, the kids’ play room (more on that later) and the bedrooms upstairs. 

The grand room anchors the entire structure, leading to all corners of the home.

This living room shares a wall with the grand room and has shiplap ceilings.

The living room overlooks the lake.

Down the hall is this pseudo-sunroom, which could serve as an office, a lounge or a guest room.

The sunroom, currently posing as an office.

Moving upstairs reveals the children’s space. 

This space could be converted into an office or rec room.

Now for the main suite. It has two lake-facing walls of windows. 

The main, corner bedroom is equipped with windows on two walls.

In the ensuite: heated tiled floors, a soaker tub with a view, more granite and a glass rainfall shower.

Note the soaker tub with a view in the ensuite.

Here’s one of the secondary bedrooms.

In a departure from the rest of the house: some funky colour.

The shared bathroom is complete with a double vanity and a shower-tub combo.

The secondary bathroom has shiplap ceilings.

There’s also a two-storey boathouse on the property, with one bedroom, a kitchenette and a sitting room—all surrounded by a covered porch. Note the shallow, sandy waters.

The boathouse has one bedroom, a kitchen and a sitting room.

The view at sunset may be the boathouse’s greatest feature.

The view from the deck might be the home's best feature.

Tucked behind the boathouse on a sightseeing perch is this winter-proof cedar sauna. 

Nothing like taking a hot dip in the winter.

Here’s a peek inside. 

The sauna is out back and winter proof.

Finally, a wide shot of the impossibly cerulean Lake Joseph.

The place was originally built in 1991 before an its addition came in 2010.

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