6BR Cottage Vacation Rental in Utterson, ON

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Updated on Oct 11, 2019

Muskoka's Premier Luxury Cottage And Boathouse

Located in: Utterson

A magnificent year-round holiday retreat on picturesque Skeleton Lake. As the name Hermitage suggests, this unique property on 3.5 acres and 540 feet of lake frontage offers complete privacy and the perfect getaway. We have been told we have perhaps the best views in Muskoka. Long lake views from almost every window.

The Hermitage was featured on "Luxury Lakefront" on Cottage Life Television in 2018 and in “Muskoka Life” in 2019. It features a quality, custom-built 5000 square foot cottage and 1000 square foot boathouse, both with numerous luxury features. The cottage features 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms and is nestled among mature trees and beautiful granite rocks. The property has been landscaped to blend into the beautiful, natural surroundings and the buildings have been designed to complement this setting.

The cottage interior is stunning and has many unique features that blend gracious, luxury living with a casual vacation home lifestyle. The exotic hardwood floors in cabbage bark and poisonwood, and the mixed exotic hardwood ceilings throughout make this a one-of-a-kind property. Most of the wood in the cottage is hardwood from Central America, including the kitchen cabinets, stairs, railings, doors, and much of the furniture. This unique blend of unusual woods gives the cottage a warm, rustic, yet elegant charm. Large oversize wood-framed windows provide stunning views from every room, allowing you to enjoy the natural beauty even indoors.

The cottage is designed around a magnificent, cathedral-ceiling Great Room with a huge, floor-to-ceiling river rock fireplace, a wall of windows offering a breathtaking long view of the lake, and cabbage bark floors. At one end of the the main level is a family room with a large river rock fireplace and a wall of windows overlooking the lake. At the other end of the main level is an office/library with two walls of windows presenting stunning views of the lake in two directions. Sliding patio doors lead to the deck.

The open concept kitchen has a large island in mixed exotic hardwoods that is great for snacks or just for chatting with the chef. The dining area has a view of the lake and sliding patio doors open directly onto the deck. There is a convenient main floor laundry room. French doors lead from the kitchen into a large Muskoka room/sunroom, with a high, vaulted ceiling in exotic woods and walls of glass windows and doors, that provides magnificent views of the lake and woods. Three sets of sliding doors lead from the Muskoka room directly onto the deck. Enjoy breakfast or a romantic dinner on the deck or in the Muskoka room, enjoying gorgeous views in all directions.

A magnificent, wide wooden staircase of mixed exotic hardwoods leads to the upper floor. A loft area with a large balsam infra-red sauna and workout area overlooks the Great room and has a gorgeous view out over the lake. The loft separates the master bedroom and ensuite from the other three bedrooms. The master bedroom, with a king-size poster bed, has beautiful poisonwood floors and glorious views of the lake in two directions from immense windows. The walk-in closet is completely cedar lined. The ensuite bathroom has a heated, natural slate floor, a long poisonwood and slate vanity with two sinks, a large shower of glass and slate, and a long 6.5 feet BainUltra ThermoMasseur air tub with programmable cycle, chromotherapy, and heated back. At the other end of the loft, a hallway leads to 3 bedrooms, all of which have a lake view. The bathroom at this side of the upstairs has a large shower with slate walls and glass door. End your day relaxing in the sauna or the ThermoMasseur air tub.

A huge walk-out basement is completely finished, featuring slate floors and huge windows that also have a gorgeous view of the lake. There is an attached double garage and a large parking area behind the cottage, with additional parking on the access road.

The cottage has a commanding, long view of beautiful Skeleton Lake. Natural granite stone steps grace the main entrance and another set of stone steps lead to a boardwalk that runs along the sunroom around to a large deck. The 700 square foot, private deck of exotic hardwood with glass railings offers gorgeous views of Skeleton Lake and some of its most picturesque islands. A cedar stairway descends down to the boathouse. The cottage is winterized for those who enjoy winter sports and activities. Four-wheel drive recommended for winter access.

This unique property is situated at the end of a private road and ensures complete seclusion. It is truly a one-of-a-kind property that will allow you to experience Muskoka at its best in all four seasons. This quiet waterfront property on Skeleton Lake should provide you with one of your most memorable vacations ever.


Above the two-slip boathouse is 650 square feet of beautiful living space. The living quarters include an open concept living and kitchen/dining area that has breathtaking views of the lake from three sides. You can sit around the wood-burning stove on chillier evenings and enjoy the views of the lake. 3 sets of sliding patio doors lead from this area out onto the large sun deck that wraps around the boathouse. Floors, ceilings, and walls are entirely in pine, providing a bright, warm, rustic atmosphere. At the back are two bedrooms with queen-size beds and sliding patio doors that open onto the deck. The bright pine bathroom has a large shower. Above the bedrooms is a large loft with sleeping area that overlooks the living room and the lake. Older children will love the loft!

Enjoy the call of the loons and the playful otters. Relax in the hammock. Fish off the deck. Jump off the deck into the lake. Go kayaking. The lapping waves will lull you to sleep. You’ll never be closer to the water!

The boathouse is closed in the winter.

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