It’s not every day one stumbles upon an abode that combines the tranquility of pristine wilderness with every modern convenience -- not to mention the ability to make some serious rental income.
The sprawling property at 26 Jardin Lane, located in Maynooth within Ontario’s Hastings Highlands, is a cottager’s dream. The lot includes four dwellings -- a main house and large cottage, both fully winterized with power and septic -- as well as two off-the-grid structures, including an A-frame cabin just brimming with rustic charm.
Each property comes with its own private lakefront access, complete with floating dock, and are fully furnished in a “quintessential Canadiana” aesthetic.
- Address:26 Jardin Lane, Maynooth
- Bedrooms: 8+1
- Bathrooms: 4
- Price: $1,900,000
- Taxes: $4,400
- Listed by:Dan Chan, Properly
“It’s very unique, both because of its size and because of the privacy it offers, not only the main residents, but each cottage has its own dock, and from each of those docks, you can’t see the other docks,” listing agent Dan Chan tells STOREYS. “ [The seller] has it set up so that privacy really is [important]. That’s what people want when they go away, they want to be disconnected and have some privacy and be in the wilderness. This property really optimizes for that.”
The dwellings were built by various owners over time; the main house and cottage were erected in the 70s by Louis Jardin, a surveyor and namesake for the local road. A second owner built the third off-the-grid structure roughly 12 years ago, while the current seller -- former Sleeping Giant gallerist Josh Glover -- created the A-frame cabin in 2019.
The latter, says Chan, is a particularly popular destination for cottage renters, given it’s fully unplugged, yet is outfitted with propane lights, stove, and fridge, along with gravity-fed water, and septic holding tank. “It’s the best of glamping, really,” he says. “The best of being disconnected with the modern conveniences. People love it there and go back all the time, they have repeat guests all the time.”
The property is completely turn-key and even comes complete with live-in maintenance staff, who are currently tenants in the main house.
Located just 25 minutes from Bancroft and 35 from the main entrance of Algonquin Park, the property is an ideal spot for tourists and campers to regroup to and from their back-country adventures.
“When you’re there, you feel like you’re in Algonquin,” says Chan. “It’s just Canadian wilderness. Much of the property is just untouched, it has a lot of trails that go through, so if you’re going for a walk, you really feel like you’re going through a forest. And then of course, the Crown land abuts the property both on the north and the east sides, so you have a lot of exploring in the wilderness that you can do. It’s very rare."
In addition to its abundance of natural wonders, this is also the perfect abode for art lovers; given the seller’s occupation, there are a number of pieces located throughout the dwellings that could be negotiated into the deal – all part of the charm, says Chan.
In all, we can’t think of a better -- or more picturesque -- escape from the big city.
“Being on that lake, it’s so private -- I can’t stress that enough. It’s like having a lake of your own in your backyard," Chan says.