Short-term rental platform Vrbo revealed its picks for “2023 Vacation Homes of the Year” on Tuesday, highlighting 10 Canadian properties offering “exceptional value” to guests. And unsurprisingly, a premium property in Muskoka -- the shining star of Ontario’s cottage country -- made the list.
Hosted by Northern Lakes Developments, this six-bedroom, 2,400-sq.-ft luxury cottage is steps from Kahshe Lake (Muskoka’s fourth largest lake) and rents for an average of $1,712 per night. And that’s not a bad price tag considering it can sleep as many as 18. (It might even be cheaper than renting an apartment in the GTA.)
Vrbo draws attention to the cottage's impressive water frontage (over 350 feet), luxurious master bedroom (boasting “serene” forest views), brand-new chef's kitchen (to the “delight” of foodies), and screened pergola dining area overlooking the lake.
The listing also gushes about the property's situation on a peninsula, the breathtaking sunsets, and the sandy beach, quite literally, on the home's doorstep.
“The outdoor landscape is truly nothing short of a summer camp,” it adds, pointing to features like the in-deck hot tub, fire pit, and games room. “Our first guest to ever stay at Camp Kahshe had this to say: ‘We have travelled the world [and] there are very few true postcard moments that I can think of. At Camp Kahshe, every morning and every evening offers a postcard moment.’”
Vrbo’s rankings showcase a variety of property types and price points and is based on a combination of factors, including star ratings, guest reviews, and “Premier Host” status.
Alongside an “enchanting treehouse” in Salt Spring Island, British Columbia, a “skiers paradise” in Mont Tremblant, Quebec, and an “oceanfront villa” on the Nova Scotia coast, a seven-bedroom country farmhouse in Ontario’s Prince Edward County also made Vrbo’s list. And it’s a nature lover’s dream. Sitting on more than a dozen acres of farmland, the property is situated on the edge of a private forest leading to hundreds of feet of secluded waterfront.