Editor’s Note: A previous version of this article suggested that the marina and golf course were included in the sale of Windermere House. They are not, and are run as separate businesses.
An iconic Muskoka resort has just hit cottage country’s real estate market.
For those looking for a new business venture in the summertime hot spot, Windermere House has just been listed for $12M.
The sprawling, long-time landmark sits on Lake Rosseau -- one of the “Big Three" Muskoka lakes -- and is known for its quintessential Old Muskoka charm mixed with modern luxury and amenities. Beloved by both tourists and local cottagers, the picturesque resort has been synonymous with Muskoka tourism since 1870.
Known as ‘The Lady of The Lake,’ this 56-room resort hotel sits in a prime location in the Village of Windermere, overlooking the stunning lake. Offering a dose of timeless charm, its historic features include original stone architecture, a peaceful veranda, and classic Muskoka-style windows. The hotel features several food and beverage outlets, full-service spa capabilities, and a 3,200 sq. ft. of function space that ranges from a private boardroom to state-of-the-art conference facilities.
With quintessential cottage country recreation front and centre, the 6.62-acre resort features a heated outdoor swimming pool, tennis court, sand beach, marina, and golf course. The marina and golf course are run as separate businesses (and aren't for sale) and the sandy beach at the waterfront is owned by the township and open to the public.
The new owner of the property will have the opportunity to take up residence in Windermere Cottage, the traditional four-bedroom private cottage with a separate entrance from Fife Avenue that can also be rented as an additional resort property. Or, as the listing highlights, there’s also the option to personalize a penthouse “cottage” suite within the hotel.
The Muskoka chair-filled property includes three detached staff houses, an older, staggered row-style 10-plex, and ample on-site parking. The property is approximately 6.62 acres with an irregular triangular shape and frontages on three roads (Windermere Road, Fife Avenue & Golf Avenue Road).
While its price tag isn’t within reach of everyone, considering that most of the sprawling cottages on the lake sell for upwards of $5M -- coupled with its inevitable income-generating potential -- the property may be considered a steal for someone in the market for a breezy new business venture.
Find the full listing here.