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“Beautiful location and amenities but not suitable...”
Enjoy the firepit and the wildlife (deer at Breezy fire pit: photo by Gabriel Esler)
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Enjoy the firepit and the wildlife (deer at Breezy fire pit: photo by Gabriel Esler)
Experience spectacular mornings at Breezy Breezy\'s Living Dining Kitchen area; can accomodate up to 16 guests for dinners
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Enjoy the firepit and the wildlife (deer at Breezy fire pit: photo by Gabriel Esler)
Experience spectacular mornings at Breezy
Breezy\'s Living Dining Kitchen area; can accomodate up to 16 guests for dinners
Enjoy our warm and cosy fire place - firewood provided
Enjoy the decks of Breezy; this main deck is 5x10m (15x30ft)
Breezy's spacious family room
Breezy\'s Red Room
Breezy's White Room
Breezy\'s Yellow Room
Secondary cottage Briar Patch: accomodates up to  4 adults
Secondary cottage Briar Patch: interior living/kitchen area (with a hide-a-bed)
Secondary cottage Briar Patch: bedroom
Secondary cottage Three Bears: accomodates up to 4 adults
Secondary cottage Three Bears: interior living/kitchen area (with a hide-a-bed)
Secondary cottage Three Bears: bedroom
Experience spectacular mornings at Breezy (taken from Three Bears' deck)
Experience spectacular sunsets at Breezy (taken from Three Bears\' deck)
Experience a romantic Spring breakfast on the shores of Breezy
Experience Breezy in for Thanksgiving or Fall
Experience brilliant fall colours at Breezy (entire shore is Breezy property)
Experience Breezy in Winter; skate, cross-country ski, snowshoe, ice fish
Experience spectacular Winter sunsets at Breezy
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Cottage -
8 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms, Sleeps 16
Lake of Bays, Muskoka District, Ontario

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“Beautiful location and amenities but not suitable for small children”
Reviewed 12 August 2013 for a stay in July 2013
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My parents rented this lovely cottage with two additional cabins on the property for their 50th wedding anniversary. There were about 14 of us there, ranging from 6 to 75 years. My husband and I are middle-aged seasoned travelers who have rented properties all over the world, and we also rent several of our own properties, so we feel we can give an honest review.

First, the pluses: Location, location, location....Breezy is well situated on a point on Lake of Bays, one of the largest and prettiest lakes in the area. The cottage(s) are a short drive from Dwight and a 20 min drive to either Huntsville or Dorset. The accommodations were spotless, with high end finishes and some unexpected treats (e.g., two drawers of white and red wine glasses, binoculars, and a bird book). The bedrooms in the main cottage and small cabins were a good size. There were spectacular views and a gorgeous deck off the main cabin, and a well appointed deck on the back of one of the other cottages which was great for watching sunsets. For the workaholics (ok, me!), the wifi was amazingly fast. My folks booked this place 2 years in advance...the price had gone up but the owners still honored the original price in the contract. They also left us two nice bottles of red wine and a welcome note. Nice touch!

Now for the minuses:

1) The extent to which the owner expected the renters to clean up after themselves and put away kitchen items back in their proper place was really over the top. There was a book of rules that many of us started referring to as the Bible, which was so thick it had a table of contents (!) The 'Bible' included detailed (and I mean detailed) instructions that went on and on... For example, guests were instructed to avoid putting anything on the kitchen countertop that could stain it (including water!), how the carpet on the stairs and downstairs was prone to staining and what to do IMMEDIATELY if there was a spill, and was also complete with photos of each kitchen drawer so that you could put everything back where it belonged. The cleaning instructions included statements like "wipe down the bedframes with a damp cloth" and wash windows "vinegar and water work best". My husband and I are reasonably neat people, but we, like everyone else, wanted a VACATION. We would have appreciated the opportunity to pay extra for a deep clean (and why we were asked to clean when there was a cleaning staff coming in anyway was beyond our understanding). My parents were pretty much beside themselves running around stressing about the cleanliness, to such an extent that it undermined everyone's ability to relax.

2) The cottage and cabins come with the bare necessities but nothing else. You need to bring your own bed linens (including duvet covers!), towels, bath mats (!), dish rags and tea towels. This isn't a huge deal if you are driving up from the city, but if you don't live nearby and are flying in, you either need to buy all this stuff, or have someone bring it for you, as was our case.

3) The main cottage has gorgeous finishes and is high end, but the other 2 cabins are old and dated...this led to a feeling of major inequity when it came to divvying up space between family members.

4) Despite the beauty of the main cabin, the shower in the main bathroom was prone to flooding (and god help you if you forgot your bath mat!).

5) There is no generator so if you have a power failure (like we had when we arrived), you are out of luck.

6) Most cottage rentals we have stayed at offer a canoe, rowboat or paddle boat...you are on your own for these and the rentals are pricey indeed.

Overall, we loved this place but were grateful that there were no small children in our family or we would have surely lost some or all of the hefty security deposit. If you and your family are more on the neat freak side, you won't mind the Breezy Bible at all, but if you are even a teensy bit on the messy side, this place isn't for you.

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Liked best: location and views
Liked least: the need to be overly neat and clean like a maid
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
27 Apr 2016
Thank you for your detailed review.

As with each rental, we provide information to renters (and potential renters) via our web site, inquiry communication(s), our agreement, and further written details before arrival, such as our suggested packing list and upon arrival through the Breezy Book.

As the reviewer stated, she was at Breezy as a guest of her parents for their 50th wedding anniversary, so no arrangements or communication took place between us and the reviewer.

We had dealt with her father exclusively.

The booking took place a full two years in advance, so we knew that this would be a very special time for them.

It is very unfortunate for all concerned when there are misinterpretations or misunderstandings. It is equally unfortunate when information is taken out of context or misconstrued.

1a) “Clean up after themselves” & “photos of each kitchen drawer”: Breezy is a private cottage, not a hotel. We simply ask guests to return items to the places where they found them. As an aid, we provide pictures. Many of our guests find this extremely helpful, both at check-in and check-out times.

1b) “Bible”: This is our most helpful Breezy Book containing 911 and other safety info, and a table of contents to allow quick access to such info as check-in/out lists, information on the use of the cottage (wifi, outage, wildlife, generic copy of agreement, map & hours for landfill site, etc.). In addition it contains all appliance manuals and info on shopping, restaurants, boat rentals and services, which accounts for the thickness of the Breezy Book.

1c) “Kitchen countertop . . . water”: About half of our countertops are wood and over time we noted that such liquids as coffee and red wine leave stains. Thus we ask that our guests take care that such liquids are not left to stain the wooden countertop. Instructions do not mention water.

1d) “Carpet”: Breezy accommodates up to 16 guests. In the event of spills, large or small, we leave info as to how to clean the Sunbrella fabric cushions as well as the contact information for the carpet cleaning company.

1e) “Cleaning instructions”: The Breezy book contains a one page, quick reference, check-out list. We have many kinds of guests at Breezy, some with plenty of cleaning experience and others with none at all. For the latter, we have a cleaning checklist with suggested cleaning instructions.

1f) “Wanted a vacation”: We pride ourselves in leaving spotlessly clean cottages for our guests. We expect our guests to relax and to enjoy their vacation. What we do not accept is that our set-up crew arrives to discover that they have to do a major clean with extensive laundry. Breezy is a private cottage, not a hotel, so we ask that you leave it the way you found it.

1g) “About the cleanliness”: Our initial communication to potential guests and our agreement both state “to keep Breezy in the same state of cleanliness for their entire stay”; in the agreement “Breezy” is defined as the entire property, not just the cottages. So for example, we do not want litter inside or outside, since this will attract unwanted four-legged guests, small ones and quite large ones as well.

2) “Bring your own”: Our web page clearly states that “pillows + duvets provided; linen and towels not provided”. Further communications, including our agreement, reiterate this point. We are a private cottage, not a hotel. As with the majority of cottage rentals, guests provide their own linen etc.

3) “High end . . . dated”: Our web site and sign off slogan states “Breezy on Lake of Bays - the charm of Olde Muskoka with a contemporary flair”. We offer our guests the opportunity to enjoy both worlds.

4) “Main bathroom”: We have a large, luxurious walk-in shower without a sill, for easy wheelchair access. If one is careless, water may escape, hence we suggest to lay down a bathmat at the entrance.

5) “Power failure”: Power outages have become more of a common occurrence in the Greater Toronto Area; even more common than in the Breezy area. In the eventuality of such an occurrence the Breezy Book has detailed instructions to keep everyone comfortable. As for cooking during an outage, Breezy has a large BBQ with side burner.

6) “Most cottage rentals”: We keep our rates competitive. We can’t speak for “most” of those cottage owners, however the cost to maintain and insure any type of water vessel is quite high. Motorized and non-motorized water vessel rentals are available nearby at reasonable rates.

“Overall”: The majority of our guests are families with small children and over the many years that we have been welcoming families to Breezy, no family has ever “lost” some or all of their deposit.

“Hefty security deposit”: Considering that Breezy is a three cottage site, our deposit is on average less per building than similar accommodations. In addition, it is important to note that the cottage insurance industry no longer covers damages by renters.
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Toronto
Reviewed 11 July 2013 for a stay in July 2013
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Guelph
Reviewed 5 December 2012 for a stay in August 2012

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ON
Reviewed 12 October 2012 for a stay in September 2011
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Vancouver
Reviewed 4 September 2012 for a stay in July 2012

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