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Willow Bank - Private Lakeside Retreat- Tobermory

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Elevated front deck with southern exposure overlooking sandy Lake Huron shoreline...great for kids.
View of the Willow Bank from the water's edge.
Sit back and relax on the front deck with a good book, a cool drink and enjoy the spectacular view.
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Overview
4 bedrooms
2 bathrooms
7 guests
7 nights minimum
Holiday Rental House
The Willow Bank is a clean, comfortable, modern four-bedroom, two-story luxury vacation property located ten minutes south of Tobermory on the shores of a sheltered bay of Lake Huron. The Willow Bank is the perfect all-season destination for guests to call home while they rest, relax and explore the beautiful Northern Bruce Peninsula. The cottage is comfortably furnished, tastefully decorated and fully equipped with many modern amenities including a high-speed wireless internet connection, a dishwasher, a clothes washer, and a dryer. The cottage is located in a very private and quiet location on the shore of a sheltered bay of Lake Huron. There are no other cottages visible from the cottage or the front deck. The master bedroom is spacious and furnished with a comfortable king-sized be...The Willow Bank is a clean, comfortable, modern four-bedroom, two-story luxury vacation property located ten minutes south of Tobermory on the shores of a sheltered bay of Lake Huron. The Willow Bank is the perfect all-season destination for guests to call home while they rest, relax and explore the beautiful Northern Bruce Peninsula. The cottage is comfortably furnished, tastefully decorated and fully equipped with many modern amenities including a high-speed wireless internet connection, a dishwasher, a clothes washer, and a dryer. The cottage is located in a very private and quiet location on the shore of a sheltered bay of Lake Huron. There are no other cottages visible from the cottage or the front deck. The master bedroom is spacious and furnished with a comfortable king-sized bed and has a walkout to a private balcony overlooking the waterfront. The second bedroom has a queen-sized bed. The guest cabin which is located only a few steps from the main cottage is cozy and is furnished with a queen-sized bed and a couch that easily converts to a single bed. The guest cabin is the ideal place for older children, maybe a second couple or for grandparents that would appreciate their own quiet sleeping space. The sofa in the entertainment room on the lower level easily converts to a double bed. The main bathroom located on the top floor is a clean light-filled-room that features a deep claw foot tub that can be perfect for long relaxing baths. A separate glass door shower stall, sink and toilet complete this room. The second bathroom is located on the lower level and features a glass-door-shower-stall, toilet and sink. The kitchen is spotlessly clean and equipped with good appliances including a dishwasher and a full array of countertop appliances. There are stainless steel pots and pans and a full array of cooking utensils that allow the chef in your group to prepare light snacks or full gourmet meals. The dining and living rooms are comfortably furnished and have large windows overlooking the deck and the waterfront. A walkout to the front deck allows easy access to the gas BBQ located there. A new entertainment room on the lower level is furnished with comfortable furniture, a 46” flat-screen satellite HDTV with surround sound, a Blu-ray disc player and a wall-mounted gas fireplace. The Willow Bank has a deep drilled well that supplies plenty of clean water that is filtered, softened and purified using an ultra-violet light system. The drinking water has been government tested and the cottage owner readily drinks this water. There is a large hot water heater that supplies the cottage with what appears to be an endless supply of hot water. The lake in front of the cottage can be the perfect place for young children to play in the sand at the water's edge. Two kayaks are provided for guests to use at the cottage. The Singing Sands beach is a 5 -minute drive from the cottage and everybody that stays at the cottage raves about its warm water and soft sand. The village of Tobermory is 16 km's (10 miles) from the cottage. Take a trip to town and shop for groceries or browse through the many shops. Stroll around the beautiful natural harbour enjoying an ice cream cone or stop at one of the many restaurants. Take a glass-bottom boat cruise where you can view shipwrecks, lighthouses or visit Flowerpot Island. Cottage Rental Facilities Inside the Cottage: Sleeps 7 4 bedrooms (1 king and 1 queen in main cottage; 1 queen + 1 single pullout couch in the guest cabin, the sofa in the recreation room converts to a double bed) High-Speed Wireless Internet 4 piece bathroom with claw-foot tub and separate glass door shower stall Three piece second washroom on lower level features a glass door shower stall, toilet and sink Fully equipped kitchen with stove, fridge, microwave and dishwasher HD Satellite 46' TV with surround sound, Blu-Ray Disk, VCR, DVD player and a wide selection of DVD movies CD Stereo/ iPod Docking Station Washer/dryer just to name a few. Outside the Cottage: Elevated deck with gas BBQ, patio furniture, glass table, umbrella, and comfortable lounge chairs The Willow Bank cottage is located in a picturesque setting location that is ideal for children. A large lawn in front of the cottage slopes gently towards the water edge. There is a sandy apron at the shoreline and shallow entry to the water. There is a shoreline fire pit with benches. Complimentary firewood is provided. A 2 person paddle boat and 2 Bic kayaks with some adult-sized Personal Flotation Devices are provided as well. Nearby hiking trails. There are paved flat roads and some hiking trails in the are. Excellent star gazing and photographic opportunities. The cottage is located near the Bruce Peninsula National Park, the Grotto and Singing Sands Beach. The cottage has a strict no pet policy. No exceptions. More
House Rules
Pets Allowed: No
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
Effective September 3rd, 2022, the minimum stay at the cottage is 30 days. This is a family friendly cottage and is not suitable for parties.
Bathrooms
2 Full baths
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Meet the host
Glenn A
Hosting since March 2010
Languages spoken: English
Response Rate: 100%
Response Time: Within a few hours
Interaction with guestsThe cottage owner is the person you will be dealing directly with from the moment I receive your initial inquiry through the booking process and throughout your stay at the Willow Bank cottage. I pride myself in providing the best customer service possible to all my guests. I endeavour to meet all guests during the check-in to give a brief walkthrough of the property. He can answer any questions you might have regarding the cottage at that time. Afterwards, the cottage owner is available via cell phone or email.
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Reviews (52)
carmenneagoe
carmenneagoe
Toronto, Canada1 contribution
This the best cottage we have been too. Clean, comfortable and very quiet. Private lot with view of lake Huron. Very well maintained. Owner was very friendly. Loved it. Hope we will go back 🙂
Visited August 2018
Written 31 August 2018. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Glenn A
Glenn A
Thanks, Carmen for taking the time to review the Willow Bank Cottage. I work hard to ensure that the cottage is clean and well prepared for all of my guests. I am glad your family enjoyed your stay and would welcome you back anytime. I hope you enjoy the remainder of your summer.
Written 1 September 2018. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Riva B
Riva B
Owen Sound, Canada1 contribution
Along with a small group of friends, I spent a weekend at the Willow Bank cottage last fall. The cottage was clean and comfortable and really well equipped. We enjoyed sitting on the front deck relaxing and watching the beautiful view overlooking the waterfront. In the evening we sat around a camp-fire at water's edge under a star-filled sky that was breathtaking. It rained on the second night of our stay but our group was well entertained watching a movie on the HDTV located in the entertainment room. The gas fireplace there kept the room warm and cozy. The cottage owner responded quickly to my inquiry and booking the cottage was easy and straightforward. I would have no hesitation recommending the Willow Bank cottage to other travelers. Our small group is planning to make a visit to the Willow Bank part of our annual tradition.
Visited September 2015 Travelled with friends
Written 26 January 2016. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Glenn A
Glenn A
Thank you for taking the time to review the Willow Bank cottage. I'm happy that you and your friends enjoyed your stay. I look forward to hosting your group again.
Written 26 January 2016. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Lauren2103
Lauren2103
1 contribution
Staying at this cottage was a really nice experience. It was extremely clean and all three rooms (including the guest cabin) were very comfortable. It was a little pricier than other options but it was within 15 mins to great hiking trails, had a fire pit and kayaks. Highly recommended!
Visited September 2014
Written 24 September 2014. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Glenn A
Glenn A
Thanks for your review. I am glad that you and your group enjoyed your time on the Northern Bruce Peninsula and were able to enjoy the long list of amenities we provide at the Willow Bank. I hope to see you folks again sometime.
Written 3 October 2014. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Robin B
Robin B
1 contribution
This is a wonderful place to stay. There is a lot to do and enjoy right from the cabin. It's especially suited to young children due to the shallow water (I have a two year old). Really short drive to a perfect beach. Close to Tobermory and the national park. The cabin is comfortable and just like a home. It has everything you need. Entertainment systems, amazing views, and a well stocked kitchen etc. We really enjoyed seeing the flying squirrels as well as all the birds at the feeders. The owners were fast to respond to any questions. It was a bit of work to complete the booking. It is worth it to know the owners only rent to reliable people. They took great care for individual requests (put out the high chair for us). I would definitely recommend this rental.
Visited September 2014
Written 22 September 2014. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Glenn A
Glenn A
Thank you for taking the time to review the cottage. I am glad that you enjoyed your stay. We have many families with young children mention that the shallow water and the apron of sand along the water's edge in front of the cottage was the perfect place for their young children to play. The flying squirrels and the birds at the feeders are always entertaining. I hope to welcome you and your family back to the Willow Bank again sometime.
Written 28 September 2014. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Allen L
Allen L
Toronto, Canada1 contribution
Our week at the Willow Bank was more relaxing and enjoyable than we have expected. The serene and private surrounding was a wonderful getaway from the big city, and its a great place to just sit back, take it easy, and forget about the time. Almost wish this place remains a hidden gem! Thanks again Glenn!
Visited August 2014
Written 2 September 2014. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Glenn A
Glenn A
Thank you for taking the time to review the Willow Bank following your stay. It was a pleasure meeting you and your group. I am glad that you enjoyed "the serene and private surrounding". I hope you will tell your family and friends about the place and would consider staying at the Willow Bank again sometime.
Written 11 September 2014. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Diane C
Diane C
Calgary, Canada1 contribution
Our stay was wonderful and the owners Glenn and Brenda ensured there was everything available for both creature comforts (us) and nature at our doorstep. Seeing the wonders at our doorstep; the peaceful surroundings was all that we had hoped for. Traveling from Calgary there was the side of nature we do not have. Would definitely recommend Willow Bank.
Visited June 2014 Travelled with friends
Written 29 June 2014. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Glenn A
Glenn A
We are glad that you and your friends enjoyed your stay at the Willow Bank. We would welcome you back anytime.
Written 8 July 2014. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Zbyszek T
Zbyszek T
Otwock, Poland1 contribution
We are very happy that we have chosen this cottage on our tour from Europe. We spent great time in this beautiful location and the cottage is one of our favorite places in Canada. Clear sky full of stars with luminous Milky Way is amazing. Meteors are brighter, and the night there is the most spectacular! During the day we were accompanied by birds, whose habits amazed us. We met a lot of animals here (but we did not encounter a bear). All we want is... to be back there soon! Thank you, Glenn! Camelopardalids Expedition 2014
Visited May 2014 Travelled with friends
Written 28 May 2014. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Glenn A
Glenn A
I was honoured that your group of amateur astronomers chose to travel from Warsaw, Poland to the Willow Bank cottage near Tobermory, Ontario, Canada to observe the meteor shower that occurred during the early morning hours of May 24th, 2014. Our previous guests have commented in the past about the clarity of our night sky at the cottage, but to have three esteem representatives from the Polish Fireball Network decide that the front deck of the Willow Bank cottage was the perfect place to observe this once in a lifetime phenomena is humbling. I am proud that the cottage exceeded and your expectations and thrilled that you said it was one of your favourite places in Canada. We would welcome you and your other colleagues to the Willow Bank anytime. Good luck in your research.
Written 3 June 2014. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

solala41
solala41
Kitchener, Canada1 contribution
we stayed at the cottage for one week. it was clean and in excellent condition. it is perfect for families as well, as the water is shallow and there is lots to do with kids. 2 paddle boats are provided, kayaks, an outdoor fire pit, a swing, many things that can keep you entertained during your stay. tobermory itself is only a 15 minute drive away, but yet the cottage is very private. we would definitely come back here!
Visited May 2014
Written 20 May 2014. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Glenn A
Glenn A
We are so glad that you enjoyed your stay. My wife and I work hard to make sure the place is clean and tidy for all of our guests. We look forward to your return to the Willow Bank.
Written 22 May 2014. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

saira -:- toronto
Our trip to willow bank cottage was an amazing expérience. This was Our first trip to any cottage ever. It was better Than what wé expected,thé cottage was fully equipped.i couldnt find one thing that was not available there in thé cottage. thé location Is beautiful,thé host was amazing .. i Would highly rexomme d this cottage to Evryone.Tobermory is à beautiful place. Only if this cottage coule accomodate bigger groups,ill go with m'y entire family. A great experience for us and definitely recommandés :)
Visited May 2014
Written 7 May 2014. This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveller and not of Tripadvisor LLC nor of its partners. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Thanks Saira for choosing to stay at the Willow Bank. It is always special to host a group at the cottage that have never spent anytime in the country far away from the big city. I am glad that you and the rest of your group enjoyed your stay and would welcome you folks back anytime.
Written 7 May 2014. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Alan and Audrey -:- Toronto
Our family 2 adults, our 3 kids and 2 grandparents spent a week in this beautiful cottage at the end of august. Right beside the river and only a 400m paddle in the kayaks to Lake Huron. Nature was always close by with Hummingbirds feeding from the balcony feeder, hares jumping in he lawn, coyotes howling at night and the kids had a great time catching and releasing frogs. The night sky is fantastic. The main house is very modern and has all necessary modern conveniences. The cabin is more rustic but comes with bundles of charm. All had a ball and we we sad to leave after a great week.
Visited August 2013
Written 26 January 2014. This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveller and not of Tripadvisor LLC nor of its partners. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Thanks Alan and Audrey for taking the time to review the cottage following your stay in August. I am happy that you and your children were able to see and hear some of the wild-life that live in the area surrounding the cottage. I believe it is these encounters with nature that children staying at the cottage seem to really enjoy. I am glad that you folks enjoyed the night sky. For some young children that have stayed at the cottage, the first time they have really spent anytime outside after dark is when they were sitting around a campfire and roasting marshmallows with their parents, Seeing a star filled sky overhead and hearing a pack of coyotes howling off in the distance is not something that children will ever soon forget. We are thrilled that you enjoyed your stay at the Willow Bank and we hope you folks will consider returning to the cottage again sometime.
Written 26 January 2014. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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Amenities
Pets Allowed: No
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
DVD Player
Balcony
Grill
Boat Available
Ceiling Fans
Deck
Dishwasher
Dryer
Fireplace
Freezer
Refrigerator
Highchair
Housekeeping Included
Internet Access
Iron
Kettle
Microwave
Parking
Playground
Private Garden
Cable/satellite TV
Stereo System
Cooker
Swingset
Terrace
Toaster
TV
Washer
Water Views
Waterfront
Wi-Fi
Fishing Nearby
There Is A Golf Course Within 30 Mins Drive
There Are Tennis Courts Nearby
Watersports Nearby
Beach Or Lakeside Relaxation
City Getaway
Cycling Trips
Hiking Trips
Rural/Countryside Retreats
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About the neighbourhood
The Willow Bank cottage is ideally located a short drive from all the major tourist attractions on the Northern Bruce Peninsula. It is located on the water's edge in a quiet and private setting. It is ideal for families or small groups wanting to enjoy a peaceful and relaxing vacation. This cottage is located away from any busy roadways. The Willow Bank cottage is located a three-minute drive from the Singing Sands Beach.
Getting around
There is no public transit in the area so it is important that Guests have the use of an automobile. There is plenty of parking on-site.
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Cancellation Policy
  • 100% refund within 24 hours after booking (provided the stay is at least 60 days away).
  • 50% refund* if you cancel at least 8 weeks before check-in
  • 25% refund* if you cancel at least 4 weeks before check-in
  • No refund available if you cancel thereafter

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Frequently Asked Questions about Willow Bank - Private Lakeside Retreat- Tobermory

Willow Bank - Private Lakeside Retreat- Tobermory is able to accommodate up to 7 guests. See all property details.

Willow Bank - Private Lakeside Retreat- Tobermory has 2 bathrooms available. See all property details.

Willow Bank - Private Lakeside Retreat- Tobermory has 4 bedrooms available. See all property details.

Stays at Willow Bank - Private Lakeside Retreat- Tobermory must last at least 7 nights. See all property details.