This 80 acre retreat is nestled amongst beautiful mature trees on the crystal clear waters of quiet Murphy’s Bay on Big Rideau Lake. It hosts a spectacular 3,000 sq. ft. main house with 20 foot ceilings, an indoor pool, a 1200 sq. ft. guest house, an annex, a boat house with sleeping quarters, two large docks, great swimming, miles of trails through the woods, a huge deck overlooking the lake, and all the amenities you could hope for!
The Main House (Sleeps up to 10)
Enter through the Great Blue Heron hand carved fine entrance (hand-hewn, mortis and tenon joined) wood door designed by a Master craftsman into this awe-inspiring 3000 sq’ custom home that will render you speechless. The property boasts one of the most spectacular wide angle views of Big Rideau Lake and islands. The home is pure inspirational magic incorporating post and beam design, a richly textured blend of South American and Canadian architecture, handcrafted Mexican Saltillo tile flooring (heated) with mosaics of Earth Wind Fire and Water, Peruvian and African artifact and other treasures, artistic mosaics (marble and stone), and resplendent color and design. Guests most frequently use the term “indescribable” and “experiential” upon entering this absolutely unique open concept design replete with a distinct personality.
A gorgeous open concept kitchen has French doors opening out to an expansive deck overlooking the lake, a professional gas range and griddle, a separate full fridge and freezer, microwave, three working bars, two sinks (ceramic and copper), and two sitting bars, one constructed out of Mapa burl (European aspen) and black walnut and copper Tiki Bar between the kitchen and the Great Room overlooking the music area where we have a sound system including a Roland Digital Piano and a TAMA Rock Star drum kit.
The Great Room has 20 foot cathedral ceilings, an artistically designed floor to ceiling stone fireplace and huge windows overlooking the lake. French doors open from the great room onto beautiful cedar decks that wrap around the water side on the house with a stone and log walkway to the water.
The Master Bedroom has a King Sized bed and also enjoys a gorgeous lake view with French doors opening onto a large deck, an en-suite bathroom with an oversized tub, a stone shower, and a tile vanity with double sinks.
The romantic Guest Bedroom has a four poster Queen sized bed, as well as a vanity with a sink, a roll top desk and a make-up station.
The unique cedar log and black walnut staircase extends from the Great Room into the large loft. The loft has a Queen sized four poster bed, a queen sized hide-a-bed, as well as a double sleeping nook. The loft boasts views into the Great Room on one side, the poolroom on the other, with windows overlooking the lake and surrounding property.
The Master En-suite bathroom and the guest bedroom open to the pool room which hosts an infrared cedar sauna and a heated “Endless Pool.” The pool functions as a giant hot tub with powerful Jacuzzi jets, a swimming pool with waves for the kids to play, or a lap-pool (with controls to moderate the strength of the current). Endless pools have a unique patented cover that eliminate evaporation and the humidity issues that can be associated with indoor pools.
The sunroom is separated from the kitchen by a hand-hewn Mapa Burl bar with windows overlooking the lake and the decks, and a large round window positioned in the gable end of the cathedral ceiling to allow for maximum sunlight.
There is a 13x25 Screened porch off the sunroom that is perfect retreat for summer evenings and offers the opportunity of extending the season well into the fall.
There is also a sheltered area with a large fire pit that can host groups for evening campfires.
The Boathouse (Sleeps up to 4)
At water’s edge is the two story boathouse with a coveted sleepover. The upper level has both a deck facing out over the lake as well as an enclosed sleeping area (10×24) with windows on both sides. The boathouse has a Queen sized bed at water’s edge with a large window for enjoying the summer breeze and the night sky, it also has a set of bunk beds, a couch, a TV/DVD Player, mini fridge, microwave, coffee maker and water cooler. At water’s edge, in the Pump house is a washroom with a composting toilet. The waterfront can be accessed by foot along the beautiful stone and log walkway from the main house and there’s also a road providing access directly to the lake for 4wd vehicles .
The Annex (Sleeps up to 4)
Directly beside the main house, the 16×20 annex is fully insulated and has a bay window overlooking the lake. It is ideal for additional sleeping quarters, a games room, or a private office.
The Guest House / Cottage (Sleeps up to 10, can be rented separately)
The non-smoking Guest House is rented frequently and reservations should be made as far in advance as possible. The Guest House is a completely private, gorgeous, 1200 sq’ cedar cottage with cedar interior, and enjoys an expansive view of the lake. The cottage was recently renovated with all new windows, kitchen, bathroom, steel roof, and tastefully decorated with hardwood floors throughout. The guest house has four bedrooms, two with Queen sized beds and two with double-bottom-single-top bunk beds (sleeps 10 comfortably), one bathroom (plans to add a second one during the winter 2010/2011), a Vermont castings woodstove, laundry room, five new appliances, foosball table, outdoor fire-pit, horse shoe pits, deck and a hot tub overlooking the lake. It also enjoys a separate private dock suitable for most reasonably sized boats. The oversized deck overlooking the water hosts a hot-tub and a lovely screened in gazebo.
There is a public (free) boat launch close by, right at the end of Big Rideau Lake road, and there is plenty of parking for cars and trailers here, as well as 38’ of private dock for your enjoyment. There is a canoe and we provide two adult sized life jackets but we don’t have any life jackets for children. The water in Big Rideau Lake is clean and clear and our shoreline is shale bottom with a gradual walk out into the lake with no significant drop off. The water level at the end of the dock is 41/2 – 51/2 feet deep, depending on the time of year. We do recommend water shoes when walking in the water because there are some , but not many, zebra mussels. We have a swim raft with a slide that is sure to amuse kids of all ages.
The cottage is quite well stocked with an initial supply of all the basics and there are a couple of local markets so you shouldn’t have to bring too much. There is a local flea market on summer Saturdays in Crosby where you can get fruit, vegetables and baking (not to mention lots of stuff that is fun but you probably won’t need). The cottage has a TV, satellite, DVD player and a bunch of movies, a foosball table, some board games, books, etc. in case of inclement weather, which we’re hoping *not* to have!