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Smokey the Bear Cave - Esson Lake, Wilberforce - Pet-Free&Smoke-Free, Waterfront

4.9/5(8 reviews)
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October 2021 - Fire pit under the stars overlooking the calm bay - 1/40
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View from the deck or inside at the dining table or livingroom - 3/40
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June 2021 - approx 7ft deep off the end of the dock. The water level lowers throughout the season. - 5/40
October 7, 2021 - on the dock - 6/40
July 2021 guest, Paul, showing his grandsons how it is done. 3.5lbs off the dock! - 7/40
Even Big Kids at heart enjoy the slide! - 8/40
August 2021 guest, Jena, and 2 of her kids making a splash! - 9/40
On the shore sandy play area. Use of canoe included. - 10/40
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Use of 2 adult & 2 youth kayaks included - 12/40
June 2021 guest family exploring the bay in our kayaks - 13/40
New Record Holder - 4.8 lb Small Mouth Bass, off the dock! - 14/40
October 15, 2021 - 15/40
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Fully equipped kitchen, including: water cooler, Keurig and Brew Coffee Maker - 17/40
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Hand-held shower and flush toilet - 20/40
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Woodburning stove and a big screen tv with lots of movies for cozying up together - 22/40
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Master Bedroom - Queen bed - 25/40
2nd Bedroom - Queen bed - 26/40
3rd bedroom - 2 sets of bunk beds - 27/40
June 26, 2020 - 28/40
Returning guest, Clayton, always loves his adventures in the kayak. - 29/40
The self proclaimed Boss Hogg of the lake. 4.5lbs - 30/40
June 2021 - Extended dock and improved shoreline - 31/40
Autumn explorations - October 2020 - the water level lowers throughout the season - 32/40
Looking west in our bay 8:50pm June 24, 2021 - 33/40
Looking east in our bay 9:10pm the same night - June 24, 2021 - 34/40
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The first fish, 2020 guest, Joe, has ever caught...in his life! 4.4lbs with a Jitterbug - 36/40
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October 5, 2020 - before the retaining wall and extended dock were completed - 38/40
October 18, 2019 - 39/40
We look forward to hosting you in our neck of the woods! - 40/40
$250 - $325 / night
$250 - $325 / night
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DESCRIPTION

GENERAL DESCRIPTION
Sleeps 8
3 Bedrooms
1 Bathroom
Pets
not allowed
Smoking
not allowed
Fireplace
Waterfront

Relax at Smokey the Bear Cave in Wilberforce/Highlands East.
Located on picturesque Esson Lake, just north of the Kawarthas and just east of the Haliburton Highlands, this fully furnished 3-bedroom, newly renovated, very clean cottage is the perfect getaway for spectacular views.

A short walkway off a spacious, shade-covered deck takes you down to a sandy, shallow entry waterfront.
A large, 16' x 36' dock with ladder surrounded by clear water provides for excellent swimming, boating, and fishing, or as a relaxing vista.
Lounge on the 15' x 6' Lily Pad (floating mat).
There is a slide off the end of the dock for those who dare!

The cottage property has southern exposure in a bay of calm, very clear water.
There is a public boat launch, if you would like to bring a motorized boat.
We have 2 youth & 2 adult kayaks, a canoe, as well as some sand & water toys available for use.
Although, we have a few lifejackets, we recommend that you bring your own to ensure proper fit.

We are located on the snowmobile trail system and back onto densely wooded crown land - Great for hiking, extreme mountain biking and other outdoor adventures.
7 mins away is Wilberforce - the Geocaching Capital of Canada!
In the evening, light a campfire under the stars overlooking the serene bay.

For your comfort, each room has a ceiling fan and the cottage has a window air-conditioning unit.

Although we offer bed options for up to 8 people, that would be a combination of adults and children.

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AMENITIES AND EQUIPMENT
Bedrooms
3 bedrooms :
- 4 single beds
- 2 Queen beds
- 1 Sofa bed
Kitchen
Coffee maker
Cooktop
Dishes and cutlery
Freezer
Microwave oven
Oven
Refrigerator
Stove
Toaster
General
Air conditioning
Electricity
Fireplace
Firewood
Wood stove

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LOCATION

LOCATION

Province: Ontario
Region: Algonquin / Haliburton Highlands
City: Highlands East
Closest ski resort:-
Distance from ski resort:-
Nearest Body of Water:Esson Lake
Waterfront: Yes
Other Town/Lake/Area:Wilberforce
Note: The cottage is located on southern exposure waterfront in a calm bay on beautiful Esson Lake.
7 km west of Wilberforce - the Geocaching Capital of Canada!
Wilberforce provides amenities such as Public WiFi, Foodland, LCBO, pharmacy, gas and Agnews General Store with Kawartha Dairy Ice cream!
Haliburton offers more variety, including laundromat, Independent Grocery, Shopper's Drug Mart and Tim Hortons.
Bancroft offers even more amenities & attractions, including the Eagles Nest Lookout

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RATES

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BASE RATE
$250$325-$1600--3 Nights
SUMMER 2022
Jun 17, 2022 - Sep 17, 2022
---$1950--1 Week
SALE - LAST WEEK AVAILABLE 2022
Sep 11, 2022 - Sep 18, 2022
-----$18507 Nights
FALL 2022
Sep 18, 2022 - Oct 20, 2022
$250$325$650$1600--3 Nights
Rates are in Canadian dollars

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Check-in after03:00 PM
Check-out before11:00 AM
Security Deposit$600 (Security deposit will be refunded within 7 days of check-out)
Booking Deposit30% due at time of booking (The balance is due 30 days before arrival)
Accepted PaymentsCash, Interac e-Transfer
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NOTES

Payments accepted by etransfer or cash only.

REVIEWS

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A phenomenal experience. My wife and I arrived on Labor Day - as 'others' were heading home. The weather was good - mid 20's C. We had the lake to ourselves. So, with respect, my review may be tainted as, again, we had the lake essentially to ourselves.

Initially - the cottage was VERY clean, well organized and spacious. The fire pit excellent - safe, secure, with sufficient dry hardwood. A internal (seasonal) wood stove is present. The dock however was the highlight - loons literally 3 feet away. My wife wondered, at 1 point - do loons bite - as she had her feet in the lake, sitting on the dock. The dock is where we started and ended our day. Morning coffee as the sun was coming up and evening drinks. The dock is huge - well secured with a bridge leading to it. Safe for all to use. The property is very well maintained, actually spotless. Good fishing also.
Be advised that there is no TV service, no internet, but cell reception is present. Donna and Guy have lots of DVD's and a big screen TV,. We were too busy for that.
They have 4 kayaks and a large canoe. The kayaks were excellent. The lake is fairly large - took about 2 -3 hours for a round trip to explore all the lake. We did this daily. The water is crystal clear, no weeds, calm water. It is remote, a little difficult to find, and has small towns for supplies - once parked we never left. It is very very quiet there - loons sang. In conclusion - We highly recommend Smokey.
david - Cornwall, ON


Stayed: September 2021    Submitted: Sep 14, 2021
Owner response:
Thank you so much, David! We appreciate the detail in your review. We love the lake and our Loon-ey friends, as well. We hope you return again to our neck of the woods!
Donna & Guy

We truly enjoyed our week stay at Smokey the Bear Cave. The cottage was clean, well laid out and comfortable for our family of five plus three nights with another family. The waterfront is amazing - great for kids and adults alike. We enjoyed full sun all day on the dock and the kids enjoyed the slide, lily pad and catching fish and frogs. The cottage location was perfect for exploring the hikes, rock hounding and other sites that the Haliburton area has to offer. Donna and Guy were wonderful, welcoming hosts. Thank you!

Stayed: August 2021    Submitted: Aug 29, 2021
Owner response:
Thank you, Dita, for sharing your family vacation experience. We appreciate your kind words and the colourful drawing in our Guest Book from your budding artist. We would love to host your family again!
Donna & Guy

Smokey the Bear Cave suited our family perfectly! The first few days we enjoyed many peaceful moments paddle boarding, sitting on the dock with a glass of wine and enjoying the beautiful view. When our kids and grandkids arrived, they were all highly entertained by fishing off the dock (with success!), swimming/diving/jumping from the dock and swimming out to the lily pad. The kids (2,6 and 8) all improved their confidence in the water by the end of the week. Donna, the super host, is truly a wonderful neighbour/host. She quickly responded to queries prior to our arrival and during our stay. We are looking forward to next year!! (Thank you, Donna!) L and M

Stayed: August 2021    Submitted: Sep 10, 2021
Owner response:
Awww you are so sweet, Linda. Thank you! Your family is lovely. We are so glad that everyone enjoyed their vacation. We look forward to hosting you again next year at Smokey the Bear Cave.
Donna & Guy

This cottage is picturesque! Stunning lake front view and large dock with slide. CLEAR WATER!! The owners have taken pride in making the cottage comfortable and clean. Our family of five stayed very comfortably for the week and even had guests (4) come and stay for two nights. There were many games for indoors provided by owners and kayaks and a canoe. Our family always had something different to do each day. The owners are extremely kind and approachable. We truly needed this get away and found this was exactly what we needed to recharge. Thank you Donna and Guy!

Stayed: August 2021    Submitted: Aug 14, 2021
Owner response:
Thank you, Jena, for your kind words. Your daughter's heartfelt entry in the cottage journal was lovely, as well. We are very happy your family has built some lasting memories. We look forward to hosting you again at Smokey the Bear Cave!
Donna & Guy

Amazing View! So much fun! Our family of 4 had a great week! We went the last week of July and we had a great time. The dock and water activities were perfect for our 7 and 14 year old kids. My husband and I enjoyed them too!
It rained a couple of days but we enjoyed the DVDs and board played board games while overlooking the stunning view of the lake! I woke up early every morning to have a coffee on the dock and listen to the loons!

Thanks Donna and Guy!


Stayed: July 2021    Submitted: Aug 05, 2021
Owner response:
Thank you for your kind words and sharing your family vacation experience, Season.
We are happy you all enjoyed yourselves.
We'd love to host your family again at Smokey the Bear Cave!

$250 - $325 / night
$650 / weekend
$1600 - $1950 / week
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