About This Listing
Modern, lovingly restored, self contained cabin located at the gateway to Muskoka, 90 minutes from Toronto. Large deck, outdoor fireplace, 1 minute walk to public beach, and docks. Surrounded by towering pines and granite slopes.
Are you looking for a unique place to stay in Muskoka? My cabin is the perfect retreat for peace and quiet, close to Toronto. Lovingly restored with Small House Eco design inspiration. NEW this year, towels, soap and shampoo. (Please bring your own beach towels for swimming)
**With all bookings and/or inquiries please have an UPDATED PROFILE WITH VERIFICATIONS and information about you interests etc. Especially if you have no reviews**
I only take a minimum 2 night bookings on weekends (Friday to Sunday). One night bookings during the week are fine, if I can accommodate you.
This is a newly renovated self contained cabin with original hard wood floor, high ceiling and lots of natural light. It has a small bathroom with shower and toilet, refinished antique pocket door, small closet, and a funky up-cycled church window.
Woodwind cabin has a queen sized comfy bed, bed linens provided, bath towels, soap and shampoo. There is a chest of drawers with large mirror, side table and small desk and chair (desk is not in photos).
The kitchenette has sink, plates, cups, mugs, bowls, utensils, wine glasses, bottle opener, can opener, knives, cutting board, toaster, kettle, microwave, and bar fridge and BBQ.
**There is no stove inside the cabin. If you bring a gas stove, you must use it outside. There is no cooking inside the cabin. I do not supply pots and pans***.
You must do your dishes, soap and wash towels provided.
The water is pure spring water from a 200 foot well, drilled into solid granite. Please respect the water and use only what you need.
Outside is your own private deck, surrounded by Canadian granite, honeysuckle bushes, and towering white pines. Complete with patio furniture, hammock, and outdoor fire place, wood provided. You can park directly outside the cabin.
The main house is next door, and I give my guests quiet and privacy. Woodwind cabin and all it's amenities, are strictly reserved for your use.
50 meteres away is a nice sandy community beach, marina, government docks for fishing and boat launch.
Gravenhurst is 10 minutes away where you can go for an afternoon ride on the oldest running steamship in North America, The Segwun. Dine at the wharf, or take a nice drive to Bala, visit the falls, and eat the best buns you have ever tasted at Don's bakery.
Vist the Gravenhurst farmers market on Wednesdays, or go for a easy wilderness hike at Torrence Barrens, the stargazing capital of Ontario. I will be happy to give you any suggestions.
Sorry, no WIFI, but you won't miss it in the ultra relaxing space. Unplug!
Are you price comparing different listings on air bnb? Keep in mind woodwind cabin is only 1 hr 45 min from Toronto. There is no additional charge for 2 guests only, and NO CLEANING FEE. Firewood and BBQ is also included, and HST!
Guests will have access to parking in front of the cabin for easy loading and unloading bags etc. The outdoor fireplace directly beside Woodwind Cabin and wood is supplied. You will also have your own large deck, lawn and hammocks to relax and hang out. Feel free to explore the garden for organically grown herbs perfect for your outdoor cooking! The small community beach is a 10 second walk down our private road, with two swimming docks. The beach is very sandy with an easy sloping entry.There is also government docks for fishing and boat parking. The main house is not for guest use.
Interaction with Guests
Im usually there to welcome my guests. But I believe in giving as much privacy as possible, unless they need something.
Kahshe Lake is a very special place for me. My Great Grandfather, Evander, built some of the cottages along the road back in the 1920's. My ancestors used to enjoy the beach, and the healing waters, just as we are so lucky to do now. The area is a quaint collection of cottages, mostly built from the 1920's to the 1950's. A very cozy feel with friendly neighbours. The lake is especially nice because of it's special properties. The water has a slight tea colour, infused with healing tannins. Resist the urge to shower after a swim, and feel how soft your hair and skin is! One of my aunts used to bring water back to the city just to wash her hair.
Sorry, no public transit. But there is a bus station in Gravenhurst, ten minutes away.
Other Things to Note
Tap water in Woodwind is drinkable. No need to bring bottled water to the cabin. Please respect the well, (the main house uses the same well) and be conservative with short showers and water consumption in general.
Please keep all fires small. No smoking in the cabin.
Extra stuff you might find helpful to bring:
extra towels for the beach
flashlight for night walks
marshmallows for the fire
I do not accept guests under the age of 19, unless accompanied by an adult.
There is no smoking in the cabin, but you are welcome to smoke whatever you want, outside. Ashtrays provided.
The public beach has no life guard, use at your own risk. All children must be supervised. Any boats or watercraft are also used as the guest own risk. No drinking (alcohol) and boating or swimming.
The main house is not for use of cabin guests.
Please don't use the bed linens, towels or the extra blanket outside the cabin. Bring your own beach towels please.
Please don't throw food scraps (even if it's compostable) into the forrest. This will attract bears (yup bears) and racoons. Bring all your food in at night too.
Please separate your garbage with recycling, instructions will be in the cabin.
Any fires in the outside fireplace must be monitored, and any community fire bans must be respected. No large fires in the outdoor fireplace, SMALL FIRES ONLY. This can damage the brick work. Please cover the firewood for the next guests.
***Nothing but toilet paper down the toilet***Do not flush tampons, condoms, garbage, food or grease down the toilet or in the sink. Any foreign objects can cause nasty plumbing accidents. If there is a plumbing problem, you will be billed.
Please park on the gravel driveway, DO NOT PARK ON GRASS.
**There is no stove inside the cabin. If you bring a gas stove, you must use it outside. There is no cooking inside the cabin. There is an outdoor fire place, and BBQ. I do not supply pots and pans***. Using foil wrapped food on the BBQ or fire, is the easiest way to Glamp!
You must do your dishes, soap and wash towels provided.If you need anything during your stay, please contact me via text.
Other than that, have fun!
*Also Note* If you have any problems during your stay, you must notify me within 24 hours upon check in. No refunds, full or partial, will be given after check out.
In a very rare event of emergency plumbing problems or power outage, or any other extreme circumstances, you may be requested to leave and your money will be refunded for your unused nights. I have a backup generator now, so this should not be a problem. But you may be requested to conserve electrical power.
My own hand painted wood sign, inspired by my Grandfather who was first violin for the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.
We had a great time at Leslie’s cabin. Everything is exactly as publicized in the posting, and we particularly appreciated the large deck and the private backyard. Leslie always answered messages swiftly and was very helpful and flexible. We are thankful for her advice to visit Torrance Barrens for hiking and stargazing: that was magical!
Leslie was a wonderful host. She welcomed us upon our arrival and gave us a brief tour of the space. She respected our privacy and was extremely helpful when we had questions. At one point we bothered her for some extra plates for dinner and some ice and she gladly helped out. I highly recommend Leslie has a host!
Woodwind Cabin was lovely, really cosy and comfortable. We got it for Thanksgiving weekend, which I think was the first "cold" weekend there, Leslie had turned on a heater in the cabin so when we got there it was warm and cosy inside. The bed was super comfortable and we slept very well.
The cottage is really cute, just next to Leslie's house. There's a lake very close by with a little beach, it was lovely to sit there and just look at the islands and see little boats coming and going.
Leslie's cabin is an absolute treat - the perfect cosy lakeside location. It is warm and comfortable with everything you need to cook a simple BBQ meal and enjoy it outside by the open fire. Leslie is a wonderful, generous, friendly host - she was kind enough to take us out on her boat and provided lots of useful local info and advice for what to see and do. I can't recommend this place highly enough and hope to visit again!
Stayed in the cabin for one night. It's a charming little spot with everything you would need to get away from the city. The host Leslie is great and lives on the property but gives you all the privacy you'd need. Very close by is a great little beach.
It was a great stay at this cute cabin :)
Thanks, Leslie, for a delightful weekend. The cabin itself was charming and the BBQ/deck was a nice treat for city dwellers with regular access to neither.
The cabin is a stones throw from a stunning lake, - though we regrettably didn't canoe or swim - and is a short drive from Gravenhurst (and some great golf courses).
Look forward to returning next summer to repeat the fun from this year, layering on what we missed.
Thanks so much, you guys were great guests and welcome back anytime. As well, I do have a guide book on my air bnb site (locations are also highlighted on the map), of my own personal favourite attractions, The Segwun, Torrence barrens, antique shops, Canoe restaurant in Washago etc. check them out! Oh, and if you like beer, there is this great brewery called 'Sawdust City' that just opened in Gravenhurst, (I promise not to disappoint!) it has an excellent food truck too, with "Black River Food's, but I haven't been able to link it to my site yet (not linked to the Almighty gogle yet). Anyhoo, hope this helps for next time :)
About the Host, Leslie
I am an artist from Muskoka. I love to travel to different shows to sell my work. I also enjoy my home life of relaxing and working on my house. I like dogs and animals, and enjoy great food!
Steller meat and seafood!Gravenhurst ON P1P 1R1
This is a good place if you are looking to rent a canoe of kayak, and its just down the highway. You can launch your skiff right at our public beach.Ontario 11 Gravenhurst ON P1P 1R1
You can find a vast array on activities in Muskoka here. Lots of great info. And there is a hiking trail (Kahshe Barrens Trail) right behind it!Ontario 11 Kilworthy ON P0E 1G0
BoozeEdward St Gravenhurst ON P1P 1K8
Open 24 hours!225 Edward Gravenhurst ON P1P 1K8
This is a quaint little restaurant with good food and reasonable prices. Its only 10 minutes from Woodwind Cabin.1165 Muskoka Rd S Gravenhurst ON P1P 1K6
Peters Players is a unexpected music event gem, right in downtown Gravenhurst. They host top name artists from around the world!!!Muskoka Road South Gravenhurst ON P1P 1K3
I dont really want to advertise this shop because it so amazing (not to mention the prices) just go!Muskoka Rd S Gravenhurst ON P1P
The best ice cream on the planet!!!291 Phillip E Gravenhurst ON P1P 1J3
Killer ice cream, served by the lovely Jackie and friends!Gravenhurst ON
The Gravenhurst Farmers Market is held every Wednesday all summer long. Get all your organic veggies, meat and not to mention local artists, including me!Gravenhurst ON P1P 1V9
This is a wonderful place to take a cruise on North Americas oldest running steamship. Completely restored and beautiful! They also have dinner and lunch cruises. You will love this!185 Cherokee Ln Gravenhurst ON P1P 1Z9
A wonderful look at Muskokas boating heritage. This is family friendly experience where you can learn and explore the ares history.Steamship Bay Road Gravenhurst ON P1P 1R2
Right off the highway, great for picking up your booze en route.County Road 169 Washago ON L0K 2B0
This place has everything, including wood fired pizza! You can get groceries, latte, and fresh baked bread and so much more. VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!Muskoka Street Washago ON L0K 2B0
A cottage tradition! Stop at webers on your way up to the cabin. Homemade burgers and fries, but get ready for a line up! (dont worry, it moves fast)8844 11 Hwy S Orillia ON L3V 6H3
A wonderful hike and the stargazing capital of Ontario, be careful too. I had to give a family directions one day who were lost for a couple hours! Very easy to walk too!Barrens Extension Torrance ON P0C 1M0
This is a good place to stop for groceries en route. Its cheaper and less busy than Gravenhurst grocery stores.1029 Brodie Dr Orillia ON L3V 6H4
The Bala Cranberry festival is a feast for the eyes and tastebuds! Make sure you visit the marsh too, it gives you an in depth look at the harvest.Muskoka 169 Bala ON P0C 1A0