Moon Over Jessica

Cabin - Entire home/apt · PR, Division No. 1, MB, Canada

Moon Over Jessica is for those seeking a quiet lakefront cottage, ideal for time with friends & family, or a secluded weekend get away in a natural setting. Rustic 1950 cottage is a charming blend of well-maintained original decor & modern upgrades.

The Space

Private lakefront cottage facing south; sandy beach, dock, large deck, AC, 1 full bathroom, full kitchen, gas BBQ, screen porch on water's edge, kayak, SUP. Grass lawn, gentle slope, parking on property. Excellent fishing for walleye, northern, perch. Good windsurfing location. Cell phone tower (Shaw/MTS/Bell) 1/2 mile away. Sat TV, DVD. Ceiling fans in each room - cottage is well shaded by poplar and birch. Beautiful water views from 8X6 LR picture window, deck and dock! 1 king, 1 queen and 1 dbl bed. Woodburning stove and electric heat. 950 sq. ft. Stores, gas, liquor, restaurant, DVD rentals, fishing lic/minnows nearby. 18-hole championship golf: Granite Hills (1.2 hr.), Pinawa (1 hr.) Falcon Beach (45 min.). Northern lights are a memorable sight in this dark region where little light pollution interferes with the spectacle!

The staging area for five hiking trails is adjacent to Moon Over Jessica, off PR 307. These multi-looped trails through Precambrian Shield country offer an array of hiking experiences. Jessica Lake to Rainbow Falls, 8 km; allow three and a half hours. (email hidden); allow 45 min. Loop B, 1.5 km; allow 45 min. Loop C, 3.5 km; allow one and a half hours. All distances are return.

Astronomical dates to watch for: Meteor showers May-August (sit on the dock and look to the north, east & south). Vivid Northern Lights often visible from July on. Supermoon, August 10, 2014.

The cottage is just north of the 50th latitude. (We often shout, "North of 50!" as we cross the line into the northland. You'll see a small white sign in the east - right - ditch, just before you reach Jessica.) Other North of 50 landmarks: Frankfurt airport; Cornwall, England; Cape Flattery - the westernmost point of the contiguous USA;

While we don't have an internet connection or wifi, Rogers cell users can use their iphone or Galaxy for a hot spot and connect thru that. There is excellent Rogers connectivity but no Telus service.

Guest Access

Our guests are welcome to use everything except the boat and the windsurfing gear. A 1997 Lexus ES300 is available if desired, for a fee. (Airport pick-up too.)

Interaction with Guests

We are not there when guests are.

The Neighborhood

Quiet, peaceful and serene. The cottage is on the shore; a lodge is next door on one side and the other neighbour is a private cottage. The cottage is surrounded by spruce, poplar and birch trees and lots of bushy understory which offer good privacy, especially in the summer.

Getting around

The White Lake store is about a half hour walk along the highway or a five minute drive. We will have a Norco bicycle there too (coming soon).

Other Things to Note

The cottage was built in 1950 (without power tools!) and while it has been enlarged once, it retains much of the original material and furnishings -- it's a true Mid-Century Modern home!

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 6
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Extra people: No Charge
Weekly Price: $1121 /week
Monthly Price: $3283 /month
Security Deposit: $232
Cancellation: Flexible

Overall Guest Satisfaction

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  • We spent 4 very comfortable October nights at Moon Over Jessica. The cottage is homey, and the location is lovely. Hiking, paddling, stargazing, bonfires....the idyllic Whiteshell was at our doorstep. Mitch was a friendly host and prompt in answering our emails. We'll certainly return!

    October 2013
  • Sincere thanks to Mitch for hosting us in his lovely cabin on Jessica Lake in Manitoba's beautiful Whiteshell Provincial Park.

    A perfect blend of the wilderness experience with all of the comforts of home.

    A clean, comfy cottage. Great water access. And all kinds of wilderness adventures right on the doorstep.

    Our family loved it and we are already planning our return!

    August 2013
    Response from Mitch:

    You are welcome and we look forward to seeing you again - digitally maybe more than literally - @ Jessica. We're working with our new caretakers, Sean & Kelly, (part of the family friends from a couple of cottages down) to make the whole process even better. Things like a key lock-box, optional bedding (with a small cleaning fee) and a few other "pro hospitality" features might be part of that. But not too much - don't wanna lose the whole rustic&unique appeal of the place :-) Jan + Mitch.

  • This place is beautiful! GREAT location. Wonderful scenery. Campfires at the lakeside under the stars was our favorite part. We were all comfortable and had a great time! Mitch was great and did everything he could to make sure we had a good time. He answered my millions of questions willingly. We will be going back. Would love to make this a yearly trip or more!

    August 2013
    Response from Mitch:

    You are welcome to return! Because we don't rent the cottage out that much, we really look forward to having return visits from people who know & enjoy our spot. Cheers!

  • The cabin was AMAZING!! Right on the water with every amenity you could ever hope for. Slept 6 adults VERY comfortably. Extremely well kept property. The owners were so attentive and responsive to my millions of questions and they were probably the nicest people I've ever had the pleasure of dealing with!! I strongly suggest Moon over Jessica for anyone - and the price couldn't be beat!!!

    July 2013
    Response from Mitch:

    Thx Karuna. Really happy that u enjoyed it! You are welcome any time.

  • We spent a couple of nights last week at the Moon Over Jessica. We took the cottage to host our friends visiting from the US. It was a great experience for all of us... to hear the chirping of the birds and watch a gorgeous sunrise over the lake. I liked all the detailed instructions left to make it easy for the guests; particularly liked the instructions on saving water...:-)

    June 2013
  • Fabien’s parents and nephew visited us from France, and we wanted to show them how beautiful Manitoba could be. We stayed 1 weekend at Mitch’s cabin and we could not find a better place! The cabin was lovely and clean, with a gorgeous view on the lake and trails starting just beside. Even greater than we expected!
    Mitch and his nephew kindly answered all our questions. Although we did not meet them in person, they were really present and helpful, and provided us with lots of useful information and good tips. Thanks to Mitch’s advice, we had the opportunity to see many animals on our hiking trail, including a grey owl. Fabien’s family will remember this forever! I would definitely recommend staying at Mitch’s place, and would be more than happy to go there again myself! Merci Mitch pour cette fabuleuse expérience !

    November 2012
  • It was an awesome time at the small cottage, it´s completely in the nature and you are on your own. The organisation was uncomplicated, Mitch explained everything very well! We were three people but six is also no problem! We´ll come back!

    March 2012
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Mitch - windsurfer, golfer and gramps; Jan - nanna, walker, kayaker and expert swimmer. With the help of our cottage neighbour Sean Marleau, who lives in Winnipeg, we rent out our LAKEFRONT cottage in the Whiteshell Provincial Park, on Jessica Lake. It's a great spot for: - fishing (walleye, northern, perch) - windsurfing - accessible for south (onshore), west and east winds -- rig your sails on our grassy lawn and leave them there in the shade for your stay; launch from our sandy beach. EPIC conditions when two-day Southers settle in on a low barometer. Live slow - sail fast! - stand-up paddling, kayaking (both available for your use) - swimming, sailing, boating, watersports >> an excellent government public boat launch is just around the corner in the next bay, right off the highway. Also a fish-cleaning station and dock. - canoeing is great on the lake and many multi-day trips launch from Jessica. Journey via the Whiteshell river which feeds Jessica Lake and/or via portage to remote lakes nearby. We have an older canoe but bring your own if you are serious. - sitting on the dock and watching the dragonflys and swallows - an elevated deck on the cottage provides access to sunshine all day (the dock is shaded @ about 4 pm in the summer) - nighttime bonfire on the beach; watch fire-flies, star-gaze and watch the satellites go by on clear nights - relaxing in the screened Mangrove (a converted boathouse) to play cards or watch distant thunderheads or the moonrise over Jessica - sunrise yoga on the dock - let me just say that again - sunrise yoga on the dock :-) Championship 18-hole golf is available at Pinawa and Granite Hills to the north, Kenora to the east and Falcon Beach to the south - all within an hour's scenic drive. Hiking trails, cross-country ski trails and snowmobile trails are all within a half mile or less. Bicylists have the winding, hilly 2-lane highway for touring or mountain bike on the trails. Stores, restaurants, beer vendor/liquor sales, marinas, gas stations, movie rentals all within 5-15 miles on paved 2-lane highway. The lake is only really busy on long weekends in summer - otherwise it is a pretty serene spot. There are neighbours, so even in the winter, you will not be totally isolated. Our insulated, well-shaded cottage offers air conditioning, a wonderful view of the lake and all the comforts of home, plus the comforting rushing sound of poplar leaves at night, a unique sound that you will not soon forget. We live in Chilliwack, BC and as mentioned above, we have Sean look after the cottage. We like to travel and SWAPS would be really COOL. Some places we hope to visit: Kintyre region - Scotland; Ireland; Palm Springs; Scottsdale; Gearhart, WA; Tacoma, WA; St. George, Utah; Caye Caulker, Belize; Florence, OR; Bandon Dunes, OR.
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