The Hermitage: Overview

Unique, Million Dollar Plus, Luxury Cottage and Boathouse on Skeleton Lake in Muskoka


Bracebridge, Skeleton Lake, Ontario, Canada (2 hrs north of Toronto, 25 min from both Bracebridge and Huntsville) 15 minutes to Rosseau

Accommodations: Cottage - 4 Bedrooms - 3 Baths (Sleeps 8)
Boathouse - 2 Bedrooms and Loft (Sleeps 4-8)


A magnificent luxury year-round holiday retreat on picturesque Skeleton Lake. As the name Hermitage suggests, this unique 6 bedroom property on 3.5 acres and 540 feet of lake frontage offers complete privacy and the perfect getaway. This million dollar plus property features a quality, custom-built cottage and boathouse, both with numerous luxury features. The 5000+ sq. ft. cottage, featuring 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms and 2 Muskoka, floor to ceiling, fireplaces, is nestled among huge, mature trees and beautiful granite rocks. The property has been landscaped to blend into the beautiful, natural surroundings and the buildings have been designed to complement this setting.

This unique property is situated at the end of a private road and ensures complete seclusion. It is truly a one-of-a-kind property that will allow you to experience Muskoka at its best in all four seasons. This quiet waterfront property on Skeleton Lake should provide you with one of your most memorable vacations ever. For view and privacy in Muskoka, it doesn’t get much better.


Tropical Wood Interior

The cottage interior is stunning and has many unique features that blend gracious, luxury living with a casual vacation home lifestyle. The exotic hardwood floors in cabbage bark and poisonwood, and the mixed exotic hardwood ceilings throughout make this a one-of-a-kind property. Most of the wood in the cottage is exotic hardwood from Central America, including the kitchen cabinets, stairs, railings, doors, and much of the furniture. This unique blend of unusual woods gives the cottage a warm, rustic, yet elegant charm. Large wood-framed windows provide stunning views from every room, allowing you to enjoy the natural beauty even when you are indoors.

Main Level

The cottage is designed around a magnificent, cathedral-ceiling Great Room with a huge, floor to ceiling river rock fireplace, a wall of windows offering a breathtaking long view of the lake, and cabbage bark hardwood floors. A Heintzman piano offers musicians a gorgeous view of the lake as they play.

French doors lead into the family room at one end of the main level. It features a second large river rock fireplace, a large-screen TV, and a wall of windows overlooking the lake. At the other end of the main level is an office/library with two walls of windows presenting stunning views of the lake in two directions. Sliding doors lead from the office/library to the deck.

The open concept gourmet kitchen has a large island in mixed exotic hardwoods that is great for snacks or just for chatting with the chef. The dining area has a view of the lake and sliding doors open directly onto the deck. There is a large, main floor laundry room with washer and dryer. A set of French doors lead from the kitchen into a large Muskoka room/sunroom, with a high ceiling in exotic woods and walls of glass windows and sliding doors, that provides magnificent views of the lake and woods. Three sets of sliding doors lead from the Muskoka room directly out onto the deck and boardwalk. Enjoy breakfast or a romantic dinner on the deck or in the Muskoka room, enjoying gorgeous views in all directions.

Upper Level

A magnificent, wide wooden staircase of mixed exotic hardwoods leads to the upper floor. A loft area with a large balsam infra-red sauna and workout area overlooks the great room and has a gorgeous view out over the lake. The loft separates the master bedroom and ensuite from the other three bedrooms. The master bedroom, with a king-size poster bed, has beautiful poisonwood floors and glorious views of the lake in two directions from immense windows. The walk-in closet is completely cedar lined. The ensuite bathroom has a heated, natural slate floor, a long poisonwood and slate vanity with two sinks, a large shower with glass and slate sides, and a long 6.5 ft. BainUltra ThermoMasseur Ayoura air tub with programmable cycle, chromotherapy, and heated back. At the other end of the loft, a hallway leads to three bedrooms, all of which enjoy lake views. The bathroom at this side of the upstairs has a large shower with slate walls and a glass door. End your day relaxing in the sauna or in the ThermoMasseur air tub.

Lower Level

A huge walk-out basement is completely finished, featuring slate floors and huge windows that also have gorgeous views of the lake. A second office and a games area are located here. There is a Brunswick 4’ X 8’ pool table, foosball table, air hockey and table top hockey game.


There is an attached double garage and a large parking area behind the cottage, with additional parking on the access road.

Exterior Description

The cottage has a commanding, long view of beautiful Skeleton Lake. Natural granite stone steps grace the main entrance and another set of stone steps lead to a boardwalk that runs along the sunroom around to a large deck. The 700 sq. ft. private deck of exotic hardwood with glass railings offers gorgeous views of Skeleton Lake and some of its most picturesque islands. A cedar stairway descends through the trees and granite boulders to the boathouse. The cottage is winterized for those who love to ski, snowmobile, snowshoe, ice fish, or engage in other winter activities. Four-wheel drive recommended for winter access.


The beautiful, custom-built boathouse was completed in 2006. Above the two-slip boathouse is 650 sq. ft. of beautiful living space. The living quarters include an open concept living and kitchen/dining area that has breathtaking views of the lake from three sides. You can sit around the wood-burning stove on chillier evenings and enjoy the views of the lake. Three sets of sliding doors lead out onto the large sundeck that wraps around the boathouse. Floors, ceilings, and walls are entirely in pine, providing a bright, warm, rustic atmosphere.

There are two bedrooms with queen-size beds and sliding doors that also open onto the deck. The bright pine bathroom has a large shower. Above the bedrooms is a large loft with sleeping area that overlooks the living room and the lake. Older children will love the loft!

Have breakfast or a BBQ dinner on the deck. Enjoy the call of the loons on the lake. Relax in the hammock or characteristic Muskoka chairs. Fish off the deck. Jump off the deck into the lake. The lapping waves will lull you to sleep. You’ll never be closer to the water!

The boathouse is available for rent separately in May, June, September, and October. When the boathouse is rented separately, the cottage will not be rented. The boathouse is closed in the winter.

No Pets allowed. No Smoking please.

Cottage sleeps a maximum of 8 persons. Boathouse sleeps 4 persons in beds and 3-4 children in the loft.

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