Summer Cottage in the Land O' Lakes

THE MAIN COTTAGE on Badour Island, was designed and built by Jonathan Rousham and was written up in Fine Homebuilding.

It is a beautiful post and beam cottage, with windows everywhere. The floors are pine, there is an open plan kitchen, dining room, and living room. A wood burning stove sits in the middle of the large room. The ceilings are two floors high, with a second set of windows on all four sides 16 feet high. It looks like a pagoda.

There are three small bedrooms. One flight up is a bedroom with a queen size bed, surrounded on three sides by windows. The 4th side overlooks the living room. It is like a crows nest, which was one name we thought of for the building.

On the main floor, are two bedrooms, each with a wall of windows. One has a queen size bed. The other has bunk beds with a double bed on the bottom.

The kitchen is fully equipped with a dishwasher and trash compactor. We have a water purification system and the water is safe to drink from all the faucets.

There is a large deck across the front of the cottage that wraps around to the back where there is a gas bbq. There are hammocks and swinging chairs on the property. There are tables to eat out on the deck and chairs to relax in as you take in the beautiful view of the lake.

In back of the cottage is a shed with a washer and dryer, and a half size basketball court lit at night, with mural, and an outdoor [hot] shower.

The dock [79 steps down] has a deck with two Adirondack chairs and a chaise lounge, a shed with refrigerator for cool drinks and storage for tubes, fishing poles, water skis and paddles.

We compost our fruits and vegetables in a composter in the back of the cottage, not only for environmental reasons, but to limit the trash that we collect. All trash has to be brought to the dumpster on Bradshaw Rd. The trash compactor considerably limits the amount. We also recycle.

The dining table seats 8 comfortably, but can be extended to fit 10, 12 or even 16 by adding on any of the three outdoor tables that are the same height and width.

There is a ping pong table, chess set, board games and puzzles.

THE MAIN COTTAGE

THE MAIN COTTAGE on Badour Island, was designed and built by Jonathan Rousham and was written up in Fine Homebuilding.

It is a beautiful post and beam cottage, with windows everywhere. The floors are pine, there is an open plan kitchen, dining room, and living room. A wood burning stove sits in the middle of the large room. The ceilings are two floors high, with a second set of windows on all four sides 16 feet high. It looks like a pagoda.

Lonnie King in Ontario Out of Doors magazine called this compound “a playground.” Read the article here and watch the video here.

Our Guest Cottage

The guest cottage sits a few yards away from the main cottage. Downstairs is a large living room with a Futon couch that opens up into a double bed. There is a punching bag and boxing gloves for you to work out with, as well as an exercise bicycle.

The guest cottage has two covered porches, one downstairs and one off the bedroom on the second floor each with a gorgeous view of the lake. (Actually, that was the spot I had picked for the main cottage, but the builder changed the location on me and had all the posts in by the time I had arrived – so the guest cottage got the best view).

Upstairs is a beautiful bedroom with a queen size bed, air conditioner, telescope, skylight that opens and another covered porch with an even more gorgeous view of the lake.

The Tree House is the Coolest Structure

It is on an adjacent plot of land, has a double bed, rocking chair, deck, skylight, stained glass window, a mural of Bobs lake, a lead beveled glass front door and a dogge ramp in the back , built for out poodle who liked to be up there with me. It is very romantic and has no electricity.

Outdoors

We have a basketball court in the middle of the forest, lit at night, and the waterfront is amazing! Pretty fancy outhouse too!

What People are Saying About Badour Island Compound

5/5

This vacation is for those wishing a true Ontario lake cottage experience. Bob’s Lake is wonderful, very beautiful vistas and sunsets, relatively underdeveloped (compared to the Muskoka’s), This compound is relatively old with a long staircase to the water (70+ steps) and complicated septic system. If you are looking for the convenience of road access, new construction, air conditioning, true flush toilets, etc., I would urge you to consider the other properties offered by the owner. I’ve toured them and they are quite modern. Back to Badour Island. The main cottage is stunning with an absolutely magisterial view from the main bedroom. You feel like you are living in the forest with 360 degree views and multiple screened windows. The main section of the cottage provides a great living area with couches, kitchen, and table. The main area of this section can be used to play ping pong or, as we did, to hang the wonderful hammock. The other two bedrooms are nice as well. The guest cottage has a different orientation so has different views to the West. Also a very nice cottage with small bedroom with bunk beds and a great bedroom on the second floor with it’s own balcony. The tree house is cute but we didn’t use it — would be suitable for one or two additional guests. There are three septic systems on the property. They are not hard to maintain properly but do require a bit of attention. We encountered no problems with this. The water is fabulous for swimming and is immediately very deep so perfect for diving. We loved the waterfront area with its decks, boats, and shed (with beer fridge). Marla was a great host who helped us through some of the minor annoyances of country living (like a power outage when we arrived) and ensured our stay was pleasurable. The surrounding area is fun to explore and there is a decent selection of groceries and other items in nearby communities. All in all, a very relaxing vacation in a very nice compound on a stunning lake.
5/5

We spent a long weekend at Marla’s place and it was not nearly enough time! There was a large group of us (12 people) and plenty of room to enjoy every moment. Marla responded quickly and to all questions before our arrival and helped coordinate plans so we had a smooth trip to the island. She checked in on us during the weekend and made it easy to reach her. The property is beautiful and plenty of activities. The lake and surrounding areas are breath taking, wish I was still there!