What Guests Have to Say About Island Retreat
We had a great vacation at the island cottages. Everything was as described. Our kids loved playing basketball and ping-pong and enjoyed all water activities- kayaking, canoeing and paddle boarding. The kitchen was modern and had everything required for a great stay. We even made ice cream in the ice cream maker. We truly enjoyed our stay!Suzanne 8/20/2021
We were 9 ladies and we loved everything about the wilderness and rustic experience. Overall great experience.
We loved the property & the service we got was par excellence! Couple of things to consider. 1 shower might not be enough for a larger group. Anyone coming during any months other than July August prepare yourself for cold nights.
Incredible accomodation for a large group. Plenty of sleeping and entertainment options. Campfires, basketball court, games in the main house and some quiet places to just watch the view. The hot tub is a highlight, big dock to jump off and plenty of water toys. There are lots of stairs to get up to the house, but it’s worth it for the views alone. Marla was a great host and the local staff were very helpful with firewood and local knowledge. We look forward to spending more time there one day.Bill 8/16/2019
This was our second stay at Marla's stunning cottage and I am still under the charm. I wanted to share with more of my friends the exceptional beauty of this place. It is quite a special place that will delight everyone. Marla is a great host and has a rock star team on-site available all day if anything is needed. The South Frontenac area and Bob's lake are also quite fantastic and I look forward in coming back in the area again!Alexandre 9/08/2018
We had an incredible stay at Marla’s island compound. The basketball court was a huge hit with our group followed by a lake swim and a hot tub with a view. We loved having the pontoon boat available to do a bit of fishing. I would recommend this place to a group of friends or group of families. Will keep it on my list to return to.Jeffrey 9/03/2018
THIS IS AN ISLAND PROPERTY- YOU NEED A BOAT- WE RENT THEM
Washer & Dryer
6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 15
Queen size Beds (4) 2 in main cottage; 1 in guest cottage second floor bedroom, and 1 in tree house. Double Beds (2) main cottage and also fouton couch in guest cottage, Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) futon couch in guest cottage living room, Bunk Beds (2) in bedroom in main cottage and in small bedroom in guest cottage
Lake View: great view from main house and guest cottage
Lakefront: gorgeous lakefront but 79 steps to the cottage
Water View: from main house and guest cottage
Waterfront: beautiful, deck, dock
Guests provide their own meals
Dining Area: comfy seating for 14 people
Ping Pong Table
Basketball Court: lit at night
Deck / Patio
Kayak / Canoe
Lawn / Garden
not wheelchair accessible
duty free shops
Local Services & Businesses
Sports & Adventure Activities
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 9:30 AM
Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
“Glamping” at its Best: Wilderness Island Retreat
Note: The guest cottage, tree house, and tent cannot be rented separately.
Main cottage, guest cottage, adult treehouse, basketball court, lit at night, in the middle of the forest, 350 feet of shoreline, kayak, canoe, fire pit, bbq and lots and lots of privacy. Comes with motorized fishing boat for rentals of three days or longer (requires a refundable $500 damage deposit due after booking should you decide to take the boat.) You can upgrade to pontoon or speed boat if you wish.
You must arrive before dark.
Read up Louise Johnson of The Art of Glamping’s experience staying for a weekend in May 2019, and see for yourself why she rated it 5 stars.
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—for the 2019 season, there are new cabinets, a new counter, and a new farm sink—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 six 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 20 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 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 queen-sized bed, rocking chair, deck, skylight, stained glass window, a mural of Bobs lake, a lead beveled glass front door and a doggie ramp in the back, built for our poodle who liked to be up there with me. It is very romantic and has no electricity.
Glamping / Safari Tent
Our glamping tent has a small deck and sleeps 2.