The great escape that’s close to home!
A message from Louise:
In 2008, Jean and I bought this cottage. It has a special story behind it. My parents built it when I was just three years old while my family lived in Montreal. We continued to spend summers and special family times there until 1967, when my parents sold it. I was 11 years old. My father passed away soon after we sold the cottage.
Forty years later, I wanted to show Jean the cottage; it was the home of many of my best childhood memories. I remembered how to get there as if I had been there yesterday. We stopped to talk to someone who was just moving in. I left my business card, asking the new owner to call me first if she ever decided to sell. Three years later, the mother of the lady who had bought the cottage tracked me down by calling newspapers in Eastern Ontario and asking for me. Her daughter wanted to sell the cottage. The daughter had lost my business card, but her mother remembered that I worked for a newspaper. She found me; we made an offer which was accepted and I feel like I have found a part of myself I thought I had lost forever.
Maybe it is the memories . . . or maybe it is the quiet, the wind in the trees, the sound of the whippoorwill and the taste of the clear water, but I always feel restored after spending even just a few days there.
For Jean and for myself, the cottage has proven to be the getaway that we had been dreaming of: if we can free ourselves from the world — even at the last minute, we pack just what we need and we are off! Leaving Vankleek Hill, we are there in just 45 minutes.
It is a different world: no land-line telephone, no high-speed internet, no satellite television, just nature, radio, music (we have lots of vinyl for you to play, or bring your own), watch movies, choose a book to read, play board games, or bake a cake if you’re in the mood!
And still, we’re not far from civilization. You can be in Lachute in 15 minutes, but trust me, at the cottage, you feel the wind on your face and it’s a chance to step back from your busy life and catch your breath.
I said earlier that at the cottage, I feel as if I find a part of myself that I have lost. I know that you, too, will find what you are missing. Visit the rest of this site for pictures, more about attractions in the area, and rental information. I know how busy life can be . . . even if it is at the last minute, call us if you want to get away: we understand! We think our cottage is the best of both worlds; it is secluded, but only 30 minutes from Hawkesbury and just 10 minutes from Lachute!
Note: Our kitchen is equipped with: a toaster, microwave, coffee maker, slow cooker, pots, pans, dishes, utensils and baking supplies (flour, baking powder, spices, etc.). We ask that you bring your own food for your stay but if you are out of something or forgot something, please feel free to use what we have. The dining table has two extension boards to accommodate more people. Please leave the refrigerator empty when you leave. All linens, towels, bedding supplied according to the number of people in your group. Firewood and kindling are available for the fireplace and the airtight stove in the basement. Enjoy an evening campfire around our outdoor fire pit. One queen-size bed in upstairs bedroom. One double bed in the upstairs bedroom. Two single beds in downstairs bedroom. One sofa-bed in the upstairs living area. Washer, dryer in basement. Please use the clothesline if you can!