Capture the magic of island living in a private setting on the historic Chief’s Island on Lake Joseph in Muskoka. This charming 4-bedroom cottage with bunkie is ready for a turnkey buyer to enjoy with family and friends. Large entertainment space has easy flow between kitchen, great room and dining area. Main living space has a delightful 20-foot cathedral ceiling and an authentic Rumford fireplace. Second level includes a loft/play area, 2 bedrooms and a full bathroom. Cottage sleeps 14, and the bunkie sleeps 5. The bunkie has a composting toilet, cathedral ceiling with skylight and propane heat. Out buildings include a workshop, art studio and boathouse. Main cottage and bunkie have steel roofs.
Enjoy stunning views of Lake Joseph from the wrap around porch, patio and dock. The 600 feet of shoreline fronts over 8 acres of mature woodsy private lands. This island has never been logged so the cottage is surrounded by lots of mature beech, maple, oak and hemlock trees – great for taking quiet walks in the woods. The adjacent 5 acre vacant lot can be developed or merged with the cottage lot to become eligible for the Managed Forest Tax Incentive Program (reduced taxes).
An easy 10-minute boat ride from your mainland access parking (2 lots) and dock will get you to this owner built and cherished Muskoka cottage. Having this mainland access is less expensive than paying marina fees for your parking and dock facility and we really like its convenience.
If privacy is something you want, you will really like this cottage property because there are only 10 cottages on the island and there’s a 33-acre conservancy with 3,380 feet of shoreline prohibiting development. Anyone for skinny-dipping?
There are miles and miles of boating with 3 big interconnected lakes (Muskoka, Joseph, Rosseau). One of our favourite excursions is boating to the pub at Windermere House for a casual lunch or the Sherwood Inn for an elegant dinner. And if you’re a golfer, there are 12 golf courses to choose from. But I think it’s the call of the loons that really lifts one’s spirit.
About Chief’s Island
Chief’s Island is big with 250 acres. The island was acquired from the government about 1876 by James Campbell who was nicknamed Chief, hence the name Chief’s Island. It remained in the families of his descendants until about 1985 when a few portions were sold to non-relatives. There are only 10 cottages on this island and the 33-acre conservancy restricts further development.
The New York Times has called Muskoka the Malibu of the North. And Toronto Life magazine had this to say, “Of the three major Muskoka lakes, Joseph is cottage country’s most star-studded. Its lots – generally bigger than those on nearby Rosseau and Muskoka – attract celebrities and business titans who require adequate room for their toys, boats and egos, and prefer not to rub elbows with nosy neighbours.” And then there’s the NHL hockey players…
The Rumford fireplace is a tall, shallow fireplace designed by Sir Benjamin Thompson (Count Rumford), a physicist known for investigations of heat. The angled sides are designed to reflect heat into the room and the streamlined throat carries away smoke with little loss of heat. It takes a master craftsman to build a Rumford fireplace.
- 2,150 square foot cottage with security system
- 4 bedrooms
- 2.5 bathrooms
- 8 acre property
- 5 acre vacant lot
- 2 portion mainland parking and dock
- 600 foot shoreline
- 150 square foot bunkie
- steel roof on cottage and bunkie
- 2 boat lifts
- art studio
- hot tub
- appliances (fridge, stove, dishwasher, microwave, washer, dryer)