fire pit in front of lake with chairs
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Chardonnay Cottage: a Luxury Vacation Rental on Long Lake Sudbury

Are you looking to bring everyone together at the cottage to relax, reconnect and create some lasting memories? Chardonnay Cottage is the perfect place to do just that. This luxury vacation rental on Long Lake Sudbury in Ontario is an entertainer’s dream. Large and separate spaces in this Airbnb mean that there’s enough room for everyone to gather, while still offering a quiet spot to get away to watch a movie or read a book. 

house with fire pit infront

Summer in Ontario means cottage season which typically starts with the Victoria Day long weekend in May and extends to Thanksgiving weekend in October. Popular areas of the province include Lake Huron to the west, Kawarthas, and Thousand Islands to the east, and Georgian Bay,  Muskoka, and Haliburton to the north. But have you ever considered farther north, perhaps to Greater Sudbury – the land of 330 lakes? Toronto to Sudbury is just 4 hours and it’s a destination that’s worth driving to. This northern Ontario destination is chock full of outdoor adventure, arts and culture, and key attractions. As the heart of the Canadian Shield, Greater Sudbury is an incredibly scenic part of Ontario and that alone makes it a must-see. Why not experience northern Ontario by staying at the beautiful holiday rental of Chardonnay Cottage- ideal in any season. 

house with lilac

First Impression

As soon as you open the front door at Chardonnay Cottage you are greeted with the wow factor. The soaring ceilings of this timber frame holiday home are pretty incredible. You can’t help but notice the grandness of the large open and inviting spaces of the living, dining, and kitchen. And all have views of the lake. Impressive, oh yes, I’d say. Let me take you on a tour of this incredible home. 

view to kitchen

Main Level

Living, Dining and Kitchen

The entire living space is magazine worthy with its soft neutral colours and textiles. A large sectional sofa anchors the room offering comfy seating for at least 5-6 people. I love the elegance of the round marble coffee and end table (complete with built-in USB and electric charging). If you have the need for additional seating, no problem, pull up the two poufs, and instantly more can join in on the conversation, or maybe it’s movie night on the theater size TV. 

sofa and lamp

A long harvest table with bench seating can easily fit 6 to 8 people in the dining space. Even though it was just the two of us, we loved how we got to cozy up beside one another and face the water for our late evening dinners. There’s easy access to the upper-level deck with BBQ and additional seating. We enjoyed our pre-dinner drinks on this raised balcony offering some great views of the lake. 

dining table
dining table with sofa
dining table and chairs
dining table

The large kitchen allows for multiple cooks or helpers at the same time. An oversized stainless steel fridge, a Jenn-Air 4-burner gas range with a double oven with a side skillet perfect for making those big breakfasts of pancakes, bacon, and eggs. A small kitchen bar top with 3-person seating overlooks the sink and dishwasher island. Although the kitchen has all of the cookware and dishes you might need, it doesn’t come fully stocked with pantry items. Bring what you might need for your stay or shop in the nearby town of Lively.

kitchen
kitchen island with 3 chairs
jenn-air oven in kitchen

A walk-out from the kitchen to a large screened-in porch offers a round stand-up bar seating for 4 and a conversational set. Free from misquotes or maybe the rain, you’ll still feel like you’re outside. It also has access to the upper-level deck. 

screened-in porch with seating
chairs on deck

Each of these three spaces is large and accommodates many people, but not too large that you feel disconnected. You can be in the kitchen and still hear and participate in a conversation that might be happening around the sofa or dining table. Even though it was just the 2 of us, it was still a comfortable and useable space we enjoyed.  

Bed and Bath Rooms

Left of the foyer down a short hallway is a peaceful guest suite. A large ensuite bathroom with double sinks and a jacuzzi tub with a water view offers the ultimate spa experience. Across from the bathroom is a large walk-in closet. Beyond, it’s the floor-to-ceiling windows in the bedroom that draws you in. A queen-size bed and seating for two makes for the perfect spot to watch the clouds slowly float over the lake. It was one of my favourite spots in the house. I loved to cozy up for those quiet moments- an early morning coffee or a good book. Pure bliss. There is also a walk-out from the bedroom to the upper-level deck. 

bedroom
view to hall through bedroom

To the right of the foyer, and down a hall tucked out of sight from the main living space is a full-sized bathroom. Adjacent is a smaller bedroom with a queen-sized bed with two large windows to the front and back of the house.  

bedroom

The Loft

Make your way up the wooden staircase to the loft offering views open to below. This large loft space features two double beds opposite each other with a desk in between.  In fact, my husband who works remotely worked during our stay and said the view only inspired him, not distracted him (okay, maybe a little). If you have the flexibility to work from anywhere, this is the perfect cottage to do just that. 

home office
bed with desk
bed with desk
view of sofa

Lower Level

The lower level is actually the ground level with full windows and a walk-out to the lawn and lake beyond. This is definitely where all the fun happens – foosball, pool table, and another theater-sized TV. To the delight of my husband, he was ecstatic to see the pool table. Thankfully, I’m a good sport, and he didn’t mind playing against me with my amateur pool skills. The lower level has lots of open spaces, perfect for families where the kids can come and play or simply hang out away from the adults. 

pool playing
Bed and Bathrooms

There is a lovely bedroom that almost tempted me to stay. It mirrors the private suite where we stayed on the main level. The same floor-to-ceiling windows with waterfront views and seating for two tucked into the windows. This cozy room features two double beds and again, an incredible waterfront view. Down the hall, there is a large bathroom. On the opposite side of the house are 2 more bedrooms perfect for kids who don’t mind sharing a bedroom that sleep 8.

bed with view to lake

Waterfront Property

The waterfront at Chardonnay Cottage is pretty spectacular. A long deck with rows of Adirondack chairs lineup facing the water with two floating decks jetting out to the water. What makes this place special is that you will not see or hear other cottagers. Complete and total privacy. 

My favourite time of day was early morning. I woke up, made myself a tea, and wandered down to the dock. I loved how tranquil it is. The stillness of the lake with only the sound of the nearby Canadian geese. I watched the sun slowly rise and the light would dance across the water shimmering in different shades of pinky yellows. Chardonnay Cottage experiences a sunrise only over the water, and the sun sets over the trees to the opposite side of the property. 

However, come nightfall the focus is on the amazing fire pit that easily seats up to 16 people. It’s the perfect spot for gathering around a bonfire – sharing stories, laughs, and maybe even a song or two. Break out the s’mores and reminisce about your amazing day at Chardonnay Cottage. 

Amenities at Chardonnay Cottage

Chardonnay Cottage is a 4,000-square-foot property rental that sits on 4 acres. It’s the last cottage on a country road and sits back from the entryway. 

lake with two chairs

Amenities:

  • 5 large bedrooms that sleep up to 16 guests
  • 3 large bathrooms
  • foosball table
  • pool table
  • 2 theatre sized TVs
  • canoes and kayaks
  • waterfront access
  • laundry room with extra fridge

Booking Information

For availability and pricing, visit the Airbnb site for Chardonnay Cottage. Lisa, the amazing host, is very prompt and courteous with any questions you might have. 

Top Things to Do in Greater Sudbury

It will be hard to tear yourself away from Chardonnay Cottage, but if you do, there are endless things to do that are a short drive away. That’s what makes this vacation property so unique- it’s located in an area that offers popular attractions. Located in Lively, here are the top things to do in Greater Sudbury.

  1. A.Y. Jackson Lookout and Onaping Falls. If you only choose to only do one thing, this has to be it. This waterfalling site is incredible! A 55 m plunge over multiple cascades is a must-see. You can easily get panoramic views using the side trails down the hill and up beside the river. It’s no wonder this waterfall was captured by Group of Seven artist A.Y. Jackson. 
  2. Bell Park. A large urban park in Sudbury that’s both family and dog-friendly and is a local’s favourite. It’s a great place to come for a leisurely stroll with some impressive views. Walk the trails and boardwalk around Ramsey Lake. You can also visit the Art Gallery of Sudbury where you can find many Group of 7 art as well as local contemporary artists. 
  3. Big Nickel at Dynamic Earth. No visit to Sudbury is complete without seeing the Big Nickel, even if it’s just for a selfie. This area is one of the world’s richest deposits of nickel as a result of a comet striking earth 1.8 billion years ago. Known as the Nickel Capital of the World, even Thomas Edison came here in search of the metal to try and make a superior car battery. 
  4. Science North. Experience the most popular attraction in Sudbury where you can learn about science through fun and interactive exhibits as well as an IMAX theatre. This family-friendly activity is both fun and interesting. 
  5. Provincial Park. If you’re not a camper but love to be in nature why not consider a day pass at the nearby provincial parks. Fairbank and Windy Lake Provincial Parks offer scenic hiking trails, biking, cross country skiing, fishing, and more. 

As a holidaymaker…

Any chance to spend time in northern Ontario, take it! Once you’ve experienced it, you’ll understand just how special it is. It’s an absolutely stunning landscape and without the crowds of tourists. Large rental holiday homes perfect for group getaways are hard to find. That’s why Chardonnay Cottage is the ideal choice for a vacation rental on Long Lake Sudbury. This relaxing and stylized Airbnb is perfect for…

  • large gatherings of family or friends
  • offers a beautiful place for a memorable reunion, birthday, anniversary, or just a great weekend trip to bond with your family and friends
  • those that value a luxury stay
  • exploring Greater Sudbury top attractions; and 
  • want privacy and a secluded area.
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lake bonfire chairs

Thank you to the amazing hosts for Chardonnay Cottage for gifting me with a free stay. I only provide an honest review of my impressions and experience. As always, my opinions are my own.

62 Comments

  • Natascha

    Wow! Chardonnay Cottage looks stunning! Funny that it is called “cottage”. I would imagine something simple and small, but I guess it refers to the building style with a lot of timber. I would love to spend a long weekend there with a group of friends.

  • Alison

    Wow! What a stunning holiday home and location. I absolutely adore the warmth of the interior and the lovely lake views. I’m not sure I would leave this paradise to go exploring 😉

  • Lasma

    I have to note this! Chardonnay Cottage! I already like the name as it reminds me of wine! the accommodation looks fantastic, I love the wood and the lake view! Also, the rooms look so bright! Well done sharing this!

  • Nicole

    What a stunning property and location. This is my idea of heaven. This would be ideal for our family to rent as a group.
    I’d definitely make the most of the kayaks and take them out on Long Lake Sudbury. I hadn’t heard about this area but it looks like there are great walks through the onaping falls to the lookout.

    Also really cool to know Thomas Edison came here looking for his car battery solution.

    • The.Holidaymaker

      This cottage is not only an amazing place to stay, it’s also in close proximity to some great and interesting things to do. Hopefully you’ll be able to experience it one day.

  • Mike

    WOW, that place is a gem. Love all the natural wood, and the way they decorated it. Two questions for you…how many people does it sleep? Sorry if I missed that in your post. And secondly, did you get out on the canoe or kayaks? I bet that island would be fun to explore!

    • The.Holidaymaker

      This cottage has 5 large bedrooms and 3 bathrooms that sleeps up to 16 guests. And, yes, I did paddle every day- too tempting not to get out and explore. Thanks for stopping by.

  • Ami Bhat

    I love the earthy feel of the interiors. Instantly makes you feel so warm and comfortable. The views are definitely something that I would love to wake up to. I can’t believe this is just a cottage. It definitely does feel like something more. I so hope that I get lucky with this or similar property during my travels

  • Clarice

    Wow! This place is beautiful. It looks so adequate and the ambiance and the view is amazing. Love that they have a foosball and pool table too. My boys would love that. I can imagine myself spending the weekend here or even months… LOL

  • Carolin

    What a place! So spacious, elegant and timeless design and so very well kept, I LOVE THIS! I can’t believe how generous Canadian houses are. This particular cottage would be a dream to live in. I feel if I booked it, I wouldn’t be able to leave! ha

  • Angela

    What a stunning place to stay, the location is dreamy with the views of the lake and I love the decor, all that wood with the contrast of the neutral beige and grey colours. It is good that it sleeps quite a few as it must be a great place to spend time with friends and family either relaxing around the lakehouse or venturing to the nearby destinations. This is a great write-up and the photos really bring the property to life. If I ever get to Canada I’m booking this dream property!

  • Maria Veloso

    This is one of the most inviting vacation rentals I’ve ever seen. I appreciate how spacious it is and how elegant and timeless the timber design is, with a hint of white paint on the walls. The bedroom’s wide windows are my favorite feature. Imagine waking up in the morning and being greeted by stunning views from the outside. In addition to staying in a luxurious vacation property, I may visit some of Greater Sudbury’s most beautiful locations. Perfect!

  • Jan

    I love that name ‘Chardonnay cottage’! The deck views look lovely and it seems peaceful for a relaxed weekend stay. Accommodations near the water’s edge are always charming. I will definitley look up this place when I pass by Toronto next and do this drive to Sudbury area. 🙂

  • Jackie

    This is perhaps one of the most beautiful properties I’ve ever seen! Not only is Chardonnay Cottage a place I would love to stay with my family, but it’s a wonderful source of design inspiration. I just love the clean, neutral look. (And who wouldn’t want views to the lake like that?!) Just gorgeous. Thank you for opening my eyes up to this incredible rental property on Long Lake Sudbury, Ontario. I hadn’t considered taking a trip to this region before, but this property alone is almost a destination in itself.

  • Bea Pinnegar

    Woah, what a beautiful property! Everything about this cottage has me swooning – the wooden panels, the waterfront view, the beautifully done interiors! Thanks so much for sharing – definitely saving it for later!

  • Mayi

    Wow, what a stunning accommodation. I love the natural feeling with all the exposed wood and natural colour scheme. The surroundings is also marvelous , specially the waterfront views: the perfect weekend getaway destination.

  • Trea

    Oh my goodness what an incredible place!! I always tend to go to the west coast when I visit Canada but I’ve saved this so I can come back to it. I love that you have access to canoes and kayaks during your stay, too. Plus the loft space looks like a great space to be productive! Thank you for sharing your experience.

  • Laureen Lund

    Wow wow wow. What an amazing spot. It woudl be perfect a girls getaway or a family reunion and it looks like there is a lot to do in the area. Added to my accomodations wish list…maybe someday!

  • Emma

    It’s when looking at places like this that I realize the word “cottage” has a very different meaning in Ontario than anywhere else. This place is huge!! Love the exposed wood everywhere, it makes it look so bright. And for me the selling point would be all the great places to curl up and read. The porch, the outdoor space, all just lovely. I can imagine wiling away a summer weekend here

  • Coralie

    What a fabulous property – although – as a Brit – I find it astonishing that somewhere so spacious is called a cottage! It’s somewhere I’d love to bring friends to and stay. Just imagine waking up to those views!

  • Erin

    Looks like an amazing cottage to stay at! I definitely would want to day trip to Sudbury. It sounds beautiful, and so many great things to do!

  • Renata - www.byemyself.com

    This is called a cottage? A cottage to me is a comfortable hut. This to me is a mansion – and what a fancy and luxurious one! I also love the tasteful furnishing and the sleek details. It’s probably hard to return home from such a posh lodging option 😉

    • The.Holidaymaker

      In Ontario, we use the term cottage to mean vacation property. This has a wide range of being very rustic to be very luxurious. This was a comfortable vacation property, with lovely décor. Always hard to return back to reality after a getaway!

  • Alaina Thomas

    Whoever did the interior designing at this cabin did a FANTASTIC job! And to make it even better it is right along the waterfront. It has everything you could ever ask for.

  • Noel Morata

    Wow that really is a spectacular luxury home on the waters edge. The main living areas of the Chardonnay cottage are amazing with those tall ceilings and that designer kitchen. It would be hard to leave the grounds with such a stunning property to lounge and just soak up all the views, but your thoughts on what to see in the area is perfect for those easy day tours around the area.

  • Lisa

    This is such a beautiful cottage, can I move in please?! The decor is perfect for the surroundings and what a view. The falls sound spectacular, I want to see them!

  • donna

    Wow! That is gorgeous. I love the great room. It reminds me of a killer beach house I stayed in with my family years ago. It is so spacious. I love the variety of rentals Airbnb has. There really is something for everyone.

  • Linda (LD Holland)

    The name alone would draw me to want to learn more about the Chardonnay Cottage! Since we have never visited Lake Sudbury, this might be a good option for a first visit if we can ever get all of our children together in one spot and need a big place. I can picture myself just enjoying those lake views. It would be a great base to explore Sudbury from.

    • The.Holidaymaker

      Can’t think of a better spot for a gathering of the family as there are many spaces to enjoy together as well as quiet spots for just yourself to enjoy. Long Lake Sudbury is a beautiful lake and this cottage happens to sit on Chardonnay Bay which has a tiny island as part of its view. Great cottage and great location to enjoy what Greater Sudbury has to offer.

  • Pam

    This looks so idyllic for a weekend getaway! I love the waterfront views – there’s just something about being near water that is inherently relaxing. Lovely place to stay.

  • Barry

    The chalet is stunning, such a plethora of exposed wood that I adore. It definitely gives it a country feel and with such an atmosphere too. It definitely has the extensive space you would need for a large group of friends to meet here. I love the deck views across the water- that would be where I would fix myself for a long time with friends to enjoy the view and company.
    Very interesting to read that the Nickel Capital of the World is nearby, basically because a comet landed here 1.8 billion years ago, bringing that precious metal.

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