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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.