“Cottage Country” means something different depending on the continent, but from Yorkshire to Muskoka, luxury cottages are less quaint cabin, more palatial retreat. Each one is surrounded by natural beauty and equipped with premium getaway amenities: private pools, wine cellars with tasting rooms, deep water boathouses, and so on. And despite the opulent trappings, each retains a certain charm: warm wood walls and ceilings, grounds dotted with wildflowers, plenty of fireside seating, and conveniently located nearby villages. Here are some of the most coveted lakeside properties in Canada and England, two countries with strong cottage sensibilities.
Stonecroft Manor, Erin, Ontario
Historic charm and lodge detailing run through this country estate that dates back to the mid-19th century. With over 95 acres to explore, plus ample space for entertaining, Stonecroft Manor offers the comforts of a high-end bed and breakfast tucked away in the country, with the added perk of having the house all to yourself. Open a bottle in the wine grotto, wander past the spring-fed ponds, or take a dip in the refreshing outdoor pool before retiring to this Celtic-influenced four-bedroom country treasure.
A Coveted Lakehouse, Muskoka, Ontario
Bask in incomparable Lake Muskoka views from the deck, stone terrace, patio, or boathouse roof of this lakehouse gem. At the waterfront, a two-story boathouse will wow any water sports enthusiasts, while 315 feet of southern exposure shoreline will impress beachcombers and loungers alike. Inside, warm pine paneling and considered country touches add layers of comfort to this breezy vacation spot. Sunset after sunset, the vistas from this cottage will never get old.
Capel Manor, Dorking, England
Famed garden designer Gertrude Jekyll put her painterly touch to the formal gardens at this 13th-century Dorking manor. Walk alongside the wildflowers towards the heated pool for a dip or take your ease in one of several secluded seating areas. Further explore the property’s 14 acres to discover pristine lawns and a sheltered stream, and rest from your adventures in one of the eight elegantly restored bedrooms. Contemporary upgrades include oak flooring and limestone, wall and window finishings, and modern bath fittings, making this estate the perfect home away from home.
Haverland, Hunstville, Ontario
Named for the historic inn this sweeping property once served, Haverland is a modern-day lodge in every sense. Greeting visitors with a field of lupins and just under five acres of wandering room, the 204 feet of private natural frontage and 5,200-foot timber frame of this lakeside bungalow make it one of the most coveted in cottage country. Take in 180-degree views, prep for a casual fireside meal in classic Adirondack chairs, or set off in a canoe for a late afternoon paddle from your private dock—the infrared sauna will be waiting for you when you get back.
Pachesham Park, Oxshott, England
A modern and elegant escape boasting a 100-acre golf course, expansive parkland, and lake access, this luxury property in Pachesham Park gives lucky cottagers over 6,500 square feet of space to relax. No amenity has been left unchecked—an integrated music system, porcelain tiling, American walnut floors, manicured lawns, Zoffany designer wallpaper, and Miele appliances add present-day convenience to this traditional home. Stroll the gardens or host a bocce tournament on the lawn at this quintessential English abode.
Studwell Lodge, Droxford, England
Rose gardens, ponds, a tennis court, and beautiful woodland stretch across Studwell Lodge’s well-appointed grounds. A Georgian home with Victorian appointments, this cottage is steeped in military history—Napoleonic tunnels included. Over four floors and 8,924 square feet, charming wallpapers, elegant shutters, an abundance of light, and open fireplaces work to welcome visitors to this modern refuge.
Part pastoral and part urbane, these idyllic properties in the glens and lakesides of England and its commonwealth cousin are a testament to the draw of English and Canadian cottage countries.
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