Are you the kind of person who loves the idea of owning a cottage in the woods — sunbathing by the lake, leisurely kicking back on the boat — but are slightly turned off by the reality of being away from home for so long, particularly out in the woods? Your idea of a perfect summer afternoon would be cocktails at the club and a workout before heading to dinner. 

Well, what if we told you that you could enjoy all of the comforts of home, including cocktails at the golf club, all while spending time at the cottage? These days, modern cottages are more like contemporary luxury homes than rustic cabins in the wilderness. For example, have you ever been to the Muskoka region of Ontario, Canada? It’s known for its beautiful landscapes as well as its luxurious summer homes — the perfect Muskoka cottage will have not only breathtaking waterfront views but also the sophisticated amenities that you’re used to, like a private gym and close proximity to your favourite restaurants. 

We talked to Muskoka real estate agents and asked what conveniences to look out for when purchasing a new cottage. Read on to see how you can turn your cottage into a summer home.

Hot Tubs and Saunas 

Is there anything more relaxing than dipping into a hot tub at the end of the day? And you’ll need one after canoeing and swimming in the lake all afternoon to soak those muscles. Find a cottage that has a hot tub to unwind. If you’d like to take relaxing at the cottage one step further, look for one that also has a sauna. You can reap in the benefits of using the perfect lakeside sauna all year round.

 How to Turn Your Summer Cottage Into a Summer Home

A Wine Cellar 

Speaking of drinks, what’s a great summer without great wine? Wine is one of those universal pleasures in life that almost everyone loves. 

These days, contemporary cottages aren’t just for boating and fishing; they’re also for fine dining with all of the comforts of home, including state-of-the-art wine cellars. So why limit your vintage and biodynamic collections to when you’re in the city? Accumulating a variety of delicious wines at your summer home will come in handy for dinner parties and those quiet nights under the stars with your loved one. 

And don’t forget, when you’re in Muskoka you’re always in close proximity to country clubs and fine restaurants found in the beautiful regional townships. So, you’ll be able to pop out for a drink when you’re feeling social.

A Gym

Imagine exercising in a gym with glass walls and ceiling, overlooking the colours of the forest and natural wildlife. Many modern cottages in places like Muskoka will also offer luxurious saunas to unwind in after a vigorous workout. 

Just because you’re not in the city doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the comforts of home. However, by finding a cottage that offers luxury and leisure in addition to the rustic beauty of nature, you may find it hard to leave. 

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