When fire destroyed Royal Muskoka Island's largest and grandest wilderness resort in 1952, the property was subdivided to create cottage lots. One such cottage was recently razed and a new gorgeous cottage built by Curtis Wouters. The house has sweeping views to the east and south.
Tary Roossien of Urban Rustic Living was brought in to apply what she calls New Muskoka style to the five-bedroom cottage.
Urban Rustic’s team worked with fabric collections and photography to show their concepts to the owner. The owners wanted a summer place where they didn’t have to worry about people wearing their shoes or sitting on the furniture.
Urban Rustic Living not only furnished the house, but supplied all the bedding, made the beds and even set the dinner table. The cottage was ready for summer living when the owners arrived.
The home has 5,000 square feet of living space on two levels. Tall stone fireplaces, by Steenhof Stoneworks, warm the ground level family room and the main floor great room where white-painted fir trusses span the high ceiling.
Large windows in the great room and family room overlook the lake and the boat traffic sailing between Rosseau and Port Carling and the many islands between. A wet bar and wine cooler furnish one side of the family room. Three large bedrooms complete the ground-floor living space.
Upstairs, the open-concept living area includes a well-appointed kitchen, large dining space and a great room furnished for comfortable conversation. A screened three-season Muskoka room serves as a quiet getaway. It opens to a glass-lined exterior deck that runs the width of the main living area.
Beyond the great room, the master bedroom has a walk-in dressing room and sliding doors that open to a private deck overlooking the lake. The master en suite, is finished with a book-matched marble floor and shower walls.