I’ve never been one of those lucky people that had someone in her life who owned a cottage. Not that I’m complaining – I loved going camping, and have gone every year since I can remember. But, there is something nice about being able to throw the bare necessities in your car and take off for a relaxing few days away from the city.
This summer my friend booked a cottage at Bondi Village Resort for a week. Growing up, she would come every summer with her family, and though it had been years since her last visit, the owners still recognized her.
I fell in love with the pretty grounds immediately. Rustic and peaceful, we had a cozy little cottage right near the lake. Clean, but not too modern, this was the kind of place I would want for myself, a humble getaway from the exhausting efficiencies of our every day grind.
Wildlife roam freely here, and I was impressed with the variety. Deer, horses, dogs and cats wandered around; dozens of cute, fearless chipmunks ran over my hands and feet while blue jays flew above my head, I literally felt like I was in a Disney movie – all I needed was a song to start playing.
Here is a photo I snapped of the owner’s poodle, a loveable, camera-ready pooch named Doti. Look at that pose! She’s a natural.
The grounds were complete with a playroom, gardens, beach, canoes and chicken that provide fresh eggs you can later purchase. Love it!
Bondi Village is near Huntsville, and a 30 minute drive to Algonquin Provincial Park. On a particularly beautiful summer day, we decided to go for a short “lookout” hike. The view did not disappoint. This is why I love Ontario!
Bondi Village is also right down the street from Henrietta’s – the country’s best bakery. After our hike we decided to treat ourselves to one of her famous blueberrry pies, perfection.
This place truly is – a little slice of heaven.