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“Relaxing Time” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Walker Lake Resort

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Walker Lake Resort
Ranked #13 of 18 Hotels in Huntsville
Chatham
Level Contributor
9 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Relaxing Time”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2014 via mobile

Our family of 4 (my wife and I, and children 13 and 11) are just heading home from a week at the Norsemen. We thoroughly enjoyed our time on beautiful Walker Lake. The highlights for us included meeting wonderful new friends and people from not only Ontario, but England, USA, and Netherlands. The nightly campfires roasting marshmallows and conversing, the kids catching small fish off the most amazing dock, the use of the paddle boards, canoes, kayaks, small motorized boat, etc all made this a great trip. Very easy to forget about work and the hustle and bustle of "regular" if while out here. Being so close to Algonquin Park and Huntsville is a nice added bonus if you're looking for shops, additional restaurants, or more hiking opportunities.

The cottage we chose was the Pine. It's a very rustic cottage at the far end of the resort, somewhat secluded and more private. We had a small dock and a beautiful view of the lake from many windows. We also had a screened in porch overlooking the lake from which to dine in. BBQs are provided, silverware, cooking items, fridge, stove, small gas heater, etc. WiFi if you needed is better than I expected for being out here. Note that the Pine is a true original cabin on a bit of an incline overlooking the lake so the cottage is un-level, most noticeable in the bathroom. This didn't cause a big concern for us. There were a few housekeeping items we needed to follow up with Les (the owner) on, and he was very prompt at remediation things (within an hour or so).

We also ate at the restaurant on site on "Bistro Monday". The food was Delicious, though for me personally a bit pricey. It is a fine dining restaurant so I expect it's reasonable, I just wish we could have afforded to dine another night because the food was so good.

In summary we had a wonderful time here. Set your expectations properly if staying here for a true cottage like experience on a beautiful lake. This is not a hotel chain type accommodation, this is a cottage setting with great views, and plenty of opportunities to recharge your batteries.

Cheers

Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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4 Thank Brent L
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Norsemen, Owner at Walker Lake Resort, responded to this review, 31 October 2014
We appreciate your taking the time to write such a thoughtful review. We delighted you enjoyed your time at Walker Lake. We're particularly thrilled that a highlight for you was meeting wonderful new friends and people from Ontario, England ,the USA and the Netherlands. We have many, many families who have met at dock and then spent time together at the nightly campfires, becoming friends. Many of our guests keep in touch after their vacations and we know some who have taken other vacations together after meeting here. There are lots of fish in Walker Lake and the kids love to catch them (and throw them back in so they'll be here next year). So we're glad your kids caught some and you all had a great trip. We hope you'll come back again again sometime.
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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English first
Huntsville, Canada
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2014

Title: Ice, ice baby??? I think not. Robert Van Winkle won't be showing up any time soon to this resort

The view is great outside but this is a horrible place to get married if you want good service... or things like.... ice. The bartenders withheld ice like it was gold, it was like pulling teeth to try to get a cold drink no matter how many times you asked for more ice. You had to ask for cups of ice and a drink separately and they still only put 2 baby ice cubes in the glass of ice you received. Everyone drank warm drinks all night, with glasses hot out of the dishwasher... it was the worst. I love warm beer, mmm. The cheapskate who ran the place didn't even have a cooler behind the bar to keep the drinks cold, nor did he have AC, it was a B.O. sweat-fest in the middle of summer on the dance floor.

On top of the joke of a bartending service, the meals took so so soooooo long to receive a 1 course meal plus salad. The servers were serving 2 people at a time and taking at least 5 minutes or more in between every 2 people that they served so no one ate at the same time, it was easily less than 100 people at the wedding so there was no excuse. What a joke. The simple 1 course meal took until 10 pm to finish serving when it started at 7pm. Speeches didn't contribute at all to this delay, this was strictly dinner serving time. On top of this, the serving ladies were all unfriendly and they looked like they were one night away from taking a razor blade and .........you know the rest. They promised to bring a pitcher of ice water to the table on 3... I repeat 3 separate occasions and they never did.

So in conclusion, if you're looking for the worst service possible, I highly, highly recommend this place! But if you are one of those weird types who is crazy enough to like good service, then run for your life.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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7 Thank Kate25989
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1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2014

Our cabin was right next to the lake. Steps to all the water activities and they are all free. Surroundings were quiet, peaceful and just right for a weekend getaway to recharge. Absolutely marvellous

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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Farouk S
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Norsemen, Owner at Walker Lake Resort, responded to this review, 31 October 2014
Thanks very much for your wonderful review. We're really happy you found Walker Lake resort "absolutely marvelous". Our staff and ourselves really appreciate your saying that, we all do our best for our guests so they'll have a great time. We hope to see you'll come back again.
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Vaughan, Canada
Level Contributor
17 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 June 2014

Just was looking some place to get relief from day-to-day commuting and running and I found it in Walker Lake resort. All our family of four ( 2 adults and 2 kids) enjoyed weekend there. Stayed in Acorn cottage . Cottage has all equipped kitchen, dinner table is in the porch that has view on the lake, nice wooden ceilings in all cottage room . The family enjoyed canoe and kayaking and playing at the beach. Cottage is just steps away from the beach. Owners were very welcoming. Place is beautiful and all family kids and adults enjoyed the stay. Will return around Thanksgiving time to enjoy the fall colours.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank travelladdict2015
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Norsemen, Owner at Walker Lake Resort, responded to this review, 31 October 2014
Thanks very much for taking the time to write such a great review. We're happy your family really enjoyed your time here. It's nice to hear your children enjoyed the kayaks and canoes and playing on the beach. We pride ourselves on helping families have fun and take home great memories of their vacations together here. We're also glad you liked the Acorn cottage with its view, well equipped kitchen, authentic wooden ceilings and closeness to the beach. We do hope to see you again.
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Toronto, Canada
Level Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2014

Did a girls weekend away, just to chill. This proved to be the ideal place for us. We had everything we needed for a relaxing weekend: best of all it was spotless, comfortable, beautiful surroundings. We all agreed it was the best girls weekend we've ever had. You couldn't find a better location, heaven on earth. Service was very good, no complaints at all. My boyfriend and I will make the trip north next summer. Thanks!

  • Stayed November 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank Freeloader03
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Norsemen, Owner at Walker Lake Resort, responded to this review, 20 January 2014
We're really glad our resort proved to be the ideal place for you and thanks for taking the time to post your wonderful review. Our staff appreciate yout comments that the cottage was spotless and comfortable, they work hard. We love that you found the location like "heaven on earth", enjoyed the beautiful surroundings and had the best girls weekend you've ever had. We look forward to welcoming you here again in the summer.
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Toronto, Canada
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 December 2013

"We rented a cottage here last summer and am getting ready to book again for this coming May. It was one of the most relaxing, enjoyable weeks I've had in a long time. The cottage was clean and cozy, and right by the lake. Each morning we woke up early to catch the sun coming up over the lake, while sipping coffee on our little porch. The hosts were very friendly and welcoming. They also provided kayaks and stand-up paddle boards which we thoroughly enjoyed. My personal favourite activity was just relaxing on the doc with a beer, watching the lake and breathing in the clean, calm Muskoka air. I've already sent a few friends up to Walker Lake Resort because I want everyone to know about this little gem in the wilderness. I highly recommend doing a bonfire at night. We sat around the fire-pit and roasted marshmallows with some people we met from the other cottages. It was a blast!"

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank Cathy R
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Norsemen, Owner at Walker Lake Resort, responded to this review, 10 January 2014
Thanks very much for your great review. We're very happy you enjoyed it here and plan to come back. We're glad it was one of the most relaxing and enjoyable weeks you've had in a long time anf found your cottage clean and cozy. We pride ourselves in maintaing a peaceful and enjoyable environment for everyone, so they can sip coffee on the dock, hear the loons, watch the kids play and enjoy the fresh air and clean water. Meeting new friends around the campfire and sharing stories and marshmallows is another one of the things we're all about. We look forward to welcoming you here again soon.
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Milton, Canada
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2013

My girlfriend and I rented a cottage in May for our anniversary. It was a pretty far drive, but it turned out to be well worth it. The cottage was immaculate, and stocked with wood and newspaper. There was a heater going to warm up the cottage for us. The kitchen had everything we needed, minus the obvious things (condiments, food etc). The property was well maintained, and the cottage was right on the water. The best part for us, was that it was dog friendly. We will definitely be going back!

  • Stayed May 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Joshy2Saucy
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Norsemen, Owner at Walker Lake Resort, responded to this review, 20 January 2014
Thanks very much for taking the time to write your great review. We're glad found it immaculate, warmed up and well stocked with wood for the wood stove. We like people to feel welcome and start enjoying their experience here from the moment they arrive. We're glad your dog like it too. We look forward to having you back again soon.
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Property: Walker Lake Resort
Address: Rr4 1040 Walker Lake Dr, Huntsville, Ontario P1H 2J6, Canada
Region: Canada > Ontario > Muskoka District > Huntsville
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
#4 Top resorts Hotel in Huntsville
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Huntsville
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Walker Lake Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Relaxing all-season family resort nestled in the woods on Walker Lake in Muskoka, just 15 minutes from Huntsville, Algonquin Park, major resorts and golf. Seven lakefront cottages offer privacy and great views of the lake, some with Jacuzzi tubs and wood stoves. Sandy beach, swimming, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, water trampoline, stand up paddle boards. One, two and three bedroom cottages have kitchens, bathroom, living room, outdoor deck, bbq and free internet. Enjoy the haunting call of the loon and the tranquil quiet.Walker Lake Resort is a great choice for a skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling in the winter. We are only 20 min from Algonquin Park and Arrowhead Provincial Park, both beautiful places for cross country skiing with groomed trails. We are less than 10 minutes from downhill at Hidden Valley. We're only two minutes by snowmobile to Trails 77 & 78 near D101B and D102B in the Algonquin Snowmobile Region. From here you can get virtually anywhere. ... more   less 
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