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“the view makes it worth it”
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Top of the Hill Retreat
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11 reviews
Top of the Hill Retreat
View South from Deck Entrance
Deck Dining
Balcony View West
Balcony View South
South View from Inside
Kitchen View over the Lake
Living Area
Bedroom with Double Bed
Bedroom Two Single Beds
Bathroom Shower
Bathroom Exit
Winter Lake View
Awesome Sunset
SunSet
Private Beach
View of Lake - Quaid's Bay
Enjoy the Garden Pond
Gardens
Campfire and Chocolate
Winter Campfire
Peek a Boo / Pond Frog
Purple Sunset
Relaxation
Relax on the Beach
Romantic Walk for Two
Miles of beach to walk
Fisherman at Sunset
Some of the best Sunsets
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Condo/Apartment -
2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 4
Port Albert, Huron County, Ontario

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daniel f
Red Bay, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1,269 helpful votes
“the view makes it worth it”
Reviewed 27 April 2015 for a stay in April 2015
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well where to start?..as per all my reviews I am going to just put it out there...we selected this rental to celebrate our 27th wedding anniversary ,
top of the hill?
you better believe it!..
top of the house as well..an over cite on my end..
retreat?..well the water pressure and the lack of very hot water sure seemed like some of the retreats we have visited in other countries!.glad we were taking a life break and had time to kill and a good kettle to warm dish water as dishes needed to be done by hand.
the location off of #21 hiway is very simple..almost waters edge end of the road..being on the hill gave you an exceptional view of the water,the shoreline and even Goderich .
the rental itself is small and in my opinion is ideal for 1 or 2 people ,or maybe a couple with 2 smaller children .
the owners have done a nice job with furnishings,decorating and of giving you most of all the necessary conveniences ,BUT, ALL in an itty bitty living space
they have utilized what space they do have to make it comfortable,a double bed in the 1 bedroom is hard to sleep on when you are used to larger bed , but room size only allows for such and add 2 small end tables and armoire and it is tight! ,same with the second room,2 twin beds fit that room perfect,
the kitchen is tight ,has no oven or stove,just 2 hot plates ,and the utter lack of counter space and cabinetry needs to be addressed as you have almost no room for your brought sundries,
it has an apartment sized fridge and it worked perfectly,
the bathroom seems to be big but again no where to put what most people bring on a trip anywhere ,so having any personal items out is hard to do ,so you have to leave them in your bag
the shower is ample ,not huge but works but again poor water pressure,
they have a lovely living room set up with 2 comfy couches and 1 large armchair ,an electric fireplace with mantle ,and awesome working Wi-Fi,and bell satellite tv..
this rental has numerous full windows so you not only have a lot of light ,but get to see the water and can open a few for a nice breeze,
the deck has ample seating areas,lots of chairs and a nice working bb-q..and of course the amazing view .
now the only downfall is if you hate stairs here you have quite a few ,and the walk to the beach itself is easy going down to it but a chore coming up,
this rental was a very nice place to sit unwind and watch the ice melt,very peacefull and quiet.
the beach was great for walking on and I would imagine in the summer other than more people still be a fun spot,
we rented this in the spring, so come summer, not sure if any of the trees may cover some of the view,or how busy this area may be ,
one last thing ,they did allow pets for a fee,and this was one of the reasons we selected this rental, unfortunately if I had not "over cited " on the "on top" location, we would have selected elsewhere as our dog is getting old and stairs are an issue..overall we enjoyed our stay ,my daughter and son-inlaw to be also enjoyed it..
maybe you might too..cheers

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Liked best: the waters view
Liked least: the overall size and water pressure and the wood fire smell
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   No.
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Management Response
3 May 2015
We thank you for your review posted here. Getting feedback from our guests is very important to help us make improvements.

The property is as advertised, an apartment on the second floor. If this was thought to be the whole house, at a low price, I can understand your disappointment. In the last eight years we put in a new drilled well, updated the plumbing and installed an on demand tank less water heater. The water is not scalding hot, a safety factor. Cooking is with an Induction cook top, combination microwave convection oven, slow cooker and of course a large BBQ.
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England
Reviewed 7 February 2014 for a stay in October 2013
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person found this review helpful

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JRL111_12
Vancouver, Canada
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“A perfect July experience!”
Reviewed 30 July 2012 for a stay in July 2012
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We arrived at this remote location with ease and were greeted by the friendly owners and a beautiful cottage. The cottage was nicely decorated, very clean and came equipped with nice little extras such as a wide selection of dvds (kids shows included) and binoculars. The deck was huge and perfect for watching the evening sky and the quiet beach was only a quick walk from the cottage. We had a great time and highly recommend this remote getaway!

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Travelling group: Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Friends getaway Families with young children
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Lh44
Kitchener, Canada
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“Awesome week with great views”
Reviewed 23 June 2012 for a stay in May 2012
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This place is great with all the amenities you would need to relax and forget about the city.
They have a spacious cottage with easy access to the water and rural enough to feel the cool night and amazing sunsets and sun rises.

Beds - has enough to sleep my wife and another couple.
Food- we can put our food In the fridge enough for the time we stayed.
They also have a BBQ that is just for guest that is nice so we don't have to bring our own.

Location - everything we needed with out dealing with the hassle of other big cottage places.

There no complaints other then having to leave to go back to work

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Liked best: The view
Liked least: Leaving
Travelling group: With Friends
Your age range 25-34
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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