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“Third time at Kenauk, waited far too long!!” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Kenauk Nature
east midlands
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60 reviews
35 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
“Third time at Kenauk, waited far too long!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2013

This was our third stay at Kenauk (stayed at Three Points and Pumpkinseed before) but our last stay was 10 years ago so our visit was way overdue! What was once a romantic isolated hideaway was this time an exciting family adventure for us and a 3 and 9 year old. We chose Taunton cabin as it had one bedroom, and although we really liked Pumpkinseed we weren't sure our two children would like being in a separate bedroom downstairs from us. Taunton cabin was 13km from the entrance gate and had by far the largest lake we have had so far. It was also the first log cabin we had stayed in after two stays in cedar chalets. The cabin was nice although perhaps a little dark. A single skylight in the living area shed some light but a couple more would have improved things immensely. Also we expected the cabin to be the larger of the three so far, but in fact I think it was the smallest. The bedroom was practical with a double bed and two sets of bunks, windows on three sides and lovely animal inspired bed covers. The bedroom was rather dark also and we resorted to using a torch to do even basic tasks (like finding things in the suitcase!). Since our last stay the cabins have two way radios so you can contact the reception, but we couldn't actually get ours to work - we had an alarm going off in the bathroom and we were concerned in case it was a carbon monoxide alarm. We never did find out what it was and it did not go off again during our stay. The kitchen was well equipped as usual although I did bring my own hand whisk to whip cream! My only criticism of the living area was that it lacked any real seating area. There was a table with 6 chairs and two armchairs but if the whole family wanted to sit inside comfortably it was impossible. In other cabins we have had small sofas etc and this would have been ideal although I realise space was perhaps prohibitively limited. The water is fed from the lake and we didn't drink it and used bottled water for brushing teeth also. There was adequate hot water from the solar heater apart from one evening when we went overboard with long showers! Outside the cabin was a picnic table although I would say it wasn't that child friendly as there was a rather steep drop on one side through wooden fencing. There was also a covered gas barbecue which we used each night, regardless of the weather and a firepit with muskoka (or were they adirondack!) chairs. My husband was very proud of the blazing fire he lit in the firepit on our last evening which kept us snug and warm outside. We had two rowing boats, a canoe and 2 kayaks which we enjoyed using on the very impressively large lake. We have never used the facilities at Chateau Montebello before while we stayed at Kenauk but on a rainy day this time we were tempted to visit for a swim (and to pick up some butter from the village shop which I had forgotten to buy back in Montreal!). We heard moose in the evenings and a wolf howling in the middle of the night, but the wolves were not as obvious as they have been before in our other two cabins. I'm not sure if the other two cabins' location at the North end of Kenauk benefits from their proximity to wolf territory or if we were just unlucky this time. However on our final morning I got up early and saw a wolf standing outside our cabin, so I guess I cant complain about the lack of wildlife! We all enjoyed our stay here immensely, and I would go back tomorrow, although perhaps not to Taunton.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Vancouver
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 June 2013

Great spot! Our cabin (I think it was Pines) had a massive screened porch overlooking the river. The kitchen is fully stocked so no need to bring extra dishes. There was even tinfoil, saran wrap etc. The stove was so cool - it gets very hot, has a large flat top grill on one side, a special attachment to toast bread and you are able to brew your coffee on it.

Plenty of hot water, great shower pressure. This is hardly roughing it!

It was so nice to get off the grid but if you do need to plug something in, our cabin did have a couple of outlets.

Loved it and hope to return someday.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Montreal, Canada
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97 reviews
39 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 June 2013

We were 6 people and stayed at the Sugarbush cottage. It's nestled about 45 minutes from the Fairmont Kenauk entrance on a very nice private lake. Lighting, heating, stove and hot water are all gas powered. Solar panels power some lighting and the fridge. The kitchen has just about everything you need and there is a propane bbq outside. The cottage sleeps 6 (bunk bed in 3 separate rooms). We had 3 fishing boats, kayak and a canoe. This is a first class cottage for families, fishing and hunting. Don't expect the cottage to look like a luxury hotel suite but it is a great place to relax and has all the amenities you would need for a vacation away from the city. If you don't have electric motors and batteries for the boats, they have plenty for rent (they told us it is preferable to reserve the equipment in advance).

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Toronto, Canada
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8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 June 2013

When packing for this trip, yes they have salt, pepper, sugar, kitchen hand towels, kitchen drying cloths, scrapers, sos pads, dish detergent, all kinds of kitchen utensils, numerous pots and pans, salad bowls (big enough for 20), muffin tins, cooking sheets and even a cast iron frying pan. My only suggestion is a timer for your belt that when you barbeque, you don't forget the meat, the view is so spectacular that you really lose track of time. The only other suggestion that I have, I know you are anxious to get there once you check in, but take the road cautiously as we saw at least 6 deer each way traveling the road, not counting the wild turkey and turtles in the middle of the road

Room Tip: just enjoy the piece and quiet and the nature is off the charts
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Alcester, United Kingdom
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374 reviews
43 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 164 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2012

This 12 miles by 12 miles of forest is also available to residents of Fairmont Chateau Montebello who own it, but not the general public. It is a truly amazing place: just to drive through it is wonderful and to stay there must be out ofthis world although rather expensive, especially if you want to shoot a moose!

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Ottawa, Canada
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14 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2012

We stayed at the cottage at Lac Rough for 6 days at the beginning of August. This is a two bedroom cottage with a sleeping loft. The bedrooms sleep 3 each, with a bunk bed setup of a single bed above a double. There are two singles in the loft. The setting is lovely, deep in the Kenauk reserve, on a small hillside above a small but deep lake. There are no other cottages on the lake or even close. Other than the occasional airliner high overhead we did not see or hear anyone the entire time we were there.

There are no electrical hookups and aside from the fridge/freeze (powered via a solar panel) the place is dependent on propane for cooking and lighting. The decor and furnishings were beyond reproach, with a sofa and chairs inside and some Adirondack chairs on the screened porch. There was also a wood burning stove which would be nice for colder weather. The cottage is a bit dark inside but not enough to be an issue.

Two canoes and two kayaks were at the dock as well as a row boat. The lake, though, is so small that one really didn't need them - we floated around on inflatables. The swimming was great and lots of fish were jumping.

There were lots of deer in the area but we did not see any bears on this visit.

My only complaint concerning our stay was that the mattresses were damn uncomfortable, leaning to the rock hard end of the scale. I am told, though, that they are likely to be changed for the 2013 as many folk have complained.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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22 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2012

You owe it to yourself -- just once -- to go the Fairmont Kenauk. The chateaus, which are nestled inside a wildlife refuge, offer solitude, peace and quiet. The staff can't do enough to help you. You've never taken a vacation quite like a stay at the Kenauk. It offers just the world -- the way God intended.

Room Tip: Two choices -- totally secluded with a row boat and good fishing, or on the "big lake" wit...
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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Kenauk Nature
Address: 1000 chemin Kenauk, Montebello, Quebec J0V 1L0, Canada (Formerly Fairmont Kenauk at Le Chateau Montebello)
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Region: Canada > Quebec > Outaouais Region > Montebello
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 3 Speciality Lodging in Montebello
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Kenauk Nature 3.5*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Kenauk Nature is a vast 265 km2 (65,000 acre) private landscape established in the 19th century to conserve and protect wildlife habitat. Our magnificent hardwood forest encompasses 65 lakes, 25 of them designated for fishing a wide variety of fish, including rainbow, speckled and lake trout, large-mouth and small-mouth bass and northern pike. For guests to fully experience the wilderness, we offer secluded first-class chalets, with one to six bedrooms. Each private cabin comes equipped with propane lights, fully equipped kitchen, outside barbecue, furnace and hot water tank provided by propane gas, complete bathroom for your comfort and spacious screened porch or a large balcony. All cabins are off the electrical grid so solar panels power the high efficiency refrigerator and water pump. Kenauk Nature is proud to be a partner with the Nature Conservancy of Canada whose reputation for protecting wild places is outstanding. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Fairmont Kenauk At Le Chateau Montebello Hotel Montebello
Fairmont Montebello
Montebello Fairmont

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