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.
- 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