SUMMERHAVEN is our beautiful home on the TRENT SEVERN WATERWAY
We are a semi retired couple that wish to start spending more time at our home in Arizona. Our dates requiring house sitters are somewhat flexible....ideally early January until late April.
We built our Canadian dream home on a large very private waterfront lot on the Trent Severn Waterway in South Muskoka, Ontario. We live remotely in the bush surrounded by millions of acres of crown land. There are no roads and we access our home mainly by boat; but also by foot, ATV and snowmobile. We heat via an exterior wood (hot water )furnace, and lead a very active lifestyle....
My husband has a contracting business and can for the most part work remotely. He may however have to come home occasionally depending on business requirements; so we are looking for house sitters that are Ok with that possibility. Our house is large (approximately 5000 square feet); and if my husband was home he would spend most of his time on the lower elevation.
We have two German Shepherds (mother and daughter). We have not decided whether to take them to Arizona with us; so any potential house sitters would need to be comfortable with or without the dogs.
Our home is ideal for outdoor enthusiasts, nature lovers, and anyone who appreciates winter, clean crisp air; and would like to escape the pollution, hustle and bustle of the roads and the masses of people in general.
We would prefer a couple rather than a single person due to safety requirements. The preferred method of access for most of the winter is by foot. Your car (preferably 4 wheel drive) will be parked on the other side of the river. We wear fitbits and know that walking to our vehicles is approx 2500 steps each way (approx 15 minutes). We do not run out every time we need something; instead we make lists. We stock up for the winter; and only backpack in fresh produce as required in the winter. Walking in and out requires crossing the river over a train trellis (approx 10 trains a day/don't cross if you hear a train).
NON SMOKERS ONLY PLEASE
We have high speed internet and excellent cell phone reception.
We have included 6 pictures (that is all that is allowed on this web site). Much more information and pictures are available by email. As well please visit our web site at www.summerhavencottages.ca for additional description and many more pictures (please note that we rented once in the summer of 2014; we are not looking for a rental). + More info
Our Home & Location
Our home is in Severn Falls; approx 1.5 hours north of Toronto in South Muskoka. Take highway 400 north; take the Coldwater exit and then you are 15 minutes from Severn Falls.
There are a few other year round residents in Severn Falls; and we will introduce you to them.
Responsibilities & Pets
As mentioned before we have 2 beautiful German Shepherd girls (mother and daughter). We are all very attached; so we are thinking that we might take one or both of the girls south with us. This will be decided at a later date; so all potential house sitters should be comfortable with and without the girls.
We do not want to leave our home empty for the winter for safety reasons; and we do not want to turn off the heat for fear of the frost causing damage. The house sitters will be required to keep the external firebox loaded with wood as this is our preferred source of heat. AND IT WILL BE EXPECTED THAT THE HOUSE SITTERS DO NOT HEAT WITH OUR ELECTRIC FURNACE OR PROPANE. These other sources of heat are purely for back up....
The house sitters will be allowed to use our ATV and snowmobile. Regular snowmobile runs over our own private trails is a priority; to groom and pack the trails to facilitate easy access and walking throughout the winter.
A $2500 fully refundable damage deposit will be required. + More info