by Louise Johnson, originally published in The Art of Glamping
This lovely, rustic retreat on beautiful Bob’s Lake (part of the Land o’ Lakes region) is the ideal getaway for large groups from family reunions, to bachelorettes, to corporate retreats. With four accommodations to choose from (Main Cottage, Guest Cottage, Tree House and Glamping Tent) there are plenty of beds, bathrooms, and activities to keep everyone of all-ages occupied. Don’t forget your furry friends! This glamp site is pet-friendly and the perfect playground to let your pooch pals roam (the hosts have a poodle).
After a quick, relaxing 5 min boat ride from Pine Shores Marina we docked at Badour Island. I took the 79 steps up to the main cottage (pack light or prepare to make multiple trips!) where I claimed the queen bedroom upstairs with wraparound windows. In the morning, the sunlight gentle filtered in amongst the swaying treetops and I couldn’t think of a more calming way to start my day.
The post-and-beam main cottage (featured in Fine Homebuilding) boasts soaring, 16-foot ceilings, pine wood flooring, floor-to-roof windows, open concept kitchen-dining-living room, and a panoramic porch with expansive views of the water. The extra long dining room table can accommodate your entire group for a cozy, chic dinner party! The kitchen is fully-equipped and the tap water is safe to drink. There is a BBQ, dishwasher, and fruit & veggie compost outside.
My favourite part of every evening was having a glass of wine and soaking in the hot tub as the sun set over the lake. It was the most serene scene.