The current owners of this cottage on Hayfield Lane worked for many years with the previous owner, making improvements and additions. The result is a cottage that they could not resist purchasing for themselves when the opportunity arose...and they are looking forward to sharing it with YOUR family.
The cottage is bright and cheerful and provides all the basics for a getaway week. There is a comfortable living room with a large south-facing picture window overlooking the lake. There is a small TV/VCR for movie watching for evenings or if the weather takes a turn for the worse. There are 3 bedrooms, a 3-piece bath, and a kitchen with all the required amenities. A sun porch rounds out the cottage, and you may wish to while away an afternoon here deciding the family crokinole champion.
The cottage itself is situated at the end of Hayfield Lane, which is very aptly named....a peaceful laneway used only by the locals. The cottage is at the very end, ensuring your privacy. While the grass on the lane way is cut regularly, long periods of rainy weather may result in longer grass upon arrival. The road is level and firm, however, so unless you have a very low clearance on your vehicle, you should be fine (We have been twice with a Hyundai Elantra and while I could hear the grass brushing against the bottom of the car, there were no "bumps").
A good sized lot gives people room to toss a frisbee or football around, and there is a spot to enjoy family campfires under the darkest of skies. Bring along a telescope or binoculars. The stars as seen under a dark Bruce Peninsula sky are unlike anything you will see in the glow of city lights.
Sky Lake is one of the many inland lakes on the Bruce Peninsula. It is shallow and grassy, thus not suitable for swimming in areas near the cottage. Fishing is very good, however, with bass, pickerel and pike tempting the anglers in your group, and an aluminum boat is available for your use. The beach at nearby Red Bay on Lake Huron is a great place for swimming. You will also want to explore the lake in a kayak. The very adventurous among you may want to make a day's excursion out of a trip down the Rankin River, which runs from Sky Lake to the Sauble River in Sauble Beach. Be prepared for the occasional portage, as the Rankin can get narrow and may occasionally be blocked by a fallen tree.
Even if you are not a naturalist or bird enthusiast, you will want to train your binoculars or camera on the bald eagles nesting across the lake.
For a family on a budget looking for a clean, comfy cottage in the heart of the Bruce, this is the one!