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Welcome to Ironwoods

Ironwoods is a wonderful one hundred year old, uniquely Canadian summer cottage. The house is like many a cottage described by Larry Turner in A Boy's Cottage Diary, 1904 "the past is always present, the whole place evokes a living tradition in sense, smell and texture. Pictures, artifacts, furniture, tools, games, blankets, plates and the dim light fixtures are a constant reminder of a family tradition. It was a tradition of robust leisure and productive relaxation."

The property is situated on the Big Rideau Lake, near Portland Ontario between Ottawa, Toronto and the US Border at the Thousand Islands. It has been enjoyed as a summer residence since the 1900’s.

Ironwoods rental includes access by a mile long road to the property, the house, the boathouse and lots of country walking.

The spacious sixteen-foot wide covered veranda and enclosed sun porch make this house versatile in all kinds of weather. For Children and pets the house holds a unique charm. The expansive lawn allows them to explore the property and the lake while still close to the safety of the house.

Inside, the house has a casual elegance. A big country kitchen and enough seating in the dining room for ten, make this a perfect house for entertaining. There are spacious rooms and high ceilings downstairs and hard wood floors throughout. On the ground floor there is a bunk room for kids, upstairs there are three comfortable bedrooms and one lovely sunroom with three beds enclosed by casement windows.

Ironwoods was built in an era when life moved at a different pace and summer living was romantic. Leave your shoes and your worries in the city; come enjoy the whispering wind and the call of the loon.

“As we approach Ironwoods the kids literally demand to be out of the car as we make the final turn so they can breathe in the air, see the blue heron before anyone else and then - running with delight - rush to be the first to set eyes on that breathtaking view - the one that confirms "we're back!" It's as if Ironwoods herself embraces you wIth familiar and loving arms - arms that can expand to include not just our families, but all of our memories from year to year. First one into the lake wins !

The Lawson Family

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