On three private acres Balsam Cottage is an 1865 pioneer cottage fully renovated to retain its wonderful character yet offering modern conveniences with a new kitchen and appliances. Our staff had the opportunity to stay at Balsam Cottage and you can check out the video below. The ground floor of the cottage is open plan with a modern kitchen with breakfast bar and stools. The large dining table will accommodate up to 8 people who can then relax in the comfortable couches in the living area. Wood floors throughout lend authenticity to this attractive cottage, and the new addition seamlessly extends the accommodation with a large bedroom and bathroom (with bathtub) on the ground floor and two further bedrooms and a bathroom (with shower) on the upper floor. A mezzanine area has a pullout couch and overlooks the lower level. A large sunroom offers a screened seating and dining area overlooking the lawns and beautiful Lac François, , and is likely to be the spot where most time will be spent in the summer. Outside the cottage, attractive lawned gardens with displays of perennials add colour to the summer presentation. Relax in the Muskoka chairs by the water and dream away an afternoon, or exercise with a fishing rod off the end of the dock. We can imagine how idyllic it must be to sit and watch the sun go down after a day spent exploring the area or hiking in nearby Mt Tremblant Park. The water at the shoreline has some weed so swimming is not optimal however the dock extends out into deeper water. There's also the option to take a boat out further into the lake where there's better water for swimming. This peaceful paradise is centrally located, only 10 minutes to St-Jovite, 12 minutes from the north slopes of Tremblant and Mont-Blanc, 7 minutes from mountain biking and hiking trail networks, and 20 minutes to Mont-Tremblant National Park. Once summer has come to this area, the ski slopes and cross country trails become fabulous areas to explore on foot and pedals. There are local swim beaches and picnic spots as well as a wealth of restaurants to enjoy.