One of Muskoka’s oldest and most iconic resorts is now on the market and for $12 million it can be yours.
Known as the Lady of the Lakes, Windermere House was built on the shores of Lake Rosseau in 1870.
The 56-room, four-story resort contains several food and beverage outlets. The hotel boasts spa capabilities and approx 3,200 sq.ft. of flexible function space ranging from a private boardroom to state-of-the-art conference facilities, according to the real estate listing.
The property includes a heated outdoor swimming pool and tennis court, with additional buildings including three detached staff houses plus an older, staggered row-style 10-plex. The property is listed as approx 6.62 acres with an irregular shape and frontages on 3 roads (Windermere Road, Fife Avenue & Golf Avenue Road).
Windermere House was built by Thomas Aitken as his home on the land he bought in 1863 after moving from Scotland. When the house was becoming full with guests, Thomas Aitken built a new home nearby which would later become the Windermere Cottage. Windermere House remained in family hands after his death in 1919 until 1981, when an investment group acquired it. The land was originally intended for Aitken to use for farming, but when the land did not prove prosperous, he built his house by the lake.
The then-127-year-old Windermere House burned to the ground during the filming of The Long Kiss Goodnight on February 26, 1996. The Windermere House (along with the boat house and marina) was rebuilt and restored in the spring of 1997.
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