Starting at CA$1,800.00 a night
4000 sqft
Sandy Shores is a classic Muskoka cottage absolutely perfect for your family vacation! Located on sheltered Townsend Bay, Lake Joseph, this cottage boasts clear waters, sandy shores, sunset exposure and lots of gently sloped land for kids to play and roam. Situated on 6 acres of land near the end of a quiet road, Sandy Shore offers essential privacy with plenty of opportunity for quiet walks through the woods and along the tree lined country lane way. The road is open all year and Sandy Shores has deeded right of way to use the entire roadway from the cottage to Peninsula Road. In the heart of Ontario’s cottage playground, the cottage is close to the Lake Jo Club, Port Sandfield and the JW Marriott, Sandy Shores offers the best of Muskoka cottage lifestyle: calm waters, sunsets, golf, fine dining, yoga and family time.

Designed with families in mind, there’s a playground and bunkie for the kids, a coach house for the young adults to chill, a two-bedroom boathouse for quiet reflection or waterside gatherings and a finely finished cottage with a Muskoka room, expansive covered porch, separate family room, spacious dining room for relaxed meals and evening discussion and a large river rock wood burning fireplace for cool evenings. 3 TV's with satellite service are located as follows: Family room, master bedroom and boathouse. On the  main floor you will find a master bedroom oasis with it's own private ensuite bath featuring a soaker tub and a walk in shower. Upstairs there are three guest bedrooms with a shared 4 pc bath plus there is a children's room with two twin beds, a two bedroom boathouse and a loft over the garage with it's own bathroom. The Main cottage has full AC and the boathouse and loft have portable AC units.

Townsend Bay is away from the main channel of south Lake Joe. It’s a safe place for kids to learn boating and water skills or for people who prefer to swim or wade in calm waters. There’s plenty of shallow water with sandy bottom. Deeper water off the dock and a swim platform with diving board. The water is about 4 feet deep at the edge of the dock and deepens to about 8 feet. To the left of the dock & for the entire dock length plus 20 to 25 feet wide the area is clear and has a beautiful sandy bottom. At the side of the boathouse is a purpose installed ramp for PWC’s and inside there is a large boatslip plus another slip outside. There’s also a bathroom at dock level as well as one upstairs in the boathouse. The large deck provides full sun or shade. It’s a great place for waterside living and perfect Muskoka sunset evenings. Inside the cottage you will find wide plank pine floors, tasteful wood trim and traditional bead board. Both reflecting Muskoka history and current life at the same time, Sandy Shores is the kind of cottage where family memories are made from generation to generation. A perfect year round cottage, it serves as a getaway throughout the year. 

Sand! Lots of it. Only a small percentage of big lake shoreline is natural sand. This property enjoys gentle entry sand bottom for most of its 300′ waterfront. Great for kids of all ages. Located on the placid, clear waters of sheltered Townsend Bay, this cottage is secluded from the hurly burly of South lake Joseph, near the end of a quiet road. Facing west, enjoy lots of sun and sunsets on the spacious dock with covered area. Perfect for multi-generational families year round, the main cottage has 4 bedrooms plus there are two bedrooms in the boathouse, a large bedroom or dorm in the coach house & with 4.5 bathrooms in total. Beautifully finished, the building exudes relaxed cottage living with 2 screened Muskoka Rooms, a Great Room, separate family room and a wonderful verandah. There’s a children’s Bunkie & playground to complete outside activity. Available with the property are three kayaks, 2 paddle boards, a catamaran for experienced sailors and an Air Nautique power boat available for rent. A family oasis that’s hard to beat.

Year-Round Access. Boathouse and bunkies closed in winter. NOTE that occupancy in winter is 8 people as the boathouse and loft are closed.

Sleeping configuration:
1. Main floor master king bed with 4 pc ensuite 
Upper level:
2. Guest bedroom 1 ~deluxe bunk bed twin upper double lower sleeps 3
3. Guest bedroom 2 ~ queen sleeps 2 
4. guest bedroom 3 ~ double, a twin and an opional crib sleep 3 plus an infant
5. Boathouse ~ guest room 4 queen sleeps 2 
6. Boathouse ~ guest room 5 queen sleeps 2
7. Loft bunkie ~ one queen plus one twin sleeps 3
8. Children's bunkie 2 x twin bunk beds sleeps 4 

Concierge services are available for all our properties to make your stay stress free! Catering, private chef services, water taxis, yoga on the dock, boat rentals, trampoline and water lily rentals, grocery, wine and beer stocking and we can even arrange to have cocktails waiting upon your arrival. We can help make your vacation as relaxing and fun filled as possible!
Master Bedroom
King Size
Guest Bedroom
Queen Size
Guest Bedroom
Queen Size
Single/Twin Size
Children's bedroom
Bunk Bed
Queen Size
Single/Twin Size
Bunk Bed
Queen Size
Queen Size
Full Size
Full Size

Onsite Services:

  • Housekeeper
  • Concierge
  • Events Allowed
  • Private Chef
  • Daily Maid Service

Local Features:

  • Groceries
  • Fitness Center
  • Hospital
  • Massage Therapist


  • Water trampoline
  • Television
  • Games for Kids
  • Satellite/Cable TV
  • Books
  • Smart TV
  • TV


  • Car Necessary


  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Scenic Drives
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Photography
  • Paddle Boating
  • Shopping
  • Sledding


  • Iron & Ironing Board
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Street Parking
  • Hair Dryer
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Soaps
  • Filtered Water
  • Firewood
  • Linens
  • Laundry Soap
  • Paper Towels
  • Security System
  • Fireplace
  • Garage
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Washer
  • Internet
  • Towels
  • Air-Conditioning
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Dryer
  • Central Heating
  • Water Dispenser (cooler)
  • Alarm Clock
  • Bottle Water
  • Telephone
  • Carbon Monoxide Detector
  • First Aid Kit
  • Laptop Friendly
  • Safety Card
  • Essentials
  • Hangers
  • 24 Hour Checkin
  • Smoke Detector
  • Hot Water
  • Private Entrance
  • Private Living Room
  • Extra pillows and blankets
  • BBQ Area
  • Bathtub

Location Types:

  • Lake Front
  • Waterfront


  • Boat
  • Beach Chairs
  • Binoculars
  • Paddle Boat
  • Sailboat
  • Motorboat
  • Stand Up Paddle Board


  • Lawn / Garden
  • Gas Grill
  • Screened Porch
  • Wood Deck
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Terrace
  • Dock / Boatslip
  • Chairs
  • Firepit
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Patio Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Balcony
  • Kayak/Canoe
  • Deck/Patio

Kitchen & Dining:

  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Dining Room
  • Dishwasher
  • Dining Area
  • Refrigerator
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Oven
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Coffee Maker
  • Blender
  • Toaster
  • Spices
  • Pantry Items


  • Away From it All
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Luxury
  • Romantic
  • Historic
  • Sports/Activities
  • Tourist Attractions

Attractions & Activities:

  • Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Water Skiing
  • Swimming
  • Tubing
  • Wind Surfing
  • Beach
  • Lake
  • Cross-country Skiing
  • Bay Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Ice Skating
  • Sailing
  • Autumn Foliage
  • Restaurants



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House rules include:

All potential guests must complete a rental application where you will be asked to provide a full guest list, ages of all guests, the name address and employer of the primary applicant as well as their home insurance policy details. No reservation is confirmed until approved by the owner. The application will form the basis of your short-term lease agreement with the cottage owner and you understand and agree that you will abide by the terms therein. We will see you when you check in. If you have misrepresented yourself (your age, purpose of use) or your group, we reserve the right to cancel your stay without refund. If we find out after the fact you have automatically forfeited your damage deposit for breach of contract. We are looking for mature individuals who can be responsible for their actions, and show respect.
Rates are subject to change until your reservation is confirmed.
Linen, beach & bath towels included.
Pets may be permitted at this rental solely based on the discretion of the owner and your will be asked to sign a pet waiver and possibly to pay an additional pet cleaning fee.
No smoking, electronic or otherwise, inside the cottage.
Open fires in fire pit only please & check burn restrictions for area before you arrive.
Fireworks are NOT permitted.
Please leave the cottage as you found it, tidy and with all garbage disposed of per the welcome letter. 

The initial cleaning fee pays for professional cleaners to prepare the cottage for you. A check out clean may be arranged for an additional fee, otherwise you are expected to leave the cottage as you found it, tidy and in good repair.
WIFI is available at all of our cottages (unless specifically noted).
Water activities, including motorized and non-motorized boating, are inherently dangerous. You indemnify the owners and their agents for any and all activities related to water activities.
To ensure the quiet enjoyment of the lake by our neighbours, music or loud noise of any kind not permitted after 10pm or before 8am.
Should you violate these terms you may be subject to an extra nuisance charge equal to the damage deposit as well as eviction without refund.

Please leave the cottage as you found it and have a wonderful time at the lake!

Best regards,

The MDR Team

Fee Amount
Online Booking Fee 5%
Damage Deposit CA$5,000.00
Cleaning & Linens CA$750.00
Accidental Damage Waiver CA$125.00

Port Carling , ON , Canada


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