Pine Rock Cottage

About Pine Rock Cottage

The video above was taken from the raised porch at Pine Rock Cottage. It gives you an idea of what you will see as you look around from that vantage point. The private dock, which can’t quite be seen from this vantage point, is off to the left and down the hill. The cottages you see across the lake are the only ones visible from Pine Rock Cottage. From several vantage points at Pine Rock Cottage you can watch passing boat traffic, loons on the lake, and even the occasional fish jumping. To the right at the end of the video you see the start of an island path.

Pine Rock Cottage has a unique very private location nestled among tall pine trees atop large rocks on the west shore of Watson Island in Lake Cecebe between Burk’s Falls and Magnetawan (40 minutes north west of Huntsville). Watson Island is 16 acres with 7 private cottages in total, providing a secluded retreat from city living. Pine Rock Cottage can comfortably accommodate one or two (2) people.

The cottage has a cozy, efficient layout and it is clean, bright, and very private but not isolated. Pine Rock Cottage features one bedroom with a comfortable Kingsdown Queen-sized mattress, a comfortable chesterfield in the living room, a full bath with tub/shower, sink and toilet, kitchen with fridge/freezer, microwave, coffee maker, toaster oven, two countertop burners, sink, and a large assortment of dishes and utensils. The cottage is fully insulated with two baseboard heaters for cool nights.

Pine Rock Cottage has a table for four with a cushioned bench, a 32″ flat screen TV with DVD player, but no TV reception, a radio, and a fan. The TV is HDMI compatible if you want to bring your computer with movies and a connection cable. A small collection of DVDs are in the Cottage.

Two skylights (in the bathroom and kitchen) let in plenty of light.

There is good cell phone reception at Pine Rock Cottage with Rogers, Bell and their partners. Internet connectivity using a Smartphone hotspot, or bringing a “stick” or “hub” can also provide internet access. No internet modem is provided.

A propane BBQ with a tank is provided, along with an outside table and chairs on a deck, a nice porch outside the door is good for enjoying the view, and a wooden bench on the rock is great for watching the sunset or enjoying a morning coffee.

A whole cottage water filtration system provides drinking water from all taps.

Guests also enjoy a 10′ x 30′ private dock with two Muskoka Chairs and a side table for sitting, reading, snoozing, or watching the world go past. If you’re bringing a motor boat or if you decide to rent one from a marina on the lake, there is plenty of room to tie the boat at the dock.

A fire pit on the rocks near the lake is available for evening fires (assuming the there is no fire ban or strong winds). Firewood is provided and kindling and small pieces of birch bark can be gathered on the island near the cottage to use in the fire pit.

Pine Rock Cottage is quiet, peaceful, and ideal for relaxing, reading, writing, rowing or paddling, fishing or just ‘being’. Watson Island and Pine Rock Cottage can only be reached by boat — ensuring privacy and a restful stay.

One guest commented that he was glad he had stayed at Pine Rock Cottage for a full week so that he could experience views of the lake with his morning coffee and an evening glass of wine on each of a Muskoka chair on the dock, the bench on the rock, the chairs on the porch, and the table on the deck.

Most people enjoy the terrain around Pine Rock Cottage, but if you have mobility issues please know that the ground around Pine Rock Cottage is not flat. There is a path up a hill from the dock to the cottage, eight steps, including a landing, from the ground to the Pine Rock Cottage front door, and two steps from the living room to the bedroom and from the living room to the kitchen inside the cottage.

We look forward to meeting you and having you as our guest at Pine Rock Cottage.

View our rental rates at right, or please contact us for more information.

For Guest Reviews of Pine Rock Cottage click here

If you decide to come to Pine Rock Cottage here is a list of what is provided and what you might bring:

What is provided:

There is enough of each of the following items to get you started and give you time to shop for the rest of your stay, but most people bring everything they need for their stay.

  • salt, pepper, ice cube trays, basic kitchen gadgets, a few cook books, place mats, pots and pans, hand held mixer, plastic garbage bags
  • toilet paper, paper towels, facial tissues, dish towels, bath mat, floor throw rugs, 3 pillows, comforter, blanket, mattress pad, clothesline with clothespins, night lights, first aid kit
  • all cleaning supplies including dishwashing detergent, small vacuum, broom, mop, cleaning bucket
  • a fan, small library of books, playing cards, some board games, a few DVD movies, map of the lake and area, renters handbook with local and cottage-related information
  • whole cottage water filtration system
  • 2 adult life jackets, government required boating safety kit, flashlight


Many of these photos were taken by Jon Vopni, Island View House guest.




Renting Pine Rock Cottage

Only unmarked dates are available.

Pine Rock Cottage is available for weekly rental from the May long weekend through Thanksgiving weekend. (Three night weekend and part week rentals are welcome in June, September, and October, but full weeks are required in late June, July and August.) Pine Rock Cottage accommodates a maximum of two people. It is also ideal for a single person, active seniors, or a parent and child over 5 years of age.

A non-refundable $350 deposit via e transfer is require for each week or part thereof at the time of booking. A $250 damage/cleaning deposit cheque, e-transfer, or cash is required, but will be returned in full assuming you leave Pine Rock Cottage as you find it. There is no cleaning service available.

Towels and sheets can be provided for an addition $40 per week/stay with advance notice.

Check in 2 PM check out 11 AM

2023 Rates – includes HST


From Thursday, May 18th until Sunday morning, June 25th


From the afternoon of Sunday, September 10th until the morning of Monday, October 9th.

Leaf color is usually best from about September 20th until early October.

  • 7 nights $1145 – $163.50 /night
  • 6 nights $1000 – $166.66 /night
  • 5 nights $845 – $169 /night
  • 4 nights $690 – $172.50/night
  • 3 nights $525- $175/night (minimum Low Season stay during the week but not including a Friday or Saturday night) ($175/night)

May Long Weekend 2023

  • 3 night weekend stay – $545 – $181.67/night –  Friday, May 19 – Monday, May 22   OR   Thursday, May 18 until Sunday, May 21.
  • 4 night May long weekend stay $715  – $178.75 /night – Thursday, May 18 until Monday, May 22 

Thanksgiving 2023  3 night weekend rate – $545 – $181.67/night – Friday, October 6 – Monday, October 9. 

                                          4 night weekend rate – $715 – $178.75/night – Thursday, October 5 – Monday, October 9.


Weekends Low Season only 3 night minimum stays that include a Friday and/or Saturday night, but not a holiday -$550 ($183.33/night)


Afternoon of Sunday, June 25 until the morning of Sunday, September 3

Weekly only (Sunday to Sunday) – $1,395  ($199.31/night) See 8 night and 6 night exceptions below. 

Please ask about rates for stays of three or more consecutive weeks, OR if you see a short vacancy on the availability calendar.


Afternoon of Sunday, July 30th until morning of Saturday, August 5 (6 nights) – $1195 ($199.17/night)


Afternoon of Saturday, August 5 until morning of Sunday, August 13th (8 nights) – $1,595 [($199/night)


Week of Sunday, September 3 to September 10, which includes Labor Day  – (7 nights) – $1,265 ($180.71/night)


Pine Rock Terms and Conditions

There is a strict “no parties” policy, and maximum overnight occupancy is 2 people of any age. No tenting or camping is allowed. A well behaved, friendly, 100% housebroken dog is allowed. Owners must agree to pick up all droppings, not leave the dog alone uncrated in the cottage, not let the dog wander the island unattended, or allow it to bark such as to disturb others. (Sound REALLY travels across the water.)  If a dog does not come reliably when called, it much be kept on a leash.

You are expected to leave Pine Rock Cottage in the same clean condition you found it. There is no cleaning service available.

A cheque, e-transfer or cash for $250 as a damage/cleaning deposit is required. This will be returned in full if you leave the cottage as clean and undamaged as you find it. Cleaning supplies and equipment are provided.

Guests are expected to bring their own sheets and towels, or these can be provided for an additional $40 per week or part week.

Pine Rock Cottage is only accessible by boat. Your hosts will pick you up at Rockwynn Landing (where there is free long term parking) when you arrive and deliver you there when you depart at the end of your rental period. In between you have the loan of a 16′ canoe.  It is about a 20 to 25 minute paddle to get to Rockwynn Landing from Pine Rock Cottage depending on your paddling skills and the wind.

There are rentals of boats with motors on the lake, and your hosts can provide the contact information for those businesses.

The water is drinkable from all taps and there is ample hot water. Pine Rock Cottage has a whole house water filtration system and is on a septic system.