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 the the left and down the hill. The cottages you see across the lake are the only ones you can see 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 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.

View of lake from Pine Rock Cottage deck

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 double futon in the living room, a full bath with tub and shower, sink and toilet, kitchen with fridge/freezer, microwave, coffee maker, toaster oven, two counter-top 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.

Private dock with Muskoka chairs and canoe.

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 Smart phone, “stick” or “hub” with either of these service providers is also good. No internet router is provided.

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

Dining area and futon

A whole cottage water filtration system provides drinking water.

Guests also enjoy a new 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 up at the dock.

A small fire pit on the rocks near the lake is available for evening fires (assuming the there is no fire ban or strong winds). Fire wood 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.

Inside Pine Rock Cottage.

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 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.

Pine Rock cottage from the lake.

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, all 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, clothes line with clothes pins, night light, 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.

Queen bed and view into full bathroom.
Kitchen and dining area.
Full bathroom with tub and skylight.
Fire pit near the shore.
Lion's Park in Magnetawan in September.
Lion’s Park in Magnetawan in September.
Fall on Lake Cecebe is a beautiful time of year.
The bench at Pine Rock Cottage.
Welcome sign on the cottage.
Sunset from the rock at Pine Rock Cottage. Photo taken by PR guest I. Mougeot.
Pike caught and released in July 2014 just off Watson Island on a ripplin red fin lure.
Pike caught and released in July 2014 just off Watson Island on a ripplin red fin lure.
Guest Inukshuk dog art on the rock in front of the bench.
Photo by Jon Vopni
West side of Watson Island. The Pine Rock Cottage dock is the grey one first from the left.
A neighbor's grand daughter caught this pickerel in Lake Cecebe in July.
A neighbor’s grand daughter caught this pickerel in Lake Cecebe in July.


Only unmarked dates are available.

Renting Pine Rock Cottage

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 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, for each week or part thereof, is required at the time of booking. A $250 damage/cleaning deposit cheque is required, but the cheque will be shredded after you leave assuming you leave Pine Rock Cottage as you find it.

Towels and sheets can be provided for an addition $30 per week/stay with advance notice.

Check in 2 PM check out 11 AM

2020 Pine Rock Rates – includes HST


From Friday, May 15th until Sunday morning, June 28th

From the afternoon of Sunday, Sepember 13th until the morning of Tuesday, October 12th.

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

        • 7 nights $970 – $138.57 /night
        • 6 nights $835 – $139.17 /night
        • 5 nights $700 – $140 /night
        • 4 nights $570 – $142.50/night
        • 3 nights $435 (minimum Low Season stay during the week but not including a Friday or Saturday night) ($145/night)

May Long Weekend 3 night weekend stay – $460 – $153.33/night –  Friday, May 15 – Monday, May 18.

Thanksgiving  3 night weekend rate – $460 – $153.33/night – Friday, October 9 – Monday, October 12.

Weekends Low Season only – 3 night minimum stays that include a Friday and/or Saturday night but not a holiday -$450 ($150/night)


    • Afternoon of Sunday, June 28 until the morning of Sunday, September 6
    • Weekly only (Sunday to Sunday) – $1,085  — See 8 night and 6 night exceptions below. ($155/night)

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


Afternoon of Sunday, July 26th until morning of Saturday, August 1st (6 nights) – $935 ($156/night)


Afternoon of Saturday, August 1 until morning of Sunday, August 9th (8 nights) – $1,235 [($154/night)


Week of Sunday, September 6 to September 13, which includes Labor Day  – 7 nights) – $1,030 ($147/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, and housebroken dog is allowed. Owners must agree to pick up all droppings and not leave the dog unattended or allow it to bark excessively.

You are expected to leave Pine Rock Cottage in the same clean condition you found it.

A cheque for $250 as a damage/cleaning deposit is required. This will be returned when you leave if the cottage is clean and in good condition. Cleaning supplies and equipment are provided.

Guests are expected to bring their own sheets and towels, or these can be provided for an additional $25 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.

Pine Rock Cottage rentals come with the loan of a canoe OR a stable row boat with two sets of oars. It is about a 15 to 20 minute paddle or row to get to Rockwynn Landing from Pine Rock Cottage.

Running water is pumped from the lake and there is ample hot water. The first 5 gallon jug of potable drinking water is provided. Free additional drinking water is available at one of the two artesian wells near Magnetawan or Burk’s Falls, or water may be purchased at local stores.