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Frequently Asked Questions

What's the place like?
Duff's Cottages is a cottage rental business with nine cottages that surround a large, scenic field that gently slopes down to Lake Muskoka.  At the foot of the field is a 300' natural, sandy beach.  Our unique location provides an exceptionally safe environment for familes with young children and beginner swimmers.  Our guests enjoy wading in the water for about 100' until the water reaches shoulder level.  There are no sudden drops or rocks to disturb your swim.  It makes this property the ideal rental location for families interested in the classic Muskoka cottaging experience.

Are pets allowed?
Yes.  We enjoy well-behaved pets, and we require pet owners to be responsible and conscientious.

What are the cottages like?
These cottages were built in the 1940s in the classic Muskoka style.  They provide a rustic cottaging experience for those that enjoy creaky screen doors, mismatched furniture, and breath-taking views.  Five of the eight cottages come with screened in porches.  The other three have generous living areas.

Can we have our own camp fire?
The Duff's community has a couple of great locations for camp fires.  Duff's has a beautiful tradition of community spirit - cottagers often come together to sing songs, toast marshmallows, and tell stories around the fire.

What do people do for fun while staying at Duff's?
Duff's cottages is an ideal place for relaxing, playing, and spending quality time with friends and family.  It comes equipped with a grass volley ball court, a shuffle board, paddle boats, a two-person kayak, a 66' dock, and a floating raft.  Please see the Activities page for a fun list of local recreation ideas.

Is there wifi?
Yes.  We have free wifi for all guests!

Are there televisions?
No.  Although guests are welcome to bring their own electronics, Duff's does not supply TVs or stereos.  Guests are encouraged to enjoy the majesty of Muskoka's natural beauty.

Do you have food service?

No.  Duff's Cottages are 'housekeeping cottages' - It is a bit like moving into a fully-furnished house for a week.

Is there bedding?
No.  We provide a mattress cover, a bed cover, and pillows (please keep in mind that these pillows are not brand-new).  You should bring your own linen sets, pillow cases, or sleeping bags.

Are there kitchens in the cottages?
Yes.  Each kitchen is fully equipped with pots, pans, dishes, cutlery, microwave, coffee maker, toaster, kettle, fridge, stove, etc.  You may wish to bring your favorite knives and all necessary deposible items (such as paper towel, dish soap, salt, pepper, basket coffee filters, etc).  Each cottage has a barbeque and picnic table.

Are there showers?
Yes.  Beauview, Lilac, Pleasantview, and Killarney all have showers in their three-piece bathrooms.  Cedars, Sandy Haven, Shady Nook, and Maples have two piece bathrooms with only a sink and a toilet in each.  All guests have enjoyed the use of our shower house - which has very spacious individual change rooms and showers.

Above:  One of our guests meets a new friend while exploring our lush, wooded grounds.

Above:  A stormy summer night on Lake Muskoka as seen from Duff's Cottages.  Perfect weather to snuggle up in front of a crackling fire. 

Above:  The view from Duff's 66' dock.

Above:  Maples (on the left) and Cedars (in the middle).  All of Duff's Cottages have retained their classic yellow and brown color scheme since the 1940s. The owners' Log Cabin is somewhat obscured in this photo.