Little Blue #2 ~ Testimonials
My wife and I just spent 10 days at the Kingsmill Log House. We are both writers with current projects, and we found the place incredibly conducive to and supportive of our work. The stillness of the cabin, surrounded by woods and facing a shimmering lake, is extraordinary, and one quickly resonates with an inner stillness that settles the mind and heart, clarifies one's thoughts, and creates a wonderful space for words. The cabin itself, as well as the surroundings, are so beautiful, that one feels treated to delights throughout the day, even while working. Highly highly recommended!
Just letting you know that we had a great time at the cabin. And thanks for telling us about the fireworks, we went and it was one of the best that we have been to. Love the ones that hit the water, we have never seen those before1 Great times. Thanks Heidi.
Thanks for your efforts regarding our rental of the "cottage" on Little Blue Lake . The cottage was enormous (certainly much larger than we expected) and spectacular in it's location! The views were fantastic, we saw only wildlife: turtles, loons, an occasional otter and so many birds! To be located on a private lake in such a beautiful environment was more than just a simple retreat, it was an experience we will always remember. The propane lights and generator were simple and easy to deal with. The property itself was so very special both inside and outside. We loved the time we spent there and we will be back!
had a great time and loved Little Blue!!
Thanks for all your efforts arranging the rental.
We are hopeful of renting this cottage again!
Are weekend rentals available?
We are wondering if Thanksgiving weekend is available and what the cost is for both 2 and 3 day weekend rentals?
We had an totally amazing time up there. It was a quintessential winter
wonderland. It was fantastic to see all the snow, perfect for
The weather was perfect, lots of fresh snowfall, followed by nice sunny
The cottage worked out well, the new fireplace looks amazing, you would never know
that it wasn't always there. We didn't figure out how to run the fan that
helps circulate the warm air when the generator is running so we ended up
chewing through a lot of wood. Heating the place back up, after we had
been out , or first thing in the morning took a while. It is a big place to keep warm!
Overall we had a fantastic time, I had my family up there (winter vacation Christmas Present) they all had
a great time, and were already discussing what we were going to bring up
for next winters trip!
I should have a couple of nice pictures, that I'll pass along to you when I
get a chance.
Just wanted to let you know that we had a fantastic time at Little Blue
over the weekend.
Even though it was a chilly Friday, we got some great weather, and the
water was just perfect.
The cottage itself was amazing. Even though I was a bit concerned with the
lights/generator, etc., everything was under control.
It was a very peaceful weekend, and we found it extremely hard to leave
We tidied up quite a bit before we left, so hopefully the cleaners had an
easy time after we left!
Thanks a lot for all your help, we will definitely keep in touch about
renting again! :-)
I will forward a picture or 2 so you can see what a great time we had!
owners of “ The Log House on Little Blue”...
morning we awakened to the beautiful cry of a single loon. He/she visited every
day and conversed with another on a nearby lake. The window of your master
bedrooms is a gorgeous place to see first thing, not to mention the comfort of
your bed...we slept extremely well!
an exceptional place you have here!
quality log house, the beautiful forest and the extremely live lake. Our little
girl was thrilled everyday~ she found frogs, toads, minnows, salamanders and
lots of birds. One morning, I saw eight blue jays together. We went for walks
every day and walked around the lake. I was careful when I took your beautiful
canoe around the lake a few times. I found the approx. 3’ snakeskin just
outside the door, between the 3rd and 4th boulder (
from the left). There’s a hole there where I’m guessing your slippery
a lot of heart and soul in this place and we thank you very much for letting us
we didn’t see any bears!
past week has been an unforgettable experience. Your comfortably furnished home
has been home to us for one week. Although the weather was cool, and definitely
mosquitoes season, we enjoyed relaxing and watching the various species of
wildlife. My favorite place to sit was in front of the bay window facing the
rock formation on the other side of the lake. From this window along I could see
the loon, the one we heard every morning and again at dusk. Also various other
birds like a red headed woodpecker, crane, swooping bats, also chipmunks and
jumping fish in the lake. We walked around the lake a couple of times and
enjoyed the unspoiled nature and beautiful scenery. At night the crickets and
frogs took turns singing accompanied by the loon. There has been plenty to do
with all of the books, puzzles and various games. Thank you for the privilege of
sharing your charming home and ancestry.
we saw bear poop!
you for the nice stay at your cabin. We saw a loon, used the boat and went
fishing. We went for walks and saw a wild Turkey, a woodpecker, lots of bugs and
some frogs. We enjoyed our stay and mostly waking up to no noise just birds
chirping and the loon calling.
idyllic setting, peaceful and everything one could desire in an escape from the
city. The loon visited us several times. We also saw a raccoon. A few grouse,
the resident snake and several fireflies. Don’t miss a trip to the dump to see
the bears! Especially enjoyed reading about the history of Little Blue ( the
large photo album). A very special place, indeed.
stays with me as I leave:
Blue lake, white pines, canoe, tall birches, wood, candles, breath, space and
What does one say after two weeks in paradise? Thank you so much for opening
this “ Labour of Love” to others so that our friends and family could enjoy.
The vision the Kingsmill’s had for this place so many years ago has certainly
come to life for us. It is truly a place of beauty and tranquility. There are
few things on could complain about regarding a place like this. While lounging
on the dock ( as we did every day) we tried to come up with what we would do
with such a place. We saw the loon, a family of minks, pair of beavers. Lots of
king fishers, Great Blue Heron, some snakes, one snapping turtle, wood ducks and
lots of perch! The complete darkness at night is amazing, like a black blanket
is just dropped over the cabin. The bull frogs sang us to sleep each night and
the sun woke us up each morning. Thank you!
generation trip – ages ranging from 791/2 to 3 months.
wrote a little something: One week is definitely not enough! We’re just
getting into a routine and things are getting better everyday- coffee, WEATHER!
We enjoyed swimming in the deep water...the fire was great! I liked the fishing,
we used leeches for bait because we couldn’t find any worms.
perfect holiday...relaxing on the dock, exploring the woods with children and
dogs and enjoying each other’s
company by the light of a fire. It’s hard to leave this beautiful place!
Thanks for sharing your lovely cabin with us.
is so peaceful here, what a difference from being in the city. I took the canoe
out every day and the swimming was
so fun with the kids! Weather was perfect!
a wonderful place to spend a vacation! So peaceful and tranquil. A beautiful
cottage on a magnificent piece of land! There’s no better place to spend
quality time with family, with no disturbances ( T.V. or video games).
Definitely a place I’d come back to again!
arrived at approximately 4pm to a bright sunny late afternoon. Heidi was kind
enough to show us around the place. Immediately, without unpacking we went to
the dock. It is very peaceful. The serenity, quietness is hypnotizing. Friday
night, friends joined us for a BBQ, They loved the place so much, they stayed
until Sunday. Lots of room for comfortable sleeping. The water is cold, yet we
went in everyday. Spent days at the dock and spent evening at the fire pit. We
went on nature hikes everyday where we found a turtle shell and a deer skull. On
our first trip to the dump we came across the biggest black bear we have every
seen. On the next trip to the dump we took the kids to see the bear and they
thought it was awesome! The most beautiful thing about this place is it’s
privacy and seclusion. This place was built with love and warmth! Many happy
thoughts and wishes to you. Again thank you for the memories we have made here
they will stay with us forever!
so much for sharing this beautiful spot with us again. After ten days of
watching the leaves turn brilliant. Shades of gold orange and crimson, exploring
new trails for hours every day, reading great books by the fire, etc...... We
are feeling melancholy to return to “ real life”. It has not helped by the
fact that our 2 dogs have been staring at us teary eyed for the last few hours
as we’ve prepared to leave! The deck is a wonderful addition, perfect for
enjoying the afternoon sun. We look forward to returning to see the new
fireplace next year!
a beautiful place. It was the perfect place to enjoy Thanksgiving with good
friends! And if anyone asks – Absolutely- a turkey can be booked in that
stove. We had a fantastic dinner followed by some wine and games. Sunday we
walked around the lake. The colors are vibrant right now and breathtaking. We
also took a leisurely stroll up to the road. Beautiful, stunning, we all hope to
be back !
enjoyed ourselves here so much last year that we just had to come back. The
anticipation was greater this time since we knew what we would arrive to. We
were Delighted to find a few changes. 1- the beach 2-the frogs seem to be bigger
this year. Thank you for helping us unwind.
you for making this beautiful place available to families such as ours. The
memories made here truly last a life time, and help us as we reflect on holiday
time at Little Blue throughout the year. Our
4 weeks has flown by. We were happy that all of our children were able to be
here at different times, accommodating various work schedules. They all love it!
It was lovely to see a deer drinking at the far end of the lake. We missed the
beavers this year, but saw some interesting paw prints down on the beach. We
appreciate very much the addition on the beach for our younger kids and the
piano! For our older kids ( myself included) music rang out from this home every
day, and squeals of delight from the beach as the boys caught the frog again.
May god bless you and your loved one’s. See you next year!
are so thankful to return here and so thankful to the Kingsmill’s for sharing
their little piece of paradise...along with Amy from Northern Retreats who has
always been fabulous. We appreciate the tranquility and taking a break from
life. We also look forward to coming back next year.
What a beautiful piece of paradise! We thoroughly enjoyed everything! Three
generations from 33-83 years...thank you for the opportunity of sharing this
magical place. We feel blessed for having been here. The only thing that makes
leaving bearable is the hope and anticipation of a return visit.
blue is a truly enchanting place! 3 families had a great time. The daily visit
by the loon was enjoyed. We wish this place many happy visitors over the decades
beautiful fall holiday at Little Blue! Special as always. This time we’ve been
kept company by a pair of otters and a mink. Feels like we’ve been away from
the daily grind for a year. Just what we needed! Hope to return with our family
in the winter.
weather, a full moon, nature and freedom! Thank you for sharing this perfections
( were it mine in more than my dreams, I don’t believe I could share- so glad
really enjoyed our weekend here. The fresh snow was wonderful and added to the
beauty. The fireplace was amazing and kept us nice and toasty warm.
a beautiful place you have here. The idea of being in a remote and secluded spot
really appealed to us. When we arrived it was better then we had hoped for. The
house is wonderful and the lake and bush are great. The first day driving in we
had a bear cross the road in front of us and the kids were thrilled as well as
us. There was no shortage of wild life to compliment the setting. Our mid
morning canoe ride was highlighted by a pair of playing otters. From the dear
drinking from the lake to the beaver swimming around our boat while fishing and
even the snapping turtle under the dock. The peacefulness and the beauty is hard
to leave. Our kids had a great time fishing and swimming. They love the outdoors
and except when it rained they were outside. The charm and beauty of this place
will not be forgotten!
are having a lovely relaxing time here in your beautiful cottage with Gods
wonderful creation all around. The lake is great for swimming, the path around
the lake treats us to great large trees and lovely ferns, grasses and flowers
underfoot. We have spent many summers canoeing in Algonquin park and we feel
this is a bit of Algonquin park right here. A perfect vacation spot!
we are leaving tomorrow, I finally sit down to reflect on the past week. What
a history, of family, of land, of legacy! Amazing place...thank you for
this place and I thank you more for the raw personal ambience with records and
a wonderful week of swimming, hiking, canoeing, kayaking and the great feeling
of peacefulness and completeness that comes from spending quality time with
family and friends. A great retreat for sure. Beautiful cottage- the
Kingsmill’s are truly blessed this property! Thank you for the opportunity-
can’t wait to do it again!
a beautiful place. The quiet, the stars and the lake...everything. We loved it.