31 May

The Magnificent Ferndale

Further eye candy on the lakes
This is the majestic Ferndale on Lake Rosseau in Muskoka. The site of the original Ferndale House as mentioned previously. I watched this place being built over the past two or three years. It attracts quite the boat traffic as it is one of the most grand of all Muskoka cottages on the big three lakes.

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In: in and around muskoka ontario, on the water

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  1. leslie carr says:

    you can not get that size of cottage anymore with the restrictions. I do believe that this particular place is zoned resort, which is how the size got to be there and the boathouse size.

  2. Sean McClean says:

    Yes it is registered as a resort so peter gilgan can bring his friends up!

    There are always wild parties in the boathouse making noise around the lake. Oh well, big money partys big.

  3. Joan McHugh says:

    Hi All,
    My ancestors, the Pensons, were the original settlers in 1869 on the property.
    They lived in a log cabin on the other side of the bay, then built Ferndale House in 1885. Their son, Seymour Penson, rebuilt in 1895. It was sold in 1915.

    You may be interested in my book “Beloved Muskoka” -Diaries and Recollections of Elizabeth Penson – published 2009

    I have photos of original hotel if anyone interested.

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  5. Jonathan Hilborn says:

    My cottage is on Edith Island, which is directly across from Ferndale Bay. I used to go up that old watch tower and take pictures years ago before it got locked up. I have a few nice aerial shots over looking Edith island and Ferndale house if you’re interested. I could give them to you to spruce up and post on your blog. I don’t care about the photo cred, I just think they would look really nice on your site. Let me know. Cheers.

  6. MARIA m EDWARDS says:

    My nephew is the great Grandson of “Aunt Betty”……I had the great pleasure to meet her a couple of times about 1966. She was a grand woman whom I have never forgot. I stayed in the upper cottage across from the Keswick with the Hanna family.

  7. MARIA m EDWARDS says:

    Dear Joan, I am retively sure you do not remember me but I was one of Katherine Hanna’s sisters. I had the one of the most amazing summer experiences in my life as a guest to stay at the upper cottage approximately 1966? I remember swimming across the bay to the Keswick with Peter Hanna and getting to meet his Aunt Betty.

  8. ‘Came across this picture. Nice shot of the place. I was the mason who built the front gates, fireplaces, flagstone, and retaining walls there. An interesting project with all stone coming from the 300 acres there. Mr Gilgan was good to deal with and fair with me at all times. The contractor there was difficult though… I’m thankful for the opportunities like this to do the work I do.

  9. Ed Boutilier says:

    Hi Dean, Thanks for checking in. I’m sure the stonework you did for Peter was magnificent. I checked your website out and I can see why you were selected to look after this beautiful estate. Thanks for checking in and continued success.

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