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Canada’s leading waterfront golf course community has announced news of an exciting new Muskoka cottage rental opportunity. Located on the beautiful Lake of Bays, Bigwin Island Golf Club’s Club Cabins are crafted to appeal to those looking for an alternative to the traditional family cottage rental experience.

One of the most significant factors in the design selection was to ensure that the Cabins would be constructed to ‘net zero’ specifications, with a goal of consuming only as much energy as the development is able to create on its own through renewable energy sources. To achieve this goal – and to ensure the Cabins would have a contemporary Canadian cottage look – Bigwin hired Halifax-based Brian Mackay-LyonsSweetapple Architects Ltd to handle the project’s design.


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Bigwin’s Club Cabins feature comfortable living rooms with natural lighting


“The fun part of the Club Cabins was doing a nationwide contest for an architect,” says Jack Wadsworth, the Club’s Founder. “The design that Brian and his team conceived used a series of modules that could be put together in a number of different ways, to not only incorporate a very exciting design idea but to take into account the island’s rich history, as well as environmental considerations and the Muskoka aesthetic.”


Lake of Bays Cottage Rentals Set in a Central Village Hub


The result is a brilliant design and placement of Cabins that will not compete with the golf course – rather, they will complement the overall Bigwin Island experience.

Set in a classic ‘village hub’ style abutting the prestigious golf course’s 10th  and 18th holes, these exquisite luxury Club Cabins are each only a short distance from the Clubhouse and other amenities. In addition, guests staying at these luxury Lake of Bays cottage rentals will have access to the same bespoke services available to Bigwin’s golf club members – a particular privilege as the course is private and for members only during the peak summer months.


Bespoke Features of Bigwin’s Luxury Lake of Bays Cottage Rentals


Other unique features of Bigwin’s Club Cabins include:

  • Environmentally sensitive construction
  • Fully-furnished two-bedroom designs (1230 sq ft to 1350sq ft)
  • Easy access, open-concept single-floor designs
  • Designer décor
  • Personalized concierge services

“I think the future for Bigwin is about refinements,” adds Wadsworth. “We’re very fortunate to have achieved our objectives, and what’s left is just to make it better.”


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Wood finishes and rustic, natural decor in the kitchen and living area make for an elegant living space


The announcement of Bigwin’s Club Cabin rental program – undoubtedly one of the top luxury Lake of Bays cottage rental opportunities currently on the market –followed hot on the heels of a major golf course upgrade. The completion of the $1.5 million project saw the Doug Carrick-designed course’s bunker extensively renovated to improve playability and included the installation of industry-leading Pro Angle bunker sand.

To learn more about the exciting ‘stay and play’ options at Bigwin Island, including Club Cabin reservations, click here. For further details regarding club memberships, visit their website at

Interested in learning more about full-time cottage ownership on lovely Lake of Bays, including luxury Bigwin Island real estate opportunities? Contact The Weiland Team, real estate professionals with eXp Realty – they’ll be happy to help.  




Bryan Dearsley is Editor-in-chief of Riley International Media, a digital media company focusing on luxury experiences lifestyles, and travel. Visit