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John and Debbie Hockin welcome you to their Muskoka Beach House – a stunning Bala Cottage Rental. They designed the home for easy living and to encourage relaxation. In the summer, they move to their cottage across the bay on Juniper Island, giving others the opportunity to experience their much-loved home on the shore.

The Beach House is minutes from Bala, a town that has all of the essentials: a grocery store, LCBO, beer store and many interesting boutique shops. Every Monday during the summer there is a farmers’ market.

Port Carling is 15 minutes away – with more shopping and a pharmacy. The closest hospital is in Bracebridge – 40 minutes from the Beach House.

Guest Comments

Boy did we luck out!  Spent the last week of August at this beautiful home on the water in Bala.  My husband and I booked it from a picture.   It was well beyond our expectations.  The layout was so thought out. The view of the waterfront from the house was so beautiful.  We highly recommend this house for any family looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city.
R & P – 2015

We loved the Beach House!  The house is beautiful and new, everything works, and all you could want is there — hair dryers, soap, beach towels.  You thought of everything.  The site is great.  Sandy beach, quiet bay, lovely landscaping, ducks.  And fishing right off the dock.  It was close to Bala, for quick trips to the bakery, LCBO and Freshmart.  The “check-in/out” process was very easy, and you made us feel very welcome.
J & J – 2016

Beautiful house with everything you need: great beach; proximity to Bala and Port Carling.  Thanks again for sharing your beach house!
L & D – 2016           

We liked the convenience to Bala, the easy access to Moon River, the beach,  the house facilities, air conditioning and WiFi.
C & D – 2016

The Amenities


New for 2017:

  • Screened-in porch
  • Propane-fueled generator
  • 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms – sleeps 6 maximum
  • Hair dryer in each bathroom
  • Fresh linens and duvet covers
  • 2 office locations – one on each floor
  • Central air conditioning and heat
  • Fireplace (fire wood provided)
  • Stackable washer and dryer
  • Ceiling fans in master bedroom and great room
  • Child- friendly south-facing beach – the full width of the property
  • 2 televisions – one in great room and one in master bedroom
  • Satellite television
  • Apple TV
  • DVD player in great room
  • High speed wireless Internet throughout the property
  • Board games
  • No land line – so please use your cell phone (LTE coverage)


  • Parking for 2 cars
  • Gas BBQ
  • Pergola and terrace off the lower level walkout with chairs
  • Gentle slope to the river
  • Wide, flat, sandy beach with shallow entry (facing South)
  • Beach chairs
  • Fire pit on beach


The Beach House


1 Week: pricing please enquire


1 Week: pricing please enquire
3 nights: pricing please enquire


John Hockin

(705) 706-2891



Our Bala Cottage Rental is located in Bala on a 3 mile stretch of the Moon River that has 2 sets of waterfalls at one end and the famous Moon Chutes at the other end.

Pure Muskoka

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