Monday, April 20, 2015

Windermere House Muskoka

Windermere House, Lake Rosseau - copyright Melanie Wills
On the far, opposite shore of Lake Rosseau from Cleveland’s House (discussed last week) lies Windermere House. Originally of the same vintage, this popular hotel burned down in 1996 during the filming of a Hollywood movie. Unlike the dozens of other Muskoka resorts lost to fire, however, this one rose again from the ashes.

Windermere House, early 1900s - photo by Frank Micklethwaite
We stayed there before and after the fire, and marvelled at how accurately it had been rebuilt, with a few concessions to present times, like an elevator. Recently the interior has been altered, losing some of its Victorian charm.

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