The cottage has nine bedrooms, each one sparsely furnished.
Georgian Bay map
Longuissa is one of the oldest cottages in the Cognashene area of Georgian Bay.
The screened portion of the verandah is reserved for meals.
The kitchen is one area of the cottage that was recently renovated. "Recently" is relative though. At Longuissa, which is 125 years old, the 1960s are still fairly recent.
The property features several out-buildings as well, including this sleeping cabin.
125 years of history
The cottage contents include 125-years' worth of leather bound guest books. Each guest that arrives at Longuissa signs, their names joining those of ex-Governor Generals (Vincent Massey) and Hollywood celebrities (Hume Cronyn).
Most of the furniture inside is also original to the cottage, with a few newer pieces added to the mix.
The porch wraps around all four sides of the cottage, screened in some areas, and open to the elements in others, including where the hammock hangs.
Antique coal-oil lamps were once the only source of light in the night. Now the cottage is on the grid though the lamps maintain pride of place.
Perhaps the most unusual element of the decor are signs such as this one, hand-carved by one of the previous occupants. There are 16 such signs in the cottage, each one quirky and playful.
The centre of the cottage features a hexagon-shaped rotunda. The balcony overlooks a large dining table below; above is an opaque, white skylight. It all makes for a rather grand first impression.
In our Summer 2012 issue, we visited Longuissa cottage on Georgian Bay. The owners are celebrating the cottage's 125th summer this year, just as Cottage Life celebrates our 25th year of publication. A rambling old place with a pedigreed past, it's truly one of the grand old dames of Ontario cottage country.