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The Windermere House is a historic hotel and resort located in Windermere, Ontario in the Muskoka region. It is known as The Lady of the Lakes. It was built in 1870 in Victorian style, originally as a boarding house, and overlooks Lake Rosseau. It was built by Thomas Aitken after he converted his home (which he bought in 1860 after moving from Scotland) and remained in family hands after his death in 1919 until 1981 when it was acquired by an investment group.
The then-127-year-old Windermere House burned to the ground during the filming of The Long Kiss Goodnight in February 1996. Some suspect that the production equipment lights were to blame for the fire, others say it was a short-circuit, but neither explanation was proven and it remains unsolved to this day. The Windermere House was rebuilt and restored to its original glory in spring 1997. The boat house and marina were also rebuilt.
The House includes several restaurants and a pub which survived the fire and is a popular dining destination for both people in town or tourists who stop in during the summer months. Behind the house is an 18-hole golf course which is also popular during the summer months. There is also an outdoor pool, tennis court, playground, church, marina, and a beach at which families can swim and play.
In 2007 the resort was acquired by developer Paul Jeffery, who added Oliver & Bonacini Restaurants to the resort.
The Cottages at Windermere House were introduced in 2009 and represent the newest and most luxurious fractional ownership resort in Ontario. The first phase of the projects features 12 lakefront cottages in an exclusive and private enclave. The cottages offer over 1,800 square feet (170 m2) of luxury living space and include a three season Muskoka Room, large dining room, fireplaces in the great room and master bedroom, large sundecks, high speed internet, satellite TV and a host of other amenities. Fractions are available in five and seven week intervals. The Cottages are affiliated with Preferred Residences.