Less than an hour outside of Ottawa are HOM Mini Chalets which make the perfect weekend getaway. The one bedroom chalets are located in a peaceful forest, overlooking McGregor Lake. Currently, there are two different HOM Mini Chalets, but both are nearly identical in design.
I stayed in The Huard. The vacation rental has a stunning view of McGregor Lake with no other cottages viewable from the floor to ceiling back windows. The main living space allows you to enjoy the beautiful view, or you can step outside onto your private deck and soak in the hot tub that overlooks the lake too.
The main living area has a modern kitchen, complete with a dishwasher, microwave, toaster, Nespresso machine, coffee maker, glassware, dishes, and pots and pans to allow you to cook a fantastic meal. If the weather is nice, you can also make use of the BBQ outside too.
The simple furnishing keeps the room feeling open. There is a dining table for 4 people, along with a futon that turns into a double bed. The best part aside from the beautiful view would have to be the cozy fireplace which was such a nice feature in the winter. I spent my evening curled up in a blanket next to the fire, totally relaxed.
Over in the bedroom, you’ll find a massive king size bed and a smart tv. While the bathroom was fantastic, with a spacious modern shower, and even a washer and dryer.
Each HOM Mini Chalets comes with lake access, so in the summer you can go kayaking, paddleboarding, or swimming, while in the winter you can go skating. I really enjoyed my visit in the winter. Soaking in the hot tub and admiring the snow-covered trees, or relaxing next to the fireplace was super peaceful.
As the cottage has the futon, it can sleep up to 4 people. So for my visit, I had a ladies night filled with chocolate fondue and relaxing in the hot tub. But, after visiting HOM Mini Chalets, I think it would make an extraordinary romantic retreat.
If you want to enhance your experience there are several different packages you can add. For example for $100, you can add the romance package for two which comes with a glass of sparkling white wine, a cheese fondue, two slices of chocolate cake, and two bathrobes to use for your stay. This package makes it super simple to have a romantic weekend, as your dinner, drinks and dessert will be waiting for you so all you need to pack is your change of clothes.