Our History

The land on which Lulu’s Repose sits was purchased by the owners, Steven and Laura (Lulu) Johnstone, in 2002. Over the next year the lot was cleared for the building site with construction beginning in 2004. Construction continued over the next 2 years with the cottage being ready for occupancy in the summer of 2006.

The cottage is a hand-crafted, timber frame that was created by The Great Lakes Frame Company based on a design developed by the owners. All of the detailed joinery of the timbers was drafted and hand cut by the craftsmen at Great Lakes. There are no nails, no fasteners of any type used in the timber framing. All of the massive timbers which create the frame of the building are friction fitted and held together by only white oak pegs hammered into drilled holes.

Our History Continued...

The massive stone fireplace that anchors the Great Room was designed by the owners and is meant to invoke the form of the inukshuk – the iconic shape of Northern Canada. Constructed by craftsman and local legend, Bob Hicks, every one of the quarried pink granite stones was and hand-selected, shaped, and set by the mason. The old-world craftsmanship is evident in the finished product.

Although many of the materials and fixtures had to be imported from “down South”, most of the finishing of Lulu’s repose was left primarily to local tradesmen and the project was managed by the owners.

Since it was finished in 2006, Lulu’s Repose has played host to innumerable family gatherings, weddings, anniversaries, family vacations, business meetings, and special occasions. Also, the cottage was the backdrop for several episodes of the HDNet television show Get Out! when it made its 2010 debut in Canada. Recently, Lulu’s Repose was chosen to appear in Our Homes Muskoka magazine.

We look forward to your visit and hope that you too will become part of the history of Lulu’s Repose.


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