Weekend Retreat

When it comes to relaxing in style, this luxury getaway in Ontario's wine region has it all.

Written by:Thomas Connors
Photographed by:Young Glass Photography
Kitchen with a counter and island featuring Cambria Ella quartz countertops.

“The matte finish and subtle veining of Cambria’s Ella™ was the perfect complement to everything else in the kitchen,” says designer Syrina Gatta.

For folks in Ontario, Canada, “going to the cottage” is a cherished tradition. And if that getaway is on the water or anywhere near it, all the better. Situated on Lake Ontario less than 100 miles from Toronto, Niagara-on-the-Lake is a popular second home spot where many weary city dwellers go to refresh and relax in sophisticated retreats fashioned by luxury home builders like Gatta Homes.

As this upscale bungalow makes clear, the Gatta approach combines a crisp, contemporary aesthetic with an eye for room-warming touches. “I like to play with architecture and texture, such as in the fluted detail on the kitchen island,” shares lead designer, Syrina Gatta. And she never lets a space go to waste. In the primary bedroom, she inserted a built-in dressing table across from the walk-in closet.

With high ceilings, amply scaled rooms, and fine finishes throughout, this weekend home is a far cry from the rustic cottages of old. But with the lake lapping not far away, you know just where you are.

A pantry with maple and brass bistro-style shelves and Cambria Clare quartz countertops.

A collaboration with Artcraft Kitchens, the pantry features plenty of storage, including maple and brass bistro-style shelves. Cambria design shown: Clare™

A deeply recessed doorway leading to a den with green chairs.

This deeply recessed doorway leads to the den, which offers secondary access to a powder room on the main floor.

A furnished bedroom with oxidized gold lighting fixtures from Matteo Lighting.

This bedroom is furnished with pieces from CB2 and oxidized gold lighting fixtures from Matteo Lighting.

An archway at the top of the stairs is filled with Mosaico Nantes Caliza tile from Porcelanosa. The delicate stair rail is made of white oak and solid brass.

An archway at the top of the stairs is filled with Mosaico Nantes Caliza tile from Porcelanosa. The delicate stair rail is made of white oak and solid brass.

A white and black powder room with a custom sink featuring Cambria Skara Brae quartz.

Simple and serene, the powder room is anchored by a custom sink created with Cambria’s bold Skara Brae™ design.

A beige dressing table in the corner of a bedroom, featuring a circular mirror and cushioned stool.

The ash-lined dressing table in the primary bedroom is an inventive use of space.

A black concrete bathtub in a brightly lit bathroom.

A concrete tub in the primary bathroom—pure decadence.

[Updated on 12/05/2023]

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