Need to know
Fourteen, including three suites.
11am, check-in 2pm, but flexible, subject to availability.
Double rooms from $19980.00, excluding tax at 8 per cent.
Rates include à la carte breakfast, lunch and dinner, non-alcoholic beverages, most activities and equipment.
The century-old bowling alley was equipped with the world’s first mechanical pin-resetting mechanism – get down in ‘the pit’ to find out how it works. New York’s monied came here for nature, but didn’t want to go without home comforts, so the estate got its very own electricity network – you can see the preserved machinery in the Old Powerhouse. The camp was constructed almost entirely from local spruce, cedar and pine wood, with ironwork hammered out by the on-site blacksmith.
The hotel is closed from 1 January to 30 June; 16 October until 31 December.
At the hotel
Watersports boathouse, spa, bowling alley, squash court, gym, softball field, roller hockey, tennis court, billiards room, library, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: TV and DVD player, kitchen, minibar, tea- and coffee-making facilities.
Our favourite rooms
There’s nothing flat-pack about any of the lodges, but the Tree House is the most unique. You don’t have to be a clambering Boy Scout to stay there either – the name comes from the tree that gnarls its way up the bedroom wall, forming part of the bed itself and hosting a stuffed owl in its upper reaches. Then there are the three stone fireplaces (one by the freestanding bathtub), cozy curl-up nooks, and the porch looking out to the lake. The most splendid isolation is at the Island Cabin, which can only be reached by boat, or the Gardener’s Cottage, with double-height ceilings and its own dock. Kids and big kids will revel in the Indian Room, where Native American artifacts are dotted around the log-frame twin beds.
The former icehouse has been converted into a two-storey spa, with a sauna and a forest-view whirlpool. Book in for an individual or couples’ beauty treatment, or request the masseuse for your rub-down of choice.
Lake Kora’s early owners nicknamed it Kamp Kill Kare, so be sure to leave your worries at the gate. There’s no need to weigh yourself down with tomes from home either – the lakeside library is stacked with classic literature. The prized assets are the antique first editions, including works by one Jane Austen.
The minimum stay is four nights in July and August, and three nights in September and October.
Kids have to be aged 12 or over, unless you book the whole property, in which case all ages are welcome.