We have been renting the Blue Mill Cottages every year for the past twenty years. Every year we take a picture of our kids – in the first image they range in age from 2-4 years and the second image was taken in July 2022 and they are now 22-24 years old! The kids still look forward to their week at the cottage every summer and book time off of work early to make sure they don’t miss it! Thank you so much for allowing us to book the same week every year with our family and friends (that are truly family to us).
– Michelle Ridgers, Stoney Creek, ON
Renée and I really enjoyed our time away at the Blue Mill Cottages in Port Elgin. Our hosts, Karen and Dan Calligan, offer a lovely cottage experience, inside and out, with a quick walk to the beach or downtown and a drive to many beaches and towns nearby. If you’re ever in the need for sun and surf, alongside nightly inspiration from the glorious sunsets, ( at the best price anywhere!) look this place up.
– Deirdre and Renée, Hamilton Ontario
We visited Blue Mill Cottages for the first time this past August. We were joined by our adult children. We were all impressed with the cleanliness of the cottage, and the property around it. The cottage was well appointed with everything you need for your visit. The cottages are close to all the services in town and walking distance to the beach. There is lots to do in the area, we shopped, golfed and rode our bikes. We enjoyed ourselves enough that we are coming back next year! Thanks, Karen and Dan!
– Gary and Cheryl Beemer and Family, Caledonia, ON
We came upon the Blue Mill cottages when there was a last minute cancellation, and loved our experience so much that we’ve been back every summer since. Now, after five summers, this has become a much beloved family tradition.
The space is perfect for young families – you have the benefit of being near the beach, while being able to safely play in the spacious yard. Karen and Dan take such great care of the property, including a fun little playground for kids. The cottages are well appointed, with all the relevant kitchen tools for both the casual and gourmet cook. Dining space is comfortable both inside and out, with cool adjustable picnic tables that can accommodate alternate seating (like a highchair or wheelchair). We’ve found the cottages have plenty of privacy, but the families in the neighbouring spaces are always lovely. Recently, friends of ours booked during the same week as us and we shared outdoor meals and fires together very comfortably.
During the pandemic, we felt so grateful for the chance to get away safely, knowing that Karen and Dan’s cottages would be fully disinfected. They’re always well cleaned, and in perfect working order, doubly so during COVID.
Overall, we cannot recommend these cottages more highly; you will not regret a week spent at Blue Mill Cottages!”
-Lisa and Jeff Hood, Guelph, ON
For seven summers now, my wife and I have enjoyed a week’s vacation at Blue Mill Cottages. Our cottage has always been very clean and comfortable. Along tree lined streets, we’ve enjoyed short walks to the beach or to the local coffee shops. Each summer we feel at home once again in Port Elgin. We highly recommend Blue Mill Cottages.
– Mike and Veronica Brennan, Kitchener, ON
We have been fortunate to have spent a week every summer over the past 10+ plus years at Blue Mill Cottages! It has been our home away from home each summer. Karen and Dan are amazing hosts/owners who take such pride in the ownership of their cottages and the large property itself. We love the location and all the amenities Blue Mill Cottages has offered our family all these years. We never leave their disappointed hence why we have made it our go to summer destination over the past decade plus!
– The Core/La Torre/Mamone Families, Hamilton, ON
I have been vacationing in Port Elgin since I was a kid myself and over the past few years have had the pleasure of introducing our own children to our annual week in Port Elgin. The Blue Mill cottages are a perfect family get away, located a short walk from the beach or into town. With multiple cottages on one property it’s a great way to vacation with other families but still have the privacy of your own cottage. Our whole family looks forward to visiting the cottages each summer and we love that it has now become something that our children look forward to as well. We love the small town atmosphere, the backyard campfires, ice cream and swimming at the beach, the best sunsets in Ontario, and the drives along the water from Port Elgin to Southampton. We look forward to many more summer getaways at the Blue Mill cottages.”
– The Chase family, Dundas, ON
Our family has been staying at Blue Mill Cottages for the past 7 years. We love our summer vacation to Bruce County. Our days are spent at the beach, biking along the many trails, shopping at the Wednesday flea market, visiting the Bruce County Museum, watching the spectacular sunsets, checking out the Southampton Art Gallery and exploring the surrounding area. Our vacations wouldn’t be complete without the multiple trips to get ice cream and gelato. The Blue Mill Cottages have all the comforts of home but have the bonus of being near Lake Huron. After long days of adventuring we return to the cottage tired and happy to have such a great spot to unwind and rest.
– Lindsay, Deanna, Caleigh, Guelph, Ontario
We have been vacationing in Port Elgin for close to 20 years. We have stayed in various Blue Mill Cottages and in the Mill House. We have had so much fun there with our family and have made beautiful memories there.
Karen and Dan have always ensured the cottages or house were thoroughly cleaned and have basically thought of everything, ensuring guests are equipped with everything. It truly feels like home away from home.
In this challenging year of the pandemic, we felt very comfortable booking a cottage and actually vacationed there on two different weeks.
We look forward to many more vacations there with our family. We thank the Calligan’s for always making us feel welcome!!
We highly recommend the Bluemill Cottages.
– Mike & Michelina Bozzo & Family, Hamilton, ON
We’ve been returning to Blue Mill Cottages for 28 years and have never been disappointed. Karen and Dan are wonderful hosts. Their cottages and the house are well maintained, exceptionally clean and nicely furnished. The beach and rebuilt pier were especially enjoyable this past year. The sunsets are fabulous. Biking , campfires, BBQs and just relaxing, round out the week. We can’t imagine going anywhere else….thanks for the fun and the memories.
– Peter and Kathy Szota & Family, Ancaster, ON
We have been coming to the Blue Mill cottages for over 20 years with our three girls. We have many memories attached to the cottages and Port Elgin. We have always found Karen and Dan to be welcoming and the cottages ready with the amenities you need to have a relaxing and comfortable week. Over time, we have stayed in different cottages on the property and they have all met our needs. The location of the cottages provides easy access to the beach and downtown and the surrounding area has plenty of things to do on the occasional rainy day. The area is quiet and family’s of all ages can enjoy their stay. We have had family from Manitoba come to stay with us at the cottages and thoroughly enjoyed their stay as well. We look forward to coming back next summer.
– Shelagh Daly and Rob Hamilton from Hamilton, ON