A quick four hour drive east from London takes you to Presqu'ile Bay, beside the provincial park of the same name. My wife and I have friends with a compact but room-rich cottage on the edge of the bay just outside the park. A few years back they bought the cottage, repaired it, remodelled it, and now they enjoy it.
My test of a country home: "Can I buy my milk within a five minute drive?" The town of Brighton is nearby. Their little bit of heaven passes my test.