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Fun for the Whole Family Haliburton Highlands, Canada!

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View of the cottage from the dock, in fall.


Last updated: 03/19/2017
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  • Minimum stay:2-7 nights
  • Sleeps:10
  • Bedrooms:4
  • Bathrooms:1.5
  • Property type:Cottage
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

About the Property

Cottage, 4 Bedrooms + Loft, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 10)

This unique, rustic cottage is situated on Salerno Lake which is known for its excellent fishing and located in the beautiful Haliburton Highlands area, about 40 minutes north of Peterborough, and 2.5 hrs from Toronto. We are 50 min. south of Alqonquin Park and one hour away from the 65,000 acre Haliburton Forest and Wildlife Reserve with its 'A Walk in the Clouds' canopy tour, world-famous Wolf Observatory, and its well-groomed trails for biking & hiking.

Our lakefront haven is a spacious 3-level building with a separate bunkie/ games room. With 3 bedrooms and a loft in the main building, and double bunk-beds in the bunkie, the cottage has ample room for any large family. Our vacant lot next door enhances the sense of woodland seclusion and adds to the plentiful lounging and playing outdoor space. Our screened-in porch provides outdoor seating while being sheltered from inclement weather. This porch connects to our huge, surround deck housing a glass-top table and umbrella for outdoor dining while viewing the lake.

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We pride ourselves on the fact that our cottage is well stocked from night lights, loads of kids toys, and kitchen towels to ample lawn furniture, canoe, paddle boat, 2 outdoor fireplaces etc., making this vacation getaway worry free with maximum relaxation.

The main living area centres around a large circular fireplace, open from all sides, giving it a warm cozy feel on cool evenings. For rainy days, it comes equipped with over 100 movies, board games, books, and puzzles for all ages. The dining area seats 10 guests comfortably at a beautiful hand crafted pine table, and is equipped with a booster chair & high chair for the youngsters.

The top floor is a loft equipped with toys for all ages and a queen futon bed. This location allows you to hear the kids playing while you are preparing meals. The loft also sports skylights making this an excellent place for star gazing.

Main level has a queen bed in the master bedroom and the lower level has 2 bedrooms (1 queen & twin bunk beds). On the lower level is a full size washer and dryer and an exit to the outside. Just bring towels and linens - everything else is provided!

The bunkie, located across the driveway, is equipped with double bunk beds and doubles as games room. For your entertainment pleasure there is an eight-ball pool table, regulation dart board, and card table and chairs. The bunkie is excellent for the older kids or another couple to have their private accommodation.

Parents will have no trouble watching their kids from the substantial dock with sitting area. For your enjoyment of refreshments on the dock on those hot summer days, there is a fridge located in the water's edge shed.

Down at the lake, there is a swing set, a sand pile, and a large fire pit for roasting marshmallows and campfire sing along. Canoe, paddle boat and aluminum boat are all included. For your outside eating pleasure, there is a picnic area located near the main entrance to the cottage. This area is equipped with a picnic table and a lovely outside stone fireplace.

Keywords: lake front, beach, fishing, family


Member since: 2006

Speaks: english, french, german
Response time: Within a few days
Response Rate: 70%
Calendar last updated: 03/19/2017

Property Type

  • Cottage

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 10
  • Children Welcome:

    Lots of board games, puzzles, books, and toys for kids! In addition, we have tons of VHS movies and a DVD player! The kid's bedroom has a friendly atmosphere with a reading nook. Down by the lake, there is a sandbox with sand toys and a swing set! ...moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed:

    Due to allergies and concerns for our neighbours, we regrettably cannot allow pets....moreless

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, Beds for 10

  • Bedroom 1


  • Bedroom 2


  • Bedroom 3


  • Bedroom 4


  • Loft


  • Basement Kid's bedroom has bunk beds with safety rails (sleeps 2 kids) and a crib. Basement Adult bedroom has one firm queen bed. Main-floor master bedroom has one firm queen bed. Loft has one futon bed. Bunkie has double-sized mattress bunk beds with safety rails. ...moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1


  • Outhouse: toilet

    This is a brand new OUTDOOR outhouse - no running water. ...moreless

  • Bathroom has flush-toilet, sink, and hot shower, with two doors - one to main floor area, the other a private door to master bedroom....moreless

Other Amenities

  • Detached bunkie/games room with pool table & dart board. Ideal for older kids to get away from parents! ;)...moreless


  • Books:

    Children's stories, some chapter books and some novels for adults. ...moreless

  • CD Player
  • DVD Player:

    We only have a few DVDs, so please bring your own favourites, if interested!...moreless

  • Games:

    Lots of board games and puzzles for kids and adults. ...moreless

  • Pool Table:

    Not the fanciest of tables, but perfect for a cottage!...moreless

  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys:

    Lots of toys throughout cottage - kid's barbeque, farm set, doll house, duplo, action figures, plush stuffed animals (washed every spring). ...moreless

  • VCR
  • Video Library:

    Over 200 VHS movies, wide variety appropriate for all ages. ...moreless


  • Away From It All
  • Family


  • Cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Boating
  • Paddle Boating
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Lakefront:

    Beautiful lakefront with dock. Small sandy area at entry to lake, with a sandy (not rocky!) walk-in entrance to the lake....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Sailing
  • Swimming
  • Water Skiing
  • Water Tubing


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining:

    Table seats 10, two booster seats for children provided, and a high chair for young babies....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 10 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    One window A/C unit installed in 2011 in the loft to blow cold air down through the cottage....moreless

  • Clothes Dryer:

    Full Sized dryer with dryer sheets provided. ...moreless

  • Heating:

    Hopefully you won't need this in the middle of summer, however baseboard electric heaters are installed throughout the cottage, if need be. ...moreless

  • Internet:

    High-speed DSL internet provided by Bell available to our guests, with 50GB of usage per week included with rental. ...moreless

  • Living Room:

    Living Room has TV with VCR & DVD (NOT BLU-RAY). ...moreless

  • Parking:

    Parking availability for up to 3 cars comfortably....moreless

  • Parking Off Street:

    Parking is down a driveway at a parking pad. ...moreless

  • Telephone:

    Please bring your own calling card for making long-distance calls....moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    Full Sized washing machine with laundry detergent provided....moreless

  • Wood Fireplace:

    Indoor circular fireplace....moreless


  • Coffee Maker:

    Also provided: coffee filters and coffee grounds (kept in freezer for freshness)....moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

    Cooking utensils, electric mixer, blender, pots, pans, and casserole dishes are provided. ...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Plates, bowls, cutlery, glasses, mugs, teapots, baby bottles and sippy cups, milk pitchers... you name it, we probably have it! ...moreless

  • Kitchen:

    An island provides plenty of counter space, with lots of storage below where you will find mixing bowls, casserole dishes, and a griddle!...moreless

  • Microwave:

    Easily accessible on the island....moreless

  • Oven:

    Oven is part of stove as a whole unit. ...moreless

  • Pantry Items:

    Spices, teas, coffee, dish soap, hand soap, tea towels, olive oil, peanut oil and vegetable or canola oil provided. Everything is replaced with fresh ingredients annually....moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    (3) 2 Full-Sized refrigerators in main building, 1 full-sized refrigerator by lake....moreless

  • Stove:

    Four-burner electric stove with oven below....moreless

  • Toaster


  • Balcony:

    Huge wrap-around balcony leading from screened-in porch area to mudroom....moreless

  • Boat:

    One paddle boat and one small aluminum row boat appropriate for fishing....moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    Ample patio furniture including glass table with umbella...moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    One large flat-bottom canoe....moreless

  • Lanai / Gazebo:

    Screened-in porch area feels like you're outdoors when the weather is inclement....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    Large grassy area by the lake suitable for tossing around a frisbee or kicking around a soccer ball....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill


Write a review 5
from 8 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
High Season
Jul 1 - Sep 4, 2017
7 night min stay

My Standard Rate
2 night min stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Cleaning Fee $0.00
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $374.05

Owner's cancellation policy:

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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Last updated: 03/19/2017
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Owner info

Year Purchased: 2005

Why the Owner Chose Highlands East, ON, Canada:
Close to Toronto (2.5 hrs drive). Close to Algonquin park. Lake front with sandy beach & dock. Well treed virtually flat lot. clean lake. Great sightseeing. Locate us on Google maps at 'McIntosh Cottage Dr, Highlands East, ON'.

The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
Ample space for entire family: 3 levels gives individuals lots of privacy. Well stocked, large kitchen with loads of counter space. Great swimming & fishing. Mud room allows entrance area clutter to stay out of the main building. Separate bunkie allows privacy away from the main cottage. Screened-in porch allows you be outside regardless of the weather. Washer & dryer with laundry detergent and dryer sheets provided.

Contact us

Speaks: english, french, german
Response time: Within a few days
Response Rate: 70%
Calendar last updated: 03/19/2017

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Guestbook comments from the owner

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  • View of the cottage from the dock, in fall.

    View of the cottage from the dock, in fall.

  • A circular staircase leads to the loft under the sky lights.

    A circular staircase leads to the loft under the sky lights.

  • Sandy swiming area with gradual entry for children.

    Sandy swiming area with gradual entry for children.

  • View 2 of Basement Adult Bedroom

    View 2 of Basement Adult Bedroom

  • Kid's Room in Basement - view from door

    Kid's Room in Basement - view from door

  • View 3 of Kid's Room with crib

    View 3 of Kid's Room with crib

  • The Bunkie in fall.

    The Bunkie in fall.

  • The screened-in porch leads to the large wrap-around deck.

    The screened-in porch leads to the large wrap-around deck.

  • Large, hand-made dining set seats 10 comfortably.

    Large, hand-made dining set seats 10 comfortably.

  • Basement Adult Bedroom (Queen size bed)

    Basement Adult Bedroom (Queen size bed)

  • View of lake from Basement Adult Bedroom

    View of lake from Basement Adult Bedroom

  • Basement Kid's room bunk beds

    Basement Kid's room bunk beds

  • View of Art and Reading Nook in Kid's Room

    View of Art and Reading Nook in Kid's Room

  • The Bunkie has two double beds, a dart board, and pool table.

    The Bunkie has two double beds, a dart board, and pool table.

VRBO #80219

This listing was first published here in 2006.

Date last modified - Sunday, March 19, 2017

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