Rooms & beds
Bedrooms: 4(Sleeps: 10)
Lower Guest Bedroom
twin/ single (4)
Master bedroom suite
Upper Guest Bedroom
Master Ensuite Bathroom
Toilet · tub · shower
Upper Guest Bathroom
Toilet · combination tub/shower
Lower Guest Bathroom
Toilet · shower
Pool / Spa
- 100% refund if you cancel at least 60 days before check-in.
- No refund if you cancel less than 60 days before check-in.
Damage and Incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property caused by you or your party during your stay.
Children allowed - Up to 6 children at any one timeUp to 6 children at any one time
Pets allowed - Dogs are welcome, only with advance approvalDogs are welcome, only with advance approval
No events - Parties and events strictly prohibited. Parties and events strictly prohibited.
No smoking - Smoking strictly prohibited on property & groundsSmoking strictly prohibited on property & grounds
Max guests: 10
Minimum age of primary renter: 35 - Primary renter required to be 35 years plus. Primary renter required to be 35 years plus.
- All reservations are required to sign The Bear Stand Rental Agreement following any online booking. Failure to do so will result in cancellation.
- Dog owners must sign a separate Dog Owner Liability Form following any online booking.
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About Sharon and Joe
We are Joe and Sharon, your hosts at The Bear Stand. We are a Canadian/British couple who have lived and worked in Asia for the past 20 years. Joe is a certified urban planner, who worked in project management, master planning, urban design and property development in Hong Kong and Greater China. Joe is currently based in Shanghai overseeing development interests for a global real estate investment house. Sharon is former Editor-in-Chief (Hong Kong) of a leading global decor magazine, is a published author of three books on contemporary design, and founder of her own design and communications consultancy in Shanghai. Together, we have a rather obsessive interest in architecture, an unhealthy addiction to both design and xiao long bao (soup dumplings), and a love of pristine nature as an antidote to urban living. This has culminated in establishing The Bear Stand - a special cabin getaway that stands close to our hearts, and which we miss dearly between visits. We have a great local property management team on hand to help our guests with anything they may need whilst staying at the property. We hope you enjoy The Bear Stand as much as we do.
Why Sharon and Joe chose Gooderham
Following numerous long-haul flights from Asia to Toronto, we had the opportunity to purchase the unique and unspoiled 99-acre woodland and waterfront site on which The Bear Stand now sits. The site was formerly part of wider property interests owned by the extended family - who were ever-present with their children at Contau Lake over the last 60 years. Joe spent many happy summers here as a kid, staying at cabins belonging to his grandfather and aunt and enjoying this lakeside paradise with his cousins. We bought this naturally wild and untouched lot in 2011 and the journey began to create a vacation getaway which blended our interests in design with the amazing natural environment that the Haliburton area affords. With such a large area of land to work with, we first of all set the site for the house by the water and then commissioned a top eco trail builder to help us establish trails to access what we suspected to be a gorgeous interior. We were right - and to this day we continue to be surprised by the natural beauty of the land, which is filled with interior lakes, marshes, beaver ponds, granite bluffs and an incredible assortment of wildlife. We hope you enjoy The Bear Stand and its environs as much as we do. By the way, The Bear Stand moniker derives from the hunting legacy attached to this wonderful natural property; if you look hard, you can still see the original hunting stand(s) used by generations past, in the woods off of our private inland trails here at Contau.
What makes this Cottage unique
We were able to design and build The Bear Stand in exactly the way we dreamed of, thanks to the incredibly talented - and multi award-winning - team at Seattle-based architects Bohlin Cywinski Jackson. The house conveys a modern Pacific Northwest architecture style, adapted to suit Ontario climates and the unique site surroundings at Contau Lake. Over a period of three years and through many multi-timezone video conferences (Shanghai-Seattle-Haliburton), we, together with our master builder Brinkman Construction, ended up with a gorgeous home which thoughtfully fuses modern master craftsmanship with indoor-outdoor connectivity to beautifully highlight its breathtaking natural setting. A soaring hand-crafted wood structure offers floor-to-ceiling lake and forest views, with three granite fireplaces (inside and out), a two-storey fir beamed ceiling and heated hardwood floors. Every room in the property offers a different view and sightline, seamlessly connecting this beautiful building to the land from which it rises. Every detail has been thoughtfully considered and the quality of the design and the build is second to none. The grounds are carefully landscaped to transition from garden environs to the surrounding forest setting and include a children’s jungle gym, shallow beach area, horseshoe pit and lakeside walking path. For nature lovers, we offer an incredible network of private hiking trails, 2.5km of professionally groomed and sign-posted footpaths, marsh boardwalks, scenic overlooks and nature viewing platforms. All established by the renowned trail experts at EcoTrailbuilders. These lead to 3.4km of adjacent crown land trails. Welcome to your own private wilderness experience!