Whether it's quaint structure tucked away or or more modern take near the water, cottages conjure up images of lovely kitchens filled with delicious scents, warm fires to enjoy in the evening and a truly homey, welcoming ambiance. Here are Ontario's top 10 cottages to rent for an idyllic holiday.

1. Nottawasaga River Retreat Luxury Cottage

Located in Orangeville, Ontario, the Nottawasaga River Retreat is perfect for anyone looking for a quiet setting on the water. This rustic cottage is nestled into a beautifully wooded area with a deep valley off the back deck and stunning views of the Nottawasaga River, called "The Notty," by locals, that runs through the private 77 acres of property.

When it's nice out, it's a wonderful spot to enjoy your morning cup of coffee or a delicious home-cooked dinner.

The cottage boasts five bedrooms with modern, comfortable furniture, and you'll find a jetted tub and steamed shower here where you can melt away any tension with the water's warmth. The River Retreat is great for families spending quality time together or a couple looking for a romantic getaway.

There are a variety of outdoor activities to enjoy here. Animal lovers can engage in some wildlife viewing and bird watching and try to determine what species live near the cottage. Take a lovely scenic drive to see more of the area or an exhilarating hike or bike ride. Spend time on the water swimming, fishing and rafting, or if you want to spend time indoors there are excellent antiquing opportunities.

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2. Parry Sound Cottage vacation rental

In Muskoka you'll find the Parry Sound Cottage vacation rental situated on a 3.75 acre island. It's just five minutes from the Ojibway Club, where you'll find a plethora of activities and events to enjoy like tennis, sailing and more.

The cottage itself offers unbeatable views of the bay. A perfect time to enjoy the sights is at sunset or sunrise.

Grab a cup of coffee and relax on the screened-in porch as you watch the area come to life. When the weather's warm, you have easy access to the water where you can take a refreshing dip. Georgian Bay has been a haven for many years, creating an exceptional location for friends and family to meet up and enjoy each other's company.

This cozy residence sleeps six, so it's great for a family or group looking to get away. There's a main cabin as well as an additional space with a double bed. Enjoy the sounds of the water and the local wildlife greeting you each morning and as you spend your days fishing, canoeing, swimming or reading by the water.

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3. Niagara-on-the-Lake Cottage Million $ View

The stately Niagara-on-the-Lake Cottage vacation rental will make you feel like master of the house without the expensive price tag! This gorgeously appointed cottage features four bedrooms on both levels, sleeping eight, and four-and-a-half baths, so there's plenty of space for your whole family or group of friends. You'll be treated to 360-degree views of Lake Ontario from all sides of the cottage, creating a serene and stunning atmosphere where you can't help but relax.

The interior boasts open, airy spaces with a great flow and plenty of windows to let in sunlight and views. You'll truly feel like you're living in luxury with a stay here as you relax in front of the two-sided gas fireplace, soak in the Jacuzzi tub, swim in the community pool and create delicious meals in the gourmet kitchen to be enjoyed in the dining room or on the covered porch.

The surrounding area is filled with things to do to suit everyone's interests. You'll find botanical gardens, libraries, museums, theme and water parks, theater, zoos, winery tours and so much more to fill the days of your vacation with a mix of relaxation and excitement.

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4. 1835 Niagara-on-the-Lake Cottage vacation rental

Also in Niagara-on-the-Lake you'll find this beautiful, historic cottage dating back to at least 1835. It's been updated with central heating and air-conditioning as well as free WiFi, but important features that give this home its charm - like the pine floors.

There's plenty to do nearby with the exciting Shaw Theatre about 300 metres away, and you're just steps away from the historic centre. This cottage is outfitted with three bedrooms, which can comfortably sleep six, with different themes.

The Victorian room boasts a four-poster bed and period-print wallpaper, the Japanese-style bedroom features a lilac focal wall and white fittings and the European room has French windows and is filled with light.

Each evening you can relax with a soak in the stunning claw-foot, cast-iron tub. And don't worry about being chilled when you get out - the slate floors are heated. Though you may not want to leave the cottage, there are a variety of activities and attractions to enjoy nearby. Learn about the culture and history of the area at the local museums and ruins. Take a winery tour or visit the plethora of restaurants to sample the local flavours.

Witness the natural beauty, especially the autumn foliage in the fall, at the botanical gardens and be thoroughly entertained by live theatre at somewhere like Court Place Theatre. With a nice mix of things to do both indoors and out, you can enjoy a stay here at any time of year.

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5. Raven's Quest Muskoka Luxury Cottage

If you're travelling in a large group that is looking for one of the most luxurious spots in Muskoka, book your stay at Raven's Quest cottage, where you'll find six bedrooms that sleep up to 17 people.

You'll be just 35 feet from the water's edge where you can enjoy all sorts of aquatic activities like boating, canoeing, swimming, fishing and more. In addition to the main cottage, there's also a two-storey boathouse with more living space and a separate office studio.

Here you'll have your own private 500 feet of shoreline and more than 8 acres of forest, so no need to worry about someone interrupting your peace and quiet. Raven's Quest boasts more than 4,000 square feet of living space that's perfect to enjoy during all four seasons.

Enjoy the stunning natural views of mature trees and Skeleton Lake from the deck or screened porch, take some time to read in the clawfoot or soaking tub and warm up in front of any of the three fireplaces.

During the summer, the nearby village of Rosseau, only 10 to 15 minutes away, hosts a Farmer's Market every Friday that sells organic produce as well as local arts and crafts. Stop by to pick up some unique souvenirs and groceries to create a delicious, healthy meal in the cottage's well-appointed kitchen.

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6. Lake Joseph Vacation Cottage

Just 200 metres from Lake Joseph is another exceptional Muskoka cottage featuring four bedrooms, sleeping 10, and three-and-a-half baths.

Lake Joseph Cottage is great for a family getaway with plenty of space and a variety of activities and attractions close by, like skiing at Mount St. Louis and Rocky Crest Golf Club. Kids will love the on site playground and sports centre, and the whole family can enjoy an afternoon of fishing, swimming in the pool or lake.

The cottage is outfitted with stainless steel appliances, limestone bathrooms and a screened-in porch - everything you need for a wonderful holiday where you'll create lasting memories.

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7. River's Edge Niagara Cottage with a Private Pool

The quaint, cozy River's Edge cottage in Niagara-on-the-Lake is a great spot for a romantic getaway for you and your sweetheart.

This two-bedroom, one-and-a-half bath home is wonderfully appointed with plenty of character and an open floor plan where you can see views of the water from three sides.

The master bedroom features a whirlpool tub where you can relax with a bottle of wine and watch boats sail across the water or dine on a lovely meal created in the full service kitchen on the patio. In the warm months, take a dip in the private pool. The second bedroom boasts an adorable Murphy bed if you have others or kids along for the trip.

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8. Shadow Lake Three Cottages Estate

At Kawartha Lakes you'll find Shadow Lake Cottages with three residences and a bunkie on the property. Sixteen people can sleep here, so it's an idyllic spot for a large get together like a family reunion or a holiday.

The main cottage is the biggest residence and features four bedrooms, one bathroom, a kitchen and a living room. Cathedral ceilings create interesting drama in the space, and you'll find breathtaking views of the lake from the deck.

The cabin cottage boasts one bedroom, one bathroom, a kitchen and a living room with two sleeper couches. This rustic spot is quite cozy and offers plenty of quiet. It's great for morning people who can sip their coffee while watching and listening to the lake wake up.

The lake view cottage is closest to the water and has two bedrooms, a bath, kitchen and living room with sleeper couch. Take out the included canoe or pedal boat for some lake fun or spend a day on the sandy beach.

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9. Crystal Beach Rustic Hideaway Cottage

Crystal Hideaway Cottage in Crystal Beach Fort Erie combines small town charm with big city amenities. This unique space is a thrill to stay in with cozy wooden walls creating a warm atmosphere and cathedral ceiling creating drama and interest.

The three bedrooms sleep eight to 10 comfortably and the bathroom is plenty spacious. Pets are allowed here so you might even be able to bring along your furry friend on your family getaway or romantic retreat. Crystal Hideaway is great for those on a budget without feeling like you're missing out on anything.

There's tons to see and do nearby like the Shaw Festival Theater, amusement parks, zoos, gardens and more, then you can return to the comforts of the cottage to relax as you take in the beautiful lake views. Also a short drive away you'll find Maid of the Mist, Fallsview Casino and Marineland, and within walking distance is a lovely freshwater beach.

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10. The Ridge at Kingswood Cottage Georgian Bay Rental

At Georgian Bay in Muskoka is the wonderful The Ridge at Kingswood with its shared private beach just a 10-minute walk from the home. Inside you'll find four bedrooms with king and twin size beds that can sleep up to eight people and two bathrooms. On the lower level is a media room featuring a 50-inch TV that's perfect for a night in.

The modern cottage boasts floor-to-ceiling windows to let in tons of light and create plenty of space to take in the views from sunrise to sunset.

The design incorporates clean lines and comfortable furniture surrounded by dark woods and slate. It's a truly multi-sensory experience both indoors at out. When the weather is nice, mix things up and dine on a meal you prepared in the professional kitchen on the 1500 square feet of deck outdoors. With 20 secluded acres of forest, there's no question of privacy at The Ridge and you can be certain of peace and quiet here.

Aside from the beach there are a variety of walking and biking trails in the area to enjoy more of nature as well as a golf course just a 15-minute drive away. During your stay, take some time to experience the local historic and natural sites like Awenda Park and Wye March.

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