No matter where in Ontario you stay in when you're on a holiday, being comfortable and relaxed are key priorities. These feelings can have a lot to do with where you reside, and cottages are a terrific option.

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) Log Home on Shadow Lake, Coboconk

If you’re looking for a peaceful retreat, the log home on Shadow Lake is the perfect spot. You’ll not only have quick access to the town of Coboconk, which has numerous local restaurants and attractions, but you’ll also be within steps of the serene lake. The deck offers stunning views of the water at sunrise and sunset, as well as a built-in hot tub and barbecue for quiet evenings in.

Outside, you’ll have a large grass area for the kids to play, a private strip of sandy shore for sunbathing and swimming, and a firepit for entertaining. The cottage has a large, open living room with a large, cosy fireplace, 2 upstairs bedrooms, a master bedroom downstairs, and a 4th bedroom with bunk beds for kids. The main floor has a television for entertainment.

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2) Point Pleasant Bunkie

If you’re planning a solo or couple’s retreat, Point Pleasant Bunkie is a cosy, waterfront cottage in a private, serene setting near Lake Ontario. Situated on 2 acres of farmland with 270 feet of waterfront, the cottage is ideal for water recreation, sunbathing, and enjoying sunrises and sunsets over the water.

Ideal for 2 people, the cottage has a queen bed, kitchenette, dining area, and seating area in one open space. There are plenty of appliances and utensils to prepare elegant meals, as well as a barbecue with a side burner outside. For entertainment, you’ll have a flat-screen television, a DVD player and WiFi.

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3) Algonquin Park Area Waterview Cottage

Perfect for small families and couples, the secluded waterview cottage in Algonquin Park offers water access and stunning wilderness views. You can enjoy ATV adventures on the local trails, fishing from the docks of the river, and boat, canoe and kayak rentals. There’s also a swimming area and horseshoe pits.

In cooler weather, the winterized cottage has heat pump heating for comfort and enjoyment. You’ll have 2 bedrooms and a 4-piece bath, as well as fine linens. The cottage comes with a fully equipped kitchen with dishes, utensils, and high-end appliances, so you can prepare your own meals.

If you’re bringing the kids, you’ll have plenty of indoor entertainment with television, satellite service, and a DVD player. Kids will also like the outdoor areas for sports and outdoor activities.

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4) 1835 Niagara-on-the-Lake Cottage

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) Round Lake Family Cottage

The Round Lake family cottage near Bonnechere, Foy and, Algonquin Provincial Parks is perfect for families. It sleeps 7 with 2 bedrooms that hold a double bed, two twins, and a bunk bed. The kids will enjoy the game room in the garage, which has an array of entertainment options like ping pong and darts.

The spacious, open living area has a wood stove on a stone hearth for cosiness and ambiance, while electric heat keeps the rest of the cottage comfortable. You’ll also enjoy spectacular views of the lake.

With the lake at your doorstep, you can try canoeing, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, and more, all included with the cottage rental. It also adds a hammock for relaxing, a private dock, bicycles, a barbecue, a bonfire pit, chairs, life jackets, and a picnic table.

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6) Little Cottage Mexico

Little Cottage Mexico is a beautiful country cottage on the sandy shores of Lake Simcoe. Decorated with a Mexican motif, the charming cottage has a grass roof tiki hut, a beach sandbar that accesses safe, shallow waters. There’s also a deck at the lake for waterfront entertainment and relaxation.

The cottage is surrounded by vibrant gardens that beautifully frame the lake views and offer privacy and serenity. Throughout the cabin, you’ll find elements of pine, stone, and metal for a warm atmosphere. The master bedroom is on the lakeside and has an antique clawed tub, and there are 3 more bedrooms to accommodate family or friends.

Outdoor adventurers can experience kite and windsurfing, sailing, and body surfing on the high winds on the lake, and boating and fishing are popular year round. On the deck, you’ll find a whiskey barrel bar, dart board, and fridge for entertaining near the water.

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7) Gorgeous Log Home Across From The Pinery

The custom-built log home near the Pinery is perfect for adventurous families. It boasts a full basement and 4 bedrooms to sleep 12 people, as well as 2 full bathrooms. Laundry facilities, linens, and a full kitchen with appliances are included, so you have all the essentials for your trip. Kids will like the array of indoor entertainment options, such as a television with cable, a DVD player, books, a game room, toys, a video library, and board games.

The open living area and dining area has a cosy fireplace and stunning views of the lake, and the bedrooms have large decks to enjoy nature. There’s a fire pit for outdoor entertaining and evenings roasting marshmallows. Pinery Provincial Park and Lake Huron beaches are nearby for water activities as well.

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8) Private Beach/Lake Erie Retreat

The cottage on Lake Erie offers breathtaking views of the water with a pristine, private sand beach for sunbathing and swimming. You’ll not only be able to access the water easily, but you’ll enjoy gorgeous sunrise and sunset views from patios and decks.

The 3 bedrooms and open floor layout is perfect for large groups, and there are two sleep sofas for more guests. The fully stocked kitchen comes with high-end appliances to prepare your own meals, and there are laundry facilities to ensure you have a convenient vacation. The living areas have large picture windows for lake views, as well as cosy fireplaces for cooler weather. The master bedroom has its own private deck, perfect for romantic evenings.

If you’re bringing the kids, you’ll have plenty of indoor entertainment for rainy days, such as television with Netflix, board games, and badminton. There’s also a backyard for outdoor play, and you can rent kayaks and canoes with your rental for the trip.

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9) The Shores of Erie Wine Country Cottage

The Shores of Erie Wine Country Cottage offer a luxurious retreat. It boasts a private deck overlooking the water and a heated, in-ground, salt water swimming pool just minutes from town for golf, birdwatching, wineries, and antiquing.

The cottage sleeps 8 in 3 bedrooms, perfect for small families or couples. There’s a fully equipped kitchen to prepare your own gourmet meals, linens, and laundry facilities. The large, open living room has a cosy gas fireplace for warmth and ambiance, as well as satellite television for entertainment.

In addition to stunning water views, especially from the master bedroom, you’re also steps away from the lakefront and swimming pool. You can spend your days sunbathing and swimming, or enjoying a refreshing dip in cooler weather.

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10) North Shore Place, Pelee Island

North Shore Place at Pelee Island is a charming vintage farm cottage near a historic schoolhouse that’s perfect for both indoor and outdoor fun and relaxation. You’ll have spectacular views of Pelee Island from the surrounding sun porches, as well as water fun and adventure. There’s also a fire pit, lawn chairs, a swing seat, and a picnic table on the beach, so you have limitless opportunities to spend your time outside.

Ideal for small families, the cottage has 2 bedrooms and 1 bathroom, a fully stocked kitchen, and television and movies for entertainment. Pelee Island has an array of fun attractions as well, such as hunting, fishing, boating, birding, and wine tastings.

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