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A Northern Soul

  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 3.0
  • Area: Haliburton Highlands
  • Town: West Guilford
  • Sleeps: 11
  • Type: 3 Season

About This Cottage

Growler Lake (also known as Bear Lake and occasionally Bat Lake) is nestled in an area of absolute tranquillity and wilderness beauty, located 2.5 hours North of Toronto. Just recently opened up for cottage development, the lots are huge and private on pristine waterfront. A Northern Soul Cottage Retreat is a newly built cottage facing west across this delightful lake.

The door on the driveway side of the cottage opens into the large kitchen with top of the range, stainless steel appliances that will appeal to even the most discerning of cottage cooks. Fully equipped and spacious, it will be the focal point for cocktail hour gatherings while meal preparation gets underway. The large dining table has prime views over the gardens and waterfront as does the comfortable living area. The screened sunroom to one side of the dining area, is large and furnished well for you to enjoy those balmy summer evenings; play board or card games, or simply watch the sunsets.

There are three large bedrooms off the living area; the master has an ensuite bathroom and doors to a private deck with a Bistro set for enjoying morning coffee. Two further bedrooms share another bathroom on the main floor.

To the side of the kitchen are stairs leading to the family room and lower level bedrooms. Entertainment is the key feature of the main area on this level with large screen TV, and a variety of board games, videos and DVDs. This is a great spot for the younger members of the group to congregate while those seeking a more peaceful time can enjoy the lounge upstairs. There are sliding doors for easy access to the waterfront. An additional bathroom completes the accommodation.

On the waterside, the dock and water beckon and we know our guests will love the dockside area. There is an expanse of sand toward the waterfront and a small beach is offered for easy access to the water. The lakebed is soft and silty underfoot and there is some weed so water shoes are recommended. It deepens gradually to a depth of around 5ft at the end of the dock where it becomes great for swimming. Try fishing from the dock - Lake Trout and Splake (a cross between Lake and Brook Trout) are plentiful. The lake is small and there is agreement among the owners to restrict the use of motor boats to maintain the tranquility of the environment.

This is a year-round cottage so include this in your winter vacation plans. Winter activities abound with cross country skiing, dowhill at Sir Sam's; dog sledding in the Haliburton Forest and the unique Redstone Luge

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Rate and Rental Information

  • This property books Saturday to Saturday and in High Season only


Rate Table
Please note that a $62.15 (including tax) booking fee applies to all bookings
High Season: June 19 - September 7
Weekly (Saturday to Saturday) $3,200.00

Inside the Cottage

  • Sleeps 6 (Maximum 5 Adults)
  • 3 Bedrooms (1 queen, 1 double, 1 with single bunks)
  • 1 Bathroom (4-piece with tub and shower over)
  • Satellite TV with DVD & VHS players
  • Fully-equipped kitchen (no dishwasher)
  • Wood Stove & Propane Furnace
  • WiFi connectivity available
  • Screened-in sunroom

Outside the Cottage

  • Sandy beach with shallow entry into clear, weed-free water
  • Deck with patio furniture and loungers
  • Dock
  • Gazebo
  • Propane BBQ
  • Firepit
  • Pedalboat, kayak and canoe; some life jackets

Things you need to know:

  • One non-shedding hypoallergenic dog (max 20lb) will be accepted
  • Comforters and pillows are provided but linens and towels are not; please bring your own
  • A post-rental cleaning service is not available at this property, so it is to be left in an 'as found' condition
  • The cottage has a southerly exposure


Flat lawns lead to a wide stretch of sandy beach and shallow water with hard sand underfoot. The water deepens gradually and is clean and clear of weed.

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  • BBQ Grill
  • Beach Access
  • Fireplace, Wood/Gas
  • Dock
  • WiFi Overage $4/GB
  • WiFi Max 3-5 GB/wk
  • WiFi

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Distances shown are "as the crow flies".
Driving distances will be longer. NOTE that directions are approximate. Exact directions are provided upon booking