These Airbnbs are the definition of what a perfect cottage stay should be, from the second you look at it, to the moment you walk out, amazed and fulfilled. Each one features a luxurious, perfectly thought out interior with its own own special touches and atmosphere. With great attention to its architecture, layout, and furniture, these places look professionally designed and built (and of course, some are!). Now, don’t even get me started on the outdoor vistas of these places! Most have amazing views and sometimes feature lakeside access steps from the house. One of these properties even has a swimming pool! These are all definitely worth the extra $$$, so whether you are looking to celebrate something special or just want to splurge – these are the spots I would definitely recommend. They all have very high ratings and will truly be the best getaway you can possibly imagine. All of these are available for rent on Airbnb (except The Bear Stand), and were handpicked by yours truly.
These properties are ordered from the most to the least expensive (per night) – mostly because I could not choose a favourite:
Price: From $950 /night to $1,250 /night (changes depending on the season)
Straight out of Architectural Digest Magazine, this luxury cabin experience is a one of a kind experience! This lakeside retreat is set on a secluded 99-acre plot surrounded by native Crown Lands in the Haliburton Highlands. The Bear Stand is equally as beautiful in the winter as in the summer. The 3,400 sq ft four-season cottage features four-bedrooms and three-bathrooms which sleeps ten. Floor to ceiling windows overlook picture-worthy thick forests and lake views. The modern, yet comfortable cabin, has three granite fireplaces (inside and out) and heated floors to keep you toasty in the wintertime. Make sure to take the dreamiest bath in their Asian-inspired ofuro tub (photo proof above) surrounded by only nature. Be sure to soak up all the amenities The Bear Stand also features a cedar wet sauna and outdoor rain shower. Its location in its own bay, right on the shores of shallow Contau Lake, makes it perfect to hop in a canoe and explore the wildlife around you.
Price: $1,011 /night
The luxury adult-only treehouse and cabin are everything you can imagine and more. It’s the dream home you never knew existed until now (you’re welcome!). Only around a two hour drive from Toronto to Durham, this property can sleep up to eight in two bedrooms. It is the ideal place for a group of four to six friends, or for a romantic couples getaway (perhaps a prime local spot for a honeymoon?). The Treehouse + Cabin Retreat is designed to the nines, and is worth the price given such a special experience. This is one of the most decked out Airbnb’s I have seen in Ontario, and is definitely a once in a lifetime experience. The hosts are constantly switching up the furniture for returning guests and use only the highest quality of items at their property. Might I add there is a pool with lots of comfy lounge chairs?! If you’re as in love with this place as I am, then get on the waiting list because it’s a very hot commodity.
Price: $1,000 /night
OK – let me just start off by saying that this property has been featured on the Netflix series ‘Taste of the Country’ and it’s an entire ranch! IronHorse Ranch can sleep up to eight guests in four bedrooms, and has three bathrooms. The vibe is more old-school, which makes it especially cozy and full of charm. Originally built in the 1860s, this home is full of personality, featuring eleven feet ceilings as well as a buffalo head in the living-room. The property is extremely private and close to the Kawartha Lakes. It’s ideal for a romantic getaway, a girl’s weekend, or even for hosting a retreat. It’s a great spot to have people over and entertain. In the summer, take a walk around their huge outdoor space and check out the pond that transforms into an ice rink in the winter. Be warned, there is no air-conditioning so BYOF (Bring Your Own Fan).
4. Cressy House
Price: $1,000 /night
Welcome to a little slice of paradise in Prince Edward County. Looking for a pool? Check. Swimmable waterfront access? Check. Dreamy sunset views? Check. There is simply no word for this place but perfection. Cressy House is situated on 6 acres with a lavender garden, pear + plum trees, a French-style courtyard, outdoor firepits (yes, more than one!), and more. The rustic farmhouse with a modern twist is perfect for families, couples, small social gatherings, and of course, food lovers. The owner of this property, chef Grant van Gameren, is the same as the owner/chef of Bar Raval in Toronto and clearly has an eye for detail. You can even request a private dinner hosted by the chef himself for an extra special experience (which I would highly recommend). The property can fit up to 12 guests in 6 spectacular bedrooms. Be warned – the wifi can be glitchy, but who really needs it when you’re staying here?
Price: $990 /night
Aimed at corporate retreats, family reunions, yoga gatherings and more, Elysium can host up to twenty guests on this newly renovated property. It features breathtaking views of the lake from the comfort of modern luxury. This 3200 square foot cottage is situated on two acres of lakefront, featuring a perfect oversized dock. There are six spacious bedrooms (+ two comfy couches) and four & a half bathrooms. This property has all the products and necessities you could possibly want, from the gourmet kitchen essentials to the bathroom products. Choose between tons of DVD’s, board games, and books, or spend time playing pool, ping pong or foosball. Enjoy the huge outdoor space with a fire pit and lots of seating, along with a jungle gym. In addition, there are even add-ons, including a private chef, yoga teacher, cooking classes, massages, transportation, and more! The wifi is extremely speedy for all those who need to continue working throughout the weekend (ugh). If you want to head out on the water, there is one canoe and four kayaks (with life jackets provided). The lake is apparently perfect for all-season fishing if that’s your thing!
Price: $859 /night
This “rustic meets modern” chalet is perfect for a large group who want company as well as personal space and privacy. Boasting top-notch views of Blue Mountain, the home also features two living rooms, a games room, five bedrooms, and four washrooms. The kitchen is packed with everything you need for cooking extensive meals, and the large deck is perfect for a great backyard BBQ. Sit back and enjoy the steamy hot tub or lounge by the fireplace after a long day of rest. In the warmer months, guests will have access to their own private beach right on Georgian Bay (…. what’s better than that?!) Spectacular Blue Mountain Chalet is an easy 10-minute walk to the village, which has tons of bars and restaurants. So, if you’re not in the mood for cooking and want to grab a bite, or are in the mood to party, there are plenty of options.
Price: $525 /night
Located in one of the most popular Ontario destinations, Prince Edward County is filled with wineries, delicious restaurants, and adorable shops. Only a ten-minute drive from Picton, The County Retreat has the perfect balance between proximity and privacy. The property is owned by a designer, so you know it’s gotta be stylish. It’s big enough for 16+ guests (with the newly renovated extra chalet in the summer with full kitchen + bathroom), and 10 guests in the winter, along with all the necessities you did not even think you even needed! Featuring a huge private beach, the property stretches over 1.5 acres of land for you to roam about. The deck is the perfect place to sit back and relax by the fire, watching the sunset. Last but definitely not least, there are wild raspberry bushes and fresh mint on the property (at the right time of the year)!
Price: $450 /night
To experience waterfront living at its finest, your stay at The Wolegib Retreat is sure to be a relaxing paradise with some of the most picturesque views. Perfect at any time of the year, this property is the ideal stay for friends, families, or for couples, with three bedrooms and two bathrooms. The downstairs hosts a recreation room with ping pong, foosball, and air hockey table. Located on the Muskoka River, you are only minutes from downtown Huntsville, which has tons of restaurants and shopping should you even feel like leaving the cottage (which is unlikely). You will also be close to Arrowhead Provincial Park if you want to take a hike, and Hidden Valley, which is a great spot for skiing. This modern cottage sits on a three-acre private lot along with your own private beach and dock, making it ideal during the summer months. The cottage is new and extremely well maintained with tons of space for lounging. Bonus: there are water toys available, a canoe, and two kayaks!
Price: $375 /night to $600 /night (depending on the season)
Not only is the entire property incredible, but the hosts are equally as great. The Birchwood Haliburton has all the amenities you could possibly imagine and more, including three incredible bedrooms (all featuring comfy king-sized beds). It is the perfect spot for couples, friends or for a family getaway. Unique features include an outdoor hot tub, sunroom (filled with games), and tons of amazing and well thought out details that really make the place special. The decor is perfect in every way, giving off a real Canadian vibe, with big Muskoka chairs, maple leaf wall art, and oversized Hudson’s Bay beach blankets. It’s a serious steal if you think about it, which is probably why there is also a waiting list for this home. Better get on it ASAP while you can!
Price: $360 /night
Dragonfield House, located in Prince Edward County, is beautifully designed inside with a contemporary to country living vibe. The four-bedroom split-level home also has a guest yoga retreat/napping cabin called “The Jasper,” and is perfect for curling up with a book by the fire. All bedrooms are boutique-style and the walls are insulated for extra privacy. On top of all that, there is also a heated salt-water pool and separate hot tub for two (available year-round). Are you getting ready to book yet? The entire property features everything you might need in a “city” home, yet completely removed from the noises of terribly loud construction and cars honking. The kitchen is well equipped with whatever you might need, along with a fully integrated sound system. A library is available for guest use, along with a daybed for lounging in the afternoon. Oh, and one more thing, their refurbished vintage Airstream named “The Silver Fox,” features a chic and private martini lounge. You will definitely want to hide out there for a few cocktails.