Fully equipped, renovated cottage on Eels Lake just north of Apsley. Surrounded by provincial parks and under 2 1/2 hrs from GTA. Sleeps 8 comfortably (3 bedrooms/1 bunkie). Two full washrooms. Kayaks, and amazing swimming.
We kindly ask for weekly booking start/end on Fridays.
Our cottage has three bedrooms and two twin beds in the Bunkie. It is a place that we value very much and hope you have a wonderful time visiting. The lake is spring fed, clear and weed-free; ideal for swimming, fishing and kayaking which we have two of. Renters are not permitted to use our motor boat or sail boat. Boat rentals are available from the marina at excellent rates. No smoking or use of lit candles is allowed inside the cottage. Please use battery operated candles only. Thank you.
Zugang für Gäste
Your rental includes exclusive use of the 3 + bedroom cottage and bunkie that houses two twin beds. The Bear Den has all of the conveniences of home with the exception of no washer/dryer. There is amazing hiking or feel free to use the kayaks or just sit on one of two docks and relax. The lake is extremely peaceful and is perfect for star gazers. The cottage is 25 minutes from Apsley which has a Foodland, Liquor Store, Home Hardware, etc. Be sure to try the amazing Kawartha Dairy ice cream while you are visiting.
Interaktion mit Gästen
If you have any questions while visiting, just look us up in the cottage directory located at the front door. We are happy to answer any of your questions.
Weitere wichtige Infos
Guests are asked to bring their own bedding and towels.
We hope your stay at our cottage is a very memorable one for you. It is a special place for us and we treat our guests like family. You need to be completely comfortable while you send some very special time away with your family and friends.
Keeping our good relationship with our neighbours is very important to us, so we are seeking quieter adults / families that will not be disruptive to the other cottagers.
To help make sure you enjoy your time here, I have developed a list a few things that are important for everyone's enjoyment. Some things will be totally obvious to you so please ignore since they don't apply to you! If you are not familiar with cottage life, we hope this information is helpful.
1. When we leave the cottage, we leave it the way we would like to find it next time. It is important that each of our guests do the same so that our friends that come next, will find it the same way. There is a vacuum in the closet at the top of the stairs by the master bedroom to help with the clean up and cleaning supplies can be found under the sinks.
2. Please make sure that you remove prepared food from the fridge and that all garbage and recyclables are removed. There is a landfill card with hours of operation on the fridge. If you leave at a different time, you will need to take it home with you. Recycling needs to be sorted. Clear bags must be used and are located under the kitchen sink. The landfill is located on the West side of Hwy 28 four minutes south of Dyno Road. Please don't leave any garbage outside the cottage.
3. Please feel free to use some of the staples that are here and replace if they are used up. The fridge needs to be left clean with no prepared food left in it.
4. Please try to return the pots, pans and other kitchen appliances where you found them. It helps to keep things a little more organized for the next person.
5. Noise carries over water. Often when you think the music is not too loud, your neighbours may think differently. If you would like to have some music when you are on the dock, please take a small ipod and speakers down with you. Likewise, if you are disturbed by your neighbours music, please go over and speak to them. By working together, we all enjoy the peace and quiet of the lake and wilderness.
6. BBQ - The igniter on the BBQ does not work very well. Please use a bbq lighter which can be found in the wooden tray by the front door. Please insert the bbq lighter in the side port and not from above the grill for safety. Be careful that you don't turn the gas on before you have the lighter flame going. When you are finished, please turn the tank off first, followed by the knobs on the burners. Please clean the grill after each use and keep the BBQ well away from structures, bushes and anything flammable.
7. Please do not take glass or mugs down to the lake. There are plastic glasses and disposable cups available for your use in the cabinet beside the dining table.
8. If you use any water craft, you must wear a life jacket that fits properly. Please bring your own life jacket to ensure that the size is right for you and your guests. Please remember that there is no diving off the dock.
9. The cottage is smoke free. If you or your guests smoke, please do it outside and collect and remove all cigarette butts. Thanks so much.
10. Wildlife - As a matter of policy, it’s best not to feed any animals. Keep your garbage inside or otherwise secure. Keep doors closed at all times.
11. Fires - Please do not cut live trees for firewood. - we have made firewood and kindling available. Keep the fire a manageable size. One adult needs to be in attendance at all times. A rake and/or shovel, hose and/or bucket must be nearby. A doused fire must be stone cold before being left unattended. Fires can burn underground along roots. Wind is also a factor which, left unheeded, can result in fire pit disasters. Between May and October all areas have an outright ban on daytime outdoor fires. For approval to burn between 6 p.m. and 8 a.m. please call (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN) to be sure that a night time ban is not in place. If outdoor fire restrictions are in place, the fine administered by the Province for lighting a campfire is over $1,000. Please be aware that neighbouring cottagers can be fiercely protective of their woodlands, and will not hesitate to report any violations. Please also note that fireworks are prohibited. Septic System.
12. The cottage is on a septic system. It is absolutely critical that nothing other than toilet paper be flushed down the toilets. You can clog up the system resulting in major repair and cost to you. Do not flush kitchen grease, facial tissue, paper towels, hair, tampons, wipes, diapers, plastic wrappers, dental floss … well, you get the idea.
13. Please do not bath in the lake with soap or shampoo. The lake is spring fed and very clean. Soap and shampoo can harm lake inhabitants and promote algae growth.
14. Although the water has a UV filtration system, please use the 5 gallon cooler in the kitchen for drinking and cooking.
15. Ceiling fans can be found in each of the bedrooms and living room. The control for the ceiling fan in the living room can be found in the box on top of the coffee table.
16. The cottage road is gravel. It is very easy to navigate, but please drive carefully. Our driveway is 1551 Trent Dr, but we recommend at 1543 and turning right at the hydro marker to get to our cottage by a flat surface. Please respect our neighbours as they have kindly allowed us to enter through their driveway.
17. Parking – There is a grass area behind the cottage, which is marked by driftwood. Please do not park on the grassy area in the back to avoid charges for damage to the septic system.
18. Two kayaks are available for your enjoyment (maximum capacity 250 lbs). For insurance purposes, our fishing boat is not available. Excellent boat rental options are available through the very friendly folks at the local Eels Lake marina.
19. Pets are welcome but must be pre-approved. If so, please follow the usual guidelines. Please keep your pet under control; barking and roaming dogs disturb neighbours. Please adhere to “poop and scoop” considerations. We kindly ask for your cooperation in keeping wet dogs off furniture. We also recommend that pets are not left unattended inside the cottage – some have been quite destructive in the unfamiliar environment. You will be asked to cover any damage that occurs.
20. Exceeding the maximum # of pre-approved guests will result in charges of $500 per day per person, regardless of age, or you may be required to leave. While we do not visit the cottage to ensure compliance, in our experience neighbours do not hesitate to call us particularly if their tranquility is disturbed.
21. The Bear Den is our family cottage. This means that it has several family possessions around. It is a different experience than checking into a hotel room or a vacation property that has had all owner belongings removed. I hope that you enjoy the “at home" feeling that this can create!