Ontario Cottage Rentals – What to look for in a cottage rental

Article by Jason

Are you planning on a cottage rental next summer for your vacation? Do you know when and where you want to go? Do you know how to find the rental cottage that will provide the best experience for your family? Some of the key considerations are location, the quality of the cottages and the quality of the other facilities – such as the beach and swimming area.

Location is generally the most important consideration for most people who are considering spending a week or weekend at a rented cottage. If you live in southern Ontario, then you probably want something located in Ontario. Most people are willing to drive a maximum of 4 hours to get to their rental cottage. Any more than that and it starts to become a driving vacation as opposed to a cottage vacation. If you are planning on activities such as fishing and boating, you will need to ensure that the location you are considering permit this and whether or not they have fishing boats or other watercraft available to rent. If you are looking to do some fishing as part of your cottage rental vacation, you will need to make sure that the locations you are considering are good fishing lakes. Many areas that a close to southern Ontario are either too small or are overfished or do not have good fishing conditions. Lake Nipissing is one of the largest and best known fishing lakes in Ontario, although there are others worth considering.

The success of your cottage rental experience will rely heavily on the particular cottage you are renting. You will want to make sure that the cottage resort you are choosing has a reputation for quality and cleanliness. Nothing ruins a great summer vacation like unsuitable living conditions in the cottages. It’s also worth spending some time on each cottage resort’s website. The better ones will have a number of pictures of the cottages and surrounding area. This will help you decide if it meets your criteria with respect to proximity to the waterfront or playground or any number of other factors that might be important. You will also want to find out exactly what is provided with a cottage rental. Do they offer a full size BBQ? Do they provide bait and ice on site? Are the cottages close to the waterfront, beach and dock area? Does the size of the resort suit your vacation plans? Too big means there will always be people competing for space at the beach or around the campfire but too small means no neighbours to socialize with or other kids for yours to play with.

The quality of the beach and swimming area also greatly influence your cottage rental experience. Take a careful look at the cottage rental resort you are considering. Look at satellite maps of the area. Do they have an adequate swimming area for the size of the resort? Do they offer shallow areas for kids? Do they offer additional equipment such as slides or trampolines? Do they have a protected swimming area away from the boat traffic? All of these factors will influence your decision as to which rental cottage will best suit your needs.

A great summer vacation and a positive cottage rental experience often provide lasting memories for you and your family. Why not make sure that you do everything possible to make sure that happens?

Jason Broughton is a active, lifelong participant in a variety of outdoor pursuits including fishing, hiking and canoeing. He currently owns and operates Lake Nipissing’s Best Family Vacation & Fishing Resort. Please visit : Rockview Cottage Rentals for more information.










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