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Contau Lake Herons Rest

Great couples retreat, private, natural surroundings

  • 1 Heron's Rest Cottage
  • 2 Haliburton Cottage
  • 3 On Contau Lake
  • 4 The dock
  • 5 In a natural surrounding
  • 6 enjoy a sunset canoe ride
  • 7 early evening shot get ready to BBQ
  • 8 enjoying outside
  • 9 or eating inside
  • 10 and lest we forget eat here
  • 11 Relax with a DVD and games at the table
  • 12 and a closer shot
  • 13 then head out to the fire pit
  • 14 and be sure there is no fire ban
  • 15 bedroom 1 has a queen
  • 16 bedroom 2 has a queen
  • 17 bedroom 3 is for the kids
  • 17a wake up to a shower
  • 18 in the mroining take stroll to the dock with your coffee
  • 19 or outside here
  • 20 Here's looking back at you


  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom(s)
  • Pets
  • No Wifi
  • Max. Adults 4

A balance of quiet, natural surroundings and relaxing interior, make Heron's Rest on Contau Lake, Gooderham, Ontario in the Haliburton Highlands a great Couples Retreat or for your family to experience and create lasting cottage memories.

As you enter the cottage from the parking area, you will find a lovely, clean kitchen with modern amenities, and a relaxing living room with an entertainment centre. The master bedroom has a queen size bed. The second bedroom has a queen, and the third bedroom has a set of single bunk beds. This cottage is very attractive, clean and well maintained. A maximum of 4 adults please.

On the deck there is patio furniture and a propane BBQ for the resident cottage chef. Below the deck is a fire pit area. Down some stairs, you can sit and relax on the dock where there is a very nice view of the lake and beautiful sunsets.

The cottage gets its name from a small bay on the property where the Heron likes to rest. Contau Lake is clean and clear. The shoreline is all natural beauty. The lake is a few feet deep at the dock where the bottom is entirely natural. You can enjoy swimming from the swim ladder attached to the dock and a canoe is provided for your enjoyment. There are yellow perch, walleye and musky if fishing is what you like to do.  This property is in a natural forested area and the path to the dock is steep and rugged.

Accessed by a private cottage road called Beaver Valley Road, it only services a few cottages and has many natural attractions offering a great walk for viewing nature.

Located approx. 15 minutes drive from the village of Gooderham, Ontario where you can find all the basic supplies such as a restaurant, LCBO/Beer store, a very well stocked general store, and more. If you are looking for more serious shopping, Haliburton is 40 minutes away and has many shops, restaurants, large food stores, LCBO, beer store, pharmacies, hardware, golf courses, walking trails, hospital and clinics as well is it’s renowned local art and culture. So if you are in the market for an inexpensive, quiet and clean accommodation, call Cottage Care Rentals and we will be happy to answer any questions you have so that you can reserve this cottage in your name.

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General Overview

  • Cleaning Supplies
  • Pillows and Blankets Provided
  • Starter Supply of Paper Products


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes
  • Fridge and Stove
  • Kettle
  • Microwave
  • Pots and Pans
  • Toaster
  • Utensils




Bedroom 1

  • Queen Bed(s) (1)

Bedroom 2

  • Queen Bed(s) (1)

Bedroom 3

  • Single/Single Bunk (1)



Indoor Entertainment

  • Board Games
  • DVD Player (1)
  • Stereo Player (1)
  • Television without HDMI (1)

Outdoor Amenities

  • BBQ (Refillable Propane)
  • Deck
  • Dock
  • Parking Spaces (2)
  • Patio Furniture
  • Picnic Bench


Fire bowl for intimate campfires

Water Toys

  • Canoe (1)

Other Notes


Important guest information:

  • Pillows and blankets are provided.
  • Bed, bath and kitchen linens are not provided - you will need to bring your own, unless otherwise arranged during the booking process.
  • A starter supply of tissue, paper towel and toilet paper is provided - please replenish what you use.
  • You will need to clean the cottage and grounds as well as remove the garbage when you check out unless otherwise arranged during the booking process. 
  • BBQ Gas is provided
  • Please bring drinking water

A Welcome Book, located on the kitchen table, contains important guest information - please ensure you familiarize yourself with its contents, such as:

  • Garbage information
  • Location of cleaning supplies
  • Power failure instructions
  • Primary contact information

Should we have to do an emergency clean and/or remove any garbage, fees will be applied per the Terms and Conditions you agreed to.

All of our cottages are checked in between each group of Guests to confirm that everything is in order for your arrival.

  • Check in time is 4pm and check out is at 11 am.

You will need to bring proper size life jackets for everyone participating in water activities.  Paddles for the canoe are provided.

The Owner appreciates you enjoying the cottage and we all hope you have a wonderful vacation. 



*There is an Service Fee of $120.00 + $15.60 HST = $135.60 with every booking. This helps us run our platform and provide services such as 7/24 support on your trip.
Rental Type Dates Nightly Weekly Minimum Stay
2020-06-01 to 2020-08-31
N/A$1,490 *1 Weeks


There is a deposit required of 30% of the rental rate plus the Service Fee and HST upon booking and we will use your VISA, MC or Discover card for that.

The balance is due 30 days in advance of your arrival by email transfer, post-dated cheque or credit card.

Thank you for choosing us to create your cottage memories!

2 Reviews starstarstarstarstar

Review of J. H.'s stay in Aug 2019


Guest Comments: Everything was great. The cottage was extremely clean and felt very welcoming and well cared for. The only minor complaint I would have is that the water wasn't great for swimming; lots of logs and a really thick, sticky, almost quick-sand-like bottom. But, we still had an excellent time and would rent there again.�

Submitted: Sep 2019

Review of R. S.'s stay in Jul 2019


Guest Comments: A lovely property - very well maintained and just as described in the listing. The only other comment I have is with respect to the information in the listing - some items are listed as not included/available (such as life jackets and paddles for the canoe) and they were there - an updating of this information would be helpful. Thank you!

CCR Reply: Thanks so much for the review. We have updated the listing to indicate paddles for the canoe are available. In regards to life jackets, the owner is unable to provide all sizes and types so we are unable to advertise that the owner supplies them.

Submitted: Aug 2019
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