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Welcome to the McIntosh Cottage Rental web site. This unique cottage is situated on Salerno Lake in the beautiful Haliburton Highlands area, about 40 minutes north of Peterborough. The cottage is a spacious 3-level building with a bunkie/ games room. With 3 bedrooms and a loft in the main building, and double bunk-beds in the bunkie, the cottage has ample room for any large family.

Main Level

The main living area centres around a large circular fireplace, open from all sides, giving it a warm cozy feel on cool evenings. For rainy days, it comes equipped with movies, board games, books, and puzzles for all ages. You enter the cottage through a mud room just off the kitchen. The kitchen is fully equipped and spacious, sporting an island for ease of food preparation. This island separates the kitchen from the dining area. The dining area seats 10 comfortably at a beautiful hand crafted pine table, and is equipped with a booster chair for the youngsters. Off the living room is a delightful screened in porch furnished with couch, chairs & table for your outside but inside seating pleasure. This screened in porch exits onto the wrap around deck, where there are more seating possibilities with a lakeside view. A large propane BBQ is found on the deck towards the kitchen/mud room entrance. Also on this main level is the 3 piece bathroom and a master bedroom. The master bedroom is furnished with a queen bed (with a firm mattress), and has an en-suite entrance to the bathroom. From the main floor, a unique circular staircase adds to the character of this cozy cottage as it leads upwards to a loft or downwards to the lower common area and bedrooms.


The top floor is a loft equipped with toys for all ages and a queen futon bed. This location allows you to hear the kids playing while you are preparing meals. The loft also sports skylights making this an excellent place for star gazing.

Lower Level

You'll find 2 bedrooms on this lower level furnished with twin bunk beds in the kids room, and a second adult bedroom with a queen bed. These bedrooms have a great view of the lake. Also on this level is a large common area which can be used by kids as a play area, a full size washer and dryer and an exit to the outside.

Bunkie and Games Room

The bunkie, located across the driveway, is equipped with double bunk beds and doubles as games room. For your entertainment pleasure there is an 8-ball pool table, regulation dart board, and card table and chairs. The bunkie is excellent for the older kids to have their private accommodation.


This picturesque lake front property is close to the water and is flat once at the lake. Small children will have hours of enjoyment playing on the safe sandy beach with gradual entry or in the water's edge sandbox, which is equipped with sand toys. The swing set will also keep the little ones busy. For the older children, there is a slide on the dock, great swimming off the dock, and a stable canoe and paddle boat. Salerno lake has great fishing, so for your fishing pleasure we have supplied you with a row boat and local motor rental information is available. Parents will have no trouble watching their kids from the substantial dock with sitting area. For your enjoyment of refreshments on the dock on those hot summer days, there is a fridge located in the water's edge shed.

Down at the lake, there is a large fire pit for roasting marshmallows and campfire sing alongs.

For your outside eating pleasure, there is a picnic area located near the main entrance to the cottage. This area is equipped with a picnic table and a lovely outside fireplace.

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Your Host

Your host is David I. McIntosh. There's quite a few of us David McIntosh's, but not too many that are DIM like me!

If you have any questions please don't hesitate to email us at info@McIntoshCottage.ca

Rental Particulars

We rent this unique fully equipped cottage throughout the whole summer and fall season. Reserve now to guarantee you have this great place for your family holiday. Check for availability here, and then fill in our rental application. We may rent for weekends also.

Sorry, we cannot permits pets because of potential allergies of other tenants.

No smoking.

Tour by Floor Plan and Property Map

Clicking on the different coloured areas will show you views of that room. Floor Plan

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Property Plan