Finding that perfect vacation rental cottage for your family is a challenging task....
At Cottage Country Travel Services we've attempted to make the task of finding your perfect cottage rental just a bit easier... or according to some of our clients - a lot easier.
With over twenty-six years of experience meeting the vacationing public's expectations for private, rental cottage accommodation, we think our agency services take much of the hassle and uncertainty out of renting a private cottage.
Our recently updated website takes full advantage of today's technology, providing you with the opportunity to find suitable cottage accommodation from amongst our extensive inventory of Ontario rental cottages. We've tried to make the site easy to navigate and have endeavoured to provide complete and detailed information on our rental cottages. You'll also see that we have extensive photo albums of each cottage showing the property inside and out.
Our new 'Search' page allows you the opportunity to identify which of our cottage rentals are best suited to your needs using the criteria most often requested by our many clients. From your party size, vacation dates, booking durations, geographic locations and price ranges to a list of cottage amenities the cottage list can be narrowed as much or as little as you want.
Our cottage descriptions, photos and availability are updated daily when necessary - the information you are seeing on each cottage webpage is as current as we can make it.
If you have any questions about our rental cottages that are not answered on the cottage webpages or in the photo album, we would be happy to answer them. Our personal knowledge of our inventory is excellent, having visited each of our cottage rentals personally.
When are the cottages available?
Depending on the cottage owner's use, most of our properties have availability between early June and late September for a minimum booking duration of one week, however some cottages book on a minimum 2 week or month-long basis. Most of our rentals run from Saturday to Saturday and check in is usually 2:00 PM and check out is usually 11:00 am.
When do I have to book?
For prime summer weeks, the earlier you start the process the better. We begin booking for the following summer in the late fall, as soon as we receive the available dates from the cottage owners. Previous year's renters are offered first option to rebook the cottage they rented last year and we try to deal with them as soon as the cottage availability has been identified. We will post cottage availability to the cottage webpage as soon as it has been formalized with the cottage owner, generally beginning in January each year.
Availability for all of our cottages is initially updated as we receive it from our cottage owners and is then updated daily, as we process bookings. If there are no available dates showing for a particular cottage of interest, please return to our website to check for updates.
For those that find a cottage for which availability has not been posted, we have an auto-notification process available. It is possible to leave your email address with us (under the Rates/Availability tab on each cottage webpage). We'll notify you immediately when we update the available dates for that cottage for the coming season.
How do I 'see' the cottages?
One of our staff has personally visited each and every cottage, taken a catalogue of digital photos and ensured that the cottage meets our standards and expectations. We have an extensive photo album that shows each of our cottages outside and inside in order that you are able to make an informed decision on the suitability of a cottage relative to your vacation accommodation needs. We are very proud of the quality of the vacation accommodation we represent and while the range may vary from the modest to the very luxurious, our standards of cleanliness, state of repair, etc., are the same throughout. And if a cottage does not meet those standards, we will not add it to our inventory.
What if our plans change after we book?
As a registered travel agency, we offer Holiday Cancellation Insurance through Manulife Financial. If you have to cancel for one of their risks insured (and you have purchased the insurance at the time of the booking), a full refund is arranged. If you have to cancel for other reasons, or you have not purchased cancellation insurance, our standard cancellation policy is in effect. Please review our Booking Terms and Conditions when you book.
How do we pay if we decide we want to book a cottage?
There is a 30% deposit due at the time of booking and this is paid by credit card (Mastercard or Visa) or email money transfer. Balance payments, due 6 weeks prior to the start of your holiday, are paid by cheque or email money transfer. If requested, balance payments may be made by credit card but are subject to a 2% service fee. Bookings made w2ithin 6 weeks of the check-in date may be paid in full by credit card.
What's included in the price?
Rental rates vary from cottage to cottage, season to season and depend on the duration of the booking. Cottage weekly summer rates are noted on the webpage for each cottage. The total cost of a booking is the rate posted on the cottage webpage plus our per booking agency service charge of $90.00 + HST. Additional, optional costs such as cancellation insurance, cleaning service or linen service are not included. All rates are quoted in Canadian dollars. Payment is due only if and when you book a cottage.
We've put a lot of thought into our inquiry and booking process - trying to make it as helpful and comprehensive as possible so you can find just the perfect cottage for your family - and have that great family vacation in Ontario's Cottage Country. For more information on our Booking Procedures, be sure to review our "Booking Notes (FAQ)".