Cottage, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-6)
About Bret Hartman
My name is Bret Hartman and I'm the trustee for the property. This cottage is a fantastic place to have a great time with friends and family.
Bret Hartman purchased this Cottage in 1989
Why Bret Hartman chose Elgin
There are no neighbors to disrupt your privacy or good times. There are many places to visit for example historical Perth is a 15 minute drive. Portland and the Big Rideau is a 5 minute drive. Ottawa is about a 45 minute drive north. Driving to Ottawa is a great day trip where you can find anything your heart desires.
What makes this Cottage unique
This Bay is a wildlife mecca. It's the best fishing on the lake hands down. The most experienced fisherman on the lake travel to this bay to do their fishing and you can cast a line right off the dock and kick back. The cottage is situated right off of highway 15 making traveling easy. Across the street is a hiking trail where you can observe the everglade-like nature preserve that is visible from our google map of the cottage.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Paradise for our dogs
We chose this cottage because of the fence and water around the perimeter to keep our dogs contained and safe from the highway. The cottage itself was clean, tidy and well appointed but quite small and suited 4, comfortably, 6 would be a squeeze. The air conditioning and appliances were new and worked very well. The view of the lake superb and the kayaks made it all accessible. The loons, heron, mergansers and other wildlife were intriguing. However, we really found the constant noise from the highway, because it is so close and so busy, very distracting. Our home is in a quieter neighbourhood than this cottage. We were also disappointed that we couldn’t swim from the dock because of the weeds, although this didn’t bother our lab.
We met the owners and found them to be considerate and conscientious.
A little piece of paradise!
On arrival, I was dismayed to discover the proximity to Hwy 15. Within a short time, the cozy cottage, proximity to the lake in a secluded private bay won me over! What traffic?
Goose families parading by the shore! Otters cavorting next to the dock...truly idyllic! The sunsets were worth the price of admission. The cottage is beautifully renovated (the workmanship is superb)!
Enjoy your stay!
Very nice place
We had a wonderful week, fishing was great and weather was good. It's very well located only 8 miles to Smith Falls which has Walmart, gas, beer and alcohol and a hospital which we had to visit. One thing Americans should know is hospital there doesn't take American insurance you must pay cash up front and since ours wasn't an emergency we drove back to Alexandria Bay, NY for treatment.
Yes when we were up this past week we found out the same about the hospital and that it was 800 dollars to just walk in the emergency room. We drove back to Alexandria Bay as well and it was fast pleasant service. About 45 minute drive from the cottage
Beautiful private cozy cottage on lovely Otter Lake, with gorgeous views and magnificent sunsets.
I had a wonderful stay at Cozy Cottage on Otter Lake. The cottage is indeed cozy, and it was very clean. It had all the basic things you need in the way of dishes, cutlery, towels and linens, etc. Wifi worked great--not that was essential on holiday. My two Labrador Retrievers, Molly and Marin, and I settled in comfortably, and enjoyed the sounds of loons on the lake in the mornings, and the fabulous sunsets on the dock (with a glass of wine) each evening.
Molly and Marin thoroughly enjoyed retrieving sticks from the water--Labs are great swimmers, and I didn't have to worry about their safety, as there is a fence along the back edge of the property, which borders Hwy 15. After a day or two, I got used to the sound of Hwy 15, so it really wasn't a problem, and the sunsets more than made up for it. I would have liked to swim, as the lake was warm, and very clean and clear (it flows into the Big Rideau waterway; apparently the Rideau does not flow into it), however, there are quite a few weeds along the dock. Perhaps that could be remedied by a longer dock in future? All in all, it was a beautiful stay!
Quiet secluded cottage on a lovely little bay
Really enjoyed our stay at your cottage - we were delighted in watching the various wildlife entertain us; the loon family called out to us every morning & night; the little water snakes came out every morning to sun themselves on the rocks by the water; two large blue herons flew over every day but then remained in the reeds so we couldn't see them; the Canada geese were plentiful but messy in their own way.
We sat in front of the old firepit pretty well every night & watched the stars come out.
Everything was adequate with the exception of bath towels in the bathroom.The shower was great !
Secluded and absolutely beautiful. Close to highway but sound was not an issue. Air conditioning was a welcome surprise in the 35C heat!
Scotia Bank is in Smith Falls, Super WalMart, Canadian Tire and Independent Grocery are great places for food or any other items you might need. The Hospital is in Smith Falls which is 8 miles North of Cottage on Route 15.
The cottage is right off of highway 15 therefore some road noise should be expected. There are trees and bushes which provided about 80% visual privacy. The swimming may not be considered ideal by some due to weedy bottom I recommend taking the kayaks around to find your ideal swimming spot. Finding a cottage without neighbors is hard to find therefore I believe this out weighs the roads close proximity and less them optimal swimming.