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Winner of 'Residential Wood Design Award 2013'

Bedrooms 4
Space 5,800 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

4 bedroom+loft spread over 5800 2ft w/state of the art outdoor BBQ entrtmnt area

Awarded best Residential Wood Design Award in Ontario for 2013. Stunning architectural design with 30 ft beamed ceilings, wood floors, stone accent walls and floor to ceiling windows capture the amazing SW/E views of Kennisis lake. The kitchen is equipped for a gourmet chef with both a kitchen eating and a formal dining area. The outside living spaces have been carefully designed for maximum entertainment with a built in state of the Art Argentine Coal Grill, wood oven pizza, sunken hot tub, a built in campfire area, all furnished with luxurious patio furniture, outdoor kitchen with sink, beverage fridge and bar stools. For those wanting a quick BBQ grill, a gas Webber BBQ is available. The grounds are beautifully landscaped which includes a private outdoor jungle gym and sand box area for the little ones.

Bedroom and Bathrooms:

4 + loft Bedrooms and 3 Bathrooms: 1 King Size bed master bathroom with en-suite, 2 Queen size guest bedrooms with sharing bathroom, 1 children's room with 2 bunk beds, Kids TV loft area, Office area next to Master bedroom, Kitchen, Dining room, Living Room, TV Room, extra guest bathroom with shower. Maximum occupancy: 6 adults and 4 children


Indoors: Kitchen features Miele & Subzero appliances- double oven, gas stovetop, refrigerator/freezer with pull out drawers, microwave, beverage fridge, wine fridge, dishwasher, built in coffee machine. Laundry and food pantry. Living / dining area has 2 sided fireplace, 2 seating areas - one with satellite tv., phone, highspeed internet throughout the cottage, wii. Ping-pong table. Central Air Conditioning.

Outdoors: Hot tub, Wood Oven Pizza, Coal BBQ, Gas BBQ, Patio furniture, Dock, Swim Raft, Camp fire site, Children's Kayaks, Adult Canoe, Children's jungle gym swing set, sandbox.

**All reservations are required to sign a separate rental contract, following any online booking. Failure to return the agreement within 1 week could result in the cancellation of the booking. Thank you for your understanding. ***

More Details

Monica Belan
Member since: 2015
Speaks english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 10, 2018

About Monica Belan

After many years of careful design and construction, La Serena was finally finished in 2012. Being a family of 5 and living overseas, each interior and exterior space was designed to meet the needs of all ages. Our goal was to design a cottage that could bring all family and friends together in one place and to be able to entertain our guests in a unique and above all, in a relaxing environment. It is place where we have created long lasting memories in our 'home' country, Canada

Monica Belan purchased this cottage in 2012

Why Monica Belan chose Algonquin Highlands

It is clear once on site, why this property was chosen!

What makes this cottage unique

The landscape, unique architectural design, breathtaking views, and carefully designed outdoor BBQ entertainment area makes La Serena one of a kind.


Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation cottage rental in Algonquin Highlands, Ontario

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 5800 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , En-suite Master bedroom bathroom
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , Guest Bedroom's bathroom
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , tub , shower , Powder Room - Front Entrance
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Guest bedroom 1
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , Guest Bedroom 2
    Bedroom 4 - 2 bunk bed , Children's Room - sleeps 4 children
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Master Bedroom With stone fireplace, balcony, ensuite
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • fishing
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing


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(8 traveler reviews)

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Winner of 'Residential Wood Design Award 2013'
average rating of 5.0 based on 8 reviews
Charleston, South Carolina USA

Perfect in every way!

  • 5 of 5

When I saw this amazing home on VRBO I was skeptical wondering could it really be as nice as described etc...? After emailing with the owner, Monica I felt confident that it indeed it was as represented, but to my complete joy the photos and description didn't hold a candle to being there in person and see what a treasure this place truly was! It was so much fun walking into La Serena and collectively all saying WOW this is amazing!! What a spectacular home, location and view!! This truly made our trip up from South Carolina & Arizona all worth it! This is one truly gorgeous home! Immaculate, along with all the most luxurious bathrooms, towels and linens and don't even get me started on the heavenly beds! We thoroughly enjoyed and used ALL the wonderful sitting areas from the outside dining to sipping drinks at the hot tub while the pizza cooked in the pizza oven! Evenings rounded out at the fire pit under star filled skies! Each morning we all were eager to wake early to see the mist across the water while sipping coffee on the dock! During our week stay we only ventured off property twice to grocery shop and visit the Wolf Sanctuary (highly recommmend), since we were more than happy to just stay "home". So much to do and enjoy from the water trampoline, canoe, kayaks etc. Thankfully they had treated for mosquitos which were out in full force as soon as we left the property but never bothered us at all at La Serena! From early morning through late evenings at the fire pit no bites at all! Amazing!! Our group LOVED La Serena and definitely look forward to staying here again! It was the perfect place for our little reunion! La Serena was beyond our expectations and we would happily highly recommend.

  • Submitted: 28-Sep-2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Absolute Serenity

  • 5 of 5

After looking long and hard for a vacation rental we came across this magnificent home. From upon arrival to our departure we were in love with the soaring ceilings, the tranquil setting, and all of the amenities this home has to offer. We made every effort to utilize all of the home's features including the outdoor Argentine BBQ and Pizza Oven which were an absolute treat.

Our group had three little ones and they loved the outdoor playground and the upstairs playroom which was well stocked with toys, movies, bean bag chairs, etc.

The adults loved our early mornings sipping coffee and cappuccinos while admiring the views of the lake that every location in the house provides. We brought our own large kayaks and a fishing boat and thoroughly enjoyed lake Kennisis which was absolutely stunning in early October as the leaves turned showing brilliant oranges and reds as far as you could see.

Finally, I must compliment Monica for her almost immediate responses to any questions or concerns that we had. She was an excellent host and we look forward to returning in the near future to this magical place.

  • Submitted: 14-Oct-2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Heaven on earth!

  • 5 of 5

This place was more than we expected. We anticipated a luxurious get-away, but it exceeded our expectations. Loved every ounce of the space. I am a Holistic Nutritionist and LOVE to cook, so was thrilled to see such a beautiful (and beautifully stocked kitchen). The outdoor space was spectacular... and the weather cool enough to enjoy the magnificent bon-fire area. Beds were super comfortable. Bathrooms very boutique-hotel-esque. Incredible dining room to gather around. {The dock area is a wee bit small - not a flaw at all, but for those that want to spend alot of time at the water, the square footage is a bit lacking.} Overall, YES, we would go back. And are so thankful for having found Le Serena.

  • Submitted: 13-Oct-2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Unforgettable experience. We shall return!

  • 5 of 5

From the moment we arrived until the very last day we had a wonderful time. The cottage itself allows you all the privacy in the world. We came from Switzerland and it was our very first time in Canada. The scenery around the cottage, the silky waters of the lake, the peace and quiet, the hummingbirds in the morning when I had my tea outside, the deck by the water, the high standards of the cottage itself , the amazing Argentinian BBQ, the overall feeling of space and last but not least, the attention to detail the owners have and the quick response upon being asked a question, made a really great experience for all of us in the family.

  • Submitted: 19-Sep-2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We had an unbelievable stay at La Serena. From the moment we arrived we were blown away. Everything was high end and family friendly. Our kids loved the kayaks, trampoline and magic carpet, which led to hours of fun even in the rain. The inside of the house was thoughtfully and beautifully designed with many areas for both the kids and adults to relax and have fun. Beautiful decor, comfortable beds and a super well equipped kitchen. Many seating areas outside to enjoy the gorgeous view and quiet lake. We are already planning our next trip!

  • Submitted: 18-Sep-2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful property

  • 5 of 5

The cottage was great! Very large and amazing design. All appliances and finishes are high-end. Would recommend to anyone looking for a luxury cottage.

The owners are also very friendly and helpful.

  • Submitted: 12-Sep-2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: not necessary

La Serena Cottage:

The cottage is located on the prestigious, West Shore Road, on Kennisis Lake. It is beautifully landscaped to capture the wild and natural setting of Kennisis Lake. It is Approximately 15 mins. to West Guilford and 30 minutes west of Halliburton.

In the Summer, the rocky, irregular shoreline of Kennisis Lake provides excellent canoeing and kayaking scenery. Power boating, water skiing, jet-skiing and pontooning are also popular activities among visitors and summer residents.

Kennisis Lake is a favoured fishing destination year round. Primarily a lake trout fishery, the lake also holds yellow perch, brook trout, smallmouth bass, walleye, muskellunge, largemouth bass and rock bass.

Local attractions:

Walking in the clouds

Mountain biking

Boat rentals




Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation cottage rental in Algonquin Highlands, Ontario

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Jun 1 2018 - Sep 10 2018
1 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit C$1,000

No over payments allowed for this property. All renters are required to sign a separate rental contract agreement.
**Minimum 1 week stay during summer months.**

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 90 days before arrival date.
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