Bear Necessities Kennisis Lake, Haliburton

"We invite you to come in, unwind, and relax."

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  • From: $2850
  • Location: Kennisis Lake, Haliburton
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Sleeps: 6
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Pets: Conditionally
  • Smoking: Outdoors Only
  • Approx. 1500 sq. ft
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Light and airy all-season comfortable cottage secluded from the main road on the Northshore of Kennisis Lake. This cottage retreat is graced with excellent south exposure offering early morning sunrises and all day sun.

Sleeping includes 3 bedrooms: one master with king size bed and two additional bedrooms with a king size bed and a queen size bed which accommodates 6 comfortably. Master bedroom includes separate lakeside deck, walk-in closet, reading nook and ensuite. Bunkie on property is NOT AVAILABLE to include in the renting of this cottage.

Renters must provide their own linens and personal towels.

The open space living / dining area features cathedral ceiling and a wall of windows that faces the lake providing spectacular views and natural light at every corner.

A wood burning stone fireplace at one end sets a cozy mood while the propane gas heat stove at the other end takes the nip out of cool evenings. A separate room beside the Living area offers a quiet cozy place to watch internet TV or play a DVD. There is a propane furnace.

The dining area includes a walk-out to the large deck featuring loungers and conversational outdoor furniture. There is also an a dining table and chairs and a propane fire bowl.

Bathrooms The cottage features two updated 3 piece bathrooms – one is a master ensuite and one main bathroom -both equipped with large walk-in showers. Kitchen The cottage features a fully equipped kitchen including microwave, dishwasher, stove and fridge with ice-maker and is well stocked for entertaining. Filtered lake water is also available at the sink. The deck off the kitchen features a propane BBQ

A small indoor laundry room includes a washer and dryer and additional full-size fridge for additional cooling of beverages & food.

Waterfront & Swimming
From the upper deck, twenty steps lead down to the water. The view from the dock is expansive and breathtaking.

A key feature to our rental cottage is its natural shoreline (145' of frontage) with a large 200 sq ft stationary dock situated right at the waters’ edge. Extending from the stationary dock is a large 12’x20’ floating dock with swim ladder. There is primarily deep water swimming from the dock with a limited rocky shallow area.

The swimming conditions are perfect with clean, clear water and no weeds.

A canoe and 2 kayaks are available for your enjoyment on the lake. (renters must provide their own life preservers)

If you want to bring your own power boat, our lake offers the Kennisis Lake Marina where you can launch your boat or should you prefer to rent a watercraft, this is also an option but book early for better selection.

Additional Information
The great outdoors is perfectly blended with modern living here. Unlimited wifi and unlimited Canada wide long distance calling included.
Great neighbors on both sides, with lots of parking space!
A grocery store and LCBO are 20 minutes away in West Guilford.
If by chance you feel like leaving the cottage, there are several local attractions worth exploring, including:
* The Haliburton Forest Wolf Centre
* Haliburton Forest Canopy Tour & Ziplines
* The gift shop at the Haliburton Forest and Wildlife Reserve, selling sustainably-sourced handmade gifts such as wooden bowls, toys and furniture
* Picturesque roads for walking, running and cycling
* Full service marina connected to Kennisis Lake
* Friday farmer’s market in Stanhope and Saturday farmer's market in Haliburton (during summer season only)
* Winter Season - Lots of wonderfully groomed snowmobile trails are available on and around the lakes and in the Haliburton Wildlife and ample ice fishing for the avid fishermen.
*Sir Sam's - For the skiers you'll find skiing, snowboarding and other winter activities available at Sir Sam's which is about 35 minutes away.


  • Cell phone Reception
  • Washer
  • Dryer
  • Wood-burning Fireplace


  • Dishwasher
  • Toaster
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Utensils
  • Stove


  • Wireless internet
  • Stereo
  • DVD
  • Board games
  • Games
  • Books
  • Television


  • South exposure
  • BBQ grill
  • Canoe
  • Kayak
  • Fishing rods
  • Rocky Shoreline
  • Patio Set
  • Floating Carpet

Extra Amenities Info

Wood Fireplace, Propane Heater, televisions, cell phone reception, Fibe Wireless and Internet TV
  • Lovely cottage, loved the views. The early swims and kayaking, the birds visiting early every morning. Thanks SO MUCH ! Beatuiful and relaxing.

    Gloria D. - August, 2018

  • What can I say but thank you so very very much for the lovely cottage experience. Everything inside and out (especially the weather) was perfect. We hope to do it again. And as you can see my friends from Kentucky had a wonderful time as well.

    Kathleen D - August, 2018

  • Beautiful, serene, relaxing - perfect combination for our trip to Canada. Thanks for sharing your piece of paradise !

    Jean Marie B - August, 2018

  • Dear Saunders Family; My trek from Kentucky was well rewarded by your fabulous home. I am thrilled you are willing to share it. All the small details that you provide made my stay perfect. Hope to get back up here again.

    Beth H - August 2018

  • Dear Saunders: Absolutely fabulous stay ! The cottage is gorgeous, with great ambiance, top notch cooking equipment and views to die for. We swam, kayaked, and generally relaxed. Sundowners on the deck were great We talked and drank and talked and drank , etc. etc. etc. Thank you SO MUCH. Lorna, Meg, Margaret, Katie, Ali, Pam PS - 3 of us went to the Haliburton Forest and Wildlife and did the full experience with the Canopy Tour and we loved it !

    Lorna & Nursing Friends

  • We had a wonderful time at your cottage. As soon as we walked in the door we were blown away by the amazing !!! The cottage is a fantastic combination of old and new but mostly we loved the rustic feel – exactly what we were looking for when we were searching for a vacation rental. My family enjoyed all of the outdoor activities available – made good use of the kayaks, row boat, lots of swimming and a few long walks. Thank for the wine ! The extra little touches made us feel so welcomed. I will gladly recommend your cottage to family and friends. We made many great memories! Carole & Family

    Carole & Family

  • We loved our week at your cottage…Rain and shine. Your directions are great – especially as you enter the twisty turning road. The pictures on the internet do not do your cottage justice. The lake view is spectacular! We golfed twice at Lakeside – their food is excellent and they have a lot of wine and dinner specials. Very much enjoyed our stay. Thank you for the wine. July 22, 2017 – Rosanne


  • What can we say! We absolutely loved your cottage. From the moment we walked in from the rain and came face to face with cleverly placed “help yourself” ponchos all the way through to the thoughtful “in case you forgot” basket in the master bedroom. Your piece of paradise is so well thought out….and clearly well laid out and taken care of. All the way down to even the little details of lined fridge drawers….we knew it would be just a wonderful week. We were comfy and thanks to the pre-set fireplace…nice and toasty too. Thank you. Your home is truly special and we did our best to take care of it on your behalf. Thank you so much for opening your home away from home to us. The views from your beautiful deck, dining table and great room were spectacular! We hope to come back at the next opportunity. Sept. 4, 2017 - Sincerely, Angelo and Jacquie

    Angelo and Jacquie

  • We just returned home from our week at the Saunders cottage and we had a wonderful time. I had a chance to meet the owners as we were leaving this morning and we told them how lovely and beautiful their property is.


  • Good afternoon: We really enjoyed our stay at Bear Necessities. We commented that the pictures did not do the cottage justice. The view from the great room was exactly what we were looking for. The owners left us the information again as well as a lovely bottle of wine- nice touch! If we could have cranked up the temperature of the lake and reduced the amount of rain, glad to have the opportunity to read and play games with our adult children. We took the opportunity to golf on two days at Lakeside. They had a really nice lunch menu. Put in a word for them. Thank you again, enjoy the remainder of your summer. Roseanne


Rentals are Friday to Friday only in Hi Season

  • Hi Season: $3,650/week
  • Lo Season: $2,850/week
  • 3 night holiday weekends only: $1,300/weekend

  • Prices include all taxes and fees.
    • Low Season: Tuesday after Thanksgiving to Friday of Victoria Day Weekend
    • Interim: Victoria Day Tuesday until weekend before July 1st weekend; Tuesday after Labour Day until Friday of Thanksgiving
    • Hi Season: Starting the weekend before the July 1st weekend
    • Holiday Weekends: Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's, Family Day, Easter, Victoria Day
    Immediate availability for Bear Necessities.
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