About

Hello! πŸ‘‹ We’re Alice and Holly, a couple πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆ who live in Ontario and have been dreaming about renovating and owning our own cottage in the Kawartha Lakes area.

When we saw Gull River Cottage, we fell in love with it immediately…

Our waterfront Kawartha Lakes cottage rental sits on its own river bend on Gull River, on the edge of the small town of Norland, ON (just 300 residents). We’re the last house on a quiet residential street, with half an acre of land and 384 feet of waterfront, making it feel very private and secluded. Being near a town means we still have all the modern conveniences; there are quaint shops, grocery stores, and excellent pubs, restaurants, and breweries nearby. Unlike most cottages, we have strong WiFi and easy year-round road access.

We recently finished renovating Gull River Cottage with the perfect combination of modern and rustic cottage decor, brand new bedrooms and a new bathroom. You’re sure to love the charm it offers. Located less than 2 hours drive from downtown Toronto and 3.5 hours from Ottawa, our idyllic Ontario cottage is the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the city.

We are overjoyed to be able to open our river cottage rental to guests and share our little slice of heaven.

Just some of the great features of Gull River Cottage:

  • Waterfront on the slow-flowing peaceful Gull River that flows down to nearby Shadow Lake and Balsam Lake, with our own private dock. Perfect for swimming (yes, it’s swimmable!), kayaking, fishing, and canoeing. We have kayaks and a canoe that you are welcome to use – or bring your own!
  • 3 bedrooms:
    • Bedroom 1: Queen-size bed
    • Bedroom 2: Queen-size bed
    • Bedroom 3: Bunk bed: single on top, double below (sleeps 3)
    • Living Room:
      • Pull-out King sofa bed (can sleep 2)
  • Excellent WiFi connection – perfect for streaming and video calls. Come and work from the cottage (but don’t work too hard!).
  • Outdoors:
    • Our own dock, perfect for fishing, swimming, kayaking, or just floating around in one of our inflatable tubes!
    • Large secluded firepit overlooking the river.
    • Huge deck with beautiful river views in both directions.
    • Propane BBQ with tools.
    • Off-road parking for 3x cars (or 2 trucks).
  • Fully-equipped kitchen.
  • 2x bathrooms, one with bathtub+shower and one brand new luxury bathroom with a walk-in shower.
  • Large selection of board games, TV, Netflix, DVD/Blu-ray player, and books.
  • Dining table with lots of seating, ready for your Thanksgiving, Christmas, or celebration feast.
  • Fully safe-to-drink tap water (we also provide a water dispenser if you dislike the taste of well water).
  • A furnace means our cottage is cozy and warm year-round – say goodbye to old baseboard heaters!
  • Accessible: There is 1 step up into the cottage, 3 steps down from the deck, one internal step, plus some gentle steps down to the dock. Otherwise, the whole property is all on one level and suitable for guests with limited mobility.

About your hosts

Holly grew up near Toronto, and Alice is from the UK (Dorset on the South Coast of England to be precise). In normal times we love to travel; Holly has visited 34 countries! We love to cook/BBQ and visit small breweries to try their IPAs. We adore Ontario’s cottage country and exploring the nearby hiking trails and kayaking along the rivers and lakes. We can’t wait to host you at our beautiful rental cottage getaway!