Cottage getaways are a tradition in Ontario. For many, Muskoka is the default destination when you think of cottage country. But, if you want to rent a lakeside retreat look no further than Haliburton, it’s every bit as beautiful as Muskoka with far fewer resorts, people, and prices. Now, if you are looking to rent a cottage for that ideal getaway to immerse yourself in the natural lake life look no further than H2H Cottage, a charming cottage rental on Bitter Lake in Haliburton. 

H2H Cottage in Haliburton

H2H Cottage Co. offers two lakefront cottage rental properties. The Kennisis Lake property is a much larger cottage, sitting on a larger lot, and is located on the second-largest lake in Haliburton. And, the newly released second property on Bitter Lake is the complete opposite. 

It’s a charming and unassuming cottage sitting close to a quiet, small lake. Both the Kennisis Lake and Bitter Lake properties are ideal for a year-round cottage rental for a relaxing getaway.  

Read more | Here is all about the other cottage rental at Lake Kennisis in Haliburton

Bitter Lake in Haliburton

I fell in love with Bitter Lake in Haliburton as soon as I laid eyes on it. It’s a tiny lake of just under 2 km long and almost 1 km wide. There’s just something so quaint about a smaller lake. Tranquil, is still, peaceful, and somehow more intimate. 

lake with tree reflection

Being completely surrounded by trees, Bitter Lake is a deep, dark emerald green almost black in colour, despite the sun rising and setting over this lake. Bitter Lake in Haliburton is an amazing destination for those who want to soak up natural life on a lake rather than hear powerboats and jet skis zooming by.

My absolute favourite time of day to be lakeside was early at dawn to watch the sunrise and at golden hour to watch the sunset. The lake becomes incredibly still and the water reflections are simply incredible. 

H2H Cottage on Bitter Lake

This property rental in Haliburton has all the charm you would expect to find in a cottage. It’s cute, cozy, and comfortable. As a newly released cottage rental, it has been recently updated and is ready for you to enjoy. 

gray cottage with trees

H2H Cottage sits fairly close to the lake with a very gradual slope down to the water. That means cool lake breezes and sounds can be felt and heard while in the cottage. 

The kitchen is the main space you see when you enter the cottage. That space then opens to a sunken living and dining space. A cozy TV room with a walk-out to the deck is adjacent to the main space. Oh, and yes it’s a dog-friendly cottage rental. 


H2H Cottage on Bitter Lake is a 3-bedroom cottage with 2 renovated modern bathrooms. The primary suite takes up the entire upper floor. A spacious room with a king-sized bed, laundry, and modern bathroom featuring a free-standing sunken tub as well as a walk-in shower. 

Booking Information for Cottage Rental on Bitter Lake

For more information about the cottage’s features, availability, and cost visit H2H Cottage Co.  Alternatively, you can also book directly with Cottages in Canada for Bitter Lake. Laura, your host, will ensure you have the best experience, including little welcome surprises to make you feel immediately at home. 

Top Things to Do in Haliburton

H2H Cottages, located in Haliburton Highlands, is packed full of interesting and fun things to do. Here are some of the top attractions in Haliburton:

Haliburton Forest features more than 100,000 acres and 100 lakes, making this an ideal hiking destination. While here, visit the Wolf Center to watch a wolf pack from the safety of a large indoor observatory window. Another popular must-see activity is the Canopy Tour. Suspended, you will walk along the treetops with incredible views of the Haliburton Forest. Address: 1095 Redkenn Rd, Dysart et al – 10-minutes from Bitter Lake.

Abbey Gardens is an amazing collection of gardens, hiking trails, and a Food Hub which includes a craft brewery, Haliburton Highlands Brewery. Address: 1012 Garden Gate Drive, Halliburton – 15 minutes from Bitter Lake

Haliburton Sculpture Forest offers a unique outdoor collection of sculptures by Canadian and international artists. This is dog-friendly and free to visit. Address: 297 College Drive, Haliburton – a 25-minute drive from Bitter Lake

2 red chairs on dock over lake

Sir Sam’s Ski/Ride is a popular resort in Haliburton for downhill skiing in the winter and hiking and biking trails in the summer. Address: 1491 Sir Sams’s Rd, Haliburton – 25 minutes from Bitter Lake

Hawke Log Chute is a historic site from 1861 as it’s considered the last of its kind in Ontario. A log chute is a trough that was invented in Canada in 1829 to carry logs over a rough river landscape to a sawmill. The Hawk Log Chute is part of The Stanhope museum featuring the largest archives of pioneer history in Ontario. Address: 1123 North Shore Rd Algonquin Highlands – 30 minutes from Bitter Lake. Bonus attraction: visit Buttermilk Falls, which is a rapidly flowing river with hiking trails alongside it (located at Highway #35 at Halls Lake)

If you want to go into town for amenities or simply stroll the Main Street of a small town, visit Haliburton and Minden, both are under 30 minutes from Bitter Lake. Bonus, if you happen to be staying at Bitter Lake cottage on a Tuesday be sure to check out the Haliburton Farmers Market. During the hours of noon to 4 pm in Head Lake Park, why not support the local vendor stalls of bakers, cheese makers, crafters, farmers, and more.

As a holidaymaker…

If you are seeking a quiet escape in cottage country in Ontario look no further than H2H Cottage on Bitter Lake in Haliburton. The solitude of the lake won me over, and I know it will do the same for you. This dog friendly cottage rental in Haliburton is a perfect couple’s getaway. 

Thank you to H2H Cottage Co. for gifting me with a free stay. As always, the opinions expressed are my own and I only recommend something if I absolutely love it. 

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50 Comments

  1. What a lovely little Airbnb on the lake. I’ve never stayed in cabin on a lake and would like to experience this for myself. Maybe I’ll visit here and finally get that experience!

  2. I am always worried with “cottages” and “cabins”, I fear that inside would be pretty outdated and not too clean but this cottage looks beautiful and clean. And the view…WOW! Lovely to know places like this exist, thanks for sharing!

  3. Bitter lake sounds perfect for my type of holiday. I’d love being at a smaller lake away from the bigger crowds at the lake towns and lakes like Muskoka. Would love to visit the hawke log chute. And great know there are winter activities close by at the ski area.

  4. I love that it’s right along the lake – such beautiful views all day! Would love to sit in the chair with a good book!

  5. What lovely properties. You’re right, Bitter Lake looks so peaceful. I especially like the sunsets, wow they’re gorgeous. The firepit would be great in the summer. Actually I guess any time it’s not raining. I can see why you like it here

  6. What a cozy little cottage in the middle of the woods that is perfect for relaxing. I would love to immerse myself in the experience 🙂 Honestly. this is such a charming little place, thank you for sharing it with us. I like that its clean and crisp look and it is dog-friendly, too. A big plus!

  7. So beautiful out there! I love how peaceful the lake looks and staying close to it would be dream. I love finding places according to reviews like this since sometimes photos on reservations pages are not thruthful. I always look if I can find blog posts or other revies of AirBnb’s or other rentals. H2h cottage definitely seems like a great find!

  8. I always love these unusual, charming, b&bs that blend with nature! They are indeed the perfect getaway from the busy city life! The Haliburton B&B located on the shores of Lake Bitter is just absolutely charming. Is it allowed to jump into this lake for a swim? To wake up in the morning and jump into the lake for a bath would be perfect! I agree, these smaller lakes are much more intimate.

  9. H2H Cottage is the perfect place to stay while visiting Bitter Lake in Haliburton. It’s so charming and cozy. The interior looks fantastic. I love the details: the light, the poster, the comfy sofa. It’s the perfect place for outdoor activities with so many hiking trails and deep forests surrounding the lake. For sure I would love to visit the Wolf Center.

  10. The H2H Cottage looks like a peaceful, relaxing place to stay! I would love to stay on Bitter Lake. And, I never would have thought to stay here before finding your lovely article. I’m always impressed by the unique locations you find!

  11. When I first looked at the images, I already felt like it’s the perfect space for a “me” session. It looks so peaceful. I especially like the set up of the kitchen and bedroom!

  12. The H2H cottage is definitely the place where I would love to be when I visit Ontario, maybe in autumn to admire the colors of the trees while sitting near the water! thanks for sharing this!

  13. Oh my goodness what a beautiful spot. My kind of place for some solitude and peace. We always look for an airbnb off the beaten track. Your photos are beautiful too. Adding to my Canada wish list…which is really long!

  14. The H2H airbnb looks like a dream! I can imagine just snuggling up in that master bedroom. Seems ike the perfect weekend getaway!

  15. I wonder why they called it Bitter Lake? I mean it all looks so sweet and relaxing! Maybe the first person to name it was in a grumpy mood!? 🙂

    In any case, it looks like such a beautiful place to stay and rest for a while. Visiting the log chute and waterfalls sounds really fun too!

  16. What an incredibly stylish cabin – and it’s on a lake, too! For me, it would be difficult to share my time there between the amazing outdoors – those serene woods and the wonderful lake – and the cozy’n’cool indoors. At the end of my stay, I would ask the owner if they could sell me this super-cool kitchen lamp 😉

  17. I would definitely love to sit on the dock and drink in those views with a nice glass of wine and probably dip my toes in the water. The cottage looks fantastic with that natural and organic vibe, open and clean spaces. It really feels at peace with all the right amenities and comfort factor, and totally my style.

  18. You are showing us so many great spots close to home that would work for a getaway from the city. We too would normally think about Muskoka but I can see why you would fall in love with Bitter Lake in Haliburton. The H2H Cottage looks like a peaceful retreat. Great to know there are some fun things nearby to keep us busy.

  19. Airbnbs have come a long way from renting out a spare bedroom! This is a perfect cottage for any outdoors lovers. The decor is so inviting and as you say very charming. I’m sold.

  20. This looks so cute! I would love to spend a day and read in the red chairs in the pier. Lovely! Thanks for sharing this!

  21. This place looks so beautiful, tranquil, and peaceful! I love the picture with the two mugs because that is exactly what I would do if I was there: wrap in a blanket, grab a mug of hot chocolate and just sit facing the lake. Perfection! Thanks for sharing because this looks amazing!

  22. What a gorgeous place to stay. I can easily see myself sitting by the lake or around the fire pit – thanks for the inspiration and suggestion. I’m hoping to take it up!

  23. Wow! This looks incredible. You always find the best places to stay! I’m with you and love the smaller more intimate lake, and I LOVE the photos from sunset!

  24. You certainly do get to stay in some superb places. This cottage is another beautifully designed home-from-home. I particularly like the wood – burning stove in the lounge and its setting on the lake – what is there not to like about this cottage.
    The Farmer’s market in Haliburton would certainly be on my list of palces to explore – I’d probably come back, as usual, with far too many food goodies for the week.

  25. You have such a knack for finding the most adorable places to stay! Bitter Lake reminds me of a cabin lodge I stayed at in New Hampshire, which was also on a small, placid, and utterly delightful lake. Only the accomodations here look so much more light and bright! I would love to stay at the H2H Cottage on Bitter Lake with the breezes and view from the slope. Plus, it’s a perfect getaway that is not too far from some attractions I would enjoy, like the Wolf Center and Abbey Gardens. The sculptures in the Haliburton Sculpture Forest would be fun, too. It might be hard to pull myself away from those beautiful lake scenes, though. It’s hard to beat living on the water like that!

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