Renting a Cottage for the Winter Break

Renting a Cottage for the Winter Break

Planning an escape for the winter break? Thinking of renting a cottage to spend the holidays with family, friends or your special someone? Spending the winter break at a cottage is the perfect way to really get into the spirit of the holidays. The very idea of escaping to a winter wonderland will have you whistling Christmas carols in anticipation … whether you celebrate Christmas or not! But searching for a cottage rental can be an exercise in patience. Whether you want absolute luxury or something more modest, these tips will help you find the perfect cottage rental.

Renting a cottage: determine the who, what and where

With so many cottages for rent in Quebec alone, navigating the number of choices out there can be time-consuming. Ensure you find the right rental for your expectations, needs, and budget without spending hours in front of the computer.

First, you will need to determine the number of guests, dates, budget and location. Pretty basic, right? Spend less time weeding through search results you do not want and getting right to the ones you do. Furthermore, if you plan on renting a cottage during the winter break you better book quickly. The best properties go fast, sometimes even up to a year ahead of time.

What activities are nearby?

Next, consider what types of activities you and your guests will want to do. Skiing, snowshoeing, spas, shopping? The Laurentians offers a host of incredible winter activities. For example, skiers may want to be close to ski slopes at one of the many area resorts. Others might want a quieter, more secluded experience. Kanata Tremblant offers a wide range of things to do throughout the year. From full-moon snowshoe tours to spa treatments at the Club House, Kanata Tremblant has something for every age and taste.

Renting a cottage: what is included?

Remember to ask what is included in your cottage rental. This will ensure you are well equipped for your stay and have everything you need. For example, is a dishwasher a prerequisite? If you plan on hosting a large family dinner, a dishwasher might be non-negotiable. Do you need a high-chair for your little ones? Does the rental include linens and towels? Will you need Wi-Fi? While cottages with more amenities might be a bit pricier, you may end up saving on the cost of activities. Weigh the different options and determine what best suits your needs and budget.

What services are nearby?

Groceries, restaurants, shops, spas . . . whatever you have planned, make sure you will have access to what you need. Planning a holiday dinner? Map out the distance to the nearest stores so you have all the groceries and drinks you need to celebrate. Want to eat out? Consult a list of area restaurants and book your table. Renting a cottage close to a larger town will ensure you can enjoy all the services you are used to.

Read the rules and reviews

As many cottages are rented by individual owners, you should consult the reviews. In this day and age, there are many trusted rental sites that provide real customer reviews. Furthermore, familiarize yourself with the cottage rental rules. This includes cancellation policies, check-in and check-out times, and any other restrictions. Are pets allowed? Is the cottage non-smoking? Are there cleaning or laundering fees?  

Paying and confirming your reservation

Now that you have found the cottage you want, you just need to pay. Ensure this is done in a secure manner and ask for a contract and reservation confirmation. This must includes: the dates of your stay, the total fee, your deposit amount (if applicable), cottage rules and equipment provided. Congratulations, you are all set! Now you just need to pack your bags.

Renting a cottage for the winter break is the ultimate Canadian experience. Kanata Tremblant has several cottages for rent on their gorgeous natural estate in the Laurentians. Check out their listings or contact us directly and plan the holiday escape of your dreams. Rest, relaxation and fun are just a few clicks away!

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