Confederation Homestead

Looking for a quiet, private place to get away from the city for a while for a family break or a romantic retreat? Try our 36-acre farm, surrounded by forest, with its own pond, entirely private and quiet. It comes with a lovely heritage-log-pioneer home which is a wonderful cross between visiting our past history, decorated with period antiques, and the loving and tasteful updates of modern convenience. Situated in the scenic locale of Haliburton County in Ontario, it is a 2-3  hour drive from Toronto or 4 1/2 hours from Ottawa. Available for rentals year round. Wonderful place to spend your Honeymoon (we did in 2009, and we loved it so much we bought the place).

We are pet friendly. Well-behaved animals are welcome including cats and dogs.

This 3-bedroom-winterized home sleeps a maximum of 6 and comes with a wood fireplace, 4-piece bath including a jacuzzi-soaker tub, full kitchen including dishwasher, microwave, coffee maker and coffee grinder, toaster, kettle, dishes, cutlery, pots, pans and baking dishes. It has a wrap-around deck with a screened gazebo for enjoying the outdoors without the bugs, and a propane barbeque. There are 3 comfy double beds, and one twin size bed all with lovely comforters and pillows (you need to provide your own linens). We offer complimentary Fair Trade Kicking Horse brand coffee, and a variety of teas which you can make to go along with your meals.

The pond comes with a row boat and oars and has a floating dock. It has a sand entrance for easy swimming and boating access. In the winter, once the pond has frozen well (January – February, depending on the winter, sometimes earlier or later), you can skate or play hockey. You can snowshoe around our marked forest trails. The property is situated only 40 minutes from the famous Sir Sam’s Ski facility. See the Links tab for more things to do and see.

In addition, if the weather is inclement, or after a day of enjoying outdoors, or relaxing on the deck, you can entertain yourself by watching the 37″ HD flat-screen TV with satellite service, or watch DVDs with the BlueRay DVD player. Bring your own DVDs or enjoy one of the discs on site. There are many games available to play with the family indoors or outdoors, including badminton, a horseshoe pit, and bookcases with a variety of books for adults and children.

This house is suitable for people with walking and balance challenges as there are a number of strategically placed proper hand grip bars positioned throughout the main floor, and outside the entrance doors to the kitchen. There are three of these in the bathroom. The stairs to the second floor are narrow and steep and those with walking and balance problems should remain on the first floor. There is a bedroom on the main floor which also has a grip bar just inside the door.

Although the house is not air conditioned, there are a number of fans throughout the house that make it comfortable. The foot thick (30 cm) walls keep it cool in summer and warmer in winter. The pond is wonderful for swimming and cooling down.

If you subscribe to Bell home internet service which provides some dial-up access as part of your package, there is a local dial-up access number or,  free Wi-Fi service is available 7 km away at the Minden Public Library, which is available 24/7, inside or outside the library.
Smoking is permitted outside only.
For those who love to view the stars, our site is a great place to see billions of stars without light pollution. We have great dark sky viewing.

During the summer minimum rental is one week, in the off-season you may rent by the weekend (minimum two nights), daily or by the week or month. In the off-season discounts are available for monthly rentals.

Check our Useful Links page to find things to do in the geographic area around the cottage.

To learn more or to book your getaway go to our Contact Us page at the upper right tab.

This cottage was well represented by WRD Cottage Rental Agency for 10 years. As of October, 2012, we have decided to look after rentals directly. We welcome past renters to visit Confederation Homestead again.


Here are some photos of our cottage. To see more, please click any of the photos below.