wrd cottage rental agency representing over 170 privately owned cottages available for rent weekly in the summer and shorter periods in the fall, winter and spring in the haliburton highlands, muskoka and kawartha regions in central ontario canada.


Renters Cottage Owners

Crystal Lake

Hi Darlene

We have just returned from a fantastic Family Day weekend at Crystal Lake . The cottage was in a great position right on the lake and was the best equipped holiday house I have ever rented. There was something for everyone - kids toys, great cooking utensils, DVDs, games, lots of comfy and warm bedding, and even snow and a frozen lake to skate on!

We had the pleasure of meeting the owner Adrian when we first arrived and he ensured we were comfortable with the house, how to work the fireplace and even told us of a locals gathering that would be on over the weekend that we would be welcome to attend! He pulled out some sleds for the kids which were well used over the weekend. Unfortunately I forgot to write in the guest book at the house, could you please forward this email to him?

Thanks so much,
2 Australian families enjoyed a very 'Canadian' weekend and would love to return to experience the cottage in the summer.



Straggle Lake

Hi Darlene,  

Here is the survey with a few comments. Tell Bill that he runs company that sets the standard in the cottage rental industry, and I would like to thank him and Staff, for all that they did to make our vacation a overall "A" experience! Gee, ... I haven't given a A since I retired from teaching! :) Have a great season!

  Best regards,


Overall, were you pleased with the way WR D C ottage Rental conducted the business of renting you a cottage?                


Were we able to assist you in making a decision on a cottage? 

 A  The staff I spoke to really knew the finer details of each cottage I was considering, and if they didn't know, they found out, and got back to me in a very timely manner. This is not only an important consideration, but a very appreciated one as well. 

(Weather aside)  Was the cottage good value for money? 

  The cottage had exactly what we needed to relax in comfort!

 How would you rate our web site versus others in the cottage rental business? 

   Superior ! The web site is very clear. Since I vacation with Jackson , my standard poodle, it is important for me to scan cottages and see right away if they are 'dog friendly'. WRD's site is very user friendly regarding this matter. Additionally, it provides information in a way that is quick and clear to grasp so you save time in choosing a rental property. I'd say others in thecottage rental business could use WRD as a bench mark as regards to building a user friendly web site. Thank you Bill!

  Did you find our web site a true representation of the cottage you rented?  

  A   YES, and  I had to smile. One of the representatives whom I spoke to, warned me that I might find the cottage a bit rustic. I certainly appreciated the fact that she valued presenting the property accurately, and not overstating its amenities!  And to be sure, "rustic" is a relative term!  The cottage was clean and fresh smelling, all the appliances worked as they should, the beds were very comfortable and clean, the washroom was spotless and had lots of shelf space to 'park' our sundry items, and even in that incredible heat, the fans kept us comfortable. We loved the deck which overlooks the lake. Fishing was great! We had a ball in touring the lake in the boats! We were delighted with the cottage and given it's truly rustic charm, we would definitely be encouraged to consider it for another vacation.

  Was our documentation clear and concise?
A   Definitely.

Was the map to your cottage easy to follow?
A   The map was ok, and the written directions provided were very precise including kms from point to point, and for a cottage which is quite out of the way, and two directionally challenged navigators, we had no trouble at all in finding it!

  Would you rent from WR D C ottage Rental
Agency again?      

  I plan on it! :)

  We welcome any other comments you may have …..

  Thank you for the opportunity to express our satisfaction with The Straggle Lk. property and our appreciation to all those at WRD!

Best Regards,



I sincerely appreciate the efforts of WRD and in particular Fran and Darlene for helping us to rent this cottage. Despite delays in getting contract details finalized until late spring, Fran persisted. Not only did we end up renting the cottage of our choice, but she had helped with a ‘back up plan’ if things didn’t work out.
The cottage itself was wonderful and worth the wait for a final contract. It had absolutely everything to make our family vacation comfortable, relaxing and enjoyable for everyone. The kids were constantly entertained by the trampoline, beach and boating opportunities. Adults loved the docks, beaches, comfy deck chairs, kayaking, and the trampoline too!
The location was wonderful – very private and a great spot on the lake. The hot tub was a great touch and we enjoyed all the little touches that make this cottage so special.
Campfires were a special time to enjoy each evening around an amazing pit.
There was lots of room and amenities were perfect for our group of two families. Even the dog loved his stay. The beach, swimming, playing with the kids, paddleboat and kayak rides and watching ducks go by were wonderful ways for him to spend the day – and entertain everyone in the process.
I managed to take over 1200 photos over the week and could’ve taken more. We will definitely recommend WRD and this cottage to friends and hope to stay again in the future.
Thank you for a wonderful vacation which was truly full of Rest and Relaxation!


Miskwabi Lake

WRD continues to impress us year after year. We have rented through you four times now and each time it is a pleasant experience. Your staff is extremely helpful and courteous and the cottages are always very good.

This year your team was especially helpful providing some important information on a cottage that we had selected, which led to us changing our selection to a cottage better suited to our purposes and group. Throughout the whole decision process, your group was co-operative and willing to help. (and patient!)

It continues to be a pleasure dealing with WRD and I look forward to more happy times in Haliburton, thoughtfully arranged by WRD.

Thanks again.


Re: Mountain Lake

We would like to thank you for allowing us to rent Mountain Lake 2 for the week.
The cottage is great and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

The Braggs

Re: Gull Lake 6


Our vacation was wonderful! (July 11-18) The pictures of the Gull Lake cottage did not do it justice. We enjoyed every convenience, the fabulous deck overlooking the water, the privacy the cottage afforded us, the wildlife for photographs, the fabulous kitchen for gourmet meals and the peace and quiet.

This home on the lake was so comfortable we all wanted to stay.

Thanks to WRD  for your professional service in our vacation cottage rental.




Just wanted to send you a thank-you note for our wonderful family Easter Weekend!  We rented 12 Mile Lake-17 for this beautiful Easter Weekend. We have been traveling to Minden/Haliburton for the past 7 years Easter weekend for an annual hockey tournament and have never found a spot that we would want to stay at year after year with our family, but thanks to you and your agency we have found the place!  12 Mile Lake 17 was the perfect spot for us!  Thank-you so much it has been the best Easter yet!  And we are hoping to book again for next year and the years to come!


February 22 , 2010
Subject: RE:
Mink Lake

Hi Janice,

We all had a great time up at your place and your
neighbor was very pleasant as well... I'm sure we would book again next year, the trails are excellent!!! as well as the accommodations.
 Thank You  Jason

From: David

To: fran@ontariocottagerental.com

RE: Thank you Letter

Thanks Fran, this is the very first time I booked a cottage through a rental agency, and without a doubt WRD was fantastic to deal with. Everything was as it was conveyed it would be, Darlene was amazing and very accommodating and easy to deal with. I will certainly utilize WRD in the future for all my cottage rental needs. Thanks to you and the team.


To: maureen@ontariocottagerental.com
Subject: Re:
Crystal Lake

  Hi Maureen,

I just wanted to let you know and if you could pass it on to the owners [Crystal Lake 3] that we had the most wonderful time. The cottage is gorgeous and is in the most beautiful setting. Everything is so well stocked and well kept.... it was so relaxing and enjoyable.

  Thank you and we hope to make this a yearly event!

Kind regards,


To: fran@ontariocottagerental.com
Subject: Shadow Lake 3

Hello Fran,

  We wanted to let you know that we totally enjoyed our week at Shadow Lake .  We thought it was a great cottage with a wonderful spot on the lake!  The wildlife was abundant -friendly chipmunks, ducks, geese, loooons, tons of Monarch butterflies, chatty crows, jumping fish and lots of hummingbirds!!   We had a great, relaxing -hot- week! 

We would love to go back to the same spot next year!

  As always, thanks to you and the crew at WRD for all your help. 

Chat soon!

  The Hutton Family

A huge thank you from the family ! We had a wonderful week at Crystal Lake 3 . It was even better than we expected. Our far-flung family enjoyed being together and celebrating three family birthdays as well as our fortieth anniversary in a beautiful setting. Once again  WRD ,–many thanks for your top notch service.


From: Sheila
To: fran@ontariocottagerental.com
Subject: Re: Davis Lake 4 Cottage Rental

Hi Fran.  I just wanted to let you know that we had a great time at the cottage.  The cottage was just as described, and the bunky was great for the kids.  The neighbouring cottages were closer than we thought they would be but the neighbours were very friendly and helpful.  I called the cottage owner a couple of times (trouble with the paddeboat and satellite) and he helped us out right away.  Thanks for all your help!


Subject:Wenona Lake


Now that we are settled back at home I wanted to take a few minutes to write to you to thank you for setting up our week's vacation.  We had an absolutely wonderful time in such a perfect setting that we just couldn't have asked for more.  Although the weather was fantastic and the swimming was superb, it was your service and co-ordination with the cottage owners that made our holiday just so perfect.

This was our first time 'renting' as well as our first vacation with our new baby.  The cottage was just what you advised us it would be (sandy beach, shallow water, screened-in porch) and your assistance in helping us decide on a cottage was great.  The owners have the perfect setting for family holidays and we'd like to thank them as well for opening their cottage to us!  Thanks for making this first experience a memorable and happy one.

We will book again with you for next summer.  However, this time we will probably go for two weeks instead of just one!

Thanks again,


From: Murray
To: fran@ontariocottagerental.com
Subject: Cottage rental - Soyers Lake Beaver

Hello Fran,

Just a quick note to let you know how much we enjoyed our week at Soyers Lake Beaver.... So much so that we would like to tentatively book it again. Definately the week of July 26 to August 2 and if possible from July 19 to August 2.
It is a charming "doll house" cottage that was totally relaxing.
Thanks to both WRD and the Owners.


From: Blair and Rachel
To: darlene@ontariocottagerental.com
Subject: Re: Cottage Rentals


Thanks so much, you have been absolutely outstanding!  We will be sure to use this agency in all of our future cottage rentals.  We used a different agency several years ago and they were not nearly as great as you have been.

Thanks again,

Blair and Rachel

Hi Penny:
Just wanted to drop you a quick note to let you know that Cameron Lake 6 was just great. It was a very nice cottage and property and we really enjoyed it. Hopefully the owners were satisfied with everything upon our departure. We will be booking early for for next year and I really appreciated all of your efforts on such short notice.
Take care,


I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for the rental of Boshkung Lake #18 from July 8 to the 15th.  Our family thoroughly enjoyed the time there!  The cottage was well kept and the lake was pristine.  We are definitely going to be booking our next cottage vacation through WRD Cottages.  In fact do you have any cottages available for weekend rentals or any week in August for approximately 8 adults?

Thank you,


From: Heather
To: fran@ontariocottagerental.com
Subject: Eagle Lake Dome

Hi Fran!

We are all safely home from our week at Eagle Lake Dome.

What a great time we had! The cottage and waterfront property were absolutely beautiful. The kids all loved the water in particular. We decided to leave our dogs at a kennel but I'm sure they would have enjoyed it as well! Trips to Haliburton and Bracebridge were also great. Overall, it was a relaxing and peaceful time for our family gathering.

Please thank the owners for allowing us the opportunity to experience their unique property. And thank you for your professionalism and excellent service. It was a pleasure dealing with your agency.

Thanks again!


From: Susan
To: fran@ontariocottagerental.com
Subject: RE: Beech lake 5

We just arrived home from Beech Lake 5, and I must say, the cottage was nothing short of perfection.  Please pass our thanks along to the owners - we had an absolutely perfect family holiday this past week - it was very hard to drag ourselves home.  We also wanted to tell you how professional we found all of our dealings with your agency.  Everything went very smoothly, and we will be contacting you for a cottage rental next year.  We are planning to add a canine to our family in the fall, so unfortunately, it looks like we won't be able to return to Beech Lake 5, but we would like to chat about other, similar cottages that might be available the same week next year, that do allow pets. 
Thanks again - what a fantastic week!!!!

Hi Fran,

Just wanted to send you a testimonial about our recent rental of Little Redstone Lake 8. 

We had a great vacation (Aug 13-20th)!  The cottage was actually better than advertised!  It had everything a renter would need and really felt like a home away from home. Kudos to the owners for supplying all kinds of movies, reading materials, board games, and Lego (came in handy on the one day that it rained).  We just wished we booked it for two weeks instead of one but there's always next summer for that.  The kids spent hour upon hour swimming in the lake and playing on the huge sandy beach. We also explored the lake via canoe just about everyday too.  We also saw lots of the local wildlife (deer, flying squirrels, various birds)...I think the cottage comes with it's own resident chipmunk...the little fella always seemed to show up on the deck at dinner time

 As first-time cottage renters we'd like to send along our thanks for making the rental process so smooth and efficient. We'll be recommending WRD Cottage Rental to all of our family, friends and work colleagues.

The E. Family


We just came back from a great week at Little Bosh Lake 4 - it was a wonderful cottage with great swimming!  The location couldn't be better especially with our in-laws just across the lake.

Can you please let me know when you post the rental times for next year - we would like to rent it for 2 consecutive weeks if possible since we had such a good time this year.



HI Jo Ellen,

    Just wanted to drop you a line and tell you thanks for helping us set up a great vacation. The fishing was excellent, the boys had a great time on the beach, watching the local beaver make his dam, the paddle boat. I could go on and on but I'm sure you get these emails all the time.
Thanks again.

Dunville, Obtario

Hi there!

Well, we just returned from Little Kennisis 7 yesterday, and we had a fabulous week. Coming home to Toronto is such a deflating experience after being in Haliburton, and I’m quickly coming to the realization that one week simply isn’t enough! Although the temperatures were a wee bit cool for swimming, the clear, dry days made for terrific day trips and enjoyment of the impressive decks at the cottage. This was our fourth consecutive summer renting through your agency, and we agreed that this cottage’s owners really know how to prepare a property for renters! It was probably one of the best-equipped and organized cottages we’ve had the pleasure of visiting.

Stacey P.


Hi There!

Just received the confirmation and lock box info for our cottage 4 on 12 Mile Lake. Thanks. We are so looking forward to our 3rd year at this incredible cottage!
I previously discussed the possibility of having the cottage cleaned at the end of our time there and was told it would be no problem on your part to arrange. Could you please put the wheels into motion to have this done? Let me know how the payment is to be arranged for this. Thank you again for EVERYTHING you all have done for us over the years......I continue to bragg to everyone, what an amazing Agency WRD is.....and the never ending excellent services you all provide.....

M. H. - Toronto


I just wanted to send a quick note to tell you how much we enjoyed our vacation at Little Restone Lake. I think it was the best holiday I have ever had!! I thought it was great this year that we did not have to go to your office and pick up and drop off the keys.

We all had such a great time, that I have been given the job of booking this cottage for next year. When is the earliest that you begin accepting bookings for next summer? I have used your agency for two summers now, and am thoroughly impressed with the exceptional properties you offer. I always vacation with my sister and brother and their families, and we look for a different cottage each year for variety.

After staying at this cottage, we all agreed that we had found a wonderful place and want to book it again next summer. Please get back to me and let me know if you accept bookings now, or if I need to contact you later in the year.

Thanks again for helping us have a great vacation!


Hi Bill:

As always, we had a great time at the cottage. We met the owners on Saturday and had a nice chat with them - they are putting a large deck on the back which will really be nice. Archie, the Wonder Dog, is worn out from all his patrolling and splashing. Fortunately he goes for a bath on Thursday as he is highly aromatic.

Take care, we will be in touch about next summer before too long!

Judy and Elliott

Hello Bill,

My family and I would like to thank you for the completely wonderful and hassle-free summer vacation we just returned from.  We had 'attempted' to rent a cottage in the past through a web site where we were required to communicate directly with the owner and it was a complete disaster.  WRD Cottage Rental made the process simple and even fun. Big Bob Lake 3 turned out to be an ideal location for our family of 5 and the information on your web site was completely accurate.  The cottage was lovely, the setting was ideal, the swimming was great, it was comfortable, had all the supplies and equipment we needed, and was economical.  We would like to add that it was a great fishing spot, it was on a quiet part of the lake,  the wildlife in the marsh by the cottage was fascinating, and the view of the lake from the sunroom and kitchen window was beautiful.  The road to the cottage was also an exciting part of the whole experience for our kids.   So we would like to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for a wonderful summer vacation that will be remembered by our family for a long time!   Kate K. - Newmarket

Dear Bill,  

We want to pass along what a great experience that we had at Kennisis Lake for the week of July 29th.  We had worked long and hard searching to find the right cottage fit for our families and we certainly got it in spades with our rental.  What is very notable was that in no way did the website overstate the specifications of the property and, in fact, we were pleasantly surprised with a couple of extra amenities.  Thank you for your terrific no hassle service.  You are doing great work for cottage vacationers.  We are now looking forward to next year.
  All the best,


Hi Bill,

John ............ here. Just wanted to compliment you guys on finding the above cottage for us. It was absolutely fabulous!!! The cottage, the property, the lakefront, the boat access and the lake itself was all we could have expected. Even the weather could not have been better. I can't imagine what such a location would cost but I am not sure I could find better anywhere. If I strike it rich I will give Linda a call. Thanks again,

Scarborough Ontario  


Just wanted to extend my appreciation and commend the quality of service that WRD provides.  We recently came back from a great weekend at a cottage
that exceeded our expectations.  From the initial inquiry to the booking to the arrival the entire trip was handled with professionalism.  Our group had a wonderful time and would not only recommend WRD's service, but will also be repeat customers.  Thanks again for a job well done.


Hi there,

I would just like to say thanks for providing such a great site for searching for a cottage.  I spent many days searching the net to find a cottage that would suit our needs and always became frustrated until I found your site. It is so helpful to be able to read such detailed descriptions of each cottage and to view all the photographs.  Having this many options made me
feel "spoilt for choice" rather than "getting desperate" as I was on so many other sites.

The rental process is efficient and smooth and someone always responded to my questions or concerns in a professional and timely manner.

I am sure I will love staying at Maple Hills Cottage, as with the pool, it meets my needs completely.

You have found a lifelong client with me as I rent a cottage once or twice every year.  The only thing that would stop me from using your service would
be if I purchased a cottage of my own.

Thanks a lot,


A very late, but no less sincere thanks you for our wonderful vacation last summer at Koshlong Lake.We had a lovely peaceful week.  The cottage was as neat as a pin, very comfortable and had amazing views.  It was a wonderfully private location, and what we thought was going to be a long walk to the water was just a short trip down the hill. The whole process was much smoother than many of our trips down south, and we hope to rent with you again.
WRD offered us a last minute vacation, that was actually very well planned.
Thanks again

sue and dave 

From:  Judy
To: WRD Cottage Rental

Hi Bill:

We really had a wonderful holiday - here are some photos which you might get a kick out of - cottage life, indeed!

Many thanks, we look forward to renting with you again, and we plan to come up in the fall for a look around.

Judy and Elliott

Thank you so very much for recommending Davis Lake. It was wonderful, peaceful and relaxing. The owners thought of everything and we were grateful to be "welcomed" into their home away from home.  
Your Rental Agency took the confusion and worry out of renting a cottage.  And you really are "closer than we thought"! 
Thanks a million for helping us find so much beauty in our "backyard".  There's a good chance we will come back for some more adventures and exploring! 
 {Davis Lake Road itself was an adventure (o: }

Best Regards, Dana & Peter


From:  Nancy 
To:  WRD Cottage Rental

 This note is a little late in acknowledging the fact that we had a wonderful week at Horseshoe 1 this  year. If it is available next year, we certainly would be interested in renting for the same week and probably for a week
before or after.  Please put me on your list. 

Thanks again for the wonderful service you provide. 


To: 'Bill Dewey' <wrd@cybernet.on.ca>
Subject: RE: Welch Lake Cottage

Good Evening:  We arrived safely back in Aurora.  We want to thank you for a very slick operation.  We loved the cottage, location, cleanliness and the service you  provide.  Thank you very much.

We hope we left the cottage to your satisfaction.  We would like to rent again next year.  In fact, we may want to rent a week-end this fall but that remains to be seen.

Keep up the good work and great service.  With our thanks,

Aurora, Ontario

Boshkung Lake

To Whom It May Concern,

For the past 3 summers, WRD Cottage Rentals has represented our cottage property on the rental market.  Bill and his staff bring a high degree of profesisonalism to all of our interactions both when things go well and went they don't.  The value added that WRD brings to our relationship is the sensitive and tactful way they manage cottage issues for those owners who are not on site.  Over our 3 year relationship, while we haven't had many issues with the renters, the ones that we have had have been handled in a positive, constructive way, with minimal impact on the owners and the renters alike.
No monetary value can be placed on this type of personalized service and we would recommend this organization to anyone contemplating offering their property on the cottage rental market.  It truly enhances the experience and makes the business of renting your property less of a business and more of a partnership.
For the management and staff at WRD Cottage Rental, 5 stars for superior customer service and worry free rental.
David and Nadine Lauren

12 Mile Lake 17

Dear Bill

  I wish that I had a few hours to provide you with the comprehensive and detailed response your request deserves!  It would then reflect the attention to detail and professionalism demonstrated by yourself and all your colleagues at WRD.  Unfortunately, time is always of the essence and I can only provide a few words by email.

We have had the pleasure of working with WRD for over 4 years.  WRD is a well organized professional enterprise that manages to provide excellent personal service using the very latest in internet technology.  As absentee cottage owners, living overseas, we are able to confidently rely on their proactive management style to ensure that our cottage is maintained at a first class level.  I would, without hesitation, recommend their services to anyone looking for cottage rental management. 

Wishing you a very enjoyable Christmas season and hoping that the snow does not get too overwhelming!

Very best regards


  Robinson Lake

Hello WRD,

Id’ like to let cottage owners and prospective clients of WRD know how much I enjoyed working with WRD Cottage rental. I was a reluctant ‘landlord’ in that I worried about wear and tear on my cottage which had been recently renovated. I was also an out of province landlord (we had recently moved to BC) so needed to work long distance with whomever was going to rent my cottage.

WRD was exemplary on many fronts: Bill clearly explained their contractual process and business model and spent time with me on the phone answering questions. All transactions went exactly as they said they would with no hidden fees or costs. Their marketing was great. WRD screened prospective renters very carefully, and turned down some people because they did not meet the criteria I had asked for. The renters that did rent my property were considerate, clean and left my cottage as they found it. It was a great process. I received my rental payments quickly.

I have now sold my cottage so will not be working with WRD, however I have mentioned their name to my friends and believe they are the premier cottage rental group in the province.  I looked at a few before I decided to work with WRD. I am 100% satisfied with their service on all dimensions.


Kennisis Lake 34

As first time cottage owners, our experience with WRD Cottage Rental was excellent. Our goal was to have the cottage rented through the peak summer months and WRD did this successfully. The renters were respectful of the property. There was not a single issue that arose all summer. As we were away part of the summer, WRD did the changeover cottage inspection for the weekends we were not available. It turned out to be a worry free, rewarding experience.

Don Stephenson

Soyers Lake 12

For the past 5 years we have used WRD to rent our cottage in Haliburton. Our experience has been outstanding. Bill and the staff at WRD are most helpful, courteous and effective at securing qualified rentals. When we first decided to rent our cottage five years ago we had some concerns as to how it would work out. We have now had over 50 rentals and have been very pleased with the marketing of our cottage, the suitability of renters and the overall rental experience. Great work WRD!


Kashagawigamog Lake 28 & Maple Lake 11

"Six years ago we purchased a cottage with the intention of renting it and chose WRD Cottage Rental to represent us.  We are happy to say that we have been fully rented each and every summer as well as many winter rentals.  We have been so pleased with the performance and service we receive from WRD that we have just purchased another rental cottage, and with the help of WRD we are confident it too will be a success!"
Gary and Pennie

Shadow Lake 1 (Dual Ownership)

Hi Bill,

   I have been very pleased with the WRD experience and our property.  We had never had guests that damaged anything.  On the contrary we usually have lovely notes left for us thanking us for the use of the cottage.  Kids have drawn us pictures to thanks us.  We have referred many friends to WRD and several owners on our point now make their property available for rental use throughout the year.



HI Bill,

  Our cottage is our special place, and the idea of renting it out was uncomfortable to us. We have been with you for 8 years now and all our fears have waned. Now we are happy to share our cottage with your approved renters. They all have been easy to deal with, respectful of the property and leave it as they found it, if sometimes not a little better. Your staff are great and there has never been a delay in payment or any issue that we could not address within a timely manner.  You guys are great, keep up the extra efforts.

Thanks from the Mann’s.

Pivot Lake 1

We have been renting our cottage through WRD for the past 5 years and have been totally satisfied with the relationship.  They handle everything in an efficient manner and have answered any of our questions satisfactorily.  We plan to stay with WRD as long as we are renting our cottage.

Del & Marilyn

Redstone Lake 11

Bill , In my 4 years of engaging WRD I have been very satisfied with our partnership.Your staff has always conducted themselves in a professional manner. Any issues that came up were dealt with rapidly.
I would recommend your service to anyone who is contemplating renting their cottage.

Crystal Lake 4

Bill Dewey and the WRD team have been professional, ethical and cou
rteous from
our first contact.  They are a wonderful liaison between owner and client.  If you dont have the time and /or the ability to manage rentals yourself, we highly recommend the WRD team.

Kashagawigamog Lake 27

The management and staff at WRD are absolutely the BEST!   My husband and I were new to renting and Bill and his staff helped properly represent our property and prepare it for happy renters.  They reviewed the property in person, provided guidance on rental rates, and also provided feedback to us when we were looking at improving it.  We always got paid on time and always got feedback on what our cottage might need when we asked for it. Fran and Darlene are excellent and have always communicated well on all matters. 2010 will be our 7th rental season with WRD and our cottage has been heavily booked each season.   We have also made use of the WRD cottage change-over service as we live in Toronto, and that has been flawless. I  would strongly recommend WRD to anyone looking at renting out their Haliburton or Muskoka property. You will not be disappointed.

Caroline Stade

Cranberry Lake 3

Dear Bill,

  We would like to express our thanks for the excellent job you have done in renting our cottage for us.  We have been with WRD for six or seven years now, and we continue to be most impressed with the professionalism and courtesy of your wonderful staff, your advice and wisdom in pricing and marketing in changeable economic times, your flexibility and willingness to accommodate our changing needs, and the consistently excellent renters you have found for us.  You have made it possible for our dream of owning a cottage to remain a reality.  We look forward to continuing our relationship for many years.

  With gratitude,

Rick and Paula

Stoney Lake 1

Dear Bill:

  We expected that renting our cottage would be fraught with problems, but we have been delighted with the experience.  Every step of the process has been flawless, beginning with your own interest in learning all about the cottage to be rented, the setting of the price, to the lifestyle we enjoy ourselves and therefore the characteristics of satisfactory prospective renters that would be comfortable there and who would treat our property with care and respect. 

  We also owe many thanks to your very experienced staff, all of whom work very hard to make every detail of the process more than satisfactory to us and to the renters you bring forward.

  We have no hesitation in recommending you to cottage owners who are interested in renting their properties for any part of the year.


  Keith and Helen McKerracher

Big Bob Lake 18

We had WRD advertise our cottage for rent for the past couple of years now.  They have been wonderful at filling each of the weeks we had the cottage available for rent.  Each time we emailed with questions (which we seemed to have many!!) they got right back to us that same day or very next day.  Each and every person I have ever dealt with at WRD have always been helpful and extremely pleasant. We will, once again, be having our cottage for rent through WRD next year, it will be a brand new cottage we are having built now.  My husband and I trust WRD all the way!!

Haliburton Lake 26

ey Bill: 

I have been dealing with WRD for the last 4 years and have had nothing but the best as far as representation of my property, the best customer service from your staff and most of all the best renters.  I would, and have referred some of my friends to your agency to rent their cottages because of the good service provided by you.  Thank you.

12 Mile Lake 21

e have now rented our cottage out 2 years in a row with your company. We are absolutely satisfied with your service. We have not had any issues to deal with and had a great experience so far. Looking forward to future years of cottage renting. Thank you. Dave and Amy Myles.

Sturgeon Lake 3

Marlene and I are more than happy to pass along our thoughts. The Hansons' have enjoyed a wonderfull relationship with Bill Dewey and all of the staff at WRD over the past two seasons and anticipate more of the same as we go forward into the new year. Before our family made the decision to rent our summer home we researched and spoke with various companies in our area. After viewing WRD"s website and a personal visit from Bill we made our decision to list with WRD. Bill and his staff have provided excellent clients and to date we have not had any problems to deal with. If you are considering renting your property you will be well served by Bill, Darlene, Fran and company.


Doug and Marlene Hanson

Beech Lake 5

Hi Bill
Joyce and I have been very satisfied with the manner and methods used by the staff at WRD to represent our cottage. As an example, our rental bookings with WRD have increased over the past 12 months, an interesting trend, considering the economic recession of the times.
Thank you for your continued good service


Paudash 11

Dear Bill Dewey
November, 2009

As owners renting out our cottage for the first time we look back with fond memories of the summer.
We made new friends and the city folk had fun and relaxation.

We ourselves had no idea what was in store for us, but we followed your instructions carefully, imagined how our guests would feel when they came to their vacation spot paying careful attention to detail and making sure we were ready on time.

For us it was a great experience and we look forward to 2010- with expectation, new friends and also past friends returning. It was very manageable as seniors, we had plenty of time to prepare.

Little surprise touches brought a smile and excitement for the children, a good time for all.

Thanks for your great work, hats off to the girls in the office, available and ready to advice.

Thanks Fran, Darlene, Diane.

Ann Dekker

Shadow Lake 6

We are very satisfied with the presentation of the property and the clients you have sent our way.

Thank you David Cobon.

The Homestead

Happy to let people know what a pleasure it has been to work with your organization over the years. We have found WRD to be well organized, meticulous on details, very available and cooperative. You look after renters well and have sent us only dependable clients who appreciate the premises . We look forward to working with you in the coming years and can highly recommend you to both owners and clients.

Your's truly

Cavell Tyrrell

Glamor Lake 1

Our experiences with WRD have been nothing but rewarding. When we purchased our cottage, we took one look at it and saw the vision of On Golden Pond. We decided that we wanted to help families share in that same experience. We can do this through the caring family like feeling we get with WRD. Bill and his staff are all warm and caring people who take care of every detail for both the renters and the owners. Thanks for another great year.

Garry and Nancy 

Tamarack Lake 5

I could not have done it without WRD!  The website, forms, lists, reminders and (frequent) patient advice on the telephone walked me through each step of a process that seemed overwhelming at first. All of the available weeks at my cottage were booked during the summer and I think it was a very satisfying experience for the renters as well as for myself. I certainly want to thank all of the staff, who demonstrate the value of years of experience and genuine interest in the people they work with.
Kathleen Sullivan

Golden Lake 1

We have used WRD for several years now and have found them to be a very Professional and efficient organization.  They do an excellent job of managing the contracts with the renters and represent both the renter's and owner's interests in a very fair and equitable manner.  They are very proactive about sending out the rental packages well before the next rental season starts and help to remind busy owner's that they need to get their paperwork done to ensure they are ready when the booking season starts.

My only comment for improvement would be the websites.  While they are very descriptive and detailed, they do look a bit unprofessional.  People are used to very professional produced websites now and WRD's needs to be improved.


Sandra Clarke

12 Mile Lake 2

WRD Cottage has been a trusted agency for us for over 10 years. We count on them to advertise our cottage, screen potential renters and take care of all the details including booking, inspections and rental payments. We even call WRD to get recommendations on area contractors when we need some work done.

We totally rely on WRD for our cottage rentals. They are always there!!

Highly recommended!!


Mike Jansen

Big Bob Lake 18

We had WRD advertise our cottage for rent for the past couple of years now.  They have been wonderful at filling each of the weeks we had the cottage available for rent.  Each time we emailed with questions (which we seemed to have many!!) they got right back to us that same day or very next day.  Each and every person I have ever dealt with at WRD have always been helpful and extremely pleasant. We will, once again, be having our cottage for rent through WRD next year, it will be a brand new cottage we are having built now.  My husband and I trust WRD all the way!!

Minicock Lake 2

WRD has done a great job handling my summer cottage rentals for the past 5 years, helping me price the cottage at the outset and making sure it is checked before and after each rental. I'm three hours away, so it's really helpful to have someone local to keep an eye on things. Everything goes smoothly and my cottage neighbors have told me they appreciate that the renters are quiet - that's important since we are on a quiet, no motor lake. I have many repeat renters as well, which is nice. Great job, WRD!


Thank You Darlene, Your communication and getting things done is refreshing as there are so many business people who always seem to be dropping the ball, if you know what I mean. Thanks for your professionalism.

Max And Barb


Hi Bill,

Just wanted to say thanks for another perfect vacation this year. Moose Lake 5 was everything you could ask for with lots of wildlife walking around and plenty of room for the kids to burn off some energy. If you have anyone who is looking for a beautiful cottage thats large enough for 2 families - tell them about this one! This has been my 2nd year with W.R.D. and look forward to booking with you very soon for next year.

Michael & Cindy

Amherstburg Ont

Dear Bill,

Just wanted to drop you a note re our two week holiday at The Homestead. It was truly wonderful as you said. The house itself was well back from the road and screened by trees. Inside, it was a delight and plenty roomy for the two of us. Basically everything we needed was on the first floor (also cooler during our 2 week heat wave). Outside, the property was huge. We never saw our neighbours and rarely heard them. I was at first a little wary of swimming in a pond but once I got in it felt more like our private little lake.

We had deer come to feed in the meadow behind the house, plenty of hummingbirds, and of course an army of chipmunks. (We also had 2 night visitors—2 bats that came out of the bedroom rafters. Rob caught them and let them go outside but all in all I prefer the deer.)

We experienced no negatives about the place and, if it comes up for rental next summer, we would certainly love to return.

Thanks again,

Sophie and Rob

P.S. Your new “lockbox” system is wonderful. Love to visit you but. . . this is better. Sorry

Just a quick note to let you know that we truly enjoyed our vacation August 9-16 at Gull Lake. It is a lovely cottage and property. The kids had a great time in the water--the gradual entry, sandy shoreline was perfect. Thanks for the recommendation.


Hi Bill,

We want to thank you and your staff for helping us to experience a simply wonderful holiday at Soyer's Lake.

This was our first experience with cottage rental on the web and we found working with WRD to be pleasurable, simple and very professional. It took us
weeks of obsessing over all the wonderful choices before we made our decision and your patience and knowledge was much appreciated. The cottage
was exactly as represented on your site and your precise instructions made the entire process painless. We will certainly be happy to recommend your
service to anyone looking for a carefree holiday in the beautiful Haliburton Highlands.

On another note, I would like to ask you a question about listing a cottage for rental with your agency. We are considering purchasing a cottage as an investment and we would be interested to know what criteria is important for a successful rental property. Also, we notice from your site that most of the summer rentals are quite solidly booked through June-September, but we wonder how many of those weeks are rental and how many are owners' use. Any information you could provide us would help a great deal with our decision.

Thanks again Bill for all your help. We look forward to dealing with you (one way or another!) in the future.


Sonia & Barry


From: Dana
To: "bill dewey" <info@ontariocottagerental.com>
Subject: in one word...WOW

Dear Bill and WRD, 
Another wonderful week in cottage country. Mountain Lake was excellent - beyond belief! We could live there all year round! 
The chipmunks were like little people greeting us every morning. The weather was perfect - even the full day of rain on Friday. It is amazing how even the rain can be beautiful in a gorgeous location. 
This year, we went exploring all over the Halliburton Highlands..yes, we even got lost - but that was part of the fun! I just finished looking at the photo gallery on the cottage and I still can't believe we lived there for one week. 
It was truly a dream. You really are the best cottage rental agency - thanks for all of your help and guidance. 
Looking forward to next year and the adventures that await us (o:

Dana, Peter, Daniella, Andre and Ariella

Brantford, Ontario. 

Subject: 12 Mile Lake

We had a fantastic 2 weeks at the cottage! Please tell the owner how very much we appreciate the rental and the use of their home.

Can we reserve for next summer?  I know it is early but we don't want to miss out on the chance to do it all over again. Same two weeks would be perfect.




From:  Paul & Stephanie

To: WRD Cottage Rental Agency

Subject: Re: Salerno Lake


I have already booked off the week of July 15 from work.  My brother is coming from Cincinnati with his family so we all had to decide on a week and hope for the best.  Let me know how Salerno Lake is.

I appreciate all your help.  You have been great.   Looking forward to hearing from you. 


To - WRD Cottage Rental
From - Darren

Again, another great stay and wonderful experience for my family.  The cottage was the best one we have rented yet and thoroughly enjoyed our vacation at Little Bob Lake.  Looking forward to renting again next year, perhaps somewhere different but definitely through your rental agency.


Hi Amanda,
Thanks for forwarding the acceptance and map for Horseshoe Lake this winter. It looks perfect for us and I can hardly wait to be there. I have so appreciated working with you as you have answered all of my questions quickly and I know that you have worked on our behalf to make this rental possible. We could not have asked for better help. Tell your boss you deserve a raise!
Again our thanks,