Starting at CA$600.00 a night
2000 sqft
If Olde world cottaging charm appeals but you still want all the comforts then look no further then Birchwood at Bala. This beautiful cottage in the heart of Muskoka has a rich history yet is fully modernized for your comfort! The owners have strived to maintain the original charm of this cottage built in the 1890's by maintaining the cedar wood floors and Muskoka stone fireplace while modernizing with amenities such as AC, municipal water and high quality linens and mattresses plus demand hot water means you will not run out of hot water even with 8 people showering! 

There is a large chef's kitchen with ample counter space and everything you require for easy family meal preparation and cleanup. All upstairs bedrooms have ensuite washrooms complete with Egyptian cotton bath towels for a touch of luxury. The master bedroom has its own private Muskoka Room with comfortable seating for guests who would like some private quiet time. In the 1920's, this was the owner's favourite room to write in. 

Birchwood is situated on much sought after Lake Muskoka and just minutes to the village of Bala. With a southwest lakefront exposure, there is sun all day on the dock plus take in the stunning sunsets in the evening from the eight person hot tub! Children will enjoy the 25 foot long sand beach with sandy shallow entry and ample gentle sloping lawn and for swimmers water is 6 feet deep water off the dock! Bring your boat or rent one through our Private Fleet© service and dock in the 26' covered boat slip plus friends can visit as there is space for 2 more boats!  Boats up to 26' can fit in the port. This is truly a perfect Muskoka family cottage!

Sleeping configuration: 
Main floor master king sleeps 2
Second floor 
Guest room 1 king sleeps 2 
Guest room 2 queen sleeps 2
Guest room 3 queen sleeps 2

King Size
King Size
Queen Size
Queen Size

Onsite Services:

  • Concierge

Local Features:

  • Groceries
  • Babysitting
  • ATM
  • Massage Therapist


  • Books
  • Radio
  • Boardgames
  • TV
  • Smart TV


  • Car Necessary


  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Paddle Boating
  • Photography
  • Boating
  • Scenic Drives
  • Horseback Riding
  • Sledding
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Shopping


  • Wireless Internet
  • Street Parking
  • Washing Machine
  • Central Heating
  • Dryer
  • Internet
  • Towels
  • Air-Conditioning
  • Fireplace
  • Linens
  • Iron & Ironing Board
  • Hair Dryer
  • Alarm Clock
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Firewood
  • Parking
  • Washer
  • Carbon Monoxide Detector
  • First Aid Kit
  • Laptop Friendly
  • Safety Card
  • Essentials
  • Essentials
  • Essentials
  • Smoke Detector
  • Living Room
  • Hangers
  • 24 Hour Checkin
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Shampoo
  • Soaps

Location Types:

  • Beach Front
  • Lake View
  • Lake Front
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Rural
  • Village


  • Balcony
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Gas Grill
  • Screened Porch
  • Dock / Boatslip
  • Terrace
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • Walkway to Water
  • Chairs
  • Patio Furniture
  • Firepit
  • Deck/Patio

Kitchen & Dining:

  • Dishwasher
  • Dining Area
  • Refrigerator
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Toaster
  • Dining Room
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • 4 Ring Stove


  • Hot Tub


  • Away From it All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Luxury
  • Adventure
  • Romantic
  • Sports/Activities
  • Tourist Attractions

Attractions & Activities:

  • Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Ice Skating
  • Skiing
  • Water Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • Swimming
  • Autumn Foliage
  • Lake
  • Churches
  • Forests
  • Marina
  • Restaurants
  • Tubing
  • Golf Course
  • Cross-country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Waterfalls



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Holidays CHRISTMAS 2016/New Year’s Dec 22 to Jan 3 2017 (Family Day Weekend March Break Easter) Minimum 3-night Stay. CHRISTMAS 2017/New Year’s Dec 21 Jan 3 2018 (Family Day Weekend March Break Easter) Minimum 3-night Stay.

Fee Amount
Damage Deposit CA$3,000.00
Online Booking Fee 5%
HST 13%
Cleaning & Linens CA$400.00

Bala , ON , Canada

Perfectly situated on a quite private road in the heart of Bala .  This is a private cottage paradise on Lake Muskoka that is close to everything you could need or want for your family vacation!


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Perfect location and gorgeous cottage!!

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This is a gorgeous cottage with idyllic lake views from every upstairs bedroom window. Beautifully decorated, stylish and impeccably clean while still feeling comfortable and cozy. Beds extremely comfortable and provided for wonderful rest! Walking distance to Bala town centre to get your baked goods from Dons bakery. Jacuzzi was a total bonus. Hop in and watch the divine pink sunset or enjoy from the verandah or enclosed front sitting room with very comfy lounge. Abundantly appointed kitchen. We ate all our meals in, the oven accommodated our thanksgiving turkey and vegetables and cooked it beautifully. Lovely new bathrooms. Fire pit for s’mores too! Our hosts provided lots of hints and tips. Perfect weekend!

What a GEM!

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What a GEM! ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ We stayed at Birchwood by Bala a couple of weeks ago. The home is absolutely perfect! We had a full house, and everyone enjoyed their own bedroom and bathroom. Beds are super comfortable! The kids loved sleeping in the screened porch off one of the bedrooms. The home is so cozy, offers every amenity you could ever need, it's beautifully updated, and sits in a perfect location to walk to town to enjoy the local shops, bakery, ice cream shop. We thoroughly enjoyed using the boat dock - our boat fit perfectly. And the public boat launch is a couple minutes away. Very convenient. We also enjoyed the Tuesday evening Water Ski show in Bala - so impressive! We loved our home away from home! Well worth every penny! Reviewer location El Paso, TX Date of arrival July 29, 2017

New and inviting!

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Great place! We had an amazing weekend. The house looks new and inviting. We felt in home in seconds. The host left notes in everywhere, so every question crossed our mind solved without the need to contact him

Well stocked & close to town!

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Beautiful Lake home and setting. Perfect for 2 families! Close to town which is very convenient .... also near train tracks-however we didn't see the train as being an issue. Close to boat rental, SUP rental etc (as no water 'toys' were provided). Very clean, well-stocked and new cottage interior design. Would absolutely recommend and we hope to return one day.

Loved Birchwood at Bala!

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We had a wonderful stay despite the weather. Ross accommodated our late check in and a late check out, which we really appreciated. The cottage had wifi, kitchen was well stocked, we made use of the fire pit at night, and watched Netflix on the rainy days. Thank you for hosting.

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