Starting at CA$820.00 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 Air Conditioning, municipal water and high quality linens and mattresses plus on 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 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 Queen sleeps 2
Second floor 
Guest room 1 king sleeps 2 
Guest room 2 queen sleeps 2
Guest room 3 king sleeps 2
Upper sleeping porch queen Coleman air mattress for overflow children! Concierge services are available for all our rental properties to make your stay stress free! Catering, private chef services, daily maid service, water taxis, yoga on the dock, boat rentals, trampoline and water lily rentals, grocery, wine and beer stocking and we can even arrange to have cocktails waiting upon your arrival. Whatever you need just ask! We want to make your time at the cottage as relaxing and fun filled as possible!
Master Bedroom
Queen Size
Guest Bedroom
King Size
Guest Bedroom
Queen Size
Guest Bedroom
King Size
Air Bed

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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House rules include:

All potential guests must complete a rental application where you will be asked to provide a full guest list, ages of all guests, the name address and employer of the primary applicant as well as their home insurance policy details. No reservation is confirmed until approved by the owner. The application will form the basis of your short-term lease agreement with the cottage owner and you understand and agree that you will abide by the terms therein. We will see you when you check in. If you have misrepresented yourself (your age, purpose of use) or your group, we reserve the right to cancel your stay without refund. If we find out after the fact you have automatically forfeited your damage deposit for breach of contract. We are looking for mature individuals who can be responsible for their actions, and show respect.
Rates are subject to change until your reservation is confirmed.
Linen, beach & bath towels included.
Pets are not permitted at this rental. 
No smoking, electronic or otherwise, inside the cottage.
Open fires in fire pit only please & check burn restrictions for area before you arrive.
Fireworks are NOT permitted.
Please leave the cottage as you found it, tidy and with all garbage disposed of per the welcome letter. Note there may be a garbage removal fee of $500 per week. The initial cleaning fee pays for professional cleaners to prepare the cottage for you. A check out clean may be arranged for an additional fee, otherwise you are expected to leave the cottage as you found it, tidy and in good repair.
Netflix and internet are unlimited at Birchwood - enjoy!
Water activities, including motorized and non-motorized boating, are inherently dangerous. You indemnify the owners and their agents for any and all activities related to water activities.
To ensure the quiet enjoyment of the lake by our neighbours, music or loud noise of any kind not permitted after 10pm or before 8am.
Should you violate these terms you may be subject to an extra nuisance charge equal to the damage deposit as well as eviction without refund.

Please leave the cottage as you found it and have a wonderful time at the lake!

Best regards,

The MDR Team

Fee Amount
Damage Deposit CA$3,000.00
Online Booking Fee 5%
HST 13%
Accidental Damage Waiver CA$125.00

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!
Located on the shores of Lake Muskoka and walking distance to the amenities of Bala! A short walk to Don’s Bakery or the local ice cream shop and walkable from the Kee to Bala if you decide to take in a concert or the weekly waterski shows. This incredible family cottage is just minutes from town where you will find quaint shops and restaurants plus groceries and an LCBO. A short drive to Gravenhurst with its famous Wednesday farmers market. Make sure to also check out PIE on your way to Gravenhurst, a great spot to stop for a wood fired pizza and salad and to check out the newest microbrewery in Muskoka. A short distance north to the dining and shopping in Port Carling. Lots of room for kids to run and play and swim with a shallow sandy area at the shore and deep water off the dock. Cruise the big three lakes by boat, and explore the bays and inlets by kayak or paddle board. Enjoy walks, running, and cycling on the hilly cottage roads. The western exposure provides glorious sunsets for your end of day campfire by the lake.


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Well stocked and very clean!

Date of Stay:

The cottage is well stocked and very clean. The owner was friendly. The beds were quite comfortable. We loved the hot tub and the screened in room (as the bugs can get really bad). There was, however, no sandy beach. Perhaps the water was just running high while we were there though. There’s also a frequent and loud train that runs close to the cottage throughout the day and night. There’s a camera on the front entrance and they do monitor the number of guests very closely. Great location as far as convenience, walking distance to grocery store and lcbo. The cottage is spacious and nicely updated.

Excellent location - highly recommend!

Date of Stay:

The Birchwood at Bala property was unbelievably nice and conveniently situated within walking distance to all that Bala has to offer. The cottage is very well decorated with a good layout for four couples. All the amenities were so nice, especially the hot tub, campfire with Muskoka chairs, and the boat dock. Easy check in and check out. Would definitely recommend.

Bala Beauty

Date of Stay:

Location to everything Bala has to offer couldn't be beat! We could walk wherever we needed to be. And the drive to Gravenhurst was STRAIGHT forward! The cottage: huge, clean, cozy, all the amenities you could ever ask for both inside & outside!

Perfect in every way!

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We had a mini family reunion at Birchwood at Bala, with family members from three countries. It was absolutely perfect. The cottage is spectacular. From the delightful “Canadians” touches to the well-appointed kitchen and super comfy beds, it couldn’t have been any better. We even had the opportunity to chat with the owner who took the time to tell our curious family about the history of the cottage and the surrounding area. I would recommend this cottage to anyone who is looking for a little slice of heaven!

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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