frequently asked questions

The week of ….seems to be available. Can I rent The Great Lake Getaway and what are the next steps?
The availability calendar is kept up to date with confirmed bookings. However, there might be a tentative reservation for the week you want. We will tell you when you ask. If The Great Lake Getaway is available we require a 50% deposit. Once your cheque is received, your booking is confirmed and the dates will be entered into the availability calendar - note that a major credit card is need to hold bookings in high season.

When I send you a cheque, will you send me confirmation or can we sign an agreement?
Yes. A confirmation email will be sent when we receive your deposit cheque. A Rental Agreement will be mailed for you to complete, sign and return. See the rental  rates page for more details.

How far away is the access to the beach?
The Great Lake Getaway is a waterfront property that faces Lake Ontario (south exposure). The property is 27 meters wide 150 meters long with the beach directly in front of the cottage approximately 100 meters walking distance. It is flat terrain; there are no steps or seawall.

What is the beach like?

In front of the cottage the beach is pebble and depending on the time of year and the water level in the Great Lakes, there are varying widths of sand before you get to the water. Lake Ontario is a natural shoreline and as such waves will deposit various sea, bird, plant life and algee.  The Great Lake Getaway is situated on Popham bay and is generally great for swimming because it is warm and shallow; however the beach and waterfront are ever changing depending on the wind and waves. The lake bottom is typically sand or a mix of sand and beach pebbles.

Is it a private beach?
Yes. Ownership extents to the waters edge and is private property. This is the same for all waterfront owners in the area, but it is accepted for others use the beach as a walkway, typically to access the adjacent sand beach of Presquile. Boat mooring, boat launching, camping or picnicking by any other than those listed on the rental agreement and their guests is considered trespassing, as this is private property.

Are sleeping arrangements available for more than 4 adults?
No. The Great Lake Getaway can accommodate a maximum of 4 adults plus two children. There are three bedrooms, two with a queen bed and the other with single bunk beds

Is there a fireplace?
There is a gas fireplace in the living room which is only available in the cooler weather. It is disabled June through August.

What do I need to bring?

The Great Lake Getaway has a fully equipped kitchen with all appliances, dishes and housewares. You will need to bring bath and kitchen towels, bedding and paper products,  your personal effects and groceries.

Where is the nearest town?
The Great Lake Getaway is located in the town of Brighton. Consisting of about 4,500 people, Brighton has a lot to offer. Here are some of the services: 2 Supermarkets Sobeys and No Frills, 2 banks CBIC and Royal Bank, Liquor and beer store, 2 pharmacies, Public library, Tennis courts, Ball diamonds, Building and Hardware stores and propane refill centres.

Can I bring my boat?
Yes, by all means. Brighton has 2 different marinas and lots of great sailing or power boating. Only minutes to the Murray Canal which provides access to the Bay of Quinte and the Trent River system, famous worldwide for its pickerel (walleye) fishing. A 20 minute ride across the bay takes you to Wellers Bay, where locals gather on sunny weekends.

Is there Internet access?
No. there is no phone line, However we are located in a strong cell area so mobile phones work fine and you'll have no problem staying in touch. High speed Internet access is available at the Public Library, which is a 10 minute drive.