We recommend you bring flashlights in the event of a power failure at the cottage. In rural areas, interruptions to electrical power supply may last a little longer than in the city. Also, remember that the water system operates on an electrical pump. Therefore do not run the water when the power is off. Municipal water system will usually allow water usage in the event of a power failure but water may not be safe to drink.
Location of fuse box/electrical panel: Panel in Main Bedroom
Power stays on permanently?: Power is on permanently with one exception. Renters must turn on the breakers for the hot water tank when they arrive and turn them off when they leave.
If there is a wood-burning fireplace or stove listed in the Cottage Inventory as available for your use, please do not use artificial logs or anything other than regular firewood. Do not overload fireplace. Make certain that the flue is open prior to lighting a fire, and that the fireplace screen/doors are in place while fire is burning. DO NOT cut down trees on the property for firewood. Unless otherwise specified, the firewood provided should be more than adequate for your needs. Please do not burn excessive amounts of wood unnecessarily. Do not cut/split wood anywhere inside the cottage.
Outdoor fires are only allowed if the cottage owners have an established permanent fire pit area. Before lighting any fire out of doors, check with the local Township office regarding fire regulations, restrictions and permits required. Pour water on all fires, to ensure they are completely out. Do not make a large fire as nearby trees and brush can catch on fire.
Never leave garbage outside the cottage unless it is in a tightly covered container. Country critters are attracted to garbage. Unless you wish to have additional company during your vacation, please follow the garbage disposal instructions below. All garbage must be removed from the property at the end of your rental period. Any garbage left at the cottage premises will result in a $50.00 disposal charge.
Location of nearest landfill: Renters to place garbage in the can by the shed. Renters in cottage Monday morning will need to put the can across the street early Monday Morning (pickup anytime after 07:30am) A garbage tag will need to be placed on bin-tags will be located beside the mircrowave.
Location of nearest Recycling Depot: Blue recycling bin will also be beside the shed. It goes out at the same time as the garbage. All cans/bins will need to be retrieved after pickup and placed back in shed.
Most cottage properties in this area use either a private well, or the municipal water system as a water source, while a few use lake water. If it says the water source is well or lake the following usually applies. The water may be safe to drink, but many cottage owners filter or boil their water, or bring in drinking water from an outside source. Cottages with wells or lake water supply use an electric pump to provide water inside the cottage. The pump will go off and on when the system requires water. Please note that it normally should NOT run for more than 10 minutes straight or so, when there is no water being run. Check owner instructions regarding pump. If you believe there is a problem, turn the pump off until you have contacted the maintenance person listed, or the rental agency to determine if there is indeed, a difficulty. If it says municipal water supply below all of the above does not apply to this property.
Cottage Water Source: Renters should use bottled water. The bottles can be refilled at Foodland in Forest or for free at the town water station next to Gilpin's Funeral Chapel. If the bottles are used they need to be refilled before renters leave.
Location of water pump and hot water heater: Renters must turn on the water system switch under the kitchen sink when they arrive and turn it off when they leave.
Many cottages operate on a septic system which is very sensitive. The basic rule is DO NOT PUT ANYTHING down the toilet other than natural waste and toilet paper (and be conservative with the paper).
- Use one-ply paper whenever possible.
- No paper towels, Kleenex, tampons, pads, matches, hair, grease, strong chemicals, etc. These are guaranteed to back up the system.
- Also, it is easier on the system if you flush only when absolutely necessary.
- If the power goes out for a period of time, and you need to flush the toilet more than once, fill the tank up with water from the lake if possible, then flush. When water system is a Municipal system water is usually still available to flush toilets.
- See note under Power/Heat Source.
The septic bed (identified outdoors as the large, flat/level open section of the lot) can be easily damaged by excessive weight. Do not drive or park on the lawn.
- Do not drive over, or park any vehicles in this area.
- Septic systems have a maximum capacity with regard to use (i.e. number of persons, washrooms, laundry, etc.).
- Do not exceed the maximum number of persons determined for this cottage and indicated on your rental agreement.
Thank you for your consideration in leaving the cottage (inside and out) thoroughly clean and tidy, as it was for your arrival. If you deplete any cleaning supplies, please replace them for the next guests. We have provided a checklist for your use prior to your departure. Please remember that it is required that the cottage be left thoroughly clean and tidy. If the property requires additional cleaning following your departure, deductions will be made from your security/damage deposit to cover the cost.
Location of cleaning supplies: Under Kitchen Sink
Please do not burn any foreign materials (i.e. wood) in the BBQ. The BBQ grill should be cleaned/brushed after each use. Operating instructions are affixed to the BBQ. If not, make sure the lid is open and the match or lighter burning BEFORE you turn on the propane. After each use, turn off both the BBQ On/Off valve and the tank valve.
If this cottage is equipped with a propane barbecue, the propane tank has been filled by the owners prior to your arrival. If the propane runs out during your stay, please check the Inventory list to see if an extra tank has been provided. If not, please go to the nearest refill station and refill the tank prior to leaving the cottage.
Cable TV service is not available in rural areas. Therefore, television reception and selection of channels tends to be limited. Please refer to TV section under inventory to see what this cottage offers for service. During thunder and lightning storms, please unplug televisions and stereo systems.
NOTE: If we have not indicated that a piece of recreational equipment is available on the Cottage Inventory List, then it is not for the use of renters. Therefore, if there is a boat at the cottage, but one is not listed on your Cottage Inventory list, PLEASE DO NOT USE.
No Rv's or tents allowed on cottage property at any time.
When boating, remember that one approved life jacket or personal floatation device for each person on board is required by law. The availability of life jackets at the cottage is indicated on your Cottage Inventory list. It is recommended that you bring your own.
Everyone knows everyone else in cottage communities, and they keep an eye on each other's property. Don't be surprised if someone asks you who you are. Explain that you are guests of the owners. Your consideration of the owner's place in that community will be appreciated. No loud parties or noise after 10:00 p.m., observe normal boating and water guidelines, etc.
If there is a telephone at the cottage, you are welcome to use it for local calls only. Any long distance calls must be charged to another number, or your phone card. Any long distance charges billed during the period of your occupancy will be deducted from the security deposit, along with a $20.00 administrative charge per call. Nearest payphone-
Location of nearest Public Phone: Forest arena 8 km
Long Distance Restrictions: See Note
Since the owners use the cottage themselves, they may leave some food supplies or staples at the cottage. You are welcome to use these if you need to, but we ask that you replace any supplies that become depleted during your stay.
In many cottages, linens and towels are not provided with rentals. If there are linens and towels in the cottage, and your agreement or inventory does not indicate use of linens and towels is allowed, please do not use. There will be a $100.00 cleaning charge if these items are used.
If your rental agreement indicates that pets are not allowed, this also applies to any guests that may visit during your stay. At those cottages where pets are welcome, please keep your pet on a leash, or near you at all times. Do not allow your pet to disturb the neighbours. Your efforts to stoop & scoop will be appreciated by the owners and the next guests.
Just because a cottage says no pets does not mean there have not been pets previously visiting the cottage. If you have a pet allergy please contact the rental agency so that they may verify with the owners as to the last time a pet was at the cottage.
The maximum number of persons permitted at this cottage, includes children, daytime & overnight guests.
Maximum number of vehicles permitted at this cottage, includes daytime & overnight guests.
Failure to adhere to these maximums will result in either immediate eviction without refund, or a $100 per night (or per day) charge for each additional guest/vehicle.
Maximum Occupancy: 5
Maximum Vehicles: 2 vehicles
Check in time 400pm Check-out time is 10:30 a.m. unless otherwise indicated on your booking confirmation form. Please adhere to this schedule in order that there be sufficient time for any cottage maintenance and preparation for the next cottage guests. Please ensure that all keys are returned to the lock box if one has been provided at this cottage. Late check outs will insue a $50.00 charge.
Please remember to take all of your personal items when you check out. If requested, the cottage owners will retain any forgotten items for a maximum of 2 weeks while you arrange to pick them up. Neither Lake Huron Cottage Rentals, nor the cottage owner will be responsible for returning any forgotten items by mail or courier, etc.
In cottage country, there is an over-abundance of insects and creepy-crawlies, and we, as humans, can do very little to control these critters. To discourage insects and small rodents, please keep exterior screen doors closed at all times.Previous Page