Bella Vista

Enjoy sunsets every night at this tranquil and picturesque cottage setting. Over looking the clean and quiet South Portage Lake, there is a beautiful meandering pathway leading to an upper deck and lower dock to lounge on! Peace and serenity await yet minutes to the village of Haliburton.  Inside Bella Vista you will find three large bedrooms and two full bathrooms.   Enjoy an open concept kitchen, dining room and living room with a great view!  A full walk-out basement with a 26 X 10 screened room is yours to enjoy if the weather or bugs aren't cooperating. Two fireplaces for cold days and evenings to cozy up to.

In addition to the three bedrooms, the lower level rec room also includes two double beds, perfect for kids or extended family!  There is a fold down futon at the cottage for additional sleeping.   

Looking to spend some time outdoors?   Enjoy the family pedal boat, row boat, and two kayaks there for guests to use.  (One adult and one child kayak - under 140 lbs.)    We also have a variety of life jackets as well!    Catch your supper fishing in South Portage Lake and cook for your family on the supplied BBQ.  

 If looking to do a little more adventuring, how about Back Country ATV and snowmobile rentals and tours?, or the Haliburton Forest and Wildlife Reserve?   See these links and more listed lower on this page along with many more attractions!   There is so much to see and do at Bella Vista I'm confident your family will be repeat guests for years to come!

Dogs are welcome at Bella Vista!

Everything to make your stay comfortable is there for you to use!  Books to read, movies to watch, linens, towels, BBQ, propane, dishes, coffee maker, microwave, Bell TV, internet, and much much more!  Just take your food and enjoy your stay!

Location:  South Portage Lake, Haliburton, Ontario

Nearest Town: Haliburton 10 km, Minden 34 km, 

Water: South Portage Lake

Hospital: Haliburton Health Services 34 km

Guest Reviews!

Oct 4-11, 2019

This is such a stunning cottage to spend an amazing full colour fall week at!  It was perfectly located close to some many wonderful adventures.  

Until next time, we thank you so much.

Lynne and Tom Leveille, Tony Meyer (Chatam, ON)

Pablo S.  (Serra, Spain)


Oct. 4, 2019

We had a wonderful week of relaxing and visiting nearby attractions always knowing we had a great setting to return to each night.  The beautiful fall colours, the deer, and a pair of loons on the lake added to the enjoyment of a beautiful cottage.  Special thanks to the Trento's and Tara for making this a memorable 30th anniversary celebration.

Janice & Bill



Sept 13-26, 2019

Dear Bella Vista

What an amazing cottage!!

Everything we could need was readily available!  Thank you for letting us rent your cottage.  Our family of 8 all enjoyed themselves.  We can't wait to come up again!

Thank you!

The Williams family

(St. Thomas, Ontario)

We enjoyed the rowboats!  Excellent time!!!


We all relaxed - plenty of space for the whole family (all adults) to have quiet time - felt like home.

Thank you,

Tammy and Curtis 


August 29, 2019

The Stewart & Jackson families had such a great time.  Such a beautiful warm welcome sign and package.  We knew we were in for a treat!  This cottage had everything we needed and more.  We enjoyed all aspects, dock swims, fire pit, big family dinners, games night.  More than enough blankets and towels for everyone.  So well maintained and super clean!  Thank you and we hope to be back again next summer (or winter!)  


With gratitude,

Stewarts & Jacksons  <3


Aug 9/2019

Dear Trento Family,

We had an amazing time this past week.  This cottage was the perfect place for our family to spend time together.  We spent a lot of time down at the lake, jumping and diving off the dock.  Our young grandson loved jumping off the dock.  

Your cottage is warm and inviting and all we expected.  

Thank you all so much

The Kari family  <3


August 2, 2019

Dear Trento Family,

 We, the Sears and Naranjo families came together from Cambridge and Blue Mountain to enjoy a week @ Bella Vista!  We enjoyed our vacation lounging on the dock and jumping in the lake.  We made friends with the turtle, had a visit from the deer and caught the biggest fish in the lake, "likely"!  Swam several times across the lake...all of us, ages 10-45! (Impressive, right?)

Thank you for all of the outdoor activities that you shared with us...we loved the kayaks, pedal boat and rowboat!  We appreciate the gestures that welcomed us upon arrival!  The wine was delicious and the welcome sign was so special!  

We will always remember the memories we make here as it was our first dockside cottage vacation together!  The stars...oh those stars!

Many thanks once again,

The Sears and Naranjo families <3

P.S.  My niece really admired the photo of Luci on the dock with a paddle.  Hannah reenacted the photo and posted it on Instagram #Bellavista

         She also made you a friendship bracelet <3

P.P.S.  Thank you for welcoming our puppy...he is the baby of the family and had the best time <3


July 26, 2019

Dear Trento Family,

THANK YOU for a wonderful week.  Your thoughtful touches were greatly appreciated.  The kids LOVED fishing off the dock, going swimming and out in the boat.  The cottage is so cozy.  We enjoyed our busy days and being able to retreat "home" for a cozy family night. 

Thank you for helping us to create to many wonderful memories with our boys!  We enjoyed exploring the town of Haliburton - the kids loved making sandcastles on the beach and paddling in the shallows with the fish.  There is truly something for everyone, big and small, and the scenery is like something from a postcard!  

Thank you for letting us share in the beauties and joys of your beautiful home away from home : )   We can't wait to come back!

The Davenports

Guelph, ON


July 12, 2019

To Bella Vista,

Many thanks for the use of your magical home; it is well named.  The grounds and the water are pristine.   We and the Australian part of our family had a wonderful week and made great memories.  Two eleven year old girls spend countless hours in the kayaks fishing.  We felt very safe with them as they were always in plain sight.  The decks were used all day.  Lovely spot (and comfortable beds).  

The Patenaudes & Wynnes

from Quebec


June 27th, 2019

Dear Trento Family,

Thank you for letting us stay at your cottage for the week. We had an amazing time. We enjoyed time at the lake, some fishing, and a couple of fires and paddle boating. We all had a relaxing time from the business of life and the cottage was very homey.

We really enjoyed our time at Bella Vista. Thanks so much.

The Moulton Family


June 5, 2019

Dear Bella Vista, 

Thank you for letting us stay in your lovely cottage!  We really enjoyed all of the games and other amenities that you left for us.  We all had a great and relaxing time!


the Brown family 


May 20, 2019

Dear Bella Vista,

We had an amazing time with our friends in this cottage.  Thank you for having us.  This cottage has an amazing scenery and cozy vibe.  We feel super relaxed and left feeling chill.

A big THANK YOU to you

From The Battram Family


May 3-5, 2019

We had an amazing weekend!  Girls getaway!  We explored the the sculpture forest with a bottle of sparkling wine.  We bought dresses at the thrift shop, had a fashion show and fancy dress supper.   Ha Ha Ha.  Another weekend of bonding.


Sarah, Kelly, Chrissy, Andra, Cristina, Jess and the dogs


March 10-16, 2019

Thank you very much for sharing your beautiful cottage.  Had all the comforts of home and the benefits of the beautiful surroundings.  The kids enjoyed sledding, building forts and watching the family of deer running across the lake.  We rented cross-country skis at Source for Sports in town and greatly enjoyed our first attempt at skiing.  Highly recommend the Moosewood Trails for people who people who want to ski.  We also visited the Wolf Sanctuary and it was a wonderful way to spend the afternoon.

Thank you again!

The Taylors and the Hrycuskos


January 3, 2019

We came from Toronto and originally we are from Azerbaijan.  We enjoyed our stay and are planning to come back sometime in summer <3

Happy New Year



December 14, 2018

Dear Bella Vista,

Our family came from Thailand.  Your place is beautiful and cozy.  We enjoyed our stay here.

Thank you

Rozema family


Oct 21, 2018

Dear Bella Vista,

Thank you for making it our home away from home for these two days.  Thank you for letting us experience the beauty of this wonderful place both inside and outside of this magnificent cottage.  The house is spacious and very well arranged.  The lakeside view and the cool breeze from the lake was soothing!  We will definitely be back for a longer stay in the summer. 

Much thanks,

Jithin Jose & Friends


September 30, 2018

Thanks for a great weekend!  Wonderful place and a cozy house - Bella Vista <3

Yuriy and Valentina 


September 2, 2018

We've had a calm and rejuvenating two weeks.  We've had a great time.  Haliburton is such a wonderful area to explore and Bella Vista has been the right home base for us.  It suits two families perfectly as each group has its own space to retreat to.

Thanks again!

The Halls and Takatas


August 19th, 2018

Dear Trento Family,

Our week at Bella Vista was fun and relaxing!  Your cottage is wonderful and the lake is a great place to swim and fish.  We caught a bunch of small bass along with a 4 pounder!  We enjoyed spending time together along with the red squirrels, chipmunks, blue jays, scarlet tanagers, hummingbirds and loons.  Thank you for allowing us to share in the beauty of this place!

Amy, Marc, Cheryl, Gord, Betty, Jim, Chris & Gracie


August 12, 2018

We had a great time this week!  The cottage was very well maintained and Extremely Relaxing.  Would LOVE to come back again next year!!

Loved the lake and scenery and eating dinner out on the deck.

See you next year  : )

Until next time,

Manny, Judi, Andrea, Matt, Mike & Clara


July 22-29, 2018

We loved the cottage!  We went swimming every day!  Your cottage is amazing.  We had a power outage that lasted one day.  We brought a pile of board games and had a lot of fun!  I liked how everything was Canadian-ish : )

Thank you!

From Lily, Alex, Adrian, Shari, Shayne & Terri

P.S.  There were lots of chipmunks and red squirrels.  We named one of the chipmunks "Peanuts"


July 15, 2018

We all enjoyed our stay at Bella Vista!  The lake was beautiful and very peaceful.  The call of the loons was especially enchanting.  Every one of us loved our time by the water - kayaking, swimming & just relaxing.

Thank you!

The Veigels, Eadys & Rubies


July 7, 2018

Trento family,

Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful cottage with us for the week!  We enjoyed spending time on the dock and visiting the large snapping turtle that lived underneath : )  We didn't have much luck when it came to fishing but this week was the perfect way to celebrate a 30th wedding anniversary and our baby boy's first vacation!

Thanks again!

Katie, Tom & Jack Policelli

Karen, Tim & Chelsea Gillespie


July 1, 2018

Happy Canada Day!

What a great week we had!  Thank you so much for a comfortable & well-stocked cottage.  We spent most of our time on the dock & enjoyed all the water toys.  Only caught one fish on the first day though : (  but we enjoyed sharing the water with our friend, Mr.  Snapping Turtle.

Thanks again & we'll see you next year!

Ryan, Andrea, Sara, Jeff, Jordan, Clare, Colin & Cora 


June 24, 2018

Thank you so much for renting your lovely cottage to us.  It was a wonderful family gathering celebrating a milestone birthday!  We couldn't have wished for a better cottage and location.   We found everything we required to make our stay so very special!  

Thank you again,

The Wilkinsons


June 16, 2018

Dear Trento Family,

Thank you for letting us stay at your beautiful cottage!  It's a great place to wind down and relax.  We had a lot of fun using the canoe, row boat and paddle boat .  The water also felt great!  We also tried fishing but didn't have much luck.  

Anyway, we had a lot of fun here.  

Thank you again!

Frances and friends


May 27 - June 3, 2018

Dear Trento Family,

Thank you Dean and Serenity Vacations for allowing us to spend a fantastic week in Bella Vista.  We all had a fabulous time, fishing, fire pits and fun.  We have already made arrangements to return next year.  Talk about Serenity!!

Thanks very much

Clifford & Guests


March 18, 2018

Written by Steve's daughter:  

Dear Trento Family,

We enjoyed our stay.  We saw all sorts of different animals up close.  THIS PLACE IS SO MUCH FUN.  We enjoyed playing some of the board games.  And we had a lot of fun playing on the Wii.  We got more family time then usual when the power shut down so we had more fun.  We also went outside to see all the different animals and to look at the frozen lake.  During the power outage we played a game together, that we were in survival mode and the Zombies were coming. 

Thank you for making this place cozy for us.

From Steve & guests


February 19, 2018

We are having a great winter get-away at this lovely cottage.  We've skied on the lake and at the Haliburton Sculpture Forest.  The driveway is an epic toboggan hill, and instead of having to trudge up the side of the hill, there are stairs!

We awoke to 3 deer in the backyard, part of a herd of 9 that we saw later on the lake.  The fireplaces are warm, the beds are comfy, and the spaces very functional.  We had a weekend that was both fun and relaxing.

With thanks,

The Ryan and Cosh-Clark families


January 7, 2018

Dear Trento Family,

Thank you for sharing your cottage with us.  We had so much fun!  We took advantage of the snow and the warmth of the fireplace afterwards.  The cottage was a perfect place to unwind after the hustle and bustle of Christmas.

Thank you again!

The Dooher's


Dec 29 - Jan 1, 2018

What a great way to ring in the new year!  We loved the warm fires and hot baths after our cold days of playing in the snow.

Happy New Year 2018

The LaFontaines


Dec 23-29, 2017

Dear Trento Family,

We had a wonderful week at your cottage.  Our family got together here after more than a year that we have been apart.  We had the best time cooking, BBQ (-30 C!) watching movies and relaxing all together.  This has been one of our best Christmas.  We are all having such a hard time leaving today.  It was so relaxing to get out of the noise and city and land in your little paradise.  Thanks!  We wish you a blessed New Year.  We wish you get 10 times the great memories you allowed us to build at your place.

Feliz Navidad Y Prospero Ano 2018

Oscar & Cheila + Baby to arrive in May

Hilda & Alvaro (our parents)

John & Claudia (came from Houston, TX)


Dec 19-23/17

To the Trento Family,

Thank you so much for opening your home to us.  It was so Serene.  The comforts, little specific thoughts and touches that went into making your home welcoming is spectacular.  We were able to just chill away from city noises and enjoy cozy fires, reading, TV, ATV trails and a special first time visit to the Haliburton Forest to see the wolves.  We (were) even able to take beautiful pictures and listen to them howl.

Splendid time.  Must do again.

Thank you again

Deanna & Scott


December 15-17, 2017

Dear Trento Family,

Thank you for opening your lovely home to us!  It was the perfect place for a peaceful weekend getaway and a great reminder that winter is truly here!  It was a great place to gather with friends & family to celebrate my birthday.  The lake covered in snow and ice was picturesque and the perfect place to view the stars at night.  Can't wait to come back!


Tiffany & Gary


Nov. 6, 2017

Dear Trento Family,

While the nature has given the ultimate gift to your place in terms of beauty, it is your thoughtful planning that made our experience wonderful and fantastic.  Our weekend at your place had more than comfort, we truly felt the coziness and warmth that you had meant.

Majid, Haleh, Mitra, Behrooz, Nooshin,  Mahmood, Sepideh & Pouria, 


Oct. 29th, 2017

Thank you - Cottage is beautiful!

Mike & Becky Mills



Dear Bella Vista,

Thank you very much for letting our family stay at this beautiful cottage.  We rented many cottages around the world and this was one of the best we have stayed in.  Three days have gone by so fast.  Our family enjoyed fishing in the sun & the BBQ.  The trails in the area were also beyond expectation.  We will definitely return next year as our family will be leaving with a great memory.

Thank you!

Kim & Shin family

from Toronto & Niagara



Thank you so much for letting us rent your cottage.  The weekend was beautiful just like this cottage!  Everything was absolutely perfect and we enjoyed every second of our stay.  Thank you for the warm welcome and bottle of wine.  We look forward to visiting again soon.

Brandon & friends


Sept 17, 2017

Thank you so much for allowing us to escape our boring lives and come to this amazing cottage!  The view was breath taking!  We enjoyed the lake for hours on end, kayaking, canoeing & the pedal boat.   We definitely will look to coming back or see some of the other properties!

Thank you again!

Mr. & Mrs. Grewal & Family


Sept 08-10/2017

We stayed over Sept 8-10 and were 10 people.  We want to extend our greatest gratitude for the effort, organization, and hospitality that this gorgeous property provides.  Everything (even a pasta cooker lol) was available for our many needs & comfort.  The view was breath-taking.  We can't wait to revisit this or any of your other properties.  We are looking forward to it.  Thank you so, so much!


Saba & friends

(Toronto 2017)


August 27th, 2017

Thank you so much for letting us rent your cottage.  We had a wonderful week, very relaxing.  

We did some of the things your sign said in the kitchen.  We slept in too long, ate too much, played games, read books, took walks & many pictures were taken.  We tried a fire one night but the wood we bought was too wet & the mosquitos were so bad we went inside.   We also played some great golf at some beautiful golf courses in the area.

The cottage was very comfortable & cozy.   Everything was in it that we needed, and the welcome sign & gestures were a really nice touch.  

Thanks for the memories

The Miedema's


At Bella Vista, all beds and mattresses come with high thread count sheets provided for your stay. There are three bedrooms in total and an additional sleeping area in the recroom.   The two upstairs bedrooms feature a King size bed and a Queen.   In the lower level, there is one more bedroom plus additional sleeping area in the recroom.   This bedroom features a Queen sized bed and a fold down futon bed.  The rec room has two double beds, great for a kids hangout or extra sleeping for extended family!   All linens, towels, and pillows are provided and are freshly made for your arrival!

Max. occupancy 10 people.

Bella Vista

Fully equipped Kitchen, Dining Room, Family Room, 3 bedrooms + additional sleeping areas, 2 bathrooms.

Recroom with Foozball, TV's, books, movies, and Unlimited Internet.

Large Deck across back of cottage with lake views, Lower deck, and dock.  Exceptional Privacy 

Parking: 4 Vehicles 
Heating: Electric forced air, Two propane fireplaces
Outside and Watercraft:
Fire pit, Large rowboat with paddles, Family pedal boat, adult kayak, child kayak, Life Jackets (various sizes), Deck, Deck table, chairs, sun umbrella, chairs, lower deck, Dock and Muskoka chairs
Refrigerator, Oven, Stove, Microwave, dishwasher, Toaster, Slow cooker, Propane BBQ, Washer, Dryer,  Coffee Maker,  Kettle, All the comforts of home.


TV's, Satellite Dish, Bell TV cable box. DVD Player, DVD Collection/ Shuffleboard table, Foosball table, Board Games and Books. 


Available year round!

Red/Pink is booked - Grey is available

2019 - LOW SEASON:
January 2, 2019 to June 14, 2019 and

Sept. 13, 2019 to December 30, 2019

Week - $1,150

Weekend - $750 (any two nights)

Additional nights - $80 (up to a week)

June 14, 2019 to June 28, 2019 and
(Week rentals only) $1,995

June 28, 2019 to August 30, 2019

(Week rentals only) $2,495


Family Day, Easter, Victoria Day, Labour Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years
(3 nights minimum) $1,195
Additional nights $80 (up to a week)

Max. occupancy 10 people.

About the Owners

We are the Trento family - Steve, Katie, Max and Luci. We spent almost two years hunting for the right cottage and instantly fell in love with the Haliburton area. We are a busy family and we searched for a cottage that we could enjoy all year round. We think "Bella Vista" is the perfect place for swimming, fishing and spending quality time together as a family. We enjoy being outdoors and are excited to participate in all of the activities that the Haliburton area offers for year round entertainment. South Portage Lake is absolutely stunning and we know you will agree. We hope you enjoy Bella Vista as much as we do and we look forward to reading your guestbook entry telling us about the fun times that you've had!.