Cottage / Cabin / Lakehouse / Lodge / Chalet Glossary
There seems to be some confusion between the lot of cottage country living quarters. You say tom-ay-to, we say tom-ah-to; British Columbians say cabin, Nova Scotians say cottage. In many cases the confusion is a case of contrasting coastal jargon, but in some cases there are distinct differences between backcountry dwellings. So, without further adieu, the Holiday Rentals Network presents a backcountry bible: a definitive guide to cottage country accommodations. It's time to put the uncertainty to rest once and for all.
A modest and cozy private vacation home in a rural location, often situated near or on a lake; interchangeable with lake house.
A rural rustic private vacation home, often found in a woodland setting; interchangeable with cottage, though the term cabin is usually used when the property is situated away from the waterfront.
A private vacation home built in an Alpine style, typically winterized and found in the mountains or near a ski hill.
B&B, Bed & Breakfast
Typically situated in a private home with fewer than 10 rooms, B&Bs frequently offer complimentary breakfast in a dining room or the host's kitchen
A designated outdoor area where you can pitch a tent or park a camper. Campgrounds differ from a 'campsite' in that they are accessible by road and usually include amenities such as toilets, showers, fire pits, utility hook ups and piped drinking water.
A social country accommodation primarily used for a designated sport, i.e. ski lodge, fishing lodge or hunting lodge.
The most remote of accommodations, an outpost is a small camp located in a remote area, often only accessible by airplane or seaplane.
A hybrid between a hotel and cottage, combining the coziness of cottage life with hotel services, such as restaurants, maid service, and the company of other travelers.
This wooden outdoor furniture is the epitome of summer comfort, featuring a rounded back, contoured seat and wide armrests.
Eau de Cottage
Insect Repellant, what else?!
A designated area with moorings and supplies for small boats and pleasure crafts. Unlike a port, a marina does not handle large passenger or freight ships. Marinas often have refueling, washing and repair facilities and may be privately owned and operated or municipal facilities.
A wooden structure extending out from the shore into a body of water, from which you can swim and boat.
A wooden terrace attached to a house, not to be confused with dock. Suntan on the dock during the day, and eat a BBQ dinner on the deck in the evening.