About Us

about Brentwood Cottage Rentals

about-1A little bit of our history on the shores of Lake Huron

Joan grew up in Exeter just 15 minutes from Lake Huron. Summers were spent with picnics, sunsets, swimming, beach bonfires, camping in the Pinery, cottage rentals, roller skating in Grand Bend and a dream to live on the Lake Huron shoreline. In 1989 Joan purchased Brentwood on the Beach and opened a bed and breakfast where she welcomed guests for 25 years.

Peter grew up in a rural area in northern Germany very near the North Sea. He lived in Canada for 5 years as a child and then the family moved back to Germany. He worked in France for 8 years. In 1994 he immigrated to Canada to be Joan's partner both in marriage and in business.

By 1998 they purchased the Bayview Cottage and in 2009 they had the Upper Beach House built. With Peter's high energy, creativity and driving force, he created gardens, walkways, stairs that lead guests to the sandy beach, to hammocks, a pergola and a gazebo that provide shaded areas at the beach.

On October 10th, 2014 after 25 years of welcoming guests to their bed and breakfast, Joan and Peter sold Brentwood on the Beach to Wei Shao. We are pleased that it continues to be operated as a luxury BandB.

Joan and Peter Karstens continue to own and operate the Brentwood Cottages. It is their pleasure to share this cottage lifestyle and life on Ontario's West Coast.
Come Coast Awhile.......