A blissfully peaceful off-the grid rustic cabin retreat, two hours north-west of Toronto, with the Bruce Trail on its doorstep. No hydro. Freedom from gizmos. Back to basics. A unique experience!
It's summer! My cabin awaits! For those who have already stayed at my spot or those looking for an intimate connection with nature, this is the place to find it.
The cabin is located in the woods down a picturesque little-travelled gravel road, behind a high wooden gate that reminds some visitors of Narnia and Tolkien. Others call it Shangri-la.
Walking through its fifty acres of lovely beech and maple woods protected by the Niagara Escarpment Commission, you come upon strikingly dramatic ridges and ravines full of birds, wild flowers and rare mushrooms. There’s a totally secluded swimmable pond where you can play at being Adam and Eve, and watch frogs and dragonflies. A stream gushes alongside the cabin that sounds divine, and there’s a sunny deck with a charming vista of the pond and wooded hills beyond.
You can also enjoy the view from the large picture window in the living room, while sitting by a cosy evening fire.
The cabin is a lovingly personalized art-filled retreat that’s a perfect spot for two, but can accommodate up to six. There’s a snug nook called the Sauna Lounge and Bar where you can sip a cocktail and gaze out at the woods backlit at sunset. The lounge doubles as a second bedroom, with a queen-sized bed. There’s a bunkroom if you are doing the family thing, as well as a pull-out sofa in the living room. The master bedroom has large windows with vistas on three sides.
As an off-the grid spot there is cell phone reception. But after dark LED potlights, candles and flashlights are provided, and essential.
The spring stream-fed water system is limestone filtered and provides delicious drinking water, but no hot water, thus camp-style boiling of water for dish-washing and shower is required. The bathroom has a flush toilet, flushed in winter with a bucket. There's a new propane stove and fridge in a well-equipped kitchen, and a propane BBQ on the deck.
The cabin, as indicated on the map, is half way down Campbell's Hill Rd., a steep gravel road, leading down into the Beaver Valley. The fire code # is 466286.
The turn-off down Campbell's Hill Rd. is left off Grey Rd 13, 2 kms north of the village of Eugenia.
Your host will be there to greet you and explain all the fine points. Once you settle in, she will be only five minutes away and reachable by phone/text in case you need anything. Otherwise your seclusion is total.
No neighbourhood. How perfect!
Five minutes away up the hill in the village of Eugenia at a store called Top O' the Rock, you can buy liquor and basic food supplies. There's another store called Jable's, and also an excellent restaurant bar open on weekends, The Flying Chestnut.
Make a point of visiting Eugenia Falls in the village, a beautiful gorge in a cedar grove.
The town of Markdale with a full supermarket is a lovely cross-the-valley 20 minute drive. Lake Eugenia where you can put a boat in the water and swim is five minutes away by car.
The cabin is literally on the Bruce Trail, but many other access points to the Trail are close by, including the magestic Old Baldy walk, in May full of trillium carpets. In winter Beaver Valley Ski Club for downhill skiing is also very close.
A car is essential to get there. After that hiking is the thing.
Your host would love to know something about you in your email reservation request.
Given this is a highly personal space, there are art objects and ceramics that your host trusts you will totally respect, as she has no desire to de-personalize a space she uses herself.
Great care in the use of candles, propane lamps and fireplace and fire pit are also extremely important. A fire is the last thing anyone wants. Except burning merrily in the right controlled spot.
Pets are fine. Smoking outside.
Si vous annulez jusqu'à 5 jours avant le voyage, vous recevez un remboursement intégral. En cas d'annulation au cours des 5 jours précédant le voyage, la première nuit est non remboursable, mais vous recevrez un remboursement à hauteur de 50 % du coût des nuits restantes.
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I'm an artist/traveller/adventurer with many creative modes of expression. One of them is making radio documentaries for CBC Radio's Ideas.
Another has been shaping nature-surrounded spaces that are a light-filled joy to live in. That's what I hope you will find in this city space of mine, if you care to come.