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Stunning Waterfront Century Home with swimming pool Sleeps 12. P.E.C

Bedrooms 5
Half Baths1
Space 2,750 sq ft
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights


About the property

5 Bedrooms, 4.5+ Baths,private extensive grounds,heated pool, luxury kitchen

Harmonious Fox House

Harmonious Fox House is a beautifully restored century old farmhouse, situated on 18 scenic acres with direct and private access to the Bay of Quinte. An in ground heated salt water swimming pool was installed September 2015 and the house now has air conditioning to keep you cool in the summer!

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE VRBO WEBSITE IS SHOWING ALL CANADIAN PROPERTY PRICES IN U.S. DOLLARS. The actual price is $5000 Canadian dollars for the week inclusive of taxes. To view the Canadian dollar price look in the 'Rates ' section and change the rate to Canadian. We apologise for this and are hoping VRBO will revert to Canadian dollar prices soon.

Built by Mr Harmonious Fox in the late 1800's,the house was constructed with an independent space for his mother (the west wing).

It is an ideal spot for touring the many vineyards, restaurants and beaches of The County. Additionally you can enjoy fishing (with some of the best pickerel in Ontario in the bay), cycling, canoeing, photography and bird watching.

Large, airy characterful rooms are a key part of the charm of this very attractive country retreat. The bright and spacious eat-in kitchen is a pleasure to both prepare food in and to eat, socialize and catch up on all of the day’s activities. The brand new luxury kitchen was installed this winter. It has quartz counter tops and stainless steel appliances including a professional range. The kitchen is very well equipped with everything a family could need including coffee maker and a cappuccino machine , new stainless steel fridge freezer with iced water, crushed ice and cube dispenser . Enjoy the high end Hi Fi system and broadband internet .The hand made cherry wood table has seating for up to 10 people.

Walk through the sliding doors onto a large deck complete with 2 tables, 12 chairs, sun lounger and large BBQ. This deck has wonderful direct views of the meadows and water.

On the main floor there is also a large and comfortable living room, complete with board games, puzzles and books together with High Definition satellite tv and blue ray dvd player.

From the living room you can walk through sliding double doors into the West Wing .

This part of the house was built by Mr Fox for his mother who lived with the family but had some independence, and can also be entered through a separate door from the garden . This is a lovely bright room with plenty of space to relax in a peaceful spot away from the rest of the house . Read a book and enjoy the views to the lake across the meadow. Up a separate staircase leading from this room is the West Wing bedroom with 2 Queen size beds . There is a full bathroom with jacuzzi bath on the main floor . The West wing has a sunroom with full size table tennis table.

Off the living room is the main floor bedroom complete with a bay window overlooking a meadow that fronts the water .This room has a queen size bed and an en-suite three piece bathroom with shower.

Back to the main house ,on the main floor there is a two piece powder room and laundry room with washer & dryer and a sun-room with both a foosball table and a hockey table.

On the second floor there are three bedrooms. The first is a large bright bedroom with a queen size bed and an en-suite three piece bathroom with shower.

The remaining two upstairs bedrooms are also good sized. One bedroom has a queen bed and satellite tv. The other bedroom has both a queen and twin bed. These two connecting rooms share a four piece bathroom and a walk out to the top balcony with stunning views of the bay.

Our guests now have the benefit of our newly installed heated swimming pool. The pool is salt water and is 32 feet by 16 feet with a wooden deck surround. The pool area is private and fully enclosed with a safety fence and is situated in a lovely garden setting close to the house.

The property is completely private and has several trails that enable to you wander through the woods or meadows at your own pace. Perfect for gentle exercising and relaxing and enjoying the sights & sounds of nature

The vegetable garden has 4 raised beds with seasonal tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, beans, lettuce, herbs to be enjoyed by our guests

The shoreline is a 5 minute walk from the steps at the foot of the deck. There you can access the lake and launch the kayaks.The lake is very shallow near the shoreline and is sandy bottomed with some rocks. Water shoes are recommended.

A public boat launch is at Northport only 1 km. away and County Shores RV park (3 minutes drive) has boats for hire by the half day. Picton is a 20 minute drive. Local wineries are mostly within a 30 minute drive, Sandbanks Provincial Park is about 30 minutes.

Guests at this property are welcome to enjoy amenities such as two single and one tandem kayak, complete with paddles and PFD’s, horseshoes , table foosball,table hockey and table tennis.

Keywords: large, two families,heated swimming pool, luxury designer kitchen, shallow water entry,conservation, country, wine,near beaches,restful,tranquil,stunning views, bird, haven, foodie, great restaurants,

More Details

celia johnstone
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, french, german, russian
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 18, 2018

About celia johnstone

I am a retired lawyer and having returned to school I am now working as a forester. I use my skills and love of gardening to grow trees in our woodlands and the extensive flower and vegetable gardens. The orchard that I planted in 2010 is now bearing delicious fruit !

celia johnstone purchased this farmhouse in 2010

Why celia johnstone chose Prince Edward

We have stunning views , a totally private location and are only a short drive to the beaches at Sandbanks. We have water access to the bay of Quinte with its wealth of wildlife and regularly see osprey, deer, bobcats ,rabbits and owls. The red squirrels that live in our walnut trees provide a constant source of entertainment. Our frog pond is a delightful place for kids to watch the frogs and dragonflies.

Guestbook comments from the owner

The Harmonious Fox House is the perfect place for a family getaway, we had a fabulous and relaxing vacation The house is huge with all the amenities you have at home and some you wish you had. The yard is large and very private, the place comes with lots of games for the kids to play indoors and outdoors. Most importantly the owners are wonderful to deal with and will be helpful before and after your stay.
Jun 2012
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Prince Edward Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2750 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:30 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Max. adults: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 30
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only
  • Nobody can stay at the property without the owners permission
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Elevator
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kettle
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 4.5
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 5 - 2 queen , Bedroom 5 is in the West Wing
    ground floor Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , This bedroom has an ensuite
    Master Bedroom - 1 queen , This bedroom has an en suite
    Bedroom 3 with walkout balcony - 1 queen , Connected to bedroom 4 , share an en suite ,
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , This bedroom is reached through bedroom 3
  • Queen size Beds (6), Twin or Single Beds (2) These twins are in a room with a queen and are suitable for a child sharing with parents
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Game Room ...
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 8 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub
  • Private Pool ...
  • Spa Whirlpool
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis
18 acres of woods and meadows , in ground heated , fully fenced swimming pool, excellent fishing , 2 single and 1 double kayak , private walking trails , birdwatching, photography


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Stunning Waterfront Century Home with swimming pool Sleeps 12. P.E.C
average rating of 4.5555553 based on 19 reviews

Splendid... I can't wait to go back!

  • 5 of 5

I had the most amazing week at this marvelous farmhouse. I took long walks along the property every morning and evening, as the scenery was lovely and so very peaceful. And the view from the deck was perfect for watching breathtaking sunsets in the evenings and stargazing at night. Every room inside this beautiful century home had it's own special touch and it was very clean, charming and cozy as well as very spacious. I looked forward to curling up with a good book in the sunroom in the afternoon, watching a movie at night in the living room and waking up to a fresh cup of coffee in the morning after a very comfortable sleep. The pool was the cherry on top of my stay, as it was perfect for cooling off and sunbathing. And this property was only a short drive to a few beautiful local wineries and to Picton, which was a great option for when I wanted to go for a little stroll and check out some quaint shops. I can't wait to go back!

- Erin

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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No safe lake access

  • 1 of 5

For such an expensive property billing itself as a stunning waterfront house, it is more than disappointing that there was no safe access to the lake. The path to the lake was slippery and mucky, with a fallen tree across the path at one point, and an unsafe set of rickety and uneven wooden steps leading to a narrow opening to the lake. The entire reason for renting this house was to have access to the lake. When contacted, the owners blamed "an act of God" for heavy rains that caused the situation. But they made no effort to contact us in advance, nor have they ever adjusted the wording in their ad to this day. They suggested we could rent kayaks elsewhere, but we could have done that from a house anywhere without paying a premium for being on the "waterfront." We did not follow their logic that it was OK to use the access to the lake anyway because the previous guests had -- I did not wish to risk the safety of the adults and children in our family. We considered leaving after one day, but it was not practical to find a suitable alternative for a party of 12. Very unprofessional to have guests discover such a situation only when arriving at the property. Needless to say, it changed the entire character of our stay, and was a significant and completely unanticipated disappointment. When a major factor in your own property write-up changes, how about letting your guests know in advance?

  • Submitted: Sep 9, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: As we explained to Cecil, a few days before he arrived The County experienced an unprecedented amount of rainfall that made the access point to the lake muddy. This kind of weather in August has never been experienced before: hence our description of it as an act of God! Our guests who stayed during the rainstorm confirmed to us that all was good and that they enjoyed using the kayaks with their children. We understood Cecil's concern with the rainfall induced access problem and offered to reimburse him for daily kayak hire at Fosters RV campground, only a 5 minute drive away which has large docks to put the kayak's into the water. He refused our offer and instead demanded a 20 percent discount on his bill and threatened to write a bad review if we didn't concur. We did not submit to his demands....hence his negative review. We have since put in a small raised boardwalk to alleviate the problem should it ever arise again. We are saddened that the situation occurred. He is the first guest in 8 years to have not fallen in love with the beauty of Harmonious Fox House
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  • 5 of 5

Our family stayed for a week this summer in the beautiful Harmonious Fox house. The home is spacious and very well laid out for extended family. Everyone had ample space, and our four kids loved it! The house is extremely clean and filled with games, books and music. The rooms are unique and full of character. The property is also beautiful -- we enjoyed exploring the walking trails and frog pond, and so did our dog. The bugs were not bad at all. There is lots to do nearby -- we visited the local wineries, Sandbanks provincial park and beaches, golfed, Ribfest, the nearby park, and bustling town of Picton with numerous shops and restaurants. Overall, we loved the house and had a wonderful vacation. In addition, a thoughtful bottle of wine upon arrival, and the owners are very kind and prompt with communications. Highly recommend the property....and I believe they are putting in a swimming pool which would be awesome!

  • Submitted: Oct 4, 2015
  • Stayed: August 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Delightful house with beautiful grounds

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here for one week earlier this summer (August 16-23) with my brother's family and our three dogs. As others have commented, the bathrooms associated with each room gave everyone a feeling of having their own self-contained living areas in the house, along with the spacious, well-equipped kitchen and the deck overlooking the garden and the bay (which is where we ate most of our meals - making extensive use of the new Weber barbecue). Probably what we spent most time doing, however, was walking along the trails through the woods associated with the property, which were serenely beautiful and much enjoyed by the dogs, who I think would have liked to stay forever. Although the house is quite secluded, small towns, wineries, cider manufacturers, cheese factories, restaurants and the Sandbanks resort are all within easy driving distance. My brother, who is an avid cyclist, also enjoyed the rolling and mostly traffic-free country roads, which made for great cycling trips. A wonderful place to unwind!

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2015
  • Stayed: August 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A superbly crafted, artistic and spacious house in an idyllic setting.

  • 5 of 5

I stayed for one week (June 30 to July 6 2015) with my wife our 3 teenage boys and our dog. The house was in superb condition and the owners even provided us with an excellent red wine as a friendly greeting. While the access to the water was ankle wet near the water we had come prepared thanks to previous occupant reviews and it was not a problem. We all enjoyed the kayaking and the dog had a delightful time doing some swimming. The grounds are extensive and well maintained with several long trails that were great for nature walks with our dog . The deck off the kitchen is quite large and suitable for relaxing and enjoying the water view and the bird and butterfly activity. In a previous review it was noted that the road (route 15) was not suitable for biking for younger children. There is a quiet country road, however, that connects to 15 in front of the house that is very quiet and one of our boys who is a runner would do his daily 5 mile run on this road and seldom encountered a vehicle. The bedrooms and baths are spacious and in excellent condition and each boy liked his bedroom. The entertainment areas are also spacious and comfortable. The TV room is large and there is also another large non-TV area that can be closed off from the TV room for other activities. Additionally, there are 2 game room areas for active play. The WiFi worked flawlessly so we all kept up with are internet activity. The large pleasing indoor spaces and available activities make even a wet day enjoyable. Our 3 boys are all athletic so they were pleased to have the excellent fitness center in Picton available. Getting around the area to restaurants , Sand banks beach , wineries, coffee and snack shops etc. is no big deal in that the traffic is very light. A nice feature of Sand banks beach is that it has a beach areas open to dogs so it is a great spot for dogs and their owners. All in all this is a great place to vacation and we are all eager for a return visit.

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2015
  • Stayed: June 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Delightful, Comfortable and Spacious Home and Property

  • 5 of 5

Three generations of our family (parents, adult children and young grandchildren) greatly enjoyed our week long get together at this comfortable and spacious home. The house layout allowed separation for each family when needed but ample gathering space for everything else. The house was beautifully clean and comfortable; bathrooms associated with each room plus a powder room were particularly appreciated; the kitchen was modern with a large fridge/freezer, dishwasher, stove and so well equipped with dishes, glasses, pots, pans, casseroles, serving dishes cutlery and utensils (we have rented in many locations and this kitchen was among the best we have encountered). Because we had young children in the group we did not eat out much, so the wonderful kitchen, large dining table and barbeque and large table on the deck was much used. The garden area was a delightful place for us to relax; the little ones had room to play and the frog pond was a big hit; the bird feeders which attracted a variety of wildlife - chipmunks, squirrels, rabbits and especially the birds - was also a big hit with the adults and children alike and we even managed a kayak outing or two (we had brought life jackets but there was an ample supply).

We did venture away from the house too! The children very much enjoyed visits to the parks/playgrounds in Northpoint and Picton, the beach, and pick your own strawberries was a huge success -and eating the fruit even better! Adults also enjoyed visiting wineries and lavender farm; younger adults were excited to find a favourite Newfoundland band playing in the Picton theatre during our stay.

Thank you for facilitating our special family gathering; we did so enjoy this lovely setting.

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2015
  • Stayed: June 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $193.72
Pet Fee $116.23
Refundable Damage Deposit $774.89

Refunds are given up to amounts we are able to rebook

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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