This exquisite 1860 renovated farm house situated on over 100 acres of ecologically diverse land (trails throughout) is ideal for "retreat" and close to attractions in nearby villages & cities (just over an hr East of Toronto). This is a magnificent space to rent for short or extended periods of time for individuals, families, colleagues or small groups seeking time in a private fully amenities house and/or in nature. Whether walking or snow shoeing on the trails or sitting by the fire this is a tranquil space enabling one to choose rest, play, the creative arts to stimulate imagination or a mix of all. The 6 bedroom farm house includes a full amenities kitchen with a spectacular masonry. The dining and living area has a wood stove and fully operational fire place. New baseboard heating has been put in the bedrooms to ensure people are warm on the very cold nights. There are six bedrooms; one with a queen bed, two with double beds, one with a single and double bed, and two bedrooms with two twin beds in each (9 beds in total in the farm house). There are two full amenities bathrooms. The outdoor patio has a table, chairs and BBQ. There is ample room to park vehicles. One can store bicycles in the workshop barn. There is a loft with a double mattress in "Haven on the Hill-top", a short walk up the first hill, appox 10 min walk from the farm house. A new cabin with a wood stove will be completed by November 2017.
In the heart of Northumberland Hills this property is a space focused on regeneration and well being. About 1/2 a km from the farm house is a 30 foot diameter yurt perfect for circles, yoga, tai chi and the arts. The cabin, “Haven on the Hill-top” overlooks many miles of nature without a building in site! Also on this hill overlooking the valley is a stone labyrinth based on the one in Chartes, France. There are trails throughout over 100 acres of meadow, forest and protected water ways perfect for walking all seasons and during our winter wonderland, for snow shoeing or cross country skiing.
For those wanting to be right on the water with a "cottage' then this is not the option. However there are incredible beaches about 20 - 25 mins from the location and many other areas of interest. For the adventurous and ones who still wish to be “on the go” besides the property trails we are in the heart of Northumberland County and near the Kawartha Lakes. There is a plethora of opportunities such as theatre, festivals, cafés & restaurants in near by villages and cities. During your stay you may wish to take advantage of the magnificent near by sites or shopping ventures to quaint near by villages. Only 10 minutes to Colborne, 15 minutes from the arts village of Warkworth, 20 minutes from Cobourg (west) or Brighton (east). Extensive trails along the waterfront are just south or the oak ridges moraine trails are just minutes away. Some of Ontario’s most beautiful beaches are within a 20 minute car ride. Day-excursions by auto or cycle are Pres’quile Provincial Park at Brighton, ON and the Sandbanks Provincial Park in neighbouring Prince Edward County. Spa experiences can be found in Cobourg, Brighton and at St. Ann’s Spa in Grafton. For those who’d like to venture out for dining experiences there are numerous nearby reputable options. Batata Ski Hill is within 30 minutes for down hill skiing. For those wishing to spend time in nearby cities there is Toronto (75 mins), Kingston (90 mins) and Peterborough (50 mins). The via train in Cobourg has express routes west to Toronto or east to Kinston, Ottawa and Montreal.
We have the vision to plant organic gardens, orchards and native vegetation which support soul-stirring personal retreats and also fortify wildlife such as the butterflies, bees and bluebirds. Creating an area of nature, a tree house and fairy gardens that involve children and kindles their imagination is envisioned. We are keen to meet people who also care about making a difference and envision living and leaving a legacy which supports future generations. We hope you’ll be able to take advantage of experiencing the magic of this property.
On the property there are additional opportunities of guided trail or labyrinth walks, mentoring sessions, facilitation in “the work” of Byron Katie ( with the host, Leslie. Details for spa services in nearby villages are available when requested. We are a smoke free and pet free space in the buildings, friendly for environmentally sensitive folks. You are welcome to speak with the host regarding young children. This is a place where you may want to "celebrate'" a special occasion such as Birthday, anniversary, etc. It is not a place conducive to "partying". Typically there is a 2 night minimum but over holidays and long weekends we ask for a 3 night minimum.