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About Gail Kenworthy-Forman
The white pine, spruce, cedar and black walnut trees were planted over 30 years ago on this 27 acre property. Originally, these trees were planted to be harvested. We are thankful that never occurred, so that we were able to build our home, enjoy the serenity of the property every day and able to call this retreat ‘home’.
Gail Kenworthy-Forman purchased this Chateau / Country House in 2013
Why Gail Kenworthy-Forman chose Perth South
Whispering Pines Retreat can be found on a 27 acre bush lot, complete with fully grown white pine, spruce, cedar and black walnut trees. There are also oak, maple, cherry, elm and other tree species growing throughout the bush. In season, you can eat wild raspberries everywhere.
What makes this Chateau / Country House unique
The 12 foot deep pond can be enjoyed by all. It is a clean fresh water pond. You can sit on the deck, on the bench beside the pond or lounge on the beach. Feel free to relish the pond surroundings and the path that leads to the pond. At night, listen to the sounds of a few of nature’s wonders…the harmonious sound of frogs and crickets singing and talking. Please Note: Swim at your own risk! No lifeguard on duty! Parents are responsible for their children!
Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 12:00 PM
We kindly ask to respect the beauty of Whispering Pines Retreat. Thank you!
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Wow. A stunning rental unit on a breathtaking property. The reviews are completely accurate, this is a great place to stay. Owners are great, they're very close by but stay out of your business. The grounds are stunning. The lighting control in the unit is from Star Trek and works amazingly well. Stay here and you will not be disappointed.
Thank you very much Jason for your thoughtful words. We are pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us and hope to see you again in the "Star Trek" future. :)
Gail & Andy
HomeAway from home
I loved everything about the place was very clean everything you need they have. I will definitely recommend this place to everyone. Love the nature and the sound of the frogs
Thank you Michell for your kind words. It was a delight having you. We hope to have the pleasure of hosting you again with your future travel plans.
Gail & Andy
We recently stayed the weekend at Whispering Pines. We arrived and were greeted by the property owners who were so welcoming and friendly. Stepping inside of the loft we were surprised as it looked so much bigger than the pictures online. The personal touches included in our welcoming were so appreciated, thank you for that by the way! This property was quiet and serene. Exactly what we were looking for on a weekend getaway from home. Can not thank Gayle and enough. Your hospitality and property exceeded all expectations.
Thank you Brian for your kind words. We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay with us and discovering St. Marys and Stratford. We hope that you come back again!
Gail & Andy
We had a great stay at this property. It felt like a mini-vacation. We enjoyed swimming in the pond and the small hiking trail. The apartment is spotless and has every amenity you will need. All the details and decorative touches were very much appreciated. Our hosts were friendly and readily available.
Thank you for your kind words Tracey. We enjoyed having you and your family stay at the retreat. Hope to see you again soon.
Gail & Andy
Great Family Weekend Getaway
Our family of four (kids 8 and 12) had a great time. Swimming in the "pond", looking for frogs, and playing pool were the highlights of the kid's stay. The grounds and trail through the woods are excellent and with more time we would likely have explored more. However the hammocks got most of the workout. Inside the place was spacious, clean and modern. The kitchen had everything we needed (and more) to make meals. The wifi worked flawlessly. We only stayed three nights but I could see being comfortable staying much longer. St. Mary's is only a quick drive and swimming in the quarry was an unexpected surprise. I hope we find an opportunity to return.
Thank you very much Mike. Glad that all of you got some R&R ..... and of course, had lots of fun. We look forward to your return, if the opportunity presents itself. Take care! Gail & Andy
Two girlfriends and I stayed in this amazing property for a Stratford Festival weekend getaway. From the first contact with Gail, to the follow-up after our stay, it couldn't have been any better. The guest house is incredible and the setting spectacular. We kept marvelling how Gail has already considered our every need. From the bath products, the available magazines, the fully equipped kitchen and bbq area, to the cute fairy details along the path in the bush, she made us feel special! The sunsets from the window and deck - WOW! Unfortunately the weather turned too cool to try the swimming pond but maybe we should have built a fire in the nearby fire-pit to encourage a dip? Of course there was lots of kindling and wood available. The proximity to the cute town of St. Mary's with so many shops and an easy drive to Stratford, make this the perfect spot for relaxation or adventure. A lot of superlatives - but honestly can't imagine how this retreat could be any better. HIGHLY recommend.
Thank you very much for your wonderful words. We are delighted that you and your girlfriends were really pleased with your stay at the retreat. We aim to ensure that our guests enjoy their stay in a relaxing and serene space...time to rejuvenate and have some fun. We hope to see you again next year.
All the best!
Gail & Andy
The short journey from St.Marys, Ontario’s stone town, will take you to your own oasis, away from everything. Whispering Pines Retreat is just 10 minutes from St.Marys, 20-30 minutes from London and 2 hours from Toronto.
- Trail Walking – Approx. 1.5 km
- Swimming in the Pond – Swim at your own risk (NO Lifeguard on Duty)
- Biking – Along the wooded trail and on back country roads (bring your own bike and helmet)
- Bird Watching – Blue jays, mourning doves, finches, cardinals and more
- Billiards – Enjoy a friendly game of pool
- Snowshoeing – Snowshoes are provided
- Watching the Sunset – Relish the breathtaking sunsets at the back of the property
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- Info on Horseback Riding, Stratford, ON