Camp in complete privacy, surrounded by 50 acres of private woodlands & trails, on an off-grid property powered by solar energy, and enjoy a plentiful breakfast including local products and organic home-baking. Our tents set up for your arrival or bring your own, firewood and ice supplied.
Peace, privacy and nature await: Disconnect-Decompress-Discover.
This listing is available between Victoria Day and Labour Day, inclusive.
Tent sites are nestled amongst pine trees in a private area beside the remaining wall of the original settler’s barn foundation, which now functions as a gathering area with campfire pit, stone bench, and cedar picnic table benches. The gathering area is secluded in a forest clearing, open to the sky for star-gazing, about 200 metres from the main house and parking area (help is available to move your equipment to camp area).
A screen tent (12x12'), with awning and roll-down flaps in case of rain, will be set up for you to use for cooking, hanging out, etc. It can also be used for sleeping, though there is no floor it is open to the ground. There are two spots for sleeping tents. A dome tent (10' diameter, suitable for 3-4 adults) will be set-up in one of them or let me know you if you want to bring your own tent(s).
Yay, camping with convenience! With premium sites at provincial parks going for nearly $50+firewood+ice (+noisy neighbours), here you get 50 acres of woodlands and 4 km of trails to yourself, plus your own privy, all the firewood & ice you need, and even breakfast made for you. And if the weather is a wash-out (or if you’re a camping newbie and find tenting isn’t for you) “Plan B” is always available if you want to retreat to roofed accommodation in the Cordwood Cabin (extra cost).
A privy, serviced by a flush-action portable toilet, with a window to the woods and lined with cedar panelling, is steps away. Guests may also use the full washroom in the house.
Tents are provided but otherwise you will need to bring all your own camping equipment, including sleeping bags, etc. A list with some suggestions is available to booked guests.
In addition to the tent sites, privy, the property and trails, your AirBnb stay also includes access to some facilities at the main homestead (200m from tent site):
+ you may use the full washroom between 1/2 prior to breakfast time and 9:30PM
+ you are welcomed to the living room, dining room, porch & deck areas during times above
The main homestead is completely off-grid, with no power line connection to the “outside world". Electricity is generated on-site from solar energy, plus a propane backup generator (a necessary evil on some short, grey days of winter). The core and soul of the homestead is a circa-1850 log home which was relocated to this site in the 1980s. In 2004, a top-to-bottom renovation and addition, along with a new septic system, and deep drilled well, brought modern conveniences while still retaining its rustic charm.
Общение с гостями
It's all about nature, peace and privacy here, and you should feel welcome to engage in those however you wish. I enjoy chatting with guests, or their having their company on the porch or in the living room. But if what you want to do is seclude yourself and do your own thing that is totally fine too. It's your time and space to make whatever kind of experience you like.
As host & property owner, I will be around most of the time if you require assistance or have questions about anything on- or off-property. I have broad knowledge of the local area, from the Beaver Valley all the way up to Tobermory and down to Kincardine, and I am always happy to recommend routes, suggest activities, eating places, and so on. I have a particular interest in off-the-beaten-track places, and unique less-touristy experiences, without hordes of people.
Другие важные подробности
PRIVACY: There are two AirBnb rentals on the Off-Grid Retreat: Private Camping and Cordwood Cabin. Guests are never booked concurrently into the cabin and camping (unless they are all part of the same group)... once one is booked the other is blocked as unavailable. If you would like to reserve BOTH cabin and camping in advance, book cabin at usual rate then contact host to arrange a booking at 50% off regular rate for camping.
BREAKFAST: You will receive a breakfast that is wholesome, plentiful, homemade, and will include as much local and/or organic food as possible. This household is ovo-lacto vegetarian but, with advance notice, most dietary preferences can be accommodated.
CELLPHONE/INTERNET ACCESS: Depending on the phone and the carrier, signal (usually 2-3 bars) is available at the tent site and most areas of the property but it can sometimes get spotty depending on location and weather conditions. Guests without their own internet access can arrange to use my wireless (4G) hotspot at extra cost.
TRAILS: The private woodlands have several well-marked trails, 4 km in total, looping through varied types of forest, each with its own character: mystical cedars, feathery larches, towering red pines, dense spruces, hardwood bush dominated by sugar maples, and white pines that whisper to you in the breeze. Guests will receive a colour trail map.
COUNTRY LIVING: Being situated in a rural area, at certain times of year you may occasionally hear (or, ah, smell) agricultural activities in the neighbouring vicinity. Similarly, the trade-off for living surrounded by the good vibes and plentiful oxygen from tens of thousands of trees is inconveniences like insects… welcome to country life! I generally know the times of year these are most impactful but nothing can be guaranteed. If it is a concern, please inquire before booking.
This listing allows up to 6 guests, NO MORE THAN 4 OF WHOM ARE ADULTS/ADOLESCENTS. Sometimes it may be possible to accommodate up to 6 adults/adolescents by combining bookings with the Cordwood Cabin listing... make enquiry with host to discuss availability & pricing.
It is easy-going and no big rule book here. Your commitment as guest is to exercise courtesy (toward host and neighbours), respect (for the property, its contents and its animal & plant inhabitants) and common sense (since you are staying in a natural area).
Due to the unique nature of the structures and woodland area, smoking is not permitted inside or outside, anywhere on the property.
No guests other than those registered on your AirBnB booking are permitted without advance permission from host.
Well-behaved dogs are welcome. They must be under control, or on a leash, at all times to avoid harassing wildlife or ending up on the receiving end of an animal's defences.
This is a natural area. Known hazards will be detailed but this does not diminish your responsibility to use caution & common sense, and children must be under direct supervision, at all times.
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