Enjoy your home away from home at Bella Vista Country House. We are an international hostel, providing casual, comfortable accommodations with the magnificent backdrop of the Niagara Escarpment and the Great Lakes.
Bella Vista is a great base for exploring this 4-season paradise in Southern Georgian Bay. Or stay enroute as you visit other areas of the province. We are positive you will love our Bella Vista as much as we do!
We understand the importance of eating a healthy diet even when you’re traveling. You are welcome to use our kitchen facilities if you’d rather eat at home than eat in restaurants during your stay. If you would like to have breakfast served, please check ahead for availability and cost. When breakfast is available, we cater to gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo and vegan diets.
With use of the fully equipped kitchen and a variety of both indoor and outdoor living areas, Bella Vista is your home away from home. Guests use Bella Vista as a base for exploring Southern Georgian Bay, as a stopover on the Circle Tour of the Great Lakes, or as a destination where weddings, retreats, meetings, workshops, and other events are held. Bella Vista can easily hold workshop and meeting sizes of 15 people, as well as outdoor weddings of up to 50.
Bella Vista offers a range of accommodations, from private rooms with ensuite, to a family room with private bath (for a truly affordable way to travel). It's a chance to connect with others exploring our little piece of Heaven.
The Blue Family Room is truly affordable, whether you are a single traveler or a small family. It has a double bed, and a set of bunkbeds, with a private bath across the hall. Facing the backyard, it is very quiet. Please see our separate listings for our private rooms with ensuite: the Panorama Suite or the Cottage Suite.
Complimentary parking available.
Linens and towels provided.
Bicycle storage is available.
Interaction with Guests
Interaction with the other guests and with the host depends on you and what you want! There is plenty of space to have privacy if wished, and lots of room to mingle too.
Situated on the brow of the Niagara escarpment (a UNESCO biosphere reserve), Bella Vista has a glorious panoramic view of Georgian Bay and the Niagara Escarpment, and appears worlds away. Yet, it is surprisingly close to all the amenities of our lovely area and all the activities offered:
Sports/Outdoor Activities: summer - kayaking, canoeing, fishing, sailing, boating, horseback riding, hiking, mountain biking, cycling, swimming, zip-lining, rock-climbing, spelunking, golfing; winter - skiing (downhill and cross country), snowshoeing, snowmobiling, ice fishing and more.
Culture: Meaford Hall is renowned for concerts and live theatre that are on a par with Toronto's. There is a wide diversity of music festivals nearby, such as Summerfolk, Elvis, Eclectic Electric, Jazz, and Guitar Festivals. Or visit an Aboriginal Pow-wow.
Wineries: We have two award winning wineries locally, Coffin Ridge Winery and Georgian Vineyards. Visit their winery and have a wine tasting, paired with appetizers!
Breweries: We now have our own local microbrewery (Killannan Brewery) which only sells to local restaurants. Or take a tour of the Creemore Brewery in Creemore.
Restaurants: We have several restaurants in Meaford, and surrounding region, which serve everything from gourmet to pub food, to raw vegan.
Other Activities: Visit an alpaca farm, go to the spa, or relax in the Scandinavian baths at Le Scandinave Spa. Take a cooking class, or participate in a wellness retreat. Visit an artist or even take an art class. The options are endless!
To make it even more attractive, Bella Vista has partnered with many of these venues to give you discounts. What better way to make your stay even more enjoyable???
After a long day of activity, unwind back at Bella Vista and relax with a glass of wine in the gazebo or courtyard and watch the sun go down. Enjoy some S’mores and music around a bonfire in the evening (weather permitting).
Approximate travel times to various places and activities:
The beach in Meaford -5 minutes
Bruce Trail access – 5 minutes
Snowmobile Trail access – 1 minute
Blue Mountains -15 minutes
Owen Sound - 30 minutes
Wasaga Beach – 40 minutes
Sauble Beach – 50 minutes
Tobermory – 1.75 hours
Toronto - 2 hours
Niagara Falls - 3 hours
Algonquin Park (west gate) - 3 hours
Sudbury - 4 hours.
The Greyhound Bus goes to and from Toronto each day at reasonable hours and rates. Bicycles are available for rent locally for the duration of your stay.
Bella Vista offers complimentary guest parking for those driving. Shuttles to and from activities/events are available at an added cost.
Other Things to Note
There are two friendly, well-trained dogs (Bella and Turbo) present. They are kept separate from the inside guest areas. Access to the guest areas is through the front door facing the Bay.
Guests are encouraged to make themselves comfortable while respecting other guests and the space. Please maintain reasonable noise levels and total quiet by 11 pm.
Guests are asked to clean up the kitchen and shared bathroom after use, as these are shared spaces.
Alcohol is allowed in moderation.
No smoking or other drugs of abuse.
Please inquire regarding pets.
We were in Owen Sound for a meeting of photographers. Irene welcomed us and made us very comfortable. We had privacy, great views of Georgian Bay, very comfortable and clean beds and bath. All excellent.
Our family with two children have loved it to stay with irene and her family! Irene is a very nice and friendly host and lives in a beautiful home im a lovely area. It have been clean, easy and comfortable. We highly recommend it!
I had a really pleasant stay at Irene's! She's a great host and has a good heart.
Irene is a generous host! She gave me great tips with things to do around! The breakfast was delicious, a paradise for gluten intolerant people!! And thanks to Irene I had my thirst thanksgiving!
It couldn't be more perfect! Thank you very much
Irene is a extreme sweet person. The house was very beautiful. Irene gave us a quick tour of the big house when we went there. The house was on top of a hill looking over the bay as shown in the picture. We felt home & Irene took every step that would make us comfortable during our stay. She woke up very early the next day preparing breakfast for all of us. I should say that is one if the best breakfast that I every had. Fresh eggs from their own farm, organic fruits, honey and home made muffins and much more. Irene also gave me good directions to get there. Also helped to plan my trip to bruce peninsula. Bella Villa is really good place to stay, away from busy city life and I would be willing to stay at Irene's if I ever get a chance again.
Irene's Vista Viewed Hostel is beautiful.
My sister and I went up for a night and were well received. The house is very large, beautiful car ride up the hill to it and not disappointed with the panoramic view from the top.
Irene is a well versed and educated lady, who loves to have friendly chats and goes out of her way to make you feel at home.
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With Bella Vista Country House, we have created the form of accommodation that we prefer when travelling: a home away from home that acts as a base for exploring the locale; the flexibility to cook our own meals when we want if we choose; and meeting new interesting people who share our interests... while still having the ability to have quiet time in our own private space. We have created the family room because we believe that travel should be affordable and practical for everyone, regardless of income or size of travel party.
We have a special interest in health and wellness. The food we prepare is all-natural and homemade where possible, with vegan, dairy-free, and gluten-free options available. The cleaning products we use are good for the environment as much as possible, and we encourage our guests to recycle and compost. At Bella Vista, we've hosted wellness-related workshops/retreats on topics like Yoga and Meditation, "Power of the Mind", "Law of Attraction", Mind-body Connection, and Psychotherapy. We have even hosted an outdoor wedding of 75 people! Please let us know if you're interested in either attending one or using Bella Vista as your next venue.
Music is very important to us, whether it is playing guitar by the bonfire, playing all genres of recorded music, or simply humming a tune. We also know that music comes in all forms, including hearing the crickets and frogs at night, the birds in the morning, or the rustling of the leaves. Our lovely area makes its own music that is a soothing and peaceful accompaniment to the glorious views of our surroundings. We never get tired of seeing it and we're sure you won't either.
As hosts, you'll find us attentive and helpful, yet casual. We're here if you want to talk with us or ask questions, but we also respect your need for privacy and quiet.
Our Favourite Travel Experience: Hiking with a multi-national group along the alternative path of the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu: meeting many new people; staying at little hostels along the way (some in private rooms, some in dormitories, one with chickens in the other part of the house!); soaking in the hot springs at Santa Teresa (in total darkness with only the mass of stars as our light) after a grueling 11 hour hike; and... making it to the end!
Our Most Awe-inspiring --and Humbling-- Travel Experience: Standing on the trail above Machu Picchu, looking out over the magnificence of the ruins and the sea of mountain tops stretching as far as the eye could see.
We hope that we can help you create similar memories of your visit to Canada!