About this listing
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 12 people, as well as outdoor weddings of up to 50.
Bella Vista offers a range of accommodations, from private rooms with ensuite, to the Blue Room with private bath. It's a chance to connect with others exploring our little piece of Heaven.
Bella Vista’s Cottage Suite is perfect for those with mobility issues or who would like to have their own space. It has a queen-size bed and ensuite bathroom and is located on the main floor. Please see our separate listings for our other rooms.
Complimentary parking available.
Linens and towels provided.
Storage for skiis, snowboards, and bicycles provided.
Interaction with Guests
Interaction with 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 world 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!
After a long day of activity, unwind back at Bella Vista. Relax with a glass of wine in the gazebo or courtyard and watch the sun go down. Or 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
Wasage 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 daily. Bicycles are available for rent locally for the duration of your stay also.
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 after use.
Alcohol is allowed in moderation.
No smoking or other drugs of abuse.
Inquire regarding pets.
I didn't get to meet Irene but her son made everything really easy. He gave us a tour of the house and told us about everything we needed and wanted to know. The room was also really clean and really nice, almost like a hotel room. We loved it a lot. The neighbourhood was really quiet and enjoyable to be in as well. Great location!
We had a great stay at Bella Vista. Spent the day at Blue Mountain and when to Thornbury for dinner. It was closely located to both. Our room was very comfortable and private. Irene was a great host , I wish her the best in her future residencey .
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We were so happy to have discovered Bella Vista which is up on a hill overlooking Georgian Bay. We were hiking on the nearby Bruce Trail so the location was perfect for us.
Irene was a warm and welcoming host. The dogs, Turbo and Bella, were charmers.
The bedroom and bath suite were spotless and comfortable. The kitchen was so clean and well-organized. Irene had let us know we were welcome to make our meals there. It was easy to work in her kitchen. Irene was generous with coffee and tea.
The living areas were great for reading and relaxing. From the living room, the view of the bay was spectacular. We had a wonderful time.
We look forward to returning. Many thanks to Irene.
Great experience! Very clean bedroom and bathroom, Irene was so approachable as a host, and the location was perfect; peaceful and close to everything (groceries, blue mountain, etc). We'd definitely visit again.
Irene is a great host. The house is really nice, everything was clean and the location was perfect. We also got a lot of information before we arrived; therefore it was very easy to plan our short trip perfectly. We will definitely visit again.
Irene was very warm and welcoming. The property was beautiful set atop a hill overlooking Georgian Bay. I was greater with a smile and a wonderful tour of the property and the facilities. The room was very clean and comfortable. Would stay there again in a heartbeat.
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About the Host, Irene
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!