A blissfully peaceful off-the grid rustic cabin retreat, two hours north-west of Toronto, with the Bruce Trail on its doorstep. No hydro. Freedom from gizmos. Back to basics. Book now for a winter wonderland pioneer experience of your life.
March Break is coming! And my cabin awaits!For those who have already stayed at my spot or those looking for a truly memorable
winter adventure, here’s the nitty-gritty. The snow is flying on the road to my lovely retreat, which in winter is not serviced. It becomes a gorgeous snowmobile, sled run or hiking road down through heavenly winter wonderland.
What you do when you arrive is to park at my family farm at the top of the hill and trek down the road, about 5 minutes, with your personal stuff in a backpack. I will have warmed the place up with both the propane heater and a blazing fire. And could also have stocked the fridge with items you request, thus saving you bringing in food supplies. If you desire, your first night's meal could be ready to heat up, to save you that initial adjustment to winter life off the grid.
Another key detail is the water system will be frozen. Thus, while I will have provided your first water supply, you need to bring buckets of water for kitchen and bathroom from the lovely spring-fed stream just a step outside the door. This routine definitely puts you in a camp-style pioneer spirit.
It is a very memorable experience, being truly in the heart of winter glory.
The cabin is located in the woods down a beautiful steep little-travelled gravel road, behind a high wooden gate that reminds some visitors of Narnia and Tolkien. Others call it Shangri-la.
The stream gushing alongside the cabin sounds divine. From the living room's large picture window by a cosy fire you can survey a snow-dazzled vista of the frozen pond and wooded hills beyond.
The cabin is a lovingly personalized art-filled retreat that’s a perfect spot for two, but can accommodate up to five. There’s a snug nook called the Sauna Lounge and Bar where you can sip a cocktail and gaze out at the woods backlit at sunset. The lounge doubles as a second bedroom, with a queen-sized bed. There’s a bunkroom if you are doing the family thing, as well as a pull-out sofa in the living room. The master bedroom has large windows with vistas on three sides.
As an off-the grid spot there is cell phone reception. But after dark candles, propane lamps and flashlights are provided, and essential.
The spring stream-fed water system is limestone filtered and provides delicious drinking water, but no hot water, thus camp-style boiling of water for dish-washing and shower is required.
There's a propane stove and fridge in a well-equipped kitchen, and a propane BBQ on the deck.
The cabin, as indicated on the map, is half way down Campbell's Hill Rd., a steep gravel road, leading down into the Beaver Valley. The fire code # is 466286. When you arrive a silver Kia will be parked outside the high gate, somewhat hidden in the woods. So you'll know you've found the spot.
The turn-off down Cambell's Hill Rd. is left off Grey Rd 13, 2kms north of the village of Eugenia.
Interaction with Guests
Your host will be there to greet you and explain all the fine points. Once you settle in, she will be only five minutes away and reachable by phone/text in case you need anything. Otherwise your seclusion is total.
No neighbourhood. How perfect!
Five minutes away up the hill in the village of Eugenia at a store called Top O' the Rock, you can buy liquor and basic food supplies. There's another store called Jable's, and also an excellent restaurant bar open on weekends, The Flying Chestnut.
Make a point of visiting Eugenia Falls in the village, a beautiful gorge in a cedar grove.
The town of Markdale with a full supermarket is a lovely cross-the-valley 20 minute drive. Lake Eugenia where you can put a boat in the water and swim is five minutes away by car.
The cabin is literally on the Bruce Trail, but many other access points to the Trail are close by, including the magestic Old Baldy walk, in May full of trillium carpets. In winter Beaver Valley Ski Club for downhill skiing is also very close.
A car is essential. And then a hike in.
Other Things to Note
Your host would love to know something about you in your email reservation request.
Given this is a highly personal space, there are art objects and ceramics that your host trusts you will totally respect, as she has no desire to de-personalize a space she uses herself.
Great care in the use of candles, propane lamps and fireplace and fire pit are also extremely important. A fire is the last thing anyone wants. Except burning merrily in the right controlled spot.
Pets are fine. Smoking outside.
The Bruce Trail Beaver Valley cabin is a wonderful place to spend a winter weekend! The cabin is so cozy, comfortable and definitely nice and warm once the wood stove gets going! We were a group of five and it fit us perfectly. We spent our time sledding and just sitting by the fire relaxing and enjoying the winter scenery. There is lots of hiking to do right outside the door too. Cindy was a great host, she greeted us at the top of the hill and guided us down the (about a 10 minute walk). She had the cabin heated up for once we arrived and even had a bottle of wine for us! She also drew us a map of where there are snowshoes available for rent close by. It was tough to leave at the end of our stay!
The cabin is just as beautiful as the pictures show!
Cindy was a great host and absolutely so generous to let out her space. We truly appreciated the time spent here.
The woods surrounding the cabin are beautiful and there's a few trails right there to take.
We had the winter off the grid experience. But mainly, in-between hikes, we tucked in front of the fire, had warm beverages and watched the snow come down.
Can't say enough about how great it was to inhabit this space. It instantly felt like home, with beautiful artwork and little treasures dotting the space. Can't wait to return.
What a magical little place! We loved disconnecting from the world in Cindy's cabin, exploring the woods, and cozying up by the fire. Even though there was no snow it still felt like the perfect winter getaway.
Cindy's cabin was exactly what we were looking for. We went in late december, and the steep road in was so icy we had to carry/toboggan our gear to the cabin. When we got there Cindy had the propane heater lit, and a fire just waiting for a match in the wood stove. Cindy did a great job of explaining how to light the propane lamps and stove, how to get the water from the stream just outside the door, and then left us on our own for 4 days of electricity free bliss. We enjoyed hiking the bruce trail which is right beside the cabin, and would certainly look forward to coming back!
Cindy was a delight to have met. She was very helpful before,during, as well as after our trip. She made sure we were well informed of everything to expect. The cabin and property are magical places. We were there along with lots of snow, and we were completely comfortable.
The Cabin and surroundings were delightful. Very cozy in the cabin and welcoming. The area around is beautiful with the pond and brook as well as the Bruce trail really right outside the house. Cindy was very helpful and easygoing.
Cindy's place was just what we two needed... so quiet and contained. And you can tell it is well-lived in and well-loved: everything feels just right. Cindy, herself, was an absolutely lovely host... she gave us a laugh-filled tour and then off she went, staying in touch by text when we needed her.
I really want to come back here so I'm almost loathe to go on about it. I know already that this little cabin will be booked up solid. But if Cindy can squeeze me in next summer, I'll be in that pond the second I arrive!
I'm an artist/traveller/adventurer with many creative modes of expression. One of them is making radio documentaries for CBC Radio's Ideas.
Another has been shaping nature-surrounded spaces that are a light-filled joy to live in. That's what I hope you will find in this city space of mine, if you care to come.