Deluxe Treehouse 1 hr from Toronto
Deluxe Treehouse 1 hr from Toronto

Entire home/apt

2 Guests

1 Bedroom

1 Bed

Entire home/apt

2 Guests

1 Bedroom

1 Bed

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About this listing

A sublime quiet cabin high up in an old hardwood forest ravine with all the basic needs for rustic comfort, suitable for all seasons with no neighbours within a kilometre, air that is like fine wine, a great romantic get away for two. yet 12 minutes off 407 (read thereviews)

The space
Accommodates: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Bed type: Real Bed
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Check In: 4PM - 8PM
Check Out: 11AM
Pet Owner: Dog(s)
Room type: Entire home/apt


Extra people: No Charge
Weekly Discount: 27%
Weekend Price: $210 CAD / night


The space

This 4.2 meter by 4.2 meter cabin constructed in 1995 is meant as a peaceful forest retreat for singles or couples, who are looking to escape from the hectic world for a few days. The peaceful sounds of the forest would put anyone's stresses behind them. it is magic. The main room has large windows, a dining table, chairs, cabinet, a comfortable double bed, and wood stove. The screened porch has a hammock and lawn chairs. There is a small composting toilet located within the cabin. A solar panel supplies enough electricity for lights and a computer plug-in or other small devices. There is no running water but we supply potable water by jug, and there is a summer outside shower with the water at room temp.
There is a one burner camp stove and small ice box (freezer packs supplied) there are all kitchen accoutrements you need for dining camp style. you do not need to bring much other than food and appropriate clothing for the season.

Guests will have access to over 6000 acres of forest and trails. The cabin itself is accessed by a two-track or by hiking in. In The trail is rarely used. As a bonus providing there is no conflicts guests get a tour of our unique underground home which has been on numerous TV shows like Extreme Homes.
We are both accomplished artists and enjoy creative people our house is ~1.3 km from the cabin. Guests are free to ask us if they need anything and we can be in contact by cell phones in case of any emergencies.

There are no neighbours within a km except trees and wildlife this is as wilderness as you can get within an hour or two of Toronto. The air is like a fine wine. The two lane track affords the ability to drive to within 1/2 a km of the cabin but may not be passible by car in winter and early spring.

By car, by foot, by snowmobile, or by Go Transit you can get to within 12 kms of , and for $20 each way we will pick you up and deliver you back to the bus stop at the end of your stay. In winter it is accessible by snowmobile. A groomed trail passes by 100 meters away. Cross country skiing can be excellent at times.

It is best not to bring too much with you for it you will need to carry it up a fairly steep 50 meter incline so not friendly to those with mobility issues but it is few levels above camping, The cabin has large windows but is well insulated and cozy, In winter it takes little to tend the wood stove (wood is supplied). There is basic cooking/dining equipment. (a coffee bodum) Drinking water is by bottle and wash up water is also limited as it is carried in. The power is by solar charged battery which is not limitless and needs to be used sparingly. no internet is available unless you hike to the main house. There is good cell phone coverage. The screened in porch allows you to sit within the forest and not be bothered by insects.

Guest access

thousands of acres of forest, no close by place to swim unless you like swimming in a beaver pond , Port Perry with lots of restaurants and Lake Scugog are a ten minute drive.

Interaction with guests

Guests are welcome to a tour of our unique underground home and view the many sculptures on the property.

The neighbourhood

a great view, easy to access from Toronto - 2 hours by GO transit or an hour and a bit by car (not on Friday nights) yet being up in a remote old growth forest wilderness . you feel like you are hundreds of kms from the urban crush

Getting around

the GO system gets you with in 12 kms and a 20 dollar taxi ride brings you to 1.5 kms and we get you the rest of the way. If you drive there is no cost and secure parking within a km of the tree house . If you have all wheel drive you can park within 50 meters (not always in winter)

Other things to note

Some answers to FAQS
There is Secure parking about 1/2 km from the cabin but we will take you in with our vehicle. In winter when the snow is too deep for a a vehicle its about a 10 to 15 minute hike but we can take your gear and supplies in by snowmobile.
-Both drinking and wash water are supplied but you may have to take a jug with you from the main house.
-There is a cooler and we supply ice packs, (summer)
-Clean bedding is supplied .
-There is a one burner camp stove and all kitchen needs just bring food
-A wood stove keeps it cozy and firewood is provided.
-There is no close by place to swim .
-Port Perry is 12 kms away with many good restaurants and Lake Scugog.
-There is a rudimentary shower ok in summer but only for Inuit guests in winter( room temp) (bring your own towel) (you can add a kettle of hot water to take the edge off).
It is not friendly to the mobility challenged and is about a 50 meter climb up to the cabin I can do it at 77 with a bad knee.
You have to carry your gear up the incline so don’t over burden yourself with excess baggage.
There is good cell coverage and 12 volt electricity so you can charge cell phones with a car type charger.
Purposely there is no WiFI.
Those of you who bring a pet, it's rare but porcupines and skunks are lurking in the woods neither make good playmates for your pet.
You can check out anytime you want but you can never leave , oh no that's Hotel California, here check out is 11 if other guests are booked to arrive same day otherwise you can stay longer and pick your own check out time.

House Rules
No smoking
No parties or events
May not be safe or suitable for children (2-12 years)
Check in time is 4PM - 8PM

Respect for the surroundings;
No smoking in and outside smoking is dependent on the fire hazard (forests burn).
Leave no garbage behind, take with you what you brought.
Leave the place as you found it.
Adhere to the posted rules for the composting toilet and use of electricity.
A Well-behaved housebroken pet are is ok but check with us first
Let us know if anything can be improved



Cancel up to 5 days before your trip and get a full refund, including service fees.

Safety features
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector
First aid kit
Safety card
Fire extinguisher

On Fridays and Saturdays the minimum stay is 2 nights.

132 Reviews

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Martin User Profile
April 2017
A one of a kind location for a peaceful retreat.

San User Profile
April 2017
This is a perfect, quiet, serene getaway amongst the trees.

Caroline User Profile
April 2017
My husband, dog and I had a wonderful weekend stay in the treehouse. The privacy and seclusion afforded by the treehouse location is quite unbelievable given its accessibility to Toronto. Within two hours of leaving downtown on a rainy rush hour Friday, we were climbing up the steps to the cabin (take the 407!). The cabin itself is set up with everything you need and is so welcoming and comfortable – we felt at home right away! As Bill was away that weekend, we were in the very capable hands of Mike who dropped us down to the cabin in his truck, helped us with our bags and had the stove already roaring. If you're looking for a place to relax, hike, lounge and dine by candlelight, this is the place for you. Plenty of firewood, a large cooler box, playing cards, books, scrabble and many many candles are all at the ready, in addition to all the cooking equipment you could possibly need (Bill has a great book with photos from his time flying over the Moraine, highly recommend thumbing through it to get some perspective on the setting). Over our weekend we experienced rain, below freezing temps, snow, clear blue skies and mild Spring weather….and the cabin provided the perfect base for it all…with a little hammock time in the evening sun the icing on the cake! The deer trails were a little bogged down after some heavy rainfall so there wasn't too much hiking, but our dog was in his element and refused to come back inside more than once. Before we knew it, it was time to ask Mike to pick us up, and we begrudgingly left. Overall, a truly great experience and one of the best Airbnb properties I have had the pleasure of staying in. Thank you Bill and Mike for everything, it was a true privilege to experience the Moraine in such a unique setting.
William (Ayton) User ProfileWilliam (Ayton) is a superhost.
Response from William (Ayton):
Thank you Carloline that is one of the best reviews yet it's a pleasure to have such appreciative guests - Bill
April 2017

Ian User Profile
March 2017
This place is amazing. Just as advertised it is a perfect getaway from the stresses of day to day life. The cabin is secluded and quiet and peaceful. Everything was well set up and the woods around were perfect for hikes. I would recommend this to anyone who needs a quiet weekend of reflection

Melissa User Profile
March 2017
I took my boyfriend to Bill's treehouse as a surprise birthday getaway with our dog, and it exceeded all my expectations. Mike greeted us and took us down to the house, he showed us the ropes and was always quick to respond to my texts. The place was stocked with everything we needed to cook and enjoy the wilderness. We explored the trails for the entire afternoon and our pup loved running free with all the new smells. It was amazing how isolated we were just an hour away from the city. We loved how dark it was at night and the stars were beautiful. You could see them while laying in the comfy bed all cozy and warm. The wood stove kept the place super warm so no worries if you're stopping by in the winter. We loved our stay and will definitely be coming back in the summer. I'd recommend this place to anyone!

Ron User Profile
March 2017
Cozy quiet getaway in the woods,the Dogs loved it. Saw a deer, heard owls at night and wild turkeys in the morning.

Reinie User Profile
March 2017
A wonderful get away! Lots of trails to hike, a beautiful view and an amazing cabin.

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