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)
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.
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.
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.
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 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. Cancel within 5 days of your trip and the first night is non-refundable, but 50% of the cost for the remaining nights will be refunded.
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I am an artist/inventor mostly retired who has worked in many media my wife is a fashion designer and the inventor of fur yarn
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William or Bill Lishman middle name Ayton Paula Lishman middle name Lin