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Utopian WOW 2 Bdrm Box Car Cottage! NO SMOKING/PET

Entire cottage hosted by Vera And Lucy
4 guests2 bedrooms3 beds1 bath
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Utopian 2 bedroom Vintage Boxcar Cottage located on Healthy Earth, Utopia Farm and Retreat, Utopia, Ontario, 1 hour N from Toronto! Totally relax and feel peace in nature with healthy air, water, farm grown food, rivers, spring fed pond, hot tub, infar red sauna and indoor natural pool on 62 acres of trails, and forests with wildlife. Chemical free and organic farm retreat. NO SMOKING ANYTHING ANYWHERE PLEASE. NO PETS PLEASE.

The space
Unique Vintage CN Box Car Train Cottage
Boxcar History: Our Canadian Pacific Boxcar Train is one of a few that were built between 1896 and 1914. They roamed the railways, carrying freight all across Canada and the U.S.A. for half a century. Boxcars had a capacity of 40 tons, and carried grains to the market along with manufactured goods of all kinds. Until about the 1960’s, they began to be replaced by specialized top-load/bottom-discharge covered hopper cars.

Experience a unique 2 bedroom box car train cottage, one bedroom with queen size bed and the other room with 2 single beds that may be used as a sitting room or a bedroom (may sleep up to 4).

Has a 3 piece bathroom, cute & equipped kitchen, (including salt, pepper, sugar, coffee, teas, butter, flour, condiments, oil, vinegar, popcorn, marshmallows, snacks, fruit) stove top (no oven) toaster oven, toaster, coffee maker, tea pot, wood burning fireplace, front wood deck with patio furniture, and propane BBQ, own private back yard with gardens. Overlooking our Spring Fed Pond with frogs jumping on lily pads, wood dock and kayak. Bird houses and feeders surround a flower / veg gardeners and bird lover's delight (some special species! )

Relax while overlooking beautiful gardens, gazebos, spring fed ponds, fish pond, rivers, nature trails, etc.

Drink artesian spring fed water (world known healthy water). Depending on the season we may leave you to relish precious nature gifts in your box car of the land such as our own maple nectar, veggies, fruits, or fermented healthy earth products such as Kampuchea, veggies, herbs, flowers and more....

Swim in our spring fed pond and our chemical free indoor pool, soak in our hot tub and use infrared sauna.
NOTE: Spa is in the back separate entrance in the back of the main house. Just a short walk from your box car.
This is Included with price - The spa is mostly all your to enjoy or to ensure privacy, just let us know when you would like to arrange a private time with the use in using the hot tub and indoor pool please.

Included to play with: Infrared Sauna, Kayak, Snowshoes, Trampoline, Kite, Fishing stuff, Crockett set, Bikes.
Guided Nature Wild Walk/Wild Food/ Forage Walks, etc, - extra cost - please ask info.

Yoga = arrange a session with and extra cost $20 ea - please request info.

Lucy's Farm Zoo - for birthdays, events, parties, animal rentals - ask info
We guarantee lots of fun and laughter therapy!
See Airbnb Experience for schedule, reservations, reviews and pictures for;
Goat Yoga Therapy $25 ea
Fun Camp Animal Therapy $25 ea
Note that Lucy's Farm Zoo is minutes away - appointments/reservations only please

Truly is 62 acres of Utopia paradise!
Note: Timber is our friendly family medium size dog (part australian shepherd and part great pyrenees) that is always eager to play wagging his tail to greet you. Some guests ask to take Timber for a walk. If you do not wish for Timber to be around just let us know please. We have couple of ducks and chicks and there are lots of wild animals to discover. Lucy's Farm Zoo is our sister farm to visit if you wish to enjoy our family of amazing variety of friendly animals to pet and feed for your delight, laughter and therapy! By appointment please or Airbnb Experience: Fun Camp Animal Therapy / Goat Yoga Therapy

This land is a Healthy Earth Farm and Retreat so we can be busy planting our gardens, mowing our grass, building different projects and caring for the animals. We feed our birds, so there are many unusual kinds that are very friendly and come close to you. There are lots of animals, so you may hear mating sounds from frogs, birds and others. You never know what sights and delights you may encounter - like porcupine, turtles, frogs, deer...that is very different from the city!

Guest access
Time: about 1 hour or less from Toronto about 10 minutes South of Barrie about 30 minutes North of Newmarket about 5 minutes from the town of Thornton, next to Baxter
5-10 minutes away from shopping, restaurants...
movie theatre, and everything you could want.

Take Transit from Toronto Union Station or Yorkdale mall: Go Train or Bus to Barrie Station then use taxi or Uber - see website

Other things to note
Great place to recharge. Get back to the real nature world away from the fast pace of the city. Or have a quiet place to heal, write or spend time just nurturing yourself to the sights and sounds of nature around you.
Note: Eco-friendly place, no chemicals and the best healthy water to drink.
Arrange a soothing massage close in town; enjoy the many restaurants, farmers markets, fairs, community events at Utopia Hall, our treehouse gazebo by the river. Join a yoga class. Just enjoy the peace. Extra costs for some additions.
Utopian 2 bedroom Vintage Boxcar Cottage located on Healthy Earth, Utopia Farm and Retreat, Utopia, Ontario, 1 hour N from Toronto! Totally relax and feel peace in nature with healthy air, water, farm grown food, rivers, spring fed pond, hot tub, infar red sauna and indoor natural pool on 62 acres of trails, and forests with wildlife. Chemical free and organic farm retreat. NO SMOKING ANYTHING ANYWHERE PLEASE. NO PETS PLEASE.

The space
Unique Vintage CN Box Car Train Cottage
Boxcar History: Our Canadian Pacific Boxcar Train is one of a few that were built between 1896 and 1914. They roamed the railways, carrying freight all across Canada and the U.S.A. for half a century. Boxcars had a capacity of 40 tons, and carried grains to the market along with manufactured goods of all kinds. Until about the 1960’s, they began to be replaced by specialized top-load/bottom-discharge covered hopper cars.

Experience a unique 2 bedroom box car train cottage, one bedroom with queen size bed and the other room with 2 single beds that may be used as a sitting room or a bedroom (may sleep up to 4).

Has a 3 piece bathroom, cute & equipped kitchen, (including salt, pepper, sugar, coffee, teas, butter, flour, con…

Sleeping arrangements

Bedroom 1
1 queen bed
Bedroom 2
2 single beds

Amenities

Wifi
Kitchen
Hot tub
Pool
Free parking on premises
Air conditioning
Indoor fireplace
Hair dryer
Heating
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Utopia, Ontario, Canada

Utopia is truly a slice of heaven and is a peaceful and healing haven for those seeking relaxation and restoration of the body, mind and soul. I spent many days in the box car cabin and felt all the stress of the city melt away as I listened to the beauty of nature surround me. In terms of price, it was an exceptional value. I have yet to see a place offer so many amenities at this price. I also don’t use any toxic, chemical cleaners or products in my home, so to find a place where everything was natural was a huge bonus.

The box car cottage is very comfortable and I had a restful sleep and enjoyed listening to the gentle sounds of nature sing me to sleep. I was able to maintain my healthy diet, enjoy a cup of tea, cook great meals (often with wild, organic food provided by Vera from her property) enjoy a dip in the spring pond and soak up some sun on the patio of the box car. I enjoyed taking showers and drinking the water, knowing that the quality is excellent and comes from a pristine artesian well located on the land. A friend of mine specializes in finding “great quality water” and when he had a dip in the spring pond, it was a taste of heaven and he verified the exceptional quality.

There are lots of activities to enjoy at this lovely retreat. I had a wonderful time walking the large property, looking for and picking the most amazing herbs (like stinging nettle, thyme, sage, oregano, parsley, etc.) plus incredibly healthy, wild foods like mushrooms, fiddleheads, wild leeks etc.

After picking a bag full of goodies, I proceeded to enjoy a beautiful session of yoga in the screened gazebo which overlooks a gorgeous view of the river and property. It is a breathtaking view and extremely tranquil. You can also meditate or read a book there. Then I proceeded to the river and used some of the rich and mineral dense mud by the shoreline and blissed out in the sun! What a great spa treatment; the same procedure would have cost at least $50-120 at a high end spa! I then took a divine dip into the spring fed pond and then went for a magical kayak ride to explore the land - you can canoe/kayak all the way to Wassaga beach so you can really have an adventure with this! There are some rare birds I saw in my travels on the property and all kinds of wildlife to marvel at, it’s truly an ongoing adventure with so much to experience.

Other days I took a book and a blanket to sit by the cliff that has a breathtaking view of the lookout and Nottawasaga River. This is one of my favourite spots on the property! The view is priceless and the peace that surrounds you is beyond words.

Finally, at night, I loved to take my flashlight and walk around the property to see the stars and enjoy some light exercise and fresh air. Then having a swim in their chemical free pool, hot tub and infrared sauna to end off the night was supremely satisfying! There are very few places that can provide a non-toxic environment, especially in pools, as Vera has done successfully. Everything is clean and it is such a great experience to be able to enjoy a hot tub or pool without worrying about chlorine and toxic chemicals. This was a real treat.

I can’t say enough good things about this place - it is truly an experience you will not regret. Vera is an exceptional host and she goes out of her way to make sure you are comfortable and she leaves no stone unturned in terms of providing full and exceptional service and accommodations for her guests. She is very friendly and is also very knowledgeable about health, and creating a healthy and non-toxic environment.

The place is remote enough that you feel one with nature, but also close enough to the city that you can easily get groceries or anything you desire minutes away. There is an organic restaurant five minutes away as well that is very delicious and will satisfy your craving for good, healthy food. If you get a chance to try Vera’s cooking, you are very lucky and will love her food! She is an amazing chef and a wonderful person that you can learn a lot from if you are interested in natural health, permaculture, foraging, yoga, etc.
- Dee Sharma

Very nice place! Full of nature: beautiful landscapes as forest, river, field, pond… Many wild animals we saw a deer, a porcupine, and baby birds just in one hours walk. We swim in the pond and that was really nice! Thank you very much for this experience at the Utopia Farm.
- Oliver

Utopia is a very nice and people are friendly. I like the way they live - healthy and they don’t worry about things. They are so many wild animals and beautiful forests too. We saw many in the night. I dreamt about them too. I learnt some knowledge about plants from them too. It is a very nice experience. Thank you!
- Langeker
Utopia is truly a slice of heaven and is a peaceful and healing haven for those seeking relaxation and restoration of the body, mind and soul. I spent many days in the box car cabin and felt all the stress of t…

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Hosted by Vera And Lucy

Joined in February 2015
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Vera encourages cultivating healthy living on Healthy Earth Farm and Retreat in Utopia, Ontario. Some of her gifts and interests are: certified kundalini yoga teacher, life coach, writer, florist, cooking, gardening, environmentalist, mycologist and herbalist. You may find her starting her day with a yoga practice. Then picking some flowers, herbs, organic produce, wild foods, or mushrooms from from her bountiful Utopian gardens and forest. She is always eager to teach about our "micro heroes" to help create a healthy earth. Everyone agrees that she is a great cook and often is cooking up freshly harvested foods. It is so refreshing to use the chemical free hot tub and indoor pool. Or experience taking a fresh dip in the spring fed pond swimming beside fragrant lily pads and flowers. She is very attentive to your needs and will make you feel right at home. John and Vera are sometimes away and need help at times. They want to welcome their good friends and farm neighbours Lucy and Nelson Bonjour to be your hosts. They are a very good natured loving couple who will look after you well. Lucy and Nelson have "Lucy's Farm Zoo" close by. You may want to come to visit them while you are staying? They have many rescue animals that include horses, mini horses, goats, chickens , quails, guinea pig, pot belly pig and eggs , cats, dogs, birds...for fun and adventure. Lucy's Farm Zoo is also on Airbnb Experience "Goat Yoga Therapy" and "Fun Camp Animal Therapy" that you may want to reserve. Or ask for an appointment to visit and socialize with the animals by donation.
Vera encourages cultivating healthy living on Healthy Earth Farm and Retreat in Utopia, Ontario. Some of her gifts and interests are: certified kundalini yoga teacher, life coach,…
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During your stay
Fish in Notawassauga River on property.
Lots of unique birdwatching and see wildlife like deer, rabbits, beavers, etc.
Nature walking trails in the woods and through property. Property is also surrounded by county forest for more adventures.
Forage for wild foods or discover all the wild plants and flowers.
Sign up for yoga classes; goat yoga therapy; fun camp animal therapy and more
Use anytime or reserve secure use of: bikes, boats, snowshoes, chemical free hot tub or swimming pool.
Fish in Notawassauga River on property.
Lots of unique birdwatching and see wildlife like deer, rabbits, beavers, etc.
Nature walking trails in the woods and through pro…
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Things to know

House rules
Check-in: After 2:00 p.m.
Checkout: 10:00 a.m.
No smoking
No pets
Health & safety
Airbnb's social-distancing and other COVID-19-related guidelines apply
Carbon monoxide alarm
Smoke alarm
Security Deposit - if you damage the home, you may be charged up to $500