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Yurt Camping on 50 acre Private Forest

SuperhostChatsworth, Ontario, Canada
Yurt hosted by Neil
5 guests1 bedroom0 bedsHalf-bath
Entire home
You’ll have the yurt to yourself.
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Camp in peace & complete privacy on an off-grid property powered by solar energy, enjoy 50 acres of varied woodlands, 4 km of nature trails, and special features like a SoundForest. Sleep in the large Yurt or BYO tents, and even breakfast if you like (optional-$). Since this is a unique place and space, I have provided lots of detail in the listing, photos & captions. If there is anything else you need to know before booking, feel welcome to contact me!

The space
If you like the idea of camping in nature but not camping in the company of many others (or struggling to erect a tent, which you hope will keep out rain), this is the place for you. You are the only campers on the entire property, the tenting and campfire sites are completely private, you get your own privy plus nearby access to full washroom & shower. Firewood/ice/water are all included, and even a sauna & outdoor shower if you like. This is camping with privacy, space, convenience and peace :-)

Yurts, which have their roots in nomadic Mongolia, are round tents sturdy enough for extended deployment and braving the elements but still able to be packed up and moved. This particular yurt, manufactured on Ontario, features: large 17′ diameter easily accommodates 5 people sleeping (and all their stuff) with space to spare for hanging out; the outside skin is breathable waterproof/windproof hi-tech fabric (not vinyl!); the inside walls are cozy wool felt; the floor is off the ground and made of local maple.

The beauty of any tent, including this yurt, is how it allows you to feel immersed in the natural environment. Fabric walls let through the sounds of the forest and you will hear the ocean-like breeze travelling through pine trees. Five giant windows (screened, with flaps that may be opened or closed) connect you visually to the forest. And a large transparent dome in the ceiling can be opened for ventilation and allows sky-gazing day or night!

The yurt is just steps away from the camping area, a peaceful spot with 2 tenting sites (in case you want to use your own tents) gently sheltered by pine trees arranged around a secluded open-sky area with fire pit and picnic tables. You will also find an area sheltered by a tarp in case you need somewhere to cook or prepare food if it is raining.

A privy, serviced by a flush-action portable toilet, with a window to the woods and lined with cedar panelling, is steps away. Guests may also use the conventional washroom (incl. shower) at the main house.

Water for drinking is in glass jugs, water for washing is in plastic containers, provided at the camp area and may be refilled anytime at the house. Ice is available for free, though quantities are limited. Firewood is free, and unlimited.

This house and property is completely off-grid, with no power line connection to the “outside world”. Electricity is generated on-site from solar energy and some very clever modern electronics. The core and soul of the homestead is a circa-1850 local pioneer log home, which is complimented with additions, modern septic system & deep drilled well, to offer modern conveniences while still retaining its rustic charm.

Guest access
Part of the value in your stay is exclusive use of 50 acres of private woodlands with 4km of trails looping through varied types of forest, each with its own character: mystical cedars, feathery larches, towering red pines, fragrant spruces, sugar maple hardwood bush, and white pines that whisper to you in the breeze. It’s like having your own personal park! Guests will receive a printed colour trail map.

Also included, guests have access to the following facilities at the main house:
+ use the 4-pc washroom anytime between 9AM and 9PM
+ book time to use the wood-fired sauna
+ use the refreshing outdoor shower anytime

PLEASE NOTE - Between Victoria Day and Thanksgiving weekends inclusive, there are two Airbnb rentals available on this property: Yurt Camping (this listing) and the cabin (see listing "Peaceful Cabin-in-the-Woods 50 acre private forest"), about 200m apart on either side of the main house.

When both listings are booked guests share the property & amenities. If the other listing is not yet booked and you would like have the place to yourself, for a fee of $20/night or $50/stay (whichever is less) I will block the other listing from bookings during your dates... contact me to arrange payment via Airbnb.

Alternatively, if you would like to rent both listings, book one the regular way then contact me to arrange special pricing $50 off per night on the other.

Other things to note
CAMPING EQUIPMENT – The yurt is a refined tent but nevertheless this is camping so keep in mind guests need to bring all their own gear for sleeping, washing, cooking, etc… a list with some packing suggestions is provided to booked guests.

BREAKFAST (optional - $13/person) - Come to the house to join us for breakfast at the large Mennonite dining table, or have a brekkie-in-a-basket brought to you at the campsite! Either way, you will receive a breakfast that is wholesome, homemade, and will include as much local and/or organic food as possible, including home baking. Request at least 5 days prior to arrival to ensure availability.

COUNTRY LIVING: Being situated in a rural area, at certain times of year you may occasionally hear (or, ah, smell) agricultural activities in the neighbouring vicinity. Similarly, the trade-off for living surrounded by the good vibes and plentiful oxygen from tens of thousands of trees is inconveniences like insects… welcome to country life! I generally know the times of year these are most impactful but nothing can be guaranteed. If it is a concern, please inquire before booking.
Camp in peace & complete privacy on an off-grid property powered by solar energy, enjoy 50 acres of varied woodlands, 4 km of nature trails, and special features like a SoundForest. Sleep in the large Yurt or BYO tents, and even breakfast if you like (optional-$). Since this is a unique place and space, I have provided lots of detail in the listing, photos & captions. If there is anything else you need to know before…

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Free parking on premises
Smoke alarm
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Unavailable: Carbon monoxide alarm

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Chatsworth, Ontario, Canada

The Off-Grid Retreat is located on the doorstep of a large concentration of natural, cultural and food/drink attractions in Grey County and the Bruce Peninsula. Lake Huron's famous sunsets and gentle beaches are a 30 minute drive to Southampton. The waters of Georgian Bay are as close as 20 minutes to downtown Owen Sound. The farthest point, Tobermory, and Bruce Peninsula National Park are about a 90 minute drive.
The Off-Grid Retreat is located on the doorstep of a large concentration of natural, cultural and food/drink attractions in Grey County and the Bruce Peninsula. Lake Huron's famous sunsets and gentle beaches ar…

Hosted by Neil

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I used to have a conventional house (and conventional life!) in the GTA suburbs. Now, with my partner Vera, I live off-grid and solar-powered, in the country surrounded by 50 acres of woodland habitat and 50,000 trees :-) I spent 25+ years working as a career counsellor, helping people find their direction, but now retired I seem to draw more upon an eclectic collection of qualifications including Yoga Teacher, Labyrinth Faciliator, Master Naturalist, and Chainsaw Operator! Vera and I enjoy meeting the kinds of interesting people who come to stay at this unique place & space, but we are also sensitive to balance being welcoming & helpful with allowing people the privacy, space & peace they may be seeking.
I used to have a conventional house (and conventional life!) in the GTA suburbs. Now, with my partner Vera, I live off-grid and solar-powered, in the country surrounded by 50 acres…
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It's all about peace, nature, and privacy here, and you are welcome to engage in those however you wish. I enjoy chatting with guests, but if what you want to do is seclude yourself and do your own thing that is totally fine too. It’s your time and space to make whatever kind of experience you like. As host & property owner, I am around most of the time if you require assistance or have questions about anything on- or off-property. I have broad knowledge of the local area, from the Beaver Valley all the way up to Tobermory and down to Kincardine, and always happy to recommend routes, suggest activities, eating places, and so on. I have a particular interest in off-the-beaten-track places, and less-touristy experiences, without hordes of people.
It's all about peace, nature, and privacy here, and you are welcome to engage in those however you wish. I enjoy chatting with guests, but if what you want to do is seclude yoursel…
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House rules
Checkout: 12:00 p.m.
Not suitable for infants (under 2 years)
No smoking
No parties or events
Pets are allowed