Peaceful cabin-in-the-woods 50 acre private forest

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  1. 2 guests
  2. 1 bedroom
  3. 1 bed
  4. Half-bath
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Relax in a charming cabin on an off-grid property powered by solar energy and enjoy exclusive use of 50 acres of peaceful woodlands with 4km of nature trails and special features like a SoundForest and meditative walking labyrinth. It’s like having your own private park! There’s even an option ($) to have breakfast brought out. This is a unique place & space so read the detailed listing/photos/captions and scroll back through descriptive reviews to help determine if it's right for you.

The space
NOTE: May-thru-October there are 2 listings (cabin and yurt) available to rent on this property. However, for guest privacy and COVID safety, they are never booked concurrently. As soon as a reservation on one is confirmed, those dates are blocked on the other, assuring you will be the only guests using the property, its features and amenities. (Both cabin & yurt may be booked by the SAME guest group – contact host to arrange.)

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"Rustic, charming, romantic, comfy, cozy," are some of the ways guests describe the cabin. It is super-private, down a forest path about 100m west of the host’s house. (A cart is available to move your gear.) This is year-round “glamping” with all the enchantment and nature connection of camping, but waaaay more comfortable & convenient!

CABIN AMBIENCE: The cabin was crafted using the cordwood masonry technique by Rob Roy, iconic proprietor of the Earthwood Building School of West Chazy, NY. It features a living roof, massive posts and beams from local Amish mills, a flagstone floor made from Wiarton quarry stone, and cordwood walls built from trees felled on the property. This quaint structure nestles itself organically into the forest which surrounds it and offers exceptional privacy and peace.

CABIN AMENITIES: The cabin does not have running water but alternate conveniences are at hand. There is a Victorian washstand & basin in the cabin and a butane stove to heat water. (If you’re wondering how to use this to wash, it’s easy, they did it that way for years! Instructions are in the cabin Guest Guide.)

Ample water is provided for drinking and washing. The cabin has enough electrical power for lighting and small items like notebook computers and device chargers. While cooking is not permitted inside, the woodstove or butane stove may be used to heat water, or you can cook outside with your own campstove.

An outhouse, opposite the cabin, is not an old-style pit privy but instead contains a modern flush-action portable toilet. Featuring aromatic cedar panelling and a window to the forest, you may stay in their longer than you expect ;-)

CABIN COMFORT: The cabin is heated by woodstove and a plentiful supply of wood. In summer, the stone floor keeps it cool on all but the hottest of days. A hardwood futon frame and upgraded six-layer mattress provide comfortable seating and sleeping for one or two people. (In case you are concerned about such things, but too polite to ask, the mattress has a breathable micro-pore inner cover which locks out moisture, bed bugs, etc). Bedding is good-quality 100% cotton linens and cozy down duvet. Towels also provided.

This sustainable rural homestead is completely off-grid, with no utility connections to the “outside world”. Electricity is generated on-site from solar energy and some clever modern electronics. A sealed well drilled almost 300’ into the bedrock supplies clean, fresh water from an aquifer. And a modern septic system responsibly processes waste water. Heat comes from carbon-neutral firewood all harvested on the property. If you’re interested in how home-based renewable energy works, feel welcome to ask the host for walk-thru of the system!

Where you'll sleep

Bedroom
1 double bed

What this place offers

Park view
Free parking on premises
Private sauna
Pets allowed
Private backyard – Not fully fenced
Indoor fireplace: wood-burning
Fire pit

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Where you’ll be

Chatsworth, Ontario, Canada

Off-Grid Retreat is located on the doorstep of a large concentration of natural, cultural and recreational attractions in Grey County and the Bruce Peninsula. Lake Huron's famous sunsets and gentle beaches are a 30 minute drive to Southampton or 45 min to Sauble Beach. The waters of Georgian Bay are as close as 30 minutes just outside Owen Sound, with the farthest point Tobermory and Bruce Peninsula National Park about a 90 minute drive. The spectacular Inglis Falls is only 10 minutes away, one of several falls in the local area. Owen Sound, a 20 minute drive, is a medium-sized town and the hub of Grey-Bruce with most shops, services or amenities you may need.

Hosted by Neil

  1. Joined in July 2014
  • 131 Reviews
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I used to have a conventional house (and conventional life!) in the GTA suburbs. Now I live off-grid and solar-powered, in the country surrounded by 50 acres of woodlands.

I enjoy meeting the kinds of interesting people who come to stay at this unique place & space, but I am 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 I live off-grid and solar-powered, in the country surrounded by 50 acres of woodlands…

During your stay

It's all about peace, nature, and privacy here. I find this unique airbnb listing draws interesting people and I enjoy meeting guests, or even sharing a drink or a board game, but I leave that totally at your initiative. If what you want to do is seclude yourself and do your own thing that is totally fine too. It is 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. I find this unique airbnb listing draws interesting people and I enjoy meeting guests, or even sharing a drink or a board game, but…

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House rules

Check-in: 3:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m.
Checkout: 12:00 p.m.
Not suitable for infants (under 2 years)
No smoking
No parties or events
Pets are allowed

Health & safety

Airbnb's COVID-19 safety practices apply
Nearby lake, river, other body of water
Carbon monoxide alarm
Smoke alarm

Cancellation policy