River Treehouse on the Sydenham

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Treehouse hosted by Lawrene

  1. 2 guests
  2. 1 bedroom
  3. 1 bed
  4. Half-bath
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You’ll have the treehouse to yourself.
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Tiny, cozy, rustic treehouse at the end of a rugged one-km footpath: sleeping platform and woodstove inside; porch, hammock and campfire pit outside. Appeals to leave-no-trace hikers/canoeists who look for time off the grid, who understand how to function sustainably and respectfully there, and enjoy being self-sufficient and resilient. Note: We are booked to June '22. The calendar is blocked after that while we rethink. Dates do open when guests cancel!

The space
Usually quiet, very basic and private treehouse for 1 or 2 guests with suspension bridge and porch on the banks of the Sydenham River in SW Ontario. Stargazing, birdwatching, a secluded getaway. More like camping than anything - no plumbing or electricity or wifi. We're talking backcountry camping, not car camping. You will need to walk (and carry in whatever you are bringing) approx 1 km from the road to the treehouse on a pretty but rough trail. Sturdy footwear is a must! The two-person sleeping platform (4 ft x 6 ft - you have to like each other a lot!) is cushioned with a mattress of 15 cm (6") gel memory foam, and made up with sheets, pillows, and extra blankets. There is a tiny woodstove (see photo) for winter. Wood is provided. We can lend you a camp stove (let us know when you book) to make your morning coffee and/or meals outside, or you can build a fire in the campfire pit. Wood is provided for that, too, as well as a basic over-the-fire metal grill. There are camping bowls, plates, mugs, spoons, and a tea kettle in the treehouse for your use, and a couple of fire-blackened pans outside. An outdoor shower (May to Oct), if you like, is available to you at the farmhouse, 1 km away from the treehouse. Towels are provided. Your private bathroom is a dry-composting outhouse (see photos) 200 metres from the treehouse. Meals are bring-and-cook-your-own at the treehouse firepit, or can be ordered and picked up at one of two popular restaurants in the nearby (a walkable 2 km away) village. Plan to explore the riverbank on foot, or bring your bicycle for the country roads. Bring a canoe or kayak if you have one. Bring your fishing rod if you have an Ontario Fishing Licence. One note: In prolonged rainy weather the river can rise to the point where getting to and from the treehouse is difficult or even unsafe. We will let you know as soon as possible so that you can make the decision to cancel, reschedule, or stay based on your canoeing skills and tolerance for extremes. Rest assured we won't let you stay if it looks at all unsafe. You will get a refund, a reschedule, or a credit for a future stay.

What this place offers

River view
Waterfront
Free driveway parking on premises – 1 space
Pets allowed
Private patio or balcony
Private backyard – Not fully fenced
Fire pit
Unavailable: Carbon monoxide alarm
Unavailable: Smoke alarm

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Where you’ll be

Florence, Ontario, Canada

Most of our guests just want some downtime away from the grid to nature-watch, canoe, read, stare primally into the campfire, that sort of thing. But for more:
3D's Eats & Treats is a very popular restaurant in the village. It is closed Mondays and Tuesdays. The Old Mill Store and Restaurant is popular, too, serving "all day breakfast" and stocking essentials. Florence Mill Inc. is the well-stocked hardware store.
Nearest canoe/kayak rental place is The Crappie Store in Dresden.
Nearest gasoline stations are in Moraviantown, Thamesville and Dresden.
Nearest grocery stores are in Bothwell and Dresden.
Nearby Alvinston (25 minutes away by car) has Armor's Alehouse, which is a craft beer pub and restaurant. It is closed certain days. Do check with them for updates.
We have listed the restaurants, museums, a provincial park, etc., in the online guidebook. There is a hardcopy version in the treehouse.
This is a quiet, pretty and friendly area. Biking is easy.

Hosted by Lawrene

  1. Joined in October 2012
  • 346 Reviews
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I am a professional actress and copywriter and sparetime weaver. Harry is a professional carpenter and beekeeper and sparetime sailor. We love hiking, canoeing, travelling in general, but also the farm we have lived on for 40 years. We built the treehouse for ourselves originally, just for fun. Thanks to Airbnb, we find we love sharing it with guests. The stories, the laughs, the connecting - it's the best!
I am a professional actress and copywriter and sparetime weaver. Harry is a professional carpenter and beekeeper and sparetime sailor. We love hiking, canoeing, travelling in gener…

During your stay

Since the pandemic hit, we try to keep physical interaction to a minimum for your safety, but we are available through the messaging and by text/phone at all times. Knocking at the house door is just fine, too. We are happy to don a mask and spring to action for anything you need.
Since the pandemic hit, we try to keep physical interaction to a minimum for your safety, but we are available through the messaging and by text/phone at all times. Knocking at the…

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House rules

Check-in: 2:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m.
Checkout: 12:00 p.m.
Self check-in with keypad
Not suitable for children and infants
No smoking
No parties or events
Pets are allowed

Health & safety

Committed to Airbnb's enhanced cleaning process. Show more
Airbnb's social-distancing and other COVID-19-related guidelines apply
No carbon monoxide alarm
No smoke alarm
Nearby lake, river, other body of water

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