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River Treehouse on the Sydenham

SuperhostFlorence, Ontario, Canada
Treehouse hosted by Lawrene
2 guests1 bedroom1 bedHalf-bath
Entire home
You’ll have the treehouse to yourself.
Self check-in
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Clean and tidy
18 recent guests said this place was sparkling clean.
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Tiny, cozy, rustic treehouse at the end of a rugged one-kilometre footpath: sleeping platform and woodstove inside; porch and hammock outside. Campfire pit with tripod grill on the riverbank. 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.
Pricing: Weekend and holiday rates are higher than weekday.

The space
Very quiet, very basic and private treehouse for 1 or 2 guests with suspension bridge and porch on the banks of the Sydenham River in Southwestern 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 on the porch, or you can build a fire on the riverbank. 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 the popular restaurant in the nearby (a walkable 2 km away) village any day but Monday or Tuesday. 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.
To see a winter video of the place by guests, search for "adventureconwards awesome treehouse for only".

Guest access
The outside shower at the farmhouse is available May to October. You may charge your devices using the outdoor electrical outlet on the patio. If you need to charge a device indoors, or to take a shower indoors, let us know and we will work it out!

Other things to note
You are welcome to connect to our very basic wifi (mifi) at the farmhouse to check email. You are welcome to charge or store any of your devices at the farmhouse. There is no electricity or wifi at the treehouse.
Tiny, cozy, rustic treehouse at the end of a rugged one-kilometre footpath: sleeping platform and woodstove inside; porch and hammock outside. Campfire pit with tripod grill on the riverbank. 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.
Pricing: Weekend and holiday rates are higher than weekday.

The space
Very quiet, very basic and private treehouse for 1 or 2 guests with suspension bridge and porch on the banks of the Sydenham River in Southwestern 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…

Amenities

Free driveway parking on premises – 1 space
Heating
Essentials
Fire extinguisher
First aid kit
Private entrance
Unavailable: Carbon monoxide alarm
Unavailable: Smoke alarm

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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 is a very popular restaurant in the village. It is limited to curbside delivery only, and it is closed Mondays and Tuesdays. 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.
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 is a very popular restaurant in the vill…

Hosted by Lawrene

Joined in October 2012
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I am a professional actress and copywriter and sparetime weaver. Harry is a professional carpenter, 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, beekeeper, and sparetime sailor. We love hiking, canoeing, travelling in general…
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 at all times. Knocking at the house door is just fine, too. We are happy to 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 at all times. Knocking at the house…
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Things to know

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
Health & safety
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