Experience off-grid living in Prince Edward County with all the creature comforts. Entirely off-grid and powered by solar and wind, this environmentally responsible home was meticulously designed by Canadian architect Martin Liefhebber.
This house has been featured in numerous publications and also in David Suzuki's Nature of Things "Build Green" episode in June 2007. A true nature lover's oasis.
Enjoy this private 2000 sq ft home on a 10-acre lot right on the Bay of Quinte.
The main floor contains the kitchen, dining area, living area, along with the master bedroom and full bath.
The 2nd floor contains two bedrooms, each with full 3-piece ensuite bathroom, and a spacious breezeway.
This house also has three outdoor areas:
1. a rooftop patio perfect for enjoying the sunset or stargazing
2. a garden lounging nook to enjoy your morning coffee
3. barbecue patio in the back for al fresco cooking and dining
The green features of this house include:
- straw bale walls
- living roof
- solar hot water panels
- solar panels
- wind turbine
- in-floor radiant heating
- large energy efficient windows
- concrete floors, masonry heater, and a stone veneer wall for thermal mass
- 16 Surrette 415ah deep cycle AGM non maintenance 6 volt batteries
The kitchen is fully equipped but with no microwave. There is even a fondue set if you are feeling a little cheesy. There's cutlery enough for 8 guests.
For coffee, we have a 6-cup Chemex coffeemaker, a stovetop italian coffee maker, and a manual coffee grinder in the cupboard.
There is an herb garden in front of the house where you can find mint, sage, french tarragon, rosemary, oregano, thyme, and lavender. During different times of the year, you can also find many blooms in our garden: Forsythia (April), Daffodils (April), Tulips (May), Peonies (June), Cascading Sweet Peas (June), Iris (July), Ditch Lilies (July), Zinnias (August), Coreopsis (All summer), Eastern Purple Coneflower (All summer). Feel free to cut the herbs and flowers for use during your stay. Small garden shears can be found in the water room.
Échanges avec les voyageurs
Please e-mail or text at any time.
There is a propane barbecue available.
We have a kayak and lifejacket free to use. Other toys like frisbees, beach toys, and badminton rackets are also available. Board games can be found in the shelves of the kitchen island. There is a beach shelter (like a beach tent/umbrella) that can be found in the water room for you to use at Sandbanks. Please feel free to have your kids (or yourself) colour the Paris poster in the master bedroom. There is a guitar but might require some tuning.
A CD player with audio system for your listening pleasure. Audio system can also be hooked up to your own laptop for music streaming. An Apple TV is also available with Netflix for those rainy afternoons.
High chair is in the kitchen and a running stroller is also available in the carport.
The cottage is also a perfect location for bird watching (take out the kayak or watch from the rooftop) in Prince Edward County. From the property, we have seen Hummingbirds, Canada Geese, Turkey Vultures, Great Blue Herons, Cardinals, Blue Jays, Loons, Woodpeckers, Robins, just to name.
Please do not leave food out as ants will easily come inside the cottage.
As stated in the amenities section, "Essentials" are not provided. Thus, when deciding what to bring, please remember to pack bed linens (inclusive of duvet cover, fitted sheet, pillow case, and flat sheet), towels (for body, hands, feet, and the beach), and kitchen towels. There is no need to pack pillows or duvets as those will be available. There are 3 queen beds and 2 single beds. Bedding of those sizes will be needed.
Feel free to use the condiments and spices in the cabinets but not the food or alcohol. If you use any substantial amount of products, kindly replace them before you leave.
Only toilet tissue in the toilets as we are on a septic system!
No outdoor fires and smoking outdoors only!
Do not drink the water from the outside tap as it is well water.
Please take all garbage with you when you leave. The closest dump site is 15 min drive west on 35 County Road 14 (Sophiasburgh). They are open on Saturdays 8am-4pm. The 2nd closest dump site is 18 min drive at 37 Church St (Picton). The Picton location is open Wednesdays & Saturdays 8am-4pm. Both will cost $5/bag for garbage. For more information, please do a web search for "Prince Edward County Garbage Dump".
There is recycling pickup every other Tuesday - Just let your recyclables accumulate in the recycling bin near the carport entrance. Our neighbours can take the recycling down to the end of the driveway on Tuesdays if you don't mind.
The natural compost found by the carport can only take vegetables, fruits, coffee grind, leaves, and eggshells. It is not a city compost so please do not dispose meat, bones, oils, cheese, baked goods, compost bags, or bleached paper products in there. If you are not sure, safest is to treat it as garbage.
If you move outdoor furniture, kindly return it to its original location.
Be careful walking on the pathways as they are very uneven. There is poison ivy and Wild Parsnip on the property, so stay on the pathways to avoid them.
Please only adjust the temperature on the main Nest thermostat on the main floor. Please do not adjust thermostats in the other locations as we cannot shut down the system remotely if so. We have in-floor radiant heating and it takes time for the house to come up to temperature. In the cooler months of April/May, we find the house to be sufficient if set to 19 degrees. If more heat is required, please start a fire. We do not have air conditioning so even if you adjust down, nothing will happen.
When leaving, please:
1) Close all windows but keep drapes open
2) Turn off all lights and switches inclusive of the power bar switch for the TV behind the shelf
3) Ensure all fires are extinguished and close both flues and air intake door on masonry stove
4) Lock main, back, and front patio doors
5) Return kayak to carport
6) Take all garbage with you
7) Ensure BBQ and propane line to BBQ are both shut off
8) Clear the refrigerator and freezer of any items you brought with you
9) Return key to lockbox
Si vous annulez jusqu'à 5 jours avant le voyage, vous recevez un remboursement intégral. En cas d'annulation au cours des 5 jours précédant le voyage, la première nuit est non remboursable, mais vous recevrez un remboursement à hauteur de 50 % du coût des nuits restantes.
Mom to two boys who fell in love with this beautiful property on the Bay of Quinte in 2013. We decided on this place in hopes that our family can grow with an appreciation for nature. There's nothing quite like enjoying a glass of wine while taking in the beautiful County sunset.
We love taking our two boys traveling. As a family, we have been to Hawaii, Mexico, South Africa, San Francisco, New York City, and Ottawa. My husband and I have been to Portugal, Spain, Italy, France, Hong Kong, Tokyo, London and many parts of United States and Canada.
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