Fells Meadows Over 100 acres of peace and serenity in the heart of Northumberland County, Ontario, to nourish mind, body and soul.
Fells Meadows A tranquil country property of over 100 acres in the heart of Northumberland County, Ontario.
Fells Meadows offers numerous trails, meditation areas and quaint buildings throughout the property enabling opportunities to immerse in nature and rejuvenate the mind, body and soul. We warmly welcome groups, families, couples and individuals for a memorable overnight getaway in the country. The property also offers day visits, to connect with nature, by pre-booking through firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Fells Meadows name is derived from the moor covered hills on the Isle of Man, Scotland and northern England (the fells) and peaceful meadows.
This is a sanctuary where nature thrives and wildlife abounds. It includes:
- A tastefully decorated 1860’s renovated six bedroom farm house
- A 30 foot diameter yurt with pine flooring and propane stove
- Charming cabins with sleeping lofts
- A Chartres Meditation Labyrinth overlooking the valley
- Trails throughout the hills, meadows, forests and wetlands
We continue to create a holistic vision focused on regeneration and well being by planting organic gardens, orchards and native vegetation which support soul-stirring retreats and fortify wildlife such as the butterflies, bees and bluebirds. You are welcome to come and experience the magic of Fells Meadows.
In the heart of Northumberland Hills, this property is a sacred space focused on regeneration and well being. Accommodations are available to rent for short or extended periods of time for individuals, families, colleagues or small groups seeking time in a private country setting. This is a tranquil space enabling one to choose rest, play, the creative arts to stimulate imagination or a mix of all. Because of covid 19 we have have adjusted our rates so there is flexibility for individuals, couples, families and small groups to book overnight stays at the farm house. Other accommodations includes quaint cabins which have pull out sofas on the main floor and quality mattresses in the lofts. The yurt has a double futon but typically this space is used for meditation, yoga and circles (see Accommodations page for further information). Larger groups or families are welcome to book the cabins in addition to the farm house. For individuals wishing to book a cabin or a room at the farm house please email email@example.com for availability and details.
The private, cozy, 1860 renovated 6 bedroom farm house includes a full amenity kitchen with a spectacular masonry. We have the option for individuals or couples to order from a menu or to provide their own meals. Although the majority of groups do their own meals we have access to an amazing chef and can coordinate the meals (supplemental fee for meals). The dining and living area has a wood stove and fully operational ﬁre place. There are six bedrooms; one with a queen bed, two with double beds, one with a single and double bed, and two bedrooms with two single beds. There are two full amenities bathrooms. The outdoor patio has a table, chairs and BBQ. There is ample room to park vehicles. One can store bicycles in the workshop barn.
About 1/2 km from the farm house is the 30 foot diameter yurt perfect for circles, yoga, tai chi and the arts. The cabins, Haven on the Hill-Top, is on the ﬁrst hill overlooking many miles of nature and Haven in the Meadow is in the valley closer to the yurt. There are lofts in the cabins which have double sized mattresses. Near Haven on the Hill-Top, overlooking the valley, is a stone labyrinth based on the one in Chartres, France. There are trails throughout the over 100 acres of meadow, forest and protected waterways perfect for walking all seasons and during our winter wonderland, for snow shoeing or cross country skiing.
About your host, Leslie Fell.
For years I wanted to create a sanctuary space which protected the land and enabled people to have a place to rejuvenate in nature, in solitude or with friends and family. I was drawn to the property for its numerous ecosystems, rolling hills, diverse wildlife and whispering trees.
Many years ago Leslie spoke to me about a vision of a place where people who traveled there would have an experience of deep spiritual contact with nature. The realization of this vision is Fells Meadows.
It is born of the indomitable warrior spirit that resides in Leslie and that made the seemingly impossible possible. When you come you will sense immediately your sanctuary place. Come.
~ Kathleen Delahunty
Our Guests Say it Best
This is a wonderful location and words can’t describe the beauty the retreat space provides. Our group received the warmest hospitality and many commented on how they would love to return.
This property is incredible. It's spacious and well-kept. The path leading up the hill to the cabin is perfect for a sunset-walk. The farmhouse is endearing, well kept, rustic, and beautiful.
Leslie and Greg were amazing hosts. The property is massive and the pictures provided do not do it justice. If any guest wishes to have a private retreat, they would find it here.
Leslie's property is absolutely lovely!!! The house is beautiful with everything you could possibly need for a glorious weekend. We feel like going each season just to enjoy all that nature has to offer at every time of year. Melanie M. Dec 2020
Individual Retreat: “The only thing I regret about my stay at Fells Meadows is not being able to stay longer! This is a blessed magical sanctuary conducive to an artistic or personal retreat, replete with winding trails of transforming landscapes from sunset views to frozen wetlands. Every part of my time at Fells Meadows was a gift to my spirit and my writing. The farmhouse is extremely comfortable and private. I wrote by the picture perfect wood stove during the days and enjoyed long walks to renew my energy on the nature trails leading into the woods. I found new sources of emotional stamina on the labyrinth meditation and amidst the snow-lined trees on the property. The kitchen and sleeping set-up was ideal and I had everything I wished for to spend a few days focusing on my project. Fells Meadows is also a secret paradise for a solo or ensemble dance retreat, with a hard-wood floor dance studio in a yurt in the woods! Leslie is a lovely, grounded and inspiring presence with superb hosting skills. I cannot wait to return!”
I had a wonderful solo stay in Leslie’s farmhouse at Fells Meadows during the first week of December, during Covid, and during one of the first snow days - it was glorious! The eclectically furnished farmhouse (animal sanctuary meets new age meets Buddhism) was so inviting and comfy, with an unlimited supply of hot tea, firewood and meadow views. The yummy pre-ordered and prepped vegetarian/vegan food was delicious, which gave me energy to explore the many meandering trails and labyrinth outside. Most of all, Fells Meadows provided a welcoming space to think, rest, write, read, and take care of myself for a few days. I feel rejuvenated and look forward to coming back again! Jessica T. Dec 2020
When I first arrived, I could smell the oxygen in the air. The sun warmed my face. ....I lay down at the foot of an ancient hickory tree for a long time, listening to the hovering chickadees and the whooshing sound of the wind moving through the pine trees.... At night, I sat by a blazing fire and then later stood outside in the cold crisp air watching fiery Mars and the bright light of Venus rising in the dark sky. It was so good to be reminded of the beauty, magic and wonder of the natural world which was experienced in all its perfection at Fells Meadows !! Kate B. Dec 2020
Fells Meadows is a haven for those searching for solitude, connection to nature, and the warmth of hospitality that is so special to Leslie. I stumbled on Haven on the Hilltop's image online and knew I wanted to spend some days disconnecting from the pandemic, work, and parenting and reconnecting to myself. Leslie was so kind and prompt in her communications from my first inquiry and throughout my stay. She showed me around, offered kale from the garden, and when it snowed unexpectedly, she even offered me her own boots. It's so easy to sense the purpose and deep connection Leslie has for the land and all that inhabits it, and it shows in all the details inside the cabins, the quaint farmhouse, and the walking trails. I dream of going back again and again, and will always hold fond memories of the warmth I felt on those crisp Canadian Autumnal days. Aya J. Nov 2020
“Beautiful, super clean and roomy farmhouse. The grounds are enormous, everything is as described. Check in and communications are professional and prompt, and the host genuinely wants people to enjoy the experience.”
Rob T Oct 2020
Individual Retreat: Great peace and joy at Fells Meadows - I have been to Fells Meadows a number of times with group retreats and have truly enjoyed the beauty of the land, the serenity, the integrity of the owner and staff to ensure that Mother Earth and all her children were properly cared for. The food has always been delicious, organic and very healthy. I have stayed in the Farm House which has a number of bedrooms as well as the cabin called Haven on the Hill-top. It is truly on the top of the hill which enables one to see the sunset and the sunrise and exquisite viewing of the stars. The small cabin is right beside an amazing labrynth which I have walked many times. Recently I decided to have a silent retreat alone for 4 days and 3 nights to meditate and contemplate the beauty and blessings that are all around us. I chose to stay at Fells Meadows in the Haven on the Hill. It was precious time to just relax and listen to the sounds and experience the beauty. There is also another cabin available near the meadow and a large yurt which can be used for various group sessions such as yoga. I am in awe whenever I spend time on the land at Fells Meadows and always come home inspired and deeply blessed. I highly recommend it. Susan B. Sept 2020
Gorgeous place, accommodating and friendly hostess. It was a great weekend. Katie B. September 2020
Leslie was very welcoming and hospitable. The cabin is cozy and charming. The property is beautiful and the main trails are well kept. The food that was prepared from Leslie's menu was also delicious. Overall, a great place to relax and get away from the city hustle and bustle. Nikola I. September 2020
It is very clean and charming, especially the garden and trails on the property. My wife even spotted humming birds - what a treat. Leslie is very accommodating and welcoming. Next time we may plan for bigger group gathering here. Derek H August 2020
We booked Fells Meadows so that our family could spend some precious time together, especially since we hadn't been able to see each other as much due to the pandemic. Leslie's farmhouse was a gem of a place for us to rest, relax, and reconnect. The house is spacious, surprisingly cool in the summer, and has plenty of places to cozy up and read, nap, or just enjoy the peace of being out in nature. The beds were comfy and one of our favourite things was the amazing sleep we all had! It must have been how quiet and dark it gets out in the country, but we definitely had some of our best sleeps and naps here! We enjoyed the trails on the property, though it does get quite buggy in July, so I would recommend bringing bug spray. The yurt was a fun place for us to explore and play some games in. We also appreciated the big flat screen TV for our evening Nintendo Switch competitions :). Kitchen was well stocked with all the basic equipment and some spices. Everything was clean and well-maintained. Most of all, we appreciated Leslie's hospitality and helpfulness during our stay. My mom had trouble with the bathtub as it was a bit slippery for her; Leslie wasted no time in getting us bathmats to put in the tub! Needless to say, she was an attentive and gracious host. We had a wonderful time here and hope to be back again 🙂 Elizabeth K. August 2020
We had a beautiful stay at Fells Meadows! From exploring the trails using a map that Leslie provided to yoga and meditation in the yurt, it was a magical experience! Would highly recommend Leslie’s place if you’re looking for somewhere to escape and get in touch with nature! Jordan S. July 2020
Leslie was a wonderful host and the property is super charming with trails, gardens, etc. The house has everything you need and only 20 minutes away from beaches. Highly recommend. Herrick M. July 2020
Individual Mentored Retreat
I have been to Fells Meadows on three separate occasions. Twice for a Reiki Group retreat in the Farmhouse and one Self-Directed Retreat in the cabin called "Haven on the Hill". The entire property is exceptionally kept. I feel Leslie and the land of Fells Meadow uplifted my spirit to a place where I could truly connect to my Self/Source. I felt safe and absolutely welcomed. So much thought, time and energy are put into creating an experience for others to honour and explore the journey of their soul. With the support of the land and Leslie, as a facilitator, I was able to experience full circle events that brought upon clarity and purpose. Candace C. July 2020
Myself, my husbanding our two golden retrievers had an absolutely phenomenal time at Fells Meadows. The rustic, charming farmhouse was warm and welcoming. Beautiful place to stay. Very clean. The grounds are well maintained and absolutely gorgeous. We got massages by the lovely Carley - she was kind and professional. We ate produce from the gardens grown right beside the farmhouse - was so good!
If you're looking for a relaxing, quiet oasis to get away from the hustle and bustle of the world...this is it! Will definitely be back!
Thank you Leslie and staff for a wonderful experience. Jessica H. July 2020
A beautiful, restorative and incredibly joyful space! The land is spacious and calming and green and expansive. The house is stunning and can accommodate large groups and still feel like a "private idaho". I cannot recommend this place enough! I have been many many times and will continue to visit when I need quiet, beauty and grace. Suzanne G. January 2020
''I have brought 3 groups to Fells Meadows in the last two years. The five-day retreats that we teach require a special space where we are well supported as our work often leads us through a variety of intense healing group processes. For these workshops to go well we need a combination of elements that marry gracefully: delicious healthy food, comfortable accommodations, some privacy, and a setting that allows a connection to nature. We also need hosts that have attention to details and who understand the balance necessary in holding a safe space for all of us. Fells Meadows and its owners, Leslie and Greg, combine all of these elements beautifully and effortlessly. We always feel well cared for, we receive a warm welcome at every meal and, as a facilitator, I never have to worry about anything. These perfect conditions allow me to focus my full attention on my participants and the demands of the trainings. Fells Meadows is truly a special, magical place. We will be back!!'' Daniel Leonard, November 2019
For the past several years, I have led small group yoga weekend retreats at Fells Meadows. The combination of the farmhouse, yurt, cabins and extensive trails offers space for solitude or sharing. The circular space in the yurt, focuses energy and invites a meditative approach to yoga practice. I look forward to a return visit. Patricia W. June, 2019
We had an incredible time at the property. The house is very clean, comfortable and roomy, with a well equipped kitchen, fireplaces, and perfect areas for spending time both inside and out. We had a huge outdoor meal on picnic tables, with the view of the green acres in the background. We took several walks around the property, including to the yurt, labyrinth, and little cabins. We also had a lovely bonfire under the stars. You really can't go wrong here, for groups big or small! The hosts were generous, kind and welcoming. Dasha P. May, 2019
Chilling in the country
SO lovely, so peaceful-wonderful hosts! We'll be back every year :-).
I was looking for that perfect, special place to host a leadership development retreat, and as soon as I had that first phone call with Leslie, I knew Fell's Meadows was the space for us. The farmhouse is cozy and comfortably furnished, and we loved gathering around the wood fireplace in the evening to talk and deepen our learning. During the days, we spent time on the property-- and since it was October, the leaves had changed and we were surrounded by reds, oranges, and yellows. The yurt was perfect for our sessions, and we all loved being able to use the yoga mats, pillows, and blankets instead of the typical boardroom-type setting. Stacey Kinley, April, 2019
As a host, Leslie and Greg were responsive and very accommodating of our timeline. Leslie even ran a workshop for us, and it deepened our retreat and connected the group to the space even further. It's often the little things that make a place feel special, and I loved the fresh cut flowers on the bedside table, that my bed was so comfortable, the eco-friendly soaps in the bathrooms, how each carving and painting has a story, and that the whole 100-acre property felt like home.
Dream Circle: For our leadership development retreat, we were looking for something extra to bring into our learning space, so when Leslie mentioned that she runs a workshop called a Dream Council, I knew it was exactly what we were looking for. Dream Council deepened our connection to ourselves, through our dreams, and then connected us more deeply to the entire group as we explored themes and feelings the dreams evoked. Leslie is a masterful facilitator, and she managed the space with grace and power as needed. Her wisdom and insights up-levelled the experience and made it one of our favourite activities of the whole retreat. Sophia A., October 2018
Heavenly. We had the most wonderful weekend at Fell’s Meadows. The house and grounds were perfect. We had a peaceful weekend with good friends and therapeutic laughter!! Thank you Leslie and Greg, you were wonderful hosts and catered to every need. This place was the best stocked vacation rental I have ever been to. I would highly recommend it especially if you need a place for peace and mental rejuvenation. Heather B, Sept. 2018
We had a prefect stay at Leslie's farmhouse. The property is beautiful, kitchen is fully stocked with everything you need. We enjoyed walking the trails behind the house. Love it, highly recommend! Yin M. September 2018
I wanted to thank you once again for the great hospitality at your retreat centre, Fell Meadows. It is an enchanting beautiful setting! You attended to all the details and the special care to myself and all the needs and requests that came up for our group members. You truly are a wonderful host, always greeting us with a smile and you made us feel so appreciated and welcome. The food was delicious and fresh and we enjoyed the farmhouse. Your land and property is well cared for and the yurt is a wonderful space for group work. I really felt like we were away from it all and with the great service you offer, we were able to focus on our work. The work we did was powerful and a lot had to do with the space, spirit, and beauty of the place. Thank you once again. Daniel L. July 2018
Fabulous and Relaxing Retreat! We enjoyed a wonderful women's getaway at Leslie's Exquisite Sanctuary. The house was spotlessly clean, beautifully furnished, and well equipped with everything we could possibly need during our stay. We were there during the Canada Day weekend heat-wave, and although the house does not have central air conditioning it felt lovely and cool. The grounds were beautiful, and we did manage a few short treks to wander along the trails and see the bunkie, maze and yurt......we would have done more hiking if the weather had not been so hot and humid. Truly a piece of paradise and we look forward to spending another women's weekend at Leslie's farmhouse in the future. Sheryl E. July 2018
Awesome place - it had everything you would need and great hosts.
Mike B. February 2018
Spending time on retreat at the beautiful farmhouse and land was a truly restorative experience. Everything I needed to be comfortable was provided, allowing me to engage fully in the experiences which called my soul. I cannot recommend this place more highly for reflective time away from the demands of modern life, and as a container for deeper contemplation. M.V. January 2018
The hostess, Leslie, warmly greeted us and provided a thorough overview of the property and amenities. House was well stocked. Loved the masonry in the kitchen. The trails were well groomed and provided some great exercise, fresh air and scenery. Spent the day in Warkworth - what a gem! lots of lovely shops and welcoming people. Joe-Anne P. November 2017
This is a wonderful location and words can’t describe the beauty the retreat space/s provide. Our group received nothing but the warmest hospitality and many commented on how they would love to return. Everything about this location and experience was perfect. Thank you again! Shaunacy August 2017
This is a great property that offers the perfect setting for a long weekend outside of the city. My friends and I found that we had everything we needed to be comfortable, including kitchen items and a BBQ. The location meant that we could drive into Picton for the day, and to Sandbanks, and check out the drive-in at night. Leslie was a great host who was easily accessible both before and during our stay. I would recommend this property for family getaways, larger groups, or workshop retreats. Anonymous June 2017
This property is incredible. It's spacious and well-kept. The path leading up the hill to the cabin is perfect for a sunset-walk. The farmhouse is endearing, well kept, rustic, and beautiful. I can't wait to return. Suzannah M. June 2017
The property was a perfect fit for our group! The land and the facilities are magic! Leslie was wonderful to work with, fully responsive and a great communicator. The grounds and the buildings are well tended and we had everything we needed for our weekend. We were held well while we gathered. Would highly recommend a stay. The labyrinth and yurt were well used. Magic. Gratitude! Kim M. May 2017
Leslie and Greg were amazing hosts! They were so willing to help myself and 9 friends make the most out of their beautiful property. They provided a lot of information regarding the hiking trails of the land, the surrounding area and were very friendly and interesting people themselves. One long weekend is not enough to fully enjoy all that this farmhouse has to offer. Leslie and Greg were excellent with communication (check out/in, maintaining property, etc) and that clarity allowed for a stress free and fun weekend getaway. The farmhouse was very easy to find, as the hosts provide detailed instructions on how to find it from every direction, and is part of a wide neighbourhood. The property is truly massive and the pictures provided do not do it justice. If any guest wishes to have a private retreat, they would find it here. There are many places around the surrounding area to provide entertainment (The Big Apple, farmer's markets, antique stores, Presqu'ile Provincial Park, etc.) and the farmhouse is equipped with many amenities (which makes travelling with a group much easier). The home was clean and spacious, it did not feel crowded with our large group. Greg walked me through the entire house on arrival and made all of us feel welcome and at home immediately. Our long weekend trip was such a success because of our wonderful hosts and incredible landscape. Victoria May 2017
I loved it! The land is so varied and beautiful. The hilltops, the mysterious watery passes, the birch groves, the meadow - I couldn't get enough of walking! I felt like I connected to what March means in the natural world, here in this part of Canada. The sky and the land were meeting through water, and everything was changing and mulching down before my eyes to create a fertile ground for life to grow. It was deeply relaxing and reminded me of where I actually am, on this land that changes day by day. I loved how accessible the walking was - you had only to go out of the door and could choose a long route, a short route, a hilly route and an easy route - whatever I felt like. The landscape felt very nourishing for my soul, which was what I needed. The spirits of the land came across as being very well cared for and joyful. RD March 2017
Leslie’s retreat space gave me a sense of being held in a safe cocoon of solitude. The land, the food, the house, all were deeply nourishing to my soul and body. She has created a truly sacred place. SW Feb 2017
Ten of us spent a wonderful Christmas at this beautiful farmhouse and property. There is a main floor bedroom (and bathroom) which fit the bill for my 88 year old mother. The remaining 9 of us (3 couples, 2 teenagers and 1 young adult) were dispersed in the upstairs bedrooms which accommodated us very well. We were all very impressed by the masonry heating system - both in watching Greg get the fire going each morning and in how toasty the farmhouse became and stayed over the course of the day/night, in particular the upstairs. For a Christmas "away from home" the icing on the cake was that Leslie ensured that the house had a festive feel from pretty decorations throughout the house to a lovely decorated tree in the living/dining room - perfect for gifts. This transformed the farmhouse into a home away from home. Many thanks. Catherine F. December 2016
A wonderful place to disconnect from the hustle and bustle of the city while having the comforts of home. ….As much as I would love to keep this my little secret place, I know many others who could benefit from a spiritual retreat. Host Leslie is warm and easily reachable if needed. Isabelle K. October 2016
We rented the property to celebrate my son's birthday. The house was very comfortable and roomy. We loved using the wood stove heater and walking in the woods. Leslie was very attentive and helpful. Just a short drive from Toronto. This property was amazing. Anita H. September 2016
My partner and I spent few nights at this place. We found it very clean and neat. . The farmhouse is very nice and has a unique character. The cabin and the yurt were definitely a bonus. We enjoyed taking hikes on the trails. The house has everything you need. The garden was beautiful and we saw so many nice birds and butterflies. Another bonus is its close proximity to Toronto and specially 401. There are also many places within 30 min drive to see including Rice lake, Bewdley and Ferris park just to name a few. This is a quiet retreat from the bustling city. At night you can see so many stars. The owner was so nice and kind and made us feel at home. We definitely recommend this place and we will visit here again for sure. Ali S. August 2016
I stayed at Leslie Fell's property for a personal reflection and writing retreat. The setting was ideal for finding inner spaciousness and artistic inspiration. The surrounding land stretches far toward the horizon, and beckons for meditative and regenerative encounters.The land almost reverberates with the sense of its own becoming, or sighs with the knowledge that the cycle of planetary healing can begin. For anyone who feels aligned with these objectives, a retreat at Leslie's land will re-connect you. While you are there, Leslie's conscientiousness and care will ensure that you can focus wholly on what you came to do. JH February 2016