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 is a tranquil country property of over 100 acres of ecologically diverse land located in the heart of Northumberland County, Ontario. Numerous trails, meditation areas and quaint buildings throughout the property offer opportunities to immerse in nature and rejuvenate the mind, body and soul. 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:
- Trails throughout the hills, meadows, forests and wetlands
- 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
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 warmly welcome to come and experience the magic of Fells Meadows.
This is magniﬁcent space 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.
The 1860 renovated 6 bedroom farm house includes a full amenity kitchen with a spectacular masonry. We do not provide meals or food unless requested (for a supplemental fee). 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.
In the heart of Northumberland Hills, this property is a sacred space focused on regeneration and well being. About 1/2 km from the farm house is a 30 foot diameter yurt perfect for circles, yoga, tai chi and the arts. There are cabins, Haven on the Hill-Top, on the ﬁrst hill overlooking many miles of nature and Haven in the Meadow. There are lofts in the cabins which have double sized mattresses. There is a supplemental fee of $20./day to heat the cabin. 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.
Groups have the option of renting the full property (farm house, yurt and cabins) or the farm house only. For individuals seeking “retreat” one (or couples) may book a cabin or an individual private room in the farm house. Typically individual retreat accommodations are between Monday - Friday. However, please be in touch with us if your ideal time is not available on the calendar. We will do our best to accommodate you.
Check in time is 4 p.m. Leslie or Greg will meet you at the farm house at 4 p.m. or the ETA (estimated time of arrival) that is communicated ahead to us. We’ll show you the farm house upon arrival and will provide you with a set of keys to come and go as you please. Please call us in advance if there is any change. Check out time is 11 a.m. Should you require a later check out please advise as we try to be flexible when possible. We look forward to having you here. Please feel free to call with any questions.
You will be asked to complete and sign a rental agreement upon booking.
Linens are provided. As a conscious environmental practice we greatly appreciate guests using one face cloth and towel during their stay.
There is absolutely no smoking in the farm house, cabins, yurt or in any of the outdoor buildings. Careful and considerate outdoor smoking is acceptable. All cigarette butts MUST be safely disposed of in the garbage.
Please ensure that the number of guests noted on your booking is accurate. There are to be no pets unless previously arranged through and agreed upon by the host. Please advise us if there are children and/or youths. The hosts must agree as part of the group before you book. Parents are fully responsible for their children and or youths. You are welcome to move certain items in the farm house or buildings out of the way of children or if it’s helpful for your group. They are to be returned to their original spot before check out.
We make sure that the space is clean before arrival, and ask our guests to treat the place with respect, and keep and leave the place in as clean a state as upon arrival. Although a distance away, we ask our guests to be respectful of our neighbours by keeping noise to a minimum i.e. this is not a place conducive to "partying". Respect all furnishings in our home and on the property. We understand that accidents do happen. Please notify us if any items are damaged during your stay. Damage to any art or furniture will be deducted from the security deposit.
The property is on safe well water. Many people prefer to use spring water for coffee/tea and drinking water because the indoor water is on a softening system. We will provide one large jug of spring water (approximately 15 litres). We suggest you consider bringing a jug(s) if people are avid water drinkers and you prefer spring water. Extra jugs may be available in the nearby general store.
The farm house is on a septic system. For groups we ask that only soiled paper be put in the toilet. Flush when need be. A clean container will be available in all bathrooms for tissue, non soiled toilet paper, feminine products, etc.
Shoes and boots are to be removed in the main foyer of the farm house or in the entrance to the yurt or cabins. There is to be no food or drinks (exception of water) in the Yurt and the cabins. To avoid stains on the wood, if water spills, please be sure it is wiped dry immediately. If you plan to use "Haven" (cabin on the hill or in the meadow) then sheets are available to take to the cabins. They are to be returned and put in the front hallway of the farm house before check out.
The cabin is to be utilized for sleeping only if there are over 10 overnight guests. This must be agreed upon with the host. There is a surcharge of $20./night for heating each cabin. There is a propane stove in the yurt which may be used if you’ve booked use of the yurt.
If temperatures warrant (cold outside) we the hosts will light the masonry which is a main source of heat for the farm house. (Extra heating is baseboards) You will be shown how to close the damper for the masonry. The doors of the masonry (main door and bread oven door) are NOT to be opened at any time by guests. Upon arrival we will provide instructions for the wood stove and fire place in the living/dining area.
There is a 42 inch Smart TV and DVD/Blu Ray player in the living area. There is not cable or TV service but you are welcome to use any of the movies provided and to bring a couple along should you desire to do so.
We’ve had the honour of traditional elders, aboriginal groups and organizations having ceremony and quests on the property. Do not use or remove any items that are be on property i.e. statues, tobacco ties, etc.
Before leaving we ask that all sheets from beds used are removed and put in pillow cases which are to be left in the front hallway before departure. If the cabin is used then the sheets and cases are to be brought to the farm house front hallway (not the duvet unless it needs cleaning). All used towels and washcloths are also to be put in the main floor bathroom before departure. Compost is to be disposed of outside in the compost bin and all garbage and recycling is to be put in the smaller barn/workshop.
Check in time is 4 p.m. Leslie or Greg will meet you at the farm house at 4 p.m. or the ETA (estimated time of arrival) that is communicated ahead to us. We’ll show you the farm house upon arrival and will provide a set of keys. If you are renting a cabin or an individual room then we will give you a key for the cabin/room and one for the farm house if sharing common space. During individual retreats we ask people to be in silence or whispering voices when in common space unless agreed upon with other guests.
Please call us in advance if there is any change with your ETA. Check out time is 11 a.m. - Should you require a later check out please advise us and we do our best to accommodate you when possible.
We look forward to having you here. Please feel free to call with any questions.
Tasteful China and Numerous Utensils for Groups
Varying Sizes Pots/Pans/Roasting Cookware
Cozy Fireplace & Wood Stove in Living Area
Outdoor Fire Pit (Host must book permit ahead of time)
Patio area with Table and Large Number of Chairs
Varying Sizes Serving Ware
Masonry in Kitchen
Groomed Trails Throughout over 100 Acres of Diverse Ecosystems
30 Ft Diameter Yurt
Home-crafted Benches Throughout Property
Suitable for Small Events
Close to Beaches, Artistic Villages & National Parks
Nearby Bicycle Trails
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. It’s a pleasure to oversee and offer this landscape full of wonder.
Many years ago Leslie spoke to me about a vision of a place where people who travelled there would have an experience of deep spiritual contact with nature. The realization of this vision is Fells Meadows and all it has to offer.
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.
Spending time on retreat at the beautiful farmhouse was a truly restorative experience. I cannot recommend this place more highly for reflective time away from the demands of modern life.
The property was a perfect fit for our group! The land and the facilities are magic! Leslie was wonderful to work with and a great communicator. Would highly recommend a stay.
Leslie’s retreat space gave me a sense of being held in a safe cocoon of solitude. The land, food & house were deeply nourishing to my soul and body. She has created a truly sacred place.
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
Leslie has a stunning guest house furnished with tasteful modern decor and amenities. It is surrounded by a vast 100 acres of land that is absolutely breath taking. There are pathways, forests, hills and lovely benches along the way. You will not be disappointed and make sure to take advantage of walking the land. D.L. November 2017
The farmhouse was a perfect spot for our group of 7 during the cold holiday season ~ great kitchen for cooking with everything we needed, cozy atmosphere with wood stove and fireplace, quality linens, comfortable beds, a fantastic book shelf to peruse... everything needed for a relaxing getaway. We enjoyed walking the trails behind the house and really appreciated when our hosts went out of their way to jump start our car in the morning when the battery wouldn't start. Great find, we'd love to come again. Suzanne D December 2017
Our family of 12 rented this farm house for Christmas 2017. The house is easily accessible from Highway 401 and to local shopping and activities. The house is warm and comfortable for large or small groups, including a beautiful cabin and yurt in the woods. The acreage is a wonderful feature for hiking or snowshoes, and provides a natural respite from the day to day. The kitchen is fully equipped and the bedrooms are very comfortable. The house is spotless, with 3 wood burning fireplaces for comfort and constant heat. The hosts Leslie and Greg are responsive and accommodating, lovely to work with! I highly recommend this house for any occasion, big or small. Joanne B December 2017
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
Cosy, well appointed farmhouse with sprawling grounds and great energy. Perfect for a getaway or retreat. We'll be back!! Stacey, 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