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Picturesque School House Retreat

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3 bedrooms, Internet, bed sheets, wheelchair access
Fireplace, books, music library, stereo
Fireplace, books, music library, stereo
Fireplace, books, music library, stereo
3 bedrooms, Internet, bed sheets, wheelchair access

Overview of Picturesque School House Retreat

Picturesque School House Retreat

4.6/5 Wonderful

Guests rated this property 5.0/5 for cleanliness.

Entire cottage

3 bedrooms1 bathroomSleeps 6

Popular amenities

  • Kitchen
  • Air conditioning
  • Outdoor Space
  • Barbecue grill
  • Fireplace

Explore the area

  • Popular LocationThornbury Harbour22 min drive
  • Popular LocationGeorgian Hills Vineyards25 min drive
  • AirportOwen Sound, ON (YOS-Billy Bishop Regional)30 min drive
  • Popular LocationBognor Marsh Management Area30 min drive

Space details

3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, sleeps 6
1650 sq ft
Bedroom 1
    1 queen bed
Bedroom 2
    2 single beds
Bedroom 3
    1 queen bed
Bathroom 1
    Combined bath/shower

About this property

Entire place

You'll have the entire cottage to yourself and will only share it with other guests in your party.

Picturesque School House Retreat

Family-friendly cottage in Meaford
Relaxing week-end get-a-ways in a tranquillity of the Century-Old Minnie Hill School House nestled on 2.75 acres of Secluded Luscious Green Grounds ... it's the laid back atmosphere, where the time stops ... and family & friends gather together.

Almost a Century-Old Minnie Hill School House is nestled on Rolling Hills of Grey County on the outskirts of small towns of Meaford & Thornbury.

Built in 1917 the School House with its original Bell Tower welcomed many kids up to mid-1970. Back then, boys and girls entered school separately through 2 entrances, one from South side, second one from North. Today, both entrances make interior space still accessible from outdoors.

Its original "School Room" houses today's Spacious Living & Dining Rooms where original black chalk boards exhibit colourful creations by kids and adults alike. Soothing interior décor relaxes the mind and offers pristine landscape views all-year-round.

Fully equipped Country-Style Kitchen and outdoor propane barbecue allow for preparing yummy family feasts. Rustic Cabana Seating overlooking 2.75 acres of luscious greens provides a perfect backdrop for outdoor entertainment and tranquillity. Enjoy a bonfire and star gazing at night ... you might see a shooting star.

Sleeping at the School House:
… "Modern Rustic" … Exposed brick bedroom with Queen-size bed with views of green grounds with mature trees & a private walk out to an oversized 30x12 feet deck.

… "Dreamy Oasis" … Bedroom with Queen-size bed ... for those who need complete darkness to take rejuvenating sleeps.

… "The Barn" ... Simply furnished attic bedroom with 2 Single beds … where adults revisit their childhood dreams and kids just love sleeping in.

The 4-piece bathroom has antique claw tub with a shower, toilet, sink and shelving with baskets to store all your toiletries.

Internet is available for guests. There is no TV. You’re welcome to use an original school desk for creative writing or working on your laptop.

Electric baseboard heating supplements propane fireplace heating in Living/Dining area in winter months. Triple brick walls will keep you cool during warm summer months.

When coming in May/June, you'll smell beautifully scented lilacs ... in June/July, you might be lucky to enjoy sweet & sour organic cherries ... in Late September & October, you might taste organic apples ... all grow in the garden surrounding the School House.

For more fresh organic produce, bread and protein, visit any of the many farmers’ market stores along Hwy 26 ... best way to get there is bicycle or car.

Oh, and one of the many locally made pies is a must! ... Thornbury Berry Pie and Sour Cherry Pie are my favourites.
Air-conditioned accommodation at this cottage offers fireplaces and a hairdryer. Rooms open to patios. Kitchens offer fridges, hobs, kitchenware and utensils and coffee/tea makers. Bathrooms include a combined bath/shower unit. Housekeeping is provided on a limited basis.
The recreational activities listed below are available either on-site or nearby; fees may apply.

Property manager


Property amenities


  • Cross-country skiing and snowboarding nearby


  • Internet access

Parking and transport

  • Car required


  • Fridge
  • Hob
  • Oven
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Cookware/dishes/utensils
  • Toaster
  • Spices


  • 3 bedrooms
  • Bed sheets provided


  • 1 bathroom
  • Combined shower/bath
  • Hairdryer
  • Towels provided

Living spaces

  • Fireplace


  • Stereo
  • Books
  • Games
  • Music library

Outdoor areas

  • Patio
  • Barbecue
  • Garden


  • Near a laundromat


  • Air conditioning
  • Heating


  • No pets allowed


  • If you have any requests for specific accessibility needs, please contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Smoke-free property

Services and conveniences

  • Limited housekeeping

Location highlights

  • In a rural location
  • Near a health or beauty spa
  • Near a hospital

Things to do

  • Fitness facilities nearby
  • Snow sports gear
  • Water sports equipment
  • Tennis on site
  • Golf on site
  • Kayaking on site
  • Golf nearby
  • Swimming nearby
  • Snowmobiling nearby
  • Kayaking nearby
  • Horse riding nearby
  • Windsurfing nearby
  • Sailing nearby
  • Surfing/boogie boarding nearby
  • Mountain biking nearby

Safety features

  • Carbon monoxide detector
  • First aid kit


  • Sleeps 6
  • Unit size: 1650 sq ft (153 sq m)

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Check-in time starts at 4:00 PM
Minimum check-in age - 18


Check-out before 12:00 PM

Special check-in instructions

You will receive an email from the host with check-in and check-out instructions; you will also receive an email from Vrbo with a link to a Vrbo account, which will enable you to manage your booking


Pets not allowed

Children and extra beds

Children are welcome

Important information

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed
Parties and events are allowed on site
Long-term renters welcome
Safety features at this property include a carbon monoxide detector and a first aid kit

We should mention

A car is required for transport to and from this property

Property is also known as

Picturesque School House Retreat Meaford
Picturesque School Retreat Meaford
Picturesque School Retreat
Picturesque School House Retreat Cottage
Picturesque School House Retreat Meaford
Picturesque School House Retreat Cottage Meaford

About this area


In a rural area, this cottage is in an area with good shopping. Bayview Escarpment Provincial Park and Duncan Escarpment Provincial Park reflect the area's natural beauty and area attractions include Ridge Runner Mountain Coaster and Plunge Aquatic Center. Take in the nearby slopes with cross-country skiing, snowboarding and skiing, or try out other outdoor activities such as snowmobiling.
Popular Location

What's nearby

  • Thornbury Harbour - 22 min drive
  • Craigleith Provincial Park - 24 min drive
  • Georgian Hills Vineyards - 25 min drive
  • Bognor Marsh Management Area - 30 min drive
  • Metcalfe Rock - 41 min drive

Getting around

  • Toronto, ON (YYZ-Pearson Intl.) - 139 min drive


  • New Orleans Pizza - 12 min drive
  • Subway - 12 min drive
  • McDonald's - 12 min drive
  • Tim Hortons - 12 min drive
  • Perogie Palace - 13 min drive

Frequently asked questions

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Staff & service




Property conditions & facilities

5/5 Excellent

Quiet and Peaceful
Beautiful property which is exactly as pictured/described. Main room has lots of natural light with large windows looking out onto property. It snowed while we were there and it was very relaxing to sit by the fire and look out to the snow covered trees. Kitchen is well stocked. We slept better at the cottage than at home, so much so that when we got home we realized how uncomfortable our own mattresses were compared to the cottage. Check in/ check out instructions were very clear and Alena was responsive to any inquiries. Very quiet area but close to Meaford. Definitely plan on coming back to this property.

5/5 Excellent

Loved it!
The School House was great! Everything as advertised and the owner Alena was very sweet and helpful. Wifi worked great so it was an awesome place to work remotely. And the blackboards were great to work out some ideas!

4/5 Good

Good home base for our golf trip
Property was clean and comfortable. Coffee maker didn’t work so had to just pour hot water through it. Could use a hanging rack in the upstairs bedroom or something to put your suitcase on.

5/5 Excellent

Calm and relaxing
Very calm, relaxe, out of beated trails. Very Nice backyard to read and relaxe. An hour drive to main attractions. Perfect for a famiily. Only downside, not a lot of hot water.

5/5 Excellent

Summer Vacation 2020
This is a beautiful property just outside the town of Meaford. Essentially a turn of the century schoolhouse updated with modern amenities while retaining it's country charm. Beautiful 2+ acres of field and trees; plenty of shade and play space for the kids. Outdoor gazebo with dining table and BBQ for diner time meals. Quiet, secluded and peaceful, but within 10 minutes of beaches, tourist attractions and restaurants. Alena was prompt with answers to all our questions. An ideal spot for a family vacation!