Testimonials

 

"A wonderful retreat with beautiful grounds and great yoga class. Billie was a gracious and helpful host. Look forward to staying again" - Arthur

"My life is pretty busy, seeing that it has taken me a week to write a review, you can imagine how much I needed a break! I don't know how to compress this review any smaller as I am just bursting with good things to say about the Yoga Garden. First things first, I am NOT a yoga person. Despite this, I still had a GREAT time. Anyone looking to get some fresh air, enjoy the trees and relax would LOVE this venue. The drive up was fantastic. Coming thru Wakefield and driving the picturesque country side was a great introduction to my retreat. Literally around every corner there is a beautiful farm or vista to enjoy. As the fall colours are just starting, I feel this drive was extra lovely! After being shown around the property, I decided to take a kayak out on the lake (there are three for guests to use and I believe a canoe as well) the lake was beautiful and I wish it was warm enough for swimming as it is spring fed and very clear/clean. (there looks to be about 3 other "residents" on the lake but all appear to be seasonal dwellings/trailers. Since I visited in October, there was not a soul around) I stayed in a cabin with a loft so was overjoyed to be able to lie in bed and look out into the forest. I saw a pair of white tailed deer literally 10ft away on multiple occasions. Bedding was fresh, cabin was clean and there was lots of extra blankets for those that are chilly at night. The outhouse was a delight. Having camped across the country, I have had many experiences with not so nice toilet facilities. These were fresh, clean and have almost ZERO odour that one would expect with an outhouse. I also used the indoor facilities which were spa-like and pristine. Private flush toilets, hot water at the sink and lovely tiled showers with great water pressure. There was also laundry facilities offered to me, which I did not require but good to know if my kayaking earned me wet clothes, there was an option to dry them! :) I enjoyed coffee on the porch in the morning watching the rain fall on the lake. There was a generous spread of breakfast available (for ex: toast, yogurt, fruit, nuts, coffee/tea etc) Perfect for a light bite to get you started for the day. Regrettably I could not stay to enjoy a yoga class as I had to return to the city but that just means I have an excuse to return! The only "cons" that I can think of aren't really cons for me, but someone else may think so. Phone reception was poor, randomly was very good in middle of the lake so if you need to be in contact with the outside world, this is something to consider. Same with wifi. At my cabin/around the grounds it was fairly weak." - Meghan

"Billie and John's space is quaint, spacious, and tranquil. If you are looking for a space to get away and find some peace for a couple of days or longer, this is the place for you. The cabin we stayed in outside of the house was big enough for 2 (could fit probably a big family if needed), and was clean and neat. John heated the cabin prior to our arrival, and let us know that the house would be unlocked all night if we needed anything (there are outhouses located all throughout the property, but if we wanted to use indoor facilities, the option is there). This was a great place to connect with nature (plenty of space and spots to go hiking, there is a lake as well on the property that is amazing to look out to in the morning, and multiple fire pits and places to play outdoor sports, or relax in a hammock, or do some yoga). John was very kind and considerate and heated the sauna indoors for us on our hike. He was always around tending to the property, and there if we needed anything. Lots of beautiful features apart from the lake and space, such as the outside garden and ampitheatre. Also worth noting that the food provided is strictly vegetarian/vegan - even the dog Poppy is a vegetarian. Even though we only stayed for a night, we felt very relaxed and would definitely come back at anytime. The property is safe and secluded, and you instantly feel relaxed and comforter by all the green space and nature. I would recommend this place to any one who needs to a few days to get away from it all. Very refreshing!" - Evan

"John and Billie made us feel at home. Robert gave us incredible yoga classes and was very welcoming. Even under the rain, the place looks amazing! Perfect spot if you are looking for a luxurious rustic feeling! Thank you for your hospitality!" - Edith

"The setting and accommodations were amazing. Comfortable bedding, beautifully maintained property, helpful staff and amazing yoga adapted to the level of the participants" Madeleine

"Thanks to the lovely managers at The Yoga Garden Retreat for a sweet and quiet stay on their beautiful land and private lake. My and my son thoroughly enjoyed it!" - Jaya