Maple Sweet A Rural Retreat for the Creative Spirit
Maple Sweet was an obvious evolution and extension of our alpaca farm and fibre processing business. But why stop there? If interest was there for fibre enthusiasts, including spinners, weavers, knitters, rug hookers and felters, many of whom pursue more than one discipline or craft, then could it extend further? We soon started to reach out to quilters, scrap-bookers, artists and then to the entire social community, including church groups, boy scouts, friends and families and discovered that many were seeking a gathering place for their respective groups. The more we reached out to various individuals and groups for feedback, the more favourably the idea of a retreat was received and the more interest was initiated to establish such a place. The key response was to keep it affordable (ie less than hotel pricing) for everyone. The vision soon started to become a reality!
Maple Sweet is set in the small rural community of Rocklyn, Ontario and offers the seclusion of 75 acres of farmland including 40 acres of woods complete with hiking trails and a seasonal stream. The opportunity to marvel at the stars and to enjoy a campfire at the end of a satisfying and enriching day of activities completes the rural experience. A main lodge offers twin accommodation for 16 guests, a fully equipped kitchen for self catering and a large comfortable lounge area for relaxing with a glass of wine. A separate building with floor to ceiling windows offers the perfect natural lighting and space for workshops or seminars.
Maple Sweet is ideally situated approximately a 2 hours north of Toronto, 15 minutes from the nearest towns of Meaford, Markdale or Flesherton, a 10 minute drive from an entrance to the Bruce Trail, and a 15 minute drive to skiing at Beaver Valley. This location makes it ideally suited to a variety of individual interests.
The retreat is neither a bed and breakfast nor a hotel, but a cost effective accommodation option for groups. We provide the bedding and invite the groups to bring their own food and do their own cooking to keep their cost down using the full suite of kitchen amenities provided by Maple Sweet, including 2 induction/convection ranges, refrigerators & freezers, microwaves, dishwasher and barbeque. We provide all of the cookware, dishes and servingware. Catering will be available through local businesses should guests not wish to participate in the self catering option. Use of the second building for workshops and seminars will be available, as will use of the grounds for outdoor activities at no additional cost. We invite our guests to develop their own programs or take part in one of ours, but most importantly to make themselves at home and rejuvenate in the freshness of the country air.
2015 introductory rates : Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights are $1800.00 (+HST) Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday nights are $1500.00 (+HST) Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday nights are $1500.00 (+HST). Based on full occupancy, this works out to less than $36 pp per night.