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Picturesque Winery House Near 6 Prince Edward County Beaches

Bedrooms 5
Half Baths1
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Farmhouse, 5 Bedrooms + Loft, 1.5+ Baths, (Sleeps 10)

A brick, century farm house with wrap-around porch,overlooking Lake Ontario as part of By Chadsey's Cairns Winery and Vineyard.

Besides the five bedrooms and a small loft, ( and Harry Potter sleeping area under the stairs) the house features 4 common areas of various sizes easily separated off for noise containment, one wood stove, hard wood and pine floors, two staircases to the second floor, a large well-equipped kitchen with a traditional tin ceiling.

It is ideal for three to four couples or two families, with a bathroom on each floor (one has a great soaking tub and the other great shower), lots of space and much to do and see.

The 200-year-old farm is fun to explore, and includes 14 acres of grapes, 4 barns, a brick apple house (now a wine tasting store), a pioneer cemetery, a lovely pear and apple orchard, two long laneways, a creek and the Cairns after which the winery is named.

A complimentary bottle of wine awaits your check in and guests are invited to try a few complimentary tastings in the apple house during their stay. Depending on the time of year, we can arrange for guests to eat among the vines or on the deck behind the store but most choose the wrap around porch on the house for outdoor dining.

For the adventurous we also offer an opportunity to join our staff for a morning of hand-work in the vineyard. The first 3 Saturdays are usually volunteer harvesting party days, and house guests are invited to join with our other volunteers in picking grapes. A hot lunch with wine is provided.

With three of the province's best beaches just a short drive away,

(Sandbanks and the Outlet 20 min., North Beach 8 min) our complimentary parks pass will be well used during the summer months. There is also a sand beach in Wellington, and an natural but untended sand beach at the end of Bakkers road (8min) and a pebble beach at the end of Huycks Pt. Rd looking out to Nicholson's island.

Our house is only 5 minutes by car from Wellington which has many amenities, including a grocery store, gas station, convenience stores, 7 restaurants, post office, artist studios, spa, hair cutting salon, library, museum, liquour store, churches, boat rentals, 3 ice cream stores, fishing supplies, art gallery, boat launch, garage, pharmacy and hardware store. it also has a beach and boardwalk, charming central park, and a 9 hole but challenging golf course. (There are several 18 hole courses within 30 minutes of the house). .

Of course, you could bike there in just a few more minutes. There are bike lanes on the parkway and many other roads are great for cycling. Bike repair and rental is available in Bloomfield about 15 minutes away or a few minutes north of Wellington as well.

We have a gas barbecue at the house, television, a dvd player, and have a small selection of movies available. We have various outdoor games such as table tennis, badminton and croquet, and a couple of soccer nets.

'The County' as we locals refer to our almost island, with a certain confident imperialism, is a hub of creative activity at almost any time of the year. Over 300 artists make up the Arts Council. There is a vibrant live music scene. The Festival Players provide professional theatre during the summer months, and there are several amateur theatre initiatives each year.

Besides our winery there are another 40 (give or take) building a great reputation for fine wines on our unique calcerous limestone sub soils. Every winery, like ours features a range of events throughout the year. There are several new craft breweries and a small distillery and several places to buy apple cider or apple wine.

If you haven't been to a traditional drive-in theatre, ever or in years, then don't miss the County's ever popular example... a unique cultural experience. Regular cinema is offered in Picton, Belleville and Trenton, all within 30 minutes of the house.

Besides the pharmacy, Wellington, has a chiropractor, physiotherapist, and a dentist. Hospitals in Picton and Trenton are close by in case of emergencies.

Keywords: brick home, vineyards, orchard, barns, cider house, overlooking lake, creek, laneways, historic, storied, character, near beaches, winery, Prince Edward County,

More Details

Richard Johnston
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, french, lithuanian
Response time:
Within a few days
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Calendar last updated:
July 27, 2017

About Richard Johnston

My wife, Vida and I moved here from Toronto in 1995 so that I could head up an aboriginal post-secondary institution in the neighbouring Mohawk community.

Vida is an x-journalist and had just become a psychotherapist and I was a recovering provincial politician.

We fell in love with the wonderful sense of history in this old Chadsey farm. The fact that we saw deer as we were driving about the property became part of our seduction.

In 1999 I had to take work back in Toronto and we began planting grapes along with a handful of other pioneers, never expecting that we would be come an offical wine making region so quickly.


Richard Johnston purchased this farmhouse in 1995

Why Richard Johnston chose Wellington

After more than a decade in the business in which Vida was winemaker and accountant and I was in charge of the vineyards and major wine salesperson, we have decided to step back a bit from the obsessive nature of the work. So we have bought a little cottage for ourselves and are offering up our house for guests to enjoy this amazing old place.

Last spring, we were busy redecorating and doing all those little jobs that have taken second place to winery work over the years, so that you can experience it at its best.

We will still be around the property much of the time but will also share some of the work with management staff for the first time

What makes this farmhouse unique

A truly unique experience awaits. Situated on one of the best and most storied farms of the county this is the only home on a winery in the area.

You will have all the comforts of home, while learning about life in the vineyards and will find yourself in the heart of all the great natural and cultural experiences that Prince Edward County affords.

You will quickly see why the Toronto Star refers to it as one of the 10 best vacation destinations.

The house is shaded by mature maples and fir trees and the breeze off the Lake keep the place cool in even hot weather. We gave up our airconditioners and just turn on fans occasionally when the breeze drops.

The house is ideally suited to up to about 10 people because there are places to gather together and places to get some quiet time.

Whether it is wandering through the pioneer cemetery, watching for deer, grouse, wild turkeys, foxes and amazing range of other birds and wildlife, or discovering Ira Chadsey's Cairns, the property alone, will entrance.

We will give you a tour of the winery and the vineyards of course, but we encourage you to put on some grubby apparel and spend a morning with out staff in the vineyard to get a real feel for the 'romance' of grape growing.


Wellington Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1.5+
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • King size beds (1), Double Beds (4), Child Beds (1) Harry Potter room under the stairs for a Muggle fanatic., Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • limited accessibility ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
wrap around porch, gas stove, apple and pear orchard, soccer nets and field, pioneer cemetery, two long laneways, a seasonal creek, a wine store with complimentary tastings for guests, complimentary welcoming bottle of wine, 4 barns accessible with permission, complimentary use of provincial parks vehicle pass, 4 beaches within 8 minutes drive,


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
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average rating of 4.75 based on 8 reviews

Our weekend stay at your farmhouse.

  • 4 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay at your farmhouse.Your wines are also very tasty.If you can possibly shred my credit card asap please would be great.Thanks again.Cheryl Durling & Girls.

  • Submitted: Oct 4, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Windsor ontario

Fantastic farmhouse stay

  • 4 of 5

My husband and I enjoyed a lovely 3 nights stay in this lovingly restored farmhouse on a vineyard. The home is well equipped, has modernized bathrooms, and is very clean and comfortable. Coffee on the wrap around porch with a view of the lake was a favourite passtime. Good location for exploring all the PEC has to offer. Highly recommend this property!

  • Submitted: Sep 9, 2014
  • Stayed: September 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A wonderful weekend.

  • 5 of 5

Our group of 9 recently stayed at this wonderful home. It had everything we needed and welcomed us the moment we walked in. The house is very large and we never felt cramped. The kitchen is warm and soon became "the spot" to congregate. Richard and his wife greeted us and provided us a complimentary bottle of delicious Riesling and a sampling of their wonderful wines. Shortly after we arrived, we knew it was going to be an annual event. See you next year!

  • Submitted: May 3, 2013
  • Stayed: April 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beachburg, Ontario

Beautiful Weekend Getaway

  • 5 of 5

We had the pleasure of spending 3 nights with 4 other couples in this beautiful house. Richard and Vida are such wonderful hosts. They arranged for our crew to participate in wine picking one day and they also invited us to a benefit "barn dance" on Saturday that was being hosted by one of the local service groups. The house is beautiful with all the ammenities that a large group such as ours would require. In the mornings it was great to take walks along a tree lined laneway to the back of the property. We even found puffballs that we cooked with our breakfast. The property is nicely located in the west end of the County with many other wineries close by as well as great restaurants in Wellington. Our group has stayed in other houses in the County in previous years, but this was by far the best experience that we have had to date.

  • Submitted: Dec 2, 2012
  • Stayed: September 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Amazing place, owners were great and our group really enjoyed our stay. The house, grounds, barn vineyards, hiking, apple orchard was beyond expectations. We will be back next year for sure.

  • Submitted: Nov 28, 2012
  • Stayed: November 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Aurora, ON

Bicycle Base

  • 5 of 5

We recently used this property as a home base for a fall cycling weekend with our club of 9 riders. The house was clean, well decorated and well equipped for feeding a large group. This farm house, built in 1910, has some truly gorgeous hardwood floors, moldings and bannisters, but be warned, the stairs, floors and doors will squeak on a midnight washroom run. The bedrooms were nicely furnished with comfy beds. We also enjoyed the covered porch for lingering over coffee or eating "al fresco".

The property is well situated about 4km from the town of Wellington, ON on Loyalist Parkway (Hwy#33) and close to the bulk of the vineyards on the Taste Trail. There are some good cycle routes from here towards Consecon Lake.

The owner's were friendly and welcoming. They even gave us a right-out-of the-vat tasting of a soon to be bottled chardonnay in the cellar of the wine barn as well as a welcome bottle of Gamay Noir.

Good experience.

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2012
  • Stayed: September 2012
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Nearest Airport
20 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Kilometres
Winery Tasting Rm.
Nearest Ferry
30 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
5 Kilometres
Nearest Train
40 Kilometres
Belleville or Trenton
Nearest Motorway
0.1 Kilometres
33 - Loyalist Pkwy.
Nearest Restaurant
5 Kilometres
East & Main, Pomodoro, DrakeDevonshire,Soup Opera
Nearest Ski
45 Miles
Nearest Beach
5 Kilometres
Wellington, Huycks,Bakker,North Beach, Sandbanks
Car: necessary

library, hockey arena, track, beaches, art galleries, artist studios, other wineries, museum, indoor walking track, post office, farmers' market, hardware store, pharmacy, hair salon,


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional
This calendar has not been updated in over 2 months and the availability shown may not be accurate.

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $156.76
Tax Rate 13.0%

Credit card down payment of $250 fully refundable up to 30 days before rental date. Fully or partially refundable after that if we find other renters, for all or part of the time previously reserved. The full payment is made upon arrival with the $200 (damage deposit) refunded after the property has been examined for damage.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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