Experience one of three creative suites for writing, painting and digital design all in a century old brick building on Tamworth’s historic main street.
Gather inspiration living a rural village life moments away from the wilderness of the Canadian Shield, a perfect getaway to focus on research, be creative or to reflect.
Tamworth is centrally located between Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal in the
Land’ O Lakes tourist region famous for its 5,000 freshwater lakes. Bike or walk scenic country roads. Rejuvenate with a hike, picnic or swim in the rolling landscape of forests, granite and clean water. Check out our Dark Sky viewing platform on a clear night.
Tamworth has approximately 500 permanent residents. It’s shops and services should provide everything you will need during your stay, most are outside your door or within close walking distance. Services include a grocery store, bank, LCBO, Pharmacy, massage therapist, bakery, corner store, bookshop, video store, library, service station, gas station, Regal Beagle (dog hotel), Spindletree Gardens, Dark Ski Viewing Platform and more.
New Zealand-born Mike Paterson is an internationally experienced journalist, editor and academic. As a writing instructor, he has worked across a variety of styles and interests. He has been a PhD examiner for St Andrew’s University in Scotland and a teacher of English as a second language to new immigrants in Kingston, Ontario. He has taught writing skills to working journalists in New Zealand, coached writers’ groups in Scotland and excited hospice patients to find fulfillment in their last days through writing for their families. He has written for stage and as a lyricist. He is a published novelist and poet, and a published non-fiction and academic writer.
His latest book, "You Can’t Be Serious: essays in wonder" is in production with Rock’s Mills Press, Oakville, Ontario, and expected to be released in August 2016.
Carolyn Butts and Hans Honegger own and operate Bon Eco Design since 2005. Their home and business share the same location in the village of Tamworth.
Carolyn is a designer/fabricator with a background in museum exhibits and set design. Hans is a restoration architect. Together they design and fabricate objects and spaces with an environmental sensitivity. Their home and studio space is available to come and relax or to share thoughts and ideas. They are enthusiastic about nature and are available to show you around or direct you to some remote spots to call your own.
Your Host and Retreat Operator: Mike Paterson, Writing mentor; Carolyn Butts & Hans Honegger, your hosts..
Region: Tamworth is central to a region called Land O'Lakes, famous for its freshwater lakes and ponds in the rugged Canadian Shield. Its location on the Salmon River attracted settlers in 1826 needing water power to drive their stone mills. Today, Tamworth is a diverse community of residents living a life reminiscent of simpler times.
Location: Tamworth is conveniently located in the Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa triangle. If you can get to Kingston or Napanee Ontario by bus or train, we will pick you up for a small additional fee.
Closest airport: Toronto Pearson International Airport 2.5 hrs
Ottawa MacDonald Cartier Airport 2.5 hrs
Sunny one bedroom in a heritage building. Second floor walk-up. Painted wood floors and high ceilings. Double bed and large desk for spreading out work. 3 piece bathroom with shower only. Free parking, linens and towels provided, mobile air conditioner upon request. Rate for single occupancy.
Suite 2 - The Observer
Large one bedroom with queen bed, 3 piece ensuite bathroom with tub and shower. Big kitchen with large working table. Second floor walk up rear of building. Big kitchen with large working table. Second floor walk up in the rear of building. Free parking, linens and towels provided, mobile air conditioner upon request. Rate for single occupancy.
Suite 3 - The Voyager
Large modern studio apartment with double bed, 3 piece bathroom with shower only. Ground floor with separate entrance. Free parking, linens and towels provided, mobile air conditioner upon request. Rate for single occupancy.
Payment terms: Full payment by Paypal, wire by email or by check will secure a reservation.
Cancellation policy: Cancellation more than two weeks prior to confirmed arrival date will be subject to 10% administration fee. Cancellations within 2 weeks of stay will be rescheduled.
sampling of memories from our residents
E. …a perfect, fully-equipped, just-the-right-size, comfy apartment, in a lovingly restored old building, in a tiny rural town off the beaten track. And affordable. No car. No phone. No TV (but yes, wifi). Furnished with antiques and unique pieces of artwork. With the best bookstore, at least in Ontario, a 60 second walk out the back door. I will be back.
D. The apartment was a perfect place to write and relax, the village was stocked with every staple I could possibly need, the surrounding country roads were wonderful, Carolyn and Hans may be the world's greatest hosts — it was a dream writing retreat, a respite from my busy life and responsibilities in the city, and a place to which I will certainly return.
G. Pure air and rugged vistas where the northern boundaries of the Carolinian forest meet the Canadian Shield. The amenities you need and none of the nonsense. Big table for spreading out your work and a chair as comfortable as it looks. The experience is as inspiring and as functional as the photos show. Come home with projects done and new ones percolating.
The Writers' Retreat
Each retreat is independently owned and operated.