I was raised in the Irish countryside. Something about the fresh air and rolling green fields brings me back to myself in a way in which the city never could. That’s why for the past few years I have been escaping, when I can to the beautiful Prince Edward County.
The County’s popularity continues to grow every year. Spring, summer or fall, renting a cutely decorated airbnb, exploring the dozens of antique stores in adorable towns, picking up the freshest of produce from the farmer’s markets or enjoying some local wine around a fire pit with friends and family. Prince Edward County is a place where you can breathe, take a break and enjoy the simple little pleasures in life.
Every time I have stayed in Prince Edward I have rented an airbnb. With so many people being priced out of the property market in Toronto. A lot of city folk have decided to invest in The County and continue to rent in the city. The range of properties available is quite impressive. From old farm houses which have been given a hipster chic transformation to old school cabins right on the water to quirky little properties such as tiny little repurposed churches, we are spoiled for choice! I will post a links for the properties I have stayed in below.
Our airbnb was located a few kilometres outside Belleville. It was a huge property located on 5 acres with a large swimming pool, perfect for my four and six year old daughters. We wanted this trip to be a balance between relaxation and exploration. The property was big enough and had enough amenities that we could stay there for the day. The house was surrounded by green fields. Having our morning coffee on the giant deck looking out at the rolling landscape and gorgeous morning sky makes getting out into the countryside so worth it.
The house had a massive dream kitchen with huge windows overlooking the pool and the green fields. Cooking breakfast, lunch and dinner in here was so enjoyable. The kitchen is so stylish and eclectic that it is frequently used to film cooking shows. The kitchen was set up with every utensil and dish you would ever need.
Every nook and cranny in this house was pretty, styled and functional. I absolutely loved this perfect little reading nook. This was a huge room which was set up with gym equipment and yoga mats. It had beautiful light from the two sliding doors located either side of the fireplace. It was a very calming space which could be used for a host of activities.
Another huge bonus about this airbnb was the fact that it was pet friendly. My little four month old puppy was welcome and she absolutely loved exploring the 5 acres surrounding the house. There were gorgeous wild flowers all over the property and my little girls had fun foraging to make a pretty bouquet.
When we weren’t relaxing in our country retreat we were exploring as much as we could. Sandbanks was obviously high a high priority as one of the major attractions in the area. The beach at Sandbanks Provincial Park is absolutely stunning. The sand is so white and soft, the water stays shallow for quite a distance which is great for the children. The kids loved exploring the sand dunes. There is also a portion of the beach which is dog friendly. For those of you travelling with a furry companion you will need to park at P10. You will be directed when you pay $18 for your day pass at the main entrance. We brought a picnic so this was a pretty cheap day out and the kids could not have been happier! Visit here for more info.
Our favourite place that we visited was Prince Edward County Lavender a working lavender farm where the views are breathtaking. There are 3 acres of every type of lavender you can imagine. They also have bees and a good variety of fine herbs. There is a beautiful gift shop where you can purchase a great range of products. You can observe the distillation process as you enjoy some amazing lavender lemonade or delicious lavender ice cream. There is also a B&B located on the property. We sat for an hour on their relaxing Muskoka chairs just taking in the views and listening to the delicate hum of the bees amongst the lavender. Another doggy friendly location too..
In the adorable town of Wellington we enjoyed a delicious lunch at Midtown Brewing Company. The staff were so friendly and welcoming and they treated our puppy like gold. The Drake Devonshire is definitely worth a visit for brunch or dinner. You can take in the lake view from their patio. It can be quite pricey for an overnight stay though.
We also visited the town of Belleville quite a few times. There has been a massive revitalization project in the town. There are some great restaurants, coffee shops and vintage furniture stores. Driving across Bellville Bay Bridge is quite the spectacle and your kids will love it! There is so much to explore in The Bay of Quinte. Click here to learn more.
Prince Edward County is huge and diverse. It is continuing to grow and develop. Every time you visit you will find something new. It is impossible to fit all there is to do in one blog so feel free to reach out if you need anymore ideas 🙂
Here are some of the airbnbs I have stayed in before.
We LOVED this place but it is located very close to the train tracks. The train is regular and noisy.
Rustic charming and has a huge barn with nice seating.
Very close to Sandbanks. Like a lot of the older housed in PEC it is located close to the road.
Have a great old time in The County!