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Welcome to the Old Mill Cabin.


Come rest, relax and explore the Ottawa Valley from our off grid cabin. This cabin is located at the site of an 1850’s Carding Mill used to process sheep’s wool; it is a great location to enjoy nature and the history of the area or to use as a base camp to explore the many adventures available locally along the O


Welcome to the Old Mill Cabin.


Come rest, relax and explore the Ottawa Valley from our off grid cabin. This cabin is located at the site of an 1850’s Carding Mill used to process sheep’s wool; it is a great location to enjoy nature and the history of the area or to use as a base camp to explore the many adventures available locally along the Ottawa River.

This two-story 8ft X 12ft cabin is space efficient and can sleep 4. A couch that converts to a double bed downstairs and a spiral staircase leading to a luxurious queen bed loft. This property is completely private and is perfect for a romantic getaway for two or a family glamping weekend with the kids. There is a nearby tent campsite just a short walk away if extra space is needed. (Note: the spiral staircase is steep, if you have mobility challenges you may be more comfortable using the double bed downstairs)

The cabin was built using salvaged materials from the original 1850’s Carding Mill and other period buildings on this site. The hand-hewn timbers from the original barn make up the structure of the cabin, the original square nails and hardware are visible on the interior logs and show the craftsmanship of that time. You will have this 30 + acre property to yourself, explore around and you will find evidence of its past industry with ruins of stone foundations and machinery left and long forgotten. 

Bring your Canoe or Kayak and paddle around the 60-acre pond that once powered the Mill. The pond is now teaming with wild life, beavers, ducks, Sandhill cranes and countless Red Winged back birds nesting in the bulrushes.  

Spring/ Update: the beaver dam broke with the spring run off, there is not enough water to paddle but this makes a fantastic opportunity to see beavers in action.  The beaver lodge visible from the cabin site and dam is just short walk away.  It is amazing to see how they can transform a few sticks and mud into an engineering wonder. 

The cabin is insulated and available for year around use.  Heat is provide by a new efficient Pacific Energy wood fireplace.  This is not one of those cool drafty cabins, it’s more “Scandinavian spa” like in that you can have it +30C inside on the coldest of days outside. It takes about an hour or so to get the cabin warmed up and then you can decide what temperature you want by controlling how much wood you put on the fire.  In the winter bring your snowshoes or cross country skis to adventure in the woods or on nearby trials.  When the weather and ice conditions permit, you can ice skate on the pond.  We try to keep an area free of snow for skating but you may need to shovel a bit before you practice your pond hockey skills. 

Lighting and power to the cabin are provide by a Jackery Explorer 1000 power station and 2 solar panels.  There is enough energy to power the lights for 4 - 5 days of regular use between charges.  The Jackery is also able to power a variety of small appliances but keep your power consumption in mind when using them and monitor the display that shows you how much power is remaining. Two solar panels are available for charging during longer stays.

There is an old farm lane way leading to the cabin. The last 100 meters or so is one way with no turn around spot at the end.  You will need decide if you are comfortable to drive/back in or if you prefer just to park and walk the last bit.  Similarly, in winter please use your judgment to determine what is best for the conditions at the time and the type of vehicle you have.  A sled or wheel barrel will be available to help move things to the cabin.

Bedding, a warm feather duvet and pillows are provided for the queen bed upstairs in the loft.  If you will be using the double bed downstairs for sleeping we provide a cover sheet, you will need to bring your own bedding.

Please do not cook in the cabin, it is a small space and is not equipped with the proper ventilation to remove fuel exhaust or food odours.  Cooking can be done on the BBQ, there is a side burner on the BBQ that can be used for boiling water and other cooking.  There is a grill pan for the BBQ to cook eggs, pancakes, etc. or if you are adventurous enough to cook over an open fire a there is a grate.  The pots and pans that we supply are not durable enough for open fire cooking.  Please bring your own pans if you are planning on open fire cooking. 

There is no running water on site, we supply a 20 Litre jug of potable water for use.  The outhouse is a short walk away behind the cabin. 

Please note there is very limited cell reception available in the area.  

There are many local attractions and adventures just a short drive or bike ride away.

The Ottawa River Provincial Park – 5km

The BORCA mountain bike trails – Algonquin Pass trail head less than 2km away

White Water National Park and Wilderness Tours Rafting Resort - 4km

White Water Brew Pub – Riverside location – 6.5km

Ottawa River Paddlers Put-In – 9km

Logos Land Water Slide Park – 15km

Oaks of Cobden Golf Course – 12km

Owl Rafting Resort – 6.5km

Ross Museum – 6km

Recreational Rail Trial – 5km

Algonquin Park – Achray Campground – 108km

Forest Lea Ski Trials – 60Km

Explore the local towns of Foresters Falls and Beachburg with their unique shops, both just a short car drive away. Foresters Falls has the Ross museum with a great local history of the area as well as artefacts from the original Carding mill that stood on this site.


20L Water Jug of potable water, Jackery battery for Lights, small appliances, USB charging etc., Single Serve electric Coffee Maker, stove top kettle, BBQ + Propane, Pot, Pan, Plates, Bowls, Cutlery, Cooking utensils, Knives etc., Coffee Mugs, Wine glasses, Water Glasses, Paper towel, Toilet Paper, Camping Chairs, Picnic Table, Cooking Grate for Campfire, Pillows, Bedding, Outhouse, matches, firewood, axe

What you might want to bring:

Extra potable water and toilet paper, Flashlights, bug spray, Canoe/Kayak, life jackets, coffee, marshmallows, binoculars, fire starters, cooler and ice

Pets:  We have marked this listing as no pets allowed.  We did this because we feel pets might not do well in the cabin.  The spiral stairs would not be safe for four legged friends and the interior space is small.  We also have concerns about the wildlife in the area and want to minimize any disruption we have on our wild neighbours.   That being said we know there are always exceptions and some wonderful pets out there.  If you would like to discuss the possibly of bring a pet please reach out to us.

Lodging provided
1 site
Up to 6 guests per site
Up to 2 vehicles
No wheelchair access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
No pets
Potable water available
Kitchen available
Picnic table available
Bins available
No showers
No wifi
Laundry absent
No hot tub
  • Check in: After 3PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Flexible
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 2 nights
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out
  • Response time: Within an hour
  • Response rate: 100%


Offered on the Host's property or nearby.


BORCA Mountain Bike Trails


Ottawa River Close by

Snow sports
Whitewater paddling
Wildlife watching


Natural features you'll find at Old Mill Cabin in Ontario.

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Hipcamper Emily
Emily D.
recommends this listing.
May 2nd, 2022

What a beautiful piece of property Ian and Gilah have. They were phenomenal hosts and included lots of little touches that were very much appreciated. A cozy spot to explore, relax, and appreciate nature. Thanks for having us!

Peaceful Stunning scenery
Hipcamper Ennaej
Ennaej M.
recommends this listing.
April 28th, 2022

I went to the cabin on my own. It was the perfect place to disconnect from a hectic life and just relax.
Tha cabin was very clean and well kept, and all instructions were helpful and clear.

I loved every minute of my stay and would definitely go again, alone or with friends.

Thank you!

Hipcamper Rachel

Glamping with nature

Rachel B.
recommends this listing.
April 4th, 2022

The cabin was exactly as I expected, it was perfectly sized for two people, there was more than enough water and firewood (seriously, thank you!) and it stayed warm after we had initially got it heated up.

The bed was probably more comfortable than our home mattress, the sounds of nature were so relaxing and peaceful. I can't remember the last time I was truly disconnected. The cell/internet service is basically non existent so I forced myself to lay around and read... I finished 2 novels in the weekend.

While I prefer an indoor toilet, I'm extremely thankful for the outhouse. It was well lit (windows + light), well ventilated and surprisingly not cold.

The BBQ was easy to operate, quick to make our food and worked like a champ to heat up water for washing dishes and hands.

I would 100% recommend this place if you're looking for an escape, there are trails, animals, and moments of total peacefulness.

Hipcamper Juana

Off grid cabin

Juana G.
recommends this listing.
March 11th, 2022

Wonderful stay! We were looking to get away from city chaos and this place was perfect for it. This off-grid cabin is set up for you to bring your belongings and enjoy. Cell service is spotty but it really makes the stay more enjoyable, just unplug and relax. The hosts were friendly and responsive to messages, had the wood stove going for our arrival. Spiral stairs may be challenging for tall people. Fire pit and bbq available for use. Perfect getaway, didn't want to leave. Would definitely stay again. We visited in the winter, cabin stayed exceptionally warm. I can imagine this cabin is perfect for use in any season. Highly recommend!

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Hipcamper Penny
Penny M.
recommends this listing.
March 6th, 2022

Great spot to get some peace and quiet in nature. A beautiful property to explore. The cabin was great, although the steep stairwell is hard to navigate. Overall, a wonderful place to get out and connect to nature.

Hipcamper Mayra

Birthday weekend

Mayra B.
recommends this listing.
March 2nd, 2022

I really loved staying at Ian and Gilah's property. The location is beautiful and scenic. The cabin has big windows and the view is very peaceful. It was clean and the utilities were adequate to our needs. The owners kept us updated and were very responsive. The place is easily reachable and is ideal for relaxation. We want to return in summer or fall.

Hipcamper Stevie

Pour un week-end loin de la ville

Stevie B.
recommends this listing.
February 23rd, 2022

Franchement très relaxant, jolie petit Cabin dans une grande forêt privée proche du lac, équiper avec tout ce que il faut pour un moment reposant. Ça a vraiment pue m’aider à rechercher mes batteries. Les propriétaires sont attentionnés et efficaces, loin de tout et proche du cœur

Hipcamper Karen
Karen H.
recommends this listing.
February 22nd, 2022

We had a great stay at the Old Mill Cabin! It was picturesque and was very comfortable and private. I loved the history and the artifacts that laid out in the cabin and around the property. The cabin has everything you need for a stay out in the woods, including LOTS of wood for an avid fire-starter like me. The only downfall was getting stuck in the snow/ice due to a slanted "parking lot" and couldn't get out. I called Ian and within 10 min he was there to help me get my car out. My suggestion would be to either straighten that part of the land or have a good bucket of salt and sand to help others if they experience the same problem in the winter. Asides from that, it was a wonderful stay and experience! I definitely plan to return again once the water thaws...the water's edge is beautiful and follows the property line.

Hipcamper Dave

Memorable unique experience!

Dave A.
recommends this listing.
February 13th, 2022

Fantastic weekend. Totally unique experience in the cabin, what a neat place. It ended up being one of the coldest nights of the winter on Saturday night, but the cabin stayed nice and warm. Everything you need is right there, and the view is amazing. Hosts were awesome, with quick replies from start to finish, even offering to come clear the snow Saturday after it had hardly even snowed. No complains at all, highly recommend! We'll be back for sure, to hopefully try it in the summer! Thank you :)

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