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Fantastic weekend with Helen and Colin Soutter. They welcomed us into their home with a smile and made our time there full of smiles for us. Clean, safe, private environment, @400sq ft of living space for the guest, including full private ensuite, walk-in closet, and private rec room. Walk out basement full of natural light with a private entrance that opens to a private patio for outdoor relaxation. Gourmet level food for breakfast (if no other reason to go, GO FOR THE FOOD). All the interaction or privacy you desire

- James & Karen, from Ajax, Ontario 9 September 2018

What an absolutely wonderful stay--we enjoyed every minute of it! I brought my two daughters, ages 10 and 7, and they didn't want to leave either! Between all of the beautiful artwork, sculptures and other unique touches (including an antique organ that my daughters got to try out) and the beautiful, meandering woodland meditation paths and gorgeous landscaping, the views, and not to mention the exceptionally delicious breakfast, we were all mesmerized! Photos just don't do it justice. My 7- year-old said she wished we could live there! Helen and Colin were such gracious hosts and just lovely people. We look forward to returning as soon as we can get out that way again!

- Deborah Jones, from Winterbourne, Ontario, Canada 11 October 2016

We keep going back. We love the quiet, the comfy and spacious private suite (with a heated floor!), the breakfasts, and Colin and Helen's hospitality. Port Hope is not far away, either. A relaxing get-away.

- Christopher Tyrrell, from Toronto 10 April 2016

We enjoyed a wonderful stay at Moonlight & Pines B & B on July 24, 2015. Our gracious hosts, Helen & Colin, added very personal details and touches to our very spacious, clean and charming suite, which includes a private entertainment room with a pool table, etc. The landscape, including our private patio, was spectacular. In a wooded setting, thousands & thousands of stars lit up the night sky. We were served a gourmet breakfast and enjoyed interesting conversation with our hosts and had to tear ourselves away to continue our trip. Thank you Helen & Colin for a delightful B & B experience. We have been travelling B & B style for over 40 years and Moonlight & Pines definitely rates extremely high!

- Maggie & Malcolm, from St-Bruno, Quebec 28 July 2015

Colin and Helen are fantastic people who were meant to steward a B&B. Their attention to detail and cleanliness is only surpassed by Helens magnificent cooking. The property has a million dollar view from it's perch near the top of a hillside with distant Lake Ontario glimmering on a sunny day. Will we be back? Does a bear go in the Ganaraska Forest?

- Brian & Dodi, from Kemptville Ontario 26 December 2012

We very much enjoyed staying with the Soutters. It was the last day of our roadtrip through Quebec and Ontario and the perfect ending to a great trip. Helen and Colin made us feel very welcome and really have thought of everything.

We went treetop tracking in Ganaraska Forest the day after, which is highly recommended to do when you are there.

- Suzy Buteneers, from Tongeren, Belgium 16 July 2012

If you're looking for a place to get away from it all, especially that city life, then this is a great place for you to stay for awhile. The Soutters are natural hosts, both of them. And Helen can cook up the most beautiful breakfast of anything on their 'menu'. My hubby enjoyed a sweet potato hash with onions and bacon with a fried egg on top while I sunk my teeth into a few slices of French toast with blueberries. And the blueberries weren't just in the toast - they were soaked up by the toast overnight as it lay in a blueberry sauce. I know this because Helen left the recipes out for us to see in the Welcome book that was in our room. Awesome chews.

The best part of being up in the quiet majesty of the Ganaraska Forest is undoubtedly the view. Winter or summer, that has to be the best panorama around as the house is on top of a huge hill overlooking the north shore of Lake Ontario. We had great weather but it wasn't quite crisp enough to see the lake. Our hosts said there are some days when you can actually see the lake in the distance. I was more caught up with the birds! They have bird feeders everywhere, outside the guest's room, outside their kitchen and right outside the dining room. Of course, they have their guests sitting, facing the full length patio doors to see the outside while you're eating breakfast. And the birds are far from shy! I couldn't believe the number of goldfinches gathering around the feeder. Then some blue jays joined the foray. And finally a lone hummingbird fluttered in and hovered around that succulent red nectar for what seemed like hours. I'd never seen a bona fide hummingbird live and in action until that morning. Our hosts even provided us with binoculars at that point. They truly think of everything. I'm pretty sure they even arranged for the sun to be off to the one side at that time, so we didn't have to glare right into the bright light! Awesome views.

Being the only guests at this B&B you get the sole undivided attention of your hosts while you're there. I appreciated the little fridge in the room to keep my diet drinks cold and they had bottled water in there as well as cream for our coffee. The ensuite 4 piece bathroom easily handled all our personal needs. The patio door from our bedroom leads to the outside patio, just like the one by the kitchen, only on the other side of the house, and private. There are trails leading right from their property and of course, the Ganaraska Forest is literally across the street!

The sun sets on 'our' side so we could sit outside and watch that vista or stay inside and play in the games room located on the other side of the guest suite. They have a full sized pool table, a wall of books, videos, and other games, toys and puzzles. And if you're really desperate, there's always the cable TV to watch. I'm sure they would even share their internet connection if you were too technically-addicted to take even a weekend off! Although they had air conditioning, and it was a very hot day, we didn't even need it that evening because the window opens to a lovely breeze and that breeze kept us in sweet dreams all night. That and the memories of all those gorgeous birds! We had planned to check out the stars and Mars overnight, but neither of us could tear ourselves from that comfy king-sized bed. Awesome snooze!

Everything you need is there for you and if it isn't for some reason, you need only ask and the Soutters make it appear! We very much enjoyed their company when we were in visiting mode as they have lived full lives and know a little about a lot of things. Helen made a batch of smoothies for us when we first got there and we got to learn a little about each other in that relaxed and yummy setting. In that games room I mentioned, there is a giant world map with pins poking into all the places they've had the opportunity to visit in their adult lives and you could see evidence of their travels in many of the books, knickknacks and even the music and cuisine. I can hardly wait for Colin to take his didgeridoo lessons this fall so he can play the one he brought back from the land of Oz!

The told us more than once that the main reason for going into this Bed and Breakfast trade is to meet people and to make new friends. And that's exactly what we did.. Met them as new people and made new friends. And we were only there overnight! Stay a week there sometime and you'll find yourself refreshed and rejuvenated, not to mention well nourished and entertained! We even got a little parting treat when we left the next day. We have never found more bang for our buck in any other B&B we've visited! These people are meant for this kind of 'work' and they do the job well, even though relatively new at this business. They've built this lovely home over the last several years and finally got it to this pristine level of lodging! This place has it all - chews, views, snooze and even a real didgeridoo!

- The Richardsons, from London, Ontario 1 September 2010

Colin & Helen make you feel like you are one of the family. Perfect spot right across from the Ganaraska Forest. From breathtaking views to a beautifully landscaped sitting area you will not be disappointed. We didn't want to leave ... especially after Helen served us the most delicious homecooked breakfast. Highly recommended!

- Tammy & Peter Foster, from Orangeville, Ontario Canada 26 August 2010

Helen and Colin were wonderful hosts. They have an idyllic setting, removed from the hustle and bustle. Very nice accomodation, and Helen prepared an excellent breakfast. We would certainly recommend it to anyone.

- norman yurich, from Sudbury Ontario 28 June 2010

Kudos to the Soutters. A truly enchanted stay. The suite is more luxurious than most hotels I've stayed in and you can get lost in the huge King Size bed. The grounds are wonderfully landscaped and there is a rarely seen abundance of blue jays, chipmunks and red squirrels. We were even treated to a superb show of fireflies at night, before retreating to our suite where, window open, we fell asleep to the sound of a tinkling water fountain.

The hosts greeted us warmly and their house is truly welcoming in every sense of the word. THE place to stay if you're ever in that area.

- Richard and Mrelanie, from Montreal, Canada 2 July 2009


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