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The cabin is the first one built at Pinecroft by Arthur “Art” Caverly in 1934. He built it so that his wife, Selma might enjoy her Sunday afternoons reading in the beautiful, peaceful surroundings of the cabin. We too felt that this might be the perfect spot to share with visitors the beauty of Pinecroft, and the idea of a bed and breakfast was born. We hope that people will enjoy it as a spot to relax and reflect.
Selma’s Cabin has been renovated to provide 2 guest rooms each with an en suite bath and private deck. The west guest room “Selma’s Studio” is named for Arthur & Selma Caverly’s daughter Selma, who with her husband Jimmie Clennell started the pottery, and gave Pinecroft its name. The east room, “Art’s Retreat” is named for Arthur Caverly, who had the vision and foresight to create the serenity of Pinecroft by planting the trees, dredging the pond and building the cabin.
Selma’s Cabin has a comfortable common room with a field stone fireplace, cozy furniture, books to read and art to enjoy. This room is known as “Dave’s Den” in memory of David Caverly, Art’s son, who helped to build the cabins and provide encouragement and guidance for his family to carry on the spirit and tradition of Pinecroft. We hope that the serenity found at Pinecroft will give those who wish to come and stay, peace of mind and a momentary retreat from the fast paced world we live in.
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Pinecroft has been a thriving business in Elgin County since 1948, supplying fine quality earthware and stoneware pottery and unique Canadian gifts to its’ customers. The Pinecroft Gallery and Gift Shop and Green Frog Tearoom occupy an original log cabin built in 1934 and overlook an expansive pond which attracts a great variety of wildlife from the Blue Heron to Canadian Geese. The 54 acre pine forest setting is reminiscent of Northern Muskoka, an ideal setting for creative artists. Arthur Caverly had the vision in the 1920′s to plant 85,000 pine seedlings and dredge a 2 1/2 acre lake with a team of horses. This early conservation has given us today, the beautiful tranquility of Pinecroft. Pinecroft Pottery was started by Arthur Caverly’s daughter Selma and her husband Jimmie Clennell in 1948. It began as a small studio from which they wholesaled pottery to nearly 200 gift shops across Canada. Brenda (Caverly) Smith, Arthur’s granddaughter, came to Pinecroft in 1972 to carry on a family tradition. In 1982 Brenda and her husband Paul, moved the 1850 “Poustie” home from Aylmer to Pinecroft and began restoring it. Now completed, the home gracefully sits overlooking the property.
Waterfront Description & Nearby Activities
The Massage Hut
Nestled in the log cabin village at Pinecroft is The Massage Hut. Here, warm stone therapy and paraffin wax treatments are just two of the techniques offered by certified Deep Muscle Therapist and Registered Reflexologist Shirley Patterson. Treatments decrease sore tight muscles and increase range of motion. Benefits from stress relief to pure relaxation are enhanced by the serene surroundings.
The Green Frog Tearoom
The tearoom began in 1978 as a celebration of 30 years in business for Pinecroft. Its namesake is a large frog carved from stone some 125 years ago, now green with moss and age. The green frog resides peacefully beside the tumble way. In earlier times, in St. Thomas, it was used as a stand for mounting horses and entering carriages. It is now the caretaker of our pond. The tearoom began by serving tea, muffins and homemade bread. Now home cooked country lunches are specialties of the tearoom. Fresh baked bread and rolls, soups, salads, sandwiches and luncheon features with croissants, crepes and patty shells fill the menu.
Pinecroft is a potter’s dream come true. Stroll across the pond to the studio and watch the potters at work and begin to understand the quote “Our pots are made from what we potters are.” Selma and Jimmie’s dream of a place where creativity flowed and the arts would flourish to nourish the soul has come to pass. Enjoy the simplicity of clay and return home with a permanent reminder of the tranquility and peace of Pinecroft…a handmade pot to renew your spirit.
Vacation Rental Websitewww.pinecroft.ca
Property Amenities & Features
- Linens Provided
- Small Appliances
- Deck / Porch
- Parking Available
- Patio Furniture
Individual Unit Description
Selmas’ Cabin – Selma’s Studio includes Queen with Ensuite Bath.
Selmas’ Cabin – Art’s Retreat includes Queen with Ensuite Bath.
Breakfast included in the Green Frog Tearoom. Lunch available. In room coffee and tea. Selma’s Cabin is non-smoking and children age 8 and over are welcome. Pets not permitted as there are dogs on property.
Additional Rate Information
Selmas’ Cabin – Selma’s Studio: Double – $90.00 – Single – $85.00.
Selmas’ Cabin – Art’s Retreat: Double – $90.00 – Single – $85.00.
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