Are you looking for the perfect escape? Somewhere deep in nature – a place that is so peaceful and tranquil. Well, I’ve found it! Escape to hinterhouse, a Scandinavian designed cabin deep in the woods of the Laurentians, in the province of Québec. A space that is light, minimalist and cozy. A true sanctuary that has an instant calming effect.
When I see birches bend to left and right
Across the lines of straighter darker trees,
I like to think some boy’s been swinging them.
Birches, by Robert Frost
Our need to escape, even for a short time, is a common bond we all share. Especially now, in our chaotic and busy world, where our lives are even more public and interconnected than ever before. We crave the need to unplug. To find quiet spaces that will help us relax and rejuvenate. Let me share the place that did that for me.
The modern hinterhouse sits up high, quietly within the treetops. It features all the benefits of modern design while connecting with the simplicity of its natural surroundings.
The exterior timber cladding has been left natural, while the inside is a very light finish with a stained black kitchen, creating a vivid contrast. The cabin is made up of 60% glass. Open those windows and let the sounds of the tranquil breezes and bird songs immediately relax you.
This peaceful four-season retreat encourages all your day-to-day life to disappear. In an instant, you will feel relaxed and calm.
A sauna is contained in a separate building, down this curving staircase cut into the wooded lot. Unfortunately, being the first guests at hinterhouse, it wasn’t quite ready for us to use.
When we travel locally, whether it is an overnight stay or a day trip, we will always bring our dog. It sometimes leaves us with less than desirable accommodation options, but not this time. Hinterhouse is pet-friendly. Henry, our 9-year Vizsla, felt instantly at home and loved exploring the large wooded tree lot.
As you enter hinterhouse you are welcomed into an entire open space flanked on both sides with floor-to-ceiling windows.
This main living space is an open plan, with a subtle sense of separation of a wood burning fireplace in the middle of the kitchen to the sitting room.
The decor is beautifully designed and sourced locally. It is simple, light and modern.
The modern stylish kitchen has everything you need to bring out the inner chef in you.
Just beyond the open space and down a long hallway you will find a built-in washer and dryer, two bedrooms and a bathroom.
Experience the sensation of an outdoor shower in complete privacy with this floor to ceiling window view.
Serene, light and minimalist. This bathroom has it all! Use the local unscented products available for guests. Along with the natural linen towels that are so light and airy as a summer’s day.
It’s clean, fresh and simple, what more could you ask for.
The Hinter Company
The Hinter Company is owned and operated by, Mauricio and Emily, a young professional couple out of Québec. Designed spaces hidden in nature. This isn’t just a tagline to them, rather it’s their passion and purpose. They believe in offering refined modern spaces that are simple in design, with calming tones, allowing nature to be the focal point. All of the products, materials, design elements and furniture are all locally sourced, eco-friendly and sustainable.
They truly believe in your wellness and the planet’s too. With every booking, they plant 10 trees. Learn more about the One Tree Planted movement.
As when, upon a tranced summer-night,
Those green-robed senators of might woods,
Tall oaks, branch-charmed by the earnest stars,
Dream, and so dream all night without a stir.
Hyperion, by John Keats
Located a few minutes north of Montreal, the Laurentians, or Laurentides in French, is a four-season sought-after destination. Here, you’ll find gentle rolling mountains, dense forest, lakes and meandering rivers with charming towns and villages. As a holidaymaker, it offers a host of outdoor activities and festivals in its exceptional natural setting.
In summer, it’s all about the water sports, with more than 9,000 lakes and rivers to choose from. A cycling tour or hiking is the best way to see this area in all its fall glory. In winter, it’s a sought-after destination for alpine skiing, but why not try snowshoes or cross-country skis over the frozen lakes and forests. And, in spring, it’s time for all things to thaw and to make maple syrup. Visit a sugar shack, or enjoy whitewater rafting expeditions or fishing.
The popular holiday destination, Mont Tremblant, offers a plethora of four-season outdoor activities and is only a short 15-minute drive away.
Hinterhouse is located in a small community called La Conception.
The cozy four-season custom-built property is part of a quiet lake community of private high-quality, modern, sustainable homes.
Depending on where you are coming from, here are the approximate times and distance to use as a guide: