WHO WE ARE
Mark and Lauralee Ledrew
We are a couple from Western Newfoundland who started a homestead journey working towards food security and self-sufficient initiatives in 2015. We absolutely love our lifestyle and are happy to open our doors to offer visitors agricultural and cultural tours and farm to table experiences.
We always had a passion for exploring our home province, camping and backpacking whenever we had an opportunity to escape work. We are very knowledgeable about our area including Gros Morne National Park, Blow Me Down Provincial Park and the Humber Valley. We know our province well and can recommend places to see nearby and other regions that are a must visit while in Newfoundland.
While travelling abroad in New Zealand we lived with a family and experienced a zero waste management project, perma-culture, organic herbal greenhouse operations and more. This experience has ultimately impacted our homestead development and future plans. We are proud of that experience and would love the opportunity to travel world-wide to learn and see more perma-culture in action.
Cormack's unique history of veterans who pioneered this rugged place will always be honored at the Upper Humber Settlement. We are proud of our heritage and have adopted a way of life that has been handed down to us through generations. Join us at The Settlement and experience what our community has to offer.
Hidden amongst the forest you will find our cozy chalet. Our Chalet is built with pride and hard work. In 2014 we cleared the land and hauled the logs to the local mill. Working side by side with his grandfather, Mark had learned many skills that turned this place into a home and now a beautiful Bed and Breakfast. We have welcomed guest from all over the world to share our beautiful province, our fresh local foods and our unique culture. In 2020 we officially launched packages which include these experiences and tours.
The settlement of Cormack was first established after World War II by war veterans who study agriculture with the intention to settle the community. Originally the location was named The Upper Humber Land Settlement. Today Cormack is a peaceful country town with a vibrant farming scene and rich culture. There are many unique attractions that will make you want to add Cormack to your Newfoundland itinerary.
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Farming is a part of our family and community history. We always knew that we wanted to start a Homestead and one day go off-grid and be able to sustain our own living by doing it ourselves or buying locally if at all possible. This journey began in 2015.
Our Homestead is a 6 acre plot nestled in the forest of our small farming community. In 2020, we implemented a new way forward following no-dig methods, perma-culture techniques and integrating water harvesting systems. Composting and reusing as many resources as possible is an essential design principle on our property and we invite you to participate while staying with us.
On our homestead we raise pigs, ducks, turkeys, egg laying chickens and an energetic Labrador Retriever, Benelli. We grow, whatever we can and eat all that we can. If you're interested in joining us for meals during your stay please contact us ahead of time to inform us so we are sure to have the proper arrangements made if any, fees apply (Remember breakfast is complimentary at this BNB.)
We are very passionate about our roots and reviving the traditional way of our pass generations. Our families were part of the original pioneers of Cormack, many who were World War Veterans that were granted land to farm. They were the pioneers that foraged the way forward through harsh conditions in the mid 1900s. They later began part of the logging industry at the base of the Long Range Mountains on the cusp of the Humber Valley. This place was originally known as the Upper Humber Land Settlement, it has since been renamed the Town of Cormack.
Our four season experiences in Cormack will uncover the stories of the farmers and the veteran pioneers who settled this rugged place less than 100 years ago. Individual and small group tours offer flexible itineraries that are easily customizable. Contact us today to create your own unique experience!
Snowfalls, Snowdrifts and Snowstorms! The winters in Cormack, are like no other! We are the West Coast Capital for outdoor winter activities. We offer a variety of snowshoe tours that share our unique culture paired with local foods and beverages.
In the summer, we offer agricultural tours from honey bees, local butcher shops and breweries to intimate farm to table experiences. Led by our experienced and qualified wilderness guide we also feature tours including backcountry swimming, hiking and bog boil ups. The taste of Cormack will leave you wanting more.
Farm fresh eggs and garden produce make a great Homestead breakfast, but we can offer you more than just a taste of the local morning cuisine. Our optional farm to table dinner experiences provide an opportunity to bring the farm fresh ingredients to the table through an onsite harvesting and cooking experience. Contact us today to learn about seasonally available produce and choose vegetarian or local meats.
*Farm to Table is exclusive for guests staying at the Bed and Breakfast.
Free on-site parking
Free Wifi access
Continental Breakfast Station
Optional Homestead Breakfast Service
Late/Self Check in and Check out Available
Environmentally conscience toiletries
Farm to Table Experiences