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Mount Pleasant Culinary Studio ...

Mount Pleasant Culinary Studio

... come to Cavan and cook with us!!



by Gourmet Safari

Delivering a World of Experiences through Food!

Escape to the “country”.


Experience our B&B - home away from home!


Reservations recommended.

* Stay 2 nights and save 20% on your second night or stay 3 nights and save 50% on your third night!


WELCOME.  We've been expecting you!

Come and stay with us at our cozy Mount Pleasant Country B&B, a culinary adventure for two.  Up a tree and flower-lined drive, nestled in the rolling hills of Cavan you’ll find your peaceful oasis of comfort and relaxation.  This country jewel is tucked away from the city’s bustle.  Set upon just over an acre, our B&B provides an escape from the pressure of the everyday.  Veiled by the greenery of lush fields our B&B is a charming country house whose style combines both the modern and the rustic. 


Dear Jackie,

Myself and friends had a wonderful time at “Gourmet Safari” and plan to come back again in a few months time for another “Culinary Experience”.  We loved your charming home and surrounding beauty and it is an experience which I shall treasure for many years to come.  I wish you continued success with your business and my friends and I will definitely be spreading the word and recommending “Gourmet Safari”.

Margaret May 2012

Hi Jackie

Tom and I had a wonderful time!  Your hospitality was amazing.  Tom had a really good time and it was nice to get away and do something different to celebrate his 50th. ...I liked the fact that you are not too far from Peterborough and your offerings for different foods excited a foodie like me. Thank you and we wish you much success with your new venture.  Kim January 2012

Hi Jackie

I want to thank you so much for your kind and wonderful hospitality on Wednesday and Thursday when we were down to enjoy your home and fantastic kitchen! It is so great to see new ways to prepare new and interesting foods. A fantastic time! 

Wendy September 2011

Dear Jackie  

We both really enjoyed our time with you in your wonderful home.  You definitely have a gift of caring and making people feel instantly and completely at home.   Hugs

Carole August 2011


Located just southwest of Peterborough, Ontario, Mount Pleasant Country B&B is the perfect retreat for couples, nature lovers, business people – or the busy family – seeking rest for the body, soul and the mind.  Stay with us at our cozy century farmhouse perched atop in the rolling hills of Cavan. 


You’ll find two beautifully appointed guestrooms, each with its own theme -

Victorian-inspired Room.

Asian-insprired Room.

Rooms have shared facilities with a beautifully-designed modern & rustic bathroom and full-sized stylish shower!


We were created to experience the world through our senses – ready to send your senses reeling?

See…Amazing views that stretch far beyond the horizon.

Hear…The silence in this oasis of peacefulness and the trickling of the pond.

Touch…The comfort – 2 cozy bedrooms with comfy beds.

Taste…The delicious country breakfasts & savoury meals that we’ll create together.

Smell… The meals coming to life & the fresh country air….ahhhh.


A Culinary Escape.

Come and stay over a weekend or during the week and eat, drink and be merry! Our food will celebrate the seasons, a celebration of what is fresh & available. We can design your culinary escape to include;

  • farmhouse B&B accommodation with gourmet breakfasts
  • cooking classes according to your palette – globally-inspired or main stream menus can be designed
  • excursions to experience the local farmers’ markets, wineries (Prince Edward County or Kawarthas), historic sites (Petroglyphs), 4th Line outdoor theatre
  • bon fires at dusk - our fire pit provides a toasty vantage point for admiring the beautiful country scenery
  • farm and artisan tours followed by dining with the local producer
  • garden tour – perennial flowers, organic vegetable, herb
  • golf & gastronomy – husbands golf while wives cook and enjoy dinner together

Summer Outdoor Dining.

Summer means joining us for a sizzling time at the BBQ grilling big flavours followed by country alfresco dining in our gazebo on our long outdoor rustic table - Kawarthas style!  

Cooking - We’ve created an outdoor ‘kitchen’ for outdoor cooking and we will also have traditional wood-fired oven to bake fresh bread, foccaccia and pizza (coming soon)! 

Camping - And if you like outdoor cooking we will also have open fire cooking on the campfire. 

Sipping - Wake up to your cup of morning coffee sitting on our wraparound porch wile you take in the views and drink in the fresh country air…ahhhh.


Mount Pleasant Country B&B was conceived by Jackie DeKnock and her husband Dan as a tranquil escape, a country oasis designed ‘to be shared’. Nestled in the hills, with an incredible view of the countryside, this retreat combines comfort, relaxation, excitement, along with culinary delights.


The food promises to be delicious and as fresh as possible – we are in the best agricultural area of Ontario.  We also have an organic garden where we grow vegetables, fruit, as well as an organic herb garden.

Savour our delicious hearty farm fresh breakfasts served every morning – from Chili Coriander Omlettes to Maple Black Pepper Bacon to Old Fashioned Baked French Toast with Maple Butter.

Here are some country fresh breakfasts that we serve...to get your mouth watering!


Cheesy, Ham, Red Pepper, Green Onion Strata

Traditional Eggs Benedict or Eggs Benedict with Salmon

Smoked Salmon & Cream Cheese Frittata

Peameal Bacon, Sweet Onion and Apple Frittata

Healthy Options.

Homemade Granola with Yoghurt

Breakfast Berry Sundaes

Cardamom Flaxseed Bread

Black Bean Breakfast Tortillas

Huevos Racheros (eggs ‘n salsa over tortillas)


Maple and Black Pepper Bacon

Old Fashioned Baked French Toast with Cinnamon Maple Butter

Bagels with Fennel Cream Cheese and Smoked Salmon

Please let us know about any food allergies or aversions!



Mount Pleasant COUNTRY B&B and CULINARY RETREAT has its own kitchen and herb garden and supports local community. When possible, our wholesome ingredients are locally grown and harvested for quality, freshness and taste.



B&B - Bed & Breakfast

Single and double occupancy

$100 Canadian Dollars per room per night plus HST


Come and stay with us for a weekend or overnight and we’ll cook together.  Dinner classes are $50 plus HST for 3 hours per person (min 2) including a delicious meal.  Contact us for complete details.



Contact us.

705.799.2999 800.839.5795


We’ll confirm your reservations within 6 hours! 


Rate: $120/room/night (+HST) 

Please inquire about our Culinary Packages and our weekly rates.

Full payment is required to secure reservation.

We accept cash or Travellers Cheques

Open All year, please call ahead!

No Minimum Stay (only on holiday weekends).

Check In:  Starts @ 4 pm (special arrangements can be made to check in earlier)

Check Out:  Any time before 11am.



Wireless Internet available.

For the comfort of our guests, smoking is only permitted outdoors.


We request date change notice at least 7 days notice prior to your arrival date.  If less notice is given, a gift certificate will be issued for use at a later date.


Our policy is that we do not overbook our rooms.

Due to our rural location, cancellations affect us significantly.

Cancellation by telephone is requested at least 7 days prior to scheduled date of arrival. We will do our best to rebook, if we are successful, there will be no cancellation charge as follows;

21 - 8 days notice - 50% of your stay will be refunded.

7 days notice or less - 30% of your stay will be refunded.



2398 Queen Mary Street (County Road 10) 

Cavan (Mount Pleasant), Ontario 

L0A 1C0, Canada

Enjoy a rural getaway in Mount Pleasant within 1 hour of Metropolitan Toronto & within 15 minutes of Peterborough!

GPS Location. 44.2574809, -78.4945128

Gourmet Safari Gift Certificates.

Purchase cooking safaris or supper club meals for family & friends.


The Kawarthas – Land of 1,000 Lakes

More than a century ago, First Nations people named the region "Kawartha" -- a Mississauga word meaning "bright waters and happy lands".  Welcome…Truly Canadian

We’re not ‘just’ a B&B, we’re surrounded by so much more…our B&B is relatively close to;

  • The city of Peterborough.
  • Peterborough & surrounding area Farmers' Markets.
  • Charming towns to explore – Millbrook, Lakefield and Omemee.
  • Trans Canada Trail System for walking and hiking.
  • 4th Line Theatre - outdoor live theatre
  • Antique Barn & various shops for antiquing.
  • Lakefield College.
  • Egan’s Houseboats to explore the Trent.
  • Festival of Lights (and many others).
  • Zim Art - outdoor art gallery.
  • Golf – Baxter Creek and Black Diamond Golf Clubs.
  • Horseback riding at numerous locations.
  • Kawartha Downs and the Mosport Track.
  • Buddhist temple – will be one of the largest Buddhist temples in the world.
  • Excellent rolling hills for cyclists and motorcyclists for touring.
  • Kawartha Nordic Ski Club, just south of Apsley for winter sports.
  • Peterborough Lift Lock, this engineering marvel is the highest hydraulic lift lock in the world.
  • Gallery-on-the-lake Buckhorn.
  • Kawartha Country Wines, located in the heart of the Kawarthas, is dedicated to vinting a wide variety of fruits into elegant wines. Phone: (705) 657-9916 www.kawarthacountrywines.ca

Parks and protected areas.

Petroglyphs Provincial Park:   This park comprises the largest concentration of aboriginal rock carvings in North America. 705-877-2552

Emily Provincial Park:  This park is located on the shores of Pigeon River and offers countless water recreation opportunities including fishing and paddling and access to the famous Kawartha Lakes. 705-799-5170

Warsaw Caves:  Well-known for its limestone caves, this popular conservation area has a 13-kilometre trail system and is a great place for hiking, spelunking (caving), canoeing, fishing and swimming. (705) 745-5791

Trent-Severn Waterway: Stretches 386 km (240 mi.) from Trenton on eastern Lake Ontario to Port Severn on Georgian Bay. (705) 742-2251

Art & Culture.

Lang Pioneer Village Museum:  19th Century historic village depicting rural life. 

(705) 295-6694

Peterborough Centennial Museum and Archives:  (705) 743-5180

Art Gallery of Peterborough:   (705) 743-9179

Canadian Canoe Museum:  (705) 748-9153

Whetung Ojibway Centre: Curve Lake Indian Reserve - home to about 900 Ojibway people, established in 1825.  The Whetung Ojibway Centre is an authentic Arts & Crafts Gallery. Lunch is also available to  sample some of the traditional Native Indian food.  (705) 657-3661.

Curve Lake Cultural Centre:  View the artifacts & exhibits that display the unique culture of the Ojibway Peoples. (705) 243-1646


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