Back in 2002, the owner (a European builder by trade) of the land purchased a 125-year-old Mennonite built barn in the Ottawa Valley which became the inspiration for this home that was originally conceived and designed to be a Bed and Breakfast. The barn timbers and frame were carefully resurrected, piece by piece on a ¾ acre lot on a quiet cul-de-sac in “The Forest”; an area of stately homes on the west edge of town almost equal distance to Blue Mountain, Georgian Bay and Collingwood’s historic downtown.
Inside, the finishing details were inspired by the owner’s love of collecting antiquities and unique pieces from around the globe. The 225-year-old foyer doors came from a home when entire villages were relocated by the Chinese government due to the Yangtze river floods. The ornate door hinges come from around the world, the porthole window from Peggy’s Cove in Nova Scotia, an old hardware store counter became the kitchen island and on the list goes. Have a look at this virtual walk through and see how many features you can spot.
With large picture windows in every room, sunlight fills this home and trees frame almost every view. The principal living areas are so large that it would be easy to have a sit down dinner for 40 or more backed by a custom kitchen by Selba. There are five bedrooms that each have individual temperature controls and three of them have their own ensuites making this ideal for a B&B, corporate retreat or a home for those who want to enjoy family and friends.
For the price of a semi-detached home in downtown Collingwood, people could trade traffic, noise and smog for a new life in Collingwood. When ordinary won’t do, this home is unparalleled and a must to see.