My Country Farmhouse – Day Trip: Tweed, Marlbank, Thomasburg, Madoc

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Today I decided to pick somewhere new on my map and head out on a nice little road trip. Snacks, bug spray, change of clothing (you never know) and water and I was set. Since Day Trip #1 to Perth ended with a quick stop in Tweed I decided to head back out that way to explore. I also drove to Marlbank and Thomasburg, Ontario to check out the sights in those little municipalities.

If you love country roads, hills, dips, valleys and blind curves this is the trip for you. The sights were absolutely breathtaking in every direction. I started from my house in Havelock headed East to Marmora where I turned (right) South onto the 14 which takes you into Springbrook. From there I made a Left turn (East) towards highway 62 where I turned right. From the 62 I immediately took a left turn (East) onto Crookston Road which takes you straight into Tweed.

I decided not to tour Tweed straight away rather I turned right onto County Road 13 which leads you past Stoco Lake. Stoco Lake is beautiful. Lined with homes and cottages and surrounded by nothing but nature.

Continuing on Country Road 13 (aka Marlbank Road) the landscape is mainly tree lined roads, farm fields and old farmhouses.

As you come into Marlbank you have the option of turning left or right… I went right. As I sat at that intersection to my left was an incredible century old building called the Marlbank Phoenix Tavern.

As I turned right I realized there was another right coming up that I thought might be a nice drive… and was I right. I was heading West again on Country Road 26. This road had many more hills and turns. As I came around one of the turns there was the most beautiful lake I’ve ever seen.  Dry Lake has the most crystal blue water I’ve ever laid eyes on in Ontario.  This little lake is off the beaten path so only locals or people who stumble upon it (like myself) will find it. There were about 8 cars on the side of the road and all of the passengers were taking full advantage of the warm clean water. It was so beautiful I too had to stop and take it in. (Pictures do NOT do it justice)

Continuing my drive west on the 26 I would soon find myself in Thomasburg, Ontario. Honestly, not much to see in this little municipality of tweed. But there were some nice homes.

Now heading North on ON-37 towards Tweed to take in the sights there. As you make your way into Tweed it is apparent that this town has some excellent history. There are many gorgeous brick victorian homes lining the main street. Each with well preserved detail.

There are two churches that I found – St. Andrews Presbyterian built in the 1890s with red brick and St. Carthagh’s Parish Roman Catholic Church Built in 1871, Catholic school and Manse all made from stone. I have to say I did not expect to see a Roman Catholic Church as big as this in a smaller town. It definitely stood out as I was driving up Hungerford Road.

Next to St. Andrews is North Americas smallest Jailhouse – Literally. Here are some of the facts:

“Designed by R.F Houston, a local who was the founder of the Tweed Lumber Company in 1893, the jail was built in 1898 and opened in 1900. The jail was built for $350.00 and R.F Houston was paid $10.00 for his contributions. This jail was to replace the original one that was located in the Municipality building in the basement after it flooded. The jail measures only 4.8 meters wide by 6 meters deep and originally held 3 cells and a lobby area.

The jail was operated for 50 years eventually closing due to a lack of crime in the town. Most prisoners or “vagrants” as described in documents from the jail were in jail for minor offences. Constables were paid 20 cents to watch over the “vagrants” and 30 cents if they had to feed them as well.

The most notorious prisoner to stay in the Tweed jailhouse was a man by the name of Gideon Butts. He was held there for one night in 1903, and then transferred to Nappanee. Butts murdered his wife because he was having delusions that she was a serpent.

After the jail closed the O.P.P renovated it taking away the three cells and making one large cells and a lobby area and used it for their offices for a time. Today the O.P.P maintain offices in the Municipality building and the jail is opened in the summer months as an information center.” –

Much of the Main Street (ON – 37) is lined with small businesses (restaurant, cafes, jewellers etc) and almost all of these buildings are century olds with tons of character which Tweed has done very well at preserving. There is definitely some history here.

Now that my tour was complete in Tweed it was time to head home. Heading West across Hungerford Road to Highway 62 where I would turn right (North) towards Madoc. A quick stop in the Foodland for groceries (as I do not shop weekends – overcrowding due to cottagers). And since Hidden Goldmine Bakery is right next door I had to grab something new to try – Some lunch: Grilled chicken sandwich with melted brie and blueberries with butternut squash soup and cream cheese cinnamon buns.  Yum!

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I had a lovely day driving around in the overcast and rain taking in the sights and visiting new places. Windows down, the smell of nature and rain made this day one of my favourite so far.

Until my next adventure – be kind, smile and have a little fun!



My Country Farmhouse – Unique Century Old Properties for Sale

Here is a unique blend of Century + buildings, homes and businesses currently on the market across the Eastern parts on Canada. Each one has so much character and will offer you some great ideas if you are planning a renovation or refresh on your own property. You can see full listings for each property at

Located in my favourite town I haven’t visited yet – Lunenburg, Nova Scotia you will find this 1790 Lennox Tavern & Inn. It is the oldest British Colonial Inn to run in Canada. It has 5 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms, 9 fire places, 3400 square feet of living space and come fully furnished. It is so spectacular. At a list price of $750,000 you can find more information on this Inn at MLS® Number: 202012565.

This former church located in Seabright, Nova Scotia has undergone a serious transformation and is now a 3 bedroom and 2 bathroom home. Built in 1833 and listed for $379,900 it has a original windows, vaulted ceilings and original doors. You can see more pictures of this property at MLS® Number: 202012722.

Known as the Granville Ferry Hotel and located in Granville Ferry, Nova Scotia this 6 bedroom and 3 bathroom property is listed for $249,900. It has wood burning fire places, wood beams, hardwood floors, walk-in pantry, claw foot tubs and is just filled with charm. You can see more information and pictures for this lovely blue lady at MLS® Number: 202012633.

Located in La Cite-Limoilou, Quebec this gorgeous stone building has been converted in to condos. Built in 1800 this condo has a lovely curved staircase, wood floors, stained glass and coffered ceilings. At a list price of only $168,000 you can live in a super cool conversion. To see more pictures of this property please visit MLS® Number: 13824683.

Also located in La Cite-Limoilou this 1900 building has also been converted in to a unique condo. This 1 bedroom and 1 bathroom unit is listed for $239,000. Sit on your private balcony overlooking Old Quebec and admire the stone and brick walls that make your condo truly one-of-a-kind. You can see more pictures of this listing at MLS® Number: 10689352.

Truly one-of-a-kind. This majestic building doesn’t come with much info. It appears to be some kind of chapel… perhaps monastery? Built in 1867 it has 15 bedrooms and 6 bathrooms. Listed for $2,499,000 you can see more pictures and read (very little) information on this property at MLS® Number: 11624960.

Located in Beach Meadow, Nova Scotia you can own your very own church for the low low price of only $69,900. You can see a few more pictures and read the information on this cute little property at MLS® Number: 202012799.

Located in Maxville, Ontario this charming storefront and apartment is listed for $249,000. This former general store and ice cream parlour was built in 1921 and has 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. You can see more pictures and get more information on this unique building at MLS® Number: 1200245.

I hope you enjoy touring these listings. They are all so beautiful.


My Country Farmhouse – Lunenburg, Nova Scotia a UNESCO Heritage site

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While doing searches for listings in the East Coast I came across a town called Lunenburg which is located in Nova Scotia. What struck me about Lunenburg was that nearly every single property I’ve looked at is well over 100 years old and they’ve all been so incredibly preserved. Upon further inspection several listings said “UNESCO Heritage Site” something  I had only heard of briefly. So here is the description of a “UNESCO Heritage Site”

“A World Heritage Site is a landmark or area with legal protection by an international convention guarded by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. World Heritage Sites are designated by the UNESCO for having cultural, historical, scientific or other form of significance.” Wikipedia

Old Town Lunenburg is one of only two urban communities in North America designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Seventy percent of the original colonial buildings from the 18th and 19th centuries continue to greet visitors with their colourful façades.”

Lunenburg, Nova Scotia – the facts:

Lunenburg is a port town on the South Shore of Nova Scotia, Canada. Founded in 1753, the town was one of the first British attempts to settle Protestants in Nova Scotia in an effort to displace the French colonial Roman Catholic Acadians and indigenous Mi’kmaq.

The economy was traditionally based on the offshore fishery and today Lunenburg is the site of Canada’s largest secondary fish-processing plant. The town flourished in the late 1800s, and much of the historic architecture dates from that period.

In 1995 UNESCO designated it a World Heritage Site. UNESCO considers the site the best example of planned British colonial settlement in North America, as it retains its original layout and appearance of the 1800s, including local wooden vernacular architecture. UNESCO considers the town in need of protection because the future of its traditional economic underpinnings, the Atlantic fishery, is now very uncertain.

The historic core of the town is also a National Historic Site of Canada.[2]” Wikipedia

To get ALL the facts please visit Wikipedia. It is quite a neat read.

And now let’s visit some of these historical homes and businesses that are for sale in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia:

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Listed for $475,000 / Built in 1829 / MLS® Number: 202007615

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Listed for $695,000 / Built in 1906 / MLS® Number: 202009860

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Listed for $750,000 / Built in 1870 / MLS® Number: 201910385

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Listed for $950,000 / Built in 1913 / MLS® Number: 202003888

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Listed for $599,000 / Built in 1845 / MLS® Number: 202009553

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Listed for $1,360,000 / Built in 1890 / MLS® Number: 202001254

With 61 designated heritage buildings in Lunenburg it makes its way up to one of the most historical places and one that I will have to visit.

Here is a complete list of the designate heritage sites to help plan out your future vacation:

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An excellent site to visit is which is where I found the list of heritage buildings. It has all the details of the buildings and everything you could possibly want to know about Lunenburg.

Well I hope you enjoyed taking a few minutes to learn about Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. It truly is a piece of Canadian history.


My Country Farmhouse – Last Weeks Collection of Oldies

This weeks collection of old homes are absolute gems. As fast as I post the new houses they seem to be selling. This week I posted a gorgeous brick victorian on Facebook and in a couple days it was sold. As I watch the market it is clear that houses are being scooped up as fast as they are being listed in some parts of the country. To see full listings of the properties listed below please visit

Let’s start off in the East Coast – their houses never disappoint.

Located in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia this 1880’s Italianate style home was built for Edwin Bailey, a Blacksmith. It is packed with original character and charm. Listed for $495,000 it has 3 sets of stairs, a charming country kitchen, bay windows, hardwood floors throughout, claw foot tub and sitting area in the tower. To see more pictures of this little lady please visit MLS® Number: 202011685.

This traditional colourful East Coast row home located in Halifax, Nova Scotia HAS IT ALL. Built in 1874 and listed for $554,900 this home has been fully renovated from top to bottom and retains ALL the original charm. Glass front kitchen cabinets, original mouldings, light fixtures, wood floors, fire places, leaded glass doors, ornate radiators and a basement apartment for extra income. Should you feel compelled to see more pictures of a home that will not disappoint please visit MLS® Number: 202011971.

Located in Windsor, Nova Scotia this 1905 beauty is listed for $219,900. This home has original floors, multiple fire places, carved wood stairs, thick mouldings, large kitchen and claw foot tub. Not as ornate as the homes above but still a classic charmer. You can see more pictures of this home at MLS® Number: 202011949.

YES! At the top of my favourites list is this gorgeous century home. The sun room sells it for me. Black and white floors are so classical. Located in La Cite-Limoilou, Quebec for $850,000 this house has it all! Original wood wainscotting, crown mouldings, wood fire places, built-ins, hardwood floors, light fixtures and French doors. To view more pictures of this brick beauty please visit MLS® Number: 12718507.

Located in Saint-Laurent-de-L’lle-d’Orleans, Quebec is the Gosselin House. Built in 1800 this warm and cozy house boasts original wood burning oven, bread oven, wood beams, wood floors, wine cellar and views of the river. Listed for $750,000 this house has 4 bedrooms and two bathrooms. Please visit MLS® Number: 20986496 for more pictures and information on this home.

Located in Westport, Ontario this four-square brick home built in 1908 sits on 440 acres of land (own your own small town). There are many out buildings and barns on the property to start your own farm. This house is listed for $589,000 and has been fully renovated. It boasts original wood floors, wood carved staircase, claw foot tub and wood beams. To see everything this property has to offer please visit MLS® Number: 1198101.

Located in Perth, Ontario this 1900 yellow brick home is listed for $549,900. It has several original fire places, wood floors, curved staircase, wainscotting and a sun room. It also has an in-aw suite that is currently rented for extra income. For more pictures and information on this home please visit MLS® Number: 1183911.

And finally finishing off our tour of available century + homes we end in Perth, Ontario.

This 4th generation family farm is just minutes away from heritage Perth. Listed at $749,000 this stunning limestone farmhouse sits amongst several out-buildings and barns. Unfortunately there are NO pictures of the inside of the home (so we will pretend its just as charming on the inside as the outside). You can get more information on this property by visiting MLS® Number: 1141463.

I hope you have fun touring these incredible homes. They each offer something truly unique.



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My Country Farmhouse – Strolling Perth, Ontario

Yesterday, June 30th my mom and I did a day trip to drop off a few packages 2 hours and 15 minutes West of Havelock to Stittsville, Ontario. Picnic lunch in hand (sandwiches, fruit, snacks, chocolate and water) we were ready to head out for the day. Stittsville  is a suburban area that is part of the city of Ottawa (an area I’ve never been too). We took Highway 7 East (I’ve only been as far as South Frontenac). The drive did not disappoint, there were beautiful old farmhouses and barns with incredible pastures, forests and beautiful views of water all around. We also drove through some very small towns that had seen better days – many had defunct old motels that may have one day been well cared for.

We planned our day out to maximize what we could do between 8:30am and 4pm – a full day (5 hours driving).

History of Stittsville, Ontario – Wikipedia

“The first settlers to the area were Irish soldiers, arriving in the 1820s. The town itself was born in the 1850s by Jackson Stitt, for whom the town is named; he was also the first postmaster in the area.[4]

By 1866, Stittsville was a post village with a population of 100, situated in the township of Goulbourn. The village contained one general store, one common school, with an average attendance of seventeen pupils. The Loyal Orange Lodge, No. 210, met in Orange Hall, on the first Thursday in each month. The citizens included John S Argue, general merchant and postmaster.[5]

The Great Carleton Fire of 1870 devastated the community, destroying nearly everything. Kemp’s Tavern on Hazeldean road, built in 1868, which now houses “Cabotto’s Restaurant” and a handful of other buildings were all that was left standing. This was an extremely large fire, encompassing over 250,000 acres (1,000 km2)[citation needed] from Ottawa to Smiths Falls to Carleton Place.[4]”

Driving through Stittsville I noticed that most of the properties were not that old. Maybe I was in the wrong area but we didn’t see any homes that had the architectural history or character found on our journey East. Many new subdivisions. Some of which were very cute. Once we dropped off the packages we made our way West towards Perth, Ontario. But before leaving Stittsville we stopped at a little pop up booth for some fresh picked Ontario Strawberries – YUM!

History of Perth, Ontario – Wikipedia

“The town was established as a military settlement in 1816, shortly after the War of 1812. The settlement of Lanark County began in 1815. In that year “the Settlement forming on the Rideau River” as it was officially referred to (and which soon became known as “Perth Military Settlement”) began to function under Military direction. The settlement was named Perth in honour of acting Governor-General Sir Gordon Drummond, whose ancestral home was Perthshire.

Several townships were surveyed to facilitate the location of farms for military and other settlers; and the site of the future Town of Perth, which had been chosen as the headquarters of the Military Establishment was surveyed in 1816.[3]

Many of the first settlers were military veterans on half pay, while others were military veterans from France, Germany, Poland, Italy, Scotland or Ireland who were offered land in return for their service. The Rev. William Bell, who arrived in June 1817, noted in his diaries that the settlement was more European than the Scottish settlement described to him. The first Scottish settlers came in 1816.[3] Many of the Scottish immigrants were stonemasons; their work can be seen in many area buildings and in the locks of the Rideau Canal.

The military regime lasted until 1824, when settlers were granted municipal rights, i.e., ‘the right of self-government’.[3] For many years Perth was the military, judicial, political and social capital, not only of the County of Lanark, but of the whole of the Ottawa Valley, north and west, until owing to the construction of the Rideau Canal, and the development of the lumber industry further north and west along the Ottawa, it finally was eclipsed by the town called “Bytown”—the present City of Ottawa, the Capital of the Dominion. But for many years the people of the town of Bytown, while it was still ‘Bytown’ had to come to Perth for their law and justice, for the law courts of the whole great district were located there.[3]

The first secretary/stores-keeper (and eventually postmaster and superintendent) of the settlement was Daniel Daverne, brought up from the Quarter Masters General Department in Kingston, Ontario, to assume these positions.

Perth is home to a pioneer burial ground, St. Paul’s United Church Cemetery, formerly The Old Methodist Burying Ground. This cemetery is at the south-east end of the Last Duel Park on Robinson Street.[4] The Craig Street Cemetery, sometimes referred to as the “Old Burying Grounds” also contains many historic graves and saw use from 1820–1873.

The town’s motto is “Pro Rege, Lege et Grege” (“For the King, the Law and the People”), which is shared with the City of Perth in Scotland[citation needed], and which was adopted in 1980 along with a new crest. The previous motto, “Festina lente sed certo” (“Make haste slowly but surely”), and original town crest appears on the uniforms of the Perth Citizen’s Band. Founded in 1850, this band continues a tradition of community music with numerous concerts each season.

Near the town is the home of world show jumping champion Ian Millar and Millar Brooke Farm where his great horse Big Ben (1976–1999) is buried. The town has erected a bronze life-sized statue of the horse and Ian Millar, in John A. Stewart Park, across from the Code’s Mill building.

This town was the site of the last fatal duel in Upper Canada. Robert Lyon, a law student, was killed on June 13, 1833, after fighting over a woman (Elizabeth Hughes) with a former friend, John Wilson. A local park is named “Last Duel Park” to commemorate the event.

Perth is also the site of the first installation of a telephone other than Bell’s experimental installations. A town dentist, Dr. J. F. Kennedy, a friend of Alexander Graham Bell, installed a direct telephone connection between his home and office. By 1887, there were 19 telephones in Perth, with a switchboard in Dr. Kennedy’s office.

In 1893, a 22,000 pound cheese known as the ‘Mammoth Cheese’ was produced in Perth to be exhibited in Chicago at the World’s Columbian Exposition to promote Canadian cheese around the world.[5][6][7][8]

In 2010, Perth held the historic “Kilt Run” in which 1,067 kilt-clad runners crossed the finish line. The idea to hold a kilt run in Perth was conceived of in October 2009 by Terry Stewart after the Mayor submitted a letter to the Perth Courier requesting town residents come up with an idea to help Perth, Scotland, celebrate its 800th anniversary. The Perth, Ontario, Kilt Run has since become an annual event. The 2016 Kilt Run attracted 5,000 runners as part of the town’s 200th anniversary.[9] The Kilt Run normally takes place at the end of June but the 10th anniversary of the Kilt Run is scheduled for August 17, 2019. It holds the Guinness World Record for the world’s largest kilted run with 3,670 runners<.[10]”

Some of you may already know I love to shop for Antiques.  I’ve only gone as far as Kingston, Ontario and so we would take this opportunity to do and see something new (masks in hand). Perth (Gore Street) has some of the most spectacular historical buildings I’ve seen in Ontario – all on one street.   The history is so well preserved – plaques with details on the buildings histories can be seen all around. If you are a history buff you should make this a stop on your list.

I got caught up looking at all the detail I almost forgot to take pictures. But I am thankful I did to share with you. Now Gore Street is not the only street to see this kind of history in the area, the homes on many of the side streets are equally as stunning.

We stopped in at Gore St. Antique Market (147 Gore Street) – I have to say it was nice doing something that is such a big part of my life that I haven’t been able to do in months – browse antiques. This is a decent size market – not the biggest and definitely not to smallest. Very well laid out (indoors 2 floors and a small outdoor section) pricing wasn’t to bad. And there were some really neat pieces. I however, came out empty handed.


We had only a few hours to spend in Perth before it was time to jump in the car and head West. We walked Gore street and stopped in to many of the little boutique shops that lined it. All very cute – all very expensive. We stopped in to The Perth Cheese Shop – because cheese! (64 Gore Street) which had a small display of fancy cheeses, kitchenware and charcuterie boards and supplies. The person working the shop was super friendly – Meredith (quite the chatter). We got a few small sample size cheeses to go for today (July 1st – Canada Day).

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After spending a good and fun 2.5 hours in Perth we had to start our journey home taking Highway 7 West. Since we were ahead of schedule we opted to take a mini detour to Tweed, Ontario another little town we had never seen. We only stopped for a brief second at the bank and then continued on our way home to Havelock. We took Crookston Road to Highway 62, Springbrook Road to County Road 14 which would take us to Marmora and jumped back on to Highway 7. I love taking random side roads – you never know what you’re going to see.

What a fun day! I love seeing the sights. And maybe – since gas doesn’t cost that much this is what I will do every so often with my days (since the renovations are on hold). Visit some where new – take in the sights, visit little mom and pop shops (offer my support), and take pictures to remember this time.

I hope you learned a little something new about Stittsville and Perth – I did. Wishing everyone the happiest CANADA DAY!

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My Country Farmhouse – A New Collection of Century Homes

In keeping with my weekly browsing of new listings, here are some of my top picks of available Century homes listed from Ontario to Prince Edward Island this week.  To see full listings please visit

Located in Iroquois, Ontario this beautiful home circa 1891 is listed for $345,000. It has 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, a two car garage, hardwood floors, large sun room and eat-in kitchen. This house needs some updating but has SO much potential. To see more pictures and the full listing please visit MLS® Number: 1196057.

You can find this unique property in Maxville, Ontario. This church was built in 1925 and is currently listed for $215, 000. Now, it clearly isn’t a house – but just imagine how neat it could be to transform this space in to something amazing. It has original kitchen cabinets, pews, folding wood and cast iron chairs. Visit MLS® Number: 1195812 to see more pictures and get the details on this unique building.

Another super unique church conversion located in Saint-Telesphore, Quebec. This 1925 church has two bedrooms and one bathroom and is listed for $299,000. There is so much detail in the millwork through-out. Wood flooring, stained glass and large chandeliers add so much character. You can get more details on this property at MLS® Number: 11438579.

This stunning 1904 home is located in Massueville, Quebec with a list price of only $173,000. This fully renovated farmhouse has original wood floors, claw foot tub, wood beam, 3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom and a garage (which looks like an old barn). You should take a look at this house. It has been lovingly restored in all the right ways. You can see the rest of the pictures at MLS® Number: 25842961.

This 3 storey Victorian mansion is located in Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia. At a list price of $595, 000 every original detail has been well preserved from the exterior of the house straight into the home. Wood floors, several fire places, farmhouse kitchen with butler pantry, wide moldings  and some original lighting. Take a look at this property by visiting MLS® Number: 202010608.

Located in L’Assomption, Quebec this 1895 home is listed for $439,000. It has 5 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, breathtaking wood work through-out, tin, coffered and shiplap ceilings, stained glass, and repurposed dressers turned in to vanities.  This home was and still is a showstopper. To see more pictures of this property please visit MLS® Number: 19871944.

Known for its incredible limestone properties this 1846 beauty can be found in Kingston, Ontario. It has everything you can imagine from wood beam ceilings, wide wood plank flooring, large brick fire place plus two additional fire places and eat-in kitchen. Listed for $579,000 you can find more pictures and details at MLS® Number: K20003282.

This colourful church conversion is adorable. Located in Dayspring, Nova Scotia at a list price of $250,000 this 1820 home has two bedrooms, one bathroom, original wood floors, stained glass and a landscaped yard for outdoor entertaining. It really is a must see if you like colour. Please visit MLS® Number: 202010719 to see all the pictures and full listing.

Located in Fredricton, New Brunswick the McQueen-Fergusson house is listed for $385,000. At 230 years young this house has 6 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, a view of Saint John river, an ornate curved stair case, library and sun porch. To see more pictures of this charming old lady please visit MLS® Number: NB044656.

I hope you enjoyed taking a tour of these incredible homes. They all tell a little history lesson.


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My Country Farmhouse – Strolling Havelock, Ontario

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“The region’s colonial history began with an influx of settlers after Belmont and Methuen Township was surveyed in 1823. The community of Havelock was incorporated as an independent village in 1892. Havelock was named after the British general, Sir Henry Havelock.” – Wikipedia

Population 2020: 4,530

Single detached homes: 2015

Other home styles: 150

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Tourist attractions: Belmont Lake Brewery, the Gut Conservation area, Havelock Country Jamboree, Mathison Property, Petroglyphs Provincial Park

The Station Restaurant was originally built in 1929

“In 1991, it was designated a Heritage Railway Station. The building’s architectural character of low proportions, sloping roofs, quiet skylines and sheltering overhangs echo the CPR’s standard plan for stations of importance It held a significant place in Havelock community as the first divisional point east of Toronto on the Ontario-Quebec Railway, the trunk line of the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR).” –

Monday morning around 6am you can hear the horns of the trains rolling in to town. And this continues through the week. The railways are still active today.

Havelock only has one set of stop lights at the intersection of Highway 7 and County Road 30.  Did you know that Highway 7 is 540km long.

Century Home styles: (strolling the neighbourhood)

Cement block homes seem to be quite common in Havelock. On my journey today I must have seen between 15 and 20 of these homes. One and two levels, plain and painted and I would imagine some of these homes may have been sided over the years.

There are many wood and vinyl sided houses here and in an assortment of colours.

There are no shortages of massive brick homes in Havelock. I would say most are in good to perfect condition with some exceptions. Bay windows, large porches, beautiful gardens, deep properties. and several with old stone retaining walls.




Century homes for sale in Havelock (to view listing of these properties please visit Don’t forget you can still negotiate pricing in small towns and have conditions. You most definitely want an inspection when buying an older home.

MLS® Number: 262342 ($260,000)

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MLS® Number: 266596 ($230,000)

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MLS® Number: 236493 ($300,000)

Well I hope you enjoyed taking this tour of Havelock, Ontario. It truly is a quaint little town.










My Country Farmhouse – Prince Edward Island Heritage Homes

Prince Edward Island has some of the most spectacular views in the country. No matter where you are on the island you will not be disappointed. It also has some of the most incredible century homes. Some with turrets and towers, rare island sandstone homes, mansard roofs and architectural styles of homes in bright east coast colours.

Here are some beautiful homes that you can find on Prince Edward Island: (Please visit for full listing details and photos)

This flat-iron design home was built in 1894 and can be found in Souris, PEI. It is a two-unit home listed for $159,000. The interior of this home is unique and could probably use some personal touches and character brought back. But the potential is great with that affordable price tag. You can find more information on this listing at MLS® Number: 202007529.

Located in Georgetown, PEI this home was built in 1915 by Ship Captain Stephenson. It has 9′ ceilings, Douglas fur thought-out, maids quarters, a north and south sunroom and  carriage house. Not to mention a pretty amazing kitchen sink. You can see more amazing pictures of this beautiful home at MLS® Number: 202009790.

This 3400 square foot home is located in Murray Harbour, PEI and was built in 1878. It has original wood floors, a hidden staircase, claw foot tub, and an attic that is ready to use as a great studio or bedroom. It has a list price of $249,900. You can find more information and pictures of this old lady at MLS® Number: 202008783.

This incredibly rare PEI Sandstone house was built in 1860 from a nearby quarry and can be found in Hamilton. It has been in the Ramsay family for 6 generations. It has 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, 24′ thick walls, water views and sits on 1.21 acres of land. This home is listed for $319,900 and you can find more pictures and details at MLS® Number: 202007793.

This breathtaking 4500 square foot home is located in Summerside, PEI with a list price of $449,000. This 103 year old home has original wood trim and wainscotting, hardwood floors, a window bench seat on the middle landing, and double car garage. Mini mansion? Sure looks like it. You can see more pictures and read more information on this home at MLS® Number: 201913287.

I don’t usually copy and paste the full details of a property however this home has such a great history. And so here are the details as written on the MLS listing at “Offered for sale is the Battersby Farm House, home of the Battersby sisters, well known local farmers. This home originated near the shoreline of St. Peters Bay. Sometime more than 100 years ago it was moved across the farm where it stood for more than 100 years near St. Peters Rd. In 2001 the present owners moved it back to the shoreline at the back of the farm and undertook a massive renovation. Today it is one of the most impressive farm homes in P.E.I. dating back to the colonial era. The home sits on five lots next to St. Peters Bay. The mansard style roof is typical of construction in 1870-1880. Today this home is thoroughly modern throughout & offers gracious bay side living in a private setting. It is being sold with most furnishings and contents. Forty minutes to Charlottetown there is nothing else like it on the market in eastern P.E.I.” Listed for $399,000 you can see more pictures of this gem at MLS® Number: 202008352.

I hope you enjoy your tours of all these incredible Prince Edward Island homes. They definitely deserve a look.


My Country Farmhouse – A Fresh New Exterior for Lady Mathison

Lady Mathison

When I first drove up to this house I knew it had the potential to be one of the most stunning victorian homes in the area, the kind you see and just dream of living in. Large porch, large windows, a balcony, hooks to hang planter baskets, original posts and original solid wood doors. What the house needed was a fresh coat of paint. The sun and rain had left it feeling a little tired looking.

It all began with me removing the balcony door to give it a new high gloss Hunter Green coat of paint. Once the door was rehung I knew it was time to get the rest of the exterior work done. And so I moved right downstairs and completed the front side door in the same colour.

I painted the balcony with white Sico Exterior Woodwork paint in a semi-gloss. After two coats it was complete. However, with all the rain that week it took about 5 days to actually complete the work. To the right of the balcony is an original wood window that also needed a good two coats of paint. It takes 4 hours between coats to ensure the paint lasts the 5 years it claims before it starts to chip off.


Moving down to the porch I started filling the holes in the posts back in April. As the weather improved. In May I began the painting  which took about two weeks (again because of the rain and dry times) to complete. It also took a bit more time because I was painting them two colours. I had to tape off the areas I did not want green. I did a coat of the white paint first and used the Hunter Green Rust-oleum waterproof spray paint for the accents in a high gloss.

The next task was to paint out all the trim and sills of the 3 bay and dining room windows. These windows will need to be replaced in the coming years but for now a fresh coat of paint will have to do. The white paint will help them feel more cohesive with the white windows that have already been replaced.


The original front door had a hole at the bottom right corner. Since I do not have the tools to fix it myself I asked Chase a local handyman who actually builds custom wood doors and who did a couple small wood cuts in the past for me if he could take it and fix it. And he agreed to it. He cut 6 inches off the bottom to remove the damaged area of the door, drilled out 5 holes to insert dowels, cut a piece of pine to the size removed, drilled holes in the new piece of wood, added glue to the holes and attached the new piece to the door.  Once the glue was set he plained the door to make it look  as though there were no changes made. And it looks perfect!

While the door was away being repaired I worked on repairing the glass insert that I kept in the house for safety. I used some wood filler and did two coats of white paint to keep the original look. And when the door was retuned I did a nice coat of Hunter green paint.

After repairs & paint

This afternoon I finished the final 3 coats of white paint on the side front door.  Having painted it solid green originally, looking from the road to that side of the house was too dark.  I decided to paint the interior of the frame around the glass white to mimic the front door and to help the door stand out – and it worked.


And finally the moment we’ve all been waiting for – The before and after of the exterior of the house. Full disclosure: at some point the porch will also be transformed. But for this year I am super happy with the outcome. The total cost to liven the exterior of the house was $196.  A somewhat inexpensive cost for a high impact look.





I hope you like the outcome as much as I do.






My Country Farmhouse – Sunny Century Homes

There is something so happy about the colour yellow. It’s warm, inviting and cozy.  Whether on the inside of the house on the walls, the exterior siding or simply a hit of yellow on the front door. You can’t help but feel like smiling when you see it.

Here are some sunny century homes to brighten your day: (please visit for full listings)

Located in Temiscouata-sur-le-lac, Quebec this gorgeous yellow home was built in 1928 and is currently listed for $274,500. It has a 6 bedrooms and 7 bathrooms (B&B potential). It has warm wood features and amazing repurposed bathroom vanities through-out. For more pictures and information on this property please visit MLS® Number: 14017000.

Located in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia this spectacular yellow house was built in 1845. It is a show stopper. With 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms, a bar, original wood flooring, and brick fire place. At a list price of $599,000 you can find more pictures and information on this home at MLS® Number: 202009553.

This 1888 home is located in Saint-Jacques-le-Mineur, Quebec for a list prince of $379,000. It has 4 bedrooms and one bathroom, original hardwood floors, claw foot tub, brick fireplace and wood trim through-out. Please visit MLS® Number: 25944473 for more pictures and information.

Located in Hillsborough, New Brunswick this cute country farmhouse sits on 9.74 acres and has multiple out buildings, horse stalls and breath taking views. You have to see the interior pictures. It has original wood through-out, painted furniture, bead-board ceilings, claw foot tub and so much more. Listed for $249,500 you can find the pictures and information at MLS® Number: M128660.

This 1912 B&B is located in Kempt, Nova Scotia at a list price of $415,000. It has 12 bedrooms and 12 bathrooms, indoor pool, diner style kitchen, a self-contained 2 bedroom / one bathroom apartment and and library. Please visit MLS® Number: 201927377 for more pictures and information.

This is such a neat property. Located in Yarker, Ontario at a list price of $399,000 this 1904 building is known as the former Waterfall Tea Room. It sits on the Napanee River with absolutely incredible views. This is perfect for a live-work investor. Cafe, gallery, antique store – skies the limit. There is a residential unit on the upper floor. You can see more pictures at MLS® Number: K20003047.

I hope you enjoy taking a virtual tour of each of these properties. They are all truly one-of-a-kind.