My Country Farmhouse – Ontario Gem Part 3: The Perth Manor

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Welcome to The Perth Manor. Built in 1878 and located in (you guessed it) Perth, Ontario. This little Chateau has 9 bedrooms and 10 bathrooms and has been running for years as a boutique hotel.

Traditionally a family home. Luxurious and elegant, the Italianate style mansion built in 1878 features leaded glass bay windows, original quarter-cut white oak floors, wall tapestries from the 1920’s, distinctive porte cochere, terrace with fountain overlooking gorgeous gardens.

Take a look inside:

Chrystal chandeliers, wall papers, wainscotting, crown moldings, and floral fabrics make these rooms super luxe.

Solid wood furniture, area rugs, leaded glass windows, and old updated radiators make these rooms warm and welcoming. Each bathroom has been updated yet still maintains the character and charm. Tiled wainscotting, pedestal sinks, and bright paint to liven up the small bathrooms. I’m getting some great ideas looking at these bathrooms for my powder room.

And to sum it up there is a fully converted carriage house on the property (live/work) Amazing!

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I hope you enjoyed touring this stunning chateau. You don’t need to go to Paris to stay in one – we have one right here in Ontario.

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To view the full listing of this property please visit MLS® Number: 1184867


My Country Farmhouse – Rustic Kitchen Inspiration

When I go to an antique store I am inspired by the things I find. Today I decided to take a back road drive through the country to Karen Brown’s Antiques & Collectables in Deseronto, Ontario.


I passed through a couple small towns, one called Thurlow and another called Blessington.  These little towns are full of beautiful old victorian brick and wood/vinyl sided farmhouses and acres of farmland.  Sheep, goats, cows, chickens, hen and horses are every where.

Karen Brown’s Antiques is a bit higher in pricing compared to other locations like Woodstock and Aberfoyle Antiques in the west end but it is still fun to look around.  Just before going in there was a large wood basket ($175) that would look great with some rolling pins and even logs sitting next to a wood burning stove.


Since I gravitate towards kitchen items and well.. farmhouses I decided to see what great pieces I could find to create a beautiful farmhouse kitchen. As soon as you walk in to the store on the left there is a rustic cabinet loaded with crock ware from bowls to pots, planters and bottles (from $30 – $125).  The bowls would look great in any rustic kitchen. They are heavy and come in a variety of sizes and colours. And if you’re lucky enough to find a smaller crock pot they make great utensil holders.

Every farmhouse kitchen needs a gorgeous old table and chairs to sit at.  These adorable little old chairs ( $95 each) and the beautiful double board table ($85) would definitely warm up any eat-in kitchen and provide extra prep room.

On the table you could put an old wooden bowl ($75- $165) for your fruits and veggies to sit in or a vintage basket (from $20 – $45) that can hold country inspired linens ($8 each). Fun wall decor ideas include hanging old kitchen tools (from $2 – $12) or hanging this fun old wood cow ($125).

Other neat ideas are little tin match holders ($20 – $50), muffin tins ($12), or a spice drawer ($75 – $220). You could even use the old tin water jugs ($15) as a vase for your fresh cut flowers from the garden.

To add some pops of colour I think introducing assorted jars ($6 – 55) in lovely colours is a great way and also add a ton of storage. And giving the kitchen a hit of warmth with a copper pot  ($125) or strainer ($28) as well as adding some black cast iron pans ($18+) to ground the space.

To complete the look of this little country kitchen I would add in some gorgeous old dishes that have a decorative border with vibrant colours to bounce off the other colours that have been used throughout the kitchen.


Here are some inspirational pictures that that show you how to use these fabulous finds:

If you are working on a tight budget you might consider introducing a few pieces that you absolutely love.  Invest only in what you have a use for.  Here are some of the items I’ve added in my kitchen to spruce it up and make it feel like a farmhouse:

Happy antiquing 🙂



My Country Farmhouse – 1872 Stone Farmhouse

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This farmhouse was originally built in 1872 and is located in Trent Hills, Ontario.  It has a couple styles of stone on the exterior, multiple porches and a balcony. The house overlooks fields or farmland that offer serenity and natural beauty.

When you enter the house there are 3 things that stand out:

1 – The floors are to die for – solid hardwood in every single room original to the house.

2 – Every single room in the house is yellow.

3 – The detail in the wood work is spectacular.

I entered through the side door which has a covered porch. While I stood on the porch the rain came down making the most beautiful sound.


This is where I first saw the floors. And as I move from the back room to the kitchen, dining room, living room and a library I took note of the 14″ baseboard, window trim and front door.

As you turn to go upstairs you are greeted by a beautiful curved wood staircase with gingerbread spindles.  And as you head up to the landing a cathedral shaped door way with stained glass out to the balcony.

Some of the bedrooms have cute little old closets that are the length of the room. And even the attic hatch had been given a little diamond detail.

This house is approximately 3800 square feet of beauty and character.  It would make a great family home or even an inviting B&B.  I hope you enjoyed the mini tour.

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My Country Farmhouse – The Clow House

Clow House – Prince Edward Island (Heritage)

The James Clow house was built in 1865 and it is still standing in Murray Harbour, Prince Edward Island. This two and a half storey second empire house is pretty impressive and eye catching sitting directly in front of you as you drive down the road.  In 1865 the house was smaller and less elaborate.  No turrets or look out.  In 1909 James Clow’s son Benjamin added the incredible victorian detail you see now.

Original Clow House

Alexander Finlay of Sturgeon and his son were hired to add the two corner bays with conical roofs,  an interconnecting balcony with balustrade, gingerbread decoration and central mansard-roofed turret. That is also when they added the flat roofed wing of the house.

Building on the right no longer stands on the property

There were about 7 buildings on the property. James and his wife Lucy ran the general store which they later passed on to their son Benjamin.

On June 28, 2011 the Clow house was registered as a historical site.

To this day the house is vacant.  It sits empty waiting to be brought back to its former glory.  The house has chipped paint, broken windows and mossy front steps.  It is cold and mouldy and beginning the early stages of crumbling.  On the inside of the house is the original details of crown moulding, high baseboards, wall paper and a gorgeous set of stairs.  It has green 60’s sinks, tubs and toilets.  The fire places are double-sided and beautiful however, the two kitchens leave nothing to be desired.

Looking at the potential this house has you can’t help but imagine what the inside use to look like in the early 1900’s.  Dark heavy fabrics, elegant floral wall papers, and rich wood detail.  My mind starts to picture what this house could look like if I ever got my hands on it.

The eat-in kitchen would have medium tone wood cabinets with glass doors, butcher block island and quartz countertops. Beautiful curtains around the bay window with a round table and chairs.

Each bedroom would have its own bathroom for some added luxury. In each bathroom there would be double faucet sinks, claw foot tubs,  three-fold mirrors, and a pendant light. The bedrooms would be warm and inviting with crisp cream coloured linens, a chandelier and elegant curtains.

The formal living room and dining room would have much of the original charm. Crown moulding, restored hardwood floors, victorian inspired couch and chairs and some oil paintings in thick gold toned frames. I would add some beautiful tall wainscoting in the dining room with a floral inspired wall paper.

On the exterior of the house I would sand and paint the wood siding, power wash the mossy front porch, add a new roof with cedar shakes around the bay windows and look-out.

New landscaping, sunroom and a couple outdoor sitting areas in the shade to relax.

This would be a dream project.  Much larger than the one I’ve taken on in my current house.  This house would be from the ground up and a full gut.  But the work in the end would be SO worth it.  It would be so rewarding to bring a historical house back to life.


———-  The photos for inspiration are from Google search. I do not take credit for any of the pictures.  I simply love the look of them. ———