Strathlorne House
Circa 1832 Provincial Heritage House

5305 Highway 289, Upper Stewiacke

MLS # 201707211

Price: $195,000
County: Colchester
Lot Size: 11.3 acres
Heating: Oil, forced air; wood
Water: Drilled well
Sewer: Septic
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 1
Outbuildings: Older barn, chicken coop
Exterior: Wood siding
Sq. Footage 2,800
Flooring: Softwood

Reverend James Smith arrived from Scotland in 1830 to become the Presbyterian minister for the entire Stewiacke Valley. From 1832 to 1833 he had this stately home, known as "Strathlorne", built where he resided until his death in 1871. His son, Robert Smith was a doctor and inherited the property where he practiced for the next 6 years. From 1877 to 1895 a local family rented the house. Then in 1895 the Johnson family purchased the property and used it as a hotel. Known as the "Strathlorne Hotel", it was operated for the next 10 years until it was sold to Bob Fulton who continued to operate it as a hotel into the mid 1930s when he gave it up and sold it to his daughter who lived here until 1965. A local teacher purchased the property in 1965 and lived here until 2011. The property was registered as a Provincial Heritage Property in 1993.

The house has been well maintained and upgraded over the past 25 years keeping it close to its original condition. A concrete basement was installed under the entire home and recently the house was completely insulated. It sits on 11 acres in Upper Stewiacke just 12 minutes to Brookfield, about 25 minutes to Truro and less than 1 hour to the city. The house is positioned way back off the road down a long lane with open land on the right, a huge, deep pond on the left and forest in behind. It offers 2,800 square feet of very unique and original living space.

The front door opens to a wonderful inner foyer. This foyer opens to another foyer which includes the stairs to the second level. To the right is the study. On the left is a living room.  Behind the study is a library with three walls of bookcases. Opposite the study is a huge keeping room with original bake oven. A new energy-efficient woodburning insert was recently installed adding to the charm while providing cozy heat. The kitchen adjoins this room and offers two walls of shelving and built-in appliances. Behind the kitchen is a large storage room with a door to the gardens. Off the kitchen is a large mudroom with door to the side yard and parking.

On the second floor there is a spacious foyer with 4 large bedrooms, one in each corner and a bathroom. The two front bedrooms each have alcoves for beds and each has a large "original" walk-in closet. Stairs from this level lead to a full attic ideal for storage. All the floors are wood. Each bedroom has a fireplace - there are 8 fireplaces in all. Many of the ceilings and walls are covered in wood, some single width boards up to 30 inches wide. Six over six windows, unique built-in cabinets, original trim details and period architecture, all add to the beauty of this home.

It has a modern electrical system, shingled roof, newly installed oil fired warm-air heating system, drilled well, septic and high -speed internet. There's an older barn which requires a lot of work, but has potential. The property includes beautiful gardens surrounding the house, mature trees and long views. Behind the house are raised bed gardens and a terrific "chicken coop". This is a rare opportunity to own a heritage property. It's a perfect family home and ideal for a home based business or B&B.


 

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