Nestled discreetly at the side of beautiful Drag Lake, considered by many the jewel in Haliburton’s crown, ‘Grey Gardens’, the contemporary four bedroom two and a half bathroom property (as featured on Cabin Pressure, Cottage Life TV) has been extensively renovated with every modern convenience included to make lakeside living utterly special. The exterior kitted out with grey Cape Cod siding is set under a shingled roof and punctuated by dramatic jet toned glazing. A huge cedar deck wraps around the cottage with glass perimeter railings providing neat enclosure. Dressed with a wicker patio set arranged around a propane-powered fire bowl, the outside space is a joy to behold.
(Photo by Robert Newnham)
To one side, a huge log-built sunroom with soaring ceilings sails over a dreamy granite floor, home to a comfy wicker framed sofa and leather armchairs. Kitted out with Sunspace bug screens, it laughs in the face of entomological invasion.
Mayflies? Mozzies? No problem! Inside the main cottage, accessed through jet toned rolling doors, is a large great room that’s beautifully floored with luxurious Kentwood Metro boards. Pristine white walls lead to a newly fitted kitchen that boasts an integrated fridge/freezer, Electrolux dishwasher, stovetop and oven. Caesarstone ‘concrete’ counters, floating cabinetry and a comfy breakfast island seals the deal.
At one end of the room, a large live edged metal framed table is surrounded by Wishbone seats while, at the room’s opposite end, a tan leather sofa and Mid Mod’ chairs wrap around a state of the art Stuv log fire. To one side, a second set of sliding doors a affords access to the front patio which views over landscaped grounds to 160 feet of South West facing lake frontage.
(Photo by Brandon Barre)
Colin and Justin, as international designers and TV hosts, have an unstinting aesthetic when it comes to decor and, to this end, every sightline in Grey Gardens has been manicured to wonderful effect. Rolling barn doors (fabricated with century-old barn lumber) enclose two bedrooms, each fitted with doors to the garden and large floor to almost ceiling windows. The larger of the two bedrooms has a brick accent wall whilst the smaller has a built-in feature headboard, made from salvaged timber, that runs wall to wall.
In the bathroom, flush mounted pot lights and energy efficient Warm Up floor heating are key components. Softest graphite tile proffers an indulgent feel, whilst ebony toned Rubinet taps, storage niches, a live edged vanity and a solid stone sink suffuse the space with a modern rustic feel.
Downstairs, having mechanically lifted the entire house several feet off its original floor level, Colin and Justin fashioned a fourth bedroom, a large family room, a powder room, a home office area, a fully fitted laundry with state of the art appliances and a ceramic tiled mudroom with walkout to the side of the property. The space provides sensational lower level living with shiplap walls and wood floors in the bedroom and living room, and ceramic doors?in the powder room and laundry.
Back upstairs, in the galleried second-floor master bedroom suite, walnut stained wood ceilings and further oak floors command attention. From here, a magnificent barn door triptych conceals two closet spaces and discreet passage to a stunning bathroom with under tile heating, a large shower enclosure and WC. Aesthetics are contemporary grey scale with a solid Unikstone sink set on a chunky steel frame that overlooks, through black-framed fenestration, the lower deck and bunkie.
(Photo by Brandon Barre)
(Photo by Brandon Barre)
Ah, that glorious, glorious bunkie! Measuring 350 square feet, it’s sided in grey Cape Cod (like the main cottage) with matching shingles. Home to a four berth bedroom,?a fully fitted three piece shower room and a slick gymnasium (complete with weights and treadmill) the bunkie provides useful ancillary accommodation that affords guests a little personal space.
(Photo by Brendan Barre)
Along from the bunkie is a cedar built double carport which Colin and Justin added at the end of last year. Next, to this, a six-person barrel sauna by Dundalk Leisurecraft, a cedar hot tub and spa as well as an open-air dining and lounging pergola amplify the outdoor offering’.
All things considered, Grey Gardens is an utterly unique prospect. Expertly designed, beautifully planned and being sold fully furnished, it represents a once in a lifetime opportunity for new and experienced cottagers alike.
This cottage is currently listed at $1,299,000. For further information, email selling agent Rob Serediuk, Sales Representative at Chestnut Park Real Estate Limited, Brokerage firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 705.854.0910
Cottage renovation: principal contractor – Randy Blain of Randy Blain Construction
Sunroom by Discovery Dream Homes
Barn doors by www.rebarn.ca
Fireplace by Stuvamerica
Leather sofa and occasional furniture from Urban Barn
Stone sinks by Unik Stone
Faucets by Rubinet
Kentwood Flooring by Metro Floors
Black windows by www.evw.ca
Siding by www.capecod.ca
Deck material from www.realcedar.com
Sunroom windows, interior and exterior railings by Sun Space Sun Rooms
Interior and exterior railings and sunroom screens installed by North Tech Home Improvements
Sauna by Dundalk Leisurecraft