HERITAGE CABIN (5A) AND PARTY BARN 5B)
5 This large, partly forested property near Wellesley is a triple attraction. Tour guests can visit a “party barn” and a rebuilt log cabin as well as enjoy refreshments and a sealed bid auction.
The owners, who have held the property for 30 years, added an elaborate new building three years ago, naming it their “party barn.” The structure is made from lumber milled from trees harvested on site, and the windows and balconies overlook a vegetable garden as well as distant hills.
The interior has a granite fireplace and a central entertainment area with tables and chairs rescued from the old Transylvania Club.
The nearby cottage was once a butcher’s shop in St. Jacobs. The building was carefully dismantled and reassembled on the Wellesley property in the 1980s. The main floor features a modern bathroom, but the sitting room, kitchen and bedroom reflect a bygone age. It is furnished with antiques and collectibles, and the kitchen’s Elmira Stove blends modern functions with 19th-century design.
6 This Waterloo condominium mixes contemporary and rustic decorating styles — from barn-board accents to a Gustav Klimt print that adds drama to the laundry room.
Beyond the foyer, with its striking walnut staircase, is a large great room encompassing living, dining and kitchen areas. The sitting area features an inset fireplace, natural linen sofa and chairs, and a sisal rug.
The home’s elegant flourishes extend to the master bedroom ensuite where glass pieces are reflected in mirrored walls.
Throughout, the home is set off by large prints and photos, textured fabrics and surprising touches of cowhide.