COTTAGES ON THE RIDEAU U
COUNTRY COTTAGE ON CHARLESTON LAKE
Known locally as the “Nurses Cottage” in reference to the two women who had it built over a hundred years ago, the striking property was considered to be the most imposing one on Charleston Lake at the time.
Set back from the lake, with an attractive stone wall along the shoreline, the farmhousestyle cottage was extensively renovated in 1998 by its third owners. Keeping the original floors and sash windows, they extended and installed a new kitchen with heritage white cabinetry, added a screened-in porch and an expansive patio with stunning stone work and rebuilt the boat house.
Then in 2003, the impressive four-bedroom cottage caught the eye of Mary Jane Manley, a Royal LePage sales representative who specializes in waterfront homes and has been an avid cottager from a young age. As the fourth owner, she repaired the crumbling stone wall, but otherwise has not changed much in the cottage interior, which contains an eclectic mix of antique furniture collected mostly from local sources.
THIS PAGE, CLOCKWISE: Mary Jane with her contractor Derek King. The back view of the cottage. FACING PAGE, CLOCKWISE: The stone terrace is an entertaining and relaxing space with gorgeous views of Charleston Lake. The well-maintained property offers room for extra seating and sleeping with charming bunkhouses. Furnishings are styled in classic-cottage elegance. Around every corner, pathways lead to natural beauty and a boathouse that is the ultimate in luxury.
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