Sum­mer rocks

COT­TAGES ON THE RIDEAU U

Ottawa Business Journal - Ottawa at Home - - FRONT PAGE - Writ­ten by J ANE WHIT­ING Pho­tog­ra­phy by MARK HOLLERON

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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