The plucky family retreat
WHAT A renovated chicken coop, plus two other cabins WHere Sandbanks Provincial Park HoW Big 450 square feet
You’d never guess that the previous residents of Andrew and Rebecca Mackenzie’s Prince Edward County retreat were chickens. Their converted 19th-century chicken coop, the centrepiece of a trio of wooden buildings that form their second home, in Sandbanks Provincial Park, was once a henhouse owned by Lakeshore Lodge, a vacation resort established in the 19th century and shuttered in 1972. When Andrew, a creative director for Google Canada, purchased the building in 2003, it had already been converted into a cabin— but it was just barely livable. “The outhouse had such a scary toilet that it was a toss-up between going in there and driving 20 minutes to Picton,” he says. Andrew wasn’t dating Rebecca, the executive director of the Culinary Tourism Alliance, back then. They got together in 2009, and the following summer, they made it their first shared home. Shortly after (literally) shacking up, the couple learned that Rebecca’s father had worked for Lakeshore Lodge as a teenager. “We love that it’s a place that weaves our histories together,” says Rebecca.