In an English gar­den

Tar­row House ex­udes the air of a Euro­pean manor

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - HOMES - By Todd Lewys

AS usual — this is Man­i­toba, af­ter all — the wind is blow­ing briskly (and thank­fully) from a southerly di­rec­tion. Al­though the wind speed is a bit high for most peo­ple’s lik­ing, it’s only a mi­nor ir­ri­tant.

That’s be­cause as you stand on a three-tiered brick pa­tio sur­vey­ing the trees and gen­tly rolling ter­rain that runs down to the Red River — with wind chimes hum­ming a gen­tle, hyp­notic tune that some­how salves the soul — you feel as if you’ve hap­pened upon a piece of park­land par­adise.

In ac­tu­al­ity, says Sut­ton Group Kilkenny Real Es­tate’s Greg Michie, you’ve hap­pened upon an English coun­try manor on the prairie.

“From the moment you en­ter the gated, pri­vate drive­way, you feel like you’ve been trans­ported to an el­e­gant English coun­try manor,” he says. “Sit­u­ated on five acres of land that sur­rounds you with colour­ful gar­dens, ma­jes­tic trees and man­i­cured lawns — with the his­toric Red River as the back­drop — you’re in a gor­geous world of your own.”

At 4,654 square feet, 245 River Rd. (or Tar­row House) re­quires a huge par­cel of land to house its lat­er­al­ly­dis­persed frame. With its tex­tured ex­te­rior and cedar shake roof, it truly looks the part of an English manor.

The same can also be said for its in­te­rior. En­trance to the sprawl­ing abode is gained by set­ting foot in a grand foyer with blue gran­ite floor­ing. Di­rectly across is a wall of lat­ticed win­dows (fan­ning out to both the left and right) that pro­vides a panoramic view of the three-tiered pa­tio out back — and, of course, ma­jes­tic river views.

Once you man­age to tear your­self away from the en­chant­ing view, the next thing you no­tice is the oak­beamed ceil­ing, which matches the oak win­dow trim (and stair­case to the left). Other fea­tures like solid oak, raised panel doors and oak hard­woods also grab your at­ten­tion. As spec­tacu- lar as the out­door set­ting is, the indoor set­ting isn’t far be­hind (if at all).

“No ex­pense was spared — the Euro­pean-in­spired crafts­man­ship in this home is sim­ply in­cred­i­ble,” Michie says. “Take the din­ing room, for ex­am­ple — it’s sim­ply el­e­gant with its burled pecan wain­scot­ting on the walls, to the oak crown mold­ing and oak-trimmed medal­lion ceil­ing with clas­sic crys­tal chan­de­lier. The great room, liv­ing room and mas­ter bed­room also have the same medal­lion ceil­ings.”

Per­haps the most strik­ing fea­ture of the home — amaz­ing fin­ish­ing ma­te­ri­als aside — is the amount of glass that’s present, from the ex­tended foyer through lit­er­ally ev­ery other room, both on the main and up­per level. Michie says there’s no bet­ter place to en­joy the set­ting from than the main floor sun­room.

“The views from there are just fab­u­lous,” he says. “It’s not only huge, but it’s nicely fin­ished with wall-towall car­pet­ing and wood-pan­eled walls. It also pro­vides ac­cess to the back pa­tio. There’s also a break­fast nook through an arched french door be­side an­other pair of large win­dows. You’ve not only got an­other great view, but touches like a built-in cher­ry­wood cabi­net that add even more warmth to the at­mos­phere.”

While the home’s in­te­rior warmth com­ple­ments the out­door set­ting, there’s also no short­age of lux­ury. A prime ex­am­ple of that is the mas­ter suite (found on the main floor), says Michie.

“It’s larger than the norm with oak hard­wood floor­ing, a walk-in closet as well as a sec­ond dou­ble closet, or­nate crown mould­ing and large bow win­dow with built-in win­dow seat. The ceil­ing of­fers pot lights, as well as an el­e­gant ceil­ing medal­lion and chan­de­lier and built-in sound sys­tem.” Next is a re­cently ren­o­vated en­suite. “Re­done this year, it fea­tures heated ce­ramic tile floor­ing, a ce­ramic tile steam shower with tem­pered glass door and sunken whirlpool bath set in tan ce­ramic tile be­side an opaque, three-piece bay win­dow,” he says. “Dec­o­ra­tive ‘day­light’ flu­o­res­cent light ceil­ing pan­els, maple van­ity with gran­ite counter top and ce­ramic fea­ture wall add to the other fea­tures to give it a re­lax­ing, spa-like feel.”

Two no­table fea­tures await up­stairs, adds Michie.

“First, one of the bed­rooms pro­vides ac­cess to a large bal­cony — a great spot to have morn­ing cof­fee. Then, there’s a bed­room with a rear wall of six ver­ti­cal win­dows that’s presently be­ing used as an art stu­dio. Those are two unique — and en­joy­able fea­tures. The home also comes with four fire­places and is filled from top to bot­tom with gor­geous wood­work.”

With a 2,000-sq.-ft. walk-out base-


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