I Will Be Home for the — Carleton Place Hospital Foundation Christmas House Tour



Every year, generous homeowners from the Carleton Place area loan their houses to benefit The Carleton Place Hospital Foundation. Home owners transform their homes to showcase stunning holiday décor and entertainment ideas. This year is no exception, and this wonderful event, December 5th and 6th, is returning for it’s fourth consecutive year. In the past three years, our tour has helped raise much needed funding towards the purchase of patient care equipment.  

Each home is decorated for the Christmas season offering visitors an opportunity to soak up the holiday vibe and be inspired to decorate their own homes for the festive season. With the assistance of local florists: The Floral Boutique, The Blossom Shop and Petals and Paint Florist and Home Decor, the homes will be decked out with festive trims and greenery to delight the eye and stimulate the senses.

Eight beautiful homes will grace this year’s tour, to inspire your inner decorator. Christmas is all about families and delicious cookies and hot apple cider will be served in each home. The tour will present an interesting mix of historical, waterfront and architecturally unique homes. 

*The Fallowfield Road home in Ashton is a six acre property that came back from the ashes of a devastating fire.  It took hands to build a house and hearts to build this open concept home which allows for large gatherings and friends to visit. Your Christmas ornaments become history and theirs miraculously survived the fire. The children’s handmade decorations became their best presents, so come visit the presence of their happy family all wrapped around the boughs of their Christmas tree.

*The house on Hillcrest Drive in Appleton was discovered by the owners on an Almonte house tour in 1984. The basic design of the home was crafted by the owners themselves and built by Almonte builder David Barr. Family makes this house a home, and so does the view of the wonderful sunsets from their windows. Christmas is a time that holds all time together. Come hear about their Christmas traditions with their immediate and their extended UK family in the house that sits by the Appleton Bay.

*Concert gatherings and dinner parties are abound in this Wilson Street home that was built in 1972 in Appleton. The open concept house was renovated by award winning designer Beaulieu Design.  Home is where the story begins, and come see the fawn, flora and nature that can be seen through their large picturesque windows. Joy to the world says the story of their eclectic decor found from their travels to Italy and Bali, so don’t miss this lovely home all decked out for the holidays.

*It is peripheral to that which we find important about history, especially in architecture and Elliot House on Bell Street is no exception. The Gothic revival architecture styled home is rumoured to have been built for William Stephenson, a Road Master, who worked for the Canada Central Railway. Old places have soul, so come enjoy the results of their 5 year renovation project. A wonderful dining room that spreads into the living room to host their Christmas feasts is a must to see. Get the feeling you get on Christmas Eve when you view their extensive vintage glass ornaments.

*Happiness grows at our own firesides like this home built in 1890 on Emily Street. Renovated with family and friends in the mid 1990s, it is very obvious they had a dream. The home owner’s attention to detail and thoughtful touches are apparent throughout each room in this house. There will be ‘before pictures’ in many rooms, and feel the warmth of the lovely sun room and renovated kitchen with handcrafting cabinetry, tin ceiling and fossil backsplash decked out in Holiday cheer.

*Experience the “love at first sight” house on Lake Park Road perched atop a small incline. Their windows might change your thoughts and change your world after you hear the tales of bird sightings and wildlife that have been seen through the windows. Decor is eclectic, traditional and new, but this home is where life begins and love never ends, and it’s all about family for the holidays.

*A house is not just an important thing – it’s everything, and this log home on Lake Park Road was built in Quebec in 1818 and moved to its present site in 1989. With visions of Currier and Ives, Christmas means decorating their cabin with natural tree pine and spruce boughs. Even the log stove will be crackling while stockings will be hung. Laughter is timeless, imagination has no age, and dreams are forever in the warmth of this wonderful cabin.

*You cannot attend this Holiday house tour without visiting the “Christmas House” on Nelson Street. The Tunk’s home is a complete Yule season wrapped into a package of rooms, consisting of 26 themes and decorated trees. Over 650 ornaments and a spruce named Bruce brings family and friends into a world of togetherness.  Jane Tunks begins decorating right after Halloween, and has1,000s of ornaments (all of which have special meaning), garland and more. If ornaments were snowflakes, Jane would have a blizzard going on in her home. Come experience her wonderful storm of Christmas.

Details- Details- Details

There are great prizes to be won and tickets are available November the 1st at a cost of only $25.00 each. Ticket locations are listed on our facebook page. As in previous years, the tour runs the first weekend of December, which this year falls on Saturday, December the 5th from – 4:30 pm to 9:30 pm and on Sunday, December the 6th from – 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Our tour is also unique in offering an evening tour. There is something to be said about the twinkling of lights on a winter’s eve to put one into the magical spirit of the holidays!

Spread the word that we have the best Christmas house tour out there!

Contact Info: Jane Tunks  at 613-257-9717  or  email:  christmasincarletonplace@gmail.ca 

Facebook page- Carletonplace Christmashousetour


About lindaseccaspina

Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

2 responses »

  1. Linda, my dear friend, you have an amazingly gifted talent to take ordinary everyday words, assemble and mesh them together and create magic! You rock! Hugs, Jane


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