“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 2nd and 3rd, is returning for it’s 6th consecutive year. In the past 5 years, our tour has helped raise much needed funding towards the purchase of patient care equipment. December 2nd and 3rd come enjoy the magic of Carleton Place and support The Carleton Place Hospital Foundation. Tickets go on sale October 21-
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.
Contact info – Jane Tunks 613-257-9717 and
HOUSE NUMBER 1 – 1258 7th LINE, BECKWITH
The “Auld Manse” dates back to the 1834-1839 period and welcomes visitors to one of the earliest 19th Century Beckwith brown limestone homes in the township. This Georgian cottage style home was proudly built by the Scottish congregation of the Church of the Cross Keys for the first minister and is truly a historic landmark. A festive glimpse of bygone times…a sleigh will greet you in the front of the homestead and entice you through the front entrance with its rare carved exterior fanlight.
The early 1800’s character of the Manse has been lovingly brought back and decorated with holiday touches. The surviving interior features include: a ceiling with 24 foot original wood pegged log beams, four stone arched design fireplaces, with some original accessories and interior oak shutters with folding panels for the five main windows. This lovely abode is the picture perfect backdrop for displaying this family’s many Christmas keepsakes!
HOUSE NUMBER 2 – 238 LYNDHURST STREET
These homeowners purchased and began renovating their custom side-split home only two years ago. Attracted by its Prairie School and Mid-Century design elements, plus its location opposite the Mississippi River, they embraced an opportunity to breathe new life into this unique home. The house was built in 1964, by local builders Scissons and Sneden, for one of the founders of Leigh Instruments.
Much structural work is complete with interior improvements well underway. Formerly a six bedroom home, one bedroom has been reconfigured as a dressing room for the master bedroom which includes a new ensuite. Two more bedrooms have become home offices…the remaining are guest rooms.
Several projects are scheduled for the next couple of years, including renovating the sunroom, updating the basement games room, new patios, pathways, low maintenance perennial boarders and a garden shed.
Entering this beautiful home, you are welcomed by a stunning Christmas tree in the front foyer landing, setting a festive tone for what lies ahead. Enjoy!
HOUSE NUMBER 3 – 92 MUNRO STREET
Built around 1894, this home features wide plank pine flooring, a wood stove and stained glass harkening back to when the home was owned by the Leach family. Facing northwest, the kitchen basks in the morning sunlight, allowing the garden and the rest of the home to be warmed by the afternoon sun. Since moving to Carleton Place in 2016, these homeowners have gently uncovered this special jewel, while adding a mix of antiques as well as textiles from world travels. Christmas comes alive in this lovely abode with colour schemes of blues, silvers and touches of gold, beckoning visitors to warm their hands by the wood stove and celebrate this wondrous Holiday season!
HOUSE NUMBER 4 – 136 MUNRO STREET
These fun loving homeowners recently down sized from a two acre country property to a more manageable lot. They moved into their brand new, open concept bungalow complete with finished basement, in 2014. The lady of the house is quite the avid Santa collector and will be the first to admit to perhaps having an addiction of some sort!
The homeowners Christmas decorating theme tends to gravitate towards traditional, showcasing lovingly handmade ornaments from children and grandchildren, alongside vintage ornaments from their parents. Lovers of travel, a Christmas souvenir is a must to bring home and if there happens to be a Santa on this special keepsake… It’s a true bonus. These homeowners are extremely thrilled to share their proclaimed Santa home with you for such a wonderful cause!
HOUSE NUMBER 5 – 73 BECKWITH STREET
Built in 1910, this lovely Victorian brick home is a shabby chic and Christmas lovers dream! Its brick fireplace adorned with ornate cover, was originally heated with coal. The fireplace room as it’s lovingly referred to, is the favourite room in the winter months, as the homeowners have always enjoyed the warmth of a real wood fire.
Extensive renovations have occurred since these homeowners took possession five years ago. The upstairs bathroom was renovated with the addition of a claw foot tub… hoping to have given this home what it once had, and the sink was purchased from an old farmhouse in Perth. The servants staircase was recently reopened near the kitchen which was completely reborn with the addition of new cupboards, countertop and finally a dishwasher. The chandelier in the dining room purchased from a flea market in Stittsville, has many friends all throughout this fabulous home! There are multiple Christmas trees adorned throughout, and the lady of the house works her gifted talent everywhere!
HOUSE NUMBER 6 – 337 MOFFATT STREET
This Victorian brick home was originally sold for $100.00 back in 1868 and still maintains most of its original glory with a few modern updates. The current homeowners have lived in this beautiful home for the past 20 years. They were gifted the homes historical records from Town Hall by friends when they purchased the home in 1997. At one time in history, the home was a car dealership! The homeowners have added extensive gardens in the front and backyard, which can be viewed and enjoyed from the kitchen, which was an add on several years ago. These owners are antique collectors, obvious in the decor which includes primitive antiques and original paintings.
The high ceilings of the home allow these owners to showcase many themed Christmas trees. They often have upwards of 15 trees, including a 10 footer displayed in the dining room! Simple Christmas decor, bringing back memories of what might have been enjoyed when the house was first built is how these homeowners enjoy decorating, with a few more modern surprises too! Cheers!
HOUSE NUMBER 7 – 286 OAKLAND CRESCENT, GLEN ISLE
This 80’s built Cape Cod home is in beautiful Glen Isle. The current homeowners fell in love with this beauty two years ago and have created a home filled with calming eclectic style. They welcome you to their special home with gorgeous newly installed front steps, beautiful tiled entry hall and new hardwood flooring. They have also added a welcoming brick faced bar in the family room, next to the huge kitchen complete with sitting area. The homes gorgeous designer kitchen is what originally captured their hearts. The lady of the house is a gifted designer and you will find various nods to the husband’s birthplace, including a Scottish Santa bought on a trip to Glen Coe along with a kilted nutcracker. Christmas is the time to add these treasures and much more to the prints, pillows and little reminders of the U.K., where the couple met. Most importantly, this home is a comfortable and welcoming place for children, grandchildren, (their parents on occasion too! )…extended family and friends. Whether it’s time on the back patio, Christmas dinner, or the annual Burns Night Celebration, this home can lovingly accommodate all!
124 Wilson Street, Appleton
Situated on two acres, overlooking the Mississippi River, this beautiful stone mansion is one of three, built in Appleton by the Teskey brothers in the mid 1800’s. Wealthy industrialists, they hired the best stone craftsmen to build their elegant homes, featuring spacious high ceiling living areas, servants quarters and carriage houses. This amazing home has five fireplaces, five staircases, bake oven and many more features. The bedrooms have been reduced from eight to five over the years and the carriage house was converted to a gym/games room wing.
There is also a separate two story barn/garage building beside the home. The current residents, believe it or not, are only the 3rd owners to date, purchasing the home from the Collie family in 1993.
Christmastime officially welcomed these homeowners in a wonderful way! The front doorbell rang, mom answering the door with her three small boys in tow…big eyed fascination, at the straw filled wagon drawn by a team of Clydesdales. With the Mississippi River as a backdrop, twenty plus voices started carolling. They stood in wonder with huge snowflakes falling…a Norman Rockwell moment, if ever there was one!!!
Waterside Retirement Community is one of our two bonus locations on The Christmas in Carleton Place House Tour!
Restroom Stop– PLUS Complimentary Christmas Treats!!
7 Decorated Christmas Trees!!!
Check out Sunday’s special
SUNDAY December 3rd ONLY–you can do a little bit of Christmas shopping, thanks to the Carleton Place Hospital Gift Shoppe, operated by the Women’s Auxiliary. They will be showcasing and sampling of their beautiful Christmas decor for sale at 238 Lyndhurst only!
All proceeds from this sale, as well as the Christmas in Carleton Place House Tour, will be going towards the purchase of much needed patient care equipment for the Carleton Place and District Memorial Hospital!
Cheers, and enjoy the tour! #supportlocal
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