Christmas in Carleton Place House Tour 2019

Christmas in Carleton Place House Tour 2019

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Christmas in Carleton Place House Tour 2019

Stay tuned to see a new house every day. Tickets on sale October 30th.. It’s on!!
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, is returning for it’s 8th consecutive year. In the past 8 years, our tour has helped raise much needed funding towards the purchase of patient care equipment. December 7th and 8th come enjoy the magic of Carleton Place and support The Carleton Place Hospital Foundation.
-Contact info – Jane Tunks 613-257-9717 and

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5870 Roger Stevens Drive- House Number 1

This stop may seem a little far, but it’s definitely worth the trip!

Directions from CP – Hwy. 15 to Smiths Falls, L on McLaughlin, R on Rosedale, L on Roger Stevens Dr., to 5870, approx. 23 min.

From Perth – Hwy. 43 to Smiths Falls, to Roger Stevens Dr.(Hwy. 4), approx. 10 min.

From Ottawa – 416 South to Roger Stevens Dr., follow to 5870 Roger Stevens Dr., approx. 20 min.

Built nearly a century ago by the Douglas family, this gorgeous farmhouse has undergone quite the transformation.  It originally sat approximately 1 kilometre south of its current location. During the winter months in the 1940’s, with the use of sleighs and horses, this old girl was moved by the Douglas family to where she stands today.  The current homeowners purchased this home in 1990 from the Douglas family descendants. They immediately began refurbishing the old structure, adding an addition complimenting the existing architectural design. The front living room was previously the sitting room plus kitchen.  The new kitchen was relocated to where the old summer kitchen sat and in 2013, a huge western facing sunroom complete with fireplace was built to showcase the amazing sunsets.

The lady of the house begins decorating for Christmas in the middle of November.  Deep window sills are adorned with themed vignettes. The huge natural tree in the sunroom is quite the showstopper!  Several smaller trees throughout the home along with sentimental decor, tells the story that Christmas for this family is truly a special time of year!



316 Justin Drive, Carleton Place – House Number 2

This beautiful home was built by Grizzly Homes 6 years ago and when it became available on the market, the current homeowners snatched it up in a heartbeat.  It was love at first site!  The 1,800 square foot open concept bungalow, plus duplicate square footage walkout basement, is truly an entertainers dream.  With five bedrooms and three bathrooms, this large family home is the perfect spot for hosting family and friends.  Since moving into their new home in July of 2018, these homeowners have really enjoyed their peaceful rural setting, especially the numerous campfires throughout all four seasons.  The beautifully treed backyard hosts an abundance of wildlife and the fresh fallen snow announces the arrival of visitors, like blue jays, the classic Christmas red cardinal and a large flock of 13 wild turkeys!

Christmas traditions include listening to copious amounts of Christmas music, watching family favourite Holiday movies, cosy evenings by the fire or campfire with hot chocolate, and board game or card nights.  The living room proudly displays a natural tree with coloured lights, sentimental hand me down ornaments from Mum, handmade ornaments from the boys and traditional treasures!  There is also a large faux tree in the basement plus many seasonal and whimsical touches throughout this family home.  Enjoy!



27 Allan Street, Carleton Place – House Number 3

Sitting on almost an acre in town fronting on the beautiful Mississippi River, you will find this gorgeous 3,500 square foot home.  Built in 1917, this older Victorian has been completely renovated into a modern home while still retaining many of its original characteristics.  The old lath and plaster walls and decorated plaster ceilings remain, as do the original hardwood floors and doors including the hardware.  Although some old exterior brick is exposed on the inside, the exterior of the home plus interior fireplace have been modernized.  An old feel to the home still remains with its dormer window style and welcoming front porch.  There was an addition to the back of the home in 1980 and recently the addition of an in ground pool with interlock.  The boathouse at the waters edge has also been fully finished.  Previously owned by the Town’s Fire chief, along with the home next door,  both homes were linked by cement paths for close family ties.

Christmas for this young energetic family, is celebrated in a big fashion beginning right after Halloween.  The three young children can’t wait to be part of this adventure each year.  The outside of the home gets the full attention of passers by with its many whimsical blow ups and twinkly lights.  Several faux trees are showcased inside this lovely home, however for this family, nothing quite says Christmas like the smell of a freshly cut real tree!

Did you know??? Did you know?  Deb Bigras said– This location was the home to a bottle factory at one time. We pulled many an old bottle from the river over the years. There was a large old mill stone that stuck out of the ground behind the house to show its history as well. The house was originally owned/built by Mort and Isabel Rogers from Perth.They built the grey bungalow for his aunt when she returned from New York City and looked after her in her retirement. My parents, Ken and Helen Drummond, were the next owners the grey bungalow and then this house as well. The two houses were always tied together and looked after as one property. This house had many extra features unusual for its time. For example : a cedar storage room for clothes and furs, a dumb waiter between the kitchen and a cold storage room, a laundry chute to a basement laundry area. Many wonderful family memories were made in this house!–Check out our new home every day on our Facebook page–



310 High Street, Carleton Place – House Number 4

This beautiful stone home, nicknamed the “Scottish Mansion” was built by Charles Bates, a local textile manufacturer one century ago this year!  The home took an estimated four years to build and has had approximately 8 owners over its lifetime.  This old girl sat vacant for upwards of 5 years, almost becoming a tear down until the current owners drove by in early 2010 and fell in love with her.  They purchased their dream home with a vision and have been renovating ever since.  Although there are still only minor renovations taking place, this gorgeous stone mansion has been completely renovated from top to bottom, inside and out.  The current homeowners have lovingly restored as much of the original woodwork and character as possible while keeping an inviting and warm homey feel.  In one word, this home is simply Amazing!

Since moving into their home, the owners have enjoyed decorating for all of the Holidays, Christmas being the most favourite.  Every part of this lovely abode gets kissed with Christmas Cheer!  The entire three story home is decorated from top to bottom…. even the laundry room!  Multiple Christmas trees and an abundance of seasonal decor ranging from modern to antique, adorn this home for the Holidays, making it a must see for Christmas lovers alike!


242 High Street, Carleton Place – House Number 5

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This beautiful red brick Victorian on High Street was built in 1892.  There is a direct connection to the Findlay Family and their foundry, which was established in Carleton Place in 1860.  In recent years it also operated as a Bed and Breakfast.

This home features a number of traditionally decorated rooms with original ceiling roses, double height baseboards and high ceilings.  The front lounge features a large natural wood burning fireplace and supper large sofas to snuggle into.  The traditional style continues into the dining room, in which a collection of Royal Worcester porcelain will be on display.  You are then welcomed into the farm style kitchen with its very own snug overlooking the forest to the rear.  The snug also provides access to the indoor pool and sauna.  A switch to modern style, showcasing beautiful barn doors, welcomes you to the utility area and huge rear family room.

This gorgeous home was purchased in 2018 by a British couple as is evident by British memorabilia throughout the home plus various presentations honouring British Military Service from multiple generations of their family.

The feeling of Christmas at 242 High Street is in the air, with several trees and special treasures, but most of all the enjoyment revolves around the roaring fire in the lounge with the cherished company of family and friends!



91 High Street, Carleton Place – House Number 6

The current homeowners purchased their newly renovated home in November 2017.  It may look like a new build, but it was actually built in 1910.  The home was previously a much smaller chopped up duplex which was completely renovated from top to bottom.  A large addition was added onto the back of the home allowing for an absolutely gorgeous kitchen, dining and play area on the ground floor thus enlarging the second floor to accommodate huge bedrooms and bathrooms!  The gorgeous kitchen and expansive open concept is what sold the current homeowners!  The home boasts many large windows and tons of space for entertaining family and friends.  The view of Town Hall and the Mississippi River from the second story windows is wonderful.  Being originally from Nova Scotia, there is a beachy coastal influence throughout this lovely home!

These homeowners grew up with many family Christmas traditions which they continue to share with their young children today.  Yummy cookies, themed Christmas dinners such as Hawaiian, Ugly Christmas Sweater and an East Coast Christmas with a Jigg’s Dinner! This traditionally Newfoundland dinner consists of boiled vegetables, salt beef and a turkey!
They love to decorate for Christmas, displaying multiple themed trees; including a peacock inspired tree, a vintage tree with ornaments from the 40’s and 50’s, woodland decor and many reindeer.  Look for an iconic piece of Carleton Place Christmas history, on loan for the tour…..the 40 years plus, Barker Funeral Home reindeer, pulling Santa in his sleigh!



104 Old Mill Lane, Appleton – House Number 7

In the 1800’s, The Teskey Family immigrated from Ireland & settled along the banks of the Mississippi River.  They were entrepreneurs with a vision.  They built a town starting with a Saw Mill, then a Gris Mill for processing flour.  However, it was their Woollen Mill, the ruins of which can still be seen today, that helped create the Town of
Teskeyville, a bustling village with 2 general stores, a blacksmith shop, several mills and many homes along the Mississippi River.  The Woollen Mill continued operating for the next 100 years.

In 1842, the Teskey family built this stately limestone manor (1 of 3) with 4 fireplaces, a full 75 years before electricity revolutionized households.  Fast forward 177 years, add indoor plumbing, heat and electricity and no one roughs it here anymore.  Today, Teskeyville is now the village of Appleton and the 1842 limestone manor is now “The Old MIll Manor”, a five bedroom vacation rental catering High Tea lunches, Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners.  Since 2015, they’ve proudly hosted over 4,000 guests worldwide, from Dubai, Germany, France, Japan, the U.S. and all over Canada.

“The Old Mill Manor” welcomes you to join them for a Charles Dickens inspired Christmas!



169 Hillcrest Drive, Appleton – House Number 8

This stunning home in Appleton, is situated on the beautiful Mississippi River overlooking Appleton Bay.  Purchased by the current homeowners in September 2015, this mid 1980’s home has received a complete modern day transformation.  Upon entering this beautifully reimagined home, you will be greeted with water views, glass railings and the living rooms two story stone fireplace.  The oak flooring and bannisters have been sanded and re stained adopting a more contemporary flair.  The kitchen was completely renovated, amalgamating the four season sunroom.  The basement was finished and the main floor master bath has just been transformed into quite the show stopper!  A gorgeous tree trunk coffee table commands attention in the sunken living room along with the beautiful fireplace and the two story windows flooding the home with natural light.  Every room in this updated home embraces the waterfront!  Retaining most of the original trees, the outside of the home has gained the addition of a swimming pool, new deck/patio and hot tub.

The lady of the house inherited her love of Christmas from her mother and she proudly displays her own handmade wreath on the front door.  Czech heritage also plays a big part in family traditions.  Blue and white glass ornaments from Grandma and Grandpa are showcased on the white tree in the breakfast nook.  The tall natural tree in the living room is lovingly referred to as “school age chic…mostly adorned by handmade masterpieces from their young children.  You will find beautiful garlands, a Victorian village, more trees and touches of Christmas top to bottom in this lovely abode.



HOUSE 9—623 CARL LEE AVENUE Mississippi Mills, Ontario K0A1A0 




The “Christmas in Carleton Place House Tour” is pleased to announce that this BONUS HOUSE is also open for tour goers during the entire duration of this year’s House Tour! Although this BONUS HOUSE is not on the tour ticket, tour goers will revive an information sheet at each and every home on this year’s Tour! Enjoy!!!


Located on just over one acre of land in the peaceful neighbourhood of Monroe Meadows, you will find this gorgeous seven thousand square foot, three level family home. Originally designed locally by Davies Design Limited of Carleton Place, this custom home was built for the Bolton family in 2009. 


The current homeowners have very much enjoyed living here for the past two years. They fell in love with the location, the homes 16’ high ceiling in the living room which includes a stone fireplace surrounded by palladium windows, the gorgeous kitchen, the five bedrooms and four baths….but the icing on the cake was the radiant in floor heating!


This home is truly an example of high tech luxury living at its best! Control 4, are the electronic brains of this home and uses smart phone technology to control the doors, lights, furnace, camera’s, music, plus monitor the sump pump levels at all time.


Being a military family for the past 35 years, has caused this family to move numerous times. These multiple moves have resulted in family members being spread out all over Canada, making Christmas such an important time to gather and reconnect with family and friends. 


When these homeowners were young and had limited funds, they learned to make Christmas special. Handcrafting gifts for one another, still holds more meaning to them today. Because of the frequent relocations, extended family weren’t always around,

especially during Christmastime. Each year, the five children would create a special new Christmas tree ornament to proudly display on the tree. This became their family tradition. 


Today, their most special tree, is the one holding all of these lovingly handmade treasures. Each and every wonderful creation holds a memory of being together and the history of what

happened that year. You will notice many older and treasured decorations throughout this lovely abode that have also lasted throughout the years. These homeowners wish you and yours a very “Merry Christmas”!







Welcome to Rock-N-Horse Farm!


1267 Rae Road
Almonte, Ontario, Canada
K0A 1A0

This 230 acre farmland and pasture was purchased in 1922 and is currently owned and farmed by the family’s fourth generation. In 2014, the old shop was converted into the current store which showcases the original beams and some antiques. 80 acres of maple bush produces maple syrup in a wood fired evaporator and is available for sale in the Store. Visitors can check out the animals in the barn and do a little Christmas shopping at the craft market in the new Tool Shop. There will be crafts such as needle work, felted mitts, ceramics, art, woodworking, body care products, jams, jellies, ferments, and a bake sale. You can also sit down for a quick bite while enjoying some Christmas music.
***Please note that the farm will be open for visitors during the Christmas in Carleton Place House Tour on Saturday, December the 7th from 3:00 pm to 9:00 pm and on Sunday, December the 8th from the hours of 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm. *


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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.

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