A Few Words Concerning the Smartest Town in the District, and Something About the Palatial Home and Grounds of B. Rosamond, Esq., II. P.
That readers at a distance may get an idea of the appearance of some of Almonte’s finest residential properties the Gazette at times prints engravings of them. If this town has made marked progress in the past ten or fifteen years in any direction over another it is in the improved class of buildings that have been erected. We have the busiest and prettiest town in the district, and the steep banks of the Mississippi, with its magnificent falls, as well as its ‘windings past the islands formed in its efforts to find a way into the Bay below, have given the town a natural system of drainage that renders it more than ordinarily healthful. For the above reasons, and others that might be mentioned—its hive of industries, its fine churches and schools and mercantile establishments, its public library, market* etc.—
Almonte is a model place for those who wish to retire from the activities of farm or business life and enjoy the advantages and conveniences of a live town. In recent years it has attracted from the fine agricultural district surrounding it not a few of those who had amassed a competence and earned retirement. These wanted comfortable homes, and created a demand for residences of the better class ; and the demand has been met. The result is that the residential part of Almonte has improved wonderfully in appearance, while our public buildings are of a strikingly substantial and handsome type— December 23, 1898-Almonte Gazette
The historic waterfront residence was built in 1890 by the Rosamond family, owners of the largest textile mill in Canada.
Probably the first place among Almonte’s points of beauty and attractiveness is “ Pinehurst,” the residence and grounds of B. Rosamond, Esq., the representative of North Lanark in the House of Commons. We give a cut of it above. This is one of the finest residences to be found between Montreal and Toronto. It is situated between the C.P.R. track and the Mississippi River in the western part of the town. The residence, built in the finest style of English domestic architecture, is about 45×45, two-and-a-half stories high, the first story being built of the beautiful Perth sandstone, trimmed with Nova Scotia red sandstone, and the upper story being of wood covered with red tiles.
It is roofed with slate. It has its own system of waterworks, water being supplied by means of a hydraulic ram. The interior is especially handsome in regard to both architecture and appointments. It is fitted up with bathrooms and every modem convenience. Numerous-outbuildings have been erected, including a fine conservatory, carriage-house, hennery, etc.
The grounds— in former times known as “ The Point ”— comprise about twenty-five or thirty acres, covered with magnificent original forest trees. It is approached from Union street by a solidly made gravel roadway, and from the Island by a similar roadway, passing, near the entrance, a stone cottage of neat design— the residence of the caretaker of the grounds. An offshoot from the Mississippi runs through the park, and one of the roads follows its banks as it winds its sinuous way to the Bay below.
A pretty waterfall half-way down (across which a rustic bridge is built) adds immensely to the beauty of the grounds. Other roads and paths run through Mr. Rosamond’s demesne, giving at every turn pretty views of the falls and river. These roads are bordered by beautiful hedges of spruce, cedar, etc., and in the summer season many rare exotics, as well as choice home-grown plants, are to be seen lining the roads or adorning the tennis court.
The tennis ground occupies the fiat part of the lawn below the sloping hill in front of the residence. Handsome flower-beds are also to be seen. Besides being a man of means, Mr. Rosamond has been endowed by nature with good taste, which he displayed in an eminent degree in laying out his grounds. No expense seems to have been spared in beautifying “ Pinehurst,” and its owner is generous in the matter of allowing locals on his property.
Tears of a Home -The Archibald The Seven-Barrelled ‘pepper box’ Revolver — Rosamond Fight — July 1875
Pinehurst Manor is in the beautiful town of Almonte, 20 minutes west of Ottawa.
The historic waterfront residence was built in 1890 by the Rosamond family, owners of the largest textile mill in Canada. The Manor has been featured in films and graced the presence of many famous Canadians including 2 Governor Generals. The 7500 Sq Ft mansion features grand rooms with original woodwork, stained glass and 10 fireplaces. Enjoy the mature trees and the incredible sound and views of 2 waterfalls!
Have you ever wanted to step into yesteryear? Guests have called Pinehurst Manor the “Downtown Abbey” of the Ottawa Valley.
The Manor is ideal for entertaining and events. The “butlers pantry” separating the dining room and kitchen is perfect for serving food for large groups. The library features a custom card table and was once the office of Bennett Rosamond who served as a Member of Parliament when Sir Wilfred Laurier was Prime Minister.
Relax in the sunroom with original stained glass and incredible views or the screened porch where you can hear the waterfalls.
Bedrooms with fireplaces and incredible detail including soaker tubs the way they were meant to be.
There are 4 large bedrooms on the second floor with 2 King and 2 Queen beds. For large groups we have additional beds as follows: Queen sofa bed in Victoria Suite. Queen bed in upper sunroom (not winter)) accessed through the Rosamond Suite and Queen sofa bed in main sunroom (not winter). For additional guests you are welcome to bring your own air mattresses and bedding. The home is very large and can accommodate
20 + Guests.
The grounds are magnificent and include the original Carriage House, Ice House and beautiful flower gardens. A large stone patio with fire pit and bbq overlook the waterfalls and river with post card pictures of 100 year old oaks and maples.
Lots of great activities. Practice you short game with a 95 yard golf hole or enjoy a game of bocce ball, basketball, badminton or try your luck at fishing. Use the binoculars and get close up views of our resident blue herons, red tail hawks and wood peckers. On hot days cool off sitting in the falls!