Cities make great sense when we have escape routes; this could be that for you in one of Canada’s premier all-seasons resorts and horse country, just 130 km outside of Toronto. Located just outside the towns of Collingwood and Thornbury, you have upscale shops, divine restaurants, and cafes within easy reach. Golf, horseback riding, and skiing are all within easy reach. Sailing, boating, swimming, and other water activities on nearby Georgian Bay. Your active lifestyle is delightfully social.
Privacy, discretion, and solitude can be had on this majestic 25 acre estate. Spend quiet evenings on the covered veranda or on one of the stone patios. Vistas for miles over the Niagara Escarpment and Georgian Bay. There are no neighbours in sight (other than birds and deer).
Approximately 6,100 sq.ft. of casually elegant space in the main residence (constructed in 2006 by Patrick B. Coulter & Associates). Colonial-style exuding sophistication and warmth. The design of the home is absolutely ingenious – open concept entertaining space, private master bedroom suite, bedrooms upstairs with an additional main floor guest room at the opposite end of the house.
Dramatic open concept great room with wood-burning stone fireplace, exposed beams, and vaulted ceiling. Everyone congregates for morning coffee and breakfast in the French-country kitchen with wide plank flooring, granite counters, and an oversized centre island breakfast bar. Formal candlelit dining is steps away in the enchanting dining room. Cognac anyone? Finish the evening in the splendid lodge-like Great Room.
The lower level is completely finished with the same spirit of gracious entertaining as the rest of the estate. Watch the latest movie in the home cinema with rich paneled walls and zebra-look broadloom. Open a bottle of wine from the 400 bottle capacity cellar. Walls of windows, and a walk-out to the covered flagstone patio, grace the games room. Call your pocket as you cue up the perfect shot as you play billiards.
From the indoor spa (with steam room) to the outdoors: professionally landscaped grounds (by De Menezes & Moore Landscape Architects), incorporating many native plants, with in-ground lagoon style pool. Sun on one of the loungers by the side of the pool and sip a drink from the enchanting stone cabana. Views over the land and onto Georgian Bay are simply incredible.
Good cheer and sublime parties are facilitated in the artisanal crafted post and beam barn (built in 2009 by Porter Skeleton & Associates). The hand hewn trusses and joinery would make the most thoroughbred of horses jealous. Your guests may never want to leave (in fact, a few can stay upstairs in one of the two guest rooms). Cozy up and mingle over a cocktail at the bar area. 100 people can be treated to a lavish candlelit sit down dinner, with the roaring fire casting a warm glow upon the room from the massive cut-stone clad fireplace. The “barn” has its own independent heating system and two full bathrooms. Caterers create a feast extraordinaire from the fully outfitted commercial kitchen. The live band plays on a platform in the background. In summer, massive sliding glass doors open to allow a gentle cross breeze to flow through and expands the entertaining area onto the landscaped terrace.
The coach house inspired triple car garage is reached via the breezeway that connects to the house. Above the garage is the brilliantly designed 845 square foot staff quarters, with their own entrance and private garden.
Every aspect of Drew Haven has been painstakingly incorporated into this genteel country estate.
Bedrooms: 5+2 Bathrooms: 9Parking: 26 places