Cambridge Century stone home
- 5 Bedrooms
- 2 Bathrooms
- 1 Half
About This Property
A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. This century stone home, and the 23 acres that accompany it, are on the market for the first time in over 40 years. Long admired by all who travel along picturesque West River Road, the home was built in 1850 by the McPhail family, who owned the original farm for over 100 years. Known as 'Mountainview', the home is at the top of the Grand River embankment, with views east & private trails that will delight all year. This year, a pair of eagles have nested down below, and can be seen flying along the river. Deer can often be seen among the trees. Nature at its best.
There is just over 4000 square feet of gracious living on the main two levels of the home. With 10 1/2 foot high ceilings, the formal rooms are sure to impress. Note the trim details on the windows. Every window has a view! The rooms are all spacious, even the bedrooms. There are three wood-burning fireplaces : in the living room, the family room and the master bedroom. Carefully designed and built at a time when catching breezes and the sun light was crucial, air conditioning was installed only recently. All day long, the home captures the sunlight beautifully through the original double-hung windows. The kitchen is truly the heart of the home here. Functional and practical, the charm of this kitchen is in the fact that the cabinets were custom-made from wood taken from the original barn.
In what was the original servants' quarters, there is now a small family room with a super efficient wood fireplace with its beautiful brick surround and mantel. The new sunroom is reached from here. Added in 1987, the sunroom overlooks both the riverbank and the swimming pool area. This is the current homeowner's favourite spot - for casual dining, for working at the window, for watching television or for the hot tub. Views in all directions. Completing this area, you find the powder room / laundry room (combined) in behind the fireplace, as well as the secondary staircase (to the master bedroom).
Upstairs there are 5 big bedrooms, all with larger than expected closets. The master bedroom is particularly large. Bright and sunny in the morning, you can also imagine getting cozy in the winter evenings up here with a fire blazing in the fireplace. The master ensuite is a bonus for this vintage of home . The 4 piece family bathroom is a good size. There is both a formal staircase with wood bannister and railings, as well as the less formal back stairway that was used by the servants in yesteryear.
There is 1800 square feet in the basement. A large recreation room was used by the family as a games room - the pool table will remain with the home. The stone foundation has been carefully sealed here, and carpet was laid. In addition, there is a great deal of storage, as well as a large utility area.
This landmark home is distinguished by the limestone used (quarried in Guelph), & the skillful masonry. It is evident that the stonemasons employed to build the McPhail home knew their craft. Note the careful assembly of similar-sized and coloured stone used on the front facade. Careful attention to detail is displayed in the window & door stone trim, and on the chimneys. As the mason worked towards the rear of the house, the stonework changes with smaller stones used in unique ways. Through the years, the current homeowners have lovingly maintained the exterior, including recent repointing on the chimneys. The walls are almost 24" thick.
The swimming pool (chlorine) was installed in 1985 and was professionally landscaped with perennial gardens & limestone boulders. There are spa steps and a small diving board & the pool has been updated and maintained well.
Finally, the barn was rebuilt from the original in 1975. The original wood beams are still evident. Two cars can park easily, there is lots of storage on the second level & there is a separate horse stall. In fact, the adjacent fenced paddock could be suitable for a horse or other livestock.
- 3+ Fireplaces
- Air Conditioning
- Basement - Finished
- Central Air
- Country Living
- Ensuite Bathroom
- Farm / Ranch / Plantation
- Horse Facilities
- Outdoor Living
- Outdoor Pool
- River View
- Security System
- Spa/Hot Tub
- Storm Window
- 4,025 ft2 / 373.92 m2 - Living space
- 23.00 acres / 93,075.96 m2 - Lot size
- Year Built 1850
- 168 years Approximate Age
- 10 Parking Spaces
- $3,830 Taxes Municipal 2016
The current barn was rebuilt in 1975, using the wood and the beams from the original barn. Just last year, a French Drain was added at the garage door to improve better drainage & ensure better weather protection on the interior. There is a tremendous amount of storage space on the second level. There is a garage door opener, and two cars can park inside. The family had a horse for many years, and the horse stall is still there if a new owner wishes a horse, or other small livestock (pending zoning regulations). The adjacent paddock (field) is fenced.
There are floor plans, as well as a full list of the details of the home.