Only 80 minutes east of Toronto, Baltimore is the oldest village in Hamilton Township, located just minutes north of the picturesque, lakeside town of Cobourg.
Dating back to circa 1859, with walls meticulously crafted from limestone and granite collected from the adjacent hills, the 'Robert Johnston' house was sympathetically modernized in 2005 by the current owners and aptly renamed 'Belle Lea Acres'. The integrity of the time period was intentionally maintained while harmonizing contemporary finishings to maximize leisure, comfort and livability. Period architectural details remain beautifully preserved, offering 3,256 square feet of impeccable style and irreplaceable character.
The front door opens into a sunlit, grand foyer and leads into a custom, contemporary kitchen featuring a kitchen island, breakfast room, three-piece bathroom and open-concept den. Enduring features such as the oversized, gently angled window jambs are gentle reflections of the Celtic influence of times past. The open kitchen flows into the grand, sun-kissed pavilion that highlights an open-concept living room, family room and dining room. The family room and living room's notable focal points are the original, natural stone on the interior walls and fireplace while the dining room offers extraordinary south views over the pond and rolling hills. Reclaimed, wide-plank pine floors adorn the pavilion while two walk-outs open onto private, outdoor spaces that have been designed to complement the architecture and picturesque views. A spacious laundry room, doggie bath and private master suite with sumptuous ensuite bath, sitting room, cathedral ceiling and two walk-outs complete the main level.
Upstairs, two generous bedrooms share a charming, four-piece bath. The unfinished lower level is ideal for seasonal storage.
Some of the highlights of this home include 146.20 private acres, natural gas heating (main house and pavilion), central vacuum, radiant heat (master bedroom), 3 full bathrooms, pond, stream, gazebo, forest trails, mature gardens and trees, farmable acreage (not currently farmed), drive shed, garden shed, tool shed. Lake Ontario/sunrise views from hilltop. Easy access to highway 401 and VIA Rail train station.
For those who covet complete privacy and timeless sophistication, Belle Lea Acres offers exceptional character and design that leaves a lasting imprint on the legacy of our past while respectfully creating a blueprint for an extraordinary country living experience for generations to follow.
Cobourg is an area rich in history. Visitors and local area residents crowd the area businesses, beautiful waterfront, marinas and seasonal festivals, especially in the warmer months. Its historical main street is lined with eateries, boutiques, and cafés in turn-of-the-century commercial properties. The locals take great pride in maintaining and protecting its charming small town vibe. 'Belle Lea Acres' is conveniently located near all the charms of nearby Cobourg. Trinity College School - 7 km. drive.
The property has a hydro easement and two pipeline easements.