I’m so pleased to share this historic St Andrews home with you. Paul, Nancy and their daughter Ella were gracious enough to allow me to spend a couple of hours photographing their summer house.
The home was designed by famed architect, Edward Maxwell who also designed the McAdam Train Station, Sir William Van Horne’s summer house on Ministers Island and many more impressive structures. It was constructed in 1901 and maintains many of it’s original features.
This old photo hangs in the upstairs hallway. The landscape of St Andrews certainly has changed since it was built with homes and trees now surrounding the house. You can see the original Algonquin Hotel in the background.
The home has been restored with modern conveniences while maintaining all of it’s historic charm.
The back door leads into a practical mud room with lots of room to kick off your boots and you can have a seat on this locally crafted twig bench while you’re doing just that. I love the painted wood floors in sea blue.
The kitchen is bright with light flooding in through the french doors that lead to the side porch.
Bright and pretty in blue and white!
The house boasts two living rooms on either side of the front door.
An antique bucket from The St Andrews Dairy houses kindling next to the fireplace.
I love the juxtaposition of the industrial cart coffee table with the sparkling chandelier in the other living room. Lots of space to entertain!
Now moving upstairs, and what a set of stairs they are!! Spectacular!
The five bedrooms are set under the gambrel eaves with oval dormers adding incredible architectural interest.
Now this has got to be my favourite spot in the house!
That tub! That window! Sigh…..
Look who is up from her nap. Hello, Ella!
One of the upstairs bathrooms looks out onto the side lawn.
The covered porch on the side of the house is a perfect place to sit, relax and enjoy the sea air.
My lovely hosts! Thank you, Nancy, Paul and Ella for having me and for sharing your gorgeous home with all of us.
PS. Anyone would love to spend a week or two in this beautiful home. And you can! It’s available as a vacation rental. Follow this link for more information or go to www.townsearch.com.