This very well may be our best selection of homes and gardens yet! But don't just take our word for it, see for yourself. Here is a preview of what you can expect to see at the 2015 Port Perry Town & Country House Tour!
Tour Stop # 1: Be inspired by an outstanding garden that includes approximately 750 varieties of hostas. In the summer of 1988, the owners moved to this 1-acre property which featured only a pond and bulrushes. So much has changed!
Tour Stop # 4:Be prepared for a “walk through time.” It is truly a privilege to share the history and elegance of this magnificent home, which has some of the best-preserved examples of domestic Italianate Architecture in Ontario. The stately grandeur reflects the pride and achievements of its original owners, Joseph and Elizabeth (Paxton) Bigelow, who built the home in 1876-77.
Tour Stop # 7:Entering this stately renovated home from the back yard you will enjoy the full impact of the peace and tranquility of the gardens. Sit for a minute on the back porch and admire the current owners' transformations that make you feel as if you are in the country. The variety of trees is outstanding. Built in 1890, this home was originally known as the Ingram House. The current owners have lived here just a year and simply love life in Port Perry.
Tour Stop # 2: Built in 1900, many of us have driven by this home and wondered what it is like inside. Now is your chance! In the entry, a grand piano and a brass chandelier set the tone, carefully mixing old with new. The laundry room, with its original windows and travertine floor, leads out onto a peaceful deck overlooking the backyard.
Tour Stop # 5:Old meets new in this wonderful home. The owner has renovated this beauty with vision and historic appreciation. The basement has been lowered, interior walls removed, the central hall staircase beautifully rebuilt, and a fabulous 2-storey addition built at the back. The results are handsome, tasteful and stunning!
Tour Stop # 8: This garden is a labour of love and a beautiful backdrop for the designs and sculptures created by the owner. As you walk through the garden, you can enjoy beds of hostas and hydrangea mixing with climbing clematis and other perennials. Enjoy the beautiful vistas created by the carefully placed trees. As you move past the vegetable garden and the more formal back yard, you may hear chickens or peacocks!
Tour Stop # 3: This attractive house was built between 1873-84. The kitchen with its original pine floors is a natural blend of old and new. It features all the modern conveniences, while maintaining the integrity of this century home. Don't miss the unique woodwork on the handrail of the staircase. The recent addition of original reclaimed wood in the living room adds a wonderful sense of history while the medallions create a sense of majesty.
Tour Stop # 6:The renovated kitchen retains its heritage flavour with its unique floor made from recycled planks from the original CN building in Toronto. The former servants' staircase off the kitchen leads to the master bedroom with attached bath. One of the bedrooms has been turned into a dressing room with a wall of closets.
Tour Stop # 9:This red brick church with the bell tower was built as a Methodist church in 1886. At the time of Union of the Presbyterian and Methodist churches in 1925, it became the Port Perry United Church. The upper level of the church is the sanctuary with stained glass windows, a balcony and choir loft. The pews, balcony and wood trim in the narthex and stairways are all original. Join us at The House Tour Café in the auditorium for home-made baked goods and refreshments served throughout the day.