Our Historic Home, constructed in 1895, is an impressive 9,100 sq.ft. estate consisting out of 4 storeys; ground floor, 2nd and 3rd floors, an attic, and basement. It is still well remembered due to the fact that it was constructed by Thomas 'Carbide' Willson (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Willson). He was a prominent Canadian engineer, chemist and entrepreneur. He spared no expense when building his “castle”. It was a gift to his mother and was designed by a New York architect and cost $90,000 to build.
The home is described as Queen Anne Revival style with a circular tower, rare red slate roof, balconies, and soaring chimneys. The elegant exterior is of ruby volcanic-stone imported from Scotland. A grand curving verandah wraps around the front of the home. The interior of the estate is breathtaking. It is easy to be absorbed and charmed by the impressive ambiance of the palatial estate, which has become an international landmark. Enjoy the high ceilings, detailed woodwork and crown mouldings throughout the home. Antique furnishings and art can be seen throughout the home. The main floor consists of a welcoming grand foyer (185 sq.ft.) adorned in golden oak paneling opening to a sweeping staircase, a large gourmet kitchen with built in appliances (300 sq.ft.), the formal grand dining/drawing room (330 sq.ft.), the peaceful library parlor (270 sq.ft.), a gracious sitting room (320 sq.ft.), and the sunny solarium (150 sq.ft.). The following ground floor rooms have original ornate fire places: grand foyer, formal dining room, the library parlor, and the office of the owners' quarters.
Each of the 5 guest rooms is equipped with an en-suite bathroom, 3 with spa baths. Three of the guest rooms have private balconies, 2 overlooking the historic Vansittart Avenue and the 3rd with a view of the gardens at the back of the estate.
4 ROOMS ON THE SECOND FLOOR: Hallway, 2 guest rooms with full en-suites and private balconies. Also the owners’ quarters (1 bedroom, an en-suite, private balcony, and an office with original ornate fireplace. (1) Louw Room: 350 sq.ft. This French-inspired room overlooks the beautiful Vansittart Avenue, and is located in the mansion tower. High ceilings and 2 large curved glass windows add to the already spacious feeling. It offers a King Bed with 100% Egyptian Cotton Sheets. It has a therapeutic corner soaking whirlpool tub in the luxurious full en-suite bathroom. A private balcony overlooks Admiral St. and Vansittart Ave. (2) Le Roux Room: 248 sq. ft. This room offers a Queen Bed with Bamboo Comfort Plus Sheets as well as a full en-suite with Jacuzzi tub. A private balcony is overlooking the garden at the back of the estate.
4 ROOMS ON THE THIRD FLOOR: Hallway, 3 guest rooms with en-suite bathrooms, 1 with a private balcony and an original ornate fireplace as well as an adjacent sitting room of 300 sq.ft. (1) Joubert Room: 440 sq.ft. It’s the most luxurious and largest and is accented with breathtaking crown mouldings and woodwork. It’s also graced with 14 ft. ceilings. Two single French doors lead to a private Juliet balcony with a beautiful view overlooking historic Vansittart Avenue, furnished with wicker arm chairs and stand. The room offers a King Bed with Bamboo Comfort Plus sheets, original ornate fireplace and has a luxurious en-suite bathroom, featuring a therapeutic soaking whirlpool tub. It has an adjacent sitting room of 300 sq.ft. with 2 doors, one leading to the bedroom and the other to the hallway. (2) Delport Room: 285 sq.ft. This delightful, bright room has a view overlooking the gardens through original stained glass windows. It is furnished with a Queen Bed with Bamboo Comfort Plus Sheets, and has a full en-suite bathroom, complete with skylight. (3) Fouché Room: 215 sq.ft. This romantic room is highlighted by sloped ceilings, and a unique vestibule dormer window with a view of Admiral Street. It offers a Double bed with Bamboo Comfort Plus sheets, and cludes an en-suite with
The house has a huge basement, a ground floor, 2nd floor, 3rd floor, and a large attic with 4 'unfinished' rooms. The entire estate is 9,100 sq.ft. basement included, without the basement it is 7,100 sq.ft.