Hudson Country Homes Tour

‘Sans Souci’ a hidden village gem on The Country Homes Tour

P. Richardson

Special contributor

For 62 years the women of St James’ Church have organized their famous Country Homes Tour, a Hudson tradition providing guests with a lovely day in the country visiting beautiful homes. The hospitality is extended to delicious options for lunch at either St. James’ Church on the picturesque Lake of Two Mountains, or at St. Mary’s Church in Como. This important fundraiser benefits many other charities as well so mark June 7 on your calendar. As always, the committee has selected a truly interesting variety of houses. Coinciding with the 175th birthday of St James’ church, some of this year’s feature homes will reference the history of Hudson. ‘Sans Souci’ is one.

The Halford/Langlois duo acquired a piece of history when they bought the bungalow that stood on the old Parson’s farm. Built in 1916 the charming farmer’s cottage was idyllically situated on a secluded cul-de-sac, loaded with character and a sprawling property with great views. They saw the potential and nearly a century after its original foundation was laid they started an extensive makeover.

The couple wanted more room so the project began with a major excavation. By adding on 1,700 sq. ft. Halford and Langlois were able to transform the utilitarian cottage into a functional family home strongly connected to the outdoors. They blended the old with the new to create light-filled spaces that resonate warmth and welcome. Sans Souci, named for the Langlois family home in the U.K., was reincarnated.

A timber-frame portico flanked by gardens and the ever-present Quarry Point stone, indigenous to the area, marks the entrance. A vast foyer flows into the great room that is all windows and light. Its 15-foot-high ceilings, skylights, sweeping views of the gardens and areas for music, dining or lounging makes it a premier gathering area. Bespoke maple cabinetry framing the fieldstone fireplace is the work of local craftsmen who also did the kitchen cabinets.

Although the home changed dramatically two lovely bedrooms remain charmingly fixed in the past with wide moldings, decorative rosettes, original maple floors and quilts on the beds. The owners used embossed paintable wallpaper to cleverly even out the wall surfaces.

It is evident the kitchen was planned by, and for, an enthusiastic cook. It has a fireplace, eat-in area, two fridges, a freezer, generous counter space and storage, quartz countertops and an island that could easily seat a dozen. There’s a place for everything and it is stylishly organized.

The décor is a tasteful mix of found objects, photos, travel keepsakes and family heirlooms – each with their own story. Antiques, like the stained-glass transom window in the foyer, are finds from Finnegan’s flea market.

Halford and Langlois were mindful of the cottage’s historic origins in the renovation and although the two-year project was intense, it was “fun” and their joy in Sans Souci is palpable.

Tickets are available at:

Décors & Tissus Sérénity

67 rue Cameron, Hudson

(450) 853-0635

Centre Décor Hudson

33 chemin Yacht Club, Hudson

(450) 458-5121

Boutique Alena Kirby

3200, route Harwood, Vaudreuil-Dorion

(450) 455-6156

Le Panier

274 chemin Lakeshore, Pointe Claire

(514) 695-7038

Boutique Mireille Marly

484, boul. Beaconsfield


(514) 694-6782

or by emailing:

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