Hudson Country Homes Tour
PHOTO BY BOB KENNELL
An English estate in Hudson boasts treasures from near and far
Built in 1992, this grand greystone house has a gracious interior that is welcoming and peaceful. The two-storey entranceway feels light and airy. Granite floors lead one into the modern and spacious kitchen featuring stainless steel appliances and two different, but complementary, granite countertops.
A dining area adjacent to the kitchen is tucked away yet right at hand. This dining nook has a beautiful bay window overlooking the extensive backyard that feels like a private estate due in part to impeccable cedar hedges and lovely landscaping.
The living room boasts impressive windows which showcase the immaculate grounds and features a dramatic black granite floor-to-ceiling fireplace adding a modern touch. This large and comfortable room features exquisite sculptures from Africa, and elsewhere, that the homeowners have brought back from their extensive travels.
Polished oak floors lead to the ground floor master bedroom enclave - passing an inviting private courtyard - with another bay window. Gorgeous sumptuous fabric curtains frame the windows on either side of the room, and a stunning Oriental rug adds to the feeling of understated opulence. The master ensuite features a large glass-walled shower, a soaker tub, double sinks with granite countertops, and a travertine tiled heated floor.
The current owners converted the dining room off the front hall into a handsome office space and then in turn converted a superfluous living room into an impressive and dramatic dining room. Undoubtedly, the pièce de résistance of this home is the dining room. The unique dining table and its chairs, hand-carved in 1926 for the Bronfman family and featuring a most particular and unusual design, can easily accommodate 12 people. A wood-burning fireplace, gilt-framed watercolour pastoral scenes from the Lake District and Sussex, and an elegant greyhound portrait combine to create an ambience that is warm and appealing - reminiscent of an English country house.
This distinguished home boasts two staircases. The upper floor has unusually shaped rooms which adds to its interest, furnished with many family heirlooms, artfully arranged – look for a lovely mahogany mirror and chest of drawers, beautiful etchings on the landing, a peacock chair which belonged to the homeowner’s mother, an antique baby chair, and an 80-year old parasol.
An elegant guest room painted in cashmere blue with an iced blue satin bedspread is cool and inviting. The traditional furnishings of the bedroom juxtapose nicely with the modern flair of the ensuite in calm colours with a travertine floor. Another bedroom featuring beautiful rich fabrics on the bed and the window is home to a lovely pair of Art Deco lamps. A clever Jack and Jill bathroom with double sinks connects to yet another bedroom. Everywhere one turns in this house, one comes upon another treasure, another unexpected detail, lovingly pieced together resulting in an elegant and harmonious home.
Tickets are available at:
Décors & Tissus Sérénity
67 Cameron Street
Centre Décor Hudson
521 Main Road
Boutique Alena Kirby
3200 route Harwood
319 chemin Lakeshore
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