• Alexandra Shandling

This house was known as Hamilton Lodge


PHOTO COURTESY TANIA ELLERBECK

It is doubtful that in 1886 when James Johnston was building Hamilton Lodge as a summer home for his large family, he could ever have imagined that 130 years later, the house, the garage, and the stables would be lifted and moved to the adjacent property. What a tremendous feat! Now this historically significant house sits on a brand new foundation with an expansive basement, and an addition comprised of a large mud room and a sleek modern kitchen, thanks to current owners George and Janet Ellerbeck, who bought the house from the Johnston family in 2004.

There are many tremendous collections that wait to delight visitors. In the entranceway there are Wedgwood jugs, porcelain horses, dogs, and figurines, all against a backdrop of beautiful Sanderson wallpaper. In the cozy wood-paneled library one finds silver trophies atop the fireplace, turned wooden candlesticks nearby, and framed scenes of The Hunt. Liberty of London fabric curtains frame the view out to the lake and the surrounding forested property. The living room showcases silver Christening mugs and crystal decanters; snuff and pill boxes in a glass-topped table; Hummel, Royal Doulton, Wedgwood, and Staffordshire figurines; and family photographs in silver frames.

Of note are the many handsome clocks and Persian palace carpets throughout the house, including in the dining room, where beautiful Spode and Staffordshire Blue china rests in converted cupboards. A clever custom-built shelving unit displays oversized china platters. A Welsh sideboard has an impressive and interesting array of pewter ware. Before you leave the dining room see if you can spot the bullet hole in one of the Victorian oil lamps above the dining table!

The butler’s pantry directly off the dining room features a wine fridge, double wall ovens, a walk-in pantry cupboard, and a stunning collection of antique copper jelly molds. The room leads into the bright kitchen addition. Surrounded by big windows, this room is full of light even on a cloudy day.

Heated travertine floors in neutral tones are the perfect foil for the hand-made white Shaker style cabinets and complement the granite countertops perfectly. There is a big double apron sink beneath a window overlooking the back garden. An enormous central island is anchored by an unusual and beautiful centerpiece: an antique coffee bean grinder. The original tongue and groove ceiling that is found throughout the house has been artfully matched and replicated in the kitchen, as has its tremendous height, which makes for a wonderful sense of continuity and flow as one enters the kitchen from either the living room or from the pantry area. This bright room is such a fresh and modern contrast to the wonderful feeling of history that emanates from the rest of the house.

There is one central staircase hidden away - accessible from the front hall as well as from the pantry, and as you make your way upstairs, be sure to note the very fine examples of vintage Quebec hand-hooked rugs on the wall. Upstairs the original five bedrooms are now four: one was converted into a large walk-in closet and gorgeous master bathroom. All are spacious and gracious rooms featuring handsome bed frames and antiques throughout.

The original floors, doors and mouldings of Hamilton Lodge have all been painstakingly restored by the current owners. The Ellerbecks have truly done a magnificent job in preserving - and now with the new addition, improving upon - a beautiful piece of historic Hudson.

Tickets are available at the following outlets:

Décors & Tissus Sérénity

67 rue Cameron

Hudson

450-853-0635

Centre Décor Hudson

521 rue Main

Hudson

450-458-5121

Boutique Alena Kirby

3200 route Harwood

Vaudreuil-Dorion

450-455-6156

Soko

319 chemin Lakeshore

Pointe-Claire

514-697-7656

For more information or to order tickets: hudsoncountryhomestour@gmail.com

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