Ashdown House in Port Elgin

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Ashdown House

Built in the 1870s, the second home on the Christmas Home Tour is now known as the Ashdown House in Port Elgin.

Uninhabited for a number of years during the 1960s, the stately home fell into a severe state of disrepair until it became a chiropractic office.

In 1994, Bob and Gay Ashdown purchased the property and began a major restoration and renovation. Extensive repairs had to be made to the kitchen including removing panel walls and restoring as much of the maple floors as possible while the cupboards are custom-made cherry that complements the cherry-wood banister and library bookcase.

In the front hall and library is original burlap on the walls and almost every floor has been restored and refinished. Extensive repairs had to be made to the original plaster walls and ceilings and the bath on the second floor has been almost completely returned to its original period style.

Before indoor plumbing, there were six bedrooms but one has subsequently been turned into another bathroom. Three of the bedrooms have arches across the ceilings with a lion's face at each end and a curved plaster wall forms part of the upstairs hallway.

Also see: Home & Garden Home Tour House Number One - Watch Hill

On the upper exterior, each of the more than 20 lintels has a different design in the concrete. This home will fascinate anyone interested in this type of period architecture.

The Christmas Home Tour, that will feature 11 homes, all of which will be decorated for the Holiday season, most by designers or local companies, will be open for viewing on November 20 and 21. Advance tickets are $15 and tickets purchased on the day are $20 and are available at the following retailers:

Mills Home Hardware-Tara
Joannie's Fashions-Paisley
Nicholson Design-Owen Sound
Denomy's TV and Appliance-Chesley
Cathy's Flowers 'n' Treasures-Port Elgin
Bayberry's of High St-Southampton
Becker Shoes-Port Elgin
Square Deal Neil's TV & Appliance Centre-Southampton

All proceeds will go toward the "Let's Play Campaign" and the Rotary Accessible Playground located at Jubilee Park in Southampton.

The Tour is this Friday and Saturday (20th & 21st) ... Friday 6 - 9 and all day Saturday.

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Tuesday, November 17, 2009