Barnstone Retreat is a leed Silver certified, reclaimed timber frame cottage, nestled on the eastern shore of Lac St. Sixte.
Barnstone is part of the Clos de Sixte community situated 50 minutes north east of Ottawa in the municipality of Mulgrave and Derry, Quebec. Lac St. Sixte is a beautiful fault-line lake, approximately 3500 m long by 500 m wide and over 130 m in depth. Prior to the Clos de Sixte community's arrival, the lake's only inhabitant was a century-old private fishing club, located on its western shore. The forests surrounding the lake and cottage are mature and unspoiled, with stands of old-growth trees and an abundance of flora and fauna.
Barnstone Retreat offers 3,530 square foot of open concept living space on 3.5 floors, with each floor having one bedroom and one full bathroom to maximize privacy. Outside, soak up the sun on the three-sided deck wraparound deck or dine and relax with your favorite book on Barnstone's 14'x20' square foot covered porch. Barnstone offers a full range of amenities; including a soapstone steam spa/shower and high speed internet. Nestle into the comfort and warmth of the fireplace or test your skill on the 300 square foot, indoor, horizontal climbing wall. Below is a complete list of all the services and amenities at Barnstone:
Master Bedroom - one king bed
Main Floor Bedroom - one queen bed
Lower level Bedroom - two double beds (stacked) .
Large fridge with water and ice dispenser, magnetic induction cook top , wall oven, microwave oven, dishwasher , bar with beer / wine beverage cooler , oversized 10'x5' island / table with seating for twelve . Small appliances include a fruit and vegetable juicer , espresso machines and milk frother , blender , magic bullet , and coffee machine. For your cooking and dining pleasure Barnstone has full range of cooking utensils , plates, glasses and cutlery for twelve . No need to bring cooking basics , we include , coffee , tea , sugar , spices , oils, butter , margarine, etc. .
Comforts and Services :
Mudroom with large counters, sink , washer and dryer .
Loft area with desk space suitable for multi -use, including office space .
Telephone, wireless high-speed internet, smart 55 ' plasma TV with seating for up to eight, six zone wireless remote-controlled audio system.
Hydronic radiant floor heating, ceiling fans, fire place, and four-person steam shower.
Outside Amenities: three-sided, wraparound deck, 14'x20' square foot covered porch, full-size sand volleyball / badminton court, 200 square foot cedar dock.
300 square foot horizontal indoor climbing wall, and lots of board games, puzzles and activities for rainy days.
There is only parking space available for 4 vehicles.
Construction of Barnstone began in the summer of 2011 and was completed in the autumn of 2013 . The timber frame that supports the cottage was a barn that once housed livestock and hay. The barn was built in the mid-1800's using hand-hewn white ash and elm trees, which were seeded sometime in the 1600's. The frame served its purpose as a barn in the hamlet of Fallowfield, Ontario until it was dismantled in the fall of 2010 and transported to its current location for a second life. Like many quality-built frames it is likely that it will outlive the current shell and serve a third purpose hundreds of years from now.
The majority of Barnstone's interior was crafted from seven massive 20' x 20' long x 20', reclaimed Douglas Fir timbers that were transported from British Columbia before the turn of the 19th century and were once a portion of a lock on the Rideau River system. While serving their time as locks, these timbers were gently stroked and worn by the river's waters for decades before they were removed. The deep groves between the timbers' growth rings are evidence of the water's work and can be seen on several pieces at Barnstone including the stair stringers and treads, interior baseboard and door trim, and bathroom mirrors.