Originally built in 1895, the house was painstakingly rebuilt and restored in 1999.
Our objectives in carrying out the restoration were three-fold:
- first, to retain the historic character and charm of the original home;
- second, to take advantage of the spectacular setting by opening up the home and bringing in natural light; and
- third, to introduce the modern amenities of the 21st century while not intruding on the home’s original character.
The result of the project is an unqualified success. We have retained the original wood floors in the main dining area, restored the original tin ceiling in the dining area, and refurbished the mantles in the living room and master bedroom. A new open staircase to the second floor is an exact reproduction of the rails, spindles and posts of the original house. Beautiful oak and birch trim in a 19th century pattern throughout the house add to the historic ambience of the home.
By installing three new dormers and five large arched windows, we have converted a little-used attic into a beautiful loft offering spectacular views of the surrounding countryside. A large sun porch with cathedral ceilings on the first floor and large 2-level decks provide wonderful settings for relaxation and peaceful enjoyment of the beautiful vistas.
ROOM BY ROOM DESCRIPTION
The following is a room-by-room description of the three floors of the home:
Deck and Sunporch – A large wrap-around deck features 3 doorways to the main level. Entering the southern-most doorway, you will enter a large light-filled sunporch with oak floors, cathedral pine ceilings and antique fixtures. With its beautiful views of Irishtown and nearby communities, including the outskirts of Summerside some 20 kms. in the distance, you may wish to spend much of your vacation week in this room.
Living Room – The double French doors from the sunporch will take you to a large living room with a gas fireplace surrounded by marble and the original pine mantle, an open stairway to the second floor, and two oak doors leading, respectively, to the dining room and kitchen. The living room is beautifully furnished with two sofas, a coffee table, end tables and lamps.
Dining Room – Passing through the doorway to the dining room, you will be immediately attracted to the large windows on two sides, featuring beautiful farmland and forest of the rolling hills of Irishtown and leading to the Gulf of St. Lawrence some 4 kms. distant. With the original stained birch floors, tin ceiling with oak surround, and country maple table and six chairs, you will appreciate the original historic appeal of this home.
Kitchen – A half-wall serving as a dining counter separates the dining room and kitchen. With 6 beautiful white appliances and new cherry-stained birch cabinets, you will realize that it is possible to combine the conveniences of the 21st century with the ambience of the 19th century. Doorways from either the kitchen or dining areas will take you to the wrap-around decks.
Master Bedroom – The large south-facing master bedroom is fully furnished with a queen-sized bed, and features a pine mantle from the original home, three windows surrounded by beautiful oak trim, a walk-in closet and a 4-piece ensuite bath with oak cabinets.
Second Bedroom – The second bedroom is fully furnished with a double bed and features a walk-out to a large deck overlooking the Gulf.
Main Bath – The large main bathroom features a large jacuzzi tub, separate shower, oak cabinet and ceramic tiles and floor.
The second floor hallway takes you through a French door taken from the original home to a large loft on the third floor. With three large dormers and five arched windows, and harvest oak floors, this room offers a cozy setting with unparalleled views on all sides over many miles of P.E.I. countryside and Gulf of St. Lawrence. With a large closet and storage areas and a pull-out sofa, the loft may be easily converted to a large third bedroom.
Views from the third floor loft are shown below:
WHAT IS INCLUDED
Top of the Hill is fully furnished with comfortable sofas, coffee table and side tables in the living room; a 6-person maple dining room set; 6 appliances and a full complement of cutlery and dishes in the kitchen; washer, dryer and built-in vacuum cleaner, linen sets for the beds and pull-out sofa; two television sets and CD player; and gas barbeque and patio furniture for the two-level decks.