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    Canada: StoneHaven, the rebirth of a mansion

    Canada: StoneHaven, the rebirth of a mansion

    Opened officially last month in Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts, StoneHaven Le Manoir is a unique hotel, housed in an exceptional historic building dating from the early twentieth century. Visit.


    The StoneHaven has a lot of history in its walls. Built in the early twentieth century, the manor was originally the home of Douglas Lorne McGibbon, a wealthy Montreal businessman who made his fortune in the rubber industry but was struck by tuberculosis in 1908. Since there was no sanatorium in Canada, he decided to build one, in Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts, not far from Montreal - a building now used as an administrative office from Laurentien Hospital.

    Mr. McGibbon then had his house built on a large 140-acre lot on Lac des Sables. Nearly 200 workers will be needed for five years to build this grand Scottish-inspired mansion with gardens, a guest house, a stable, a henhouse and a vegetable cellar. always existing.

    After his death in 1927, the Oblate Fathers purchased the mansion, which became a retirement and care center for older fathers. The nuns have settled in the adjacent building.

    At the turn of the 2000s, the property was bought by Yves and Andrée Langlois, who make it a hotel and spa. A golf course must also see the light of day. But the Stonehaven Relais & Spa is controversial in the area and business people and citizens unite to protect the site, since the lake is a source of drinking water. The project closed its doors about two years later.

    Respect DNA

    This little patrimonial treasure almost fell into oblivion, until in 2015, it is acquired by the real estate developer Georges Coulombe, specializing in restoration of historic buildings (we owe him in particular the superb Crew Collective Café, in the former head office of the Royal Bank of Old Montreal). Together with its partners, it is investing more than $ 10 million to renovate and restore the building, a project that will last more than three years.

    Mr. Coulombe worked to preserve the DNA of the place and to highlight the historical aspect of the building. Several original elements have been preserved and restored, including a large number of antique furniture. Antique chandeliers from the early 20th century decorate the ceilings of shared rooms and bedrooms, which combine quaint charm with modern comforts. Walking around the mansion is steeped in history and heritage. At each detour, you notice a careful attention to detail.

    With its spacious English gardens close to the back terrace and its enchanting setting (the place offers views of the lake and the mountains, and access to trails for walking during the summer and skiing background or snowshoe the winter), the StoneHaven is just right for weddings. Already, nearly twenty are reserved for the next year, tells us Marie-Josée Denis, general manager of the place.

    The magnificent ballroom, with its woodwork and stained glass, is located in the former chapel of the Oblate Fathers. It is ideal for wedding receptions or private events.

    It is also possible to book the hotel in full (from $ 6,000 / night), whether for business, family reunions or weddings.

    The hotel also offers a large restaurant, under the aegis of chef Silvio Alonso (Quintessence). The latter has developed the concept of the gourmet table with the help of chef Eric Gonzalez, and offers classics revisited French cuisine and dishes varying with the seasons, prepared with local products.

    In all, StoneHaven Le Manoir offers 34 rooms, all featuring bedding and pillows by Marie-L'Oie. The adjacent building once occupied by the nuns should be converted next summer, which will add thirty rooms to the offer.

    Currently under construction, a large outdoor Jacuzzi should welcome its first visitors in early winter. In the spring, there will be a heated outdoor pool and a steam bath that will be installed in the former vegetable cellar.

    Throughout the color season and until mid-December, you can enjoy a pre-open rate starting at $ 159 / night (for a standard room).

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