To benefit the Georgina Community Food Pantry
With Lake Simcoe as the sparkling backdrop to this first Georgina by the Lake House Tour, visitors to the community will be treated to a wonderful day.
On June 21st from 11am until 4pm, ticket holders can explore the history and the beauty of this lakeside community.
There are 8 unique, custom, historic or eclectic venues to explore. From stunning views of Lake Simcoe to fascinating history to unique lifestyle settings these homes are opened to the ticket-holding public so that monies can be raised for the Georgina Community Food Pantry.
The homes are draped across Georgina. While visitors can begin at any home, let’s start in Keswick with a one-of-a-kind home designed by Toronto Architect Alan Munn. Munn masterfully designed the house to gracefully blend in with the natural beauty of the lakeside community. The lavish landscaping plan enjoys several “outdoor spaces” and was designed by local Landscape Architect, Mark Setter. The lakeside features the original cottage boathouse finished in a traditional Lake Simcoe style.
Head East to the Cottage on Malone which sits just above Jackson’s Point Harbour. During the 19th century, that harbor was home to the Lake Simcoe Ice company. The ‘70s cottage is unique not only in design but also in construction. Built into the side of the terrain, it was constructed with concrete reinforcing walls throughout. Sunsets from the west-facing view over the lake are spectacular all year round.
Follow the lake shore to The Briars, which has evolved from a working farm to a prominent Ontario resort. Explore the original 1840 Regency-style manor house featuring the Library and Drawing Room, plus a history room full of treasures. The grounds are open for wandering including The Peacock House, the Tennis Pavilion, stable and butterfly garden.
Just down the road check out the century old cottage (featured in April 1949 issue of Canadian Homes & Gardens) and fondly referred to as “Spider Hollow”. Step back in time to savour the charm of original black walnut walls, a 1955 stove and unique stone work around a huge fireplace.
Shift off the lake and enjoy a visit to a stone farmhouse, evolved from a log home, which has been made-over to include a beautiful eat-in kitchen with a view of a cathedral great room and front yard pond, then pop over to Living Landscapes to see the cottage-style home that complements the garden setting. This property features perennial gardens, garden structures, scree/trough gardens, and xeriscaping, a sustainable, water efficient, gardening practice.
Stop at any of the participating restaurants (Boston Pizza in Keswick, Cori’s Café in Sutton, and Drinkwaters at The Briars) and enjoy a complementary dessert with purchase of your lunch.
Tickets ($20 each) are available as of May 20th in Keswick at Keller Williams Realty Centres, 277 The Queensway South; in Sutton at Village Traditions, Cori’s Café and Georgina Arts Centre & Gallery. Or call the Georgina Community Food Pantry at 905-596-0557 and a volunteer will ensure you get your ticket.
Georgina by the Lake House Tour
Date: June 21
Time: 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. (last entry 3:30)
Ticket: $20 (must be 12 and older)