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Parting is Such Sweet Sorrow

Retailer Eric Galbraith (formerly Elan) wrote to me to let me know he’s selling his country place, a converted church “in the middle of nowhere,” actually two hours east of Toronto between Belleville and Tweed.

The place is beautiful and the photos clearly show that the property has been well loved during the decade Eric and his partner have owned it.

“As fabulous as it is, it remains rather modest,” says Eric, “a one bed, one bath structure with a small, separate bunky. It is ideally suited to an individual or couple who wish a lovely bolthole to escape from it all.”

For sale privately for $225,000 the church appears to be a gem. The place is “done” to Martha Stewart perfection both inside and out and I can only imagine the pangs Eric must feel over letting it go. Somewhat uncharacteristically, I did not pry.

Eric said, “You know, everything has its time. I was blessed to have this property for the last 10 years and yes, I did pour a lot of love (and sweat!) into the place. However, the time has come to pass the torch.” Perhaps he can pass it to you.

Built in 1884, the church is approximately 1,400 square feet, open concept with a soaring cathedral ceiling (naturally!).

The bunky, below, is fully insulated with electric heating and could be used as a studio.

Eric has created a webpage to facilitate the sale of the property; you can contact him through the site.

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Tuesday, August 27, 2013 by Chris
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8 Comments For This Post

  1. David Says:

    Lovely. I’d go for a weekend and never want to leave.

  2. rouquinne Says:

    OMG! It would break my heart into a million pieces to have to sell something so gorgeous!!! :-(

  3. Cathy Says:

    Peaceful! I know the area it is beautiful.

  4. Magda Says:

    Beautiful and tranquail place. Lovely decorating job.

  5. Mary Says:

    I agree the home is beautifully decorated, serene and comfortable. And the garden is superb! It will indeed be hard to walk away after all the blood, sweat, tears and money. But Eric is right, time marches on and we have to let go in order to make room for the new, the next. Good luck wherever life leads you and thanks for sharing your space.

  6. Bev Says:

    Beautifully and tastefully done. I also love the view with the cattle munching in an adjacent pasture. And there is a new winery fairly close by.

  7. Suz Says:

    Love the garden gargoyles guarding the irises.

  8. Jennifer @MontrealDigs Says:

    One of my favourite homes is a former Victorian schoolhouse in Dorset, done up by antiquarian Graham Carr in Rizzoli’s ‘The English House” – Eric’s church conversion hits all those buttons! Hope it goes to sympathetic new owners.

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