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“In a subdued by striking way, the most notable house constructed by Joseph Henderson in Rothesay is “Strathnaver”…”
From Rothesay – An Illustrated History 1784-1920 by Robert Hook, Ann Condon, Charles Grant
Known as Strathnaver, 3105 Rothesay Road is as impressive today as it was when construction started on the estate in 1918 by the well-respected builder Joseph Henderson. Standing three storeys tall, with distinctive oversized, multi-paned windows, Strathnaver is a gracious home on 1.5 acres with beautiful landscaping, rolling lawns, views of the Kennebecasis River from upper floors and soaring, mature trees. Additional acreage is available for $150,000.
Set in the heart of Rothesay, this grand, 6,500-square foot home is designed for upscale entertaining as well as comfortable everyday family living. The “distinctive brown-shingled exterior and massive rambling lines” give this home outstanding curb appeal, while inside, spacious rooms, numerous fireplaces, hand-crafted built-ins and oversized multi-paned windows all add to the graciousness of this inviting historic property.
This property has a fantastic location within walking distance to RNS private school, Rothesay middle and high school, Rothesay Yacht Club, Rothesay tennis courts, Rothesay Common, bank, churches, local inn and restaurants! Don’t feel like cooking dinner tonight, no problem, just walk across the street for fine cuisine!
A hand-laid flag stone walkway and granite cobblestone steps lead to the home’s elegant covered entry vestibule which opens to a sunny and welcoming foyer featuring a breathtaking grand staircase. On either side of the foyer, double French doors invite you into both the formal living and dining room. After you’ve hung up your coat in the cloak room (perfect for parties), and freshened up in the adjoining powder room, make your way left off the foyer to the oversized living room. Here you’ll note a lovely central fireplace flanked by full height built-in bookcases, plus two walls of multi-paned windows, more built-in bookcases, hardwood flooring and two single French doors that open to a lovely, and very cozy sun room which in turn, exits to a backyard stone patio.
The home’s formal dining room is simply inspiring. Oh so spacious and flooded with sunlight through more oversized windows, this elegant space has been the heart of Strathnaver dinner parties for more than 95 years. If walls could talk! For atmosphere, warmth and ambiance, the dining room features another of the home’s many fireplaces (all original and all in working order). There’s hardwood flooring, a beamed ceiling, and two sets of double French doors leading to the home’s main-floor den. The den is lined with three walls of windows and features terra-cotta tiled flooring, built-in bookcases, beautiful beams, and a fireplace with a woodstove insert to keep the room toasty.
The home’s eat-in kitchen is a chef’s delight offering a six-burner Garland gas stove with broiler and grill, two fridges, two dishwashers, a wood stove, and an absolutely stunning butler’s pantry with many built-in cabinets, additional counter space and the original porcelain dish sink. Like all of the rooms in this home, the kitchen is filled with sunshine through many windows. You’ll find hardwood flooring in the working area and lovely terra-cotta tiles in the eating area.
Take either the main staircase or a convenient back staircase (original maid’s staircase, the call buttons are still in place in the kitchen!) to the second floor where you’ll discover the master suite. This oversized room features hardwood flooring, another beautiful fireplace, many closets, a full bathroom with a tub and sink, as well as a separate room with European-style toilet, a built-in linen-closet and a dressing room.
On this level, you’ll find three additional large bedrooms, each with closet space and one with a cozy corner fireplace as well as access to a roof balcony offering gorgeous Kennebecasis River views. There are also two additional full bathrooms (one with deep soaker whirlpool tub) a large laundry room, and many closets with built-ins. There is an abundance of storage throughout this impressive well-thought out home.
A third wood staircase brings you to the home’s third floor with yet more living space, the original maids quarters. Here you’ll find a huge bonus room with beautiful river views, currently being used as the exercise room (this room was originally two bedrooms), as well as another large bedroom featuring a convenient concealed sink and built-in dresser drawers. The sixth bedroom is currently used as a home office. Find also another full bathroom on this third floor, storage space and a large cedar-lined closet.
The basement is not at all what you’d expect in a home that is nearly a century old, it is spotless clean, roomy and perfectly dry. On this level, there is a large utility room where you’ll find a top of the line Viessmann heating system (known as the Mercedes of heating systems), as well as a second utility room with the home’s electrical panels. There’s a large workshop, rooms for wood storage, a rec room with a combination pool/ping pong table, cedar-lined closets, another bonus room, a shower and separate toilet, as well as a stairway and exit to the outside, oh so convenient when you are working in the yard.
Outside, you’ll take note of the detached three-car garage with attached garden shed, paved wrap around driveway, covered side entry porch leading to the airlock to the kitchen, backyard patio, expansive mature grounds, plus, plus, plus!
It is important to note with the event of a local power outage you’ll remain comfortable in this home with numerous warm and cozy wood-burning stoves and fireplaces and the six-burner gas kitchen stove means meals can be prepared as usual! You may become hub central for family and friends!
A testament to the quality construction of its day, Strathnaver remains “solid and plumb” and offers the gracious lifestyle of the past combined with the comforts of today. It remains an important part of Rothesay’s rich history and “a treasured legacy for future generations to enjoy.”
If you long for the gracious lifestyle of yesteryear enveloped in current day comforts this is the home for you! For more information and your appointment to view this outstanding property please contact Katherine Bacon, Fine Homes International Specialist direct at 506-650-8575, any member of Team Platinum at 506-849-1678 and toll free across North America at 1-877-676-0300.