If you love historic architecture you’ll love this fine example of Victorian Gothic located at 104 Tilley Road in the charming town of Gagetown! This fine home is noted by architectural historian Stuart Smith as “The best example of Victorian Gothic architecture in the historic St John River Valley!”
Built in 1852 for Queens County High Sheriff, Nathaniel DeVeber, the property called ‘Claremont’ looks out onto Grimross Creek on the St John River. Lovingly restored with the historic integrity in tact this three-storey historical waterfront home is all ready for you, your family and friends to enjoy life on the waterfront and all this lifestyle entails. Enjoy an early morning kayak as the haunting sound of the Canadian loon echoes in the distance, relax on the covered porch at twilight and watch the colourful sunset over the water and if you enjoy wildlife and water fowl, there is plenty here to enjoy. If you’re a boater or plan to be you couldn’t find a better location in the country for both power boat or sail. Moor the boat right in front of the house or install a floating dock. You can go from here for miles up the St John River to Oromocto, Fredericton, Grand Lake and Chipman or down the river to Washademoak Lake, Belleisle Bay, and Grand Bay right to the city of Saint John Harbour and the Bay of Fundy beyond. You can also connect to the Kennebecasis River at Grand Bay for trips to Rothesay, Quispamsis and Hampton. Southern New Brunswick boaters are spoiled with a choice of quiet sandy beaches and freshwater travel all the way to the ocean! If you’re an avid fisherman you can drop a line along the way or right out in front of the house, the choice is yours! No need to worry about spring freshet or flooding here as the home site was well planning in 1852 with the house a good 300 feet from the shoreline.
A covered porch provides shade on warm days and leads the way to vestibule, enclosed in glass to keep out cool drafts in the winter, it opens onto an exceptionally large foyer with doors leading to the library, living room, dining room, the rear of the house and the original servants back staircase. The entire first floor features soaring twelve foot ceilings, original wide ten-inch pine boards line the floors, oversized windows capture the natural sunlight and original woodwork, mouldings, door casings, sashes still in place, with period headers gracing the tops of doorways. Original wood work, door casings, sash, mouldings & windows plus gorgeous medallions,
The library is directly to the left as you enter with large windows on two sides and built-in bookcases. To the right we have the spacious living room with waterview, also with windows on two sides and the cosy airtight wood stove. Double pocket doors open onto the huge dining room built for an era of impressive dinner parties, a trend which has been revived today. A wall of windows includes a garden door opening onto a second covered porch overlooking the water. Just the place to relax after a fine meal with family and friends. Lucky the guest invited to dinner in this fine home!
From the dining room we enter a large family room or den. This room also has windows on two sides and overlooks the water. You can enter this room from the dining room, hall or kitchen. The kitchen is a nice size and has been kept quite original right down to the welcoming working wood-burning fireplace with original brick surround and flush- mounted hearth. There is plenty of cabinetry, counter space and room for a good-sized kitchen table. Off the kitchen we find a mud room and a full bath with shower and the washer and dryer providing main floor laundry.
Up the gracious curved grand staircase to the bedroom level on the second floor also with wide pine board flooring. The oversized master bedroom has a unique feature with windows facing three directions including the water. There are five additional spacious bedrooms on this floor, most with water view and large windows on two walls plus a full bath with claw foot tub.
Third floor has been totally redone with cedar boards and new pine floor. This is a great area for storage, gym or play room for children.
The full basement is stone and concrete. The power has been upgraded to 200 amp. The heating system includes electric ducted heat pump and a backup system of forced-air wood furnace. The water supply is drilled well and the sewerage system is septic with a large tank and field. An attractive new metal roof was recently installing meaning many decades of worry free roofing!
The 4.6 acre grounds of the property are nothing short of majestic with numerous century-old acacia trees which are rarely seen today. As you approach the house the tree-line driveway foretells everything an estate-type property should be.
If your dream home is a historic private property along the St John River don’t let this beauty pass you by. Call or text Katherine Bacon, Global Luxury Specialist at 1-506-650-8575 or Charles Turnbull at 1-506-636-0748 for more details today.