The photos are stunning in their own right, but when House Crazy Sarah read the listing description for this old home, her historic house-loving heart was set a flutter!
Away from the road, set in the middle of a large lot with lots of flowers and a stream, this large farmhouse enjoys sunsets over the Laurentides, including Mont St-Anne, with a partial view of the river. Classified as a historic monument and site of Quebec, this impeccable stone house from the French Regime has been artfully restored, combining elegance, authenticity and comfort! Gigantic fireplace, functional interior bread oven and mostly original floors, exposed beams, wall cupboards, grandiose rooms, this ancestral house comes directly from New France. Come and be part of history!
Recently for sale, this lovely old stone home was listed at $840,000.
The listing has since been removed but we still have access to these photos which tell the story of an exquisite piece of French Canadian history.
Known as La Brimbale, this farmhouse structure dates back to circa 1678.
The location is near the St. Lawrence River, east of Quebec City in the Canadian province of Quebec.
The interior has been lovingly restored but the historic French Canadian flavor was maintained and is showcased with the preservation of several original features.
The floors are said to be “mostly original”, as is the large stone hearth.
Stunning and oh-so cozy!
The stone walls have been whitewashed to increase light levels in the otherwise dark, heavy space.
The photo below illustrates just how thick the exterior walls are – as you can see in the window wells:
The steps to the upper level seem a little perilous, but their worn patina is marvelous.
The kitchen, while updated, is charming and cozy with an old-world ambiance.
In the wide shot below, you can see a wall of built-in bookshelves where the television is tucked in the center.
A peek into one of the two bathrooms…
Step out of the shower the French Canadian fur-trader way: onto some beaver pelt!
Let’s pull ourselves up those well-worn steps – just a ladder really – to see what’s on the top level…
The intrepid climber is rewarded with the sight of a grand master bedroom with a soaring beamed and vaulted ceiling.
The rustic exposed beams are so imperfectly gorgeous!
The second bath on the upper level features a claw foot tub and a dormer window that overlooks the turning maple trees.
Back outside, House Crazy Sarah is taken by the home’s endwall – utterly frozen in rural New France history.
The stories those stones could tell!
Autumn at La Brimbale is a natural fit. Can you smell the damp leaves and chimney smoke?
Kudos to the owners – or whoever put in the work and tender loving care – of this historic treasure.
La Brimbale – c’est une magnifique maison!