Circa 1894 B&B and Day Spa

Lanark, ON  

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This beautifully renovated former Church is an Energy Star 84, unique residence and Turn-Key B&B and Day Spa operation, nestled in peaceful and picturesque Lanark Highlands. Formerly St. Andrew’s United Church, in the hamlet of Watson’s Corners, the original 1894 building has been converted into a unique, open concept, two bedroom residence. 17ft ceilings showcase the wrought iron, spiral staircase leading to the loft, overlooking the living room and kitchen. The loft features the residence’s master bedroom, large 4 pc bath, ‘his’ and ‘hers’ walk in closets, plus a storage closet. Use of local wood siding and beams give stunning effect to the open space. The propane heating for the residence totals only about $700, annually.

Circa 1894 B&B and Day Spa is also designed with sustainability in mind. The former Sunday School, built in the late 1970’s was a ‘back to the studs’ total renovation. Converted to a two guestroom Bed and Breakfast, both with queen sized beds, it opened in 2015 and also boasts a living room, kitchenette, 3 pc bathroom and 2 storage closets.
Built in 2015, to Passive House Energy Standards, the attached, well-appointed 856 sq ft Spa, has an additional cozy guest bedroom (twin beds), a reception area, two change rooms (ladies and gents-both with showers), a relaxation/quiet room, the sauna area and a rest room. Step outside onto 3 levels of decking, totaling nearly 1000 sq ft.

The permanent fully furnished 27’ Golden Falcon RV, with its own lovely patio, is used as a 4th B&B rental, in season; sleeps 4.

The 4 car, fully powered, garage is used, currently, as a 2 car garage and fully functioning woodworking shop. Tools included area; band saw, drill press, table saw, track arm saw. As well garden tools, a loft and much much more: Parking for 10 cars.

The existing 2 Hot Tubs, Amish Built Finnish Sauna, NIR and FAR Infrared Saunas, along with the chattel/furniture and fixtures needed to make this a turnkey operation, included.

All residential appliances are also included: Heartland Stainless Steel Cookstove; Stainless Steel Fridge; 2nd fridge, upright freezer; dishwasher; energy efficient front load washer and propane dryer. Also, an 11 ft pew and the original church pump organ grace the residence.

“Wonderfully relaxing” and “A totally unexpected treasure” are 2 of over 100 comments from the Circa 1894 B&B and DaySpa guest book. Just under an hour from Ottawa, this 3,200 sq ft property represents the ultimate in rural living, guest accommodation and relaxation, energy efficiency and sustainable design.

The area suffers from a shortage of local accommodations, making Circa 1894 B&B a growth opportunity. With relaxation and rejuvenation now being given the attention it deserves, the potential for the Day Spa operation is ever increasing. With this property being the only oasis of its kind in Eastern Ontario, an opportunity of a lifetime awaits!

This area of the Highlands includes many attractions. Several Golf Courses are within from 6 minutes to 1/2 hour drive; Calabogi Ski area approx. 1/2 hour drive; Numerous lakes for recreation and fishing; Purdon's Bog (largest colony of lady slipped on the continent) - 5 minute drive; An abundance of local festivals and concerts throughout the year, including The Maple Festival, The Kilt Run, The Stewart Park Festival, Blue Skies; The Garlic and, in Ottawa - The Tulip Festival, Bluesfest, The Folk Festival and much, much more. As well, several little theatre productions, year round.

Reporting on our EnerGuide84 rating, the Energy Auditor who did the blower door testing, remarked that, "This house exceeds anything both old and new that I have tested in 10 years. The initial air exchange (ACH) rate was 9.65, while the new rating is the highest I have ever measured at 0.57 ACH@50."

Enjoy an exclusive lifestyle, while experiencing the benefits of running 2 related small businesses right out of your home!

Property Details
  • 3 Guest Rooms
  • 2 Guest Room Baths
  • Has Owner's Quarters
  • Built in 1894
  • Last Renovated in 2015
  • Opened in 2015
  • Building is 3,200 SQFT
  • Lot is 0.5 Acres
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