DECEMBER 6 & 7, 2014


We are delighted to have 8 unique homes on this year's tour and very happy to share photographs of each as well as a little information to whet your appetite!!! Tickets for $30 are now on sale at the following vendors:

Almonte  Crush Marketplace
  14 Mill Street
Kingston Oderin Kitchen Supplies
  57 Brock Street

Merrickville Unravelled
  108 St. Lawrence Street

Ottawa Tivoli Florist
  282 Richmond Road
Perth  Home Furniture
  18 Gore Street East
Smiths Falls Elizabeth Interiors
  8 Chambers Street

Ticket enquiries, call Muriel-613-267-2270


38 Harvey Street
73 Beckwith Street East
119 Perkins Road
Glen Tay
One of Perth's lovely red brick structures, this home features tall ceilings, deep baseboards and bright, airy rooms. The large covered porch is reminiscent of earlier times and is juxtaposed nicely with the interior's clean, modern decor. Striking wallpaper in the hallways, a spacious new kitchen featuring a cathedral ceiling and a gas fireplace in the dinette are eye-catching. A charming third-floor loft with views to the Tay and the wonderful staircase leading to it will delight the eye as well.

Nestled among the trees at the end of a gently curving walkway is this red-brick gem of 1890 vintage. The welcoming front porch leads to lovely rooms where natural light floods in through large windows. The distinctive double-brick construction speaks to the quality of the original home and a spacious two-level addition built two years ago is a natural complement. Works by a local artist add a touch of playfulness and pops of colour throughout the home.
This quintessential sturdy red brick farmhouse welcomes you with its expansive front porch and majestic maples. An inscription on the stones of the basement would indicate that the house, known locally as the Stafford House, was built in 1906 and was home to the Stafford family for several decades. Original flooring in the upstairs, a charming back staircase, and lovely wood trim speak to heritage craftsmanship. A recently renovated area, the spacious dining room and kitchen overlook the idyllic countryside.
The Chambers House
3248 Drummond Concession 2
966 Christie Lake Road
330 - 8th Concession
Documented as the Chambers House circa 1834, this home exudes an irresistible charm that comes from good bones and a true labour of love. Its restoration has been an exceptional effort to maintain the defining characteristics and charm that are representative of the Ontario Cottage style stone house. Preservation of wooden lintels and even charred stones from a long-ago fire are just some examples of how this home showcases a respect of this area's heritage and history.

Known as Miramar Farm for more than a century, this home with its Nepean sandstone exterior has an impressive presence with its grand columns at the front entrance, a second-storey balcony and original pine brackets adorning the roof lines. The beautiful curved dormer, which is eye-catching even from the road, is a rare feature in area homes. The date plate inscribed in the keystone over the balcony denotes 1862 as its vintage and its storied history of ownership includes prominent local names.

When new looks timeless is an apt description for this cozy timber frame home built three years ago by its owners, graduates of local heritage trades and masonry programs. Front landscaping done with multi-tiered stone, an exterior done with beautiful cedar shakes, ceilings which use log rafters re-purposed from old buildings and wood painstakingly tea-stained are just some of this home's special features. An impressive post-and-beam back portico has a view into the bucolic countryside.

Visit www.gibsontimberframes.com

The Yarker Barn House
312 - 8th Concession, Perth
20 Mill Street
Prepare to be wowed!! The soaring ceilings and massive hand-hewn timbers in this handsome post-and-beam home lend a whole new meaning to re-purposing history. The Yarker Barn House is so named for its origins as a barn in Yarker, Ontario, the bones of which highlight the workmanship and artistry that once went into many farm buildings. Now a warmly elegant home, it shows a respect for the preservation of our past while embracing the future.

This charming home with its welcoming yellow board and batten exterior boasts many original and interesting interior features. The tongue-and-groove pine doors with thumb latches, wood beams in the kitchen overlooking the Tay, and floors in the living room and upstairs are all original. Construction methods used would indicate the house was built in the early 1840s. The home has been lovingly maintained by the present owners for 37 years and renovations have remained true to its heritage.

CFUW could only hold these very successful annual major fundraisers with the participation of the community. We owe a debt of gratitude to all who have again supported this very worthy cause.

The major tour sponsor again this year is Coldwell Banker, Settlement Realty and our eight unique homes this year are individually sponsored by:

  • A & B Ford Sales Ltd
  • Blair & Son Home Furnishings
  • Carolina Luxury Riverfront Retirement Suites
  • Decorating by Design
  • EQ3 Ottawa
  • Finnegan Insurance Brokers Ltd
  • Ground Waves Home & Gifts
  • The Window Centre, Kingston

In addition, local florists and decorators give their time, talent and skills to decorating these homes beautifully in the Christmas spirit and they include:

  • Apropos Flowers
  • Art & Class Studio Boutique
  • Dagmar's Designs
  • Gemmell's Flowers
  • Hillside Gardens
  • Kelly's Flowers
  • Mariposa Design
  • SweetPea's Fresh Flowers

Our media partners include EMC, Lake 88 and Valley Seaway Homes all of which assist greatly in promoting this amazing Heritage Perth Christmas House Tour.

Our generous Donors step up every year and contribute to our house fund and they include this year: Allan & Partners Inc., Bank of Montreal, Costello andCompany, Glen Tay Transportation, Kathrine Stolee M.D., Nephin & Winter and Tackaberry & Sons Construction.

Local restaurants and St James Anglican Church donate a percentage of their ticket-holder meal sales or donate gift certificates which are raffled off with the income donated to the house fund and this year all those participating are Bistro 54 Italiano, Coutts Coffee Shop, Maximilian Dining Lounge, Mex & Co., Michael's Table, O'Reilly's Ale House, Perth Golden Arrow Pub & Eatery, The Crossroads Tea Room, The Masonry Restaurant and Market, The Red Fox Tavern and The Stone Cellar.

There are many others to be thanked including our musicians who play in each of the homes, the Sunflower Bake Shop who donate delicious gingerbread cookies which are served in one of the homes, The Stone Cellar restaurant which donates gift certificates to each of the homeowners,  Barnabe's which donates poinsettias to the houses, the Town Crier and his lovely wife who always participate in one of the heritage homes, the students of the Police Foundation Program at Algonquin College in Perth, Foodsmiths, the Perth Chamber of Commerce and lastly our resident CFUW photographer Lois Perreault.

Thank you to everyone!


Mark it on your calendar. Suggest to your friends that they do the same. The ninth annual C.F.U.W. Heritage Perth Christmas House Tour is scheduled for December 6 and 7, 2014 from 10:30am to 3:30pm daily.

Eight unique homes will be featured on the tour, some historic and some modern but all lovely. They will have been transformed for the holiday season by gifted local decorators, and will be sure to inspire your own decorating.  While you are in historic Perth, you can also enjoy our annual Santa Claus Parade on the evening of December 6 and visit the dazzling display of Christmas trees in the Crystal Palace.

Local restaurants, as well as St. James Anglican Church, will offer specially priced lunches to ticket holders during the tour.
Informative bookmarks have been distributed to area businesses which provide more details about the tour.  They will serve as reminders to invite your in town and out of town friends to join you for this annual Christmas Season kick-off in Perth. Many visitors have told us that they now make the tour weekend an annual event for reconnecting with family and friends.

Not only is the tour a fun way to see special homes, it also provides an opportunity to invest in the future since all proceeds are used to provide educational awards to deserving and needy women and young girls in their pursuit of advanced education. Proceeds also support literacy and other educational initiatives in area schools and libraries. Since the tour began, over $125,000. have been distributed in Lanark County.

The Canadian Federation of University Women is a voluntary non-profit organization committed to the improvement of the status of women, human rights and to the promotion of Education.

Once again we are aided in our efforts by substantial sponsorships from our local community and we sincerely thank all participants. .