Monthly Archives: June 2012

Country Cottage Bed & Breakfast in Gibsons British Columbia

When I came across this adorable vacation rental near Gibsons, British Columbia, my heart actually skipped a beat.

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This photo of Country Cottage Bed & Breakfast is courtesy of TripAdvisor

Is this not the sweetest thing you have ever seen? Look at the quaint interior:

Photos of Country Cottage Bed & Breakfast, Gibsons
This photo of Country Cottage Bed & Breakfast is courtesy of TripAdvisor

It’s small, it’s vintage, and just so darn homey.

There were only a handful of public photos on Trip Advisor.com, but I had to share them with you.

The Country Cottage Bed & Breakfast actually consists of two different small cottages: Rose Cottage (pictured above) and Cedar Cottage (below)…

Photos of Country Cottage Bed & Breakfast, Gibsons
This photo of Country Cottage Bed & Breakfast is courtesy of TripAdvisor

Apparently, the B&B also comes with a couple of large and friendly Irish Wolfhound hosts…

Photos of Country Cottage Bed & Breakfast, Gibsons
This photo of Country Cottage Bed & Breakfast is courtesy of TripAdvisor

The photo below was entitled “Minnie May” – not sure if that is referring to the shack or the sheep. Either way, the scene is just perfectly pastoral.

Photos of Country Cottage Bed & Breakfast, Gibsons
This photo of Country Cottage Bed & Breakfast is courtesy of TripAdvisor

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Historic Richthofen Castle in Denver, Colorado For Sale

In east Denver’s historic Montclair neighborhood, you will find the 125-year-old Richthofen Castle. The turreted stone mansion was built by Baron Walter von Richthofen, a Prussian immigrant and Colorado mining entrepreneur. The Baron was also the uncle of the notorious WWI German fighter pilot, The Red Baron.

He modeled this stunning piece of architecture off a similar home in Prussia.

– from: http://homesindenver.org/

image from:http://homesindenver.org

This magnificent Denver home has had multiple owners during the last century, but has been owned by Jerry and Esther Priddy since 1984.

image from: http://homesindenver.org

According to the Denver Post, the Priddy’s decided it was time to sell because the castle required “substantial upkeep” and would have been “a terrible burden” for their children. No kidding.

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Rezoned and Repurposed: Early 20th Century carriage house now a home

image from: trulia.com

This historic carriage house has been converted into a cool, contemporary loft-like space while still preserving some amazing vintage details.

image from: trulia.com

This gorgeous conversion is located in the Spring Garden Historic District in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

image from: trulia.com

Currently on the market for $1,690,000, this home had 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, but no mention of square footage. I guessing at least 3,000, maybe 4,000 or 5,000 – this place is spacious!

image from: trulia.com

Look at the exposed trusses!

The Second Floor Features A Dramatic Great Room With 18 [foot] Ceilings With Beams & Original Carriage Hoist of Pulley & Gears Plus 2 Cupolas.

– from: trulia.com

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1960’s Seattle houseboat for sale

How about floating through life on this little teal and yellow cutie?

image from: http://cooperjacobs.com

Ever since I saw that wonderfully sappy movie Sleepless in Seattle (thank you Nora Eprhon), I have always wanted to own a houseboat. Since I live in a land-locked, arid state (Colorado), that’s probably just a pipe dream. But I can dream.

image from: http://cooperjacobs.com

This beautiful vintage houseboat is currently on the market for $350,000. It is large for a houseboat – 1000 square feet – with 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms.

Located on Seattle’s Union Lake, this updated houseboat was built in the year 1960.

Look at the wonderful kitchen…

image from: http://cooperjacobs.com

Love the trusses! It just feels so spacious…

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Homes lost in Colorado from the Waldo Canyon Fire

I need to take a breather from posting on my blog for a day or two because of the gut-wrenching historic situation around here with the wildfires.

It’s been a horrifying 24 hours watching helplessly as many homes have been lost before our eyes live on tv; watching news anchors break down and cry as they watch homes burn; ashes and embers falling on the neighborhoods that we love.

image from: twitter.com

At the time of writing this, at least 32 thousand people have been evacuated from their homes in Colorado Springs. Thousands more evacuated in the county and surrounding areas. The city of Colorado Springs’ westside is on fire. It is a beloved area with spectacular scenery and many beautiful landmarks.

Flying W Ranch has been lost to the fire [see their heart-breaking statement here], Garden of the Gods, Glen Eyrie Castle, Air Force Academy have all been affected – to what extent we don’t yet know, and many, many homes and business gone.

image from: twitter.com

Our hearts are breaking here in Colorado – the westside of Colorado Springs was one of the most beautiful areas in the entire state, and now large parts of it have been turned into charred ashes.

We are safe here in Canon City (45 minutes away from the Waldo Canyon Fire), our old house is doing just fine. But things could turn quickly, as we saw last night in Colorado Springs. It is just so tinder dry around here with record-breaking heat. Add gusty winds to the mix, a prolific arsonist on the loose, and it is a disaster waiting to happen.

All of my thoughts and prayers are going out to those many people who have lost their homes in Colorado Springs, and in the rest of this beautiful state due to the wildfires.

(Now is the time when I do my special rain dance!)

-S


~ House Crazy Sarah ~

Sarah Felix Burns

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