This one’s a jaw-dropper…
Located in Avondale, Nova Scotia, Canada this massive estate was first built as a fortified mission dating back to the year 1699.
Now owned as a private residence, this structure has been thoroughly restored & renovated over the past 30 years. It’s current owner bought it in 1980 for $15,000. [that’s fifteen thousand dollars!]
The owner’s children have grown up and moved on, so he and his wife have listed it on the market for $2,195,000.
Says seller/empty-nester Sherman Hines:
It was mainly a place for the children. It’s a wonderful place for children to grow up, and now there are just two of us, and seven buildings, and we use three rooms.
Hines hopes that the fortified church-turned-home will become a museum above any other purpose.
According to the Priceypads website:
Built in 1699, this 313-year-old home, fondly known as “The Mission”, is one of the rarest and most unique offerings in all of Atlantic Canada. Built at the request of Abbe M Thury, a few miles from Grand Pre, the famous site of the expulsion of the Acadians in 1755 – 1758.
– from: http://priceypads.com
(That moose head just gave me a sudden and piercing pang of home-sickness for Canada.)
Detail of an antique door:
Then you have the
dungeon er, subterranean wine cellar…
Reminiscent of the Paris Catacombs, this ancient stone cellar was once used by the French as the base of a fortified church to protect against British military forces.
Insanely creepy/romantic in a Phantom of the Opera kind-of-way.
For the owners, the cellar was love at first sight:
We drove up and I crawled around in this basement, it was full of mud and debris. I was doing kind of a duck walk around, I couldn’t stand up, and I fell in love with it.
I can see why.
The property includes several smaller cabins as well…
Rustic interiors in gorgeous rural scenery…
(The fur-trapper’s cabin?)
Oh Canada… I miss you…
…fake deer and all.
For many more photos and additional information about this 300-year-old fortified church & property in Nova Scotia, see the following websites: