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How a Montreal Couple Built a Cottage on a Quaint Quebec Acreage

It was 2020 when Mark Smith, a marketing director, and Leigh Partington, a high school teacher, had the opportunity to purchase a piece of family history. Leigh grew up in Georgeville, a small English enclave on the shores of Lake Memphremagog in Quebec’s Eastern Townships, where her kin had resided for 200 years, including her grandfather, who was once the mayor. The couple already had a cottage on the other side of the lake, but when Leigh’s aunt decided to start selling some of her 200-plus acres, they decided to make a bold move. With a strong buyer’s market at the height of the pandemic, they were able to easily sell their cottage and offered to buy a piece of the property in Georgeville.

“Funny enough, it was where my wife and I got married, and when we found out that she was thinking of selling, we decided that we couldn’t let it part from the family,” Mark disclosed. They ended up purchasing 48 acres of that property, and that’s where they built this stunning Scandinavian-style cottage two years ago.

With Scandi-inspired design, a mix of new and upcycled furnishings, meticulously curated art and a faux cathedral ceiling, Mark and Leigh have managed to make this quaint cottage look grander than its 1000-square feet. Let’s check it out. You can also see the video tour here.



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