Stephen Leacock’s House – Orillia,Ontario

Stephen Leacock’s House – Orillia,Ontario

The next day, we explored downtown Orillia.

We found this beautiful house now museum of Stephen Leacock, along the beautiful lake simcoe.

It was said in 1911 that more people had heard of Stephen Leacock than had heard of Canada. Also, between the years 1915 and 1925, Leacock was the most popular humorist in the English-speaking world.

I’ve always been fascinated of the lifestyle of the people back from early 1800’s-1900’s. I like going to places full of mysteries and history. (Insert my late night binge watching of Murcdoch’s Mysteries in netflix. lol)

Now the tour of his summer house….. (I know it’s winter but we can always book a trip back!)

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It was snowing that day, you can see his boat house (which is still preserved).

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Now the house, It was only me and my chap who was visiting that day. They also rent out the property for weddings or special events as it has also it’s cafe facing the other way. It was once called the Brewery and was bought out by Stephen Leacocks.

Leacock was born in England in 1869. His father, Peter Leacock, and his mother, Agnes Emma Butler Leacock, were both from well-to-do families. The family, eventually consisting of eleven children, immigrated to Canada in 1876, settling on a one hundred-acre farm in Sutton, Ontario.

During the summer months, Leacock lived at Old Brewery Bay, his summer estate in Orillia, across Lake Simcoe from where he was raised and also bordering Lake Couchiching. A working farm, Old Brewery Bay is now a museumย and National Historic Site of Canada. Gossip provided by the local barber, Jefferson Short, provided Leacock with the material which would become Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town (1912), set in the thinly-disguised Mariposa.

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The dining area

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The cupboard room

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My favorite spot is the kitchen where you can have your tea while cooking and staring out in the water. Setting back in 1920’s where there’s no cellphone, computer, blog is probably not even imaginable to be existing in our age now. The Era you most likely will really get to enjoy a full day, disconnected to the world and social media, I do believe you’ll appreciate more your life without comparing yourself what you see in social media.

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I believe this one has been converted to electric. But how cute is this? The place looks like my dollhouse for my barbie’s back when I was a child.

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How gorgeous are the crinkets you’ll find here?

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You can actually book a tea party here for only $10 each person and get to enjoy unlimited choice of tea. How awesome is that? If I probably live in the area I would be hosting a tea party once a week.

You can book it thru HERE

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I love the old fireplace at his living room.

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Here we can overlook the lake with the boat house.

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He also have ย a big room full of books. I couldn’t help but read a few.

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The books that he wrote, which you might be familiar one or two books perhaps?

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With a gorgeous reading table.

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The sun room where Leacok stayed most fo the time.

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Oh I can’t wait to be back in the summer, I should probably rent a cabin which most Canadians do. Hope you enjoyed the tour as much as I did.

36 Comments

  1. December 3, 2016 / 10:21 pm

    What a lovely home and the perfect backdrop. Even though it is supposed to be a summer house I love that the snow has fallen making it even more cozy and quaint. What a beautiful area to have a party or wedding too. Thank you for this inside tour of this home and the history of it. Xoxo, Christine
    http://dailykongfidence.com/

  2. Jane
    December 4, 2016 / 10:01 am

    Beautiful pictures and I am so in love with those antique-looking mugs ๐Ÿ™‚

    DEYLENE: Save 570euros

  3. December 4, 2016 / 1:28 pm

    I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again: I LOVE YOUR TIPS!! ๐Ÿ™‚ You and I share the same interest in history and mysteries and this place is breathing history and I must somewhat shamefully admit I have not heard of Stephen Leacock although I thought I’ve read through all classics out there, so here’s a new one for me to enjoy. And it is wonderful that the have preserved the house in the shape it was when he and his family lived there. Thank you also for the history lesson as I always find it fascinating to hear people’s stories. ๐Ÿ™‚
    xoxo
    Thomas

    http://www.thomasfalkenstedt.com/

  4. December 4, 2016 / 2:56 pm

    What a quaint looking house! I love the kitchen area! That’s exactly how I’d like my kitchen to look ๐Ÿ™‚

    xo, Jo
    http://www.cutandchic.com

  5. December 5, 2016 / 12:04 am

    What a gorgeous place girl, I hope you had an amazing time and you looked so beautiful as always!

    Camila,
    My Vogue Style | http://www.myvoguestyle.com

  6. Amy Ann Arnold
    December 5, 2016 / 6:36 am

    Wow, that house is amazing! Looks like such a cool place to visit .

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  7. December 5, 2016 / 1:27 pm

    This is such a fun experience, girlie! Were you able to dine in there, too!? That would’ve been even more cool! I agree, though I’m thankful for all the technology and amenities we enjoy today, I do think that if we didn’t have all these distractions and conveniences, we’d enjoy our lives more. I can even compare it to growing up in the ’90s, I feel bad for the kids of today, they don’t even play outside! Thanks so much for sharing, beauty, and I hope you have the best week ahead,!

    XO,

    Jalisa
    http://www.thestylecontour.com

  8. December 5, 2016 / 1:30 pm

    I LOVE the decor!! thanks for sharing <3

  9. December 5, 2016 / 8:59 pm

    You look fantastic, darling. This entire look is AMAZING! Thanks for sharing! Your photos are fabulous!
    Have a wonderful week!
    much love, Len
    http://www.lenparent.com

  10. Konstantina Antoniadou
    December 6, 2016 / 11:48 am

    Look at this beautiful place! I am really jealous of all this snow!!!
    http://www.kmeetsstyle.com

  11. Siffat Haider
    December 6, 2016 / 1:23 pm

    Omg Darlene, this place looks like it was plucked out of a story book. You’ve inspired me to go to Orillia!
    xo
    Siffat
    http://icingandglitter.com

  12. December 6, 2016 / 1:55 pm

    I can definitely imagine having my wedding there. It has such a lovely view and the inside is beautifully decorated. Thanks for these lovely pics ๐Ÿ™‚

    http://www.thebeautybeau.com

  13. December 6, 2016 / 11:03 pm

    What a beautiful place. So magical & peaceful . Love the tea set, I am sure there is a lot of history !
    xx, gracie
    snappedbygracie.com

  14. December 9, 2016 / 4:12 am

    Wow such a stunning place babe! It looks so charming yet cozy ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. December 9, 2016 / 1:25 pm

    This looks like such a beautiful Summer house, and it has an amazing view!
    I love that you can rent it for a tea party and the china is so pretty! if I lived there, I would definitely host a tea party!
    Julia xx
    http://www.thevelvetrunway.com

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