Somewhere along the Eastern Townships wine route exists a very special house. About 100km south of Montreal in the small village of Frelighsburgh, the three storey house is perched on a cliff and overlooks private waterfalls, the changing scenery of the seasons and the Mont Pinacle that reigns on the horizon.

 

 

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Local painter and property owner Jacques Lajeunesse and his wife Johanne Ratté dedicated half of the top floor of their house built in 1997 to a painting workshop. Crack a window and suddenly the relaxing sounds of cascading waters will take you to your creative spot!

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“It’s a room that inspires creation” explains Jacques Lajeunesse. According to him, it was a bit of a challenge to build, since he wanted the room to provide optimal painting conditions, especially with respect to light.

“Usually, when you build a studio, the best light comes from the north ’cause it’s the most constant light,” he said. “But if I had done that, I wouldn’t be able to see the falls!”

During the summer, the private waterfalls create 3 different natural pools that converge to the final huge basin that is between 5 to 12 feet deep. After a good rain, it can get sporty and you can swim against the current.

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Sunsets are also incredible.

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Now that autumn is here, it is a whole different scenery and colour play that nature paints outside of Mr. Lajeunesse’s windows. The 15 acres property surrounding the house also include a small island, a sandy beach and a misty forest.

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It is truly a painter’s paradise.

This property is currently on the market for CAD 1.5M$ and listed by Jeff Lee of Engel & Völkers in Montreal.

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