Named for Queen Elizabeth’s Royal yacht, Windrose Estates’ Britannia model home exudes the same class and luxury one would expect on a royal honeymoon.
This stunningly sophisticated residence is located just outside of Collingwood in an exclusive enclave of 37 estate lots being developed by renowned builder MacPherson Homes. Surrounded by the great outdoors, Windrose Estates beckons to those who enjoy a full and active lifestyle. Next door to top-notch recreation facilities, including world-class golf courses, the largest concentration of ski resorts in Ontario, and a hiking/biking trail system that is second to none, not to mention the clear blue waters of Georgian Bay, this is a vacation home you’ll never want to leave.
This 4,200-square-foot home was designed with luxury alpine living and entertaining in mind and the very open floor plan allows many people to enjoy each other’s company with easy movement. It is richly appointed with modern appliances, thoughtful floor plans and expert craftsmanship. The site offers smashing views of the Osler Bluff Ski Club out the front window, and just as incredible views of Blue Mountain from the back deck.
The exterior features a classic alpine silhouette, with post and beam accents in the gables adding to its mountain personality. Precast stone veneer and maroon hardie board siding complete this stylish home’s chalet look.
From the moment you enter through the grand eight-foot front double doorway, you can soak in the comfort and style this executive chalet offers. The large front foyer welcomes guests with the rich warmth of its solid wood floor that runs throughout the main level.
The main hallway leads directly into a great room that features a floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace as its centerpiece and the post and beam construction in the great room gives the home that rustic sophistication sought after by those wanting a chalet-chic retreat for après-ski.
Ten-foot ceilings on the main floor, large banks of windows in every room with spectacular views of the Niagara Escarpment and neutral walltones just add to the bright and spacious feel.
Interior designer Michelle Pasquale says she wanted to showcase the Britannia’s most grandiose features, such as the double front doors to the grand foyer, high ceilings, large rooms and second floor staircase that overlooks the massive great room, but still keep the warmth and comfort that we all associate with a ski chalet.
Stylish and practical, this spacious chalet style home is perfect for entertaining and relaxing. And the entertaining likely will start in the kitchen immediately to the right of the great room, where chefs can work their culinary magic on the island while chatting with guests cozied up around the fireplace. The rich dark walnut cabinetry of the island contrasts nicely with the light French country-style cabinets, both picking up the highlights of the luxurious leathered granite counter top.
Designed and built by Paris Kitchens, the cooking space is anchored by a six-burner stainless gas stovetop and features a state-of-the-art Sub Zero fridge disguised with panels that match the kitchen cabinetry.
The custom kitchen also includes a huge pantry with nifty interlocking shelves that provide an incredible amount of easily accessible storage space and a built-in microwave and dishwasher are conveniently located in the island.
One of the most talked-about features of the Britannia is its main floor, walk-in wine room. This environmentally-controlled wine pantry – we can’t call it a cellar because it is on the main floor – is within arms reach of the kitchen, has room for 200-plus bottles of wine and will make sure your vintages are at just the right serving temperature and your guest’s glasses are never empty.
The kitchen’s stunning stone backsplash continues behind the adjacent chef’s desk and into the butler’s wet bar as well, creating lots of visual interest by combining both rugged and smooth textures.
The adjacent breakfast room opens up into a large formal dining room that boasts a large harvest table from Restoration Hardware. On one side, a bank of windows provides a spectacular backyard view, with the Blue Mountains rising in the background; on the other side, the gas fireplace provides warmth beneath a large iron clock.
“The dining room was designed to give diners the full Collingwood experience with the large windows on the outer walls, allowing for breathtaking views, and the two-way fireplace on the inner side, providing the feeling of a warm campfire without having to step outside,” explains Pasquale. “The large clock hanging over the fireplace in the dining area is one of my favourite pieces in the entire house, adding texture and intrigue to get people talking at the table, but it is so complementary to the space that no one ‘watches the time’ but instead, they get lost in its beauty.”
At the front of the house, to the right of the front foyer, a cozy den offers yet another stunning view of Osler Bluffs Ski Club. With an adjacent butler’s servery connecting this room to the kitchen, it’s the perfect space for a home office or TV room.
To the left of the front entrance is a main floor guest bedroom. It’s a self-contained sanctuary with its own en suite bath, giving guests and homeowners their privacy.
A vaulted catwalk leading from the stairs to the sleeping area provides a great view of the floor-to-ceiling fireplace in the living room. The post and beam details by Legendary Log Crafters, a Collingwood company, highlight the large ceiling heights and carry over into the master bedroom.
“The master bedroom was designed to provide relaxation and luxury with its large room space, inviting and soothing color scheme and the sizable master bathroom. The room is complete with the sleigh bed, dark wooden timber frames and full-size windows looking onto the mountains,” adds Pasquale.
The en suite to the master bedroom also features a frameless glass enclosure shower, more leathered granite and more incredible views.
The upstairs features four bedrooms, and three baths, each one designed and built to be its own self-contained sanctuary.
Less glamorous, but just as essential, the main floor laundry room continues the leathered granite motif and joins onto the large mudroom. It’s the perfect space to drop you ski gear before heading in to warm up by the fireplace with hot chocolate. It has access to the back porch and the spacious three-car garage, which has plenty of room to stow all your gear.
And there is still more room to roam. The large unfinished basement has room for a large recreation area, more bedrooms and a bathroom.
The Britannia is one of eight styles and floor plans being offered by MacPherson at Windrose Estates on lots from one to two acres located at the corner of Osler Bluff Road and Sixth Street.