Ker Cavan is a historically significant estate in Guelph, Ontario, attributed to renowned architect Sir Charles Barry (Architect of British Parliament Buildings and Highclere Castle (Downton Abbey)). This Tudor type of the Gothic Revival style masterpiece was built between 1854 and 1856 and stands as a rare example of its kind in Canada. It is widely considered one of Guelph’s most historically and architecturally significant properties.
The estate, sitting on 0.838 acres, boasts a lush and private exterior with a winding cobblestone driveway leading to an oversized double car garage. The landscaping and horticulture are meticulous, creating a serene and elegant atmosphere, designed by Carol Ann L. Betz Landscape Architect. The architecturally stunning façade has gorgeous details of arches, beautiful gothic windows, and custom copper eavesdrops.
Inside, the estate seamlessly blends heritage and modern design elements. It includes a library with 19th-century plaster ceilings, a formal reception room, and a grand dining room with exquisite heritage features. The kitchen, originally a conservatory, offers a contemporary design with Miele appliances and Valcucine glass cabinets.
The upper floors have spacious bedrooms with heritage touches, including a primary suite with a fireplace and ensuite. The loft space is multifunctional and includes a home office and a bedroom fit for royalty. The lower level offers functional spaces including a grand recreation space with French doors to the garden and a covered Gothic arched terrace. A room of exposed limestone and brick restoration could be transformed into a showstopping wine cellar or cigar humidor room.
The current owners have preserved the estate’s heritage while infusing modern elements. Their design approach balances the architectural grandeur with contemporary touches, creating a unique and exceptional home. Ker Cavan is a one-of-a-kind premium offering with a remarkable story.
Co-Listed with Adam Stewart, Chestnut Park Realty Southwestern Ontario Ltd., Brokerage