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1543 River Road


Sand Point, Braeside (MLS® # 1105131)


  • $779,000
  • MLS®: 1105131
  • Single Family
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Car Garage: 2
  • Date Available: TBD
  • Year Built: 1837

OTTAWA VALLEY LANDMARK Solid, stately blue limestone manor overlooking the Ottawa River at Sand Point dates to 1837, a time when the river was critical for transportation & trade, and lumber barons flourished. This magnificent home retains the architectural detail & character of its origins, including sizable millwork, ceiling medallions, 12-foot ceilings, interior window shutters, marble adorned wood-burning fireplaces, exposed stone walls, & a unique hand-carved stair rail & balusters.  The main house features 5 large bedrooms on the 2nd floor. A respectful restoration to what was originally the working kitchen & servant quarters allows for a fabulous sitting room with stone fireplace & a loft for a 6th bedroom with an ensuite bathroom. The size and layout make this dwelling ideal as a B&B. The grounds at 2.9 acres include a private in-ground swimming pool, ancient trees and a garden area with unusual plantings owing to the microclimate of the property. What a lovely venue for weddings or other special events. Views of the Ottawa River are stunning, especially sun & moon rise over the river. This well-maintained home has many updates (roof, wiring, plumbing, septic, furnace etc). Sand Point is located near Arnprior, just 30 minutes to Kanata. Read the Extended Details & History.


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Style: Detached 2 Storey

Legal Description:PT LT 18, CON B, BEING PT 1, 49R12303; T/W R377291 ; MCNAB / BRAESIDE

Lot Size:  368.94 ‘ x 294.36 ‘ / 2.900 Acres

Taxes: $5,581.00/2016

Heating/Ventilation: Forced Air Propane Gas/Central Air,  Radiant heat in the floor of the south wing

Parking: 2 Garage Attached Inside Entry

Possession: TBD

Inclusions: Dishwasher, Refrigerator, Counter Top Stove, Built-in Oven x 2, Washer, Dryer, Microwave, Existing Window Dressings, Existing light fixtures and ceiling fans, Auto Garage Opener plus 2 remotes, Alarm System, Propane hot water Tank, Storage Shed, Inground Pool and all accessories.

Exclusions: 2 corner wall-mounted cabinets in DR, 3 wall sconces and plate rack/shelving in mudroom, Plate rack in breakfast area, Cast iron pots in the garden, Curtains in Bed #3, Laundry rack/maid in Ldry Rm, School bus shed (at entrance of driveway), Hanging silvered glass ornament in front hallway, Keybox at base of stairs, corner wall units in Dining room.

Room Sizes

Main Level

  • Foyer 40′ x 9′
  • Great Room 23’5” x 18’8”
  • Living Room 20′ x 14’10”
  • Dining Room 20′ x 14’8”
  • Kitchen 12′ x 16′
  • Eating Area 8’4” x 8′
  • Library 20′ x 14’10”
  • Partial Bath 7’10” x 3’3”
  • Laundry 7’9” x 6′

Second Level

  • Bedroom 17’2” x 13’2”
  • Bedroom 15’4” x 13’4”
  • Bedroom 14’2” x 14′
  • Bedroom 15’2” x 13′
  • Bedroom 11’3” x 11′
  • 5 Piece Bath 15′ x 8’9”
  • Loft 15’4” x 11’3”
  • 3 Piece Ensuite 8′ x 6′


  • Low/Unfinished

Directions: Hwy 417 West Toward Arnprior Take the exit toward Campbell Dr & turn right onto Campbell Dr., Turn left onto Usborne St., Turn right onto Golf Club Rd., Turn right onto Toner Rd, Turn left onto River Rd. Destination will be on the left


Dates are Approx.

  • Garage Built in 1973
  • Porch rebuilt in 2016 (metal supports)
  • Garage Doors and Opener 2014
  • Well Cap 2015
  • Pressure pump 2014
  • Water softener 2014
  • Electrical 2016 updates, grounding, reverse polarity, disconnect unused wires, groundwater pipe
  • Furnace 2013
  • Septic 2012 5000L Tank
  • 48M filter media bed
  • Upgraded attic insulation to R32 2005
  • Library plaster work ceiling restored 2006
  • Original rear kitchen & servant quarters restoration 2006
  • Pumped and filter cleaned 2017
  • Eavestrough and Roof 2014
  • Roof vents 2015
  • Stonework pointing 2012, 2015, 2016
  • Pool 2005
  • Pool heater 2017
  • Survey 1994
  • Heat tracer cable to sump pump 2017

Extended Details & History:

Welcome to historic Sand Point House. Come and walk through the very gates that Lord Elgin and Canada’s first Prime Minister, Sir John A McDonald did. Built in 1837 by lumber baron Alexander McDonell, this Renfrew County blue limestone estate is steeped in history yet has every modern convenience superbly blended into period features. The formal entrance and River Road frontage is majestically dressed with a stunning iron and stone-wall fence displaying royal orbs of cast iron signifying the coronation year of Queen Victoria. The wrap around porch provides superb views of the scenic Ottawa River, its islands and Norway Bay in Quebec. Close to top-notch golfing, restaurants, ski-resorts, sandy beaches and boat-launch areas this home is accessible to winter and summer sports along both the Ottawa, Madawaska and Bonnechere rivers. Great care has been taken to maintain as many original features as possible including the front door, its original knocker and external mouldings. The double glazed double hung sash windows were built using the original split pane design, and are still detailed by the original interior shutters and mouldings.

The secluded and very private in ground pool invites you to have many relaxing days sharing precious time with family, friends, and business associates alike. The pool is accessed by a private entrance through the south wing’s stone courtyard and BBQ area making it an ideal entertaining spot. The entire pool and bathing area is surrounded by luscious grape vines allowing you to indulge in organic grapes for dessert, condiments or better yet…a fine wine of your own making. This courtyard is also accessible through double sliding glass doors which lead you into the south wing and its cathedral ceiling, loft & ensuite bath. To the north of the pool is an ideal croquet ground and play area. The extensive gardens unfold as you wander to the east meandering through mature herbaceous borders based on the 1860 design still available in the library. Rare trees and shrubs thrive in the micro-climate created by the hillside to the south of the house. Kentucky coffee, gingko, walnut, chestnut and beech trees echo the unique nature of this estate. The Japanese garden and koi pond provide a restful retreat after a busy day. Irish drystone walls create borders throughout the garden and courtyard areas. There is ample parking in the oversized double garage for your cars and guests.

Being welcomed through the front door one is delighted with a 40 foot long hallway, magnificent original winding staircase, and milled archway with stately principle rooms either side. The grand library provides a quiet refuge for reading or work where high speed internet is readily on tap. The walls are decorated in murals painted c 1865 for the famous visit of Sir John A MacDonald and are well documented, as are many other aspects of the house, in historic Canadian journals. This room makes an ideal environment for those who work from home, have a home-based business or wish to display an extensive collection of rare editions. There is also a private entrance to access this room, should you have regular visits from clients or colleagues. The marble fireplace surrounds an energy efficient wood-burning insert. The same stunning moulding that deck the halls is echoed in this room. Next to the library and through French doors, overlooking the river, the living room invites you to relax by a white marble fire surround with modern insert. Original to the house built in shelves can provide more book space or an area to display your favourite things.

Across the large hallway one enters the expansive dining room with magnificent hand carved fire surround, views of the river and generous room for family dinners, formal dinner parties or even special events. The thoroughly modern Deslaurier designed kitchen is conveniently placed through a swinging door from the dining room. With ample cupboards built to the ceilings, marble counter tops and ceramic floors there is a definite European feel. The blue tone on the walls has been matched to the original in the room and the modern appliances blend seamlessly. A cosy breakfast nook affords more casual dining . The south wing is the original servant’s quarters and kitchen area. Rebuilt in 2006 it now provides a magnificent bright and airy space with radiant heat floors, loft bedroom and 4 piece ensuite. Steeped in the homes history is the original kitchen fireplace with original cooking crane and rebuilt bread oven. Guest area, family room, office, income suite, granny flat, board room: the possibilities are endless.

Atop the magnificent staircase are five large well- appointed bedrooms- all with built in closets. The master bedroom has built in book cases, and views of the pool and garden and the adjoining dressing room- with walk in closets- glances over the garden and resplendent Kentucky coffee trees. The front bedroom has superlative views of the Ottawa River and offers an incomparable sunrise. Another bedroom has been reappointed as a private reading room and library with peaceful views of the river and garden to the west. At the top of the stairs are two further bedrooms- one overlooking the pool while the other looks across the driveway courtyard. The luxury hotel-size tiled bathroom has double sinks, tiled shower, massive walk-in linen closet and 7’ claw foot bathtub for the ultimate soak.

Only 30 minutes to Ottawa’s high tech community and less than 30 minutes to cottage country, Sand Point House is the ideal mix of Canadian history and modern day living. So, why not start creating your own history today, by calling 1543 River Road your new home or potentially your new B&B venture?

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