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The Country Decorator Holiday House

SuperhostMalden, New Brunswick, Canada
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Our country accommodations offer you quiet comfort in a rural New Brunswick setting. Drink refreshing deep well water, fall asleep to the sweet smell of cool country air to the sound of crickets, enjoy the simple pleasure of picking wild berries in season. A lovely romantic getaway or just enjoy some gold old relaxation.

The guest cottage is a charming reminder of the past; hand painted, shell decorated walls are enhanced with timeless scripture verses, previously our summer kitchen.

Built by Irish immigrants in 1841 and moved off the main house in 1981, it has served us well as a country antiques shop, later a seasonal Christmas shop; it has recently been converted to a delightfully decorated 'holiday house'! The décor is truly unique-a wonderful mélange of antique pieces; seashell decorated walls and furnishings; hand painted walls and cupboards, two great "shabby chic" bedrooms; one large country bedroom; two large sun-filled living and dining areas; wrap-around deck; full bathroom and kitchen facilities with all appliances and all linens provided.

This is a Smoke-Free environment! Well behaved pets are welcome, however we do ask that dogs be kept on a leash when outside.

Guest will have access to the entire cottage and wrap around deck.

Antique store is located on premises. Please contact host for viewing.

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For the convenience after a long day of travels or later arrivals or just a mid day snack guests can choose items from the fully stocked pantry such as; cereal, pasta, pancake mix, syrup and so much more. The refrigerator/freezer is also stocked with eggs, bread, butter, cream, and orange juice. All at no extra charge.

Please note that there is a Management Fee of 15% that will be charged at the time of booking, this Management Fee is for Sales Tax that must be collected by the owner of the cottage.
Our country accommodations offer you quiet comfort in a rural New Brunswick setting. Drink refreshing deep well water, fall asleep to the sweet smell of cool country air to the sound of crickets, enjoy the simple pleasure of picking wild berries in season. A lovely romantic getaway or just enjoy some gold old relaxation.

The guest cottage is a charming reminder of the past; hand painted, shell decorated…


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Malden, New Brunswick, Canada

The neighborhood surrounding the cottage has many beautiful trails; including the Trans Canada Trail, that can be used for walking and biking.
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Ble med i februar 2019
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The accent is still pure "Yankee" despite the fact that Danny and Gael Ryan, toting their 2 small children, immigrated to the Canadian Maritimes well over 40 years ago. Gael, whose strong Canadian roots are connected to her father and maternal grandparents, always had "living in Canada" in the back of her mind since she was a child visiting the many relatives in the area every summer. Both her father and grandparents had emigrated in the 1920's from Canada to New England, where both Danny and Gael were brought up and educated. Danny, a heavy equipment operator, had only a wee bit of carpentry experience and Gael was the artistic half of the duo. After marriage and 2 young children it was decided to give up the 9-5 lifestyle and "move to the country' (albeit another country!) Danny was always fond of remarking "Gael, we don't have to move THIS FAR to be out in the country!" in March 1975, with all the immigration requirements behind them, they arrived at the old farmhouse they’d purchased 2 years earlier....let's take a look back on that traumatic experience... In 1973 when Danny and Gael first glimpsed the weathered gray Greek Revival house in a snowy New Brunswick field, one of many ensuing differences of opinion permeated the air. Gael said (after crawling over 2 feet of frozen debris) "look! I can have a huge Christmas tree! The ceilings are so high!" Danny said "NEVER! I am getting the H-LL out of here! I wouldn't take this dump if they gave it to me!" The 1841 abandoned house was textbook derelict due to the leaky tin roof (flapping in a stiff breeze); the knee deep debris which had been wet and then frozen to every floor throughout, nearly 300 small broken panes of glass (the object of local target practice); the wet horsehair plaster hanging in shards from all ceilings and wall surfaces; 2 rooms of complete sooty blackness from previously rusted stovepipes; barn swallow nests on every door and window corner; no electricity and the "plumbing" consisted of a frozen cracked cast iron hand pump and an "outhouse" with 2 back walls missing! But, according to Gael's grandmother, who had accompanied them to view the property, “the roof line is perfectly straight, Danny" and if you want to buy it, I'll help you fix it!" With prompting from "Nana" (an expert carpenter in her own right) Danny was reluctantly persuaded to go along with the idea — a week and $2000 later the wreck of the house and 25 acres belonged to them! With no clue where to begin, Danny simply boarded up all the broken windows with cheap paneling until they could return from Massachusetts in August to begin the daunting task (with the expert help from Nana, of course!) Unfortunately, when Nana returned to Massachusetts she decided to marry her second husband, an elderly neighbor, and that was the end of the expert advice on even where to begin fixing the wreck. In August, upon returning to the "fixer-upper" for his 2 week "vacation" Danny happily tore off the warped paneling —which only exposed the full extent of the disastrous real estate deal! Because the paneling closed out not only the snow and rain, but also the sun and wind, and hot august temperatures had created a moldering melted mess and all the filthy knee deep debris was a rotting mass of slimy junk. Danny was horrified when he glimpsed what the removal of the paneling and daylight had exposed inside the wrecked shell of a house. "What have we done????" he groaned "it will be so beautiful when it's done! Just wait and see!" said Gael (as she carefully averted her eyes so he couldn't see her tears running down her face ,inwardly crying "Dear God, what have I gotten us into???" of course she would NEVER admit she had talked him into such a disastrous deal!) Well, first things first-how to empty the pathetic shell of a house of all the moldy filth...having brought with them only the most rudimentary tools (hammer, handsaw, screwdrivers, and a couple of shovels) they waded into the disgusting mess with the vigor only a young and foolish couple could muster in the face of such adversity. During the first several days they discovered the most effective way to distribute the wet interior filth was to drag it out to a freshly hand-dug pit and dump it, so they madly shoveled the slimy mess into the bottoms of 2 old broken trunks, trussed themselves up as beasts of burden dragging the trunks behind them. Several hundred trips later the actual pumpkin pine floors and stairs were exposed and found to be in excellent condition (not rotted, although wet and stained). After the floors were exposed all the wet blackened plaster was then removed and carted out to the pit. Next, they replaced nearly 300 small window panes —very time consuming and Danny still planned to put an asphalt shingle roof on the house all before they went back to Massachusetts . They actuality accomplished all they’d set out to do I As they worked tirelessly, they were very thankful for an obliging auntie who gave them ,after each exhausting 16 hour day, bed and board and babysitting and much excellent "hardware and building supply store" advice! Then back to Massachusetts to scrimp and save for the next onslaught the following summer-arriving with gallons of paint, wallpaper, and miscellaneous goods to work for another 2 weeks. During this "vacation" time, after replacing the gutted plaster walls and ceilings with sheet rock, Danny rented an industrial floor sander and sanded all the floors and varnished them— they were lovely! Gael busily wallpapered all the rooms. Although there was still no plumbing, for electricity they had one plug-in and one dangling lite bulb (a modern miracle!) run in by a local electrician. They worked with a 3 legged table and a broken down ladder to further their second summer's accomplishments. By fall of 1974 they had gone through the immigration process in Boston and planned to move in March of 1975 (one of the worst winters on record in this area) it wasn't pretty!! Optimistically packed with all their earthly possessions for the new adventure of the "dream house," the large U-Haul truck drove out of a dandelion infested Massachusetts spring into a literal blanket of snow at the Canadian border. Arriving at the end of their Maritime driveway they were faced with a wall of ice and snowdrift so large that it took an industrial strength snow blower to clear the path to get into the yard. And in the yard....snowy ground littered with asphalt shingle tabs which had blown off the new roof (too late they learned that "peel-n-stick" shingle tabs DO NOT work on a Maritime roof (one needs to individually tar down every shingle as it goes on.) When at last they gained admittance to the dream house, their hearts dropped yet again! The snow had sifted through the badly set glass panes and snow drifts inside the house had to be shoveled out before anything could be unloaded. The 55 rolls of beautiful documentary wallpaper was lying in crystalline sheets on the varnished floors where it had peeled off the frost infested walls earlier during the winter. There was no wood to use in the crummy $35 wood stove (hooked up to a rather crumbly chimney) they had installed as an after thought in the previous August, and the plumbing was still non-existent. The furniture and food was unloaded in a central location, yet out of the way of the many unexpected problems they were encountering at every tum. Danny concluded that the most urgent requirement was a reliable source of heat inside the sub-zero "barn" that the house had become. They burned any wooden debris they could salvage, broken furniture and 2 interior walls in the old kitchen ell until they were able to get a truckload of slab wood delivered in the inclement conditions. Although totally unprepared for the disaster the "dream house" had evolved into since their last efforts in the previous summer, Danny refused to leave the premises for another 2 weeks while he reworked the many amateur mistakes they'd made earlier. Even on the coldest of nights when Gael and the children would be warmly ensconced nightly with the dear auntie and her family, he stoically slept in the ice encrusted bedroom (with a wrapped hot brick to warm the bed) where even his beard froze around his mouth during the bone chilling nights. After Danny's managing to acquire some semblance of order to the house, Gael and the children moved back to the house for good-all 4 of them living in borrowed ski-doo suits for the next 2 months (with auntie kindly providing hot showers and laundry service as needed) they encountered at least a dozen major blizzards during the next 2 months; melting the abundant snow for all their water needs-living like pioneers. In the late spring Danny hand dug a septic field and installed a real bathroom and kitchen sink with the advice of a local retired plumber. By the following fall an oil furnace was installed which thrilled them no end! They then opened a small antiques shop in the old kitchen ell which eventually became the delightful “country decorator holiday house" when it was moved off the main house in 1981. This may be where YOU come in!!!
The accent is still pure "Yankee" despite the fact that Danny and Gael Ryan, toting their 2 small children, immigrated to the Canadian Maritimes well over 40 years ago. Gael, whose…
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