2818 Decew Rd, St Catharines, ON L2R 6P7, Canada
4000 sqft (372 sqm)
626857.0 sqft (58237.0 sqm)
Opportunities to own properties of such high distinction come few and far between, and DeCew House is no exception. This incredible mostly wooded 14+ acre estate with stunning views, varied topography and distinctive provenance is one of the jewels in the Niagara crown.
A sophisticated marriage between historical old world construction styles and modern amenity, this home is steeped in the rarefied ambiance of European castles in ancient forests. Stone archways, decorative wrought iron, quarried limestone and heartwoods tell stories of lineages and history; crossing the threshold makes a visitor wonder which esteemed guests may have trod those walkways before them.
The main floor begins with welcoming visitors via the solid wooden door set in a curved arch; be sure to look for the decorative stonework and family crest. The house's newly-installed elevator is tucked unassumingly behind the door, looking like it's been there since the foundations were carved out of the earth. Stepping into the hall, views of the updated kitchen, staircase and stained glass that hints of regal lineage blend modern amenity with timeless design. Most is made of the views via the skillful use of over sized windows and doors; fanlights, French treatments and muntin-free glazing bring the light and outdoors into rooms already rich in detail and fine finishes. Every view reveals abundant detail and artistry.
Rising up the staircase, admire the mix of opalescent and pictorial glass, rich hardwood, generous proportions. The landing enjoys its own hearth and spacious gathering area. Each of the bedrooms includes over sized windows; so much the better to take in the peerless views of the valley below, Bruce Trail, Power Glen and the headwaters for Twelve Mile Creek.
The lower level includes the 2-car garage, elevator to all floors, a gorgeous party room with access to the rear deck, a guest suite, wine cellar, walk out to the rear deck and storage and mechanical rooms
The acreage is home to waterfalls, diverse wildlife, a naturally formed swimming hole and spans both the top of the Niagara Escarpment and the verdant floodplain below. Proximity to Short Hills Park and the Morningstar Mill guarantees an unparalleled outdoor experience; lounge above the treetops, watch raptors ride thermals for the fun of it, mark the progress of deer across the lawn and further into the valley, listen to the distant roar of the falls and the tumbling water in its banks while the sun extinguishes itself on the horizon.