The Blue House is a Century home surrounded by flowers, green pastures and cedar forests, nestled in a quaint village. Formerly home to one of the last Bell telephone switchboards in Canada (the board itself is now in a local museum), 'The Blue House' has history and charm galore, on top of every modern amenity you require to make your trip memorable. As your host I will do whatever I can to ensure you enjoy your stay on this unique and beautiful island. Safe travels!
A BIT OF HISTORY…
The Blue House was built by an American émigré in the early 20th century. His background before arriving to Manitoulin Island is mysterious and rumour has it he buried a handgun somewhere on the property. If you find it, it's yours! Thirteen babies were born and raised in the house. Old timers speak of the Blue House being a hub of activity in the community with dozens of local children gathering there every day. The town of Tehkummah, established in 1866, is named after its founder, an Indigenous man named Louis Tekoma (b. Manitowaning).
YOUR TRIP ADVISOR:
I can give you excellent advice about Manitoulin Island and what activities and adventures might best be suited to your needs. I'll provide brochures and a guide book that lists things to do and places you won't want to miss, and I'll also provide my cell phone number so you can call me if you have any questions at all. I'm here at your disposal to ensure you have the best vacation possible.
YOUR VACATION HOME:
The Blue House has a sprawling main floor with 1 bedroom (Queen bed), spacious living room and family room (which can also serve as a bedroom) with access to back deck and fenced in dog yard, full bathroom and kitchen. The upper story has spacious master bedroom with King size bed, your own cupboard and dresser spaces, roomy spare bedroom with double bed and single cot. A couch in the family room and a portable cot provide extra sleeping space for larger groups.
A fire pit in the backyard is available, campfire wood provided. Propane barbecue, large picnic table with chairs, spacious deck shaded by a giant maple tree. The backyard is half an acre with many trees, raspberry bushes, and flowering gardens.
Fully stocked kitchen for the discerning Chef: Plenty of counter space, large main fridge and smaller bar fridge, Lagostini brand pots and pans, Sabatier knives (kept sharp!), garlic press, coffee and espresso makers, 'milk frother' for cappuccinos and frappes, panini press, woks, salt and pepper grinders (stocked full), double sink.
OTHER AMENITIES, GAMES, ETC.:
51-inch TV with surround sound (plus Netflix for guests), Bose sound system, high speed Wifi, a piano (tuned), guitar, and djembe drum for music nights! A/C units and fans on both floors, woodstove in parlour (wood provided) and propane gas fireplace in family room, plenty of board games, colouring books and supplies for children, and other games and a variety of great books to entertain on rainy days (much as we hope you have all sunny weather!).
THE VILLAGE OF TEHKUMMAH:
Conveniently located close to the ferry docks at South Bay Mouth and easy driving or biking distance to the island's best beaches, Tehkummah is nestled among farms and cedar forests, bordered on one side by the Blue Jay Creek and on the other by the Manitou River. A short walk from the Blue House is R.A. Ward & Sons General Store, a vintage general store that has been in business since 1922. Ward's has anything and everything you can imagine, from milk and fresh local eggs to homemade (and delicious!) caramel corn, an LCBO outlet, Maple ice cream made by the island's own Farquhar's Dairy, and many other delights. Down the road is the Tehkummah Town Hall where the Farmer's Market is on display every Friday all summer long. There you'll find locally grown produce, and many handmade arts and crafts. Just down the same road is the Amish bakery with homemade breads, pies, cookies and cakes as well as local jams, honey and maple syrup. Tehkummah also boasts a fine dining restaurant called "Garden's Gate" and a breakfast/lunch eatery called "Garden's Shed".
If you like cross country skiing, snowshoeing, or ice fishing, the island is one of the most beautiful winter destinations you can find. Although I (your host) live in the house during the winter, there are two bedrooms upstairs and a mini-kitchen set up for the convenience of guests who want to book during the winter. The bathroom is shared and you can still use the main kitchen when you wish, and there will be at least one friendly dog on the premises (possibly 2) - in addition to your host (me!). For this reason the price per night is very low indeed. There is a wood stove, oil furnace, and a propane insert in a fieldstone fireplace to keep you warm as well as an outdoor fire pit. In addition, there are several hockey sticks and other equipment for playing street hockey or 'broom ball' - a local winter favourite. Nearby there are fabulous trails for cross country skiing as well as skating rinks in all the major towns.
Tehkummah is the lushest area of the island and therefore the farming hub. The village itself is small and quaint, and all around it are farmer's fields and forests. It's extremely conveniently located, in between various sightseeing destinations and vacation stops, all of which are accessible by bicycle or car. Also only a few minutes from the ferry (to Tobermory). Many local Amish means you'll see horse drawn buggies here and there, plus they sell their goodies at the weekly Farmer's Market in Tehkummah and out of their homes around the village (breads, jams, maple syrup, fresh eggs, tarts, and pies).
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