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Hugo Powell wanted to create a new home for his family that would endure the disposable nature of today’s modern society. He wanted Chelster Hall to be an estate would stand the test of time and become a lasting legacy for both his family and the town of Oakville.
“My dream from the very beginning was that the home would play a role and be involved in the community,” Mr. Powell explains.
Once Hugo Powell had decided on the 10-acres of land on Lake Ontario where the magnificent home now sits, he turned to architect William Hicks to design the estate of his dreams.
They have told many that an English estate was the inspiration behind Chelster Hall. Blickling Hall in norfolk County was built over 450 years ago, but the Powells marvelled at what wonderful condition it was still in. This is what they wanted to achieve with Chelster Hall.
“My dream is that 450 years from now, a young family visits as I did at Blickling Hall and says ‘Gosh, this home is 450 years old, it looks great! It only looks about 100 years old’ and that it will have not aged a day from when it was conceived and it is being enjoyed by the community and the public in some appropriate way.”
The design of the home features a separate, private chapel where families can go for prayer and silent reverie. To reflect Hugo’s love of history, a two-storey library was incorporated into the design. Other features of the home include an indoor and outdoor swimming pool, a bowling alley, a home theatre, a state-of-the-art wine cellar, a sauna, heated floors throughout and much, much more.
And while Hugo and his family have loved Chelster Hall from the time it was nothing more than an idea and a vision, they are now ready to allow others to love it the same way. He knew this day would come when he build the home he hopes would last 450 years, and after a decade of residing within its elegant hallways, he is ready to see what happens next.
“It’s build to last. There will be new stewards. They will make their changes and additions, and the dream will flourish. That makes it easy for me to imagine the future.”
One of the most wonderful attributes of Chelster Hall is its fast potential. While for the past ten years it has been operating as a home, there are so many roles it could and so many services it could provide.
|Property status||For sale|
|Location||Oakville, ON, Canada|
|Main House||39,000 Sq. Ft.|
|Gate House||543 Sq. Ft.|
|Lakeside House||570 Sq. Ft.|
|Chapel||837 Sq. Ft.|
|Lot Size||9.8 Acres|
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