School House Revival

On a September afternoon I had the pleasure of meeting with Peter in Feversham at his school house on 12th Concession and heard of his plans to have the school house welcome visitors to Grey Highlands as one of the newest accommodations offerings.

This quaint and charming school house holds a lot of history for the area once known as Osprey Township having served to educate the community children for 88 years. The early settlers first built a school in in the early 1850s on a nearby lot, a log building whose footprint can still be seen. The school as it stands today was built in 1876 and was known as S.S.#6. By 1898 there were 58 students attending the school from the area.

In 1964 the school was closed and the children then attended school in Maxwell. The school house was then sold, becoming a private residence as often happens with our rural pioneer school houses. Having passed through several owners, it wasn’t until 2016 that Peter and family became the proud new owners and had a vision to create a haven for not only visiting friends and relatives but to offer it to other visitors to the area as a unique and charming accommodation.

Peter has been in the area his whole life, with his larger family owning farms in the area and he and is children owning Ladybank Farm which sits adjacent the school house property to the west. Now the 141 year old ‘Ladybank Schoolhouse’, as it has been lovingly named, has been carefully restored with close attention and commitment to preserving the heritage.

Having had the pleasure to visit this charming Ladybank Schoolhouse and her proud new owners, I am so impressed with the restoration that has truly captured its heritage with such charm and comfort that visitors will want to return time and again. The “piece de resistance” for me was hearing that the original school bell had remained on site and was recently returned to her former glory and placed back in a carefully restored bell tower.

I am so proud to welcome the “Ladybank Schoolhouse” and her owners as our newest Stay in Grey accommodations member. As an accommodation there are so many features that visitors will enjoy, including the central location to all the opportunities to Play in Grey. Visitors who are staying at the Ladybank School house will enjoy these features:

  • Open walking or cross country skiing access to Ladybank Farm, which backs on to the Kolpapore Highlands Reserve.
  • Enjoy the quiet and peaceful setting, including a large back deck and yard.
  • Book your stay, offering weekend or weekly rental opportunities through Spring to Autumn.
  • Enjoy the convenience of a fully equipped country kitchen.
  • Unwind in the carefully appointed living space complete with a wood burning fireplace and offering a pullout sofa that sleeps 2.
  • Private bedroom complete with a Queen bed that sleeps 2
    Newly renovated bathroom, complete with all the modern conveniences.
  • Stay as a seasonal winter rental with only a 15-20 minute drive to enjoy downhill skiing at Devil's Glen, Beaver Valley, Blue Mountains.
  • Event hosting ideas are welcome.

My place is just down the street from the Ladybank Schoolhouse and I am very tempted to book a weekend stay at this charming old girl who has had this amazing transformation. It won’t be long before booking a stay at this schoolhouse will have to be done far in advance, I just know its charm will have people coming to stay on an annual basis.

Exterior Photos Courtesy of Sarah Tacoma Photography