Cottages – Deland Country Inn Wed, 06 Jul 2022 19:02:52 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Cottages – Deland Country Inn 32 32 Mayo cottage for sale will steal your heart Wed, 06 Jul 2022 17:01:21 +0000

Pops of color, plush comfort – this idyllic County Mayo cottage is literally picture perfect blending Irish history with modern conveniences.

Just a 15 minute drive from Ballina town, this two bedroom thatched cottage in the town of Knockanillaun is on the market for $289,975 (€285,000).

This 92 square meter house with outbuildings is selling but the listing on MyHome hammers home the point: “Imagine waking up in this charming traditional thatched cottage.”

This owner-occupied house had been “benevolently” renovated. It is described as “a unique opportunity to own a unique piece of Irish heritage in a breathtaking part of the country”.

Located just 7.5km (4.6 miles) from Ballina town center and “all its amenities including the famous River Moy”. Ballina has a population of over 10k. The city is located in the north of County Mayo, in the west of Ireland. It lies at the mouth of the River Moy near Killala Bay in the Valley of Moy, with the Ox Mountains to the east and the Nephin Beg Mountains to the west.

A perfect Irish thatched cottage in the town of Knockanillaun, outside Ballina, County Mayo.

The house comprises a spacious living room with back boiler stove, kitchen, cloakroom, two bedrooms and family bathroom.

The ad is aimed at buyers who want “a secure and private lifestyle”.

A perfect Irish thatched cottage in the town of Knockanillaun, outside Ballina, County Mayo.

A perfect Irish thatched cottage in the town of Knockanillaun, outside Ballina, County Mayo.

He adds that “house hunters with a yearning for the countryside and a piece of Irish tradition will love this perfect period cottage, which has been meticulously restored into a highly desirable modern home, oozing both elegance and charm. and in turn -state key.

“Spectacularly styled home combining warmth, elegance and comfort with an excellent location and an exceptional range of added extras.”

A perfect Irish thatched cottage in the town of Knockanillaun, outside Ballina, County Mayo.

A perfect Irish thatched cottage in the town of Knockanillaun, outside Ballina, County Mayo.

See the full list on MyHome.

Price £1,199,950 for quaint cottage in North Yorks village Mon, 04 Jul 2022 17:04:00 +0000

Overlooking pretty Thornton Beck, Bleach Mill also offers the five-star Puddleduck Cottage, a vacation rental that could also be another full-time residence.

Bleach Mill is spacious inside: its light and airy dining kitchen has Aga and oak units, with a separate utility room and a rear storage room or hall. A downstairs shower room is another useful facility, joining the living room and a dining area. Five bedrooms and two newly renovated bath and shower rooms are found on the first floor. Charming Puddleduck Cottage boasts vaulted ceilings, original beams and modern comfort floor. Its entrance hall leads to a kitchen open to the living and dining room, two bedrooms and a bathroom, and it has private parking and gardens with an open aspect to the rear.The gardens with Bleach Mill’s lawn has mixed flower borders and multiple seating areas. with stables and grass paddock adds appeal for anyone with horses or ponies but could also be suitable for other purposes including the garage. A gravelled area provides off-street parking. Thornton le Dale is known for its chocolate box appeal and desirability as a North Yorkshire National Park location and has fabulous scenery and walks. The village has many amenities , including places to eat and drink , and independent shops.

Bleach Mill, Maltongate, Thornton le Dale, is for sale for £1,199,950 from Cundalls Estate Agents.

Call 01751 472766 for more information.

Cottage Grove Police seek advice on identifying suspects behind racist leaflets Sun, 03 Jul 2022 01:39:58 +0000

Flyers left in the aisles of the Metro East over the past few days have advanced a version of the racist ‘great replacement’ conspiracy theory.

The Cottage Grove Police Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying members of a white supremacist group who have been distributing hate propaganda flyers in the aisles of the Metro East over the past few days.

“Hate will not be tolerated in Cottage Grove. Period. The information in these flyers does not represent who we stand for as a police department or community,” Police Chief Pete Koerner said in a Facebook post. of the department.

Cottage Grove Police are asking members of the public who may have photos or video of the suspects captured by home security systems to call the department at 651-439-9381.

A resident of St. Paul Park, a neighbor of Cottage Grove, posted on Facebook that she also found white supremacist flyers in her driveway Saturday morning. The flyers advanced a version of the racist “Great Replacement” conspiracy theory and were distributed in plastic bags weighed down with rice.

In the post, Cottage Grove PD said that while the information in the flyers was not illegal, the content was disturbing. A department sergeant told Fox 9 they may pursue the littering charges against the suspects and investigate as a precaution.

In May, an 18-year-old white supremacist who also supported the “great replacement” theory shot and killed 10 people at a supermarket in a predominantly black neighborhood of Buffalo, New York,

The St. Paul Park flyer included a link to a Telegram page, where an anonymous user posted a video that appears to show a man, whose face is blurred, handing out copies of the same flyer by throwing them down the aisles from a window car. . The caption of the video claims the group distributed 1,000 flyers in Minnesota in June.

The page and another associated with were filled with racist, anti-Semitic and xenophobic messages. They included links to media coverage of anti-Semitic fliers that were distributed near a Jewish school in St. Paul last week, raising the possibility that the two incidents are linked.

]]> Take a look inside the Cheshire pub with a new holiday cottage already sold out Fri, 01 Jul 2022 10:07:31 +0000 A CHESHIRE pub’s new holiday home has proven to be a big hit.

The Lion in Malpas already offers a number of its rooms for staycations, but has now added one more to its offering with a converted building sleeping up to six adults and three children in a quintessentially British experience.

The Lion’s new look cottage in Malpas.

Due to great interest, the chalet is already well booked, but booking is available from 2023, with the possibility of a few free places at the end of this year.

Previously the cottage was used as a breakfast room for residents, but due to the popularity of breakfast with locals and visitors, breakfast has been moved to the main pub.

The Lion's new look cottage in Malpas.

The Lion’s new look cottage in Malpas.

A complete overhaul of the building now sees it offer three bedrooms (two doubles and one twin), alongside a lounge with an additional sofa bed and a meeting/dining room for up to 10 people.

The design mimics the style seen in other Lion rooms, since the refurbished pub opened in summer 2020.

The Lion's new look cottage in Malpas.

The Lion’s new look cottage in Malpas.

All bedrooms are en suite and the chalet can sleep up to six adults and three children in total. An additional bathroom is also located on the ground floor.

The new Lion Cottage has a living room which now contains an open fireplace, a large sofa to relax on and a smart TV where guests can watch their favorite shows.

The Lion's new look cottage in Malpas.

The Lion’s new look cottage in Malpas.

Adjacent to the living room is the cozy area which includes a record player and board games.

Plus in the dining room – which can also be used as a meeting room – 10 guests can be comfortably seated. A fully equipped coffee machine is also available, as it is an additional bar on request.

The Lion's new look cottage in Malpas.

The Lion’s new look cottage in Malpas.

Accessed via an entrance on the High Street, the new Lion at Malpas cottage has ample private parking for guests.

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The Lion's new look cottage in Malpas.

The Lion’s new look cottage in Malpas.

Couple from Louth buy run down cottage in Leitrim as priced out of local property market Wed, 29 Jun 2022 09:24:00 +0000

A Dundalk couple whose price has been knocked off the local property market have bought a dilapidated cottage in the Leitrim countryside which they now plan to restore.

ara Tine and David Bellew will have to live in a mobile home for a few years, but aren’t discouraged as it means they will have their own home.

Tara, a well-known artist, musician and documentary filmmaker, shared the news of their purchase on her Youtube channel Ditch Witch.

While others might be intimidated by the condition of the cabin, which hasn’t been lived in for at least ten years, Tara is excited to restore it.

Having given up hope of finding an affordable home in their native Louth, the couple decided to broaden their horizons and started looking elsewhere for suitable properties.

“I was lucky enough to have a small inheritance when my father died, but it wasn’t enough to buy anything here in Co Louth,” says Tara. now we can access savings in the bank to help us remodel this house.

Like everyone who works in the creative industries, Tara says they resigned themselves to not being able to get a mortgage and got a loan from Credit Union instead.

When she needed to find another rental property, she decided it was time to look for a home they could call their own.

“I’ve lived at over 20 different addresses and it’s been so stressful. At one point I was what you would call the ‘hidden homeless’ as I had to go back to my mum’s house until so I can find another place I’m an adult and she has a right to her own space but so many people are forced to go home with their parents when they should be settling down and maybe to start a family.

“I have friends with kids who are renting and they’re really stressed out, not knowing where they’ll be living in the next twelve months.”

“I think it really hurts people’s mental health and a lot of people struggle because they don’t know what the future holds and it’s not because they haven’t worked hard enough or saved enough, but that’s how the real estate market disappeared.”

She remembers being unable to find a place to rent while living in Carlingford. “There were probably over a hundred empty houses, but I couldn’t find one to rent because they were all rented short-term.”

Airbnbs’ impact on the housing market has had a major impact on the housing market, especially in areas popular with tourists.

“Donegal was one of the areas I booked three or four years ago. It’s a lovely scenic part of the country, but now property prices have also risen.”

“Our next stop was Leitrim and I’m very excited about this chalet which we bought for less than you would pay for a site here in Louth.”

She acknowledges that it will take a lot of work before they can move in, but says they are happy to live in a mobile home until the house is ready.

“It’s on a great site and we’re incredibly lucky that it’s already hooked up to electricity. There are also outbuildings that we could develop in the future.”

She estimates that it was last inhabited about ten years ago and she expects them to live in the mobile home for at least two or three years.

The couple plan to be able to do some of the work themselves and Tara has already attended a workshop with author Mark Boyle, known as Moneyless Man, and hopes to practice some of the traditional building skills that she learned.

“There’s a great community of artists in Leitrim as well as people who live off the grid, so I’m delighted to be part of it.”

“Country life will suit me as I lived in the countryside for a time when I was growing up and I like peace and quiet.”

She hopes that the advent of telework will allow her to find work and she would like to be able to continue to make documentaries for independent radio stations like Dundalk FM.

Having completed a residency at An Tain Arts Center earlier in the year, she says she intends to keep in touch with “the wonderful community of creators in Dundalk”.

Buying the cottage and coming up with plans to redevelop it “took my brain,” she says.

“That way we know we don’t have to worry about renting or getting a mortgage.”

“Caring about housing has such an impact on people’s mental health. The World Health Organization (WHO) has rated moving as the most stressful thing a person can do, ahead of bereavement and divorce,” she says. problem, but the European Economic Bank is allowing this to happen, even though the WHO is aware of the damage this is causing, even to things like the birth rate.

“As a 35-year-old woman, I shouldn’t have to choose between having kids or not having kids because of a national housing crisis with no end in sight.”

She is happy that they took the initiative to find their own home in the midst of this crisis.

The first step in this exciting journey is to have the mobile home they purchased repaired so that it becomes a comfortable home until they move into the cottage.

“We are considering moving to Leitrim at the end of the summer. I will be terribly sad to leave Dundalk and I know Dave will as we have met so many great friends here who have been so supportive of us as creatives. However , it will give us a better life because we will not live with the fear of finding ourselves without anywhere to live.

“We’re just going to be two hours from Dundalk so I don’t see that as cutting ties. And I’m really looking forward to exploring the west of Ireland and a slower way of life.”

“We’re getting so far away from the stress of having to worry about paying for a house, a car, and a vacation on one income.”

While the housing shortage is a major factor in the housing crisis, she says the gap between minimum wage and living wage is also a big problem for people, especially on the east coast where house prices and rents are higher.

As they prepare to pack their bags and their two cats, she says she’s “leaving to explore new trenches” and promises to give regular updates on their progress on her Ditch Witch channel.

Inside the cozy Grade II listed Georgian cottage in Alresford which is on the market for £425,000 Mon, 27 Jun 2022 10:10:06 +0000

Hampshire is full of interesting properties, from million pound mansions to equestrian estates and modern apartments. Every home tells a story and with a booming housing market there is plenty for sale.

A unique property currently on the market with Rightmove is the cozy cottage along West Street in Alresford. The Grade II listed construction would be easy to pass by and not notice.

However, the property is full of character inside and could make an ideal home for a small family. The period features make the house an attractive prospect for those looking for something a little different from the new build that is now appearing in Hampshire.

READ MORE: Hampshire house prices: The deposit first-time buyers need in every part of the county

The listing is described as a “Georgian cottage full of warm, cozy spaces and wonderful charm” that make it a charming home. Although quite small from the outside, the house is actually spread over four floors with plenty of space to adapt the rooms to the needs of the owner.

Exposed beams along the hallway and in the living and dining room create an authentic feel to the property, while the electric wood burner in the living room is the perfect place to ‘curl up at the end of a day. very busy”. The kitchen/breakfast room is fitted out in a galley style with an island, providing owners with a ‘beautiful character and social space’.

The galley-style kitchen on the ground floor was renovated in 2017

The heart of the house is the dining room which has a recently installed wood burning stove and the southern position of the room allows it to take advantage of the sun streaming through its windows. A door leads down to the cellar, a space that could be converted into a bedroom, boudoir or home office.

The first and second floors of the chalet house the bedrooms and the family bathroom. The master bedroom benefits from high ceilings and views over Georgian rooftops and the town with stairs from here leading to the top floor of the chalet.

Exposed beams throughout the property add to its character appeal
Exposed beams throughout the property add to its character appeal

At the top of the building there is room for another bedroom and access to the adjacent attic. Another particularity of this sale is that the chalet offers the possibility of buying a second property.

The attic is a separate two bedroom converted barn behind the chalet which could be treated as an annex. There are a myriad of options for this, including independent living for family/grandparents, the ability to run a business from home, or the opportunity to create additional income.

The rear of the property leads to an interior garden
The rear of the property leads to an interior garden

The biggest downside to the property is the lack of outdoor space. The courtyard garden is a great place to relax in the summer, but there is no green space to enjoy it.

This property offers easy access to local shops, butchers and pubs, as well as riverside walks and National Trust properties. At the £425,000 market, the sale has no chain, so it’s the perfect place to jump in quickly.

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]]> Leaked emails describe extravagant vacation home known as ‘Putin’s house’, with 3 pools, Kobe beef farm and solid marble floors Sat, 25 Jun 2022 10:28:44 +0000

An interior design plan for Putin’s ‘fisherman’s shack’ as obtained by Meduza and OCCRP in leaked emails

  • Email leaks have exposed the opulent luxury of a Putin-linked resort.
  • An investigation linked the property to numerous others, all linked to the Russian president.
  • Blueprints and renderings describe millions of dollars worth of extravagant fittings.
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Plans and architects’ renderings from leaked emails have given a glimpse of an opulent Russian property dubbed ‘Putin’s home’.

The details come from an investigation by The Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) and Russian media outlet Meduza. They describe an extravagant and remote resort on Lake Lagoda in northwest Russia.

The Kremlin has denied any connection to the property, which the investigation found sits on 420 hectares of private land and houses three separate buildings.

The most famous of the three is a remarkable, award-winning building called “The Fisherman’s Hut”, media reported.

Exterior rendering of Putin’s ‘fisherman’s hut’ as obtained by Meduza and OCCRP in leaked emails

Locals dubbed it “Putin’s dacha”, using the Russian word for a country cottage or retreat. It seemed to be a common assumption locally that President Vladimir Putin was using it, OCCRP reported.

In 2016, a report by the now-banned Russian outlet TV Rain revealed that Putin’s close ally Yury Kovalchuk bought the land.

The OCCRP/Meduza investigation found it was linked to dozens of other Putin-related properties, which form an apparent network to provide the Russian leader with wealth without him technically owning it.

In response to the investigation, the Kremlin told OCCRP, “The President of the Russian Federation is in no way connected or affiliated with the assets and organizations you mentioned.”

An artificial waterfall and bathrooms with shower handles $4,600 (R73,000)

A plan for a vanity counter for Putin’s ‘fisherman’s shack’ as obtained by Meduza and OCCRP in leaked emails

According to the investigation, the leaked emails reveal characteristics of the properties, including:

  • Three pools, including one with its own decorative waterfall
  • A 200 square meter open dining room with a restaurant-style kitchen including a tandoor, Japanese-style teppan, and smokehouse
  • Private brewery with $363,000 (R5.7 million) Austrian brewing equipment
  • A trout farm and a cattle farm raising Kobe beef
  • A solid $110,000 (R1.7 million) Fior di Bosco marble floor
  • A brass countertop with a solid labradorite top, an iridescent semi-precious stone
  • Six bathrooms whose builds were priced at $46,000 (R727,000), with bidet taps costing $10,800 (R170,000) each and shower handles at $4,600 (R73,000)

“You can only build such a project with an unlimited budget,” an unnamed architect told OCCRP.

A plan for a counter for Putin’s ‘fisherman’s shack’ as obtained by Meduza and OCCRP in leaked emails

Common mail server connects ‘Putin’s house’ to others

Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and Russian oil company Rosneft CEO Igor Sechin visit the Konevsky Monastery on Konevets Island in Lake Ladoga, Russia July 31, 2021.

OCCRP and Meduza have obtained a cache of thousands of emails suggesting a common business link between a wide range of luxury properties and assets in Russia, occupied Crimea and beyond.

This collection of yachts, vineyards, palaces and villas – including the resort on Lake Ladoga – had often been linked to Putin and his entourage in previous reports.

But the investigation found that most of these seemingly disparate business interests used a common mail server – – or used the same proprietary private bank.

Its surrounding 420 hectares of land is owned by LLC Invest, and the company that owns the building itself – called Prime – uses the email domain, according to the survey.

]]> New cabins in Maine, a Cape bucket list book and collapsible hiking poles Thu, 23 Jun 2022 16:00:42 +0000



Travelers looking for the next big thing might want to check out The Wanderer Cottages, which debuts this month in Kennebunk, Maine. Launched by the founders of Batson River Brewing & Distilling, the stylish collection of 17 small, surf lodge-inspired cottages is located less than a mile or two from Kennebunk town and beaches. Amenities include breakfast bags, a lounge pool, complimentary cruiser bikes and a staff activity specialist for local recommendations. The Wanderer offers two styles of cottages, studios and bedrooms, outfitted with queen beds, Frette linens, Cuddledown bedding, locally crafted Maine Woodworks furniture, bathrooms with Grown Alchemist products, wet bar for making coffee or cocktails and outdoor living areas. Book by June 30 for the opening offer: 20% off a three-night midweek stay with a $50 gift card to Batson River Brewing & Distilling. Otherwise, rates start at $299/night. 207-849-7400,


Think you’ve already experienced all that Cape Town and the Islands have to offer? Freelance food and travel writer Kim Foley MacKinnon’s new book, “100 Things to Do on Cape Cod and the Islands Before You Die,” asks you to think again. Divided into five easy-to-navigate sections (food and drink; music and entertainment; sports and recreation; culture and history; shopping and culture), Reedy Press’ latest offering reports a wide variety of venues and activities – new deals and old favorites – interspersed with practical advice designed to enhance your holiday experiences. $17.

The hamlet of Southold on the North Fork of Long Island is now home to The Shoals, a hybrid “boatel” overlooking Peconic Bay and Shelter Island that features 20 dockside hotel suites and 20 boat slips, making it accessible by both land and sea.



The hamlet of Southold on the North Fork of Long Island is now home to The Shoals, a hybrid “boatel” overlooking Peconic Bay and Shelter Island that features 20 dockside hotel suites and 20 boat slips, making it accessible by both land and sea. Designed by architect Thomas Juul-Hansen, the cedar shingle exterior features clean lines reminiscent of New England modernism, with two floors of guest suites offering a view of the bay and the marina. The apartment-style accommodations, designed for an extended stay, each come with a bespoke kitchenette with breakfast nook; open concept living space; private terrace or balcony; and bathroom with glass walk-in shower and Malin + Goetz bath products. Memorable moments at the dock include yoga classes, picnics, bonfires, sunset drinks and stargazing. A bonus for oyster lovers: The Little Ram Oyster Company, a local woman-owned business, runs a robust oyster program on the property. Seasonal rates for suites start at $499; Boat Slips from $100/night (vessels up to 24ft); $5 per foot/night (nessels 25 feet to 40 feet). 631-765-5121,

The Tramuntana Mountains serve as the backdrop to the newly opened Pure Salt Port de Sóller, the newest addition to the Pure Salt luxury hotels in Mallorca in the Balearic Islands, Spain.


The Tramuntana Mountains serve as the backdrop to the newly opened Pure Salt Port de Sóller, the newest addition to the Pure Salt luxury hotels in Mallorca in the Balearic Islands, Spain. Located in the coastal town of Sóller, known as the Valley of the Orange Trees, the boutique hotel has 90 rooms, each with a private terrace offering stunning views of the secluded bay or the mountains. Amenities include a cliffside pool; restaurant serving local Mediterranean specialties on the terrace or in the lounge (breakfast, lunch and dinner); and gym and wellness spa with sauna, Turkish bath and hammam. Beauty treatments and massages are offered in two treatment cabins. Accepts reservations for adults and 14 years and older. Check the website for exclusive early bird and senior promotions. Rates start at $165.



Love a city break, but find planning a visit can be a bit daunting? The launch of City Experiences refreshed website may be useful for those looking for unique and curated guided travel experiences in major global destinations. The new website’s streamlined booking system offers a wide range of experiences on water and on land in the world’s top cities, including Barcelona, ​​Boston, Chicago, London, New York, Paris, Rome, San Francisco and more. . Seamlessly collecting multiple brands under one umbrella, City Experiences’ portfolio of businesses also offers shore excursions, partner experiences and multi-port packages.

The Connect Carbon 5 Cross St P&P trekking poles from TSL Outdoors, made in the French Alps, offer adaptable support for the different stages of your trek.


Calling all hikers! The Connect Carbon 5 Cross St P&P trekking poles from TSL Outdoors, made in the French Alps, offer adaptable support for the different stages of your trek. Features include a light and stiff carbon shaft for shock absorption; options for cross grip (comfortable on steep terrain) or light grip; long EVA foam grip for downhill walking; durable tungsten tips; and innovative magnetic wristbands that lock into the post and release with the press of a button. Adjustable in length from 43.3 inches to 51.2 inches. Collapses down to 16.5 inches for easy transport in a backpack or carry-on. $169.95.

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Breehan James’ ‘The Cottage’ Celebrates Wisconsin’s ‘Up North’ Vacation Culture – Tone Madison Tue, 21 Jun 2022 05:00:15 +0000
A detail of one of the untitled paintings in Breehan James’ ‘The Cottage’ exhibition. Photo by Breehan James.

The exhibition of charming and nostalgic paintings is in place at the Arts + Literature Laboratory until August 13.

In his exhibition The cottage, on view through August 13 at the Arts + Literature Laboratory, artist Breehan James documents the timelessness and beauty of America’s “Up North” by creating intimate outdoor gouache portraits of her family’s vacation cabin in Forest County, built in the 1960s by his grandfather and siblings. This place full of nostalgia is a portal connecting the past to the present, stretching from generation to generation, bringing viewers back to the playful energy and happy innocence of youth.

An untitled painting by artist Breehan James shows an exterior view of a wood-paneled vacation cabin surrounded by pine trees.  A sign hanging above the cabin door indicates
Photo by Breehan James.

Born and raised in Oshkosh, James has vivid memories of growing up knowing the great outdoors camping in the woods, kayaking to boundary waters and visiting his family’s cabin up north. Although she is currently based in Maine, she finds herself drawn back to her home country. “The longer I live away from Wisconsin, the more I realize just how much his nature exists within me,” James says. While pursuing her MFA, her thematic inclinations always brought her back to her childhood home, and the body of work that makes up The cottage was born out of this obsession. “I will always be a Midwesterner. It’s a part of me. It’s who I am,” she says. Now that James is exhibiting at Madison, she finds it heartening to hear personal stories from people who have shared the same memories of their own cabins – or cabins or vacation homes or whatever people choose to call them – and their own experiences with idyllic, buggy, rustic vacations in varying degrees in Wisconsin.

James plans to self-publish a book in 2023 that combines these paintings and a personal essay reflecting on the cottage she spent so much time in during her childhood holidays. “I want to offer the reader a sort of escape, a respite, a distraction from everyday life,” she says. Having a physical book provides tangibility to these works. Moreover, the work has an interiority. The paintings are sectioned so as to paste important objects from different rooms, and leafing through the pages of the book would give the same experience as walking through the space itself.


In the paintings, the rustic red cottage is nestled among a grove of trees. Its yellow double-hung windows are playful, decorated with white sheers embroidered with yellow daisies. James’ grandmother made the curtains herself, and although she is long dead, she lives through the works of her own hands. In the same way, James’ grandfather saw through notes written on the walls – instructions on how to operate the pump and rules about the cabin, including: “Please do not put ANY PRODUCT IN PAPER, with the exception of toilet paper in the toilets. Thank you!” He also lives through the framed photos of him on the walls from 40 years ago.

Soft light seeps into the hardwood floors of this private paradise, and although no one is in this series of paintings, the space is brimming with life embodied in the inanimate objects lying around. On the walls hang a payphone, canoe paddles, a physical map of Forest County, with roads outlined in blue and red, and framed photos of northern cardinals and American robins. Loved ones inhabit the space through these random things – from the fireplace and owl figurines atop the bookcase, to antique light fixtures that haven’t been changed since the cottage was built, to a ceramic fish technicolor with a potted plant inside. They too become characters who come to life and tell a story, giving us a glimpse into the life of James’ family. “Documenting these objects is a special way to connect with the people who have passed away,” James says. The lack of people also allows us to appropriate the space and to feel welcomed there. James’ atmospheric approach brings viewers into a space that is both private and communal. Such is the nature of the house. James’ paintings also look outside the cottage, where nature expands. She notices an abundance of wildlife – the frog, the dragonfly, the plants sticking out of the water, and the rows of pine trees lining the dirt roads that lead to the house and the dock. Although the chalet is isolated, it is never really isolated, as it is surrounded by the teeming life of the woods. The woods are vibrant and lush and they have an ethereal beauty, which offers healing to the human soul. Perhaps that’s why the people of Wisconsin stray from their own realities with a compass pointing north. In its admittedly domesticated and nostalgic way, a trip to the North takes people back to their primitive roots – watching the fire, counting the stars, chasing the sun. In The cottageJames gives viewers a taste of that peace.

An untitled painting by Breehan James shows a fireplace set against a brick wall and tired floor.  To the left is a shelf and a yellow curtain patterned with images of birds.  To the right is a picture of an outdoor scene hanging on a paneled wall.  Photo by Breehan James.
Photo by Breehan James.

Although I’m not from Wisconsin, James introduced me to the familiar warmth of Midwestern culture that will stay with me long after I leave this place. These gouache portraits of a humble home bear witness to the benevolence that this region embodies. The cottage is an image of home for Breehan James, and in this commemoration she welcomes us with a fireplace lit and ready, even though we are strangers.

Tee it Up for Health from Grace Cottage Hospital is a big hit Sun, 19 Jun 2022 12:00:10 +0000
Grace Cottage’s Tee it Up for Health was a hit. Photo provided

WILMINGTON, Vermont – Twenty-two teams, 39 sponsors and 15 volunteers participated in Grace Cottage Family Health & Hospital’s 13th Annual Tee it Up for Health Golf Tournament on Saturday, June 11 at Haystack Golf Course in Wilmington.

The weather was great, the event went well and over $50,000 was raised thanks to golfers, generous sponsors and volunteers. Net proceeds from the event benefited the Grace Cottage Family Health & Hospital Emergency Department Renovation Project.

The tournament results were as follows:

Winners (score of 59): David Allbee, Bill Stevens, Brian Baker, Skip Brown

Second place: Els Walker, Terry Boyce, Barbara Knapp, Susan Fasoldt

Closest pin winners:

Hole 4: Women-Kat Bordeau; Men-John Gregory, Sr.

Hole 7: Women-Barbara Knapp; Men-Peter Schofield

Hole 13: Women-Linda Jane Parsons; Men-Dan Neviackas

Long road: Women-Barbara Knapp; Men-Dave Allbee

Putting competition: Father Skip Baltz

The generous sponsors of the 2022 Tee It Up For Health Golf Benefit were:

Event Sponsors: The Richards Group, Haystack Golf Club

Platinum Sponsors: Coverys, Elizabeth Walker

Gold Sponsor: Peoples United Bank/M&T Bank

Silver Sponsors: 802 Credit Union, Andy & Linda Barber, Linda Bastian, Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, Brook Field Service, Lawrence & Lober Electric, West River Family Dental

Hole Sponsors: Allard Lumber, Arc Mechanical, Baker Newman Noyes, Brattleboro Savings & Loan, Cerner Corporation, Chroma Technology, DMI Paving, First Choice Communication, Howard Printing, Irving Oil, Northeast Delta Dental, Primmer Piper Eggleston & Cramer, Ski Country Legal PLC, Southern Vermont Podiatry, David and April Sprague and Family, WW Building Supply

Bronze Sponsors: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont, Canon Solutions America, Community Bank, Lawton Floor Design, Leader Beverage

Flag Sponsors: Deerfield Valley News, Phil and June Dibble, Doug and Cathy DiVello, Five Maples, Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty, W&B Management in memory of Effie Chamberlin, W&B Management in memory of Wally and Eleanor Lowe

Save the date for Grace Cottage’s 14th Tee It Up for Health, June 10, 2023.