As you enter from under the cool green outdoor canopy, the warm ruby glass of the front interior doors beckons the traveler to step back in time. This same glass casts a cozy glow over the entire foyer, including the hand-crafted solid black walnut staircase, the exquisite wood floor of red oak and mahogany, and the original plaster crown molding.
After signing the guest register and given literature about all the variety of activities that abound in this Vacationland on the shores of Lake Erie, we invite you to step into the restored Irish Victorian parlor. Victorian colors were very bold; consequently, we have a very vivid green parlor! Perched all about the 1880 vintage pump organ, which is completely restored, is our collection of Irish Santas. This graceful instrument is also carved of walnut and its sound is magnificent. If you "tickle the ivories", we encourage you to play, but don't be surprised if you draw a crowd; we all love a good recital! In fact, this room was Sarah's music room as she was a graduate of the Oberlin School of Music in the 1880's (now Oberlin College)--quite an accomplishment for a young lady at that time.
We're so grateful to have the original burled wood pocket doors throughout the common areas. Their massiveness balances the high ceilings and complements the two hand-crafted solid black walnut fireplace mantels, one in the Irish parlor and the other in the dining room.
Now to the dining room and the cranberry parlor beyond. Both of these rooms have been totally restored--drop ceilings removed to expose the graceful plaster crown molding, hidden for so many years, and walls taken to the original plaster. The "gem" of the dining room is the chandelier; it's Waterford. In late afternoon when the sun strikes the crystals, a multitude of color dances on the ceiling. We do believe that Captain Montague would be pleased.
Yes, there really was a Captain C. Z. Montague, Great Lakes captain. He and his wife Sarah were widely known throughout the county for their grand parties and receptions. In fact, our dining room was their receiving or reception room and our cranberry parlor was for gents only; that was the Captain's billiards room. The large table in the dining room seats ten, and the cozy round table in the alcove seats four. This sunny spot is a favorite of so many of our guests whether eating, playing cards, or just day-dreaming. Breakfast is taken here in cool and cold months. During the summer, breakfast is available in the charming gazebo adjacent to the swimming pool. Be sure to bring your sweet tooth because we'll be serving our signature pastry--Irish Cottage Scones--along with our 100% Columbian coffee.
When we purchased the property in 1994, what is now our cranberry parlor (another bold Victorian color) was a guest room. Since we do a variety of private parties and receptions, we needed more common area space, so this, too, became a restoration project. The plaster crown molding was exposed and repaired, the walls smoothed, and the ceiling completely redone. This room has a very warm, fuzzy feeling to it. One of our guests best described it as a "room that hugs you."
We invite you to share our lovely home with us. Please be comfortable here; make it your home away from home. We are fortunate to have two kitchens, so the galley kitchen directly off the dining room is for your use. Help yourselves to teas, bottled water, ice, snacks, and sweet treats at any time--day or night. Feel free to use the frig, microwave, ice buckets, wine glasses, etc. Coffee is programmed to perk at dawn for you early risers who need a good mug of java to get the blood flowing before breakfast. Around the corner from the galley is our eclectic library filled with books, games, cards, and puzzles. Just enjoy! And, yes, the lilt of Irish music can be heard throughout the common areas.
Our home's floor plan is such that there is one guest room on the first floor; the others are divided between the front stairs and back stairs so none of our guests get that "closed in" feeling. All of our accommodations are quite private and very quiet and all come with their own private baths and central air conditioning.
Captain Montague's is located just two short blocks from Lake Erie in the Old Plat portion of the original village that remains. Our property is large, stretching a full block, and is surrounded by a white picket fence. As the saying goes, be sure to "stop and smell the roses" as well as the graceful wisteria that intertwines the pickets.
At the back of the house, on the site of the old carriage house, is a large gazebo that is furnished in comfortable wicker. You'll find this a delightful place for your morning breakfast (weather permitting), and of course, it's perfect for lounging, anytime. Bring your favorite book, curl up on the wicker swing, and lull the hours away. Just across from the gazebo you'll find our double-seated Amish swing made just for romantics. We suggest a visit here at twilight time, perhaps with your favorite beverage to sip.
Adjacent to the gazebo is the in-ground swimming pool that is completely enclosed by whitewashed latticework and fragrant, peaceful gardens. The hanging baskets filled with vibrant flowers that encircle the pool area are in bloom from Memorial Day through mid-October. They truly are spectacular! In the summer the oh-so fragrant oriental lilies are magnificent; the iris, majestic; and the fields of daisies and St. John's Wort carpet the interior of the pool area.
On the home's pillared, or south side, you'll see a variety of colorful annual and perennial flowers and shrubs including a rainbow of tulips and daffodils in the springtime and the Victorian statue that sports a whimsical "hair-do" in summer. In front of the gazebo is the small pond surrounded by ferns, daylilies, and feathered astilbes all protected by a garden sculpture of two innocents under an umbrella. Nearby stands a stone Celtic cross that signifies the Irish influence of the property. We certainly recommend a stroll by these beauties during your stay with us.
While you're taking your stroll, visit the charming tree-lined Lakefront Park that is at the end of our street, just a short two blocks from our front door. You may even be lucky enough to sight a swan or two. If not, there are plenty of seagulls to entertain you. Just one block from the park is Huron's "mile-long" fishing pier with the Huron Lighthouse, a beacon for all boaters, at the very tip of the pier. What a romantic walk this is at sunset... or sunrise! Just one block east of the Captain's is Huron's Municipal Boat Basin and Amphitheater. There is free live entertainment every weekend throughout the summer months. And Ohio's oldest continuous summer stock theater, The Huron Playhouse, is in production for five weeks beginning in July, and it is just around the corner from us. We keep a schedule of the plays, so if you are interested, we will be happy to make reservations for you.
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