After 30 years of criss-crossing studies from Montreal to Cannes as a star make-up artist, Eddie Maleterre envisioned himself becoming a country mansion owner. A few months later, he comes across a house built in 1910 in Saint-Irénée, in Charlevoix. A home where he is living his dream.
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While the makeup artist saw himself running a bed and breakfast, he and his wife, Carl Fournier, were far from shelling out properties for sale. “We came for a walk to Saint-Irénée to visit some friends, we passed in front of the house and I like to say that it jumped on us. »
Indeed, how to remain indifferent before this red and white two-story manor house, with a ghostly view of the river, a huge green lot and a vast veranda to relax? “When we saw the for-sale sign, we looked at the Centris ad, visited it the next day, and put in an offer without thinking too much about whether we were ready to leave Montreal. A few days later, his offer was accepted. They put their large Montreal apartment up for sale, which sold out in eight days. “Things lined up. »
So much so that they bought the house fully furnished. “We couldn’t have done better if we had bought everything ourselves. The furniture is old. There is a true harmony in the decoration. » Preserved antique furniture, wooden floors and moldings with a lot of character, a happy mixture of daring and old-fashioned: they fell in love. Furthermore, the idea of a turnkey home seduced them to the point of offering the same to their Montreal buyers. “We left everything behind to completely change the universe. »
From Cannes to Santa Irénée
A choice in the image of the professional transition of Mr. Maleterre, who was a national spokesperson for L’Oréal Paris in Canada, a make-up artist at Cannes, at TIFF, at the Grammys and at several fashion shows and fashion weeks. After three decades, he had had enough. “Without denigrating the environment that I adored and continue to respect, I grew weary of the ephemeral. When you embellish a star, she deletes everything afterwards. When you go to a festival they set up a set for you that is later dismantled. I wanted something more durable. »
If your way out of the middle glamorfive years ago, he was followed by his beginnings in painting, his first exhibitions, and gave workshops on retail and customer service, dedicating special time to himself, to practice mindfulness meditation and creative visualization.
So we return to the images of his new life.
I saw the project as an early retirement: to have a lodging to meet people. The property only has three bedrooms and I wouldn’t want more. I want to have time to spend time with them.
Eddie Maleterre, Owner
history and modernity
While the new owners live in the part built 10 years ago, like a large luxury hotel suite, guests stay in the part built 112 years ago. “The house was built by the butler of the founder of Domaine Forget as a summer residence. It was then sold and resold, used as a country house and resold to our buyers who converted it into a single family home. »
The summer house has been isolated. The floors and ceiling have been redone. Other than that, very little has changed. That said, the owners aren’t afraid of its historic character. “The house has always been well cared for, and the work has respected the image of its origin. The former owner was meticulous and respectful of beautiful things. »
Since the lodge opened in November 2021, several guests have told Eddie Maleterre about the effect the house has had on them. “You feel the vibrations of the property. When you sit in the Adirondack chairs and look at the river, it’s haunting because it’s so relaxing. »
When asked if he misses the metropolis, he quickly answers in the negative. “I think it’s the meditation that does that. I am in the present moment. Living in Montreal has been a great experience. Before that, I was in Paris and left the city overnight to settle in Quebec. I have renewal capacity. »
His new life as a hostel owner is exactly what he envisioned. “I make the rooms. I maintain the huge garden. I prepare breakfasts by making as many homemade things as possible (bread, yogurt, jams, etc.) with regional products. I love it ! »
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