27 Barber Avenue Guelph, Ontario N1H 5E6

8 Bedroom 5 Bathroom 8462
Fireplace None Baseboard Heaters, Hot Water Radiator Heat


Guelph is home to perhaps five legitimate mansions. Idylwyld located at 27 Barber Avenue is one of them. In 1878, Scottish craftsmen were called upon to erect from local limestone an imposing three storey nearly 8500 sqft Second Empire French Mansardic style residence on a 13 acre special piece of land close by the old fairgrounds, now Exhibition Park. It took them two years to complete every scrupulous detail, intended as it was to showcase the importance of the Williamson family for whom it was built. As we would say today, Mission Accomplished. The skilled workmanship has withstood the test of time, the exterior limestone masonry, ornate decorative wood cornices and unique tower with slate roof and cast iron cresting. Inside, the solid walnut millwork, elaborate decorative plaster ceilings (13 feet high on the main and 2nd levels, and 11 feet even on the 3rd), the grandly curved 3 storey walnut staircase to the 8 bedrooms up, even seemingly minor detail like the exquisite brass door and window hardware, each one a work of art. Admittedly, you may want to add some modern touches of your own now, remembering that this home is a treasure not to be enhanced without careful consideration. Yes, Idylwyld on its maturely treed 3/4+ acre lot, has been a Guelph treasure for 140 years and can now be treasured by your family too, for far far less than its cost of replacement, not that you ever could. Contact listing agent for additional information. (id:38039)

Property Details

MLS® Number 40024486
Property Type Single Family
Amenities Near By Hospital, Park, Playground, Public Transit
Communication Type Fiber
Community Features Quiet Area
Features Park Setting, Park/reserve, Crushed Stone Driveway
Structure Shed, Porch


Bathroom Total 5
Bedrooms Above Ground 8
Bedrooms Total 8
Appliances Dishwasher, Refrigerator, Stove, Water Softener, Window Coverings
Basement Development Unfinished
Basement Type Full (unfinished)
Constructed Date 1880
Construction Style Attachment Detached
Cooling Type None
Exterior Finish Stone
Fire Protection Smoke Detectors
Fireplace Fuel Wood
Fireplace Present Yes
Fireplace Total 3
Fireplace Type Other - See Remarks
Foundation Type Stone
Half Bath Total 1
Heating Type Baseboard Heaters, Hot Water Radiator Heat
Stories Total 3
Size Interior 8462
Type House
Utility Water Municipal Water




Acreage No
Land Amenities Hospital, Park, Playground, Public Transit
Sewer Municipal Sewage System
Size Frontage 94 Ft
Size Irregular 0.83
Size Total 0.83 Ac|1/2 - 1.99 Acres
Size Total Text 0.83 Ac|1/2 - 1.99 Acres
Zoning Description R1b


Level Type Dimensions
Second Level 4pc Bathroom
Second Level 3pc Bathroom
Second Level 3pc Bathroom
Second Level Den 14'70'' x 9'00''
Second Level Bedroom 16'70'' x 16'30''
Second Level Primary Bedroom 28'30'' x 16'10''
Second Level Bedroom 23'50'' x 16'20''
Second Level Bedroom 17'40'' x 16'10''
Second Level Bedroom 12'40'' x 8'80''
Second Level Bedroom 13'50'' x 9'70''
Third Level 4pc Bathroom
Third Level Games Room 32'10'' x 14'00''
Third Level Bedroom 14'30'' x 13'11''
Third Level Bedroom 20'10'' x 13'10''
Main Level 2pc Bathroom 7'70'' x 4'10''
Main Level Den 18'50'' x 13'90''
Main Level Library 28'50'' x 11'10''
Main Level Dining Room 23'20'' x 16'00''
Main Level Kitchen 16'00'' x 12'30''
Main Level Family Room 32'11'' x 16'00''
Main Level Living Room 19'10'' x 16'00''
Upper Level Library 16'10'' x 13'10''


Cable Available
Electricity Available
Natural Gas Available
Telephone Available
Water Available



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