The Prospector’s House
The Prospector’s House is an award winning must see unique accommodation.
The historical home with its rustic design, interpretation and local art will be an added value to your stay or family and group reunion. Our designer for the house restoration project, Renelle Laliberté of Renelle Design, received the Canadian Historical Decor IDEA 2014 Award for her work at the Prospector’s house.
The house is almost like a museum. You will find local art and several dozens of pictures taken from the Cobalt’s silver rush years. A colouring book, The Amazing Lives of Cobalt-Haileybury’s Prospectors was also developed as part of the interpretation tools. Hard copies can be found in the house to bring back to your families.
More About the Prospector’s House
Centrally located on Rorke Street in Haileybury, the spacious house with 3200 sq. ft. of liveable space, is designed for two primary types of guests.
First, on weekdays most of our guests would be corporate and workers. The typical client could be a businessperson or someone in the area for a short period: a sales person returning on a regular basis or even an individual teaching or taking a short-term course. A company could also rent for a group of workers. The house could easily accommodate a gathering for any special occasions.
On weekends, the house can accommodate groups up to 20 people and is ideal for family and group gatherings and the loft will be a section of the house to be discovered. The loft is basically an open area where a children playing area, a resting area and a working area has been set up. On the 2nd floor you will find 4 bedrooms and a bathroom. The main floor shares the full kitchen, adjacent dining room, living room, and a powder room. The basement has a master bedroom with an ensuite bathroom and walk-in, three other bathrooms and a laundry room. There are a total of 6 bathrooms in the house. Several work areas have been set up to enable our clients to have their private working space if required.
The full size property offers ample parking space, a rear patio with a year around exterior spa, BBQ, a large back yard and a front porch.
Prospector’s House Floor Plan
If you want to visualise your stay at the Prospector’s House we invite you to take a look at the floor plan by opening these PDF links:
Main Floor Plan 2nd Floor Plan Basement Floor Plan Loft Floor Plan
Amenities include a lot of items and really all you need to bring are your clothes, personal toiletries and any food that would be required outside of what we have included in our continental breakfast and other condiments.
You will be able to cook all your meals for yourself or your guests in the fully equipped kitchen. The kitchen is equipped with full size fridge, stove, dishwasher and microwave. You will find dishes, utensils, pots & pans and other kitchen accessories.
- high speed fibre-op internet, tv, CD player
- laundry room, iron & board
- board games, variety of books, working desk
- back balcony and patio with a patio set, BBQ and an exterior spa available year around
- front balcony
- robes & sandals, towels
- large parking and second entrance available at the back to park RV
- less than 500m from Haileybury downtown and public beach and marina
- walking distance from a convenience store, gas station and a park the house
- exterior games, fire pit
- and more…
The house is located at 320 Rorke avenue, corner of Cecil street, 500m away from downtown Haileybury and its waterfront (marina, public beach and waterslide) and is walking distance from a convenient store and gas station and a park. It is 9km from downtown New Liskeard and 7km from downtown Cobalt.
A Bit of History About the Prospector’s House
The theme of the house has been developed around the story of the Cobalt Prospectors. The Prospectors came to the region early 1900s and made it famous. These men were reckless adventurers and enterprising explorers whose taste for risk and single-minded purpose was equalled only by the sterling reputations they earned in Northern Ontario and Canada, and for some of them, around the world.
In 1903, some of the richest silver mines in the world were discovered in Cobalt. News of the discovery spread like wild fires and thousands of people arrived to find prosperity. Over 100 mines were discovered and started operations within a few years.
On October 4th, 1922, one of the biggest disasters in Canada occurred when a fire flattened most of Haileybury and 18 townships surrounding the community. The fire is called the Great Fire of Haileybury since it was the community that was most impacted by the disaster with 4,000 people left homeless. After the fire, Haileybury slowly rebuilt but never to its original glory days. A part of the town had died.
The house, which we called today the Prospector’s House, was built in the 1930s as a family home with a foursquare-style design. The kitchen, centrally located, played a key role in the house. The home was later purchased by the Brazeau family which owned it for several decades till the 90s. Mr. Brazeau operated a small business out of the back garage. In the late 90s, the house was raised and a new basement was constructed providing a full basement height. In the process, the front veranda facing Rorke Street over the entire width of the house, was removed.
A Few Pictures of the Prospector’s House