When we first drove up the alley of trees I knew we were home. - Richard
First transformed by an American tobacco heiress in the 1960’s, the sprawling estate in Quebec’s Eastern Townships encompasses a main house, coach house, stables, outbuildings, a tennis court and a pool house. Buying it represents a evolution in their high flying, high pressure lifestyle to…flower farming.
We did a real-estate deal that became a lifestyle changing experience. – Maxime
Their plan was to renovate and live in the 2,000-square-foot coach house while the 6,000-square-foot main house is being renovated, then vacate the coach house and turn it into a studio and farm production facility. The coach house is a hardworking space: blond wood warms up concrete floors and bare windows, and any ornamentation is done simply.
«The coach house architecture is an abstraction of a shingled farm building with no details and gutters all hidden away.»
We were ready to live a in a space that is more sparse and easy. Max can come in with his wet boots and not get yelled at! – Richard
Their 32- hectare property is also a working farm, with a serious vegetable plot, honeybees, chickens, and a sugar bush that will produce gallons of maple syrup this spring. Since buying the property in 2016, Richard and Maxime have been digging, building and planting and preparing to open a flower farm in the near future.
Humminghill is about creating a place with purpose. - Maxime
This property and the houses on it are going to last a lifetime – We’re living our dream here in building our Humminghill Farm together. – Richard
The farm balances every sacrifices we’ve made : we both have peace here. When there’s too much stuff going on, where do you find yourself? The answer is at, at home. Finally.