(pictures via Lauren Beth Photography)

We’ve posted about this magnificent home before, but have decided to refresh your minds. This stately mega mansion, dubbed Chelster Hall, is located at 1150 Lakeshore Road East in Oakville, Ontario, Canada. It is one of the largest private residences in Canada and was built by Chatsworth Project & Construction Management. It is owned by Hugo Powell, the retired CEO of the Belgian brewing comapny Interbrew. The mansion sits on 10 acres on the shores of Lake Ontario with grounds that boast a swimming pool, tennis court, chapel, gatehouse and a boathouse. Mr. Powell had originally planned for the home to be a whopping 55,000 square feet (making it the same size as the White House), but opposition from his neighbors forced him to scale it down, but not by much. After completion in 2006, the home boasted 47,000 square feet of living space. He said it was meant to look old when it was built and it was meant to look the same in 100 years. Well they certainly achieved that look!

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  • lambskin

    WOW! I could be a Canadian for a while to live here! I really can’t find fault. It is big but not overdone or gaudy.




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  • Grrrowler

    It looks more like Canada’s largest schoolhouse. I think the rear facade is more successful than the front, and looks less school-like. From the limited interior pics, its does look it could be very nice.




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  • Chris

    Its not too big, not gaudy, or overdone. Its quite nice and tastefully designed. I love it.




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  • Daniel

    The front does look very much like a college or something of the sort. I’m not crazy about the stepped brick and stone design of the portico. Something about the rear looks off. I think the huge portion of visible roof is what bothers me. Interior looks like it could be gorgeous.




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  • leslie

    I think they truly achieved the desired effect. I’d be content living in the boathouse……by the way the photography is very good as well so hats off to the photographer. If this property ever comes on the market a company such as my mine would know how to get the right buyer……




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  • Chris

    Looks more like something that belongs on a college campus than a private house. It’s too symmetrical for a house, needs a little bit of variation.




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  • Mak

    Wow…way to build a monument to yourself dude.




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  • Brian

    It’s not THAT bad, but very few modern architects can design period architecture well, in this case Jacobean. This one doesn’t really make it, though it’s a fair attempt. Here is what a qualified, Golden Age architect could do, although there are better photos around:
    http://www.vintagedesigns.com/architecture/jrev/poorhse/index.htm




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    • ZigZagBoom

      Agreed. But to take a stab at something big like this and miss is more of an embarrassment that having set one’s aim more realistically. The facade is simply ridiculous. No Jacobean house in the UK actually looks anything like it. It sort of makes me think of that Japanese replica of a dutch village whose name escapes me. Although even that is probably more historically accurate.




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  • Sam

    Stunning, one of my favorite homes. They are defiantly building and legacy house here, not one that will need updating or any kind of renovating. It is a truly captivating and timeless classic. Just wish they were more open to interior pictures, its strange to want to build such an iconic house without wanting to show it off




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  • Randy

    Why does one have a chapel on his estate grounds ?…..is it a daily place to pray for more money ?

    I have drank so much Stella Artois beer over the years and now im satisfied knowing where my money has gone .




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  • NOVA Ben

    I’m kind of gobsmacked at all the glowing reviews of this place…personally, my first thought was, “Oh, I didn’t know Disney was opening a park in Ontario.”




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    • ZigZagBoom

      exactly




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  • george

    It looks a lot like my first home, except it’s a little larger, 23 times larger.




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  • Tony

    It kinda looks like a GINGER BREAD HOUSE. And some of the interior walls look cheap!




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  • Scott

    A massive hip roof on a “Jacobean” house…..really…..




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  • James

    I like it… I think they could have made the back look more like the front in design but other than that its a clasic 🙂




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  • mac22

    The Disney Imagineers are finally taking residential commissions? It’s not bad, but alittle over the top as far as a house goes. Brian got it right. So few contemporary architects know anything about authentic architectural styles it is almost pathetic when one tries and fails so hard.




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  • dan

    Chelster Hall is a knock out! This structure is not pretending to anything else. It stands alone on its own foundation. Brilliant work was required to get a myriad of pleasing details spread over so much expanse. (47,000 sq ft) Kudos to the construction teaml. I can’t wait for the rest of the interior pictures.




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  • BC1987

    Exterior isn’t that great looking to me. Inside looks nice though




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