Old Mansion House / Hadley House

He reluctantly raised his eyes from the glowing circle of light that was Three Pines up to the darkness and the old Hadley house, sitting like the error that proved the point. It stood outside the circle, on the verge of the village. Beyond the pale. (A Fatal Grace, page 155, Hardcover Edition)

Old Mansion HouseNot nearly as intimidating—it’s pink!—as Louise makes it out to be, the Old Mansion House serves as the inspiration for the old Hadley House in A Fatal Grace.

Situated on the eastern shore of Lake Memphremagog, the Old Mansion House was built in 1889 and once held the distinction of being “Quebec’s oldest hotel in continuous operation.” The nearly 5000 square foot Victorian Manse began its life as a coaching inn serving travelers making their way between Montreal and Boston. It later operated as a fishing and ski lodge as well as a boarding house before becoming what it is today, a vacation rental home that can accommodate up to 20 guests comfortably.

Old Mansion HouseInside the Old Mansion House you’ll find eight bedrooms, each with its own bath. Four of the bedrooms have access to balconies which offer spectacular views of the more than 2 acres of woods and spacious lawns.

Positioned perfectly just north of Vermont and a little over an hour from Montreal, the Old Mansion House is the ideal getaway where, depending on the season; fishing, skiing, sailing, and hiking are just over a hill or two away.

While idyllic, the Old Mansion House may actually hide some of the menace Louise describes so well in A Fatal Grace. Rumor has it, years ago, a young girl fell from her horse and died. If you find yourself sitting on the wraparound veranda late at night, and the moon is sitting just right, you might happen to see her galloping to and fro.

For more information about the Old Mansion House, please see www.mansionhousegeorgeville.com.

How did you picture the old Hadley House when you read A Fatal Grace?

What other structures from Three Pines stand out to you?

Discussion on “Old Mansion House / Hadley House

  1. Barb Dickson says:

    Not PINK! I rather thought I’d see horse barns near too.

    I’d very much like to see the cabin in the woods which played such a role for some of our friends.

  2. Wow, pink? I envisioned it in more Victorian darker colors. Perhaps, dark cream with dark red as a secondary color. I can’t wait to see the homes in the village, the one that the Gamache’s buy, and the b&b. I know nothing about Quebec architecture, I am now wanting to take a trip up north and go see the antiques!

  3. Ann Moore says:

    I saw a somber red brick Victorian, somewhat like that pictured on the cover of one of the books. I still have trouble visualizing this pretty little fictional town as the center of so much carnage. Sort of like the sci-fi horror films where the same characters keep coming face to face with the monster, even though it’s supposed to be ravaging the whole earth. Or, in the Chief Inspector’s case, all of Quebec.

    But wait, when are we going to find out where we can go to eat Olivier and Gabri’s fabulous meals?

  4. Jim Bartley says:

    I had imagined it more in dark colours as well, dark green or dark brown, with cream or white trim, and surrounded by dark pines and spruces so that it dim and in shadow even in daylight. Interior with pine and white oak, darkened over the years.

  5. Karen I Ford says:

    I too envisioned a much darker house for this site, never thought of it as pink! I also saw it with more pine or fir forests around it. The story had such dark overtones, it really colored my mind’s eye view of this story.

  6. Elaine Batte says:

    I too saw it as a much darker house with some stone and outbuildings. Interesting how our minds work. Love your characters, even the poet.

  7. Julie says:

    Pink! How funny! In my mind, it used to be white, with dark green shutters, but now it’s a dingy gray (at least until it gets “rehabilitated” in the later books), covered in grime and neglect, completely overgrown with vines and vegetation. Inside, only about half the lights work, so it’s always dark inside…

  8. Joy mitchell says:

    I see it with traces of white paint, clinging uselessly amidst overgrown shrubbery and trees.

  9. Donna says:

    I had imagined it as dark grey surrounded by trees. I did not “see” the large expanse of lawn. The structure is very much as I had imagined it.

  10. Diane Hines says:

    I have to say I pictured it like the house in Psycho… all dark and cavernous. Very scary. I’m glad that I can replace that image with this one. Very nice.

  11. Doris Mayer says:

    I pictured it as being dark grey, surrounded by tall, tall trees. It also stood on a rise, with a crooked stone walkway winding up to the front steps. Pink is too cheerful for that old house!

  12. Pat says:

    But in the second book it’s CC’s house. Of course she’d have it painted pink!

    • Amy says:

      Exactly what I thought, Pat! CC had it painted pink.
      But now that it’s a competitor of the B&B, it’s white with some cheerful color on the trim – maybe blue?

  13. JEANNE KERN says:

    Like Diane Hines, I pictured the Psycho house but a bit more liveable. And the hotel it becomes is not like this one either. But this is quite charming.

  14. Leslie says:

    How special your posts are. We are all waiting until August…impatiently!

  15. Diane S says:

    How did you picture the old Hadley House when you read A Fatal Grace?
    Sorry, but just can’t remember the details.

    What other structures from Three Pines stand out to you?

    The Spa and the one-room (I think) cabin in the woods where the hermit lived. And, the bench at the top of the hill where Gamache would sit to think, read his father’s book and to observe the Village and its inhabitants. I would also would love to see The Gamache’s home residence where they lived for most of the stories.

    • Charlie Andrus says:

      I want to see everything in the village, but especially the inn where all those delicious meals and secrets get revealed.

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