The Hidden Cottages

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The three hidden cottages

Aerial view localizing the three hidden cottages.

These three cottages stand screened by trees, like children  playing “peek-a-boo”, which is the name given to the cottage where the famous Quebec poet, Emile Nelligan, was staying during the summer of 1896.  Some of Nelligan's poems seem to have drawn inspiration from the charm of Cacouna.
Three influential businessmen, financiers and textile magnates, Alexander T. Paterson, Andrew F. Gault and Donald McDougall, had summer homes built on this wooded lot in the village.  The land was purchased from a farmer named François X. Hudon, dit Beaulieu.

Photo source :
Photo : Yvan Roy


The Paterson Rockleigh Cottage

The Paterson Rockleigh Cottage was partially destroyed by fire in 1975, while owned by the Gibault family.

In 1867 Joseph Martin, a carpenter from Cacouna, built Rockleigh Cottage for the Paterson family.  The plans had been drawn up by the Montreal architectural firm Hopkins & Wily.

Photo source :
Photo : Yvan Roy


Firwood Cottage, around 1900

Firwood Cottage, around 1900.

In 1872, Lucy McDougall had hired François Lachance, a Rivière-du-Loup contractor, to build Firwood Cottage.  This lovely residence of a regional influence would remain in her family for over a century.

Photo source :
Photo : Mary Tudor Montizambert, David Crombie Collection


The Gault’s Cottage – L’Auberge du Porc-Épic

The Gault’s Cottage – L’Auberge du Porc-Épic.

The Gault's cottage was built in 1878.  The lumber needed for construction is said to have been brought to Cacouna by schooner.  In July 1994, the place became «L’Auberge du Porc-Épic».

Despite their different styles, these three cottages embody the same ideal of harmonious integration with their natural settings.  The three front entrances face the water, and french doors open onto wide verandas.

Photo source :
Photo : Yvan Roy


Gazebos and Bathhouses

Gazebos and Bathhouses.

Like many other summer homes of the same period, gazebos were built on the cliff overlooking the water, and bathhouses stood on the beach.

Photo source :
Gazebo photo: Mary Tudor Montizambert, David Crombie Collection
Beach photo: Archives Nationales du Québec, Fonds Livernois (P560/N-675-42)