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A Quebec clergy house becomes a boutique hotel – and ‘a fairytale life’ for its owners
Adam Stanley - Montebello, Quebec
SPECIAL TO THE GLOBE AND MAIL
PUBLISHED JANUARY 8, 2019
For someone working in Ottawa, Ross Pattee’s commute time is unusually long. None of his colleagues from the public service drive for an hour home like he does. But he doesn’t mind, as no one else heads home to a luxury hotel.
Mr. Pattee, the executive director of the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, and his partner, Dominique Primeau, bought a 10,000-square-foot presbytère (clergy house) in Montebello, Que., in 2015. They’ve fully renovated the property into an eight-room boutique hotel east of Ottawa called the Manoir Chamberland, and the couple – who got married on the property – lives in the former nun’s quarters above the kitchen.
A new centerpiece of Montebello - Manoir Chamberland is arguably the best small lodging establishment between Montreal and Ottawa, ON!
Mary Tagart - Ottawa, Ontario
SPECIAL TO OTTAWA HOME
PUBLISHED JUNE 28, 2017
With a background in fashion and beauty, Dominique Primeau has worked with some of the most elegant names in the industry, including Christian Dior and Yves Saint Laurent, and has a keen sense for luxury living. He and his partner Ross Pattee brought elegant hospitality to the Quebec town of Montebello with a grand renovation of the local presbytery building. It was transformed into a boutique-style hotel catering to adults over 18, while also serving as home for the stylish pair.
Retreat back in time and soak up the fresh air and atmosphere at this former presbytery-turned elegant boutique hotel – Manoir Chamberland's new life
Janet Wilson - Montebello, Quebec
SPECIAL TO THE GAZETTE WINTER ED.
PUBLISHED JANUARY 8, 2018
Dressed in a smart suit, striped tie, and classic pocket square, Dominuqe Primaeu, the consummate host of Manoir Chamberland, reads aloud from an a la carte breakfast menu. Like everything at this top-notch Montebello Boutique hotel, the three-course gourmet meal was beautifully presented and impeccably served.
Opened in July 2017 and located on the village's main street, the former manor-style presbytery has been reborn after being lovingly transformed under the watchful eyes of owner Dominuqe and his husband, Ross Pattee, who bought the property in 2015.
"I love renovating," says Dominique, a fashion and interior designer by trade. "We have restored three historical properties and stay true to a building's architecture. When we first toured the interior, the walls and roof were deteriorating, and the basement was leaking. It's been a real labour of love."
The couple first stumbled across the manoir while in Montebello to attend a friend's wedding in 2013. "We went out for a walk, saw a large for-sale sign, and commented on the beauty of the building. A year later, we found ourselves back in the village for another wedding and saw the building was still for sale."
They felt it was an opportunity they couldn't pass up and made a sales pitch to executives of the local Catholic Church, who owned the property and subsequently approved their proposal.
Dominique relishes in taking guests on a tour of the property, imparting colorful details about the inn, which is named for the parish priest and historian Michel Chamberland (1865-1943), and the fine artworks and decor pieces that the couple has acquired on their travels, at auctions and flea markets and from family inheritance.