Buy a house on the pastures of Sainte-Catherine-de-Hatley, Quebec
In the Estrie region of the Eastern Townships, there exists a backcountry between heaven and earth. The French-speaking village of Sainte-Catherine-de-Hatley is as terrestrial as it is celestial, offering a magical natural landscape, a mystical living environment, and majestic properties to the wonder of real estate investors and buyers.
The view from the country
To buy a house in the countryside of Sainte-Catherine-de-Hatley is to benefit a unique point of view in an isolated, idyllic setting. Perched between the towns of Sherbrooke and Magog, in the Memphremagog Regional County Municipality, the pastoral village of Sainte-Catherine-de-Hatley is known for its sublime panorama of the serenely blue waters of Lake Magog backed by the striking colors of Mont Orford – bright green in the summer, dazzling white in the winter, and a kaleidoscope of romantic shades in the fall and spring.
Surely a gift from Mother Nature, the official municipality of Sainte-Catherine-de-Hatley was formally established as a French settlement in 1901. Over the years, this beautiful rural region has prioritized the maintenance of its heritage and tradition, including a number of historical buildings, its natural environment and the creatures that live in it. The elegant Eglise Sainte Catherine de Hatley remains as virtuous as ever; and the swampy yet enchanting Ile du Marais hosts a charming bird-watching sanctuary (over 190 species) among 4 km of trails forests, fields, varied plants, and gentle wildlife.
Peace on Earth
You, too, can find refuge in this haven of peace. The luxury property market in Sainte-Catherine-de-Hatley specializes in secluded, stately residences tastefully built from noble materials on vast plots of land near the waterfront. But investors and buyers are also welcome to make it a renovation project and embellish weathered cottages or farmhouses with contemporary-style swimming pools, patios, balconies, stables, workshops, and garages. The properties for sale in this village of Quebec are suited for those in search of immense natural beauty, for their eyes only.
It’s not hard to find if you know where to look. Nestled between the scenic highway Quebec Route 108 and the magnificent Lake Magog, the center of the village offers surprisingly modern amenities and activities for a variety of profiles.
In any season, the adventurous are drawn to the Parc National du Mont Orford to cycle, hike, ski, sled, and swim its breathtaking landscape of forests, sugar maple, mountains, hills, and ponds. Culture is in abundance at its Centre D’Arts, particularly during it special symphony performances. Backroads of Sainte-Catherine-de-Hatley lead to the Piggery Theater, which shows English-speaking plays in the summertime. When fall comes around, both residents and visitors take part in the excitement of the Défi des Collines race and take the time to celebrate before the magical terrain. But more than just a paradise for nature lovers, gourmands will also find their slice of paradise at Auberge Campagnarde de Sainte-Catherine, a mysterious manor that doubles as a market for delicious, fresh regional products.
To give in to this feeling of total serenity, sought high and low and around the global, become a happy homeowner in Sainte-Catherine-de-Hatley.
Photo Credit: Bob Jensen