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After 30 years of cross-training from Montreal to Cannes as a stellar makeup artist, Eddie Maleterre envisioned becoming the owner of a cottage in the countryside. A few months later, he meets a house built in 1910 in Saint-Irénée, in Charlevoix. A house where he is living his dream of him.

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Even though the makeup artist saw himself in charge of a bed and breakfast, her husband, Carl Fournier, and he were far from peeling properties for sale. “We came for a walk in Saint-Irénée to visit friends, we passed the house and I like to say he jumped on us. ”


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“There is a real harmony in the decor,” says Eddie Maleterre.

Indeed, how can one remain indifferent to this ancestral red and white two-story residence, with a phantasmagoric view of the river, an immense green lawn and a vast gallery to relax? “When we saw the sign up for sale, we looked at the Centris ad, visited the next day and made an offer without thinking too much about whether we were ready to leave Montreal. A few days later, their offer was accepted. They put their large Montreal apartment up for sale, which sold out in eight days. “Things are aligned. ”

So much so that they bought the fully furnished house. “We would not have done better if we had bought everything ourselves. The furniture is old. There is a real harmony in the decor. »Preserved antique furniture, wooden floors and moldings with a real personality, a happy mix of boldness and old-fashioned: they fell in love. Furthermore, the idea of ​​a turnkey home seduced them to the point of offering the same thing to their Montreal buyers. “We leave everything behind to completely change the universe. ”

  • The kitchen

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    The kitchen

  • Dining room

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    Dining room

  • A bath

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    A bath

  • The master bedroom

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    The master bedroom

  • Rear view facing the river

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    Rear view facing the river

  • Outdoor relaxation area

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    Outdoor relaxation area

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From Cannes to Saint-Irénée

A choice in the image of the professional transition of Mr. Maleterre, who was national spokesman for L’Oréal Paris in Canada, makeup artist at Cannes, at TIFF, at Grammys and in several fashion shows and weeks. After three decades, he had had enough. “Without denigrating the environment that I adored and that I still respect, I got tired of the ephemeral. When you embellish a star, she erases everything afterward. When you go to a festival, they put a set that is taken apart later. I wanted something more resistant. ”

If its departure from the center charmfive years ago, he was followed by his beginnings in painting, his first exhibitions and held seminars on retail and customer service, especially taking time for himself, in order to practice mindful meditation and creative visualization.

So let’s go back to the images of his new life.

I saw the project as an early retirement: having a place to meet people. The property only has three bedrooms and I wouldn’t want more. I want to have time to spend time with them.

Eddie Maleterre, owner


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The livingroom

History and modernity

While the new owners live in the 10-year-old portion, like a large luxury hotel suite, guests stay in the 112-year-old section. “The house was built by the butler of the founder of the Domaine Forget as a summer residence. It was then sold and resold, used as housing and resold to our buyers who transformed it into a single family home. ”


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“The house has always been well maintained and the work has respected the image of its origin. “

The summer house has been isolated. The floors and roof have been redone. For the rest, little has changed. That said, the owners aren’t afraid of its historic character. “The house has always been well maintained and the work has respected the image of its origin. The former owner was meticulous and respectful of beautiful things. ”

Since the lodge opened in November 2021, several guests have told Eddie Maleterre about the effect the house has had on them. “You feel the vibes of the property. When you sit in the Adirondack chairs and look out at the river, it’s creepy because it’s so relaxing. ”


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The cottage offers stunning river views.

When asked if he misses the metropolis, he quickly replies in the negative. “I think it’s meditation that does it. I am in the present moment. Living in Montreal was a great experience. Before that, I was in Paris and left the city overnight to settle in Quebec. I have a capacity for renewal. ”

His new life as a lodge owner is exactly as he imagined. “I take care of the rooms. I take care of the huge garden. I prepare breakfasts by preparing as many things as possible at home (bread, yogurt, jams, etc.) with regional products. I love ! ”

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