The Barn is located in a rural setting 30 minutes drive north of Ottawa, Canada’s capital. The 80 acre property is used by the Reid Family for family reunions and is available at other times for group gatherings over weekends and longer.
Since 1994 this intimate, residential facility has been rented by third parties for retreats, for getaway business meetings, for family reunions, birthdays, and anniversaries, and by skiers, quilters and hikers.
In 1946, Ambassador Escott Reid and his wife, Ruth, purchased 80 acres of meadows and forests in the heart of the Gatineau Hills in Quebec. This exceptional and beautiful property is bordered by a lake, a river and Gatineau Park. On the property was a barn in excellent condition, having been built only 10 years before from mellowed timbers taken from a much older structure.
In the 1970’s, after a distinguished career in Canada’s diplomatic service, the Reids tastefully converted The Barn into a comfortable and charming retirement residence that includes a fascinating library. Since then, their descendants have been preserving and embellishing the beauty of The Barn, which is becoming increasingly popular as a gathering place for extended families and groups.