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The House That Love Built Bed and Breakfast is a lovingly restored, 108-year-old renovated farmhouse in the charming, bilingual, rural village of St. Pierre Jolys, Manitoba, Canada.

The House That Love Built hostess Fawn, welcomes guests to her home with all the graciousness and warmth one would expect from a true Bed and Breakfast. Refresh your body, heart and soul in this nature surrounded retreat!

The House is cozy and warm with gorgeous, barnwood style floors, carefully curated treasures both old and new artfully arranged with a modern touch in a cheery open-family concept, complete with electric fireplaces on each floor and happy plants and flowers throughout. Colourful, cheerful and artistic, The House That Love Built will envelope you like a giant hug!

From the moment you step onto the front porch Large, light loving windows and farmhouse screen doors swung wide open in warm months, allow the sunshine and fresh air to flow throughout the house inviting you to sit and relax.

Meander through the cottage style gardens filled with veggies, herbs and flowers, to the children’s play structure, fire-pit, and alfresco dining area available for your enjoyment!

Three guest rooms with accommodations for 6 adults, plus an infant and child (or versions of) are available with hostess Fawn (or other) onsite to host and guide you through your stay. For your comfort, the home is heated, has 3 electric fire places and is air-conditioned with screened, openable windows.

History

The House That Love Built has a colourful history! Moved to it’s current location at 471 Jolys Ave West, St. Pierre Jolys, MB, the house was originally situated on a farm near St. Jean Baptist. It was moved after the 1950’s flood, placed on a new, concrete foundation and became a “village house”.

It is the former, childhood home of Manitoba Jazz musician, composer and instructor, Larry Roy – Winnipeg’s first-call jazz guitarist. Madam Roy (Larry’s mom) taught piano to many local children while Larry was growing up. Friends who came to the house for lessons still remember the exact location of Madam Roy’s piano. In later years, after Madam Roy had passed on, Monsieur Roy opened his home to men in need of a warm place to live, hosting men in a shed in the back yard as well as in the house during cold winter months. The house had several “interesting” renovations by later owners that included flying dragons on the ceiling and walls, gargoyles on the roof, treasure chest-like medallions on the walls and many other strange décor choices.

Your Host, Fawn Purnell

Fawn bought the sad and tired looking St. Pierre Jolys home in spring of 2018 with a vision to turn it into a bright, light and cheerful home for her friends, students and family – now growing with grandchildren. Moving back to St. Pierre where she had lived and raised her family for 17 years, where 2 of her sons and their families still live required extensive renovations! This was only possible with the hard work of her construction worker sons, Fawn’s friends and adult ESL students’ labors of love.

Many hours were spent ripping out the ‘scary’ wallpaper, dated flooring, pirate-medallions and various other ‘strange décor additions’, replacing leaking roofs, collapsing toilets, and ‘shocking’ electrical. Thus the name, “The House That Love Built” came purely out of the amount of love poured into it to bring it “back to life” and pour love back into its humble rooms.

Fawn has added several aspects to her business, dubbed “Love Built Soaps+”, including natural soap, deodorants, body butters and tub teas available for purchase. 

What To Expect

Leave the cooking, cleaning and bedmaking to someone else! Experience the hospitality and pleasure of a TRUE, FULL SERVICE, garden to table Bed and Breakfast!

Enjoy a welcome snack upon arrival, delicious, freshly ground, local coffee (usually Negash or Stone City Coffee Roasters), a fully stocked tea-bar, chef-quality breakfasts made from onsite/locally grown produce, proteins and herbs served in the back garden or dining room. You can count on and expect nothing but quality, fresh, creative, and delicious food from Fawn’s kitchen plus locally made baking, breads and treats from the St. Pierre Boulangerie (Bakery)!

Spend your holiday resting in your comfortable room at the B&B, enjoying the beautiful back yard surrounded by birds and gardens, visit with other guests and your host or find a quiet corner to read in either of the two public spaces in the house or, if you prefer, tour around the village and other nearby, local attractions and check all those “holiday” things off your list!

After roasting complimentary marshmallows over the open fire and an evening dip in the 3-season hot tub, doves and crickets will lull you to sleep in one of the coziest, most comfortable beds you’ve ever slept in! Awake refreshed and renewed to a delicious hot or continental breakfast of your choice – choose a family style breakfast when booking and be sure to mention any dietary restrictions or allergies.

Book Your Stay

Or call us directly (204) 963 -1391

471 Jolys Ave W, St Pierre-Jolys, MB R0A 1V0

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