December 23, 2022

This Design Duo Turned Their Rustic Log Cabin Into A Stylish Retreat

At first it wasn’t the Kawarthas, it was the cabin that charmed Matthew and Rick Bettencourt, prompting them to drop everything and drive one and a half hours to put in an offer. Now, it’s both.

The two-man team behind design agency and retailer Bettencourt Manor didn’t have a specific location or type of property in mind when they began their search for an all-season escape from the city. Their main goal was to find a spot big enough to host large gatherings of friends and family, especially over the holidays. Although they’d never really considered the Kawarthas before, they were immediately smitten with the 1,400-square-foot log cabin on one and a half wooded hectares in Omemee, Ont. “We fell in love with the rounded shapes of the logs and the arches, which are rare to find in a log cabin, as they’re usually quite boxy and cookie-cutter,” says Matthew.

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Author: Sydney Loney

Donna Griffith


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Matthew and Rick Bettencourt