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House of the Week: $5.5 million for a 68-acre Hockley Valley estate with a music hall and vineyard

The 11,000-square-foot property also comes with a two-level terrace, an impossible amount of wood, a private walking trail and a tennis court

By Arisa Valyear| Photography by Alexander Rothe
House of the Week: $5.5 million for a 68-acre Hockley Valley estate with a music hall and vineyard

Neighbourhood: Hockley Valley Agents: Johane Lefrançois and Peter Mickus, Johnston & Daniel Division, Royal LePage Price: $5,499,000 Size: 11,000 square feet Bedrooms: 4+1 Bathrooms: 6



The place

A custom-built estate perched 1,000 feet above Hockley Valley with views spanning its 68 acres of land.

The history

In 2004, John Pennie and Marilyn Field were living in Caledon and running errands when they came across this property for sale in Hockley Valley. As philanthropists and entrepreneurs, they were looking for a new place to live as well as spot to host fundraising events and small concerts.

Since the initial build, the home has undergone several upgrades, including adding an elevator and a lower-level office complete with cubicles and a kitchen. Now, nearly 20 years later, Pennie and Field are looking to downsize.

The tour

The front doors open into a 72-foot-long great hall with a soaring vaulted cedar ceiling, maple floors and plenty of natural light.

House of the Week: $5.5 million for a 68-acre Hockley Valley estate with a music hall and vineyard

Down the way are floor-to-ceiling radius windows and an ash-top dining table made by the owners. The home’s exposed beams are BC redwood.

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House of the Week: $5.5 million for a 68-acre Hockley Valley estate with a music hall and vineyard

To the right of the great hall is the kitchen, equipped with a pizza oven, a butler’s pantry and heated stone floors. Its U-shaped granite island can seat up to 14 people.

House of the Week: $5.5 million for a 68-acre Hockley Valley estate with a music hall and vineyard

The stone detailing in the kitchen extends to the backsplash. The cabinets are stained cherrywood.

House of the Week: $5.5 million for a 68-acre Hockley Valley estate with a music hall and vineyard

This white-marble bathroom on the main floor⁠—originally a closet⁠—was added in the past few years.

House of the Week: $5.5 million for a 68-acre Hockley Valley estate with a music hall and vineyard

The primary bedroom is on the main level and features a massive walk-in closet, a fireplace and more floor-to-ceiling windows.

House of the Week: $5.5 million for a 68-acre Hockley Valley estate with a music hall and vineyard

The staircase to the second level has stainless steel stanchions, tempered glass panels and a laser-cut maple railing.

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House of the Week: $5.5 million for a 68-acre Hockley Valley estate with a music hall and vineyard

Here’s a shot from the top of the stairs.

House of the Week: $5.5 million for a 68-acre Hockley Valley estate with a music hall and vineyard

This is the music hall, which was designed with a barn-like vaulted ceiling to maximize acoustics. Pine trusses serve as both structural supports and architectural accents. A stone fireplace, a Yamaha baby grand and more radius windows complete the room.

House of the Week: $5.5 million for a 68-acre Hockley Valley estate with a music hall and vineyard

Across from the music hall sits this loft overlooking the two floors below.

House of the Week: $5.5 million for a 68-acre Hockley Valley estate with a music hall and vineyard

Moving down to the lower level reveals a second kitchen, with stone countertops and white porcelain tiles. 

House of the Week: $5.5 million for a 68-acre Hockley Valley estate with a music hall and vineyard

There’s another bathroom on this floor, plus an exercise room.

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House of the Week: $5.5 million for a 68-acre Hockley Valley estate with a music hall and vineyard

This area is currently set up as an office.

House of the Week: $5.5 million for a 68-acre Hockley Valley estate with a music hall and vineyard

Down the hall is this sun room overlooking the valley. It could be converted into a guest suite.

House of the Week: $5.5 million for a 68-acre Hockley Valley estate with a music hall and vineyard

Outside is a sprawling two-level, 1,500-square-foot terrace with a pool. Those are retractable glass doors in the distance.

House of the Week: $5.5 million for a 68-acre Hockley Valley estate with a music hall and vineyard

The space also has a built-in propane grill and a firepit.

House of the Week: $5.5 million for a 68-acre Hockley Valley estate with a music hall and vineyard

Windrush Estate Winery and its 5.5-acre vineyard (which is leased out) also sit on the property.

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House of the Week: $5.5 million for a 68-acre Hockley Valley estate with a music hall and vineyard

The 2.2-kilometre private trail is great for walking in the summer and cross-country skiing in the winter. It connects to a tennis court and a basketball court, which doubles as an open-air ice rink.

House of the Week: $5.5 million for a 68-acre Hockley Valley estate with a music hall and vineyard

Have a home that’s about to hit the market? Send your listing to realestate@torontolife.com.  

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