Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Five houses on Good Counsel fundraising tour

First event set for Saturday

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The Our Lady of Good Counsel High School Mother’s Club will offer the opportunity to tour five area homes on Saturday as part of a fundraising effort for the Olney school.

This is the first year for the school’s Spring House Tour and Marketplace, which organizers hope will become an annual event.

‘‘We thought this was something that people would enjoy doing, both members of the Good Counsel community and the community at large,” event chairwoman Mo Jester said. ‘‘My hope is to make this big and a lot of fun, and to reach beyond Good Counsel.”

The self-guided tour includes the Sherman and Kelly homes in Sandy Spring, the Willson home in Brookeville, the Mattingly home in Woodbine, and the Cazeres home in Rockville.

‘‘Each is different in its own way, but they are all just beautiful,” Jester said. ‘‘Some have beautiful architecture, others have impressive landscaping and outdoor entertaining areas, and some have really nice home theaters. Each house has something different to offer.”

Homes may be toured from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets are available on the website at for $25, or at the door for $30. Tickets will be sold until 5 p.m. Saturday.

To accompany the tour, the Good Counsel dining hall will be transformed into a Marketplace and Café from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Marketplace will feature more than 30 specialty boutiques, offering a variety of items including jewelry, accessories, ceramics, home decor, designer clothing and gift items.

Breakfast, lunch and baked good will be sold at an additional cost, along with lunches to take along on the tour.

All money raised will go towards financial aid to help students attend Our Lady of Good Counsel. Approximately 25 percent to 30 percent of the school’s 1,200 students benefit from the financial assistance program.

The Cazeres Home: A stately stone-front home located on a 3⁄4-acre lot. Built in 2001 by Craftmark Homes, the model boasts more than 6,000 square feet and features a finished basement designed for family fun and a custom-designed patio.

The Mattingly Home: This French Country home is situated on 42 acres of forest, horse pastures and hayfields. The owners collected design ideas from years of research. It is built with the latest technology, yet has the feel of an 18th-century chateau. Each of the home’s six fireplaces features different hearth and mantle detail.

The Kelly Home: This stone colonial home, built in 2004, is situated on a lot framed by mature trees. The traditional décor is complemented with many transitional pieces, and the owner’s love of hunting and nature is apparent throughout. The home features a state-of-the-art home cinema and a slate and stone patio.

The Sherman Home: This home was built in 2003 by Mitchell and Best homebuilders. A wall of windows and screened-in porch offer views of the yard. Special features of this home are the dance room and the media room, as well as a stone fireplace.

The Willson Home: Carter Willson learned home construction from his father, Edwin Gilpin Willson, and started his own construction company. In 2005, he completed construction of this stone-faced colonial. The interior features a combination of architectural salvage, reproductions, family mementos, and antiques and collectibles. The large covered patio looks out over a formal English garden.

The first tour sponsored by the Our Lady of Good Counsel High School Mother’s Club will be held 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.

Tickets are available on the website at for $25, or at the door for $30. Tickets will be sold until 5 p.m. Saturday.

For more information, visit or contact Emmy McNamara