Tour the houses!   
Walk through three fantasy-like buildings made of over 25,000 varicoloured glass bottles; admire the symphony of light and colour within. Enjoy the surrounding gardens where Mother Nature will call upon all your senses. Talk with our friendly staff. Find a treasure to bring back with you. And please do not forget to bring your camera! Until your visit, feast your eyes by scrolling through our PHOTO GALLERY - see link at the very bottom of this page.


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  The Giftshop   
A brand-new building constructed in 2011. Lots of space to browse and find treasures made of glass, recycled materials or sand; great choice of gifts, Acadian and garden or house decor items as well as some Island-made products and P.E.I. souvenirs. One-of-a-kind sales counter built out of close to five hundred mini glass bottles!


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  The six gabled house   
The first bottle house was built in 1980 out of approximately 12,000 bottles; it measures 20 feet x 14 feet with three main sections. Its six gables and the patterns produced by the careful choosing of colors and sizes of bottles truly makes this a unique building. Mr. Arsenault would cement between 300 and 400 bottles per row, using a total of approximately 85 bags of cement over a six month period.


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  The tavern   
In 1982, Édouard Arsenault decided to try his luck at a second building, using approximately 8,000 bottles this time. This tavern-like hexagonal structure was originally used to house the attraction's souvenirs and handcraft items made by his wife Rosina. Today one can admire a large selection of bottles collected by Edouard. Whenever he came across a bottle that had a special feature, he preferred to keep it for display rather than using it in the construction. This building was re-built in 1993, as the severe winter conditions had brought its toll on this house as well. The roof and the central cylinder however were maintained.


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  The chapel   
The third building constructed by the late Édouard Arsenault is truly a work of art. Approximately 10,000 bottles were transformed in 1983 to become a magnificent little chapel, complete with pews and altar. At the time of his sudden death at the age of 70, in the spring of 1984, Mr. Arsenault still had a bit of work to do: he intended to make the steeples higher and the front pew was not quite completed. At sunset, a symphony of light and colors streams in from behind the altar. Visitors are likely to sense a feeling of peace and tranquillity as they admire the final chapter of Arsenault's work.


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THE BOTTLE HOUSES
Cap-Egmont, Prince Edward Island
Telephone (902) 854-2987
Off-season (902) 854-2254
maisonsbouteille@eastlink.ca

 
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