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Rescued sheep adds to atmosphere, history of Doctor’s House

Laurelyn Berry and Jerry Byrne had put word out they were looking for a sheep to add to their collection of animals at the property known as the Doctor’s House in Green’s Harbour, Trinity Bay.

Eweness the sheep was rescued from a meat truck and now resides in comfort at the Doctor’s House in Green’s Harbour. The 11-month-old woolly animal may also be pregnant. — Submitted photo

Lucky for them and, more specifically for a local sheep on the way to the meat market, Denise Critch came along.

Berry says Critch took a liking to the 11-month-old sheep and got it from the farmer who owned it before it reached the butcher.

“The sheep was being sold to one of the restaurants,” Berry said. “Denise rescued her, and since Denise already had a barn full of animals, we provided a place at the Doctor’s House.

“It’s now a happy little camper.”

What has been named The Doctor’s House Inn & Spa by Berry and Byrne since they purchased the property in May 2013, began more than half a century ago, according to the couple’s website, by a young Irish couple with big dreams and an extraordinary vision.

Dr. Charlie Boddie worked as a doctor of psychiatry at Her Majesty’s Penitentiary in St. John’s and built a country sanctuary for he and his wife, Mary, on the headland between Hopeall and Green’s Harbour, bit by bit over several decades.

The 100-acre oceanfront estate has landscaped gardens, breath-taking views and Tudor-style buildings tucked into forested hills.

And Mary Boddie is said to have been a gentle woman with a soft spot for animals — especially the Newfoundland pony — which were kept on the property. There were also cows, sheep, hens and several different kinds of birds roaming the grounds.

Berry said that is why it is important that they have similar animals at what is now a luxury retreat an hour from St. John’s. The animals help create a relaxing atmosphere and are true to the history of the property.

“We like to add to our little animal farm, a bit of an animal sanctuary,” Berry said. “We have four Newfoundland ponies and a goat named Ms. Roosevelt, or Rosie for short. The goat has become fast friends with the sheep.”

The sheep has been named Eweness, and is a welcome addition to the menagerie, Berry said. It is also believed Eweness may be pregnant, so that has led to a lot of excitement.

“That is part of the reason Eweness was rescued,” Berry noted. “So we may have an addition to the family soon.”

The Doctor’s House Inn has 10 guest rooms, each with a bathroom and balcony; five spa rooms with showers; a solarium and a 50-year-old wine vault.

Berry is originally from Ontario and moved to St. John’s about

11 years ago to work with Target Marketing, later starting her own business in advertising/marketing.

Byrne hails from Torbay, is a retired engineer (D.F. Barnes Group) who took a run at politics with the federal Conservatives in the 2011 election, coming in behind New Democrat Jack Harris in

St. John’s East.

The couple moved to Whiteway, Trinity Bay, 2 1/2  years ago and bought Ocean Delight — seven ocean-front cottages, with four in Heart’s Delight and three in Whiteway.

They then discovered the Doctor’s House property and, most recently, Eweness.

 

gwhiffen@thetelegram.com

Organizations: House Inn Spa, D.F. Barnes Group, Conservatives

Geographic location: Newfoundland, Ontario, Torbay Whiteway Trinity Bay

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  • Florence Cumby
    February 18, 2014 - 13:50

    I was up to Clifford Georges when Eweness arrived. I took a liking to her and wanted Denise to keep her but understood It would be hard with all the other Animals she has to look after. when I heard you Guys were taking her I knew she was going to a great Home. I know Eweness will be content and looking forward to seeing her Babies soon .