When the family of the current owner built the farmhouse in 1914, the barns had already been long in service. They initially kept cows, chicken and sheep, and part of the barn was used as a small store from which they sold five and ten pound jars of butter, and other dairy items. In winter, teams of horses hauled timber felled from the property on sleighs.
In more recent years the house has been used more conventionally, as a place of extreme tranquility and beauty. The 108 acres include vast stretches of meadow that rise to reveal jaw-dropping views, and extensive woodland. There are two natural springs, one of which used to provide the house with water, but has since been replaced by a drilled well. The waters continue to babble in a pretty stream down alongside the apple orchard and by the rear of the house.
A covered porch makes a graceful entrance, which opens to the kitchen, where solid oak cabinetry crafted by a neighbor provides ample storage. A tall, beadboard built-in cupboard adds a dash of “country kitchen” charm.
Off the kitchen is a generous-sized dining room with two large windows, and a built-in display cabinet. The living room is next, with its bay window and two others providing decent natural light to the room. A fireplace is concealed by the owner’s piano. A long, cheery sun porch runs along the entire side of the house, looking out at a mature lilac, and down a long level lawn. It’s an ideal spot for warm weather dining. A foyer just before this door includes a tall built-in beadboard coat closet and storage cupboard.
The wide staircase leads to the three bedrooms and one bath upstairs. They have deep closets set into the eaves of the house and enjoy abundant light. Perhaps a bit dated, they remain charming examples of country decor of a certain period.
Sometimes a property just has a great vibe about it, and I believe that’s the case with this one. This is a property with history, looking for the next owner to embrace it as this family has, for its next chapter.