An appealing country road dotted with farms winds by private Black Bear Rd which leads through the woods and over two streams before opening to the sprawling lawns and fields that surround the pretty white farmhouse set picturesquely beneath the mature maples and towering pines. The gracious drive gives way to a parking area between the house and a romantic, imposing barn, and its more recent cousin, a garage/barn built in 2012.
This immaculately maintained home was first upgraded from its 1900 building, in 1950, and again by the current owner in 2011. An entirely new wraparound porch adds so much character to the building and the experience, with a hammock in the corner, and ample space for al fresco dining, shaded from the sun. Colorful perennials bloom around it for several months a year.
The ground floor of the house is comprised of all the public rooms. A sitting room / family room is at right upon entering the front hall, while a longer dining room, with French door access to the porch, is at left. It also includes a lovely built-in, glass-fronted pine cupboard. Off this room and also at the end of the main corridor is an open plan chef's kitchen with lounge. Custom cherry cabinetry is mixed with commercial stainless appliances (SubZero fridge) and prep table for an optimal cooking experience. The seating area naturally forms around the cast iron wood stove, and again there is exterior access to the stone patio and built-in outdoor grill. A large pine cupboard will remain with the property.
Four delightful bedrooms and a white tiled bath make up the second floor. One of those rooms is "sunken", with a 2 step entrance, and features horizontal cherry paneling and interesting architectural elements. The bathroom with two pedestal sinks is accessed both from a bedroom and the hall. A clawfoot tub invites luxurious, long soaks, while there is also a sleek walk-in shower.
A third floor space has been transformed into a bright, desirable space, with three sets of windows, interesting ceilings and modern bathroom.
The grounds of this private demesne are lush and rolling, with sprawling fields bordered by woods which have paths for walking or four-wheel vehicle. There are views, a pretty pond fed by pipe from a nearby spring, and tasteful landscaping. The owner's fenced garden with raised beds has produced a bountiful harvest for many years, while his fruit trees (pear, apple, peach) have been maturing.
While the charming farmhouse and spectacular grounds are each worthy of top billing, you won't be faulted for picking the dramatic three story barn as the jewel in the crown. The smaller parts of the structure, originally a milk shed and separate chicken coop, with their appealing stone walls, have workshop tables and lighting and provide storage. Walking through to the ground level of the main barn, the huge space has large sliding barn doors and room for multiple vehicles, also with built-in work tables that run the length of the building.
Upstairs is where the fun really begins. The owner has a large pull-down screen for movie night, with plenty of room for the whole neighborhood. There is a ping pong table, a simple kitchen area and just a huge amount of space for a heck of a party. Slide the large door back and it opens to the hillside. A catwalk wraps around the third story, and includes a toilet and sink. There is an outdoor shower on the back of the building.
A vintage car enthusiast, the owner built a well-lit 1,200+ square foot "barn" in 2012 that is immaculate, well-lit and has radiant floor heat.
The systems at this property have been meticulously maintained, with non-electric (propane) heater in the basement to prevent pipes from freezing in the event of a power outage. Oil tanks are above ground and in a dedicated room under the porch, and there are separate septics for the house and barn. The property comes with a backup generator.
This gracious rural estate combines informal country living with today's comforts, in a truly spectacular setting.