This property is set on one of those country roads that features farms periodically. In this particular case, sheep figure into the picturesque landscape. A wooden fence marks the entrance, with a meandering driveway that leads past the orchard, and skirts the cluster of red outbuildings, before presenting the house behind a curtain of thoughtful landscaping, that when we photographed, was in full flower with heavy hydrangea blossoms. The front covered porch is softened by a perennial border, while hardscaping, in the form of patios and low stone walls, adds to the overall ambience throughout the grounds.
You can enter directly into the living room, or into a handy mud room, which is adjacent to the laundry room and the utility room. Then into the living room, the ceiling soars and the space benefits from extra light through the south-facing clerestory windows. The open plan space, with its slate floors, includes a living area with a wood stove, and a kitchen with butcher block counters, a breakfast bar and a view out to the sprawling side lawn. There is a separate dining room which again features a wall of windows with that view, and which opens onto the expansive stone patio, with built-in barbecue.
The master suite is on the first floor, featuring a spacious bedroom, and a bathroom with tiled shower and a sauna. The other two bedrooms are upstairs, accessed via the cherry wood stairs, and they share a bathroom, again with tiled shower.
There are three outbuildings: a tall woodshed that could double as a one car garage; an open-sided barn; and a former coop (no evidence of the former tenants remains!) that has electric and could make a great office, workshop or studio with a bit of creativity.
The house is kept toasty through radiant heat (and there is a wonderful wood stove for extra coziness). In summer the hot water is heated via electric, but in winter, when more hot water is required for the radiant heat, the fuel is changed to oil.
The grounds are a wonderland, with a sizable fenced garden with raised beds, and a separate apple, cherry, plum and pear orchard, also fenced. A fire pit is a focal point for the current owners, and winding paths have been mowed through the tall grasses and wildflowers, creating lovely walkways. But the huge bluestone patio is the real star of the show, and serves as the go-to spot in summer. There is even a built-in gas grill (propane is piped in, so it never runs out) making entertaining a breeze.