Three miles north of quintessential Dorset village, through the Mettowee Valley, one arrives at this pitch-perfect horse farm.
Three-board fenced pastures and ornamental trees create an allee towards the newly renovated mint farmhouse - a magazine-worthy marriage of old and new: gorgeous original wide plank floors, chef's kitchen, oversized windows and 3 new porches decked with Brazilian Walnut.
Continue up the drive toward the newly built custom barn with five large stalls, washrack and tackroom down with an extraordinary 2,000 ft guest loft above.
Riding ring, wooded trails complete this beautiful farm.
Location: Pawlet, VT
Living area: 3,620
Land: 20 acres
Horse facilities: Fields, barn with 5 stalls
Recently renovated cape farmhouse deftly marries old with new. Exceptional details throughout the residence include slate and copper roofing, Brazilian Walnut decking, gorgeous custom-made (and extra-thick) honed slate countertops and top-end appliances. All the windows are new and frame pastoral views at every turn, giving the feeling of living outdoors with continuous breezes blowing through.
The simple, classic lines of the farmhouse reflect the level of attention to detail and luxury inside. Overlook the horses grazing from any of the three porches, one of which is screened.
Stone flooring in the large mudroom entry, library/playroom with custom built-ins, gas fireplace and slate topped buffet/bar leading to the formal dining room check all the essential boxes for a complete family retreat or a great house for entertaining.
Upstairs features the master bed and bath, including generous walk-through closets and two additional bedrooms sharing a marble tiled bath.
Perhaps the crown jewel of the property is the gorgeous barn loft guest quarters featuring two mirrored master suites, each with attached bunkroom and limestone bathroom, and whitewashed oak floors throughout. The voluminous, airy great room features oversized granite-clad fireplace, while the fabulous open kitchen includes honed grey limestone counters, with an adjacent dining room sized for a long farm table. Living spaces showcase reclaimed wood sliding barn doors, reclaimed wood cladding on the ceiling and entry stairwell and a cozy seating area with gas fireplace and flat screen TV.
These separate and beautifully-appointed guest quarters create the ideal environment for entertaining family and good friends, whether for the ski season or warm summer months with the festivals, horse racing, or AA hunter-jumper shows - are all within easy reach.
Two small fenced paddocks and two large pastures
The main horse barn, was architect designed and built in 2005, and features custom stall fronts from Lexington, KY for five 12' x 12' stalls, oversized windows looking out from each stall and careful sighting to promote circulation and capture cool summer breezes, wash rack with hot and cold water, feed bay, heated tackroom, bathroom and heated office.
Rubber mats, 10' ceilings and chew-preventing hardwood all evidence the level of consideration.
60 foot long shedrow along the backside of the barn accomodates a horse trailer, hay and bedding storage as well as extra tractors, etc.
Two large pastures with automatic waterers and two small paddocks allow for a variety of turn-out combinations.
Shaded outdoor riding ring with geotextile beneath and a well-compacted base of limestone dust needs only a few inches of sand to complete.
To relax with your horse, mowed paths criss-cross the open fields and continue into the woods where a short hilly loop may be used for conditioning. For longer trail rides, an extensive network of logging trails is easily accessed and well-used by many horse farms nearby.