True to form. True to history. The deep rooted story behind the “recreation” of this classic Vermont hill farm begins with a ca. 1815 center chimney Cape painstakingly disassembled and relocated from the shores of Novia Scotia to the current position in the funky country enclave of Barnard, Vermont. Lovingly reassembling every available piece of original frame, floor, door and panel, the original owners adhered to a strict code of authenticity wherever possible throughout the three story banked house. Original whitewashed wood ceilings, mantles, moldings and hardware have all been retained. The residence features a classic design with a massive center chimney with four functioning masonry fireplaces as well as a Vermont Castings woodstove in the eat in area of the kitchen. Modern standard electrical, plumbing and heating were all installed during the recreation. The interior will appeal to the first and second period architectural purist but the layout, offering a variety of possible uses and configurations for the six rooms on the top two floors The gourmet kitchen is equipped with a La Cornue dual fuel range and an expansive walk-in pantry. The full bath on this level has been well-incorporated within the original footprint of the house and is located in such a way as to make the addition of a first floor full bath quite easy.
The 25 acres of Vermont countryside includes dramatic long range views up the valley, prime agriculture soils, open pastures and a naturalist’s and wildlife fan’s paradise; an extensive wetlands and three distinct beaver ponds provide attractive cover and a source of water for a variety of local wildlife including a profusion of birds during the more temperate months.
Completing the property are a dramatic and spaciously proportioned three-story post and beam bank barn with ample storage and access via a sturdy quay from the Turnpike and a ca. 1790 English frame-scribe-ruled hay barn. As with the house, both historic structures were painstakingly disassembled, relocated and reconstructed on the site. In keeping with these two working agricultural structures, the property has a history of sustainability with previous owners haying and keeping sheep, cattle and goats on the property. From a simple haying operation to a sustainable farm with crops and farm animals, Sweet Hannah’s provides a direct connection to the land and the ability to engage with sustainability on a personal scale.
The property is located a short distance from the world renowned Twin Farms Resort & Spa, known today as one of the Nation’s finest luxury resorts. A few minutes up the Royalton Turnpike you will find Kiss the Cow Farm, an organic, grass-based dairy and Barnard Feast & Field Market that is indicative of towns’ place in the farm to table movement and the area’s focus on sustainability and the environment. The fabled village of Woodstock, Vermont, Suicide Six Ski area, Silver Lake and the Upper Valley/Dartmouth region are all a short distance away. Sweet Hannah’s Farm welcomes the adventurous, the purists, the dreamers – all of those looking to the land for a simpler, different, better way of life.