Nestled into the lee of a gentle hillside, at the end of a private road just a few miles' drive north of Ivy League Dartmouth College and one of the most picturesque villages in Vermont, you will find the stillness and privacy of Holiday Hill Farm.
Each season brings wonders- visual and auditory- from the spring peepers and the sound of rushing brooks still buried under the snow to the new vibrant green bursts of canopy and nature's summer light show when thousands of fireflies dance across the valley. Controlling both sides of Kerwin Hill Road, the property's 54 acres of intriguing Vermont countryside encompasses open meadows, fenced pastures, northern hardwood forests, ancient stonewalls, and views across the valley to New Hampshire's White Mountains.
Known throughout the region for his exacting approach to the Colonial form and reproduction methods that authentically incorporate the aesthetics of our country's first and second-period homes, this Federal-style farmhouse was built by the renowned craftsman of Doug Gest and Co. Seeking to provide the best of both worlds for those who are attracted to the charm and vernacular of a historic Vermont hill plantation as well as the comfort of ca. 2007 modern amenities, systems, and conveniences, the interior includes cherry floors, period moldings, two fireplaces with lovely hand-built composed mantels and custom built-in cabinetry. With his exacting standards and top quality attention to detail, the same approach was taken to choose the site and setting for this federal style reproduction home, which was carefully selected and the first of several proposed sites, now controlled by this property permitted to be built.
The resulting 11 room home offers a place for everyone and everything – from the inviting four season porch that even in winter becomes the heart of the house to the all-purpose Great Room with its dramatic open heath and wood-burning fireplace at one end linked by hand-hewn beams to the gourmet kitchen at the other.
Formal living and dining and rooms, a master suite with a private deck, and a finished basement all add to the livability and fictionality of the built environment while keeping in mind the sense of history and place with a very modern consciousness beneath the surface. "The home is spacious without being huge." The four bedrooms and the three and one-half baths provide all the space most will need. A backup generator provides safety and security in inclement weather.
Just down the winding drive and across the lane, you will find one of the most thoughtfully executed and aesthetically appealing equestrian facilities in the Upper Valley. The 20 x 60-meter dressage arena is equipped with European geotextile footing. There is a full mirrored short-side that also functions as a shed to house the arena poles and letters for the winter. The three-stall barn is 36 x 36 feet and offers a feed room, a heated tack room and a heated wash stall, hay storage for 500 bales, and is equipped with a generator. All three stalls and six turnouts have automatic heated Nelson waterers, and the complex is served by its own drilled well. Several acres of fenced pastures and turnout and acres of open pasture and hayfields, a year round brook, improved roads, and multiple trails and recreational opportunities both on and directly off the property abound. The property is truly turnkey and ready to accept the next equestrian-minded owner or to explore this area of the property and its current infrastructure for various other creative uses and pursuits.
A private kingdom ideally located two hours from Boston, four hours from NYC, and three hours from Montreal. Both private jet and helicopter service are available at nearby Lebanon, NH (LEB), and world class recreational, educational, and cultural opportunities abound — from skiing at Killington to classes at Dartmouth and everything in between. Built for today's living, Holiday Hill Farm is the perfect location to call your country home.