Of the many hilltop villages in central Vermont, Barnard is exceptional. It has farm-to-table agriculture, a country store with an old-fashioned lunch counter, the celebrated outdoor Feast and Field Market with live music every Thursday evening and fine dining at the Barnard Inn. In the center of town is 84-acre Silver Lake, a community focal point for summer and winter recreation. The house is set on a grassy south-facing rise with a classic New England view of the village church steeple. This modern Greek Revival country estate is the perfect location from which to enjoy it all.
Designed and built by the current owners in 2008 on the site of a previous home, the house is in the middle of a 27-acre parcel. The land includes open meadows, a spring-fed pond, fenced paddocks and pastures, and a riding arena. Trails wind through two wooded areas on either side the property.
Combining historically inspired details with modern construction techniques and state-of-the-art systems, the owners created a sense of space and volume with a functional and organized floor plan. A dramatic center staircase is the focal point of the entry. Throughout the first floor are 12-foot ceilings. Large windows and elegant room proportions create interiors that are grand yet delightfully livable. An open concept kitchen and a formal dining room provide options for entertaining. The living room has a wall of French doors with panoramic views. Off the front hall is a large mudroom, a washer/dryer, a sizable sink, open shower for dogs or muddy boots and an automatic dog door which is activated by a sensor on a dog’s collar. The first-floor bedroom suite includes two separate bathrooms, each containing a soaking tub a stall shower, a bidet and ample closet space. A private screened porch off the bedroom has ample space for furniture and is wired for a hot tub. Thoughtful attention to detail can be found in every room from the custom woodwork, stone and tile choices down to the cabinet knobs in the kitchen – no detail has been overlooked.
There are 10-foot ceilings throughout the second floor with 3 generously sized bedrooms with large closets (one bedroom is currently being used as a exercise studio) and a full bathroom. In the center of the second floor is a large room with limitless potential; it is currently being used as a home office. The covered balcony off this room takes full advantage of the stunning views.
A mahogany, L-shaped farmers porch runs on the north and east sides of the house. In the courtyard is an oversize, two-car garage with ample workbench space, and a 6-stall barn with wash stall. Two of the six stalls are heated as is the tack room which has a half bath with wash sink (plumbed with both hot and cold water) and a washer and dryer.