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c. 1796 Colonial Farmhouse

Rock Ridge Farm

Back Yard View
Back Yard View
The farmhouse is connected to both carriage house & historic barn
Elegantly comfortable, fully-restored "Center Chimney Colonial" 1796 farmhouse in central New Hampshire's spectacular Lakes Region makes a perfect country estate.
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Back Yard to Kitchen Window
Back Yard to Kitchen Window
Taken from beneath 300 year old twin oaks, looking at perennial gardens & back of farmhouse
Rock Ridge Farm's pastures
Rock Ridge Farm's pastures
From the top or "ridge" of this historic apple & dairy farm, now a beautiful peaceful country home & get away.
Colonial Kitchen & Fireplace
Colonial Kitchen & Fireplace
The kitchen has original cooking fireplace, this view into main sitting room
Kitchen, from Back Entrance
Kitchen, from Back Entrance
The original Colonial Chimney is 12 x 12 feet square, in the center of the home, with open fireplace on 3 sides; the kitchen, the living room & the dining room.
The  living room fireplace, with original wide-plank pine paneling.
The living room fireplace, with original wide-plank pine paneling.
This is 1/3 fireplaces downstairs, all part of the "center chimney" of this Colonial Home, where these were once the primary heat source, before furnaces existed. The 3 fireplaces upstairs were covered over before i bought the home.
In-law apartment w/screened porch
In-law apartment w/screened porch
Taken from main back yard, down the hill to the in-law apartment, converted from old stables. Apartment is 2-bedrooms w/ vaulted great room, and screened porch off kitchen.
Front Porch from driveway/side yard
Front Porch from driveway/side yard
This side of the house has 1/2 driveways, also bordered by a mountain trout stream, which makes a soothing sound, which you can hear from 2 bedrooms, as well as the 2 back screened porches, both upstairs & downstairs.
Carriage House, Connector to Barn, as seen from front yard
Carriage House, Connector to Barn, as seen from front yard
The barn was moved, at some point, from it's original location across the road. It's connected to the 1700's house & 1800's carriage house by a "connector," that was re-furbished to include a pantry, a bathroom & laundry room, all off the main house kitchen. The carriage house, above, has large bedroom/library that overlooks pastures, forest & distant mountains. Beneath this large bedroom is a heated workshop.
Master Bedroom, 2nd floor
Master Bedroom, 2nd floor
The master bedroom includes a dressing room and an upstairs screened sleeping porch, facing the driveway & stream. The windows by the bed, over look acres of ancient pasture land, as well as the "rock ridge" and 1700's stone walls. Sleeping here is like waking up in a beautiful B & B, every morning. The twin oaks, shading the bedroom, are 300 + years old. They're majestic, older than the house, but still very healthy & strong.
Original glass & panes in most windows
Original glass & panes in most windows
Back Porch Overlooking Lilac Bushes & Stream
Back Porch Overlooking Lilac Bushes & Stream
This back porch is screened for bug-free enjoyment. We have breakfast, lunch & dinners on this charming porch, April through October! Evenings you can sit & listen to the stream babble, the crickets chirp, the peeper-frogs croak, the coyotes howl, and the owls coo. It's the wild kingdom!
Back Porch Overlooking Lilac Bushes & Stream.
Back Porch Overlooking Lilac Bushes & Stream.
Purple lilacs surround this porch, which also serves as the back entrance to the home, and a mud-room during the winter months.
Spring Lilacs Outside Living Room Window
Spring Lilacs Outside Living Room Window
The farmhouse is surrounded by both white & purple lilacs, which are very well established. The kind of large lilac bushes from our great-grandparents' days...
Colonial Dining Room
Colonial Dining Room
Original hand-hewn beams exposed on the ceiling. It took a week's worth of ax-work to make one of these beams from trees on the property...
The 1700's historic, updated barn & the attached carriage house.
The 1700's historic, updated barn & the attached carriage house.
It's been a snowy winter at Rock Ridge Farm! This is the 2nd driveway, the entrance to the carriage house, the barn & the in-law/caretaker's apartment...
Bedrooms 7
Full Baths 3
Heated Sq. Ft. 4,700
Unheated Sq. Ft. 1,000
Stories 2.5
Acres 7.0

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Historic Rock Ridge Farm in Lakes Region, NH

New Hampshire's "Lakes Region" is the real-estate "hot zone" of the state this spring. This gorgeous historic property is right at the center of the Lakes Region. Established peaceful tranquility, yet close to the civilized world, this lovingly updated historic "Center Chimney Colonial Farmhouse" is 2 hours north of Boston. Nestled on 7 private acres, no neighbors are visible, yet a mere 6 minute drive takes you to Meredith Bay of Lake Winnipesaukee, the 3rd largest inland lake in New England. Meredith Village has quaint and necessary amenities: post office, groceries, library, shopping, charming inns and upscale hotels, boating docks, parks, waterfall, multiple fresh food farm stands, terrific restaurants, both high end sophisticated eateries, as well as inexpensive comfort-food diners. The new Winnipesaukee Theater campus is being created around the corner, predicted to become the largest summer theater compound in New England. Many art galleries are located nearby, including the famous Old Print Barn Gallery, a neighbor. The new Arts Collaborative workshops & showrooms, along with partner Winnipesaukee Forge, also neighbors, were just featured on the TV show New Hampshire Chronicle. Musical venues include Lakes Region Symphony Orchestra, as well as Meadowbrook Pavilion & the renovated historic Flying Monkey Theater. Rock Ridge Farm is "sandwiched" between Lake Waukewan, The Snake River, Winona Lake, Squam Lake & the majestic Lake Winnipesaukee. A very short walk takes you to Lake Waukewan, The Snake River & Lake Winona for: boating, canoeing, kayaking, swimming, sunbathing, and fishing. There are breathtaking views from every window of this home, east to mountains and sunrise, west to forest & sunsets, north to meadow & stream, and south to gorgeous pastures along the "ridge." Lots of wildlife still live here in the "Live Free or Die" state, and with no personal income taxes or sales tax, can you blame them? Formerly this was an apple & dairy farm through the Civil War & WWI years, then a Lake Winnipesaukee summer dance camp, then a horse farm. Original cow bells still hang on original exposed hand-hewn oak beams in the living room. The attic retains the old "bushel notches" from the 1800's apple harvests on those original roof beams. Additional adjoining acreage purchased separately, is available. About $100,000 of renovations have been added to the home in the last 5 years. The entire farmhouse & the separate entrance/garage in-law apartment are surrounded by fragrant ancient lilac bushes. The yard is artistically landscaped with many perennial gardens, as well as raspberry & grape vines, along with 2 remaining apple trees. A pair of ancient twin oak trees offer their majestic shade to the back of the home, as well as welcoming visitors to the back porch entrance. The price of this home has been reduced nearly $200,000 because we are retiring "empty nesters," that are spending half the year elsewhere.

Archived in July, 2015

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