It’s autumn at Hidden Pond Farm. As the flora transforms, a crisp new landscape emerges that seems only to further augment the beauty of the acreage—a reminder of just how integral the grounds at Hidden Pond Farm are to its inherent identity. Far beyond the poured concrete walls, stately lines, and elegant interior of the grand Georgian-style Colonial, forty-plus picturesque acres unfold themselves and boast outbuildings that are just as much a part of the estate as the home itself.
A slate blue barn sits buttressed by a line of great maples, stone walls, and post and rail fencing; and just beyond it—the pumpkin patch. Bursts of orange spill out onto an expansive gamut of greens as hundreds of pumpkins peek out from beneath their foliage in anticipation of the harvest. The handsome barn set against the backdrop of the patch augments the pastoral scenery at Hidden Pond Farm and makes the estate an epitomal snapshot of autumn.
The barn’s presence is a true hallmark of the property; both lovely and compelling, it has a history all its own. Although originally intended as a dairy barn, the barn has been home to an abundant array of turkeys, cows, and horses. Rich wood and wrought iron make up its beautiful stalls built to accommodate up to two horses and three ponies. Its heated kennel has been a warm and inviting respite for family dogs who roam about the idyllic landscape. The barn’s construction is replete with both bucolic appeal and practical functionality; its banked design and unique placement on the property allow both the upper and lower levels of the spacious barn to be easily accessed from the ground level via separate entrances on either side of the structure. A four-car carriage style garage and an interior storage add to the impressive space that is brimming with possibilities but perfectly practical if left just the way it is.
Built seamlessly into the stone wall surround and adorned with climbing hydrangea is a concrete root cellar, traditionally used to house harvested vegetables collected in the autumn. A beautifully renovated three-bedroom apartment adjoins the barn, bridging old and new, while an adjacent four-bedroom, shuttered cottage preserves the aesthetic charm of the estate.
The home’s current owners regale in the countless celebrations that big barn has hosted, the countless children it has seen playing in its sun-drenched quarters as the light seeps between beams—petting zoos, birthday parties, and games of hide and seek, —and the countless family memories housed there.
The barn is not only an integral feature of the landscape on this exquisite property, but also an intrinsic part of the fabric of Hidden Pond Farm. Much like the peony path and the pumpkin patch, the barn at Hidden Pond Farm has become a true extension of the main home, helping to preserve the majestic lifestyle offered by this special piece of real estate.