Is it a Farm? Is it a Barn?

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Nick Churton of Mayfair International Realty finds a lot more than he bargained for at this wonderful riverside home in Connecticut.

Broker: Barbara Cleary’s Realty Guild

Agent: Susan Engel

Some things just aren’t what they seem. At Eton College, one of England’s premier private schools there is a celebration day called the Fourth of June. Yet the celebration, marked by speeches, cricket, picnics and a procession of boats, is never actually held on the 4th June. Likewise, the Five Mile River in Connecticut teeming with trout and bass isn’t five miles long. It is 23.5 miles in length. The five miles refers to a distance from Woodstock, Connecticut.

So, confusion over, I set about looking over Lambert Farm that stretches along a portion of the Five Mile River’s eastern bank. The farm is not what it seems either. A pretty 4/5 bedroom weatherboard farmhouse with dormer windows and Georgian style panes acts as the main house. But the farm outhouses and barns have all now been converted into charming and useful accommodation. So this is not so much a farm as a compound offering some wonderful opportunities for a variety of uses and living arrangements.

Set a little apart from the main house are matching one bedroom guesthouse and a studio. But perhaps the pièce de résistance is the large barn with spire, which adds an extra New England look to the whole property.

A great deal of work has been carried out with the barn, transforming this space into a highly versatile area ideal for entertainment and entertaining. This is a rustic space that Ralph Laraun, who himself lives nearby would, I have little doubt, find completely in harmony with his world famous style. Think exposed rough sawn timber, leather tub chairs and equine feel.

Laraun is not the only high profile neighbour. This area is highly popular with show business and big big business people. Hardly suprising when you think of it. It enjoys a deeply rural feel yet is less than fifty miles from New York City with good road and rail connections.

So what is this property? A farm? A compound? In Scotland this would be called a steading. But whatever it is it is a lot more than it seems.

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