When one drives slowly up to what is known as Fox Hollow Farm in Falls Village and arrives at the main residence, the eyes move to the left and upward. For perched on a small rise, set among pines and deciduous trees and beyond a freshwater pond that also has an area for swimming, is what Realtor Thomas Callahan aptly refers to as a “Greek folly,” a small yet quite interesting and otherworldly structure replete with white columns. It’s a bit of whimsy that further adds to the understated charm of the property, located off Belden Road in this rather sleepy little niche of northwest Connecticut.
“The owners love to place a Christmas tree up there and light it for the holidays,” says Callahan, noting the visitor’s somewhat visual preoccupation with the fanciful structure. One can also imagine whiling summer evenings away with refreshment in hand watching as children and adults splash about in the small pond below, or romp about in the spacious yard.
Fox Hollow Farm is a pleasingly rambling home, given a fresh and interesting luster by the present owners, who bought the property from a designer (who imbued the home with her own touches) some 20 years ago. The present owners made their dwelling, well, a place for the family to live, play and work—a retreat of stylish dimensions set amid the natural beauty of the area, surrounded by mature forest and some open fields.
Fox Hollow Farm is on the market for what seems like a modest $1.495 million, considering the 15 or so rooms in the main building and a fairly new faux rustic large garage that both sit on 67 acres, some of which around the home have been turned into delightful gardens. There’s also a 1-mile groomed hiking trail ideal for exercising, biking or cross-country skiing on the property. At the trail head is a rather large field once used as a shooting range, but could also serve as a playing field for youngsters or the site for a tennis court. The property is located near the villages of Lakeville and Salisbury, local ski areas and the Appalachian Trail.
The home features a two-story living room with a vaulted ceiling and a wraparound balcony as well as a formal dining room, both of which boast fireplaces to keep out the chill of the Litchfield County autumns and wintry blasts coming off the hills to the north and west. Cozy is a word that comes to mind when touring the home of Fox Hollow Farm, as there are various nooks and crannies that serve to create an intimate and private interior out of what is a rather large footprint.
The 5,641-square-foot home boasts a rather spacious gourmet kitchen that has a copious center island that can be used for food preparation or relaxed dining, with ample counter and cabinet space and modern appliances. The room is light and airy, with windows letting in sunlight and offering views of the woods and gardens. On one wing of the first floor of the home are several bedrooms with private baths that allow visitors or family privacy.
On the second floor of the home, a large master bedroom with a private bath features a standalone tub and a walk-in shower. The bedroom has a fireplace and access to two cedar closets. There is another large room, a loft really, that could be used as a bedroom or play area, as well as a room currently serving as a bedroom, but would do nicely as an office or simply a secluded sitting area. This room has access to an outside terrace, which offers views of the gardens below and the woodlands.
In all, there are five bedrooms and five and a half baths in the home. The floors of the interior are done in wood and terra cotta, making for a pleasing mixture of color and exuding a warmth as one progresses through the abode. There are ample closets, several “mud” rooms, a first-floor study with built-in bookcases, a foyer and a garage.
One must mention a large outdoor sitting area on the second floor that makes for ideal summer repasts, with screens letting in the breezes and fresh air of the Northwest hills. There’s also a wet bar in the screened-in porch, ideal for entertaining.
The gardens, it might be noted, are quite formal and well-organized and burst with color and fragrance in the spring, summer and fall. They were planted so as to showcase the various specimen trees and bushes located within, as well as a multitude of perennials that add stunning hues to the home’s exterior, which is covered in cedar shakes. Surrounding several sides of the home are patios and walkways made of blue stone.
“The home (originally built in 1936) really has a fun history to it,” says Callahan. “It is wonderful as a family retreat, and it really was meticulously cared for. The mechanicals were all updated and it is a very low-maintenance home for anyone who purchases it.”
The new barn, around 1,600 square feet, that was raised by the present owners was done to emulate barns of yesteryear, although it is packed with modern comforts such as heating, ample lighting and a finished floor in the garage area.
“There’s a lift in the garage and I keep thinking that this would be ideal for a car enthusiast,” says Callahan. “Lime Rock is only a few miles away, and what a perfect place to store automobiles that might be raced or shown there during the season.” And if you are into canoeing or fishing, the Housatonic River is located not far across Belden Road.
For a viewing of the property, call Elyse Harney Real Estate at 860-435-2200 or visit www.HarneyRE.com.