On the Market: An Arcadian Haven in Carlisle
With pumpkin pine floors, organic apples trees, and a backyard abutting 742 acres of conservation land, this farmhouse is the ideal autumn home.
528 Maple St., Carlisle
Size: 5,597 square feet
No matter how you like to spend your fall, this is the quintessential autumn house. For those looking to get a good hike or horseback ride in, the property abuts 742 acres of conservation land, including a red pine plantation, rocky outcrops, and Greenough Pond. Not so keen to immerse yourself in a forest? Take a walk around the nearly six private acres instead, plucking organic apples (the owners have never used pesticides on the land) from the trees as you go.
Or you can always head inside, where wide planks of pumpkin pine give off a reddish-orange glow. The farmhouse, which dates back to 1760, is full of original features like the flooring, as well as newer amendments. Walking up the stairs you’re sure to notice one handcrafted example: Stick-like balusters support a long branch of a banister, all made with wood scavenged from the property itself. The wide open kitchen takes advantage of the same rustic warmth, with antique pine cabinetry and a matching fireplace mantel, a soapstone-topped island with built-in storage, and a long stretch of bench seating framed by a wide bay window.
Not all of the rooms lean toward earth-toned décor, though. Walls in several of the areas intended for sitting, lounging, or reading are livened up with bright periwinkle, coral, and lemon hues. In the second kitchen—once used as a summer kitchen, to sequester the heat of cooking during the hottest months—a grand pair of doors is painted dark purple. And upstairs, a triangle of wall next to a window seat has been hand-painted with a mural of flowers and a blue sky.
The three-stall barn and cupola-topped carriage house are extra perks, but the soothing interiors and pastoral grounds are motive enough to never want to leave. Should you feel like reconnecting with the city buzz for a bit, though, the home is a short 35 minute drive into Boston.
For information, contact Brigitte Senkler, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, coldwellbankerhomes.com
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