Are you in search for life far from the madding crowd, and a totally classic picture postcard New England farm? Then look no further. This is the property you have been seeking.
It took me two full years to find a property with sufficient open acreage and soil maps that made me happy here in the Granite State. The main pasture is 100% Monadnock Sandy Loam. It is a natural meadow and "bone free," as a native NH person would tell you. You would have to search along 12A in the Walpole to Plainfield area for land like the meadow on my property in NH. The person who seeded it for pasture for me said it deserved to be used for a crop like corn. The other pastures I opened with a small clear cutting performed in the dead of winter in 2000 are typical NH rocky soil. Natural springs abound on the property. One comes to the surface on the property and forms one of the major tributaries of the Contoocook River. This was a potato farm many, many years ago. Water rights were sold to the town a few owners ago. There is a pond out behind the main pasture. It is man-made. Out by the pond is a sand pile, available for use for agricultural purposes. This is higher quality than screened sand for which you pay to have delivered. There is also a granite stone dust pile further back in the woods.
We have no maple taps, but we do have sugar maples in front of the house. I love those trees. My Forest Management Plan, last performed in 2015, is too large a file to upload here but I can make it available upon request. I also have soil maps but they are in hard copy form in my farm files.
If you are seeking a picture postcard New England farm, this is it. This property has very significant curb appeal, and the farm acreage is on both sides of Mattheson Road, which is a dead end road. The declassified Class 6 road used to go through to Smith Road and many maps show it as if it still does -- that is simply not true. Having two really ancient sugar maples in the front yard is magnificent, and the tall cape farmhouse is dated to 1831 but parts have to be older because the barn could be granted federal landmark status and is over 300 years old. The quarry where they got the hand-hewn granite posts in the basement of the antique barn is on the property. If you love those New England old stone walls, the farmhouse and the other side of Mattheson Road is full of them. Someone planted heirloom roses in the wall, and they are beautiful.
Apart from the 90 acres under easement with the Society for the Preservation of New Hampshire Forests, the 32 acres on both sides of Mattheson Road are owned outright and there is road frontage, hence there is development potential. One of the Town hydrants is on the property and a one inch main runs up Mattheson Road to service Antrim Lumber Company, which is located on Smith Road and technically abuts the property. The house and barns are all on Town water, but if you would prefer, a six foot dug well would yield more water than you could imagine, as natural springs are part of the deal here. Were I not seeking a warmer southern location, I would convert the antique barn into my living space and then rent out the house with AirBnB. I redid the large country kitchen in 2002 but I would update it again. Granite countertops and beaded board cabinetry -- but moving the kitchen sink to the back windward facing wall was a huge mistake. Move sink to the interior wall -- the plumbing connection is still there in the pantry. When I redid the carriage house and barn, the carriage house became a 22 foot vaulted ceiling space and a year-round room. I tried to run both an office and a farm store in it, and I forgot that I have always had a messy office. The roof of the main house and carriage house was completely redone in architectural shingles at that time. Carriage house area has radiant floor heat and I installed an A/C unit. I installed central A/C in the downstairs and upstairs in two separate zones. The main bedroom with an adjoining huge walk in closet could be converted to a master bedroom suite, no problems at all. It has a beautiful big window overlooking the main pasture/meadow.
Working fireplace in the front room, Harman pellet stove installed in the kitchen in 2016. I still have the gorgeous old Waterford cook stove that stood in its place. The fire box is not large enough to fill and just go to sleep and forget about it in the Waterford, or I still would have it there. I have cooked on it, baked in it, and it is wonderful.
As a former New Yorker, I can assure you this is an idyllic spot because it is quiet and appears remote, and yet, you could walk to town if you felt like doing it. The Town transfer station is very nearby.
And a note to New Yorkers who might be looking for a bug out location: southern New Hampshire is the new Vermont. The inventory of farms in southern NH is very low. When I lived on East End Avenue in a coop apartment, I cruised the back pages of the New York Times Sunday Magazine looking at those Vermont farms and was a Yankee Magazine subscriber, so I know what I am talking about here! And I worked remotely for a boutique investment research shop servicing money managers right from my desk in the carriage house, so it's all good.
Location is 30 minutes from Interstate 93. Antrim is 35 minutes from Keene or Concord.
Copy of our Forest Management Plan available upon request.