Hidden Hill Farm - 122 acres for sale, with house - Antrim, NH

Posted on July 16, 2021Last updated 1 week ago

The Land

Property Owner:

Farmer or farm family

Property Location:

27 Mattheson Road, Antrim, NH 03440

Total number of acres available with this property:

122.0

Acres of cropland or tillable land:

0.0

Acres of pasture:

20.0

Acres of forested land:

90.0

Other open and/or non-farmable land:

Five acre pond with dam, wetlands include a bog and some areas "designated as wetlands" by the NRCS/USDA

Is the property enrolled in a current use or other state program that affects property taxes?:

Yes

Is the property protected with any type of Conservation Easement?:

Yes

Easement details:

Ninety acres are in conservation easement with The Society for Protection of New Hampshire Forests. They are a reputable group and have been extremely easy to work with over the years.

Is there a forest management plan for forestland on the available property?:

Yes

Is the property certified organic, or does it qualify for organic certification under federal organic regulations?:

No
Farm Information

Water sources present

Available

Types of water sources present

Pond
River/stream
Town/municipal water

Water sources details

The farmhouse and barns are all served by Town water system. Water is abundant and a simple dug well could be constructed at six feet. Old dug wells in the woodlands areas have water still after more than 70 years of disuse.

Barns, sheds or other structures

Available

Farm infrastructure details

Attached 300 year old Dutch style post and beam barn accessed through the carriage house/garage area, which was completely redone in 2004. Current owner added two equestrian style barns, the first wooden pole barn construction with metal 4/12 pitch roof that is 60'X80' and a Morton barn, pier and pole construction at 42'X60'.

Farmer housing

Available

Farmer housing details

Antique tall cape style farmhouse. No dormers, but the roof line was raised in a back main bedroom, with attached huge walk-in closet. Two full baths, four bedrooms total. Large country kitchen (last updated in 2002). Large hall pantry. Keeping room acts as family room. Back room (office), front sitting room and formal dining room

Equipment and machinery

Available

Equipment and machinery details

Kubota enclosed cab L-4500 series, John Deere mini tractor
Tenure Arrangement

Tenure arrangement

Property for sale

Property for sale

Property is for sale by owner "as is" and only for sale. While it is currently in use as a premier seed stock alpaca farm, barns and fencing is configurated so that one could add horse stalls, and the chutes take each area to a turnout pasture area.

Sale price

$1,250,000
Additional Information

Description

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.

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