Derby Hill Farm in Lyme, NH is the type of property you dream about, but cannot find unless you are willing to spend years from start to finish building your own custom residence on a perfect parcel with exceptional design, quality and craftsmanship. Located on a rise high above the Connecticut river valley, 10 miles from Dartmouth College, this private and serene offering on 80 +/- acres, includes a Smith & Vasant designed 3-bedroom 4-bathroom residence, a 3-bedroom 3-bathroom guest house, and a classic pass through barn with finished second story, all sited around a gravel courtyard flanked by stone walls, granite steps and fieldstone walkways.
When the current owners, he a career-long architect and she a landscape architect, bought the property 10 years ago, there was only the main residence built in 2007, with a front and east porch. Adjacent to it was the original 200-year-old cape known as the Derby place. Too far gone to restore, the new owners decided to replace it. To do so, they went back to Smith & Vasant and hired the same architect, Jason Gaddis, and interior design firm DPF, who did the main house, to design the guest house, barn, courtyard, west side screened porch of the main residence, and two screened walk-ways. They also screened in the east porch. To complete the work, they used only high-end materials with certain reclaimed finishes, and the best trade talent in the region. As a result, the homestead at Derby Hill Farm is magical. Each building is stunning in its own right, and perfectly placed relative to the other so the sunlight, breeze and views of the surrounding countryside pass through every window, porch and doorway.
Outside the land is private and peaceful accessed by a single-lane gravel road maintained and plowed by the town. Just past the house, the road becomes a public trail and continues through the property to points east such as Holt's Ledge via the Appalachian trail. The topography is mostly gentle, ideally suited for recreation and horseback. There are local mountain views to the east, seasonal views of Moose Mountain through the trees to the south, and longer-range views of Vermont to the west. Located only 15 minutes from downtown Hanover, NH, Derby Hill Farm is an exceptional must-see property.
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