Josh's mom, Melanie, came up from Boston for a few days to help us with house projects and see a house for sale in nearby Cornish, NH. Josh's parents are considering moving to New Hampshire or Vermont when they retire (they currently live outside Boston), and occasionally they come up to see homes and land for sale.
We went with Melanie to see the house this morning, and all three of us had our jaws on the floor throughout the tour. The house sits on over 100 acres, and was a tavern back in the late 1800s. It has a giant brick fireplace in the kitchen, a number of original, preserved features such as hand done wall murals, original doors and hardware, and beautiful wide plank floors. The property also includes a sugar house, barn, pond, potting shed, wood shed, garage, and acres of cleared pasture land. The previous owners did an amazing job preserving the original charm of the house, and also added a beautiful wing off the side. I wish I'd had time to photograph it all, especially more of the inside, but we were moving so quickly that I only got one or two really nice ones inside the house.
Needless to say, I am selfishly hoping they end up in this house :)
The front of the house
Master bath (photo is from online)
The barn, surrounded by hand stacked stone walls
Inside the barn
View of the house and barn from the pond
One of the many views from the house
On our way back into town we stopped by the St. Gaudens National Historic Site, the home and studio of famous sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens, which also blew us away. I took some photos there, too, and will be sharing them tomorrow on the blog along with a few shots of the beautiful Edgewater Farm we stopped at for lunch.
But that's not all!
Josh's dad, Peter, arrives Saturday to help install windows in the covered porch, so with any luck I will have some nice photos to share on Sunday or Monday of porch progress. We may also go back to the house for sale in Cornish, NH for another look if we can convince Peter to go :)