It's rare to find a home uninterrupted by modernity yet updated for 21st-century needs. Jarah Larock from Signature Properties of Vermont calls this home, "an idyllic, beautifully restored 1800s farmhouse over 11 lush acres ... a true representation of traditional Vermont style.” With original Victorian details, this farmhouse also has endless mountain and lake views, against a panorama of open country.
Sitting tall against the backdrop of Lake Champlain and the Adirondacks, the charm of Vermont country farmhouses is evident from the first glance at its three-storied gabled roof lines. The interior's preserved Victorian features can be seen in the ornate detailing and abundance of decorative features, like carved wood and stained glass.
Starting outside, this farmhouse's clapboard siding, painted a pale eggshell, subtly contrasts with crisp white trim work on the porch. Rare in a farmhouse, the double front doors have beveled glass, mirroring the cloudy dotted sky.
Gleaming black granite counters on the seemingly endless center island provide plenty of working space. Inset beadboard cupboards in a soft linen white are perfectly balanced with open shelving to display heirloom collectibles.
Delicate wallpaper is chosen to add a romantic softness to the dining room, where original built-in cabinetry holds linens, china and serving dishes — close at hand for formal dinners.
Warming the home since it was first constructed, the fireplace's Corinthian wood carved columns are typical of elaborate, Greco-influenced Victorian design.
An American Victorian home is not complete without an open staircase and stained glass windows. These brightly colored squares diffuse dancing light rays on the walls and stairs, changing their mark as the sun moves across the sky.
The handrail is more than a handful, its ornately carved finial is rounded like an oversized spinning top. Loving care on the double inlaid paneled doors has preserved the luster of the wood, allowing it to age gracefully, with subtleties in the stain that can only happen over time.
A classic claw-foot tub has a high, arching back, perfect for easing away tired muscles after a long hike over the farm's rolling acreage. A rich, burnt-honey color on the wide-planked floors adds rustic, country charm to the Victorian bathroom design.
No design detail is too small. Even the door handles have intricately worked metal flair. Built for generations, this door has been opened by many hands over the years, from young children reaching up to grandmothers slowly turning its well-worn knob.
A patina years in the making, the barn paint is weather-worn red.
Viewed from the side, there are several options for viewing the mountains and Lake Champlain, including a wraparound front porch and a large, mahogany deck. Privacy and wide-open spaces are abundant.