Embracing the irregularity of nature, early farmers looked over the hills and valleys of Vermont and took a practical approach to farmsteading. Working with the land, farmhouses were often built atop or adjacent to a gentle swell or hill, allowing paths to slope down to gardens, barns, pastures and finally the country lane. Sitting at a higher level, farmsteaders could take in and enjoy the beauty of the undulating views that are the heart of rural Vermont.
Today's homeowners looking for country living will find this quintessential style in the nineteenth-century farmhouse quaintly named Ol Moses, "a classic Vermont hill farm." Property manager Chris Lang from LandVest explains, "Vermont hill farms are generally built on side hills, located at the end of a single lane dirt road, surrounded by fields and woodlands." In the 1800s, oxen pulled a smaller version of this home further up the hill to where it sits today.
Orchards, meadows and lawn roll off the slope of the hill farm where you'll find several apple varieties and a single pear tree, lonely for its partridge.
Once inside, the Vermont farmhouse kitchen has an angled ceiling with hand-hewn beams brightened with white walls and wide open windows.
Touches of country blues, a collection of painted plates and an open concept living/eating area suggest family activities are always close to the heart of the home.
A firewood hutch is handy near the home's wood-burning stove. Warm wood tones grace the art on the walls and sideboard. Just outside the sunny dining room is a stone walled patio with rustic hand-lain steps.
The openness of the home is enhanced by the central brick fireplace, warming both the dining and sitting areas.
Wide-planked flooring follows up the stairs, its classic railing built with Shaker simplicity.
Upstairs, the same honeyed flooring and clean white walls showcase the home's furnishings, notably a mahogany hope chest inset with cross-grain panels.
Just like Grandma's, a pinwheel quilt in robin's egg blue and green gingham covers the sleigh bed in the second bedroom.
Angled ceilings hint at snow-bound winters spent cozy and warm in this bedroom nook and office.
Seen from the other side, the generous attic room is cozy and bright, with family portraits and built-in bookcases snug under the eaves.
Recessed storage abounds in this farmhouse, with a shelf for every game, toy or lazy-day book.
Another open room doubles as a second living area or part-time guest room. Traditional french doors lead onto a quiet lawn.
Perennial gardens can be seen not far from the farmhouse, nestled into the hillside with terraced beds that overlook the lane leading to the barn, one of seven outbuildings.
Time still stands still in rural Vermont. Rich fields are surveyed by a rider in a simple horse-drawn cart.
The hush of the country air, far away from the sights and sounds of urban living promises deep sleep and dream-filled repose.