October 27, 2017 / Property Spotlight

6 Homes for the Harvest

Luxury Defined presents a collection of homes that celebrate the bounties of autumn

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Autumn, the season of hearth and home. The phase transition from the golden warmth of summer to the silver winter’s chill. Southbound bird flights and whirling leaves animate the sky, and we crave the harvest bounty and the warmth of wood fires and hearthstones. This Luxury Defined collection showcases six homes attuned to the pleasures of autumn. Consider the lifestyle on a farmstead manor in the rolling Dorset countryside, or a luxurious estate in Tuscany with its own vineyard and olive grove; a palatial modernist retreat on a hilltop in Rancho Santa Fe, California, with its own 40-acre orange grove; or an idyllic colonial farm on the New York–Vermont border, complete with original maple syrup “sugar house.” Let the winds of autumn blow, home and hearth await.

Del Dios Ranch
Rancho Santa Fe, California

Del Dios Ranch presents an outstanding opportunity to acquire one of the most expansive tracts in coveted Rancho Santa Fe, California. The property includes a 40-acre Valencia orange grove.Del Dios Ranch presents an outstanding opportunity to acquire one of the most expansive tracts in coveted Rancho Santa Fe, California. The property includes a 40-acre Valencia orange grove.Del Dios Ranch presents an outstanding opportunity to acquire one of the most expansive tracts in coveted Rancho Santa Fe, California. The property includes a 40-acre Valencia orange grove.

Del Dios Ranch, in the affluent community of Rancho Santa Fe, California, comprises some 61.24 acres, including a 40-acre Valencia orange grove, a lake, tennis court, and equestrian facilities. Commanding 360-degree views from its private hilltop location, the main residence is a triumph of modernist architecture by noted architect Fred Briggs, with interiors by celebrated designer Arthur Elrod. The structure is crafted from magnificent redwood, glass, and marble, with foundations and framework of poured-in-place concrete. An entire wing of the house is dedicated to an indoor pool and spa, while the master suite occupies a private second level. Three en suite bedrooms are on a separate first-floor wing.

Birch Tree Farm
Woodstock, Vermont

Birch Tree Farm is a classic New England farm with a stocked pond, apple orchard, and a bank barn with a few surprises: an equestrian facility and a luxury recreation and media center. Birch Tree Farm is a classic New England farm with a stocked pond, apple orchard, and a bank barn with a few surprises: an equestrian facility and a luxury recreation and media center.

The 468-acre Birch Tree Farm is a recreational retreat, offering privacy and a vast array of activities within eight miles of Woodstock, Vermont. The five-bedroom main lodge is well-appointed with a kitchen and a great room, featuring an impressive floor-to-ceiling fieldstone fireplace and vast windows framing the Ottauquechee River Valley. An expansive deck overlooks the infinity pool, stocked pond, apple orchard, and meadow. The classic three-level New England bank barn is finely finished in fir, oak, and pine with seven box stalls on the first level, and an extraordinary recreation and media room on the second floor. Miles of carriage-width trails connect to the GMHA trail networks, and to the top of 2,409-foot Old Baldy Mountain, with 360-degree views and a small private cabin at the summit.

Pease Field Farm
Tiverton, Rhode Island

One hour from Boston, Pease Field Farm is a rare combination of farm and ocean living in Tiverton, Rhode Island.One hour from Boston, Pease Field Farm is a rare combination of farm and ocean living in Tiverton, Rhode Island.One hour from Boston, Pease Field Farm is a rare combination of farm and ocean living in Tiverton, Rhode Island.

The circa-1800 Pease Field Farm has been under the stewardship of the same family for 45 years. Sited to take full advantage of views that stretch from the Atlantic Ocean to the Sakonnet River, this seaside retreat boasts 150 acres of conserved farmland, surrounded by old stone walls. The shingle-style main residence is appointed with numerous fireplaces, high ceilings, and large windows to watch the dramatic seascapes. A commercial-grade kitchen and master suite, taking up the entire third floor, are just a few of the highlights. The ancillary dwellings include an antique barn, three-bedroom guest house, and separate art studio/office. The property is a short walk from Fogland Beach, near ocean beaches and local vineyards, and an hour from Boston.

Black Hole Hollow Farm
Cambridge, New York

The allure of Black Hole Hollow Farm goes far beyond its pastoral beauty. For a time, the 948-acre estate was the summer retreat and place of inspiration for Ian Fleming, the legendary British novelist and creator of Agent 007—James Bond. The allure of Black Hole Hollow Farm goes far beyond its pastoral beauty. For a time, the 948-acre estate was the summer retreat and place of inspiration for Ian Fleming, the legendary British novelist and creator of Agent 007—James Bond.

Set within a quiet valley on the New York–Vermont state line, the historic 948-acre Black Hole Hollow Farm is an idyllic landscape threaded by the White Creek, with tiered ponds, open pastures, and 33 miles of wide private trails, bordering a 5,000-acre forest preserve. Legendary British novelist Ian Fleming was a frequent visitor; it was here that he wrote the James Bond novels Diamonds Are Forever and Goldfinger. The centerpiece of the estate is a circa-1772 colonial farmhouse surrounded by picturesque English gardens. It spans 8,143 square feet with six bedrooms. Four delightful dwellings provide an additional nine bedrooms for visitors or staff. Other superb amenities include a maple syrup production facility, a greenhouse, outdoor pool, three stocked ponds, four barns, a riding arena, and two fenced paddocks.

Tuscan Chianti Estate
San Casciano in Val di Pesa, Italy

Bounded by cypresses, vineyards, olive groves, and ancient forests, this historic estate overlooks the Chianti Classico hills, in the heart of the Tuscan countryside. Bounded by cypresses, vineyards, olive groves, and ancient forests, this historic estate overlooks the Chianti Classico hills, in the heart of the Tuscan countryside.

This magnificent estate encompasses over 20,000 square feet of living space surrounded by more than 12 acres of land. Majestic cypresses lead to the entrance gate of the main estate, which includes a Renaissance chapel, built circa-1647, and classically inspired gardens characterized by the beauty of the Tuscan countryside. The grounds are graced with marble fountains and sculptures, four formal gardens, as well as olive groves, vineyards, and a private forest. The luxurious accommodations are composed of two private villas, three apartments, and a historic dwelling with four apartments, all meticulously renovated by local artisans. These are complemented by three swimming pools bordered by terraces, from which to take in the captivating views of the Chianti Classico hills.

Melcombe Farm
Dorchester, England

Melcombe Farm, in the beautiful English county of Dorset, encompasses 492 acres of land composed of arable fields, pastures, and woodland, with a fine period farmhouse, four cottages, and modern farm buildings. Melcombe Farm, in the beautiful English county of Dorset, encompasses 492 acres of land composed of arable fields, pastures, and woodland, with a fine period farmhouse, four cottages, and modern farm buildings.

This picturesque 492-acre farming estate rests in its own valley in an area of outstanding natural beauty near the medieval market town of Dorchester. The residential dwellings comprise an elegant period farmhouse and four cottages. The farmstead lies farther along a country lane and incorporates approximately 302 acres of arable land, which is farmed in hand, 112 acres of grassy pastures, and a range of livestock buildings. The land immediately surrounding the farmstead is well serviced by tracks. Several parcels of woodland are located within and on the farm boundaries. The diverse topography of the land adds to the sporting potential of the estate.

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Lucy Carsen
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