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, 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
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
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
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
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.
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.