Our next stop on the LandVest Vermont Farm tour is Uphill Farm. Uphill Farm is one of Vermont’s landmark properties because of its remarkable beauty, location, and rich sense of place. From Woodstock Village, the farm is a few miles out heading toward Barnard past the Billings Farm Museum and the Rockefeller Historic site.
The entrance drive to Uphill farm winds up through meadows with grazing cows, past one of the ponds and the kitchen/perennial gardens to the beautiful old farmhouse and red barns set into the hillside, shaded by ancient maple trees.
The best way to get a sense of the property is to walk up a short rise from the farmyard to where the hilltop views really open up to a huge expanse of meadow, with split rail fenced pastures, wildlife pond and winding farm lanes leading the eye to the hills beyond. (Cue the theme from “The Sound of Music”.)
On the far side of the meadow, the trails drop into the sugarbush, and if it were winter, and we were on skis, we would enjoy a wonderful quick run down the private ski hill. In fall, the hills blaze with the brilliant colors of the sugar maples.
Returning to the farmyard and into the main barn, we are met by the official greeting committee, consisting of dogs, cats and two very friendly goats. The horses look out the stall windows with anticipation of treats. The barn, set into the hillside, is cozy in the winter and cool in the summer, with roomy stalls, automatic waterers, and, remarkably, hammered copper walls that make for very low maintenance. The barn rambles on multiple levels (perfect for exploring) including haylofts, shop, tackroom and office, more stalls, and a very cool old silo.
The house at Uphill Farm looks like a modest Cape style farmhouse, but underneath the understated style is a high level of luxury and totally up to date systems designed to make the place run seamlessly. A trip down to the basement reveals German boilers and enormous hot water tanks; hot water is never going to be an issue after a cold day skiing. The pool and spa, designed to look like an organic hillside feature, is surrounded by a heated stone patio, pleasant on the toes on a winter visit from the house to the spa.
The house is light, comfortable, and tastefully done in Vermont vernacular. It is set up nicely for family gatherings with a huge kitchen and family room, dining room perfect for Thanksgiving, separate guest suite downstairs, family bedrooms upstairs, and a cathedraled master suite (with the best sleeping porch, ever) privately set in a separate wing. Other toys include an outdoor fireplace and grill, gym, and a cherry coffered ceilinged billiard room. We hear all the time that people just want to curl up with a book and never go back to the city.
The best part about Uphill Farm is that it is so perfectly Vermont. It is the Vermont farm, idealized.
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