About the Home
Live your dream in this exquisitely crafted home high on Hampshire Hill — with stunning views of the Worcester Range, and C.C. Putnam State Forest as your backyard.
This custom-crafted, post-and-beam home was built in 1988 by woodworker Paul Perley, who modeled it after Helen and Scott Nearing’s first homestead in Jamaica, Vermont.
True to the couple’s pioneering spirit that helped launch the “Back to the Land” movement
in the U.S., Perley constructed Hampshire Hill Homestead with a highly efficient
passive solar design. The four-bedroom, 2,050-square-foot residence is made of stone and timber harvested and milled on the 6-acre property.
The homestead’s forest offers a bounty of mature cherry, maple and birch for milling and sugaring, or for privacy as you enjoy the deep serenity of the Worcester Range, one of Vermont’s most cherished mountain ranges. The property is accessed by a gravel driveway, about 60 feet of which is shared with neighboring land. The orientation of the home affords you total privacy — both from neighbors and from Hampshire Hill Road.
With nearly 14,000 acres of the C.C. Putnam State Forest abutting the property to the west, an extensive network of trails for four-season hiking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing is at your doorstep — alongside a meadow of wildflowers and the remnants of a historic apple orchard from the 1800s homestead that once graced this land.
Years of tending have created lush gardens with established beds of perennials, medicinals, high-bush blueberries and a raspberry patch. Raised beds also provide ample room for growing vegetables, herbs and flowers as you wish, and another acre of flat land with organic soil offers still more potential for cultivating the land’s natural beauty.
A timber-framed portico facing east welcomes you into this 2,050-square-foot, four-bedroom home with exposed beams throughout. The spacious entryway features a large closet, coat rack and
bench crafted from custom and live-edge woodwork, setting the tone for Hampshire Hill Homestead’s marriage of functionality and craftsmanship. Black slate flooring unites the
open-concept ground level, from mudroom, kitchen and dining area to living room, study
and a full bathroom.
The spacious kitchen beams in the morning sun from south-facing windows. Move effortlessly from the hand-made wooden cabinets, quartz countertops, gas range, oven and full sink to the kitchen island’s butcher block top made from cherry that, like the home’s post-and-beam construction, was harvested and milled on-site. A roomy butler’s pantry with farmhouse sink, extra counter space, Bosch dishwasher and stacked washer/dryer extends the kitchen’s capacity for both everyday use and special occasions.
Facing the kitchen are built-in benches along the walls of the dining area to comfortably seat four adults. The round dining table’s butterfly leaf opens the space to seat four more, while still more window seats make room for additional guests. The dining area is surrounded by large windows looking over the front field and perennial gardens — a perfect foreground for taking in sunsets
over the Worcester Range.
A sturdy stone hearth connects the kitchen and living room, and its four active flues provide the unique opportunity to configure up to four stoves that share a central chimney yet operate independently from one another. On the kitchen side, a fully operational L’Islet wood cook stove with both oven
and surface burners complements the functional cooking space, and also adds to the
homestead’s ambiance on chilly winter days.
On the living room side, a cast iron Jotul propane stove capable of heating the entire house allows for easy temperature control. The living room also is brightened by sun from the south-facing windows. More window seats create cozy space for reflection and enjoying the views, and a French door opens onto a spacious front deck with a hot tub and room for outdoor seating.
An extra room downstairs is perfect as an office or playroom, and it also features a French door that opens to a paver patio on the west side of the home along the forest’s edge. The downstairs full bath, remodeled in 2019, features a tiled shower, farmhouse sink and radiant heat floors.
The second story, with hardwood floors throughout, creates intimate living space in four exquisitely crafted bedrooms and another full bath.
Two bedrooms open onto the south-facing balcony, wide enough to sit outside and enjoy the twinkling lights of Montpelier in the distance and sunsets over the Worcester Range. The master bedroom features a built-in cherry armoire, exposed stone from the central chimney and curly maple floors. Next to it, the second bedroom features built-in cabinetry, a walk-in closet and a Rinnai propane heater.
Outside, a one-car detached garage with a standing seam roof is just a hop from the attached, 320-square-foot woodshed. Behind it sits a charming studio with a small loft. Fully insulated and easily warmed with a space heater, the studio offers another 100 square feet of space for creativity,
play or rest.
The home also is wired to a generator to give you ease of mind in the event of a
power outage in this secluded paradise.
The third and fourth bedrooms both offer ample custom storage — built-in cherry cabinets in one, and built-in cabinets with a sliding, barn-style door in the other. Exposed beams, a slanted ceiling and skylights complete the atmosphere in both of these bedrooms.
Utilities and Passive Solar Gains
Stay warm in the winter and cool during summer thanks to a perfectly oriented passive solar design. Expansive windows flank both levels of the home’s southern face, thereby maximizing passive solar gains that are picked up by black slate floors on the first floor. A wide second-floor balcony and deep eaves of the roof then offer both levels shade from the Sun at its peak, and the windows open to keep a fresh breeze throughout your abode.
This well-insulated home needs only a single Jotul propane heater, with the option of additional forced hot air, to stay toasty — but a Rinnai gas heater has been installed as back-up, and the kitchen’s wood cook stove provides for cozy indulgence with your mug of hot coffee or tea on a snowy morning.
An added bonus is that you can relish this property’s privacy while still enjoying reliable, high-speed Internet, to either connect or “unplug” and enjoy your homestead as you please.