Hampshire Hill Homestead
About the Property
Establish your dream homestead on this private, six-acre lot high on Hampshire Hill — with stunning views of the Worcester Range, and C.C. Putnam State Forest as your backyard.
The property includes an insulated workshop, numerous possible house sites that afford ample solar capture and a powerline already on the property. A fully functioning spring is in a protected watershed, with many areas for a drilled well. Views of the Worcester range can be seen in a house site clearing with a roughed-in driveway already installed. All permits are in place, including a state-approved wastewater permit for a four-bedroom home. With no local zoning, make your vision your reality on your own terms.
Setting This forested property with a seasonal brook offers a bounty of old-growth cherry, maple and birch for milling and sugaring, or for privacy as you enjoy the deep serenity of one of Vermont’s most cherished mountain ranges.
With nearly 14,000 acres of the C.C. Putnam State Forest abutting the property to the west, its extensive network of trails for hiking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing is just a short walk away, through a meadow of wildflowers and the remnants of a historic apple orchard from the 1800s homestead that once graced the land.
Potential house sites provide opportunity for south westerly sunset views and plenty of sunshine to light and warm your home … and the right tree-cutting could give you a glimpse of the sunrise, too. Additionally, the roofline of the existing workshop is perfect for a solar installation to support both the workshop and your new construction, or to augment power from the electric grid. Even with luscious tree cover, this unique property has something for gardeners too, in a sunny spot close to the spring.
The sturdy workshop has housed numerous cottage industries over the years, starting with that of Paul Perley, a renowned luthier, cello restoration specialist and fine furniture craftsman who built the workshop using materials sourced from the property. In fact, it’s as well insulated as it is because Perley required meticulous temperature control for bending the wood that formed his cellos.
Hampshire Hill Woodworks was later transformed into a studio for painting and stained glass, and then a recording studio for local musician Fern Maddie. The 1800-square foot building consists of three separate rooms, including one large center room with insulated French doors that could easily be outfitted as an art studio. A two-bay, three-sided shed offers additional storage.
The workshop sits on a slab foundation and is topped by a low-maintenance metal roof. Two woodstoves, one Jotul and one Castings, heat the space, and two propane heaters are installed for a more hands-free option. Recent improvements to the structure include a complete rewire and new circuit breaker in 2010 to modernize the electrical service.
The property is accessed by a gravel driveway, about 60 feet of which is shared with a neighboring home — which also was built by Paul Perley, who modeled it after Helen and Scott Nearing’s original back-to-nature homestead in Jamaica, Vermont. The orientation of the land affords you total privacy — from both neighbors, and from Hampshire Hill Road. The driveway currently leads directly to the workshop. A secondary and relatively flat, roughed-in driveway leads to the possible house sites. There are other options with the land configuration to open a new private driveway.
Utilities, Water and Permits
The workshop is connected to the power grid. The workshop roofline is also ideally situated for a solar installation to power the workshop and/or new home, if you desire an alternative or supplement to electricity from the grid.
One remarkable feature of the property is the soil’s absolutely perfect condition for a fully in-ground septic system, without the need for an unsightly mound. A wastewater permit is in-hand for this gold standard version of an essential service — which conveniently is also the most economical option to install. The nearby, protected spring also will make well drilling a breeze, and this permit also is already secured.