Built amidst the scenic Cold Harbor trails in the 18th century, the Rice/Valentine House, or "Valley Farm" in Northborough, MA is a historic country homestead with charm to spare. It is the perfect marriage of authentic historical character and elegant modern luxuries.
According to the Massachusetts Historical Commission, as quoted by CIRCA Old Houses, "Valentine family lore states that the estate was a wedding gift from Rebecca Crawford’s parents to her and her husband, Elmer Valentine." In 1838, they used the estate to operate a boarding school. Now, this home waits for someone to add the next chapter to its rich and storied history.
The cedar siding on Valley Farm gives it a rustic look that nods to its rural setting. Spanning over 3951 square feet, this home features five bedrooms, two and a half bathrooms, and a total of five fireplaces for cold New England nights.
In order to preserve the charms of this historic home, previous owners have been careful to restore the house in a manner that is keeping with its original character. One example of this can be seen in the warm pine flooring that is featured throughout the home.
This sitting room includes traditional six over six windows and a lovely brick fireplace that is flanked by shelving that could be used to display antiques, family photos, or one's collection of books.
In another sitting room, an antique grandfather clock is a wonderful showpiece that adds to overall timeless effect of this country home. The house's gorgeous, original hardwood doors complete this look.
Warm hardwood touches such as exposed beams couple beautifully with the crisp white interior of this home. Can't you just imagine walking down this hallway to find out what historical treasures await?
This spacious dining room provides plenty of room for dining, entertaining, and making memories. With its restored woodwork and mantle above the brick fireplace, this is the perfect space for good food with even better friends.
Even the most accomplished chef would be right at home in Valley Farm's kitchen. An updated country kitchen featuring an adjoining breakfast room with a picture window, this kitchen also includes modern appliances, exposed brick walls, and beautiful granite countertops.
When a home already possesses so much natural beauty, not much is needed to complete the effect. This bathroom features wood cabinets that match the elegant pine flooring and soft lighting to augment the already plentiful natural light.
Bedrooms such as this one hearken back to a simpler time when all that was needed was a crackling fire and good times with one's family. Valley Farm not only remembers this historic past but invites its owners to embrace that country lifestyle and all the joys that come with it.
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