Appleton Manor
599 Turnpike Rd, New Ipswich


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Not often does a village beauty such as Appleton Manor come along. Beyond the overall architectural appeal, an abundance of very private and very beautiful land is tucked out of sight; a farm and wildlife oasis with fields, woodlands, a lovely pond, and meadow teeming with wildlife. New Ipswich is located mid-state along the Massachusetts border and is about 60 miles north of Boston and Logan International Airport.  It is a 50-minute drive to our state’s largest airport. For outdoorsmen, the world-famous WapackTrail courses through New Ipswich, local trails abound and the town enjoys many, many acres of conserved land for a variety of outdoor recreation. See the map.
Entering through one of the gates that line the property's substantial road frontage, reminiscent of its historic days when it was twice its current size, it has an inviting courtyard replete with towering shade trees, pockets of perennials and interesting walkways leading to all buildings and to the grounds beyond and behind. A circular drive passes by the home’s front and side entries, by the barn and 4 bay heated garage. Imagine the carriage horses that were halted to unload guests!
The Mansard-roofed Federal-style house is grand at every turn while evoking warmth and charm throughout its inviting interior.  Entering through the front door, an inviting foyer with a sweeping staircase is flanked by formal front parlors. The hall leads into the elegant, entertainment-sized dining room with storied wall covering and a lovely fireplace. The parlors, now a formal living room and a library, have period features that include interior shutters, rich raised paneling, dentil mouldings, and fireplaces.  A cherry kitchen has contrasting white tile countertops and backsplash, gas cooking and a work island facing the sitting and casual dining space wrapped in exposed brick walls and with a smaller brick accessory fireplace. It is an absolutely charming spot to enjoy breakfast or afternoon tea. 
The ell of this home is spacious and casual.  Built in place of and scaled down from a huge, two-story structure that was part of Appleton’s days as an inn, this wonderful space features a high ceiling, large, wood-burning fireplace with brick surround and extensive hearth that will warm you upon entering in cooler weather. Oak plank flooring compliments the raised paneling and there is very good natural light, each window framing a lovely scene. 
Upstairs, the second floor is restful and with an adaptable floor plan. Along the generous, bright front-to-back hall with a “good morning” double landing at the top of the stairs, are two or three bedrooms depending on your needs.  One is ensuite and the other two rooms are connected by a short passageway with deep closets on either side. The two rooms are presently used as sleeping and sitting chambers. Closing a door will separate them. A luxurious marble hall bath is shared by both these rooms. As expected, each room on this level has a fireplace and the hallway walk-in linen storage closet is a welcomed feature.
The third floor is delightful as well. There are four to five attractive bedrooms along a wide, skylit central hall with modern, colonial baths at each end.  This space would serve the needs of a large or multi-generational family, could be an elegant guest suite to dazzle friends or perhaps to offer as an upscale Airbnb destination with local approval. If not in use full time, you can opt to close it off.
A most unique feature of Appleton Manor is in its historic basement with exposed original walls of granite, stone, and brick.  A billiards room was created at the bottom of the stairs over a recently poured, radiant-heated concrete floor that runs throughout the entire basement. Walls are whitewashed, repurposed antique boards, copper ceiling, and a decorative brick fireplace adds a warm, rich effect to this area. Other features of the basement include a long, well-lit utility room with laundry, sink, and storage, a sauna, workshop with sink and the mechanical systems area.