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Granite Post Farm

11 Preston Hill Rd, New Ipswich


Welcome to Granite Post Farm, an early 19th century treasure situated in the Center Village Historic District in New Ipswich, a southern New Hampshire community bordering Massachusetts. On the National Register, it was originally known as the Safford Farm. A listing of owners and detailed description of the historic exterior are available for viewing here.  
A classic Federal-style four-over-four colonial with ell and barn, four tall brick chimneys add to its stately country elegance. The symmetrical façade features shuttered 6 over 6 windows and a louvered fan above the door, testaments to its rich history.
Entering the front door, reserved for unknowns here in New Hampshire since friends and family always use a less formal entry, step into the hallway flanked by front parlors that are presently used the living room and a home office with a powder room that is accessible for guests. Walking through the hall toward the rear of the main (the 2 ½ story portion) house into what once were the keeping and borning rooms, this east-to-west room is now a 30’ family room with the largest of the home’s 7 fireplaces to one side, its extra-large large hearth and beehive oven intact.
From here, enter into the one-story ell with formal dining room and the kitchen beyond.  The dining room was, no doubt, the kitchen back in the day as evidenced by an original copper cauldron set in old brick and on the same chimney as the family room’s fireplace. A modern kitchen designed to be bright and a joy to cook in, it features an incredible amount of storage, stainless appliances including a gas range with downdraft vent located in the island so the chef can chat with guests. From here, a rear hall has a coat closet across from a handy ¾ bath with laundry hookups.  Directly access the attached barn/garage from here. Also off the kitchen is a restful screened-in porch with brick floor and ceiling fan. Read a book, or just relax and enjoy the view over perennial beds to the field beyond.  North facing skylights let in just the right amount of light.
Upstairs, find three bedrooms and two modern, stylish baths, one in the master bedroom and a hall bath with deep tub and handsome tile surround.
This home has the necessary updates one expects these days including a 22KW standby generator to keep things humming along in the event of a power outage, a Buderus heating system, hardwired smoke detectors and an alarm system. All roofs have been reshingled over the past 1-3 years, including the barn/garage.
Ah, the barn….it still has the rustic feel of an older structure, such as evidence of a grain silo and large timbers, a center aisle, etc., but the far side was converted into an oversized 3 car garage with concrete floor, the doors facing the rear of the property.  There is ample room for a couple of horse stalls, or perhaps pens for sheep or goats in the older section and water is easily accessible. The east side of the barn opens onto glorious pasture.
The land at Granite Post Farm consist of 11+ acres that consists of  2 lots.  It is lovely with fields and woodlands creating a pastoral view for passersby and there are perennial gardens and beds of roses that dot the landscape.  Abutting walking trails will appeal to nature lovers and for long walks with the dog. Make this classic farm your family’s New Hampshire legacy.

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