Cricket Hill Farm
78 Tighe Farm Rd, Wilton
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For nearly three decades, Cricket Hill has been a source of peace and contentment for its current owner. A home at the end of the road where family and friends made great memories, it is welcoming and private, but far from isolated. The town road ends in its driveway where the farm’s 115 acres spread out. There are trails to explore, gardens to admire, a refreshing pool and outbuildings to enjoy. The car enthusiast will appreciate the many garage bays in two buildings, and the stable, opening onto a lovely pasture, has room for horses or ponies.
Just minutes from Route 101, southern New Hampshire’s busiest east-west route from the ocean to the college town of Keene to Vermont beyond, you will enjoy easy access to dining and shopping, with a supermarket within 15 minutes, and most major retailers within a 25 minute drive. The town of Wilton offers local retailers along its Main Street and has a great little movie theater, a diner and is home to Nelson Candies. For those who can’t live without it, Dunkin’ Donuts is 10 minutes away. Schools are local. Other schools in town are Waldorf schools Pine Hill, High Mowing, and The Whiting Hill School.
There are many other nearby choices.
Entering the property, passing by an original corn crib, the yellow 1775 center chimney colonial stands guard at the entrance as it has for 243 years. The early main house has retained a bulk of the original features with 5 fireplaces wrapped around the chimney, lovely old paneling, plank walls, parsons cupboards and more. Things like bookcases and closets were necessary conveniences added over time at much later dates.
The main house enjoys a typical floor plan with alterations over time of course. The front foyer opens to a parlor-now-library to the right and a dining room to the left with the keeping room across the back. Evidence of a borning room still exists. Each of these rooms has a fireplace. Up the turned staircase are two front bedrooms and a back bedroom, two of which also have fireplaces. One of these bedrooms is significantly fancier than the others so an ensuite full bath was added to it for guests. Another full hall bath, a small sunspace and an open staircase to the third floor’s finished attic is located up here.
In the late 1980’s substantial improvements were made and additions to the farm were added. The well-designed two-story rear addition shares an enormous arched window, positioned to take in the view over the pasture. This addition completely changed the flow and added bright, casual spaces to the historic main house. A big kitchen/family room with an ensuite master bedroom above, three other baths (including one in the original section of the house), a greenhouse and another staircase were incorporated here. A huge arched window enjoyed from both levels brings in an incredible amount of natural light. The attached greenhouse, off the kitchen, has a ventilation fan and can be used by the gardener for seedlings, the orchid lover or for a hot tub. From here, a chain link fenced dog yard keeps the pups happy.
A few perks are central A/C, motorized skylights and a standby automatic generator. Windows have been replaced over time, and mechanical systems are well maintained.
Outside is a lovely deck, stepped perennial beds, old and new granite accents, a field and woodlands. Directly across the driveway is a three car garage, the two-level stable with water & electricity with lots of storage on the main level including a tack room and stalls in the lower level with direct access to the field. Another garage sits behind the house and has three overhead doors and a drive-in top floor, perfect for classic cars, motorcycles for the collector; carriage or buggy storage for the equestrian. Sweet! All outbuildings have power.
The pool is open and ready for summer fun. The big, adjacent cabana/screen porch has a sink and toilet for convenience.
Finding a property with substantial acreage and privacy that is still within an easy drive to southern New Hampshire’s or northern Massachusetts’ employment areas is becoming a real scarcity. Cricket Hill Farm is ready for its next generation of caretakers.