Located on 4 acres in the stunningly beautiful Town of Bovina, the McNaught Family Farm was established by Scottish immigrants in 1817, and was held by five, successive generations of McNaughts until 1962. In the 1860s the McNaughts added the Greek Revival form, center hall addition to the original house. In the early 1970s, subsequent owners added the large Country Kitchen addition at the rear. This historical home is being offered for sale with two additional adjoining lots creating an 18.30 acre estate in total.
As the original farmhouse in the valley, the McNaught Family Farmhouse sits majestically one hundred and fifty feet above the stream at the valley floor, commanding a striking view of the valley which once cradled the sprawling 600 acre farm. The McNaughts managed a dairy farm, but then also became renowned for their prize Shropshire sheep. The house combines heritage and authenticity with old world construction and craftsmanship, and all of the modern amenities now added.
The 4 BR + 2 BA home is spacious, bright, and airy, with 9 foot high ceilings and over 3,000 square feet of living area, and is designed so that even a large family has both sizable common areas in which to gather, engage, and interact, and at the same time more than a few private spaces for individuals to work, relax, and recharge.
To enter the McNaught Family Farmhouse, a visitor walks down the original Bluestone front walk dating to the early 1800s and enters through its large, wooden front door with its impressive tablature, sawn woodwork, and sidelights, into the Front Hallway. The first view is a majestic, wide staircase featuring a carved newel post and spindled railing with a heavy handrail that curves at the top. The style of the staircase is matched in the “more public” front rooms of the farmhouse with generously proportioned baseboards, window and door casings, and wainscoting. There are wide plank, wooden floors throughout the house.
The formal Living Room is at the left, and the large Family Room is at the right, with the first of two bonus rooms—used by the current owners as a Library— at the rear of the Family Room. The first floor Bathroom is at the far end of the front Hallway, with a Laundry Room and Storage Area off the back. An antique, wood burning stove in the Living Room and almost new Tulikivi soapstone fireplace in the Family Room complete these rooms, and add to their warm and welcoming nature.
Sweeping into the Kitchen through the Living Room, the visitor enters an enormous 30×15 foot “Country Kitchen” with a Dining Area large enough to easily accommodate a ten foot long dining table. Light streams into the Kitchen from three sides, and particularly through the triple casement window mounted above the sink at the far end of the Kitchen, affording panoramic views. The Kitchen features a professional, 5 burner stove, with warmer, as well as 2 sinks and 2 dishwashers, with 1 sink and 1 dishwasher housed in the Kitchen “island” or counter. Wooden drawers and cabinets provide ample storage. A paired French door in the upper left of the room leads out onto the lawn. The interior Kitchen window (enclosed by Mud Room) is six-over-six wood sash with spring loaded sash locks, dating from the 1860s, the lone remaining original window in the farmhouse.
A good-sized Bedroom is off the Kitchen’s left corner, to the left of the Living Room entrance to the Kitchen. This Bedroom is a favorite because of its regular shape and the brightness produced by its large windows. A separate Pantry is off the Kitchen’s right corner, to the right of the Living Room entrance. The house’s original staircase, now the “back staircase,” rises from between the doors to the Living Room and Bedroom. The Pantry features custom built cabinets, drawers, shelves, and grain bins from the 1920s. The Pantry leads out through a locked door to the Mud Room which features a poured, concrete floor, with a very striking, out sized checkerboard (black and white) design. The large windows on three sides of the Mud Room provide a Greenhouse opportunity. The second locked door out of the Pantry leads down into the Basement, with its furnace (replaced in November 2018), hand hewn beams, and 4×6 Bluestone stones paving most of the basement floor.
Moving up the Front Hallway’s majestic staircase to the second floor, one turns left at the top of the stairs, and then left again into a sizable Upstairs Hallway, with bright light streaming from the hallway’s window. This is a very notable open space in a house of this period, which the current owners use as an Art Gallery. Down the Upstairs Hallway to the left is the enormous Master Bedroom, which again is a very sizable space for a house of this period, with a very generous MBR Closet on the back right. The second floor Bathroom is at the top of the staircase, with the claw foot bathtub in a separate room on the right. Passing into the original, 1817 section of the house, one enters another sizable Bedroom, with two skylights to add to the brightness from the “eyebrow” windows. Crossing the original staircase, now the “back staircase,” one enters the fourth Bedroom and separate Office/Study Area.
The large back yard is perfect for a chair and table set, lounge chairs and barbeque, flanked by an apple tree and a Japanese maple tree, which bloom white and purple respectively, at the same time in May. A grove of trees behind the house is suitable for hanging one or several hammocks. There is a 50×50 paved area for use as basketball court or play area, which has a spectacular view of Bobcat Mountain, the highest elevation in the county. The large, dry, level yard above the house is perfect for playing catch or hitting golf balls. Below the house is a swim pond, and further down a stream running the length of the property. The peaked Milk House from the late 1800s still stands, and there is a large Garden Shed. Stone building foundations for the original Barn, Carriage House, and Milk House still exist. There are additional stone building foundations below the house at the old Mill Pond complex, including the original Wheel Pit, three level Mill, and Mill Storage Warehouse. Other apple trees dot the property. There are thousands of feet of original, dry laid stone fences.
As if all of this was not enough, the additional 10.30 acres offer a 36 foot by 24 foot garage (basically, the size of a three car garage); 2/3 of the garage is work and storage space, with built in shelves while the remaining 1/3 of the garage is a handsome apartment, with wood burning stove. A rustic writer’s cottage, now serves as gazebo with long mountain views. An outhouse with half moon cut out on door. A massive stone fire pit, 10 feet in diameter. To complete this magnificent parcel, 100 foot swimming pond, fed by a natural spring.
Updated on September 15, 2022 at 2:27 pm