WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- Due largely to its early agriculture roots, Westchester County offers no shortage of homes with barns, cottages or other external buildings. For those fortunate enough to live in one of these historic homes, having an extra building on a property can open a world of fun.
From guest rooms to writers studios, here are three homes in Westchester County that make the most of their secondary buildings:
Located on six acres in northern Westchester, 14 Chapel Road in Waccabuc offers homeowners a variety of spaces to call home. The property's main house is an early 1800s farmhouse designed in classical Victorian style. With its rocking chair porch, peaked roof and cupola, the house combines equal parts charm and history. The home's completely renovated interior contains modern comforts and incredible views; from the light filled dining room to the spa-like master bathroom, nature is never far away. For those welcoming overnight guests, extended family or who are looking to pursue their hobbies in peace and quiet, the listing also includes a two bedroom guest cottage and a meticulously restored office barn.
Looking for the perfect summer escape? The charming converted carriage house at 4 Old Somers Road in Somers offers endless entertainment options. The 1.74 acres contain an inground pool, large lawn, tree groves and a vintage dairy barn. Built circa 1895, the main house is airy and open, filled with aged paneling, high ceilings and hardwood floors. The wraparound porch boasts spectacular views of the back lawn and gardens, while the lofted barn is the perfect retreat for writers, tinkerers or those looking to unwind.
Nestled among Lewisboro's many historic estates, 38 Bouton Road has roots tracing back to the early 1700s. Sited on nine acres of rolling meadows and abutting the Waccabuc River, the property is of an era when America's Founding Fathers called the area home. The four bedroom home effortlessly blends new and old, while the surrounding property presents nearly limitless options for enjoyment. A two-stall barn complete with a studio apartment is ready for renting, while the cozy writer's cottage provides the perfect escape during even the coldest of winters, thanks to its roaring hearth. Need to get away? The home is located just off Routes 35 and 124, offering easy access to points both north and south.
To learn more about these and other country escapes, visit Ginnel Real Estate's website.