Originally one of four dairy farms that now make up Sugarbush Golf Course, Beaver Pond Farm was built in 1840 and is included in the State Register of Historic Buildings. The five-bedroom, five-bath farmhouse sits on five acres of rolling hills less than two miles from the slopes. Although the 4,500-square-foot home is currently operating as a bed & breakfast, it's on the market as a private residence.
Beaver Pond Farm was designed to entertain guests, with a large brick fireplace, French doors that open out to the deck, a formal dining room and a wet bar. The deck, which spans the entire rear of the main house, overlooks extensive perennial gardens and offers spectacular views of the Green Mountains. A separate apartment in the barn, which boasts cathedral ceilings and huge picture windows, is perfect for long-term guests or kids who want their own space.
Shortly after the Sugarbush ski area opened in 1959, Jim Herman built the Robert Trent Jones, Sr., golf course, which encompassed the four dairy farms. The farmhouses still exist, but the dairy farms have since been converted to verdant fairways and pristine putting greens. In the winter, the golf course becomes a center for cross-country skiing and outdoor skating.
The current owners, Bob and Betty Hansen, bought the house in 1977, when it was used as a storage shed for the golf course. The couple restored the main house to enjoy as a second home, while living in New York. In 1983, they decided to retire¿Bob from banking and Betty from catering¿and move to Vermont full time. They then renovated the farmhouse, converting the barn and the center section into livable space and equipping the entire house to serve as a bed & breakfast.
After 17 years in business, they have decided to sell the home to retire and move into something smaller, allowing them more time to fish and play golf. "I want to play more golf and flip fewer pancakes," says Betty.
The state of Vermont requires no bed & breakfast registration fees, just a $55 per year license. The Hansens will provide their database of past guests¿a list of 4,800 names¿to the buyer.
If end-of-the-road privacy is what you seek, the golf traffic will be too much for you, and after 17 years serving as a bed & breakfast, unknowing guests may still stop by for a visit.
LOCATION Golf Course Road, Warren, Vt. Next to Sugarbush Golf Course, about one mile from Warren Village and four miles from downtown Waitsfield.
TIME ON MARKET 8 months
LISTING BROKER Virginia Roth, Roth Real Estate, P.O. Box 22, Warren, VT 05674; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.roth-realestate.com.