New River Farm is an exquisite estate nestled along over a thousand feet of the North Fork of the New River in Lansing, North Carolina. It lies in the lee of massive Phoenix Mountain, is graced by endless, gentle, fenced, horse pastures and appointed by two elegant residences. The perfect “Gentleman’s Farm,” this incomparable estate encompasses two rustic log homes with soaring cathedral timber-frame ceilings, mission-style accents and impeccable appointments. There is so much to cover when addressing this masterpiece of ambiance and style that I stumble to start. Why don’t we proceed as my son, Matt and I did – driving up to New River Farm from West Jefferson? While location and access may seem minor, over time they loom large in livability and quality of life. We were both pleasantly pleased how close the property is to West Jefferson. Just a short jaunt out Hwy 88 west into Warrensville, south on Hwy 194, then a mile on Deep Ford and you’re looking at the resort across the wide river. It’s an easy, gentle, safe and beautiful drive to the home and back to town. Set in a lovely valley in the lee of Phoenix Mountain, it brings to mind those tales of Heidi in Switzerland nestled in her Alpine abode, breathing in breathtaking views and fresh mountain air. With the North Fork of the New River wending its way alongside, pastures rising up the hills and massive mountains in the distance, you know that you’re in the Blue Ridge Mountains and crystal clear headwaters of the Shenandoah. Crossing the bridge and up the driveway to New River Farm you’ll immediately sense the seclusion and privacy of the property. Occasionally you’ll see a car come down Deep Ford Road across the river but it’s a lightly travelled country lane connecting only the sleepy, mountain hamlets of Lansing and Crumpler, North Carolina. Perhaps one of the least densely settled ones in the state, Ashe County is known for its tranquility, seclusion and natural beauty. Once on the land you’ll drive another quarter mile passing fenced pastures and horse paddocks before arriving at the residence. Approaching the home you’ll find plenty of level parking and a flagstone patio that welcomes you. One easily imagines grand lawn parties, entertaining friends and family along the rock runs and rippling rapids of the New River. Later in the evening with remnants of the party – sipping your Chardonnay around a bonfire with stars gleaming against a black velvet night sky – you’ll have given your guests an evening and an experience they will never forget. Stepping out of your automobile you’ll love the great, Gothic, stained-glass window gracing the guest cottage, redolent of a European cathedral. Equally appealing are the tasteful, gray-stained, hand-hewn, dovetailed logs and ubiquitous windows of the home itself. The red metal roof renders a mountain mood. Small details like commercial-grade, stout, copper gutters and downspouts speak solid construction, strong engineering and value. Stepping from flagstone patio to covered breezeway between the homes we’re at the entrance to the primary residence. Let’s walk in! Directly inside the front door is a large mudroom with soaring ceiling appointed with a broad, convenient, white-enameled, cast-iron, country farm sink with wide wings for all the work you’ll enjoy on this land. Stepping left into the kitchen you’re sure to be mesmerized by the impact of this indescribably beautiful, gourmet space. Here ceiling soars to cathedral heights but your senses are simultaneously drawn in myriad directions. Immediately ahead are tall, stately, separate, gleaming, stainless steel, “Sub-Zero,” full refrigerator and freezer. They alone make an impact but won’t hold your attention as you glance at the other elements in this gourmet space. The Wolf Range and Wolf Stainless Hood command attention. Kitchen is large and beyond are patio doors leading to outer deck and vistas of pasture and river beyond, as well as openings to great room offering an initial glimpse of this cavernous and compelling space. More immediately we see the long, lengthy counter capped in lovely, Italian, black marble, coursed with veins and threads of silver. The large, deep, wide copper sink is a nice counterpoint to the farmhouse white enamel sink behind us. Cabinet hardware is forged-blacksmith, strong and tasteful, closely complementing the mission-style, wrought-iron light fixtures and modern paint scheme throughout. The deft blending of sheetrock and tongue & groove wood perfectly balance rustic ambiance with light & airy. Red oak hardwood floors flow fluidly throughout. Great room’s cathedral ceiling draws your eyes upward to timber-frames and collar ties joined with stout, black plates of steel. Laminated beams wax with luster. Creative fixtures backlight the cross beams casting golden glow across the blonde, wooden grain. Flowing through the home you’re continually delighted with myriad discoveries like sliding, barn-wood doors separating spaces like laundry from kitchen. Floor plan is entirely open; kitchen communicates easily to great room; great room opens to loft above with bedrooms sequestered nicely off the community spaces. The master suite is a tour in artistic taste. Walk in from great room and notice two private entrances to covered porch for enjoying morning coffee or evening libation. In between the two doorways is an ornate, baked-enamel, powder-coated, cast-iron, gas-fired, stove with stack pipe for warmth without fumes. Overhead again soar cathedral ceiling and beams. Opposite the porch is the massive master bath – constituting a suite in itself. The beautiful barn wood cabinet with large double porcelain, art-style lavatories, exudes taste. A gorgeous claw foot tub rests easily in the space of this room. Behind is a large stand-up shower of exquisite slate, so visually appealing you’ll want to run your fingers across it, and so large there’s no need for glass enclosure. Around the corner is the very large, walk-in closet. The guest suite with a floor-to-ceiling armoire enjoys its own bath doubling as powder room. This bath is another experience in artistic expression, epitomized in the horse-collar mirror and tack-room detail. If you are an equestrian your inner voice will already be engaged with this property. You may as well book airfare now to come see New River Farm – everything about this property will resonate with you. The artistic and architectural flair cannot be adequately expressed short of a visit and direct experience. Hard as I try, I cannot capture it in words. Staircase to loft is appointed with stout treads several inches thick cut from the heart of an old timber. Up here views are pervasive. The imposing stone chimney climbs floor to ceiling and commands the space. Close your eyes and listen to the fire crackling and snapping in that massive hearth, with the smell of wood smoke curling lightly in the air and gentle snowflakes wafting down to deck with New River sparkling in moonlight. Walking into this massive cathedral space you can almost hear yourself breathe easier. The architectural grandeur will lift your spirit and soothe your soul. As you walk through this captivating space, everywhere you look are windows leading the eye out toward river, pasture and mountain. Insinuating itself between window and nature is a sweeping pavilion of covered porches and decks. Imagine entertaining a wedding reception or extended reunion here with friends and family gathered on decks and grounds making memories of a lifetime. Let’s step out quickly to studio next door. Conveniently accessed across a covered breezeway opposite the mudroom entrance to main residence, you’ll be smitten with the charm of this bright and spacious addition. What a home for those close to your heart! While not inordinately large, the sweeping cathedral ceiling and timber-frame design adds to its sense of space. You enter the great room with a sizable, modern kitchen directly to your left that communicates easily with great room. Just off the kitchen is a nice laundry. Hardwood floors are attractive and run throughout. Great room flows through patio doors to its own deck overlooking the New River. Beyond another sliding barn wood door is the master suite with its own tasteful blue, ceramic tile shower. The blend of sheetrock and tongue-and-groove combines with a modern paint scheme to sustain a light and airy ambiance throughout. The Gothic stained-glass window dominates its eastern wall and promises glorious sunrises flooding the entire home with picturesque, natural and ecclesiastical color. Last but not least is the lower level of the main home. Here we step down to find a full, unfinished basement totaling 2380 square feet replete with 400 amp serivce. Walking into this area one appreciates the possibilities. Here you could construct a full, woodworking shop, finish off a suitable man-cave, or store untold garden, farm equipment and family heirlooms. The potential is unlimited. New River Farm is the mountain, river, equestrian estate of a lifetime. If living a clean, tranquil life in the Blue Ridge Mountains on your own farm by the banks of the New River in the lee of breathtaking, Phoenix Mountain appeals to you, you may have discovered your destiny. Call or e-mail us today and we’ll find out for sure tomorrow - or follow the directions below to drive out and see for yourselves. Thank you for allowing us to share the grandeur of New River Farm with you and welcome to our paradise known as the high country! DIRECTIONS: From West Jefferson take Hwy 194 North (joins Hwy 88 en route) go 5.5 miles to Right on NC 194 in Warrensville toward Lansing go 2.4 miles to Right on Deep Ford Road go 1.5 miles to Right on Parker Eller Road, cross bridge and proceed to end of road to # 3042. Below are the remarks posted directly to our fellow agents in the MLS: NEW RIVER FARM! Massive Log Home, Guest Cabin, 1000+ Frontage New River, 12 Ac, Modern Kitchen, Timber Frame Great Room, Beamed Ceilings, Modern Paint Scheme, Country Farmhouse Sinks, Tack-Room Style Vanities, Slate Floors & Showers, Marble Counters, Enormous Unfinished Basement, Thousands of Feet of Covered Porches, Decks, Stone Patios, Stained Glass Accents, Acres of Fenced Pasture, Big View of Phoenix Mountain, Easy to Show or Preview. Lower driveway could easily be converted into carport under deck.
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