â€œRoamin' Acres" captures the wonder, magic and majesty of North Carolinaâ€™s Blue Ridge Mountains! Sitting on the back deck overlooking the alfresco Roman Bath, mountain breezes blowing by â€“ youâ€™ll know youâ€™ve discovered a very special spot on Earth. Perched atop the endless, undulating mountains at the eastern edge of the Appalachian range, one floats visually in a cornucopia of aesthetic delight. Perched peacefully on this ridge, overlooking such natural majesty is to experience the sublime and ineffable. How does one describe in words the almost wicked wonder with the wind whisking your face, clouds coloring the sky in unimaginable beauty, forest fragrance flowing into your subconscious; youâ€™ll discover yourself detaching from civilization and connecting with nature. Something truly transformative transpires here. I struggle to share it with you â€“ as there is no substitute for being here and directly experiencing through the senses the magic of nature. Visit this land and you will never want to leave. I know. Iâ€™ve been here and experienced this transformation. It is a special and enchanting place. Joe and Chris understand it as well. They searched long and hard for that special place, that piece of almost mystical land. They recognized it in their mindâ€™s eye the first time they set foot on the property. From that moment, they strove to realize their dream of creating â€œRoaminâ€™ Acresâ€ at this special place. They succeeded largely because they understood how important it is to orient a building to the land. And they also understood that human beings are creatures of rhythm â€“ rhythms that circumscribe our lives like â€“ heartbeats, sunrises and sunsets, lunar cycles, spring, summer, fall and winter â€“ not to mention a lifetime or relational rhythms like marriage, family and friendship. â€œRoaminâ€™ Acresâ€ celebrates the rhythm of life. It is a different place in the morning than at sunset. Mornings with the sunlight bathing the front porch, painting the kitchen a brilliant yellow as you rise and drink your coffee â€“ than it is at sunset, when the horizon slips from azure to indigo as you sit on the western deck reflecting with your wine on the day gone by. This estate flows fluidly with human rhythm. It satisfies our natural appetite for sensory diversion with a music of its own. Nothing substitutes for experience so letâ€™s tour, beginning in the car. Hidden Creek is well named as it courses with streams and is far from the madding crowd. A half hourâ€™s drive east from Boone, just past the Blue Ridge Parkway, it is conveniently thirty minutes closer to the burgs of the Raleigh-Durham Triangle, the Winston-Salem-Greensboro Triad and Charlotte. Sans Boone traffic and a half-hour closer to the Piedmont â€“ your quality of life rises when you buy in Hidden Creek. But letâ€™s be clear, this is an estate for those seeking the serenity and solitude of nature â€“ not proximity to the coffee shop. It is (as was advertised years ago) the antithesis and â€œantidote to civilization.â€ So drive in and expect to ride the last mile in gravel but on probably one of the better gravel roads youâ€™ve ridden. Approaching our destination, youâ€™ll love the equestrian-style entrance arbor at the gate heralding your arrival at â€œRoaminâ€™ Acres.â€ I should explain at this point that this moniker is actually a play on Joeâ€™s last name â€“ Marino. Nothing unintentional here! And while I'm digressing may I add that this home was built like a fortress - a standby 20K generator and automatic transfer system ensuring uninterruptible power as an example. Again, back in the car approaching the gate and centered perfectly, driving through the arbor, is the manor house framed aesthetically in the ridge lines climbing to the Blue Ridge Parkway. Now you know youâ€™re in the mountains â€“ you see it, you breathe it, you feel it â€“ youâ€™re here â€“ and you wonâ€™t want to leave any time soon! Your senses may run rampant on you trying to prioritize what to process first. There is so much to absorb as you first approach the home. The landscaping is exotic from flowers to hemlocks with hardwoods everywhere. It is obvious from the equipment that the owners live largely outdoors in these mountains. They are equipped to celebrate the sojourn of every day in the Blue Ridge from sunrise to sunset. Stepping out of the automobile one is welcomed by the massive, covered front porch. The home is meticulously maintained. The wood is coated in very high-grade lacquer giving it a wondrous luster. Trim is painted a tasteful forest green that compliments the dark wood and logs nicely. The architectural-shingle roof is appealing and will last a long time. The owner, being fastidious designed the home to withstand a wind-load of 125 mph which is far beyond what youâ€™re likely to encounter. Appointed with soaring timber frame beams, this space is the favorite of Joeâ€™s mother who loves to come out with her morning coffee, watch the small wildlife and enjoy birdsong in solitude. The myriad common areas are sequestered so everyoneâ€™s individual space is preserved along with family peace. Now letâ€™s enter the home proper. Walking in youâ€™ll find yourself breathing easier as eyes rise to the vast, vaulted ceiling with beams lifting your eyes to the Palladian window and Blue Ridge Mountains beyond. Many of these beams and posts were harvested off the land itself. The river rock chimney centers the space as it soars to cathedral ceiling. Turning right you encompass the gorgeous open-plan kitchen divided only by the gracious and lengthy granite island, so convenient for preparing snacks as you converse with those convening in the great room. Opposite the island is the large dining room fit for a full family feast. Beyond the great room is an idyllic sun room filled with windows flooding the space with golden sunshine. Appointing the corner is a beautiful, baked-enamel, gas-fired, Vermont-Castings-like stove that will heat the entire downstairs in winter. This is perhaps my favorite corner of the whole home and perhaps the space youâ€™ll find yourself dreaming of returning to on your trip up the mountain. I love the large glass French doors that give you separation and privacy while allowing a comforting visual connection to friends and family gathered in the great room. Re-entering the great room, deeper levels of details begin to emerge. I especially like the knock-down sheetrock finish that softens the rustic overtones. Looking up at the cathedral ceiling I think youâ€™ll love the tetrahedral angles as beams burst outward, establishing the interior sky of this home. They prepare us for the transition to the exterior space on the deck beyond and the vast sky it beholds, looking west. Youâ€™ve got room for two guests in the bedrooms on the main level on the opposite side. The bath spaces will appeal to you both in their size and the tasteful ceramic tile. Upstairs is another attractive arrangement. Here you have an enormous loft overlooking the entire great room with its endless mountain vistas. The potential for this room is limited only by the imagination. It could be an office, a family room, an extra sleeping space, a game room or whatever you desire. Itâ€™s a great amenity to the home. Walking right at the landing we enter the immense master suite. I love such large master bedrooms as they allow you to decorate with large furniture in a way that is simply so gracious. Replete with its own private deck overlooking the Roman Bath and mountains beyond, youâ€™ll never feel far from nature in this room. And the master bath is sumptuous. Now letâ€™s go out onto the large main-level deck space. Centering it is a good-sized covered and screened in porch. Youâ€™ll use this porch and deck on either side for much of the year. Set at slightly lower elevation than Boone, youâ€™ll enjoy earlier springs and later falls, so outdoor spaces will play a larger role and youâ€™ll grow to love them. And they give your friends and family once more space to gather apart to nurture individual relationships or simply savor private time. One of the wonders of this home is the Roman Bath below that summons more than beckons your attention. A pool of generous size with Roman fountains spilling from one end, it boasts Jacuzzi jets in several sections to soothe away the stress and strain of life in the city youâ€™ve left behind. Perhaps the nicest feature of this space is the surrounding patio with its enormous stone chimney, outdoor fireplace, stone walls and columns. One could host an outdoor party with thirty people easily surrounding the pool enjoying the company in view of the mountains. The flagstone floor sets such a beautiful tone in part because the masons cut each stone individually, the way the medieval cathedrals were built. Inside downstairs youâ€™ll find the largest workshop, garage you ever imagined replete with I-beam for supporting block-and-tackle engine hoists for restoring your vintage automobiles. Letâ€™s see the rest of the estate. Driving down further we come to the large barn and tack room replete with power and water for cleaning up. Set up with several individual stalls, the barn is nicely sequestered from the home so as not to overwhelm the scent of nature. Everywhere we drive we see nice split rail fences creating paddocks for horses to graze. Beyond the exterior wall of the barn but still beneath the roof is another stall large enough for a bulldozer. Continuing further down the drive we arrive at the cute getaway cabin. Perfect for those honeymooners or other love birds this space captures the heart of romance. Set above a wide rushing stream and tucked away in the woods, this is where you want to escape to write that novel, compose the symphony or paint your masterpiece. It calls for an artist although as the bard said, â€œAll the world loves a lover.â€ In any event youâ€™ll love this little cottage and can award sojourns as you wish to those you most esteem. Beyond is the large storage shed/workshop. â€œRoaminâ€™ Acres is your palette on which to paint your future for family and friends in the rolling majesty of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Spend an hour on this land and youâ€™ll want to stay for a lifetime. The magic of the mountains is alive and well at â€œRoaminâ€™ Acres.â€ Follow the directions below to see for yourself. But donâ€™t wait too long for once itâ€™s gone, itâ€™s gone for good and itâ€™s truly one-of-a-kind! Directions to â€œRoaminâ€™ Acres:â€ From Boone take Hwy 421 South about ten miles, go under Blue Ridge Parkway bridge and continue on Hwy 421 about 1.8 miles to Right on Stony Fork, go 1.6 miles to Left on Mountain View Baptist Church Road go 1.8 miles, continue straight ahead on gravel Green Ridge road go 1.2 miles to Right on Hidden Creek Road go 0.2 miles to destination on right # 214. Below are the remarks posted directly to our fellow agents in the MLS: Roamin Acres could be your clients horse farm, mountain getaway, family compound, artists studio, writers retreat or myriad other possibilities. Set on the lip of the Appalachian escarpment with feathered views to infinity encompassing Blue Ridge Mountain Club & Heavenly Mountain, youll be swept away with the quality and tranquility of this preserve. With ten acres of horse paddocks fenced with split rails and roads connecting the manor house with barn, workshop and guest cottage overlooking stream youll be lost here in a sea of serenity. No detail was overlooked in the design, construction or finish of every aspect of Roamin Acres. See to experience.
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