"Homelands," the former estate of noted American artist Hazard Durfee, lies at the end of a long and winding gravel drive lined with mature Norway maples. Perched above rolling hayfields and enjoying a commanding view of historic Nanaquaket Pond, this important pre-Revolutionary property welcomes the visitor with the patient and gracious appeal that is the hallmark of cherished New England historic homes.
With sprawling lawns, magnificent, ancient beeches and gardens designed and installed by Charles Sprague Sargent, a collaborator of Frederick Law Olmsted and the first director of Harvard’s famed Arnold Arboretum, this gentleman’s farm embodies the timeless values of rural beauty and tranquility. Surrounded by woods of oak and maple, the property climbs to a height-of-land to the south that was the site of a Revolutionary War redoubt, chosen for its commanding view over the Sakonnet River and Aquidneck Island.
Originally built in 1760, the saltbox was long-ago reworked into a more comfortable and spacious Georgian home in the 1860’s. Its current owners have since improved the property to include modern luxurious bathrooms and a large gourmet kitchen replete with chef’s gas range, Sub-Zero refrigerator and plumbed prep island. One’s first coffee may be enjoyed watching the sunrise from the solarium or in front of the fire in the adjoining casual dining room. For more formal gatherings, the 1860’s dining room with inglenook and fireplace may serve. A large butler’s pantry and guest bathroom adjoin the formal dining room. Just across the hall, post prandial drinks would be perfect in the formal living room. Before retiring in summer, the large farmers porch or the screened garden room would be a welcome spot to enjoy the last of the daylight filtering through ancient beech trees.
In the main hall a central winding staircase leads up from the first floor to bring you to any of 5 bedrooms. Two full baths and a large floor laundry room ensure all needs are met. Two of the bedrooms have fireplaces and one has the original sleeping porch where folk in the past might escape the warmest of summer nights. Central HVAC throughout the entirety of the home, hidden cleverly through the use of hi-tech micro-ducting, ensures a comfortable night’s sleep, regardless of the season. On the 3rd floor, a large master suite with gas stove, walk-in closets and full bath completes the sleeping arrangements.
In addition to the amenities mentioned above the home boasts a fully wired Nest home comfort system, a media room on the 2nd floor of the kitchen wing, an old barn, a charming guest house with artist’s studio and a whole-house generator. In the northeast corner of the property a private family cemetery sits, testament to the many generations of venerable Rhode Island familes who have loved the Nanaquaket area over the years.
Sited upon over 30 acres of rich coastal Rhode Island farmland in the historic town of Tiverton, this home is just one hour from Boston and thirty minutes from Providence. This special property would be the perfect place to carry on its centuries old legacy of home, hospitality and gracious country living.