BROOKMEAD FARM. On a quiet, scenic road within walking distance of the Monterey General Store and Lake Garfield Town Beach, this rambling 18th century farmhouse with six bedrooms on 84 acres has open views of its own extensive property. The original house has been painstakingly renovated from stem to stern, preserving its antique charm with important updates. The living room, dining room and study all have working fireplaces. The new wing includes a family room and an eat-in kitchen with a Sub-Zero refrigerator and Viking range; both open through French doors onto the heated swimming pool terrace and have radiant-heat wide plank floors that match those in the older section of the house. A screened porch has a romantic pastoral view over a rolling landscape, much of it in conservation with the Monterey Preservation Land Trust and Berkshire Natural Resources Council, where the current owner allows a local farmer to graze cows.
The second floor features a master suite with a large outdoor balcony from where one can survey their domain, and three additional sunny bedrooms that share two baths. The third floor has a guest suite with two bedrooms and a bath - a terrific spot for a home office. The enormous lower level has a media room, home gym and a new 2,000 bottle wine cellar large enough to host tasting dinners.
Known as Brookmead Farm, the picture-postcard property has a well-maintained Har-Tru tennis court and a fully restored three-story barn with cement floors, metal roof, hand-hewn beams and the original hay crane rail running the entire length. The grounds include access to a secluded spot on the Konkapot River with the remains of a large stone dam. This is the rare opportunity to purchase an immaculate farmhouse estate with everything on your country house checklist, in an area of large land holdings.