CUMBERLAND – It’s a lovely country setting here, just beyond the Fairgrounds, where this custom, one-owner home built in 2001 sits well back on the sloping lawns of a five-acre lot, which is not only a haven for birds and other wildlife, but also livestock: a flock of 30 sheep was fenced-in pastured out back, and more recently, the charming, two-stall barn housed a pair of standardbreds.

The acreage is also distinguished by handsome hardscaping including semicircular raised-bed stone walls, and a huge patio – a nice complement to the classic pergola and broad no-maintenance deck outside the living room at the far end of the house.

Which, with 14 rooms and a total of 4,935 finely finished square feet of living space, provides a high degree of floor-plan flexibility; wonderful entertaining options (100 guests attended one event here); and the advantage of single-level living, if desired.

Off the spacious foyer, beneath one of the home’s four cathedral ceilings, is a “mother-in-law” or au pair suite of about 900 square feet, complete with gas fireplace in the living room, bedroom and full bath, and even a dining area, as presently constituted.

Note that these rooms could also serve very well as a home-office professional suite (a permitted use); parking is handy, too. There is, of course, also a first-floor master suite.

The kitchen is a stunner, with top-end stainless appliances and Norwegian pearl granite counters. The home’s sense of space is enhanced by 12-foot ceilings, broad doorways (no interior walls are load-bearing) and excellent light. The six bedrooms, including two upstairs, offer versatility (one is an office, at present); they, and the media room, are served by four baths. Also on the second level is a delightful, central games room into which six sofas fit very comfortably.

The full basement is a story unto itself. To deliver the new oil tank (heat is six-zone) a truck simply drove in beneath the 14-foot ceiling, and put it down. Used here for a time, for lacrosse practice, were sections of artificial turf from a Boston College playing field.

Please note that subdividing to build another home, on two acres on the north side of the five-acre lot, is an option for the buyer.

The home at 212 Blanchard Road, Cumberland, is listed for sale at $675,000 by Rita Feeney of F.O. Bailey Real Estate in Falmouth.

For more information or to arrange a private viewing, please contact Rita at 317-0228; 781-1111; or at [email protected].

 

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Photos by Melanie Sochan, staff photographer.

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