I'm very excited about this new listing. This 80 acre farm offers a wonderful opportunity to live in the country, in a great community within 15 minutes to Bridgewater, the largest town on the South Shore. The farm's name was chosen because of the stand of Aspen on the property at the corner of Lower Branch and Tompkin Roads. The property includes about 80 acres with frontage on both the paved road to New Germany and Bridgewater and the gravel side road, where the house and barn are located. There is approximately 15 acres of open land ideal for pasture and organics with the balance (65 acres) in older growth forest. The woodland has not been cut over in many years and has a wide variety of both hardwood and softwood. The farmland has not had chemicals or pesticides for over 50 years.
You'll love the house. It dates back to circa 1850 and offers 2,800 square feet of very comfortable and beautifully upgraded living space. Over the past 10 years, major improvements were undertaken including electrical rewiring, new kitchen, sidewalls reshingled and painted, insulated walls and attic bringing the energy efficiency to 80%. Two new second floor bathrooms were added and the main floor bathroom was upgraded. Also, new rain gutters and venting were added, replaced the front verandah, new exterior doors, new woodstove with steel liner, floors refinished, interior painting and more. Wow, lots of upgrades, but the most impressive improvements include adding the geothermal heating, installing a new metal roof, closing in the back verandah with glass creating a sunroom, and the building of the new 20 x 20 rear deck.
The interior of the home has an interesting layout, ideal for families or a B & B. A covered verandah entry leads to the main door which opens to a cozy foyer. To the right is a spacious well appointed and "sunny" kitchen. Off to one side is a separate diningroom. In the centre of the home is a formal livingroom. Off the livingroom, down a short hall is a bathroom with laundry and family room with woodstove. Behind the family room, there is a door to the outside, a back staircase to the second floor and a door out to the glassed-in sunroom and rear deck.
Beyond this area is the "wool room" created in the former wood storage area. The wool room is completely renovated and provides great space for wool storage, classes and inventory. It would be ideal for a home office, studio space and other uses.
The second floor can be accessed by the main staircase or the back stairs. Up here is a spacious master bedroom with closet and large ensuite bathroom. Across the hall is the second bedroom. A back hallway connects two more bedrooms and another full bathroom with the back stairway.
There's a small garage and an original barn. The barn does require some improvements including door and window upgrades and depending on your requirements, possibly relocation of walls or floors. However, all the sills have been replaced and like the home, the barn has a recent metal roof. Nice older barn, overall.
Aspen Grove Farm has been breeding sheep for fleece for over 15 years. They started with six sheep - Texel, Cheviot and Suffolk and narrowed these down to raising registered Texel for breeding stock. Next they bought a Lincoln ram and a Romney ewe. Then, from Ontario came 6 registered Romneys amd two registered Lincolns. Then, for additional fineness and softness, two Finn ewes were purchased. Aspen Grove's Lincoln-Finn cross fleece is highly regarded. The farm keeps and still breeds the Lincoln-Finn crosses.
THE ASPEN GROVE FARM FOREST
The forest has not been harvested for about 60 years. The owners take windfalls for firewood. There is an even mix of hardwoods/softwoods with Red Spruce and Balsam Fir being the dominant softwoods along with stands of large mature Hemlock and White Pine. And a few Larch. The hardwoods include mature Red Maples with some Red Oak, Apsen, White Ash, White and Yellow Birch.
There are a number of areas throughout the forest with young and regenerating Balsam Fir and Red Spruce, particularly where blow-down of mature trees has occurred. There are three well cleared woods roads through the forest and a walking trail. These woods roads can be accessed easily in a truck or tractor. There are many streams and pools in the woods during the winter/spring seasons and there are pools of water that do not go dry. Much of the forest floor is moss covered and has many different types of mushrooms.
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