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Main_residence_overlooks_fields_and_stone_wallsCoverly Farm was a labor of love for its owner, who designed the house himself and enjoyed it for years with his family. Drawing inspiration from traditional English country manors and the nautical influences surrounding the property, the house incorporates contemporary style with beautiful craftsmanship.

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It overlooks fields and stone walls that sweep to the Bagaduce, a beautiful tidal estuary that forms the Castine peninsula. The guest house is a charming 1- or 2-bedroom post and beam house, and the barn offers a studio space as well as garden and tractor storage. While someone may well just maintain the open fields, enjoying the view and the wildlife that flourish, there’s also the potential here for a full-scale farming operation of some kind. With 40 acres mostly in fields (the woods here really serve to offer privacy on the property borders and cover for wildlife), there are all kinds of opportunities.

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The farm is located just a few miles up the road from one of the oldest villages in the nation, Castine. This historic year-round community is situated on an island-like peninsula on the eastern shore of Penobscot Bay. Its antique grace is preserved by the white clapboard residences that line its streets. Castine is home to Maine Maritime Academy, the Castine Yacht Club, and the Castine Golf Club. A variety of shops, galleries, and restaurants are located in the village and in nearby Blue Hill.ME0901_1N
LandvestFor more information on this property or other waterfront homes in coastal Maine, contact Terry Sortwell,, Shannon Thompson, or Joe Sortwell, in our Camden Maine office.


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Provenance, quality and location drive value. The great properties of Lake Champlain are no exception. Here are three favorite properties from the LandVest team in Burlington, Vermont,  Wade Weathers & Averill Cook:

1.  Wings Point, Charlotte, VT


Named after Reverend Wing, and later the property of Sir Willfred Grenfell, knighted by the Queen of England, Wings Point is a point of reference to all boaters of Lake Champlain. We are offering a wonderful compound on the 4+ acres: a main house right on the water, a separate guest or caretaker’s house at the driveway entrance, a former boat house and a studio. With over 600’ of lake shore the property is an irreplaceable asset.


2. The Pinnacle, Charlotte, VT



Overlooking Converse Bay, The Pinnacle is a Lake Champlain landmark. Constructed in 1896 by William J. Van Patten, a former mayor of Burlington and lumber magnate whose access to superb timber provided the fine woods in the interior, Mr. Van Patten commuted to his Burlington office right from the Pinnacle dock on the famous Ticonderoga.


3. Bay Point, Panton, VT


Bay Point is one of the finest Gentleman Farms on Lake Champlain. This 125± acre peninsula, one of the few completely private residences on the eastern shore of Lake Champlain, is set among fields, stone walls and towering pine and oak trees. A historic marker on the property describes how Benedict Arnold scuttled his fleet in Arnold Bay to escape the British in the battle of Lake Champlain in 1776.


Wade Weathers and Averill Cook head up the LandVest team in Burlington, Vermont.
For more information, please call or email them at or
Burlington, Vermont Office: (802) 651-5392

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When the national luxury equestrian publication, Equestrian Quarterly, asked LandVest’s Ruth Kennedy Sudduth and Chris Rodstrom to write a piece about conserving horse properties, they immediately focused on the stories behind land conservation.  Three Farms, Three Visions  describes how three landowners’ unique visions helped shape the conservation of these special landscapes.  Whether conserving open country for fox hunting, providing a community resource for eventers or protecting an idyllic farm in Vermont, the sense of stewardship of these properties and the communities that enjoy them is paramount.

Uphill Farm, in Woodstock, Vermont, exemplifies thoughtful conservation.
This 88± acre “gentleman’s farm, perfected” is offered for sale for $4.95 million.
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LandVest is proud to have assisted clients in the conservation of over a million acres of land, helping navigate complicated (and potentially conflicting) goals for conservation and future marketability.  LandVest is an industry leader in the brokerage of conserved properties from suburban estates to major working forests.  For more information on how LandVest can assist in the conservation or brokerage of special properties, please contact Ruth Kennedy Sudduth at or 617-357-0455.

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Holiday banner_3For all you procrastinators, here is part three of our holiday gift list!  Among this three part gift guide series (click here to see all lists) you will find a special property for just about everyone on your list.  Which property is the best fit for your special someone?  We’d love to know!


For the avid hiker:

Sited high above the treetops, Sumner House is located on 4± acres abutting Acadia National Park giving you backdoor access to some of the most spectacular trails on the East Coast. The newly constructed, contemporary, year-round residence incorporates many antique materials from a nearby estate and large multi-level decks surround a heated pool.




For the sailor:

Acadia Lodge is located on 2.9± acres on Acadia Mountain with incredible ocean and mountain views. The property includes 400± feet of waterfront and deep water dock on Somes Sound, revered by sailors for dramatic views and fabulous cruising.




For those who crave a private island:

Centrally located in Johns Bay near Christmas Cove, this 28± acre island offers a secluded retreat in close proximity to a private mainland base. With a rich history, the property was the home of boxing champ Gene Tunney in the 1920s and visited by President Kennedy. The property also includes a mainland base in South Bristol, with an apartment, storage, and dock.




For the ultimate romantic: – a Victorian Lodge on Lake Champlain:

Overlooking Converse Bay on Lake Champlain, The Pinnacle is one of Lake Champlain’s most notable homes and the most famous in Charlotte. Rich in history, this classic Victorian offers impressive views over the lake with Camels Hump and The Green Mountains to the east, Diamond Island and Westport, NY to the south, and Split Rock and the Adirondacks to the west. Other features include over 300′ of shoreline, a 56′ floating aluminum dock, 2 established moorings, a woodworking shop and a 2-car detached garage with storage on the circular drive with parking for 7+.



MA1563_1 For those who want a family compound with plenty of room for your family: Located in charming Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA this waterfront compound has  a separate 2,000± square foot two-bedroom guest house complete with great room, direct oceanfront access to private sandy beach and a boat house at the water’s edge.




MA1704_1 For those of you who want a working saltwater farm with easy access to Boston’s amenities:
Paynter Farm in Essex, MA  is one of the last truly unspoiled salt marsh farms available on the North Shore of Boston today. With a 4000 square foot home located on 10± acres and frontage on Lufkin Creek  for you to explore and for your horse, sheep, and chickens to roam.



MA1664_1 For those of you who dream of a Mediterranean castle:  This stucco French Normandy mansion is set on a peninsula overlooking the Atlantic at the end of a private street.Capture



For the lover of cool and private in the heart of Boston:

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Holiday banner_1In honor of the season, we are devoting Friday blogs to assisting in the search for unique gifts!  LandVest’s gift bag of great New England properties has  something for everyone.  If  you do not see a property that matches your “someone special”, stay tuned for next week’s list!


For those who love bold ocean and contemporary style:

45 Littles Point in Swampscott, MA

Exceptional in design, this sleek contemporary is sited on 1.4± oceanfront acres on Little’s Point with 320′ of frontage on the Atlantic Ocean and panoramic views of sea and sky.



Patagonia Sur

For the adventurer who loves the combination of beauty, comfort, and conservation:

Valle California in Patagonia, Chile, a place that will forever remain spectacular.

Valle California, within the Chilean Patagonia Sur Portfolio, is one of seven best-in-class scenically and ecologically significant properties.  The portfolio – approximately 60,000 acres (25,000 hectares) – provides international buyers with an innovative opportunity to purchase properties benefited by comprehensive planning for conservation, and sustainable development. Visit a world-class portfolio of pristine lands, ride, fish, raft, hike the glaciers and forests of ancient trees, drink mate with the gauchos supported by an outstanding U.S. and Chilean team.




For those who dream of a classic Vermont farm retreat, with all the toys (even a ski hill):

Uphill Farm is the Vermont Gentleman’s farm, perfected.

This final offering price is 22 percent below the purchase price of over a decade ago, an extraordinary value. Exquisite private hilltop location with big views over 88± acres of meadows, ancient maple trees, wildlife pond, stocked trout pond and rushing brook.




The Birches on Moosehead Lake
in Rockwood, Maine

offers a turn-of-the-century lake-front resort complete with lodge and cabins perched at water’s edge for the hospitable investor.  The property boasts 8,600 acres± laced with miles of hiking and ski trails, along with southeasterly panoramic views across Moosehead Lake to the Appalachian Mountains.  The resort features a well-managed timber investment, and is currently operated as a profitable business…




For island lovers in touch with their inner child:

Who hasn’t dreamed of owning their own island but how about inviting your friends to your island with your own fort?! With over 24 acres to explore, 5 sandy beaches, 2 piers AND your own historic fort, who can top that?

House Island in Casco Bay

is a great place for kids and the young at heart.




For those who love a picnic by the lake: 

Nothing says more than having family and friends get together for summer fun at the lake.

Sebago Lake Estate

offers 19± acres with your own private sandy beach, extensive dock for your boats and water toys, plenty of outdoor space for those lawn games, and a magnificent home with a massive stone fireplace and plenty of room for all.




For those who want the beach at their doorstep:

Imagine stepping off your porch and putting your toes into warm sands, strolling the beach in search of shells, wading in the refreshing Atlantic Ocean by day; listening to the lull of the waves while you dine alfresco at night.  With 3± acres of privacy amidst natural surroundings,

The Beach House

is perfect for those who love to summer at the shore.




For those whose home is their Castle: 

Surrounded by 355± acres with distant views,

The Rice Mountain Estate

combines historic structures and incredible craftsmanship. The 10,275-square-foot main residence is comprised of four distinct structures the Dudley Friedman House, the Norman Tower, Peak House, and Tudor Tower all blending together to create a unique castle–like mountain top home. The property is currently offered with 95+ acres and includes the main residence, the Howland Barn as well as an 1800-square-foot log cabin, barn and storage building. Other configurations of the property are available.



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We are asked all the time  “What’s the coolest thing you have on the market?”  and “What’s the best deal on a great New England property?” Here are LandVest’s top picks for properties offering great values for sheer cool, romance and privacy:

What could be cooler and more romantic than a modernist penthouse, privately listed in Boston’s Back Bay?

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LandVest is known for great country places (like the ones seen below) but we also have the edge on wonderful in-town properties.  Ask Terry Maitland,, 617-357- 8949 and Nicole Monahan,, 617-948-8038 about this sleek beauty (and check out the photos- how about the shower!).


For romance, how about crashing surf and a “Teddy-Roosevelt-stayed here”
shingle “cottage” perched on a cliff on Mount Desert Island?


A super cool place to spend the hottest summer months, and an investment you can really enjoy.  Contact Story, 207-276-3840.


Love the idea of a super cool rustic retreat, but want it on a Vermont lake?

The Pinnacle  is a late 19th century Great Camp on a perfect point of land on Lake Champlain, with a two-story living room opening up to a balconied gallery:  all the romance of the Victorian era, completely unspoiled.  Contact Wade Weathers,, 802-651-5392 for a private tour.


Prefer a romantic Vermont farm for your private getaway?



Want to “bring your toothbrush” (and maybe your horses and skis, too, the snowcat is already there) and enjoy the country in perfectly done comfort? And, would you like to purchase the property for 22% off its purchase price of over a decade ago?  Check out Uphill Farm  in Woodstock, Vermont, the “Gentleman’s Farm, perfected”, and definitely take a look at the video and then contact Ruth Kennedy Sudduth,, 617-359-5584.


How about complete privacy, and a very cool Vermont mountaintop location?


Sweet Farm’s, 500+ acres amid 6,000+ acres of conservation land, at the end of a private drive at the end of a dirt road.  Can’t get more private than that.  And for romance and cool factor?  180 degree views, a completely redone house, a great barn and guesthouse, and miles of trails, streams and waterfalls.  Even cooler?  A great value at $1.75 million.

Like the hilltop but have to please a serious horse person in your life (or an astronomer)?


How about your own private mountaintop?  at the end of a mile-long driveway.  There’s a 20-stall barn and an indoor arena…and an observatory, too!   Ask Wade Weathers,, 802-651-5392


Looking for the perfect blend of natural and designed beauty to inspire the artist in you?1

Halfway between Boston and Amherst is a beautiful private estate surrounded by hundreds of acres of forest, the home to one of the more significant American contemporary art collectors?  How about the Holman Street Estate, with its terraced landscape accentuated by elegant sculptures, leading down to a private pond ? And a great deal at $995,000.   Contact Chris Rodstrom,, 617-357-8988 or Keith Ross,, 978-544-5767 for more details.

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Why wait and build when you can enjoy the fruits of someone else’s labors? Here are LandVest brokers’ top picks for great properties listed for a fraction of their construction or replacement cost.

Happiness is time with family and friends in a beautiful place.

Love a lake house?


Sunset Chimneys has 1200’ of Maine’s Sebago Lake frontage, an ample lovely shingle and stone house built in 2003, unbelievable boathouse built in 2007, two sandy private beaches, and big views to the White Mountains offered for $3.9 million. Contact Karen Reiche at  207-874-6159 or and John Saint-Amour at 207-874-6160 or for more info.


Is a farm in Maine your dream retreat?


Skye Farms 180 acres, 1500’ of frontage on a beautiful pond, once-in-a generation 7 bedroom family compound, orchards, tennis court, open pasture, trail system near ski resorts and private schools offer a compelling value at $1.95 million. Contact John Scribner at 207-874-2057 or to set up a visit to a perfect setting for the holidays.


A lakefront turn-of-the-last century “grande dame” with mountain views?


Kezar Lake Estate is arguably the finest estate on one of New England’s most desired lakes in Lovell, Maine, 30 minutes to Sunday River. The circa-1908 mansion took a crew of artisans two and a half years to build, with its ornate details irreplaceable at almost any price. Once priced above $4,000,000, its offering price of $1,900,000 represents a unique opportunity.  For more information, contact John Saint-Amour  at 207-874-6160 or


An ardent equestrian who’d rather ride than renovate?


Shadow Fox Farm located in the vibrant community of Peterborough, NH, is a 167± acre turnkey equestrian facility. Immense investment by two successive owners has made for a combination of amenities and efficiency that would take years to replicate: 26 stalls, indoor and outdoor arenas, main house, guest house (each with their own pools), offices, ample fenced turnout with run-in sheds and room for a cross-country course and trails to the river. Contact Kristin Claire at 603-227-2411 or for more details on this tremendous value offered at $4.4 million.


How about a private retreat on Casco Bay with a deepwater dock,
private beach, and a low-maintenance, comfortable home?


SeaSpray Reach, in Yarmouth, Maine offers a custom built 4000 sf home on a true peninsula in perfect condition minutes from downtown Portland. Originally offered for $2.9 million, now $1.98 million. Contact Karen Reiche at  207-874-6159 or to find out more.

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Breathtaking Grey Meadow Farm in Tinmouth, Vermont


Grey Meadow Farm, Tinmouth, Vermont


Rare development opportunity.

Build the house of your dreams in the midst of horse country!


Antique Barn Estate Lot, Hamilton, Massachusetts


Private Country Estate with equestrian amenities in Hamilton, Massachusetts


Miles River Farm, Hamilton, Massachusetts


For more information on Grey Meadow Farm contact Story Jenks,

For more information on LandVest’s farms in Hamilton, MA, contact Lanse Robb,

Click to view additional New England Farm Properties for Sale

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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live in some of LandVest’s properties? We invite our owners to tell us a bit about their experiences, what they love about their homes and a bit of their history. Yvette Lanneaux and Tim Wilkins’ vibrant renewal of a white clapboard farmhouse in the heart of horse country in Woodstock, Vermont provided a launching point for our recent conversation with them about their hilltop retreat.

1.  LV:  Tell us about some of the property’s special features.

Yvett Lanneaux: The location of Hubbard Farm is what makes it such a unique and special place.  It’s privately tucked away where all one sees are the farm’s surrounding meadows, pond and woodlands, yet it’s a five minute drive (or a fifteen minute stroll) to the Country Store in South Woodstock or a ten-minute drive to the Woodstock Green.

We enrolled the property in the Current Use Program.  In addition to the significant tax savings gained, we’ve learned much about managing and protecting our woodlands for the health of the trees and the varied wildlife that it supports.  In connection with these efforts, we’ve created a trail system of several miles in addition to the already existing horse trails.  These new trails are perfect for hiking and taking in 270 degree views over to Mt. Ascutney, Mt. Killington and the surrounding area.

Tim Wilkins: I came to hiking later in life and feel quite humbled to be able to hike for hours without leaving the property.  There’s one path where you wind through the pines, maples and birch leading at the top to a small clearing with a drop dead view of Mt. Ascutney.  We carved a simple wooden bench from a tree on the property to mark the spot.  I dare even the most cynical poet to not hear his or her muse call from that perch on the hill.

2. LV: What is your favorite room in the house and why?

Yvett Lanneaux: When we bought the house, it was pretty much a heap.  We undertook an extensive renovation and updated all the heating, electrical and plumbing systems but always with an eye to preserving the traditional feel of a casual and inviting 1840′s farmhouse.  We brought light in by adding windows and opening up the house to the views so there is a continuous feeling between the house and the land.  We brought in (literally) tons of dirt to create a broad and level area leading out of the kitchen’s French doors that has been the site of many football games, croquet, baseball, and intense water gun fights.  The stone walls were built by a local fourth generation family of stonewall builders who also laid the bluestone patio.  The crowning jewel of this modification of the outdoor space is the porch.  We added the wrap-around porch constructed of beautiful and durable ipe wood.

The porch is by far my favorite “room” where I read, take in the sunsets, sneak naps, enjoy a cocktail, watch a game on the tennis court below or keep an eye on the kids catching frogs in the pond.  The main floor’s music system includes the porch so there’s a beautiful soundtrack at will while lounging there and soaking up the visual pleasure of it all.

3.  LV: Can you tell us something surprising about Hubbard Farm?

Tim Wilkins: I like to tease my tennis buddies telling them I have the prettiest court in America.   There’s something about how the court is nestled in the hill on the property, bordered on two sides by whispering pine trees and then opening up to a breathtaking view of rolling green hills and farms.  I repaved the court last summer and fixed the fencing so that it would blend into the natural surroundings.  It’s absolutely private so when you’re playing all you hear is the harmonic sounds of the tennis ball, chirping birds and the wind through the trees.

4. LV:  Woodstock is such a special community; can you share a story that touched you about being a part of Woodstock?

Yvett Lanneaux: We participated in The Naked Table Project for sustainability. Charles Shackleton purchased maple harvested from our land.  People built tables at his workshop from wood that was milled from our trees. For each tree felled, every participant was given the GPS co-ordinates for a replacement tree. The completed tables were lined up end-to-end under the covered bridge in Woodstock where we all had lunch.  It was a really lovely occasion, making so clear the link between the land, the trees, and gathering together. It was featured extensively in local, national and international press.


For more information on Hubbard Farm contact Story Jenks, ( at 802-238-1332.  For more information on Vermont farms and properties for sale contact Ruth Kennedy Sudduth (, Director of Residential Brokerage at 617-359-5584.





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We took advantage of perfect spring weather to tour around Woodstock, Vermont last weekend, taking pictures of some of our wonderful country houses, farms and horse properties for sale. Here are just a few:

A private listing in West Windsor near GMHA
with the best swimming pond ever.
The long private drive into another
private listing in Hartland


Hubbard Farm is a great place to just sit and relax


How Birch Tree Farm got its name


The animals get the most amazing views at Birch Tree Farm

For more information on these and other wonderful Vermont houses and farms for sale,
please contact T. Story Jenks, Jon Weber, Ruth Kennedy Sudduth or Wade Weathers.

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