The peace and serenity that comes from living in Sansui
How the architecture offers a seamless transition between the indoors and outdoors
The sense of history when living in a neighborhood with such a rich and vibrant past and learning about the Cornish colony
The many trails that traverse the property through the woods, past the creeks and waterfalls
Watching the myriad of wildlife from the birds to fox, deer and our favorites, the flocks of turkeys
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Listed by Kristin Claire
‘Sansui’ (which means “beautiful views of the mountains” in Japanese) is a special house on 46+/- acres in Cornish, New Hampshire- a small town on the Connecticut River about 20 miles south of Hanover, home of Dartmouth College. Designed for the owners by the award winning, Yale–trained, architect Don Metz and built in 1988, the house has an open floor plan, which takes full advantage of the magnificent views across New Hampshire to Vermont. Notably, the house includes a fifteen-foot high library room, complete with a library ladder and a large master bedroom suite with sitting room, walk-in closet and laundry. A guest house is connected by a covered walkway and includes its own kitchenette, library, two bedrooms and a full bath. The exterior architecture reflects the historic Cornish Colony vernacular and is complimented by a lap pool, a large barn, and a small garden shed as well as a terraced garden which is regularly featured in local garden shows.The immediate neighborhood is bounded by Saint-Gaudens Road, Lang Road, and Platt Road, an enclosed area of about 800 acres that is not crossed by any roads and is thus totally devoid of vehicular traffic. This heavily forested area contains 17 houses and about 15 miles of interlocking trails. An additional five miles of trails, located across Lang Road and Saint-Gaudens Road, link into this network. These trails are a spectacular and essential part of the property, opening-up the hills and streams to running, hiking, horseback riding, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and even cruising in a golf cart. Owners and their guests can even go swimming on the property, in a natural swimming hole located at the base of a 150-year-old grist mill, just below a wonderful set of waterfalls on the Blow Me Down stream.