With a bit of ingenuity and elbow grease, historic barns once home to horses, cows and pigs can be restored and converted to perfectly pleasant private residences fit for human habitation. So although you may not have been born in a barn, you can still call one home.
Where They Kicked the Cows Out in Connecticut
In the sleepy, river side community of Middle Haddam, Conn., a converted 19th-century barn, currently listed at $300,000, occupies a wooded 1.6-acre parcel on a quiet country road. The three-story, former farm building measures 1,560 sq. ft. and includes two to three bedrooms, two bathrooms and three wood-burning fireplaces.
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Once the hayloft, the entire second floor has been given over to the rustic master suite that has antique wide-board wood floors, a vaulted wood-beamed ceiling, a fireplace and oodles of built-in storage. The bedroom and bathroom are open to each other and perhaps the most unique, if not exactly the most private feature of the house is the oversized, claw-footed bathtub that sits on a platform smack in the middle of the room with a view of the wooded property through a huge window.
In addition to formal living and dining rooms with wide-plank wood floors and built-in cabinetry there is a well-equipped, eat-in kitchen with barn board walls, antique beams, stacked stone walls and a vaulted wood ceiling. On the lower floor, a hot tub has been installed in the three-season porch and across the circular drive is a one-bedroom and one-bathroom guesthouse.
For additional information, contact Marabeth Gildersleeve (860) 301-3618 at Prudential CT Realty in Glastonbury, Conn.