Cobble Brook Farm Converted Barn
Interesting back story: A couple of decades ago, this property was used as a horse farm by Mike Nichols, Phillip Roth and William Styron, among other investors. The environmentally minded group bought it, in part, to save the land from development. They sold it in 1985, with Nichols establishing another horse farm in Bridgewater and Roth decamping to Warren. With the help of architects Haver & Skolnick, subsequent owners converted what was once a working barn into an elegantly rustic, 6,000-square-foot home. Although the home is rebuilt from the ground up, the architects retained the silo—now rising above the foyer area. The structure’s double-height ceilings are especially impressive in the 66-by-31-foot great room with exposed beams, sliding barn-style doors and a massive stone hearth. Equally dramatic is the master suite, with cathedral ceilings and a screen porch that’s cantilevered over Cobble Brook. The nearly 47-acre property, which offers gardens, an orchard, a pool, two guesthouses and open pastures, abuts an 1,100-acre land trust. There’s also an antique barn with a hayloft and cow stanchions, perfect for would-be gentlemen/women farmers.