This vintage Vineyard home in Aquinnah is a sanctuary nestled into a shady hill, surrounded by a rolling landscape, native plants, lawns, gardens, flowering trees as well as a small pond where yellow iris bloom in the Spring.
Follow the pathway bordered by lilacs and lawn to stone steps which lead to a tranquil entry room that has a copper washed floor of Spanish tile and mullioned windows on three-sides. It also has a full bath. This room opens to the heart of the home, the Living Room- with cathedral ceiling, arched doorways, burnished wood beams, simple hand-made doors, a Jotul wood-stove on a hand crafted mosaic hearth, oak floors and a view of the slate patio and rock garden to the south.
On the west end, the living room flows into the library/study, which currently serves as a studio. It has an alcove, small loft and skylight, hand-painted walls and looks out to the perennial garden. On the other side of the living room, to the east, a small foyer leads either to the patio or through an arched doorway to the large country kitchen with French doors that open out onto the deck. The kitchen has a half bath as well as a door that accesses the walk-out basement. The basement has high ceilings and contains the mechanicals, a workshop area, as well as a window and large door that bring in the natural light.
The bedrooms, upstairs from the living room, include two small bedrooms and a larger primary bedroom all with wide pine floors. The primary bedroom has a cathedral ceiling and hand painted walls in tones of apricot and honey. At the top of the stairway is a small central hall with a full-bathroom, linen storage and a pull down attic above.
Both the upstairs and downstairs are drenched in filtered light with beautiful views from every window. Outside, a sunny easterly facing wrap-around deck overlooks the meadow, rolling native habitat and the small pond. Stonework, a stone firepit by the pond, an outdoor shower, a screened aviary - currently serving as a potting shed/summer studio – a slate patio and even a small horse stall under the deck all add to this unique Up-Island retreat.
This property is private and serene, awash with ever-changing light and cool breezes and is a mile or two from the Aquinnah Town beaches, the Gay Head cliffs & shops and Menemsha pond. The home is energy efficient with many upgrades over the years. This property is being sold as is.
Floor 1: (1920s) Front room with radiant heat, blown in insulation under the floor and full bath. Living room with wood stove, beams and arches, track lighting w. dimmers. Blown in insulation. Studio with loft. Porch roof over side door to patio . Stone wall. Long and light kitchen from front to back with side windows overlooking yard. Simplicity. 4X4s in the ceiling. Half bath near front door. Antique stained glass. Coat closet. Front glass doors. Spacious deck on east side of the house.
Floor 2: Cranberry bog tool handrail leads up the stairs to wide plank wood floor foyer opening to three bedrooms and full bath. Front primary bedroom with cathedral ceilings. Windows face east and north. Two bedrooms offer easterly and southern exposure. Full bath with skylight, tub & shower. Pull down attic in the foyer runs from the start of the Primary Bedroom to the back of the house.
Basement: Full unfinished basement with workshop space. Enter from the kitchen or from the walk out below. Viessmann Oil furnace. FHW. Triple walled Oil Tank. Propane Hot water tank w. Anode. New water pressure tank. Electric panel. Walk out to side yard. Horse stall under deck.
Other Buildings: Original home has Fieldstone foundation. Addition has Cinderblock. Well insulated home. Many upgrades. Thermopane high end Anderson energy efficient windows. Gutter system feeds storm water through underground pipes to pond and garden beds. 3 Bedroom septic. Well. 200 amp electric service. Terminex plan in place.
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