A very special destination halfway between the White Mountains and the Maine Coast
Oak Hill Farm is For Sale
You can have it all! A comfortable contemporary home, four income producing cottages and a state-of-the-art commercial maple syrup operation on 105 acres. The Oak Hill Farm main house features an open floor plan, enclosed hot tub room, spacious wrap-around deck and a screened breakfast porch. Three seasonal cottages are marketed as overnight, weekend or weekly rentals. The fourth fully renovated housekeeping cottage could become a long-term rental. The barn/sugarhouse/garage is the hub of the maple syrup business with retail space, educational displays, a kitchen and space for the annual Maple Syrup Weekend pancake breakfast. The barn could become a wedding or meeting venue. There are two storage buildings and a small finished building that now houses an art gallery. Maintained trails to the top of 1300' Oak Hill allow hikers to enjoy the forest and the views, especially from the summit.
Oak Hill Farm catches the sun every morning as it nestles against the south face of Oak Hill. Husky Haven derives its name from the kennel of sled dogs the current owners maintained for many years, raising, racing and breeding Siberian and Alaskan Huskies. From the summit of Oak Hill there are vistas on all sides and on a clear day you can see Mount Washington. Marked trails are used for short hikes and generations of locals have used the area for hunting white tail deer, wild turkeys and bear. The land also has Native American historical significance. Besides the wildlife, there are babbling brooks, a mountain pond and ancient stone walls that crisscross the property. Above the current barn is an old barn foundation dating back to 1888 that is just begging to become a sitting garden.
The Oak Hill Farm Main House
The 1988 contemporary home's open floor plan is centered around a handsome brick hearth. The living room and dining room have exquisite red oak parquet flooring. Floor to ceiling windows in the living room are fitted with custom honeycomb blinds that insulate from the summer hear and the winter cold. A Fisher Papa Bear wood stove can heat the entire house (although there is forced hot air oil heat as well) and the current owners convert the breakfast porch into a convenient wood shed in winter that can store 4 cords of firewood cut from the property.
Custom bead-board kitchen cabinets were designed by the current owners creating a specious eat-in kitchen which looks out over the hot tub room 4 steps below and expansive lawns beyond.
Just off the kitchen is the hot tub room that catches solar heat year round and can heat the entire house on a sunny day. The Hot Springs 8-person spa tub resides here. The space is also a favorite corner to curl up with a good book. Just outside is a 24' above ground swimming pool.
The original dining room has had many functions. It's been a pool table room, and an herbal classroom, but is currently used as the office and linen storage for the rental cottages.
The four rooms on the second floor could all be used as bedrooms. Three have closets and the fourth was built as a photography dark room (the plumbing still exists) and has no closet. Current owners use one of the bedrooms as an office and the former dark room is their library.
Additional summer living space allows for enjoyment of the serene setting. An 850 sf deck wraps around the east end of the house and 15' x 30' of it is screened in. A carport beneath the deck can shelter two vehicles.
In addition to the east deck there is a 10' x 10' screened breakfast porch off the kitchen. Below the house is a garage used to store tractor implements. A potting shed attaches to it on the right and a storage room, once used for sled dog equipment, to the left.
The current owners have chosen not to market the cottages aggresively. If they were to be listed with AirBnB, VBRO or a similar service, they would be full most of the time. Winston Browne is a year round cottage and the three smaller cottages are open from April 1 until Thanksgiving.
Winston Browne Housekeeping Cottage
In 1964 Winston and Ruth Browne started their adventure at Oak Hill Farm with a simple tent platform that evolved into the Winston Browne Cottage. The 750 sf of living space includes a full kitchen with a three season glassed-in porch. The entire cottage has been renovated and is marketed as a nightly, weekend or weekly rental. It comes fully furnished and could become a long-term rental.
Eagle, Wolf and Bear Cottages
The three spacious 24' x 24' cottages have an open floor plan, each slightly different, and a screened porch. Each has a small microwave, dormitory sized refrigerator, coffee maker and dishes. They are fully insulated, have Rinnai propane heaters, portable air conditioners and an overhead fan. The septic for the three cottages was designed for six units, so there is the opportunity to construct additional cottages. The cottages come fully furnished with delightful antiques and whimsical touches.
Two Queen Beds
Two Queen Beds
Twin Alcove Bed
Twin Cupboard Bed
High Acres Maple Syrup
The hub of the commercial maple syrup operation is in the 32' x 36' sugarhouse and the 26' x 48' attached barn. The barn is well known in the area for the annual Maple Syrup Weekend pancake breakfast in March. It is heated with a large propane heater, has an overhead fan, twinkle lights and a disco ball. 65 people can be seated comfortably and 10 six foot tables and 100 folding chairs come with the barn. Using the space as a meeting or wedding venue could provide additional revenue. A garage and workshop occupy the left side of the barn.
Over 2000 taps feed the 4' x 12' oil-fired evaporator utilizing tubing and a vacuum system to transport sap directly to the sugarhouse. An additional sap collection tank is housed on the Ben Gilpatrick woods road and services trees below the sugarhouse. Sap gathered there is moved to the sugarhouse in a tank on a pickup truck. Stainless sap storage tanks can hold 5,041 gallons of sap before it is put through a reverse osmosis machine. During the RO process about 80% of the water in the sap is removed. The concentrate then flows into the evaporator, which was upgraded with brand new stainless steel pans in 2019. When the boiling sap is close to syrup (measured by density) it is transferred to a propane-fired finishing pan where it is carefully watched until it reaches 66 brix density. It is then pumped through a filter press and the crystal clear finished product goes into bottlers where containers are filled. The current owners will, upon request, make themselves available for instruction during the first season (February through April). The property has enough untapped maple trees that another 2000 taps could be added and the equipment currently in place could handle the additional sap.
MAPLE EQUIPMENT INCLUDED
4' x 12' evaporator (drop flu, oil-fired)
Three 275 gallon oil tanks
Tubing for 2000 taps on the property
Vacuum pump (5 hp liquid ring)
LaPierre 600 Turbo reverse osmosis machine
Finishing Pan (propane)
Three bottlers (propane)
Eight stainless steel sap storage tanks
(5,041 gallon capacity)
Plastic permeate tank (1,100 gallons)
Plastic truck tank (325 gallons)
A simple storage building has been converted into a 12' x 20' art display gallery. The structure is insulated, carpeted and fitted with spot-light style lighting. Heat is supplied by an electric fireplace heater. The birch support upright can be removed to provide a large open space when not in place to support heavy winter snows on the roof. Possibilities abound for use of this space.
Before beginning the short hike to the 1300' summit of Oak Hill you will pass the Troll Bridge over the Gilpatrick Brook. Partway up the mountain is a hunting stand created from a former bus stop shelter... more of a hunting office. Near the top is a small pond and the owners keep a trail opened to that point. After that the trail gets steeper and more challenging, but the views from the summit are well worth the climb.