In 1952, Samuel Hoar, attorney and founding land donor of the Great Meadows Wildlife Refuge, sought retreat from the noise of Hanscom Field over his house in Concord. He was an avid outdoorsman and loved to fish and hunt. His wife Helen, loved Europe, music, and community. They engaged the distinguished architect Frank Sewall Owen to design an Italian stucco villa around a courtyard along the Heath Hen Meadow Brook in Stow. The sense of civilization amidst rural peace and privacy is even more of a contrast from the busy Greater Boston metroplex today. At the end of a long private driveway on its own 36+ conserved acres, set among hundreds more acres of conservation land, Heath Hen Meadow Brook is an oasis. The 4,270+ sq.ft. home is largely on one level, with two additional bedrooms and baths upstairs. It is sited to take advantage of the lovely views of the Heath Hen Meadow Brook and to capture sunlight over the course of the day. The house is deceptively generous in scale, with a flowing floorplan between the two wings and the core block. Beautifully maintained with a recently remodeled kitchen and many other updates, the four to five-bedroom house can accommodate guests and larger groups while feeling intimate for a quiet moment alone with a book on the screen porch or a cup of tea in the sunny courtyard.
For the last 34 years Heath Hen Meadow Brook has been lovingly maintained by its second owners. Wanting to preserve the beautiful retreat and continue the legacy of Mr. Hoar, they placed its 36+ acres into conservation, guaranteeing the peace and tranquility of this refuge for all its future residents. The property has room for play, for toys (five bays of garage storage), a swimming pool, and for appreciation of the out doors - gardens, a lovely orchard, and room to roam.
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