What We Love
About 86 WALKER BROOK

  • The combination of coziness and elegance in the same house is extraordinary: it's as though the living space expands and contracts in response to how the people in the house are feeling!
  • Similarly—depending on what you’re in the mood for—it is possible to feel “away from it all” here one minute (watching the wildlife on a quiet summer evening, for example, or hunkering down for a winter storm) and “at the center of everything” the next (hosting community gatherings, “house concerts,” family weddings, work retreats, or whatever).
  • We have noticed over the years that this house inspires a sense of abundance and well-being in those who visit, the feeling that anything is possible. (People also tend to sleep notoriously well here!)
  • We love being surrounded by our gardens and fruit trees, our fields and forests, and all of the mysteries that they contain: the wood turtles, lady slippers, barred owls, brook trout, and ginseng!
  • Our favorite place on the property turns out to be the middle of the front field, where—as the prominence of the house structure recedes and the beauty of the natural landscape comes into bolder relief—the harmony between the two main facets of this place is dazzling.

The Hope Farm in Danbury has a rich history, spectacular views of Mt. Kearsarge, and is surrounded by over 5,000 acres of protected land. The Federal-period house sits proudly on the north side of Walker Brook Rd. on 108 acres, with roughly 68 acres of mature woodlands behind the house and 40 acres across the road with fields, a pond, and frontage on two sizeable year-round brooks.

The clapboard and brick house of approximately 4,600 square feet includes 10 fireplaces, 5 bedrooms, including a master with ensuite bath and dressing room, and an additional 4 bathrooms. There is a large renovated kitchen with center island and dining and sitting areas, an inviting library with custom cherry shelving, living room, formal dining room with butler’s pantry, large great room for entertaining and gathering, 1 or 2 offices, and another large room above the two-bay attached garage.

The Hope family purchased the farm in the 1950s and devoted decades to the care and restoration of the building, including replacing the many fireplaces with modern tile-lined chimneys and adding on the kitchen, garage, and great room. In addition, they employed a master carpenter from North Sandwich, NH to create the many striking wooden built-ins and extensive trim work, including paneling, mantles, and carvings.

The current owners have reinvigorated the farm with several large gardens, the planting of dozens of fruit trees, and the introduction of Hereford cattle, Romney sheep, and New Hampshire Red chickens, as well as using the land to help develop and reintroduce some regional heirloom vegetables and favorite old apple varieties. They also installed new thermopane windows, redesigned the kitchen, and updated the utility systems.

Danbury is a small New England town with a rich agricultural past less than 100 miles north of Boston. It is located half way between Concord, the state capitol, and Hanover, home to Dartmouth College, about 45 minutes from each. The property is 15 minutes away from the vibrant college town of New London and 30 minutes from Mt. Sunapee Ski Resort and its state park beach. More outdoor recreation is close at hand: Kearsarge State Park, Ragged Mountain Ski Area, boating on nearby ponds and lakes, plus miles of hiking and cycling, including the 57+-mile Northern Rail Trail.


Property Details

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