HIGHWICK FARM MANOR HOUSE is nearing its 3-year restoration/renovation in time for the summer of 2021. Meticulously preserving and restoring the magnificent original details of this Berkshire cottage from the infrastructure to the doorknobs, while renovating it with only the finest of materials for the sought-after amenities of a modern lifestyle today, makes this distinctive Lenox home shine in its original grandeur, designed to be luxurious yet cozy and unpretentious. Generously proportioned rooms with walls of windows flooding the house with natural light and taking in the view, with an open flow from room to room and the spectacular kitchen/family room not often seen in homes of this era. Perched high above the country road, taking in the sweeping southern vista of Parsons Marsh and surrounded by 11 + acres of lawn, orchard, and mature trees with a 20 X 50 gunite pool and wonderful new stonework, complete this special offering.
What’s the most compelling thing about this property?
This stately country home is a magical blend of society and solitude. From the gatherings of friends and family to meandering the grounds to reconnect with the peace of wild things. Oh, and, lest we forget, the “secret room.”
For whom is this house perfect?
For those who appreciate when things were built to be unique by craftsmen who worked at a slower pace with great skill and pride, when rooms had grand scale and a roaring fireplace centered the conversation. For those who love to entertain. For families to fill the walls with laughter and new memories.
What’s the most fun thing to do within five miles of this house?
The Berkshires never lack in adventure, experience, culture or surprise. Kennedy Park with 15 miles of groomed trails for hiking is just down the road, as is the historic Village of Lenox where you will find wonderful boutiques, fine art galleries and fabulous restaurants. From reading a book in Parson’s Marsh or strolling down the road to Tanglewood with picnic baskets in hand, life from the front door of this exquisite home is ever expanding.
If this house could talk, what secret would it tell about its history?
Given that the house was originally designed with six staff quarters, one can only imagine the stories that could be told of the elegant and extravagant gilded-age parties. From flappers dancing to orchestras or genteel summer afternoon croquet games. Who might have been the guests? What business was transacted? What romances blossomed?