We are offering a beautiful hand-built homestead on 17 acres in the Eastern Townships, a bilingual region of southern Quebec situated 90 minutes east of Montreal and 25 minutes north of the Vermont border, for $895,000.
The property also includes a farm business making a variety of notably delicious certified organic goat cheeses in a licensed facility. This business can be sold separately, prior to selling the property, for 1/3 or less of the price above, depending on the buyer's needs. The grounds and facilities that house the dairy are also suitable for conversion to a variety of other endeavors, for example a winery, catering facility or table champetre.
The region is an international vacation destination noted for its breathtakingly beautiful environment with rolling hills, large lakes and a vast variety of farms and wineries. The sweet little town is home to a Steiner school.
This is a unique place that is gentle and soul-nourishing, allowing us to make a healthy contribution to the larger world while staying close to family and a beautiful home.
Daily life includes tending to the very personable herd of goats, the food and flower gardens, and making cheeses. During the winter months, we take 10-12 weeks off.
Prior to establishing this home and farm business we created a similar life in New York State. The people we passed that place on to are now operating on a large scale, selling award-winning cheeses all over the U.S. - from our original recipes and operational model. A new owner here will have the choice of repeating that same sort of scaled-up success, or maintaining the operation at its current size. We can provide guidance in either direction. We can even get you started making any other cheeses you've been dreaming of having an endless supply of, besides the ones we sell!
The well water here is pure and plentiful. There are extensive raised-bed gardens of vegetables and flowers; rows of raspberries, blueberries and black currants; a large, enchanting solarium filled with flowers and figs.
We have been farming and gardening organically for 27 years, producing most of our own food and acquiring much of the balance from other nearby organic farmers. We are embarking on a new chapter out of the country and would like to pass on all of our experience and contacts in cheese making and marketing, goatkeeping, herbal healthcare, and growing and preserving fruits and vegetables to the next owners.
If you dream of a beautiful and meaningful life in the country but don't know where to start or how to make it a success, this is an extremely rare chance to jump right in with total confidence. We can spend several weeks together sharing all the aspects and then would continue to be available by phone for any questions.
Have a look at the captioned photos in the portfolio and contact us for further information.
Following are measurement and layout details of the buildings.
The three floors of living space plus the solarium comprise approximately 3,200 sq. feet.
The main floor includes kitchen, breakfast area, dining room, living room (with 14' cathedral ceiling), bathroom with shower, and solarium.
Upstairs is a master bedroom and second bedroom or office (each has a private balcony), 3 walk-in closets and bathroom with soaking tub and shower.
Flooring on the main and second storey is wood, tile and marble.
Finished basement has 2 bedrooms, den/office, 1/2 bath, as well as a large root/wine cellar not counted in the living space.
The footprint of the barn/studio building is 30 x 40' with the two-storey studio being 1200 sq. feet of that.
The separate fromagerie building is 24x30'.
There is a 2-bay garage attached to the house and also a free-standing 3-bay storage shed.
The heart of this rambling homestead is the 28x17' solarium. On sunny days in spring and fall its stone walls and tile floor collect enough solar heat to fully heat the adjoining house as well as itself. It is our favorite place to entertain and to sit quietly.