Hemlock Hill in West Fairlee, Vermont offers a prime opportunity to own and develop a family residence, vacation home or maybe a small farm in a picturesque location. The property includes a large, level, 8-acre meadow building site, leading to a trail system that meanders through the predominately hemlock forest. This forest is approximately 75-85 years old and is easy to walk through due to the mature forest ecosystem. Trails lead to a bonus private hidden space that is located on the highest elevation of the property. This clearing has views in several directions and would be a great place to build a camp, cabin, or deck to enjoy the long-range views while sitting by an open fire.
The property is located just off Route 244 on Stevens Road in West Fairlee, Vermont. This idyllic location is rural in nature but less than two miles to Lake Fairlee, a large 450-foot lake near the NH border. Traveling a bit further brings you to Lake Morey and the town of Fairlee, with local restaurants and stores. With two lakes on your doorstep, you’ll be able to easily enjoy all types of water sports with great swimming, fishing and boating from publicly accessed areas. The property is close to I-91 for easy travel to Boston, Hartford or Quebec. Hanover, NH is about a 20-minute drive, offering numerous shopping, dining or employment options, as well as cultural opportunities at Dartmouth College and convenient trauma-level medical facilities at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center.
The property is accessed by a well-built gravel right-of-way (ROW) adjacent to a neighboring property. The ROW is very short and leads directly to the open 8-acre field. This flat meadow is the perfect homesite and appears well-drained and dry. Multiple options for development are available depending on which side of the field is utilized, including a residential home, agricultural endeavor, vacation home or anything else that your plans might include. On the north side of the meadow there is another access point which allows you to enter the 75 acres of forest with trail system. Trails lead throughout the property and to the open clearing at the top of the hill, offering another site with further building potential.
The majority of the 83-acre property is forested. The forest is a mix of younger hardwoods, pine and hemlock, with the latter being the dominant species. The hemlock component is generally 75 to 85 years of age. The high density of the forest cover creates little undergrowth, allowing for easy walking and moving around the property.
The hemlock resource is an ideal habitat for wildlife, providing excellent hunting opportunities especially for white-tailed deer. The addition of the trail system enhances the ability to travel through the forested area of the property. The trails are suitable for walking, mountain biking, back-country skiing, ATV and snowmobile use. With some minor upgrades, like branch clearing and adding gravel in a few wet areas, a four-wheel drive vehicle could be used as well.
The main trail leads to a clearing located on the top of a mountain. This area of approximately one acre is suitable for building a camp, a prefab cabin or even just a tent platform to enjoy another area of the land. With easy access to this potential hideaway, a truck or building equipment could be transported in with relatively little work on the trail itself.
The final piece to this property is the proposed home site in a large field. This 8-acre parcel is flat, open and has the potential to build a house or outbuildings in multiple locations with different views.