Placidia Farm is a house and land property with an immaculate log home in a country setting. Infrastructure such as an in-law apartment and space for a work at home enterprise provide a wide variety of opportunities. Mowed fields can support a farm, orchard, vineyard or horses. Above all, Placidia Farm is a serene and scenic setting with well-cared-for buildings and grounds where new ventures can unfold.
Placidia Farm is set in the hills of Braintree, Vermont, a small town bisected by state Route 12A just outside the town of Randolph. While Braintree has few services, Randolph is a busy town, home to Gifford Medical Center, the Chandler Center for the Arts and Vermont Technical College.
The property is 3 miles from downtown Randolph and another 2.5 miles to Exit 4 on Interstate 89. From here, it is 25 minutes north to the capital city of Montpelier and 35 minutes south to West Lebanon, New Hampshire. Both of these cities offer a large array of services and amenities as well as rich cultural scenes and hospitals. Burlington, Vermont, the state’s largest city, is an hour to the northwest.
Placidia Farm has 1,500 feet of frontage on Bent Hill Road, a town-maintained gravel road. Bent Hill Road begins off of Route 12A at the Braintree Elementary School. The property is 1.5 miles up the road on the right and has an established driveway.
Outside the log home are perennial beds and extensive stone walls. On the backside of the home, there is a stone patio looking out over the country property. Mowed lawn surrounds the home and split rail fences with bird houses and perennial plantings reach out into the fields. The property includes 12 aces of field, 57 acres for forest and 1,800 ft of Flint Brook. The terrain is gentle-to-moderate slopes starting at the road where the house sits. From here, the land slopes down to the brook and then up again on the opposite, forested hillside.
The fields are extensive and have been kept open on an annual basis. They would serve well in a farming venture, an orchard or vineyard, or pasture for horses. Flint Brook is a year-round stream that runs rapidly during wet seasons along a shady course on its way to the White River. On the other side of the brook is a hillside of forest, including hardwood and softwood species. The forest is well-managed and includes many large diameter trees. A 1.5 acre meadow has been established on this side and is useful in attracting wildlife and game species.
The log home is the centerpiece of the property and has been meticulously cared for during the owner’s tenure, which began in 1977. The 2,200 sq ft structure built in 1965 includes the main home, the lower level apartment, the attached two car garage and the work shop.
Throughout the home are fine details and practical features that were added by the owners. Baseboards were added to hide electric wiring, closets feature custom shelving and storage devices, and moldings were profiled around a corner cupboard for a seamless fit. There is eat-in kitchen and living room that share one large space divided by a stone chimney for the woodstove. Spanning the entire width of the home and just off the kitchen/living room is a sunroom that offers panoramic view of the whole property. The upstairs includes two bedrooms, a half bath and an open office space.
Accessed by a private door from a covered porch with sweeping views of the property, the apartment can be kept completely separate from the main home. The apartment includes a living room with a wood stove hook-up, a small but complete kitchen, a full bath and a bedroom. The owners used this space as a successful Bed and Breakfast from 1983 until 2008. The space could become a Bed and Breakfast again or be used as an AirBnB unit, a rental apartment, a separate family apartment or a guest space.
Through the back of the garage is the workshop that the owners added in 1992. The flooring is worn but there is a wood stove and a large picture window with the property view. Consisting of two large spaces connected by a wide, cased opening, the workshop can easily be converted to a work at home venture - artist studio, additional apartment, business office, yoga classroom, etc.