By LINDA GREENSTEIN
---- — The magnificent 37-acre equestrian property with an eight-stall barn, riding ring, heated tack room and professional garage/workshop is amazing on its own, but when you add in the fabulous custom built four-bedroom home with a sparkling saltwater pool, pool house and 1,000 feet of frontage on the Lamprey River, you get a one-of-a-kind sanctuary that offers a luxurious lifestyle in a serene setting.
Located at 45 Belle Lane in a quiet rural neighborhood in income-tax-free Lee, N.H., the beautiful private estate is an oasis of tranquility that is surprisingly practical. The rolling meadows and tall trees are stunning, while the fenced paddocks and barn make it a dream property for horse owners, especially those that currently board. The eight-stall barn, complete with office space and bath, could easily become an income-producing barn.
On its own, the home is impressive, with finely crafted details, an open concept and spectacular verdant views. Sitting peacefully among the tall trees, the home is welcoming, with colorful professional landscaping and handsome custom-crafted oak front door with sidelight, an elliptical transom and dentil molding that set the tone for many high-end custom details inside, which includes wood trim and doors that were carved from wood harvested on the property.
The two-story front foyer is extraordinary, with wainscoting, stunning oak staircase and second-floor gallery. To the right is a lovely formal dining room with hardwood floors, beautiful bay window and double oak doors that open to the kitchen. The gorgeous dining room would be an equally terrific place to host large holiday gatherings or intimate candlelight dinners.
To the left is a formal living room with a matching bay window, hardwood floors, built-in bookcase and wide opening to an incredible great room. Both the living room and dining room have pocket doors so they may be closed off from the front foyer.
The remarkable vaulted great room offers breathtaking views of the lovely landscape through multiple windows and glass doors that open out to a spacious deck complete with professional outdoor gas grill and a hot tub. The great room is bathed in natural light from skylights and is wide open to the wonderful kitchen. A central granite fireplace adds warmth to the wide open-space and unites the kitchen and family room.
With granite counters, cherry cabinets, stainless steel appliances, built-in double ovens, a built-in desk and an angled center island, this is a kitchen that is sure to please even a gourmet cook. A neat butler’s pantry is great for storage and meal prep. There is a sunny eating area that is open to a splendid solarium that offers the feeling of being surrounded by the beauty of the natural landscape while remaining cozy and warm.
The thoughtful floor plan includes a nice home office and direct access to the three-bay garage with a tiled mudroom, bath and laundry nearby to catch dirty shoes, boots and work clothes.
An elegant first-floor master bedroom suite is like a private retreat with glass doors that lead to the deck and hot tub. An expertly crafted hardwood key-shaped door adds a visual highlight and style. There are two large closets and two walk-in closets that surround a tiled bath with Jacuzzi tub.
Up the second oak staircase from the great room are three enormous bedrooms, two of which are en-suite. It is an extremely flexible floor plan that would work well for a growing family, multi-generation family, for those that have long-term guests or an au pair.
There is a fully finished lower level, complete with custom-built oak wet bar, built-in bookshelves, media area and walkout doors to the backyard. There is one enormous room that would work well for casual family time or entertaining and a bath with a shower along with an additional room that could be a guest room, home theater or exercise room. The lower level also includes an awesome workshop for a craftsman and loads of storage.
It is hard to imagine, but the highlights go on with a sparkling in-ground salt-water pool next to an unbelievable pool house complete with veranda, kitchen, full bath, central air conditioning, heat and a basement. The charming pool house could easily serve as a guesthouse or separate quarters for an au pair.
As an equestrian property, it is hard to beat. The barn, in excellent condition, includes the heated tack room/office space, bath, and indoor parking for six farm or hobby vehicles.
The professional-grade heated garage/workshop, with 14-foot doors to accommodate just about any vehicle, is a real bonus. This building, with heated parking for nine cars, is perfect for professional equipment or a car collection.
Amenities for the one-of-a-kind property include multi-zone heating and hot water, central air conditioning, central vacuum, underground utilities and a propane generator that backs up the entire property.
Located in the desirable Oyster River Cooperative School District, this home has a rural feel but is only minutes from Route 101 and all the convenient and sales-tax-free shopping imaginable.
With the pool, hot tub, paddocks, walking trails, river and lush landscape, this is a year-round paradise.
The spectacular equestrian estate, at 45 Belle Lane in Lee, is marketed by Valerie Ellmer of Prudential Verani Realty at $1,295,000. To fully appreciate the natural beauty, equestrian elements and the fabulous home, the property needs to be experienced in person.
Ellmer will host an open house on Saturday, Dec. 1, from noon to 3 p.m. Those that prefer a private showing, may contact Ellmer at her office 603-294-5788, directly at 603-818-9722 or at www.bestmovingexperience .com.
At a glance Where: 45 Belle Lane, Lee, N.H. Designed for: Horse owners or anyone who desires a private rural estate Price: $1,295,000 Listed by: Valerie Ellmer, Prudential Verani 603-818-9722