What’s your favorite seasonal outdoor activity? Whether passing time at an exquisite residence that neighbors the world class fly fishing in the Housatonic River, hiking the Appalachian trail, cross-country skiing or ice skating on your own backyard pond, the outdoor opportunities available at each of these beautiful Berkshire and Litchfield County properties are sure to make every avid sportsman gear up and head outside.
Any country-loving individual looking for a backwoods escape full of outdoor opportunities will absolutely adore this unbelievable riverfront property in Sharon, CT. From fishing and biking to hiking the Appalachian Trail, this home has it all. The Adirondack-style residence boasts great rustic luxury complete with hardwood floors, two fireplaces, sleek appliances, natural finishes and a guest house that overlooks a private trout stream cascading through an old stone dam. Yes, the property even has its own trout stream, but it doesn’t end there. Old stone walls and foundations line the stream as it courses through the property, which is surrounded on three sides by hundreds of acres of state forest leading toward the “fly fishing only” area of the Housatonic River. Residents can additionally visit the Appalachian Trail, which runs along the ridge line of the property’s adjoining State Forest, providing easy walking access to fishing for trout in the “Big River” of the Housatonic.
27 Smith Hill Road—Sharon, CT
Two other homes on the Housatonic River offer a similarly laid-back, country atmosphere with countless outdoor activities right out their front doors. 50 River Road, also in Sharon, CT, contains 15 acres of meadows and woods with direct riverfront access. In the winter, take out your snowshoes for a brisk trek through the snow, and during milder weather, put on your hiking boots and make your way down to the river for a peaceful day in the great outdoors. You may even catch a fish or two! Out in Kent, CT, 250 Schaghticoke offers equal year-round outdoor opportunities, and infinite ways to enjoy the wonders of the Housatonic.
For those of you seeking a country retreat ideal for taking an afternoon trail ride on horseback through your very own wooded property, this beautiful New England estate, containing over 100 acres of land in the pastoral, scenic setting of Williamstown, MA, is just the place for you. The residence, located at 759 Hancock Road, offers fully equipped horse stables with countless equestrian opportunities for all seasons including over 5 miles of maintained trails, which can be used for riding in addition to other outdoor activities, such as hiking, mountain biking, ATV riding or even cross-country skiing. In the warmer months, residents and visitors can enjoy the property’s three spring-fed ponds, two of which have trout fishing, a dock and swimming opportunities. To top it all off, this ultimate nature-embracing residence is also situated just five minutes from the popular Jiminy Creek Ski Resort, the largest ski and snowboard resort in all of southern New England.
Skiers will also be presented by incredible seasonal sport opportunities at these three Connecicut homes that naturally embrace the snowy, cold winter months. 164 Belden Street in Falls Village, a section of Canaan, CT, boasts a classic hunting lodge style located on 64 acres of private grounds complete with two ponds and rural, natural surroundings fit for nordic skiing. An utterly charming 1940s stone cottage, 24 Town Street in South Cornwall, CT, also offers opportunities to test your skiing abilities with over 15 acres of groomed trails for cross-country skiing, as well as a convenient location nearby Mohawk Ski Area.
Up in Massachusetts, 2 Brace Road, a spectactular 115-acre turn-of-the-century estate in one of the loveliest parts of the Berkshires, also thrives off the frigid New England winter weather, offering cross-country skiing, in-season hunting and a heated paddle board court. Not a skier? In addition to these various sportsman opportunities, each home also contains chances to ice skate the old-fashioned way—on the naturally frozen surface of a beautiful backyard pond. During the warmer months, residents of these three homes can take part in various additional activities including canoeing, kayaking, hiking, biking and more—appreciating the natural wonders of the world is quite simple at such active country lifestyle-driven homes.