High-End Homes: English nation residence on 56 acres offers bucolic oppulance for …

December 7, 2014 - photo frame

HASTINGS, MI – Flying behind from a vacation in Europe some-more than 20 years ago, Carol and Ken Kensington were preoccupied by a repository print of an English nation house.

That little print became their 8,849-square-foot dream house, with a timber-frame good room and adjoining “English gymnasium houses” set on 56 acres unaware a meadow, rivulet and wetlands in farming Barry County.

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Twenty years later, a empty-nesters have motionless to pierce into something smaller. They have put their oppulance estate during 3773 Yeckley Road on a marketplace for $975,000 with Realtor Leslee Smith of United Country – Michigan Lifestyle Properties.

Inside a front door, a centerpiece of a home is a A-framed good room in that beams hewn from 8 ash trees strech some-more than 30 feet to a peak.

Each naturally winding lamp was harvested from a tree taken from an outcropping on a mountainside in Massachusetts. The support was pre-assembled before it was shipped to Michigan for their house, according to Carol Kensington.

With a joist construction, hulk fieldstone grate and comfortable cherry flooring, a good room is a healthy for entertaining, she said.

“I’ve had adult to 50 people sitting in here,” pronounced a mom of 5 and grandmother of 13.

For family gatherings, a gazebo-style roof covers an spontaneous dining room and sitting area subsequent to a epicurean kitchen and granite-topped island. Behind a kitchen, there’s a butler’s cupboard to keep a confusion out of a vast kitchen.

The kitchen leads into a gymnasium that leads to a vast master bedroom with “his and her” bathrooms. While a “her” apportionment of a lavatory has a vast cylinder for prolonged soaks, “his” is some-more professional with built-in cherry cabinets and a walk-in shower.

Like many of a bedrooms in a house, a master bedroom includes a French doorway that leads onto an outside rug unaware a rivulet and wetlands, where sandhill cranes, ducks and deer are frequently seen.

Although she was suggested to mislay a wallpaper in a master bedroom, Carol Kensington pronounced she’s withdrawal those choices to a subsequent owners.

Down a gymnasium from a master suite, there’s a qualification room with a domed roof and adjacent washing room. A staircase from a categorical corridor leads adult to a cupola charity a perspective of a area’s sprouting panorama and kindly rolling hills.

At a other finish of a house, there’s a vast bureau that could be simply converted into a male cave. There’s a soppy bar, grate and paneling that was salvaged from an aged seat bureau in circuitously Hastings.

In a corner, there’s a theatre on that a vast radio could be mounted and in a bathroom, a ultimate male cavern appendage – a standup urinal.

From a office, a carpeted staircase leads to a reward room that could be converted into an practice room or an additional bedroom. For now, it serves as a grandchildren’s playroom.

Down a hall, there’s an 18-foot by 32-foot indoor swimming pool and a Jacuzzi prohibited tub. The pool is 10 feet low and creatively painted.

Above a four-stall exhilarated garage, there are dual vast bedroom suites with full baths and a third “computer” room that could be converted into a hothouse or tiny bedroom.

The groundwork of a residence stays unfinished, housing a 3 geo-thermal furnaces and atmosphere conditioning units that keep cozy. There are dual H2O heaters and 4 H2O wells on a property.

Next doorway to a vast house, there’s a two-bedroom guest residence with a kitchenette and private rug confronting divided from a categorical house.

The extraneous of both houses were creatively embellished while a sidewalks were salvaged from aged bricks that once paved a streets in Hastings.

Located half an hour from Grand Rapids and 40 mins from Kalamazoo and Battle Creek, a 56-acre lot has copiousness of room for barns that could reason horses, stock or even a helipad.

Jim Harger covers business for MLive/Grand Rapids Press. Email him during jharger@mlive.com or follow him on Twitter or Facebook or Google+.

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