Lake Sunapee Overlook, Sunapee NH

With expansive views of Lake Sunapee and the surrounding hills, this vacation home satisfies the owners’ desire for the look of a historic farmhouse added onto over the years. The estate, which includes a pool house, barns, and a residence for the property manager, is approached up a long drive, which sweeps around to the double-story entry porch. A restored cabin at the foot of the hill, where the creek joins the lake, serves as a changing and entertaining space near the water, and allowed the family to enjoy the lake while the main house was being constructed.

The foyer is surrounded on three sides by a balcony, which leads to the master bedroom suite. Down a dormered hall with built-in bookshelves, the children’s and guests’ rooms can be found. The living area, with beamed ceiling, has a stone fireplace on each side of the room, a bar hidden behind paneling, and french doors opening to a stone terrace. A spacious screened porch is adjacent.

The country kitchen provides an area for family cooking and one for catering. A formal dining room can be accessed through a pantry, while the timber-framed sunroom overlooking the pool is used for family meals. The den is entirely paneled, and includes one of seven fireplaces in the home, as well as a portion of the owner’s art collection. A large timber-framed rec room, with bar, fireplace, and pool table, is located over the four bay garage.

Project involvement: Barbara Mehren Freeman: Architect of Record, Principal in Charge responsible for design. Pamela Hanson: design development through construction administration team, Project Architect responsible for construction documents for the main house, pool house, property manager’s house, and cabin, while with Mehren Freeman Architects.

Photos by John W. Hession

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