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Bridle suite: Dover equestrian property on market for $3.9 million

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There are three residences on this Dover property. The main one, shown here, is over a barn. Jack Vatcher and Mike D'Amore/Remark Visions

If watching “Yellowstone” or “The Ranch” on cable has you yearning to jump in the saddle, this Dover home may help you realize that dream.

The 2.52-acre private equestrian compound at 1 Hunt Drive in Dover is ideal for horse lovers who like to entertain and appreciate their privacy. It features three residences, including a loft-style home over a six-stall horse barn, in a pastoral setting. The property is on the market for $3,950,000.

It’s like a rural estate straight out of 19th-century New England, only updated for modern life. The current owners said they bought it because they saw a unique opportunity to develop an equestrian property for income and/or personal use within striking distance of  Boston. Dover’s open pastures, woods, old stone walls, farmhouses, and barns also add to the appeal.

The roughly 3,200-square-foot loft-style main home/barn was custom-built in 2010. It has 22-foot ceilings on the first level of living space, with soaring, west-facing windows designed for passive heating and viewing sunsets. There is radiant heat in the floor, an open layout, an elevator, and a two-car garage that’s heated.

The six-stall barn area was custom designed by Lucas Equine Equipment with green rubber-brick in the aisles. There are indoor and outdoor grooming stalls, as well as a tack room and a half bath. The paddock and field are enclosed with three-rail Kentucky horse fencing.

The living space above it “is an elegant light-drenched loft in a country setting ideal for welcoming family and friends,” owner Judy Goodwin said. “How many barns do you know of with an elevator?” The elevator to the living area is reached via an entrance separate from the barn.

The barn design, with its living spaces above, was inspired by the Basque tradition of living over animals. Boarders have dubbed the stalls “the spa barn,” Goodwin said. The barn is licensed to board six horses.

What’s known as the front house is a 1,500-square-foot-plus Cape that was built in 1914 but renovated in 2016. The first floor has a kitchen, living and dining rooms, a working fireplace, French doors that lead to a deck, and a patio with sweeping views of the property. The three bedrooms on the second floor include a master suite.

“It is an antique with good bones we gladly renovated and enhanced for modern living,” Goodwin said. “A cozy wood-burning fireplace is perfect on chilly nights. In warmer weather, French doors lead to a patio shaded by an apple tree that blooms spectacularly in May.”

The 2,400-square-foot cottage house lies at the center of the property. There is a first-floor master suite and a library that can be used as a guest room. The open floor plan encompasses the kitchen and dining and living areas. Upstairs is another bedroom, an office that could be used as a guest room, additional storage space, and a full bath.

Time to saddle up.

The listing agent is Michael Carucci of Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty.

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