Welcome to Winterberry Farm, a picturesque Victorian farmhouse nestled in the heart of the Belgrade Lakes area of Maine. This exquisite property is a true testament to history, lovingly restored one room at a time, year after year, since its original construction in 1870. With its wood/oil furnace and hot water baseboard heat, this home exudes warmth and character.
As you step inside, you’ll be captivated by the timeless charm that envelopes each of the five bedrooms, library, dining room, parlor, living room, and third full-ceiling office. The full farmhouse kitchen, complete with a wood-fired cook stove, beckons you to create culinary delights while soaking in the ambiance of a bygone era. Throughout the house, glistening hardwood floors add a touch of elegance that’s hard to resist. Every corner of this Victorian gem is adorned with historical details that whisper stories of generations past. Winterberry Farm has not only been a home but a haven for farm interns over the years, nurturing a sense of community and growth.
Situated in the highly sought-after Belgrade Lakes area, just an hour’s drive from Portland, this property offers more than just a home; it offers a lifestyle. Outside, a small orchard boasts fruit trees, including plums, pears, cherries, and peaches, along with a prolific heirloom variety raspberry and blackberry patch. Walking trails, biking routes, and snowshoeing adventures await, allowing you to immerse yourself in the beauty of nature.
Whether you’re seeking a different lifestyle, a career change, or a passion for farming, Winterberry Farm is a dream come true. Embrace the opportunity to live the dream and savor the purest spring water you’ve ever tasted. Winterberry Farms rich history dates back to 1870 when it was known as the Foster farm, a small dairy and sheep farm. In 1922, it was transformed into a residence and was left unfarmed until 2001 when Mary purchased it and renamed it Winterberry Farm.
The original barn still stands proudly, having undergone extensive restoration to be accepted into the National Registry of Historical Places. The lovingly operated family farm is always powered by horses and oxen and dedicated to organic practices. The farm features eight garden beds, four greenhouses, a water system sourced from a farm pond, and a woodlot with hardwood for maple sugaring. A Christmas Tree lot adorned with balsam trees adds to the farms charm.
Winterberry Farm has welcomed visitors with open arms, offering unique experiences such as glamping in wall tents and farm stays through Airbnb. Agritourism programs, including sleigh rides, ice skating, and farm-to-table dinners, have created cherished memories for countless guests.
For the locals and summer residents of the Belgrade Lakes area, Winterberry Farm has been a sanctuary where traditions span generations. Miss Mary’s pies, fresh-cut flowers, and organic vegetables from the farm store have become staples in the community. Families have trekked to the farm to meet the animals, wander through the vegetable, and cut flower gardens, and partake in self-guided farm tours.
As the current steward of Winterberry Farm, the owner envisions its legacy continuing as a working farm, supplying the Belgrade Lakes community with fresh, organic vegetables while allowing them to continue their cherished traditions of visiting the farm. The next family to call Winterberry Farm home will not just acquire a property; they’ll become part of a storied history and a community of farm enthusiasts who share a deep love for this remarkable place.
Don’t miss the opportunity to make Winterberry Farm your own and continue the tradition of stewardship, organic farming, and warm community that has thrived here for over a century. This is your chance to embrace the dream and write the next chapter in Winterberry Farm’s extraordinary story.