The structure at Dara Hill Farm sits on 40 acres of sprawling equestrian land and breathtaking views. PHOTO BY CHEROKEE DRONE
A RURAL REPOSE
This 40-acre renovation is a wow factor in every sense of the word.
Dara Hill Farm in Canton is an experience that takes you back in time in more ways than one. Or, at the very least, takes you out of the city. Same difference, right? From etymological roots in Celtic for the oak-inspired name and the connection to nature in the babbling creek lulling you to sleep and rolling hills right outside your window to the synthesis of original architecture and English influence, this is not your normal listing.
The dining room at Dara Hill Farm features rustic elements paired with a bright pink wallpaper that gives a shabby-chic vibe PHOTO BY CHEROKEE DRONE
Once you get past the stunning approach, it is clear that the 1950s farmhouse was restored with care. The stained-glass entryway is framed with custom gingerbread trim, corbels and copper lanterns, inviting you into details of rough-sawn white oak floors with a matte finish and handmade unlacquered brass lighting throughout the interior. The foyer boasts balusters reclaimed from a 19th century Philadelphia home and an oversize Visual Comfort Moravian star chandelier on a motorized drop—for convenient cleaning, of course. Older homes never disappoint in their surprising and ubiquitous spaces, and in this case, it is clear the owner gave ample attention and thought to each. The kitchen harbors an antique Italian chandelier from Foxglove Antiques, a flg-colored Lacanche range, Perrin & Rowe English taps in the kitchen and butler’s pantry, and pocket doors reclaimed from a burned Ohio church. Each moment becomes a story synthesized into the design and renovation process that created not only a work of art but one that becomes an exercise in timelessness and comforts of modernity. Nooks include the boot room with a dog-friendly screened addition and the sleeping porch’s custom queen-size swing bed designed to match the porch balustrades.
One of the bedrooms features an oversize balcony complete with the perfect afternoon resting spot—a swinging daybed PHOTO BY CHEROKEE DRONE
Light fixtures continue to please the eye when moving into the dining room and viewing the white twig chandelier against the Angel and Boho English wallcovering, not to downplay the living room’s pair of Julie Neil chandeliers complemented by reclaimed beams and mantel. Each room becomes an extension of the others, and the primary bathroom is no exception. Consistent with the elevated heirlooms in the other spaces, Parisian influence broadens the nuance. A claw-foot tub, French stag chandelier and sconce finds, and doors of the same country’s sensibilities, melt with Designer’s Guild wallcovering and California-influenced closets in the primary bathroom.
The bathroom features all the modern conveniences expected with a free-standing claw-foot tub, a glass-encased shower and his-and-her sinks. PHOTO BY CHEROKEE DRONE
While most of us would be content with the time spent inside, one must also absorb the outdoor setting. While enjoying the rear porches’ fireplace, iron chandelier and hangout-worthy orientation, you can oversee seven pastures lined with the just as exquisitely renovated caretaker-turned-guesthouse and its antique farm cupola, a five-stall barn extending the use of stained-glass windows and a garden. Within the garden, you can find repose under the dawn rose-covered iron pergola or tend to the gardenia, tea olive, camellia and other carefully curated and intentionally low-maintenance perennials—all of this designed around a 100-year-old oak tree. Dara Hill is the evolutionary epitome of old and new. $5.9 million, Todd Kroupa, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Georgia Properties, 770.910.4860, kroupateam.com