1189 Chamberlain Mills Rd. Salem, NY 12865
Sometimes what we seek in life is a retreat from our day-to-day, and the peace and tranquility that this escape can provide. Masala Farm in beautiful Upstate New York near the Vermont border provides just that. This bucolic and functioning farm is set beautifully between hills and in the Champlain Valley watershed, and sits between the Green Mountains of Vermont and the Adirondack Mountains of New York. With several spring-fed ponds and a trout stream, there are water features that lace the verdant land. The home and property affords its discerning owner a unique escapism from the rigors of todays world, in a way that harkens to a different era, one that is quieter and simpler, but with the accoutrements of modern life.
For the past 12 years this has been the upstate retreat home and gathering place for a world-renowned chef and author and his family. They have carefully and accurately renovated, improved and enhanced the historic farmhouse and guest carriage house, have added and created a working farm with alpacas, chickens, and other livestock, as well as beautiful herb and perennial gardens that perfectly adorn and envelop the buildings in an inviting, yet functional way. Set appropriately on 64 lush acres of varied flora and both wild and domesticated fauna, there is space, privacy and room for just about whatever your mind can conjure.
The main farmhouse has 5 bedrooms and is approximately 3,000 sqft. Each room is carefully decorated with a curation of art and furniture from around the world, in perfect harmony, in just the right dose. Once you enter the main house, you are greeted by the most surprising and impressive feature of the home, the completely custom, chef-grade gourmet kitchen. With vermont soapstone counters and sink, the beautiful countertops are of a dark and elegant hue that accents the relaxed country kitchen scheme. There are commercial-grade Viking appliances throughout, with full wine refrigeration in butler’s pantry and extra storage directly off the main kitchen, and top of the line SieMatic custom cabinetry. All of this comes together to illustrate how the owners left no detail overlooked in creating a custom and comfortable sanctuary for communal culinary creation with state of the art equipment and finishes.
Designed with entertaining in mind, the first floor of the home has a wonderful flow that allows for meandering and mingling with guests as well as spots to nestle by the fire in winter or slip out through one of the many doors onto the porches and into the gardens in spring, summer, and autumn. The privacy of the separate living spaces on the second floor offers owners, family, and guests quiet respite...and for guests that prefer, the beautiful 3-season screened porch with daybed and views of the quiet pond in the back often serves as an idyllic -and coveted- seasonal Bedroom and study. The beautiful Slate roofs also accent the structures and provide lasting roof protection and aesthetic elegance rarely seen in a home of this vintage.
The guest carriage house is a great extra overflow space or possible family apartment or chic rental, with a loft sleeping area and approximately 600 sqft of living space across 2 floors. Slate roofs accent the structures and provide lasting roof protection and aesthetic elegance rarely seen in a home of this vintage. With plenty of grassy area for entertaining, porches both covered and open, several ponds and water features, open fields with fenced pastures and wooded areas atop the hill on the backside of the property, and a full working farm with 6 barns, this property provides plenty of possibilities for a new owner to enjoy a multitude of different lifestyles or potential uses. From business retreat property, to culinary bed and breakfast destination, to a luxury rental, to a simple vacation retreat home, the possibilities are endless here for a new owner to dream and live as they see fit.