1 fawn circle, bedford
list price: $1,945,000
the hayden estate
Did you know that one of the most magnificent homes in the area is hidden right here in Bedford? Originally built for the prominent Hayden Family, the original tycoons of the area and owners of Bedford Springs and Sweetwater Hotel, this 1927 Tudor is captivating and amazing in every way.
Imagine the soirees and gatherings here through the years? If there was ever a residence built for entertaining, this is it! It will be hard to choose your favorite space... is it fireside in the grand main living room, or just beyond that in the English Pub room? The kitchen always seems to attract guests, and this one is stunning. The owner carefully remodeled this space, and while it has every feature a cook would desire, it stays true to the architecture and spirit of this home. The authentic butler's pantry was fully restored, and the beautiful original wood counters and glass cabinets were brought back to their glory. Adjacent to the kitchen and breakfast room is another beautifully appointed room, originally likely the formal dining room but currently enjoyed as an ideal family room. This home has been graced by many in Bedford who have been invited to the annual epic holiday party, at times drawing a crowd of over 100 party-goers.
A grand staircase with landing beckons you to the upper level, the perfect private space to unwind at the end of the day. The "west wing" features the master suite, with details such as custom built-ins and millwork, a striking tray ceiling, private bath and a sitting room or dressing room with fireplace. Two other bedrooms, each en-suite, are adjacent to the master and could be used as another master. One of our favorite spots is the built-in window seat here, southern facing with seasonal views of Fawn Lake!
Two additional bedrooms and another full bath grace the second floor of the main house (there is an additional apartment, further explained below) and then there is the third floor! Likely inspired by the owners' involvement in the shipping industry is a room that evokes the feeling of being on a well-crafted ship. Hand hewn beams, a curved ceiling, built-in daybed and original cabinetry are simply incredible. The current owners have set this up as their music room. Because of the incredible acoustics, escaping the day and listening to vinyl records has become a nightly ritual.
This residence offers complete flexibility for many living situations, with a full legal apartment that can be rented out or why not offer the nanny or in-laws their own stately quarters? The current owners have incorporated this space into the main house, using it as guest space and creating a unique theater room! Yes, a true theater room unlike any you have seen, perfect for Oscar night or Super Bowl Sunday parties. You will see the possibilities are endless here.
We would be remiss if we did not draw your attention to the amazing outdoor spaces as well! A stately circular drive greets you, and the charm and character of this home are immediately evident, to say the least. The landscaping is beautiful and established and enhanced recently by the current owner and her talents for horticulture. The outdoor covered Bluestone veranda has unique stone detail and access to both the pub and the living room.
A custom free-form heated pool with Pebble Tec surface, in-floor jet cleaning system and tumbled paver patio surround was added to create a true backyard get-away. This is surrounded by a 4-foot antique bronze fence, with four gates.
The Hayden Estate will make you feel as if you are truly a world away, yet Bedford is extremely convenient to the high-tech 128 belt, not to mention Greater Cambridge and Boston as well. Enjoy it all, right here at home. You will never want to leave, and neither will your friends.