About

Hill House and 240 Acres at Beaver Dam Farm

Here is a bit about this Big beautiful property on the Northern Coast of Nova Scotia, Canada in Antigonish County that I am selling!

With so many features, it is hard to describe how many endless possibilities there are for this space! After living in France for 10 years, My husband, Arthur, and I returned to the States and bought a gorgeous 100 ac. farm in N.H. where we began importing, breeding and selling, Norwegian Fjord Horses.

Luxury Farm Real Estate For Sale in Nova Scotia - riding about in front of Hill House on horseback- View from outside

Luxury Farm Real Estate For Sale in Nova Scotia – riding a horse about in front of Hill House Property NS!

We were successful selling these expensive pure-bred horses all over the U.S. – In 1987, we took a 2 week vacation in Nova Scotia. Just a vacation. No thought whatsoever of moving anywhere. – However, after a week or so in Nova Scotia we were smitten with the beauty, culture, charm of the people, and lifestyle of this part of Nova Scotia.

Arthur and I bought the farm in 1987, and immediately began calling it Beaver Dam Farm II. The original BDF was in New Hampshire. We moved to our Nova Scotia farm in 1991 with 18 horses, 3 cats, an old dog, and all the furniture, machinery and stuff from the NH farm.

We loved it from Day 1, and it only got better each year. The best location, and the best community anyone could hope for. The day we moved in, we entered the house and found a sign on the wall from the neighbors. It said “WELCOME HOME!

On the kitchen table was a pot of clam chowder and a platter of homemade biscuits. That was our introduction to life in our village of Pomquet, Nova Scotia. During our first year at the farm, the neighbors kept bringing gifts such as Queen Crab legs, wild blueberries, wild mushrooms, and homemade baked beans.

You can understand why we were/are so in love with life here!

Reason For Selling

My husband of 43 years died in 2012 and I feel it’s time to move on, so I’m selling most of the farm 240 acres + Hill House), but retaining 40+ acres at bottom of hill for myself.

There’s a small house there, barn, and my art gallery. I’m 77 years old and go to Florida in the winter, but wouldn’t think of living anywhere else but right here in the other 7 months.

Life is just too good here to even think about moving, however, given my age, I would consider an agreement offering “first chance too buy” this beautiful luxury property in Nova Scotia to whoever buys the other part of farm.

What We Did With the Farm

The Name of the Farm = BEAVER DAM FARM FJORDS II, where we raised horses for 12 years!

Raising horses on this farm was satisfying, successful, and economical. They grazed the quality pasture, and ate no grain.

We started breeding Norwegian Fjordhorses at the original BDF in New Hampshire, and did so successfully for 12 years there. In 1990, we moved BDF to Nova Scotia and began calling it Beaver Dam Farm Fjords II. We were uncertain whether we could continue to operate at a good profit moving out of the U.S. and so far from our market which at that time was the U.S.

But, having already succeeded selling our horses from coast to coast in the U.S. made me think we could do the same thing in Nova Scotia. I started advertising that we were moving to a fabulous vacation area with uncrowded beaches, clean air, no crowds, golf courses, theatres, good restaurants, art and shopping.

As well as . . . . lobsters, good seafood, wild blueberries, live theatre, galleries, and soaring eagles. When we made the move, our horse sales did drop off for a while, but that was more the fault of being occupied getting set up here, building fences, stables, etc.

In less than a year, we were back selling our horses better than ever. We were selling all over the U.S. and well into Canada. Good sales from Newfoundland to California. U.S. sales all over the States. Canadian sales in Nova Scotia (Cape Breton Island), Newfoundland, Ontario, and Alberta. We sold from 12 horses to 26 horses a year, average price $10,000

In 1998 I wrote a book called “The Fjordhorse Handbook” – The book helped to popularize the horses (ours and other breeders) as well as showcase Nova Scotia.

Economic Benefits of Raising Horses / Animals Here

There are many economic benefits of raising horses or any number of animals on this farm including:

  • Abundant grasslands pasture
  • large acerage with extensive open grazing land
  • contours of land ideal for developing horses
  • good help easy to find and not expensive

Carol’s History

I was born in 1940. My father was an artist, but earned his living wallpapering houses. My grandfather, also an artist, painted hotel rooms in Boston. My husband a gifted artist worked in the leather industry. – Me, I never picked up a brush until after my husband died in 2012.

My first art lesson was in collage, an art form I’ve been fascinated with for 60 years. I loved it, and earned the pet name from my teacher of “Wild Child”. – Hey, in your seventies, that’s a good thing. Messing about in paint describes pretty good why I love painting pictures – My pictures have a lot of texture. Oftentimes that texture is created by the painting’s history. That’s artist talk for what’s underneath.

My intuitive abstract paintings generally have a lot of texture which I create through various techniques. – Also, a lot of color. – Although, I started painting very late in life, I’ve always known, and been told I have a good sense of color, texture, and placement. – One visitor to my Old Barn Gallery said she loved my sense of placement in my paintings as well as the furniture in the gallery.

Notes From Nova Scotia

Friends asked us, “Why Nova Scotia?” . . . . A few notes from my journal may help explain . . . .

  • Awake to cattle lowing outside our window (neighbor’s cattle/our field – sharing is a way of life here.
  • Take horses for morning ride. Wild roses are unbelievably pretty.
  • 6 pm we go to the beach with wine & pate. Air soft, sunset glorious.
  • Ten minutes to Antigonish Town to see live theatre production.
  • Our nighbor brings sack of freshly caught hake. Chowder tonight.
  • Ride & drive on the beach at every opportunity. . . . See Bald Eagles
  • Horses are fat in best shape ever from the hills. They need no grain.
  • Neighbors take us clamming. Cows from seaside farms stroll on the beach.
  • Lots of American visitors. We do the Cabot Trail on Cape Breton Island.  Awesome!
  • It’s Christmas, and a neighbor brings a handmade wreath.
  • French immersion school in village has Christmas Concert. Little girls in taffeta  dresses.  Absolutely charming!
  • Neighbors keep bringing us gifts – baskets of blueberries, homemade baked beans, fresh caught figh, and the ultimate —-  a bucket of snow crab legs. Every week theatre, concerts, sports in Antigonish.  —  Never had so much entertainment, and they all thought we were moving to the “boonies” –  Hah!

Those were my journal jottings during our first six months in Nova Scotia . . . . But that was then and this is now .

My husband died 7 years ago, so how do I feel today? Do I want to move back to the States?

The answer is it just gets better and better.  Few disappointments, and no regrets.

When Hill House and acreage is sold, I intend to keep the 40+ acres of land and buildings at the bottom of the hill and continue to live in The Charming Cottage, and to keep my Art Gallery and my animals as long as possible.

I am now 78 and in great health.  When it’s time for me to move somewhere else, I will offer First Refusal to Purchase to my neighbors who have bought my former home.

Contact

If there is anything about the property that you have questions about or wish to view in person, please feel free to contact Carol to make a viewing appointment – 1-352-459-8537