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Stepping Stone Heritage Farm for sale in the beautiful Annapolis Valley

 It was love at first sight. A commune had owned this veritable oasis for the few years prior and had been one with the land and environment, doing nothing to challenge its organic integrity. When I took it over it was simply a matter of picking up where it had left off. For more than two decades I had searched for a perfect eco-friendly location. I wanted a fresh water stream that was reliable year round, a place that was not contaminated by ‘modern’ agricultural practices, and a place that felt homey. After years of searching I finally found  it. Stepping Stone Heritage Farm was born.

Stepping Stone is an outstanding property with many unique attributes. It is located in Waterville Nova Scotia, Canada, on the edge of the small village and lies between the old #1 and #101 highways with the Cornwallis River forming part of it’s border. The village insulates the Farm on one boundary while mainly municipal holdings nearly surround all the other sides of the property. It is only 3 minutes from the Municipal Airport and the robust Michelin tire plant, and just 15 minutes to Kentville/New Minas for all your shopping needs.  The property itself is secluded and tranquil, with a cozy farm house that makes it feel like home. I added a cottage to the property as well that could serve as a rental income, in-law suite, or a guest house for loved ones visiting from away.

You can walk the cedar fence lines, watch for birds and assorted wildlife, smell the fresh country air, or dip you foot into the cool fresh water brook that meanders though the property. See the majestic and primitive blue heron that has returned each spring…the odd marauding raccoon or fox or mink or… explore in the ancient orchard that is somewhat past its’ ‘best before’ date. Take a canoe down the Cornwallis River in the spring and wind silently down this gentle waterway. See the ducks, otter, and bald eagles searching for his next meal. Sometimes trout will entertain from the bridge just above the swimming hole; watch a beaver make its way beneath the bridge on its journey upstream to parts unknown. This farm makes memories every day.

The barns are substantial enough for a variety of pursuits. They are good and plain as one might expect and are practical and versatile enough to entertain most projected needs. The wood and oil furnace is housed in a free standing building across the driveway from the main house and behind the cottage. It heats both house with an underground hot water heating system.

There is a butterfly garden that can grow from the experience of ‘greening’ a new thumb, a sunken garden paved with the bricks of old farm chimneys, raspberries, blueberries, and rhubarb… enough for family and friends.

A mouth watering Atlantic Salmon planked in front of the walled fire pit makes for a great afternoon with loved ones, just as the thought. A BBQ on the enclosed deck fills the country air perhaps drowning out the delight of freshly blooming lilacs in the spring. Early spring offers the opportunity to tap 3 large sugar maples…an opportunity to share the joys of farm life with an inquisitive family.

The large farmhouse is open and interesting with an ample kitchen and eating area; superior appliances compliment every day needs and special occasions. The raised dishwasher even helps alleviate extra bending and even random breakage. A special treat is the private telephone booth – you’ll need to see this first hand. An open concept living and dining area attach to the country kitchen and on occasion have been reconfigured to house 50 plus people for a sit down meal. Wood floors and an antique staircase complete the cozy feel of the room. The bay window to the north has views of the meadow and mountain. The front entry leads to a covered veranda that draws a cool breeze on the warmest of summer evenings. A south facing sun room with its own entry from the veranda has a large walk in closet and a delightful wood floor. It has its own heat zone so it can be an intimate meeting place on the coldest winter nights. Off the kitchen area you’ll find a full bathroom and an office/playroom/bedroom.

The upstairs is divided into a rear master suite area with full bath and laundry area. The room spans the whole east end of the home. A private stairway leads to the kitchen area; a laundry area is situated at the top of the stairs. A hall doorway privatizes the master suite. A king size bed along with comfortable wing chairs and a generous bedroom suite still leave a feeling of spaciousness. The Lilac Room on the south side is complimented by a full bath and a bay window overlooking the lilacs in spring. On the northwest corner is the two room Sage Suite with a 3 piece shower en suite; there are privacy doors between the 2 rooms creating 2 independent rooms when required. This suite overlooks the meadow lawns and garden areas below. Each bedroom will easily house a queen size bed. Except for the bathrooms and laundry areas, all the floors on this level are wood. The front stairway is bright and inviting.

This property deserves to be loved and appreciated for all its unique attributes. In a world that celebrates new and unique challenges every day Stepping Stone Heritage Farm offers an island of tranquility. Give it the love it needs and it will return the favor many times over with new life and fresh, healthy harvests until it is passed on to the next generation of caretakers.

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