Mintwater Cottage, lovingly restored by current and previous owners, is sited on over 2 tranquil acres accented by babbling Mintwater Brook. A unique & magical retreat in a private setting that must be experienced to be fully appreciated. This historically significant residence is comprised of 4 bedrooms, 2 of which are en suite, and 3 full and one half baths, with original 12 fir floors, exposed chestnut beams, 3 fireplaces, and charm throughout. 18th century Gambrel Colonial retains its original character with modern amenities for comfort and easy living. The newly constructed covered porch and Ipe deck overlook the elaborately landscaped and thoughtfully executed grounds, which include 3,000 daffodils, hydrangeas, azaleas, specimen and fruit trees. Enjoy pastoral views of grazing horses across stone walls at Glen Farm Stables. A turn-of-the-century stone bridge leads to a wooded area with secret garden. Featuring a separate 488 square foot heated barn-artists studio and potting shed. Walking distance to cafe, restaurant, organic market, quaint Old Almy Village, and world-class polo. Former blacksmiths cottage for the Moses Taylor estate at Glen Farm, built c. 1750.
The land on which Mintwater Cottage stands was purchased in 1882 by Henry A.C. Taylor, a Newport resident who desired a country retreat. He developed a gentlemans farm in Portsmouth in the Glen, known as a peaceful, quiet place where in Colonial times, a grist mill and fulling mill existed on a stream flowing to the Sakonnet River. Mintwater Cottage was the blacksmiths cottage at Glen Farm, and its barn was the blacksmiths forge. The turn-of-the-century stone bridge on Mintwater Cottages property led to a path to Glen Manor House, a French chateau-style residence designed by John Russell Pope and completed in approximately 1923.
Two beehive stone pillars, a trademark of Glen Farm, flank the stone wall that borders the entrance to Mintwater Cottage. To the west are serene pastoral views of horses grazing at Glen Farm Stables. A wrought iron gate marks Mintwater Cottages main level entrance.
Through the gate, a stone path leads to the north side of the property, brimming with flowers and fruit and specimen trees, and south toward the drive and the wooded area of the grounds. The tranquility of this private retreat is underscored by babbling Mintwater Brook, which winds around the barn-artists studio, over rocks, past Mintwater Cottage and under the turn-of-the-century stone bridge, past the drive and onward toward the Sakonnet River.
The front entry, greeting room and den feature exposed chestnut beams. The greeting room is intimate, with original pine floors and an original mantel. The windows face west toward Glen Farm Stables and bring in beautiful afternoon light. To the right of the entry is a an inviting library/den with with fir floors, windows overlooking the wooded grounds, built-in cabinetry and a cleverly concealed wet bar. A wood-burning fireplace provides terrific ambiance. The kitchen, adjacent to the library/den, features granite countertops, including an open counter that functions as a pass-through to the dining area. The dining area, with its 12 pine floors and views of the wooded grounds, adjoins the living room, with ceilings 12 high at their peak, and 7 high transom windows installed by the current owners. Enjoy bucolic scenery and a roaring fire in the fireplace. A mud room entry with access to the covered porch and deck has a sizable coat closet, and a half-bath, conveniently located to the main level rooms and the covered porch and deck, includes a painted sink designed by the previous owner of the property, who is a descendent of Rip Van Winkle author Washington Irving.
A staircase leads to the upper level, which comprises 3 bedrooms, including a master bedroom, 2 full baths, and excellent closet space throughout. The 20 x 10 master bedroom is restful, with vaulted ceilings and windows overlooking the grounds. The airy en-suite has blue tile floors with geometric glass tile inlay designed by the current owner. At the opposite end of the hallway are a 14 x 18 guest bedroom with walk-in closet, exposed beams, vaulted ceilings and two skylights, and a 10 x 14 bedroom with vaulted ceilings where the current owners discovered hand-hewn Roman numerals on the exposed beams, a reflection of the propertys heritage.
The lower level is accessed via the stairway, relocated from its original spot at the entry to the greeting room. A 13 x 18 study/sitting room has an original brick bread-baking oven and shelving for storage and display. Through the study is the mud room entry to the lower level, accessed via stone steps that lead to the drive. The downstairs bedroom has double glass sliding doors, a ceiling with painted beams, and an en-suite with radiant heat.
The current owners recently added the 12 x 19 covered porch and 27 x 47 Ipe wood deck to allow for outdoor enjoyment and entertaining. This two-tiered space looks out upon 3,000 daffodils, impatiens, hydrangeas, rhododendrons, azaleas, burning bushes, rose bushes and several specimen and fruit trees. Mintwater Brook weaves through this idyllic spot. Wooden footbridges cross Mintwater Brook, and a bluestone path, lit in the evenings, leads from the potting shed, ideal for storage of gardening tools, to the barn-artists studio, a heated and fully insulated space for artistic enjoyment. Horses are permitted on the premises. 4 raised garden beds lay to the east of the barn, and Mintwater Brook winds past these and under the turn-of-the-century stone bridge. The current owners have added outdoor seating on the stone bridge and southeast of here, at the end of a path, in a secret garden with perched seating overlooking the wooded grounds, Mintwater Brook, and Mintwater Cottage. A fairy-tale-like setting and a truly rare offering.
Property Features Include: Historic Home
Architectural Style: Cape Cod
Lot Acres: 2.3