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The Balfour Family

We are recovering high tech professionals who live nearby. We have been renovating the historic stone house, boat house, farm barns, and reintroducing sheep to the estate.

We have some experience as shepherds, as we have a family sheep farm in Ireland, where Adrian was hatched. Melanie's family has lived here for generations.  Join us for a farm experience and breath of fresh air.


Our Approach

Historic Stone house and sheep farm

Pure spring-fed lake with private boathouse, mountain scenery, hiking, skiing, eagles and acres of private estate living. Welcome to the historic former homestead of the Johnson family. James Wood Johnson re-built Fern Hall Estate in 1916.

Fern Hall, named for the lush greenery found on the 100+ acres, was crafted from local stone in 1916. Located in the town of Clifford, it sits between Crystal Lake the majestic Endless Mountains.

The Johnson family dining room is accented with the original leaded glass doors by Dorflinger Glass Works. Many of the bathroom features are original as are the windows. The kitchen still retains the original built-in wooden ice boxes which used to be stocked by ice cut from Crystal Lake. The bronze wall sconces and chandeliers by Tiffany, one of the first electric lifts in the area, the marble and ivory floors and the chestnut woodwork are all original.

The six wood barns on the property date back to the mid 1800's when the Johnson family managed a thriving sheep farm.

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