By any measure, the Black Stables Estate at Farmlands, at 474 Wapping Road in Portsmouth, is a remarkable property, set on 11 acres located within Farmlands, an original 64-acre estate, 45 of which are protected by the Aquidneck Land Trust. Nestled between a vineyard on one side and a family-owned grass-fed beef farm on the other, Black Stables Estate is the ideal marriage of elegant contemporary living and the equestrian lifestyle.
The Manor House
The 10-room manor house was built in 2006 in the classic Newport shingle style, and sited to optimize magnificent views of land, sea and sky while enjoying abundant sunlight and warmth. Accessed via a wide bluestone walkway, the front door leads through the foyer into the great room and its cathedral ceilings, wood-burning fieldstone fireplace and red pine flooring, where floor-to-ceiling windows overlook a mahogany terrace and circular verandah. The library is just off the great room, also warmed by a wood-burning fieldstone fireplace and enjoying terrace access through a set of French doors. A temperature-controlled 100-bottle wine is conveniently located adjacent to the dining room and the chef’s kitchen. There are four bedrooms, including a large master suite, and three additional full bathrooms. The second level also includes a full-service laundry room and an office, which could easily convert to a fifth bedroom or a studio. A home theater occupies the third level of the home.
The Guest House and Stables
The historic post-and-beam guest house dates to the 1700’s, and was the original farmhouse on the property. Its common room is anchored by a warm and rustic two-sided stone fireplace, with and the original exposed beams grace the ceiling. An original open hearth kitchen fireplace also evokes the home’s long tenure on the property. The main stables include four 10 X 12 stalls with clay bases, as well as a tack room, heated office, laundry room and bathroom. The second floor of the main barn houses a large, fully-equipped gym. An additional stable building has two additional stalls.
With quick access to Carnegie Abbey, downtown Newport, the Aquidneck greenway, Sandy Point beach, and the Polo facilities at the Glen, Black Stables Estate is located at the center of the finest recreational opportunities the region has to offer. Its magnificent structures, coupled with the landscape and the lifestyle they afford, is what really resonates with anyone who has the pleasure of visiting this very special property. Views of the Sakonnet River, pastures, and rolling verdant fields, enclosed by historic stone walls, pear and apple trees, mature oaks, and white rail fences, evoke the lifestyle of a gentleman farmer of another age. “To be able to step out your front door and ride through tree-lined pastures and open fields is a rarity on Aquidneck Island these days,” says Pila Pexton, Fine Homes Specialist with Lila Delman Real estate. “The Black Stables Estate at Farmlands needs to be experienced to be believed. There is nothing else quite like it on this side of the Hamptons.”
Lila Delman Real Estate