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House Tour | Alyson Horrocks' 18th-Century Colonial Home

House Tour | Alyson Horrocks’ 18th-Century Colonial Home
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When Alyson Horrocks, along with her husband, Russ, and four children, relocated from California to the East coast, she had her heart set on finding an antique home in one of New England’s quintessential villages. Initially settling in Connecticut, the family soon realized that to truly have the authentic New England experience they were seeking, they would need to find a place that was more centrally located. But it wasn’t until they were out scouting small towns within an hour’s drive of Boston that they happened upon the village of Amherst, New Hampshire, and knew they’d found the town in which they wanted to put down roots.

Amherst Common

The village green, with its stately meetinghouse, monuments, and bench-bordered walkways snaking through it, looked like something conjured from a movie set or perhaps the pages of an old-fashioned storybook. The small town charm, good schools, and proximity to Boston were exactly what they’d been hoping to find. With the location chosen, their attention turned to finding the perfect home, which for them would be a historic house that was not in need of renovation or repair. Proximity to the village ranked next in order of importance.

Alyson's 18th-century Colonial home in Amherst, New Hampshire.

Photo/Art by Brenda Darroch
Alyson’s 18th-century Colonial home in Amherst, New Hampshire.

Just as it had been love at first sight when they initially circled the green, Alyson felt a connection to the late 18th century Colonial nestled on one of the village’s side streets the moment she passed through its doors. The side door, which acts as the primary entrance, opens into an expansive kitchen that had been recently updated to blend with the historic style of the house. That the colors matched Alyson’s aesthetic was simply an added bonus.

Not only had the kitchen been renovated, but it was done in colors Alyson loves.

Photo/Art by Brenda Darroch
Not only had the kitchen been renovated, but it was done in colors Alyson loves.

The kitchen includes a spacious eat-in area.

Photo/Art by Alyson Horrocks
The kitchen includes a spacious eat-in area.

 

But the exposed beams in the living room really sealed the deal. “The warmth, the character, and history those beams brought to the space—it was exactly what I was looking for,” says Alyson.  And it just got better from there. At nearly 4000 square feet, not only was there plenty of room for the family of six, but it was also the perfect mix of modern convenience and historic charm.

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Brenda Darroch

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2 Responses to House Tour | Alyson Horrocks’ 18th-Century Colonial Home

  1. Nick Pasq March 18, 2014 at 9:17 am #

    Terrific photos. I left New England years ago and come to visit once in awhile but will never return
    to those taxes.

  2. Guy Scurti March 18, 2014 at 4:27 pm #

    Truly New England as only New England can be. May they have many years of contented living in that beautiful home.

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