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

The library flows into the burnished-copper hued dining room, with a built-in hutch as its main focal point. It also includes a hand-painted medallion on the ceiling. Alyson completed the look by hanging an antique mirror that matched the aged look of the space.

The dining room.
Photo/Art by Brenda Darroch
The dining room.

The dining room runs back into the kitchen, but that does not complete the first-floor tour. A hallway, flanked by a bathroom and pantry on either side, stretches back into the spacious family room.

The hallway extends from the kitchen to the family room.
Photo/Art by Brenda Darroch
The hallway extends from the kitchen to the family room.
While updated, the style of the bathroom maintains its historic roots.
Photo/Art by Brenda Darroch
While updated, the style of the bathroom maintains its historic roots.
The family room
Photo/Art by Alyson Horrocks
The family room

Of course no old New England house would be complete without a ghost in residence. Although not included on the home’s listing sell sheet, various members of the family have heard weeping, laughter, and even a few sentences uttered in French drifting from the library.

Can you find the ghost in this portrait of Alyson's family? Portrait by Heather Sleightholm of Audrey Eclectic.
Photo/Art by Brenda Darroch
Can you find the ghost in this portrait of Alyson’s family?
Portrait by Heather Sleightholm of Audrey Eclectic.

Infused into the home’s style are pieces of art and ephemera that speak to Alyson’s love of all things historic, New England, and, yes, even a bit spooky—like the portrait she had painted of her family that includes the image of their home’s specter flitting through the village burying ground.

With an abundance of space for the kids to spread out, rooms filled with historic details including quirky nooks and crannies, and a resident ghost, the time Alyson spent searching for her dream home paid off. And with the task of finding the perfect place behind her, she now has plenty of time to focus on writing for her site,, where she chronicles life in the six-state region.

Brenda Darroch


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6 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.

  3. Judy Morley December 14, 2014 at 9:01 pm #

    The outside of this house is very similar to a home we owned in Natick, MA . It was originally the Minister’s house. This style home is always so elegant we also had the carriage houses that were just darling with the rounded black doors against the white siding.

    This style home is very beautiful!

  4. cindy coble December 15, 2014 at 2:46 am #

    beautiful home. who is the portrait artist? super cool painting.

    • Brenda Darroch December 15, 2014 at 8:01 am #

      Hi Cindy — The artist is Heather Sleightholm of Audrey Eclectic.

  5. William Durling December 21, 2014 at 9:45 am #

    We bought this home in 1995 and completed the renovations you see in the great photographs in this article.

    My wife, Susan Durling, is a kitchen designer in Amherst and Portsmouth and designed the kitchen.

    The great interior colors and textures and the handpainted star in the dining room were created by Lisa Teague of Lisa Teague Studios in Portsmouth.

    We’re glad to see the new residents love the house!

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