Explore A Modern Farmhouse With An Ice Hockey Rink In The Basement

This modern farmhouse was designed by a world-famous architect, and hides a skating rink in the basement, as well as a basketball court in the barn...

Set on 200 lush, rolling acres of privately owned Vermont countryside lies a sleek, minimalist and stone-clad farmhouse.

The exterior may look unassuming, but inside it holds 9,515 square feet of stylish, contemporary interiors, with 9 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms, an underground ice hockey rink and a barn with a basketball court.

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Named Woodstock Farm, this modern architectural masterpiece was designed and created by award-winning and internationally recognised architect Rick Joy.

Melding effortlessly into the surrounding Green Mountains, the dramatic stone and shingle barn and elongated cedar-shingle main house suit its natural surroundings perfectly.

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Enter through an unassuming doorway at the end of the house and wind through a stone-walled maze that leads into a soaring great room. Walls of floor-to-ceiling sliding glass windows give breathtaking views of surrounding rolling pastures and the snowy mountains beyond.

This 152-foot-long main residence features massive end walls that were formed from bedrock dredged from the bottom of nearby Lake Champlain.


The bookending stone walls offer a raw contrast to the sleek, cedar cladding on the roof and side walls.

Massive steel I-beams support the pitched roof, giving cathedral ceiling heights inside of up to 22 feet.

The sleek kitchen features a large central island with a stainless-steel countertop and white handleless cabinetry. The kitchen and dining table face a bedrock wall with a built-in fireplace that heats up this cavernous space.

Meanwhile the wall cabinets blend into the background with the same wood cladding.

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Down the hallway, the building’s exposed steel frame runs up and along the white pine walls, creating a continuous shelf.

The ledge is particularly handy across from the office; a long, built-in desk that extends down the length of the corridor.

In this hallway there are homework stations for the kids, and three bedrooms leading off this space.

At the other end of this corridor is the main entrance, with an area to hang up coats.

The doors in the corridor push open into calm, minimalistic bedrooms.

Each room has floor-to-ceiling glass sliding doors that offer views of the mountains.

Storage is sleek and seamless.

Then, past the office and through some sliding doors that tuck neatly into the wall is a luxurious master suite, with floor-to-ceiling sliding doors that offer views of the privately-owned snow-capped land.

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Here there's also a fireplace...

... as well as a freestanding tub beside a huge window for scenic soaking.

Behind the bed is sleek, cleverly concealed built-in wardrobes.

Downstairs, an indoor rink made of synthetic ice means you can skate all year round. Here there's also a rain shower for freshening up after a game.

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And that's not the only sport this property offers; over in the barn next door is a full basketball court, providing another way to stay active in the winter.

In the 5,625-square-footbarn there are also five further bedrooms,and a five-car garage garage, along with a dock that stretches out into the middle of the nearby pond. From there, you can take views of the distant snow-capped mountains, and the untouched land all around.


The property is for sale for a cool £7.8 million through Sotheby's. View more of this property in the listing here.

Lotte Brouwer

Lotte is the Digital Editor for Livingetc, and has been with the website since its launch. She has a background in online journalism and writing for SEO, with previous editor roles at Good Living, Good Housekeeping, Country & Townhouse, and BBC Good Food among others, as well as her own successful interiors blog. When she's not busy writing or tracking analytics, she's doing up houses, two of which have features in interior design magazines. She's just finished doing up her house in Wimbledon, and is eyeing up Bath for her next project.