The owner fell in love with the antique farmhouse and barn at 117 Framingham Road on 3.9 picturesque acres Southborough the first time she saw it more than 20 years ago. The sight of the house, nestled amidst stone walls brimming with perennial gardens and sweeping views of meadow and pasture, still makes her heart soar every time she arrives home.

The historic home house is thought to incorporate the original John Fay house – the date 1680 is prominently displayed on the chimney – which makes it the first home to be established in Southborough which was known in the Colonial period as Stony Brook.

The beautifully maintained home offers 3,000-square feet of living space with 11 spacious, sun-drenched rooms as well as a rental cottage and a sprawling six-stall barn. This one-of-a-kind property is ideal for an equestrian, gardener or sports enthusiast with its acres of fields for soccer, football or baseball, and anyone who wants to continue the tradition of an annual ball in the spectacular red barn.

Dee Kerner of Black Horse Real Estate is marketing the house for $840,000.

Located just an eight-minute drive to parking at the commuter rail station, and convenient to routes 495, 20, 85 and the Mass Pike, the house is also close to many corporate workplaces, shopping, restaurants and entertainment.

The property is rich in history with successive owners adding to the house in typical New England fashion.

Documentation by the Massachusetts Historical Society shows the 117-acre Fay family farm was one of Southborough’s more prosperous dairy farms, “with a herd of a dozen cows, and one of the larger butter-making operations in town” and eight pigs that indicate a sideline in pork production.

By 1870 the farm was reduced to 41 acres and was owned by Irish-born farmer Dennis Murphy who kept about half a dozen cows. The next owner, James Lally, had twelve cows and raised poultry, and increased the size of the farm to 47 acres. The next owner also farmed the land, and in 1930 the farm was acquired by Arthur J. St. Maurice, who named it Willow Brook Farm. He operated a farm stand across the street, later known as Capasso Farms, and raised livestock including Texas longhorn cattle, Appaloosa horses, and buffalo. A herd of 15-20 buffalo still grazed on the 29-acre property as late as the 1970s which resulted in the estate becoming known as Buffalo Farms. Most of the acreage was sold for residential development in 1979.

The current owners have remained stewards of this special house and property.

“We’ve tried for a timeless feel when making updates or cosmetic changes rather than adhering to strict period details,” said the homeowner. “It makes the house feel like it evolved through the years with the people. We’ve been opposed to any changes that would alter the structural integrity.”

The house has wonderful curb appeal with a circular driveway that curves to the back of the house and barn where there are gorgeous pastoral views. Stone walls, mature trees and gardens designed for continuous spring-to-fall bloom surround the house which is a frequent stop on the Southborough Garden Club garden tour.

The house has a center chimney, a window-lined three-season side porch and classic colonial appeal. Painted white with black shutters on the multiple 12-over-12 pane windows, the house contrasts beautifully with the massive red barn.

Typical of the time, the house faces south which fills the front rooms with sunlight.

Stone steps lead to a six-paneled front door, consistent with 1790s architecture, which is set under a triangular pediment with fluted columns. This door opens to the compact foyer and staircase of the era, but the family uses a back garden entrance that has a stone path to a door to a foyer near the kitchen and family room. There is a second staircase and a side door off the kitchen.

The house has very high ceilings for its era, and the original wide-plank pine floors which retain the soft patina and rich color of good care and refinishing. The owners used reclaimed wide-plank pine in the kitchen remodel to maintain the look of the period. The floors on the first floor have radiant heat, a nice feature in this warm, welcoming home.

The dining room is to the right of the front foyer and is a lovely corner room with a wood-burning fireplace and an over-mantel with dentil trim at the crown, a chair rail and two pretty built-in glass-front china cupboards, one next to the fireplace and the other a corner cabinet.

The living room is to the left of the foyer and has a wood-burning fireplace and a French door to a front-to-back window-lined three-season porch with a slate floor, a beadboard ceiling and a glass door to a screened porch with a door to the backyard. There is also a door to an office.

The office has built-in cabinetry and is a cozy space to work with sweeping meadow views and doors to both the screened porch and the kitchen.

The kitchen is a wonderful space with its original brick cooking fireplace and dining area lined with built-in glass-front cabinets and an inviting window seat. The kitchen has Heritage cabinets, granite countertops and an island, and a delightful diamond-pattern painted wood floor.

A hallway from the kitchen leads to a foyer with a closet and a full bath and opens to a service kitchen with handcrafted Rutt cabinets, a wet bar, a fridge and a Jenn-Air oven. This convenient entertaining center overlooks a step-down den with custom built-in cabinets with bookshelves flanking a picture window with a broad window seat overlooking the meadows and pastures

The den becomes a marvelous entertaining space when coupled with the adjoining family room, a dramatic cathedral-ceiling room with reclaimed wood beams and a gas pot belly stove set in a brick surround which provides auxiliary heating and a lot of period ambiance. One wall has floor-to-ceiling cabinetry and steps to the den while the opposite wall has a picture window. Windows and a half-glass-pane door to a side garden add even more natural light to this spacious room.

The back staircase leads to a loft sitting area which has a door to a walk-up attic for storage, a door to the master bedroom and a doorway to a back hall which leads to two family bedrooms and includes a recently-remodeled full bath.

The master bedroom is a charming corner room with a wood-burning fireplace set in a paneled wall between a closet and a door to the landing at the top of the front staircase. There is a second bedroom off the landing, a sun-filled corner room with a fireplace which opens to a hallway and the third bedroom. This corner bedroom has a desk set in a wall of built-in cabinetry with custom bookcases set into the sides of the desk recess.

The basement has fieldstone walls and the original exposed log beams, some of which display traces of bark. The laundry is here and there is a workshop/crafts room with wood countertops, a room for wine storage and a bulkhead to the driveway.

The newly-painted red barn is has parking for three cars, six horse stalls, a tack room and a half-court for indoor basketball. Multiple doors from the barn open to the driveway and to the fields where livestock once grazed.

The guest cottage is a neat white building with black shutters that complements the main house. This legal rental unit is a studio-type space with a bedroom and sitting area open to a kitchen and a full bath.

The house has gas and radiant heat with a newer heating system and hot water heater, and a new architectural shingle roof with a 50-year warranty. The yard has acres of lawn, meadow and pasture with a split rail fence.

 For more information on 117 Framingham Road, Southborough, contact Dee Kerner of Black Horse Real Estate at 508-277-9881 direct or 978-443-1790 office or There will be Open Houses on Saturday, Feb. 17 and Sunday, Feb. 18 from 12 – 2 p.m. This house is also shown by appointment.