Close to Fort Worth and in the Aledo school district is one of the most luxurious and versatile properties I’ve ever seen, Kipling Lear Farm. In addition to three incredible residences and a pool house, there’s a beautifully appointed 20-stall barn and covered arena with an enclosed viewing gallery and catering kitchen for entertaining.
Previously the home of champion race horses and Iberian dressage horses, the 135-acre working farm is ideal for horses of any discipline and their owners who want to ride in style. The grassy fields and pastures slope gently toward the banks of the South Bear Creek, and wooded areas are full of mature pecan and century-old oak trees. White tail deer, wild turkey, foxes, quail, owls, and other birds call the farm home, too. This property is a rare opportunity to enjoy an oasis of natural beauty just 30 miles from Fort Worth.
“Kipling Lear Farm was purchased by the current owners in 2006, who embarked on an extensive remodel of the existing buildings, as well as adding new ones, between 2009 and 2016,” said listing agent Martha Williams with Williams Trew. “This is country living at its finest, with native wildlife, woodlands, an orchard, and a main house with a genteel and welcoming front porch from which you can enjoy the views.”
Taking full advantage of the surrounding views, the home has multiple outdoor living spaces, like the back of the home with a kitchen patio, courtyard, outdoor fireplace, and flagstone steps leading to a creekside fire pit below. That is living! And it’s just one small example of the thoughtful, gracious spaces throughout Kipling Lear Farm.
The 20-stall horse stable has two grooming stalls, a galvanized wash area with hot and cold water, air conditioned beadboard tack rooms, two feed bays, four “Big Ass” fans, a fly spray system, sound system, radiant heaters, generator, decorative lighting, and a stainless-steel catering kitchen.
Presently used primarily for private parties, the stable remains fully functional for horses and other animals. The adjacent covered arena and enclosed viewing gallery has hosted numerous riding exhibitions, clinics, and workshops. The windscreens, overhead lighting, audio system, and retractable windows make the arena and viewing gallery suitable for year-round use in most weather conditions.
The main house exudes genteel charms and a welcoming, columned front porch. Its renovations were completed in 2014 and the home is equally comfortable whether it is just the family or entertaining a crowd of over 100 people. This 7,014-square-foot home has five bedrooms, five full bathrooms, and two half baths on two stories. The owners, architects, and builders worked with New York interior designer Alexa Hampton to create a sense of history and tradition in a relaxing atmosphere. They succeeded!
The upstairs has four bedrooms, each with an ensuite bath and walk-in closet. The first-floor master offers a stunning fireplace with Louis XVI-style Crema Valencia marble mantle, circa 1860, imported from England. The room opens onto a landscaped courtyard with a fountain and views of the creek beyond. The ensuite bath features a white marble floor, steam shower, dual sinks, and more. Connected to the master is a cozy wood-paneled library with a fireplace.
The high-end kitchen, with views toward the creek and stables, offers a large center island, abundant cabinet space, a farmhouse sink and prep sink, two Sub-Zero refrigerators, two Bosch dishwashers, two Wolf ovens and two Wolf warming drawers, and a Wolf six-burner gas range. I love the look of the reclaimed century-old eight-inch hardwood floors (which run throughout the first floor). The walk-in pantry has floor-to-ceiling wine racks and two Sub-Zero wine refrigerators, each holding 150 bottles. The nearby laundry room has a floor-to-ceiling linen closet, walk-in china closet, and walk-in holiday storage closet.
A few other examples of exceptional details in the main house include a Lutron lighting system for entertaining areas, intricate plaster ceiling design in the gallery, reclaimed bricks for the patios and walkways from historic American buildings, and a downstairs and outdoor sound system. The natural cedar oil mosquito misting system and landscape lighting make spending time in any of the outdoor areas a pleasure.
The Zen-inspired pool design has a large spa with a copper-lined, sheer waterfall and three copper fountains that spill into the lap lane. It also features a splash deck, in-floor cleaning system, salt/chlorine filter system, and LED lighting. The pool area decking is Keegan Green quartzite and the house and pool area is surrounded by a fenced, landscaped garden that enhances its sense of tranquility.
The 1,976-square-foot pool house was built in 2012 and has a large bedroom and two full bathrooms making it ideal for poolside entertainment, as well as an additional space for overnight guests. The showers, sink counters, and kitchen counter are crafted from rare, high-end granites that reflect the exotic ambiance of the rest of the house.
The serving kitchen has a refrigerator, ice maker, microwave, warmer drawer, and dishwasher. Washing machine and dryer. The spacious open living area has two televisions, including one 80” television, and a sound system with both indoor and outdoor speakers. Two sets of French doors open onto the covered patio which, combined with a pergola, provides plenty of shade.
A nearby guest house was remodeled in 2011 and has 1,290 square feet, three bedrooms, and two bathrooms and is perfect for family, friends, or business associated staying for a short time or an extended period. The kitchen has a farmhouse sink, oven, microwave, dishwasher and granite countertops. A laundry room off the kitchen is convenient for guests.The living area has French doors opening to the fenced backyard with a raised deck overlooking a ravine that joins the creek. The oak floors are stamped with antique cooperage barrel stamps and there is an attached two-car garage.
There is also a manager’s house, built in 2016, on the opposite end of the property from the main house, creating a sense of privacy. It has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and 2,023 square feet next to a grove of live oaks and with views of the wildlife areas, fenced pastures, and main entrance gate. Close to this house is the large hay barn with several rustic stalls that may be used for livestock or pets.
Hydro-engineers, arborists, and agronomists have spent hundreds of hours collectively over the past 10 years improving the quality of the land itself. Over 200 trees have been planted since 2012.
A small, young, fruit tree orchard includes peach, pear, plum, apricot, and apple trees. The chicken coop houses laying hens who have open access to the orchard. In the past, a vegetable garden grew a variety of produce that was sold regularly at the local farmers market.
The Kipling Lear Farm is offered for $10,850,000 by Martha Williams and Allen Crumley with Williams Trew Real Estate. For more information or to schedule a private showing, call Martha at 817-570-9401 or Allen at 817-480-9502. Learn more about the farm by visiting www.kiplinglearfarm.com.