Heartsease ~ A regal gem in North Carolina's crown of elegant, rare & historic properties. A landmark property on the National Historic Register. Nestled on a private acre, it is one of the most architecturally & historically distinctive homes in historic Hillsborough. Restored/renovated integrating modern amenities with the charm of the past. An easy stroll to Historic Hillsborough's happening downtown.
One of Hillsborough's most architecturally & historically distinctive homes, nestled on a glorious, private acre. Remarkably romantic & rambling dormered residence in the Federal style~a rare integration of historic presence & modern amenities.
The exterior back of the home reveals its true size and marvelous melding of trellised & open terraces as well as the recently added screened porch. Imagine Colonial Governor Burke and other fortunate families enjoying this special spot for over 200 years!
The lovely front porch invites you to sit a spell, the entrance is graced by a columned front porch, nicely elevated from Queen Street to improve your view of one of the prettiest and friendliest streets in the Piedmont.
The welcoming foyer starts your journey into the oldest rooms~perfectly preserved and polished.
Intricate mouldings & arched doorways; rare, original heart pine & mahogany floors with historic finishes; high wood-paneled ceilings command attention & add character to the generously-sized living room.
Living room has 2 arched openings lined with books~one door leads to the marvelous main level bedroom...
...the other arched opening unveils a little library of its own complete with lovely true divided light windows to enlighten those who enter.
The Dining Room is large enough to seat a crowd or host an intimate dinner party for the next door neighbors. Dine while imagining those who have dined before. Well-appointed with original restored beams & floors, plenty of wall space for your favorite heirlooms and a step away from the darling kitchen...
This kitchen will have you at hello: a cheerful way to start your day complete with a perch to watch the pancakes in the works, Gas cooktop, passionate red ceramic tiles & handsome butcher block counters add space to the happy decor.
Open to the kitchen and family room, the breakfast area is more than a nook. It's another great place to read a book, plan your next meal or write a screen play. . . Quick access to the trellised terrace adds an outdoorsy feel to this room, too.
Yes, you will likely spend plenty of quality time in the family room too. Can you believe that the current owner is the first person in all the years to add cable & install a TV?!
A two story addition from the mid 1800s by the home's namesake, Dennis Heartt, (the influential editor of the Hillsborough Recorder) is currently a stunning guest bedroom but could also serve as a lovable main level master. But if you prefer sleeping with the stars, there is an elegant upper level master as well.
The "apprentice wing" that housed Heartt's newspaper apprentices is cute as a button. It could serve as a great guest suite or kids retreat--its current role in the household. The bedroom in this wing conjures readings of "Goodnight Moon" or any of the little literary town of Hillsborough's many acclaimed writers' wonderful works.
Romantic gates beckon you to enter HEARTSEASE'S beautiful and private grounds tucked away behind the stately yet subtly situated residence.
"Secret" garden rooms & lovely vistas designed by Raleigh landscape architect John Harris, give the feel of large estate-like living while historic happening downtown Hillsborough (recently dubbed a "Southern Dream Town") is a quick 2 block walk away.
Harris terraced the site for permanent drainage and created a series of individual garden rooms enclosed by custom crafted gates & fencing, lush boxwood borders & hedges of evergreens. Great specimen pecans & oak trees, native dogwood trees, characteristic of early Hillsborough gardens, flourish in this park-like setting. A separate well for irrigation is a friend to the happy flora that resides at HEARTSEASE.
Recently added, the screened porch allows you to enjoy the gorgeous gardens even when the weather outside is frightful. Classic 'haint' color on the ceiling wards off spiders and nasty spirits~true Southern style.
An old and very rare allee of towering boxwoods was recovered, as were the early stones of the path beneath the arched limbs. The allee is thriving as a centerpiece of the inspired landscape.