Pastoral Living | 4 Modern Farmhouses

We often associate rural living with simplicity, quiet, and escape. The notion of farmhouse living conjures images of a small home perched atop a hill, overlooking acres of grassy pastures while horses or other livestock roam the open fields.

Today’s modern farmhouses, however, take all the benefits of breathtaking landscape, vast natural surroundings, and wide-open spaces and marry them with the trappings of luxurious amenities, contemporary design, and plain-old good taste. These pastoral charmers are shining examples of just that.

Woodland, Utah, United States

Summit Sotheby’s International Realty

Warm, rustic design meets a penchant for adventure in this cabin-style property by award-winning architect Fred Babcock. Traditional American farmhouse features—a table by the hearth at the edge of the kitchen, a welcoming front porch, and provincial windows —receive an updated twist from details like the sturdy granite countertops and ambient outdoor lighting.

Stunning woodwork is present throughout, from the beams supporting the vaulted ceilings to inviting hardwood flooring passing throughout the common areas and seven bedrooms. Outside, an open pavilion plays host to a generous, circular fireplace with room for handmade chairs, a three-quarter acre pond is stocked with rainbow trout, and a 500-square-foot barn houses your prized sorrel with room to spare.

Contact Matt Mullin or Will Lange for more information

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Sydney Sotheby’s International Realty

Pastoral living isn’t constrained to rustic country style—proof of which is in the minimalist details and comfortable open rooms of this pavilion-style residence in New South Wales. The decor is earthy but lively, reflecting the spirit of the area and fluidity of its indoor-outdoor living.

A 25-meter mosaic-tiled pool is flanked by lush greenery and an outdoor cooking area, complete with wood fire pizza oven. Inside, the master suite steals the show, with its own walk-in courtyard and garden. Other modern trimmings to adore: a gourmet kitchen, impressive wine cellar, home theatre, and boat room, among others.

Contact Harriet France for more information

Wanaka, Otago, New Zealand

New Zealand Sotheby’s International Realty

Let snow-capped mountains and scenic lake views turn up your expectations of farm living. Sitting within a solid 24 hectares, this New Zealand property is as private as it is picturesque. Inside the Sarah Scott–designed home, a ceiling of incredible truss-style wood radiates warmth throughout. The expansive open-concept main room is comprised of a sleek chef’s kitchen overlooking a cozy living area, complete with inviting fireplace.

The finishing touch? An organic wrap-around deck that brings the outdoors in to every room and with it, unrivaled vistas of the night sky.

Contact Craig Myles for more information

Texas, United States

Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty

At this incredible Texas ranch, unrivalled stone columns and wood beams crisscross over 10,000-square-feet of indoor and outdoor space. With over 105 acres to call home, the property makes good use: two guest houses, a main barn, caretaker’s house, tennis court, fishing lake, and horse barn pepper its stunning grounds. (Definitely not the typical pasture land, although it has that too.)

Once known as “The Briarpatch”, the ranch has played host to parties and events attended by sports legends and the Hollywood elite, who often arrived via private plane or helicopter.

Contact Ron Marshall or Joyce Marshall for more information

Modern developments are changing the face of farm properties, bringing creative opportunities for the contemporary homeowner keen on the trappings of pastoral life without having to sacrifice creature comforts. And while these impressive estates may offer luxurious retreats miles from hectic city living, they also sit miles out of the ordinary.

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Price Upon Request | New South Wales, Australia | Queensland Sotheby’s International Realty

Less than 15 minutes from Gold Coast Airport, this light-filled beachfront home at Salt Village, Kingscliff, was designed by renowned architect, Paul Uhlmann to reflect the easy elegance of the Hamptons. Accompanied by the gentle sounds of waves and ocean views from almost every room, this luxury, four-bedroom home celebrates an elegant, contemporary design, sought-after location, an abundance of natural light and fresh sea breezes.

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The Great Outdoors | Open-Air Athletics

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Sports become a part of many of our lives from an early age; while some grow out of one and into others or evolve into spectators, for many, remaining active in an athletic pastime can be an integral part of daily life. So, as we travel around the world to homes with extraordinary sports amenities let’s remember what basketball legend Michael Jordan once simply said, “Just play. Have fun. Enjoy the game.”

NewYork$3,349,000 USD | Rye, New York | Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty

Resting on an acre of property overlooking the Apawamis Golf Course, this brilliant, light-filled home enjoys captivating sunsets and vistas. Featuring six bedrooms, multiple fireplaces, abundant and flowing living spaces, library, media room, bar and walk out deck, this home is ideal for entertaining.

AustraliaPrice Upon Request | Sydney, New South Wales | Sydney Sotheby’s International Realty

Available for the first time in 54 years, this landmark home rests on 16,700 square-meters of land approximately 13 kilometers from the city; the home’s gardens blend with the bush, where trails offer endless adventures with Blue Gum Creek running through the holding. At the end of the driveway, the turning circle reveals the championship floodlit tennis court, plus the complex that six-time Olympic medalist Murray Rose once trained at, offering a 25-meter swimming pool with heated lap lane, spa and cedar sauna.

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BrazilR$ 161.795.000 BRL | Bahia, Brazil | Bossa Nova Sotheby’s International Realty

Nestled on of the finest beaches in Brazil, this seaside farm is incredibly secluded on nearly two-million square-meters. The compound is heavily outfitted for the sportsman and the outdoorsman with a swimming pool, tennis court, volleyball court, soccer pitch and gym with state-of-the-art equipment. The property also features a two-spot helipad for ease of access.

Hawaii$19,500,000 USD | Makawao, Hawaii | Island Sotheby’s International Realty

Enjoy the thrills of riding on horseback at the Pi’iholo Ranch; an operating cattle ranch comprising 550 acres of fenced pasture paddocks, over 90 acres of mature woodlands, 160 acres of sheltered valley land, 1,700-square-foot residence and 4,400-square-foot barn, the ranch features a Zipline, Canopy Tour, and trail riding on its legendary grounds.