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Royal Barry Wills Farmhouse Needham, MA

This 1920's farmhouse designed by Royal Barry Wills (a
prominent Boston area architect) was renovated by its new owners in 1996. A new chipseal drive with a beautiful automatic entry gate welcomes guests. Cobble inlays, granite hitching posts and a brick parking area enliven the entry. In keeping with a traditional New England farmhouse, the front of the house has a simple brick walk and minimal foundation plantings.

The back of the house stands in direct contrast to this simplicity. A series of garden rooms formed by terraced fieldstone walls wrap around the house, creating a diverse series of spaces. The walls step down the hillside, allowing the garden to gracefully transition down the slope, grounding the house with the meadow below. A large entertainment terrace, a smaller grilling terrace (with built in barbeque), a granite paved herb garden and an intimate lower level with a custom gunite spa provide a variety of experiences. The terrace paving is a banded pattern bluestone with a granite border. The connecting paths are constructed of irregular bluestone providing a constrasting texture but similar color. The beds are chock full of a dazzling array of perennials, roses and bulbs providing color and fragrance throughout the season.

Site Plan Front entry
Terrace + garden Terrace + overlook
Bluestone terrace Perennial border
Walls + meadow House + meadow