Most local people are familiar with the property at 96 Norfield Road in Weston, if not for the handsome antique colonial house and natural wood barn then for its two popular resident farm animals, Rosie and Bingo.

People stop by daily to feed carrots to the cow and horse. They may be the home's most famous residents but it is called the John Noyes House, named for another prominent figure. It was inhabited by Rev. John Noyes, the second pastor of Norfield Church, having served as full-time minister for 33 years and as an itinerant minister for another 18 years. Noyes was the longest-tenured pastor in the church's 247-year history.

Today, the current owners call the 4,892-square-foot house and property Manatuck Farm, saying Manatuck means "house on the hill." At one time the original farm had 80 acres. There are now just over four acres, which can be further divided. In addition to the house and barn there is an in-ground swimming pool, cabana with full bath, loft, kitchenette and veranda, a chicken coop, and flower and vegetable gardens, the latter of which is surrounded with deer fencing.

The working barn has four horse stalls, a paddock, tack room and loft. In keeping with a tradition started by a previous owner, there is a prominent Halloween decoration currently hanging from the barn's hay loft.

Built in 1795, the beige wood and clapboard house experienced a major renovation four years ago but the work was done in a way that preserved the integrity of the original house and many of its vintage features. For example, the formal front entrance has two doors side by side topped with a transom comprising bull's eye glass panes. The renovation also preserved the original random-width, pegged hardwood floors and original exposed wood beams.

For an antique home, it has uncharacteristically high ceilings and an open floor plan. The renovation included the addition of several more rooms, one of which is a game room with a wet bar that has a cabinet paneled in white birch from Vermont, a copper sink and ice maker. The game room has two French doors that lead to the terraced patio, complete with a built-in Viking grill and stone fireplace.

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ABOUT THIS HOUSE TYPE OF HOUSE: Antique Colonial House and Barn ADDRESS: 96 Norfield Road, Weston PRICE: $2,399,000 NUMBER OF ROOMS: 11 AMENITIES: Antique renovated home, four-acre divisible property, working four-stall horse barn with paddock and tack room, in-ground pool, cabana with full bath and loft, original random width pegged hardwood floors, exposed original wood beams, open floor plan, flagstone terrace, slate patio with built-in Viking grill and fireplace, wet bar, four working fireplaces including a stone hearth and beehive oven, interior shutters on almost all windows, gourmet kitchen, stone walls, skylights, game room, flower and vegetable gardens, less than one mile from the center of town, high ceilings, very tall mature trees, front and rear staircases OTHER INFORMATION: Four bedrooms, three full and one half baths, full unfinished basement, zoned hot air oil heat, laundry room, French doors, mudroom, septic system, well water, built-in bookshelves, wood roof, shed, walk-in pantry, exterior lighting, cedar closet, circular driveway bordered in Belgian block, zoned central air conditioning SCHOOL: Hurlbutt Elementary, Weston Middle, Weston High ASSESSMENT: $1,347,900 TAX RATE: 23.94 mills TAXES: $32,269

The kitchen has a 60-inch Wolf range including a griddle, a walk-in pantry, large stainless sink, a hardwood floor, wood paneled walls, and a counter that is topped in some areas with granite and in another area with butcher block.

There are four bedrooms in this house, including three that share access to a loft area with ladder access. A full bath on the second floor has an old-fashioned claw foot tub. The master bedroom has a hardwood floor while the others are covered in wall-to-wall carpeting. The master bedroom also has a mix of architectural features, including two arched alcoves housing Palladian windows that frame a window seat, a red brick wall, a vaulted ceiling and a triangular recessed area in one wall.

Outside, the pool area is beautifully landscaped and encircled by a stone wall and split-rail fence.

While the property has a real rural feel, it is surprisingly convenient to local amenities. The house is walking distance to Weston center, and an easy drive to the Merritt Parkway.

For more information or to set up an appointment to see the house, call Cindy Saul of Fite Shavell and Associates at 203-610-0596 or Andrew Whiteley at 203-258-1595.

ABOUT THIS HOUSE

TYPE OF HOUSE: Antique Colonial House and Barn

ADDRESS: 96 Norfield Road, Weston

PRICE: $2,399,000

NUMBER OF ROOMS: 11

AMENITIES: antique renovated home, four-acre divisible property, working four-stall horse barn with paddock and tack room, in-ground pool, cabana with full bath and loft, original random width pegged hardwood floors, exposed original wood beams, open floor plan, flagstone terrace, slate patio with built-in Viking grill and fireplace, wet bar, four working fireplaces including a stone hearth and beehive oven, interior shutters on almost all windows, gourmet kitchen, stone walls, skylights, game room, flower and vegetable gardens, less than one mile from the center of town, high ceilings, very tall mature trees, front and rear staircases

OTHER INFORMATION: four bedrooms, three full and one half baths, full unfinished basement, zoned hot air oil heat, laundry room, French doors, mudroom, septic system, well water, built-in bookshelves, wood roof, shed, walk-in pantry, exterior lighting, cedar closet, circular driveway bordered in Belgian block, zoned central air conditioning

SCHOOL: Hurlbutt Elementary, Weston Middle, Weston High

ASSESSMENT: $1,347,900

TAX RATE: 23.94 mills

TAXES: $32,269