House of the Day: Derby-Style Estate for $4.5 Million

Where will you be watching the "greatest two minutes in sports?" Well, if you can't be rail-side at Churchill Downs for the Kentucky Derby, this Franklin Tennessee manse that sits on almost 38 acres can at least put you in the right horsey state of mind.

The 5,766-square-foot home has five bedrooms and five bathrooms for you, plus a new six-stall barn for your mounts. The interior features white ash and pine flooring, nine fireplaces and a gourmet kitchen; outside there's a screened porch, stone patio, pond and a lighted riding arena.


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The property was built in 1976 to replicate the 1862 Ashley House in Massachusetts, but the surrounding land and gentle rolling hillsides shout "Southern equestrian" way louder than "old money New England." The brick two-story Colonial has a stately formal dining room and formal living room, as well as a large family room and built-ins throughout.

But the winner's circle here is the horse facilities. Meticulously kept, the barn may be the Four Seasons of the equestrian world. Perhaps Uncle Mo--scratched yesterday from the Triple Crown race card for a gastrointestinal issue--will check in for some R & R.

The property is listed with the Clough Team, Keller Williams Realty.


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