|Contact name||Sean Schaeffner|
|Home area||3,636 sqft|
|Lot Area||2.25 acres|
THE NICHOLLS-CROOK HOUSE CIRCA 1793 This magnificent merger of Georgian and Federal styles creates a unique example of an 18th century plantation house. The two-plus acre site overlooks the challenging Three Pines Golf Country Club, a 18-hole private golf course. The grounds are enhanced by its surrounding professionally designed formal gardens with a boxwood parterre garden within the open work brick wall; herb garden; pergola a “secret” camellia garden; multiple pathways and it is further screened from the road by many mature pecan, oak and hickory trees. All of this greenery is nurtured by a sophisticated irrigation system fed by a five hundred plus foot well and serves, as well, to obscure views of the necessary equipment storage outbuildings. The Nicholls-Crook gardens were featured in the Spring 2012 issue of “At Home” magazine. This striking remnant of a 1,000 acre plantation was operated for a time as a Bed & Breakfast and Special Events venue by the current owners, but has proven to be a wonderful home for their family to grow up in and enjoy. The house itself, fully restored and decorated to maintain periodic authenticity while incorporating modern mechanical bones within its fortress-like 22 inch brick walls, has three floors of varying usages as well as a basement (with fireplace and floored with paving bricks) that would make an ideal man-cave, workshop or media room and an ideal site for a wine cellar. The main floor has a library with two fireplaces, a formal living room with a fireplace and its incredible Adam-style mantel, a powder room, a tavern-style combined kitchen and dining room with an enormous fireplace and the beverage center. This floor is completed at the rear by the master suite with French doors leading to an intimate porch overlooking a courtyard that is defined by an open-work brick wall. The second floor has two comfortably-sized bedrooms that share a full bathroom and is completed by a large hall-closet that is plumbed for a second floor laundry. The third floor is an open plan office/bedroom completed by a bath with large stall shower and several attic storage areas; plentiful light and wonderful views of the grounds are provided by multiple dormer windows. In February, 2017, a new roof of architectural shingles (covered by a transferrable fifty year warranty), new chimney flashing and shingleover edge vents was installed (all roof labor has a transferrable ten year warranty). Additional adjoining acreage may also be available if a larger estate is desired. Located within 20 minutes to the Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport. In 1987 the house was purchased by the current owners who ran it for a time as a Bed & Breakfast. They have added historic-architect-designed bookcases in the library, put new flooring on the third floor, re-done bathrooms, and created an open-concept dining room/kitchen with island, all while maintaining the house’s eighteenth-century character. They have painted the house with period-appropriate colors, including a color study by historic architect Martin Meek of the parlor mantle. It is now painted its original Spanish Brown color and maintains its original gold-leaf decoration. They have also accomplished a major transformation of the landscaping. The plan, which took the landscaping team some two and a half months to complete, was designed by Dabney Peeples, of Pendleton, SC, one of the Southeast’s leading historic landscape designers with Clemson University currently creating a garden names in his honor in their arboretum. The objective was to create a period-appropriate landscape that could be easily maintained, and the result was a great success. Features of the design include a boxwood-parterre garden within the open-work brick wall; a more informal terrace off the kitchen that backs up to another boxwood parterre; an herb garden; a pergola in the rear; and a “secret” camellia garden down a meandering path behind a tall hedge. The low stone wall in the front between the large boxwoods that flank the circular drive is typical of up-country plantations, creating a more level planting area. Descendants of daffodils planted nearly a century ago still bloom in the spring. Towering pecan, oak, and hickory trees (including one of the largest pecan trees in the state) create a shaded, almost park-like setting. To keep everything nice and green, a 500+ foot well was dug for the new irrigation system. The garden also includes period-appropriate hand wrought gates by renowned, southern sculptor Berry Bate of Asheville, North Carolina, as well as Berry’s inspired design for a hand-crafted metal sculpture designed like roots to raise and cradle the pre-historic petroglyph found on the plantation. The landscape lighting includes three “moon” lights high in the big pecan tree over the boxwood court yard and the petroglyph sculpture garden. For more information visit: http://carolinarealestatecompany.com/…/HISTORIC-NICH…/940955 or contact Sean Schaeffner at 803-635-2114.