Sycamore Hollow, a 12-Acre Horse Farm, Is Ready for the Perfect Buyer
Tucked away on a hillside less than 15 minutes from Turkey Creek is an equestrian farm on a little more than 12 acres. Built in 2001 by a dressage rider and purchased by the current owners in 2005, Sycamore Hollow is must-see for those in the market for space to ride and room to breathe.
Channing and Whitney Dawson moved to Knoxville from the northeast 25 years ago and immediately settled in the Westmoreland suburbs. It wasn’t long before the family wanted a little more space and a bit more privacy, so when they found Sycamore Hollow online, the couple decided to take a chance and see if equestrian living was for them.
“Here’s the hard part—we aren’t horse people,” Whitney laughs. “We graze our neighbor’s horses. I call them our lawn ornaments. Sadly, it’s not being used to its full potential, so we’re hoping the next owners will use it that way. The barn is state-of-the-art. The woman who built it spared no expense.”
In fact, the barn was built first, a sign of its priority and care for the horses. With three stalls on the ground floor, and an additional two in an adjacent building, the barn was designed for several functions: care and keeping of horses complete with tack, washing area and supply room; a second-floor loft space perfect for events and parties; and a white-washed workroom with a picture window that overlooks the property. There’s also a half bath upstairs.
On the property are a proper 80-by-200-foot dressage ring, four paddocks with white fences and an open space surrounded by looming 150-foot-tall sycamore trees with an outdoor screen perfect for movies under the stars. A well on the property feeds the irrigation system for the farm, including hydrants in each of the paddocks, which were specifically seeded for pasture hay. There are seven gardens sprinkled across the property, from proper English and ornamental grass gardens to an al dente garden that grows next one of the backyard patios, perfect for dinnertime picking.
“We love to entertain in the summer and sit outside,” Whitney says. “The house itself is open and relaxed. We love our pasture ornaments. We love to look out the windows and see the horses. It’s a peaceful environment. We couldn’t have asked for a better neighborhood surrounded by farms and lovely people.”
The builder loved the barn so much that the subsequent 3,876 square-foot timber-frame home was built in the same fashion. It has three spacious bedrooms, three bathrooms, a spiral staircase that leads to the office, floor-to-ceiling bookcases, and and French doors that lead to the patio.The Dawsons upgraded the kitchen and laid new flooring, but most of the home is exactly the way it was meant to be. They have kept the barn, its equine facilities and home in pristine shape, so the only changes to be made will be personal preferences by the next owner.
“We enjoy the pace of life here. We thoroughly enjoy country life. We’re mostly outdoor people, so it lends itself to that,” Channing says. “I have a philosophy that, especially in the computer age, we need to work outdoors and get physical labor. If we can get three to four hours of working outdoors, three to four hours on the computer, and three to four hours with friends and family, then that becomes a fulfilling life. You don’t need much more than that.”