The Eleanor Cabot Bradley Estate

On a Sunday drive with Mom and Dad, we happened upon this little gem of a place and I made a mental note to go back and explore with Georgia and Pippin.  I’m so glad we did.  The Bradley Estate is a 90 acre retreat that is minutes from Rt. 128.  It has everything you could want; a majestic home, inherited by the family in the late 1800’s (now available for wedding rental), magical gardens, carriage paths, wooded trails and giant open pasture land.  At first, I wasn’t sure it was public lands for exploring and felt a little strange on the property.  I kept expecting someone to come out and shoo us away.  But it’s now owned by the Trustees of Reservations and dogs are welcome.  There is a sign that says no more than two dogs per person and they either have to be on leash or under voice control.  The sign even states that dogs are not allowed to rush up to other dogs or people because not all dogs like other dogs.  I’ve never seen a sign so insightful before.  The estate is open to the public from sunrise to sunset.

When the dogs and I arrived, it was 7:30 a.m. and we had the entire property to ourselves with the exception of a gentleman who was doing grounds work.  We did about 1.5 miles beginning with a path that took us through a forest, strewn with fallen pine needles, in the back of the property.  Far into the forest, I noticed a very tall chain link fence all along the back and sides of the property, making it safe for off-leash fun with your dog.  The front portion of the property is not fenced in so one needs to be a bit more careful when coming to it.  Though it is far enough away from the main road that if your dog has a good recall, you shouldn’t get into trouble.

15 acres of the property are open fields where Georgia and Pippin could run a straight line until they dropped from elated exhaustion.  The outlying parts of the estate are composed of more than 60 acres of woods, low-lying wetlands and three miles of easy cart paths and walking trails.  There’s even a pond and a llama.  Yes, you read that right, a llama.  When we happened upon him (or her), Georgia and Pippin had the tiniest reaction with a few seconds of curious barking.  The llama, unafraid of their vocalizations, came up to the fence to investigate them.  I wish I could have known what was going on in their heads but after a few moments, we got some tail wags and then less interest as there were so many other smells and sites to explore.

We could have spent hours strolling the property but of course, time restrictions sometimes dedicate more than we’d like.  In a single visit, the Bradley Estate has become our new favorite place and we plan on returning over and over again.

Here’s a video look for those of you who might be interested in taking your dogs.  It’s a property that should be on your list of things to see.


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