Not Zen, but close. Ultra chic minimalism finds expression within the gentle vernacular of famed architect Ken Tate's award winning farmhouse. This elegant home within the gated community of The Highlands, an idyllic enclave of equestrian estates, in Madison County. Adjacent to a quiet lake amidst an expansive landscape of rolling hills and hardwoods. Deep verandahs, accessible by rows of 11' tall transomed french doors, painted board and batten exterior walls, 16' ceilings, a galvanized tin roof, rustic interior walls of the living areas, where the architect sandwiched extra insulation between the weatherboards and the outer boards: hardly a money saver, but then, creating rustic simplicity is not cheap. The home's organic connection to the land infuses it with light and calm. This relationship is strengthened by the spaces that stand between inside and out the porches, the screened swimming pavilion, and most significantly, the room like terrace complete with a monumental open air fireplace that overlooks the lake. The climate makes these gathering spots in all seasons, and as important to the family's lifestyle as those inside. The mature phases of Phillip Watson's brilliant and seemingly unstudied landscape design can be seen throughout the 43 acres. A fully stocked private pond, 5 acre lake, and expansive gardens, make this home a sportsman's and gardener's paradise.Visited by all manner of native wildlife and completely fenced and gated for your four legged family members. This home has been featured in several table top books and magazines, such as Farm House, Southern Living and House Beautiful. It was the winner of the Southern Living Home Award.