Grammy Award-Winner Ray LaMontagne Seeks to Sell Historic Massachusetts Estate

It’s safe to say that Grammy-award winner, Ray LaMontagne, and his wife, poet Sarah Sousa, have a way with words. They also apparently have a way with historic homes. The couple is selling their Ashfield, Massachusetts country estate for $5,250,000.

The pair purchased the property in 2008 after falling in love with the house “immediately.” The duo says the bones of the house, as well as its unique lines, drew them in—telling Mansion Global it seemed as if the home “had been magically lifted from the English countryside in 1800.”

Although, it needed some work. Over the past 15 years, the current owners have restored the 10,747-square-foot residence, while maintaining its roots. The main residence totals five bedrooms and five bathrooms. The property includes a three-level barn, a two-story barn with a half bathroom and kitchenette, and a 1920s garage.

And, LaMontagne and Sousa are not the only notables who have resided here. William Bullitt, a U.S. Ambassador to Russia and France, bought the home in the 1920s. Bullitt’s first wife, Ernesta Drinker, was the niece of painter Cecilia Beaux. Bullitt’s second wife, Louise Bryant, was a reporter who covered the Bolshevik Revolution.

“We have done some of our best work as writers while living here,” LaMontagne and Sousa told Mansion Global. LaMontagne says the great room has ideal acoustics to record music. It would surely be magnificent to hear him perform “You Are the Best Thing” or “Such a Simple Thing” in the space.

The couple raised their two sons here and say they are ready for their next adventure. Herb Butzke and Gladys Montgomery of William Pitt | Sotheby’s International Realty hold the historic listing.