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Home of the Week: McNattys' house on the hill

The McNattys have lived in their home in Lancaster for 11 years. With 7 acres to maintain, Mary and Dan, a retired house painter, spend a lot of time in the garden. The large wraparound porch is just one highlight of the home. Mary’s meditation room, with infrared sauna, is another place to relax.

Here is how Mary described the home ‑ both past and present ‑ for our Home of the Week online feature that is part of The Buffalo News’ Home & Style section:

“Built in the mid-1800s, our home was once part of a large farm with stories told that the house was, in fact, the barn originally. Over the years, the small brick farmhouse sustained many remodels, as reflected in pictures from circa 1930s, with a major redo in the 1990s. It now has a four-sided covered porch that serves as a great place for summertime entertaining.”

“The house is surrounded by lush gardens, including a butterfly-shaped garden greeting visitors as they ascend the long driveway. The property is much higher than the street so we are known as ‘the house on the hill.’ Located in the Village of Lancaster on the largest private property of  7 acres, it is complemented by hundreds of trees of different varieties.

“The first floor boasts a large modern kitchen with the flair of an open, country floor plan and soaring ceilings. It also accommodates a large front room with a great view that we use as a billiard room, the laundry room, a meditation room complete with infrared sauna and a vivacious pink bathroom complete with beaded glass chandelier. The open floor plan encourages large walls that can handle many pieces of art - both modern and antique.

“The oak stairway to the upper floor leads the way to our living room, office and our bedroom suite separated only by a privacy wall. The second floor also accommodates two walk-in closets and a modern master bathroom. The ceilings upstairs are vaulted with large windows on all sides for a wondrous view of the grounds.

“There is hardwood flooring and natural woodwork and doors throughout. The walls of the main rooms are painted in a cool color palette that enhances the wood floors and area rugs,” she wrote.

Do you love your house enough to show it off like the McNattys did? This could be your chance.

The Buffalo News is looking for other beautiful local homes and the stories behind them and their décor.

Those chosen will be displayed in a weekly feature at and could be chosen as Home of the Month with a spread in a Sunday edition of The Buffalo News.

If you are interested, tell us about your home in 150 words or less, and email 10 images (in .jpg form) of the interior and exterior to

Those chosen for will be contacted by Home and Style Editor Susan Martin. A phone number is helpful. Single-family homes, condominiums, lofts and apartments are eligible.

The News will include your name and the city or town in which you reside but not your exact address.

* Take a look at our previous Home of the Week:

Home of the Week: Woodwork that wows in Hamburg

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