Located just 20 miles northeast of Louisville on 300 acres of rolling pastures, Atwood Farms is an oasis to not only the beloved horses boarded there but also to owner Dr. Gregory Brown, MD. Gregory spends two-thirds of his time in the hustle and bustle of New York City, but when his friends are on holiday in the Hamptons on warm days, he is home on U.S. Highway 42 in Oldham County.
Gregory, once a plastic and reconstructive surgeon, began with 75 acres of Atwood 25 years ago but now owns the hundreds of acres with a full-care boarding facility and a brand new 2,500-square-foot renovated rectangular barn-to-home. “Kentucky is home,” Gregory, who was born in La Grange, said.
Entering one of three entrances to the farm from the road and down a long paved driveway through the woods where a security camera-happy bobcat lives, visitors will see a modest red, aluminum barn. The colorful outside was strategic; Gregory wanted it to be compared to the stylish buildings of Reykjavik, Iceland. This Kentucky home, created by architect Jeff Rawlins, looks similar, with 2-bedrooms, 4-bathrooms, and a study. To enter the home, you’ll pass through a modern white covered pathway that also leads to a large barn with raised ceilings; follow the stone walkway and you’ll come to three glass doors you can see through to the other side of the building.
Windows of various sizes cover the dwelling because Gregory says the view of the outside is the selling point of the home. Walking in, mid-century modern furniture minimally decorates the family room, which is warmed by three large windows and a modern, cream-colored freestanding fireplace. A globe hangs above an abstract kitchen table looking out to the black-fenced acreage.
The kitchen is bright white and cerulean with a large amount of white counter space and hooded range. All soft gold fixtures complement a mosaic tile floor with squares of gold, cerulean and magenta. The carpeted stairs lead to an indoor balcony overlooking vaulted ceilings and hanging globe lights. The bedrooms and common rooms are stark white with colorful art and window hangings throughout. A study, comfortably situated on the upstairs landing, is complete with a humble red desk and ficus tree. The master bedroom is carpeted with a seating area and high ceilings with a panoramic view of the horse farm.
Artwork adorns the walls of the home; Gregory is an extensive collector. The home’s collection includes pieces from American abstract painter Adolph Gottlieb, a Neo-Conceptualist lithographic art installation from London-based artist Peter Halley and a contemporary drawing from artist Dan Flavin. “(I wanted it to be a place) to display art but to be comfortable,” Gregory said.
The boarding facility is just a short drive in a utility vehicle on a wooded, unpaved path. There are three barns on the property, an indoor covered training ring, and secure tack rooms for the 22 boarded horses. During late autumn and winter, the horses enjoy paddock daylight, and at night, they stay warm in a matted stall. In the spring, the animals stay in daytime stalls cooled by fans, while spending evenings outside. Gregory employs co-managers Christine Robey and Mark Cotler for 24/7 on-site care and operation of the farm.
While in New York, Gregory runs company RéVive, which was inspired by his career researching ways to accelerate the healing of damaged skin in burn victims. He merges biotechnology with beauty for his RéVive products. The products, made with a collection of bio-engineered proteins called Bio Renewal Technology, are inspired by the proteins that we produce naturally.
For more information about RéVive skincare, go to reviveskincare.com. For more information about boarding at Atwood Farms, go to https://www.atwoodfarmsky.com/.