Litchfield Hills Sotheby's International Realty
April 30, 2012
Perfectly sited in that sweet spot where the earth meets the sky, this quiet and discreet paradise offers stunning, distant views and the utmost in privacy. The property, on 121 acres, is tucked away off a quiet country road, but only minutes from the charming New England towns of Kent, Warren and New Preston, easily accessible from Manhattan by car or train in under two hours. The approach is a winding, gated drive lined with the classic stone walls. The drive gently meanders and the view is slowly revealed as you pass the gate house and guest house until you reach the main house, perfectly positioned to enjoy the stunning birds' eye views. Surrounded by gardens, to one side is the vanishing edge saline pool which seems to blend into the sky. There is a poolhouse with changing room and bath, terraces for entertaining and pergolas for al fresco dining Inspired by the classic villas of Tuscany, all three buildings have great character, simple lines and romantic elegance. It is timeless design --- a deliberate integration of the indoors and outdoors with walls of oversized windows and doors to capture the views and light. In gentle weather, the doors can be thrown open to the gardens and country air. Traditional in concept but with a modern use of interior space, there are fewer, larger rooms and the entire property is supported by cutting edge smart house technology for communication, mechanical systems and security. The property is exceptional. Designed by the owner in collaboration with Jamieson Architects of Weston, the quality standard was set high-the exterior is true stucco, seven inches thick, the roof is made of hand cut wood shingles, the imported stone floors feature radiant heat throughout the house, the oversized arched windows and French doors were made in Italy and shipped over. The interior walls are Venetian plaster, the fireplaces and stove hood were fashioned from recycled French limestone. The hand stenciled ceilings were inspired by the music room at Dumbarton Oaks---the gardens modeled after those at the Frick Museum. The first level features a grand hall with 21 foot ceilings -- a classic double cube in proportion. The room is bracketed by two wood burning fireplaces, the perimeters lined with banks of oversized arched doors and windows and an arched stone loggia - both sides of the room leading out to the gardens. Also on the first level is a large eat in family kitchen with custom chestnut cabinetry and the finest appliances including SubZero and a six burner Wolf range. There is a butler's pantry with more refrigeration, a wet bar and a wine cooler, plus a mud room, laundry and half bath on the main floor. There is an attached, oversized, three car garage There are four ensuite bedrooms in the main house and two ensuite bedrooms in the guest house. The master suite, on the first floor of the main house, is comprised of two bedrooms, one with fireplace, and baths plus a large dressing room with custom fittings. One bedroom is currently used as a library. The larger bath offers a double sized steam shower, and large spa tub facing a private garden. Up the gracious tiled staircase, on the second floor, are two more ensuite bedrooms and private media loft. On the lower level is a gym plus additional space prepped for a media room, bath, wine cellar or au pair suite. Close by is a 1900 square foot guest house built to the same standards as the main house. It has lovely views, a great room with wood burning fireplace and a high ceiling with stenciled beams. There are 2 ensuite bedrooms, an eat in kitchen, half bath and 2-car garage. The gate house features another two car garage plus space above for a studio or caretaker This is a property of enduring design, in a spectacular natural setting ---- meticulous artistry beautifully crafted for modern living.