By MARGARET DEMARINO
5:16 PM EDT, August 8, 2013
At 95 Day Street in Granby, both the house and the property touch the dreamer inside. One might ponder where to nestle with a book: inside in the octagon-shaped sunroom? with a glass of wine out on the fieldstone patio beside the pond? on the natural garden terrace? or perhaps with morning coffee on the balcony of the master suite that overlooks the grounds.
Walks contain as many possibilities – a split-rail fence divides pastures while wild turkeys and great blue herons dot the property's two ponds, one with a bridge and waterfalls. After a jaunt to see what's growing in the flower and vegetable gardens or the blueberry patch, you can take a hike to the edges of the property abutting a land trust. On a rainy day, a trip to the five-stall horse barn reveals a cozy tack room.
Stunning vantage points lie everywhere on the 75-acre property. The owners, an advanced master gardener along with her anesthesiologist husband, have enhanced the landscape with restored fieldstone walls, fieldstone walkways, natural terraces and vibrant gardens, making visitors feel that they have arrived at a well-groomed resort or country club rather than a private home.
And since the grounds and gardens are well-established with mature plantings, mainly perennials, there is a minimum of upkeep which leaves ample time to enjoy the bountiful offerings of this property inside and out.
“It really is an enchanting setting,” says Nancy Reardon, real estate sales executive at Prudential Connecticut Realty in Granby. “It's just exquisite. It provides ultimate privacy and the finest country living.”
A long, winding driveway leads to the house from the designated Scenic Road. The house is clean and modern on the outside, with post-and-beam construction on the inside that gives the home a contemporary farmhouse look.
The owners and their architect agreed to rely on natural timbers in constructing the home to echo its natural setting. The home fits into the landscape like the final piece of a jigsaw puzzle completing a picture.
Perhaps the most stunning aspect of the home is the way in which the woodwork is exposed. Dramatic pine cathedral ceilings top many rooms in the house, floors are maple and the accent wood is cherry.
“The house is very warm and inviting,” says Reardon. “It has a country ambiance. When you think of this house, you think comfortable living and entertaining.”
The homes airiness is due to plentiful windows – oversized and sweeping, with dramatic positioning in places like the octagon-shaped sunroom. The effect blends the outdoors with inside spaces, providing breathtaking vistas, especially those from the southern exposure.
“The comments we get from visitors is that the house is truly unique; that there is nothing really out there quite like this,” says Reardon.
The home features “a very open floor plan,” she adds, and was remodeled eight years ago with a focus on an exquisite master bedroom suite, a gourmet kitchen and a sunroom.
To the left of the entry foyer is a sunken living room with a sandstone fireplace and a dove-white stone hearth. The fireplace also has display openings carved into the stone that incorporates recessed lighting.
The living room opens into a formal dining room which in turn opens to a chef's kitchen designed by Pappas Cabinetry of Meriden. It features a peninsula, a walk-in pantry and a breakfast room. There are designated cooking, baking and prep areas with thoughtful details everywhere, such as a built-in steamer. There are granite countertops, a travertine stone floor, top-of-the-line Wolf, SubZero, Gaggenau and Fisher & Paykel appliances, and architectural maple cabinetry. The view from the kitchen overlooks an Aquascape pond and seating area.
Off the kitchen is the dramatic octagon-shaped sunroom with ample space for seating and entertainment, and a radiant heat floor. The main level also contains a large mudroom area, complete with laundry and sink, a powder room and a half bath.
Upstairs, there is a spacious master bedroom suite with maple flooring. Decorative built-in cherry cabinetry with lighted display hides the bed from immediate view upon entering. The windows and private balcony all offer views of the garden and pasture.
There is a luxurious master bath with a Crema Marfil marble floor and exquisite mosaic tile work, indulgent air-jet tub and walk-in steam shower. There are separate his-and-hers vanities – his with a vessel sink, hers with a sit-down serpentine vanity. The master suite’s walk-in closet opens to a beautiful view with an octagon window set over a large built-in dresser.
There are two additional bedrooms upstairs, both with full baths featuring showers (one of them is a steam shower). An upstairs family room has a built-in library area and two skylights. This room, which could be easily converted into a fourth bedroom, according to Reardon, overlooks the breakfast area below. A second laundry room with built-in cedar closet is also located upstairs and serves as a sewing area.
The home's lower level features a walk-out basement and is currently being used as an exercise area. There is a small kitchen downstairs, affording the possibilities of an in-law suite.
A built-in sound system runs throughout the house, adds Reardon. “You can listen to Beethoven while looking at the pastoral views,” she says.
There is a two-car garage, but potential homeowners needn't worry about squeezing tools and lawn equipment in with the cars. Ample storage is available on the property with its 45-foot by 30-foot horse barn with five stalls and a 10-foot by 10-foot tack room. There is also an equipment barn, a livestock barn and a livestock shed.
“The owner (husband) who lives here is an anesthesiologist,” says Reardon. “It's easy to see how you can escape to this property after working in a hospital – come home, jump on a John Deere tractor. That's what this property does for you – it gives you a feeling of peacefulness, a place where you can go and get back to nature.”
For more information on 95 Day Street in Granby or to schedule a tour contact Nancy Reardon of Prudential Connecticut Realty at 860-836-7506.
95 Day Street Granby
Builder: Blue Minges (architect) Carbone (renovations)
Rooms: 8 Bedrooms: 3
Baths: 3 full, 2 half
Square Footage: 4,063 square feet
Acreage: 74.96 acres
Tax Rate: 34.83 mills
Best Features: Setting, gourmet kitchen, master bedroom suite, sunroom
Contact: Nancy Reardon Prudential CT Realty 860-836-7506
Margaret DeMarino is a freelance writer based in New Haven.
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