Completely private, yet close to town, Great Island is a secluded sphere of incredible beauty and solitude bordered by 14 additional acres of conservation land, with marvelous grounds and trees surrounded by water on all sides, and connected to the mainland by isthmuses with wide driveways.
THE GROUNDS The half-mile driveway leads through open lawns with an allée of trees bordered by meadows and board fences past the polo field and the workout track toward the main house, located in the most amazing setting, surrounded by Long Island Sound with a charming lighthouse in the distance and next to a hidden cove for a secluded anchorage and a secure place for boats, even in a major storm.
MAIN RESIDENCE This magnificent property was acquired in 1902 as a compound for a well-known family that still owns it. The original stone main house, Villa Juliette, was built to impressive standards entirely out of stone with a tile roof and rests on a stunning site with superb water views in all directions. This house is impressive in scale and every room draws in views of the Sound without a hint that any other house is nearby, yet the property is close to town and one mile from the main-line railroad station.
OUTBUILDINGS Two hundred stonemasons built the surrounding structures, including a stable with a Guastavino tile ceiling like the one in Grand Central Terminal, several beach cottages, a polo field, a caretaker's house with a greenhouse, a yacht basin with docks, a gatehouse, and a cow barn. There are several cottages along the beaches and a charming 1860s antique house is situated in its own hidden corner near the stone stable, which features a clock in the gable, a copper weathervane, and three apartments.
A GREAT ESCAPE Wandering along these totally quiet, private lanes or walking in the open lawns, it is apparent that this is unlike any other estate near New York City on Long Island Sound. The bird life, including hummingbirds, is peaceful and the majestic trees give a flavor that can never be achieved in a newly built property. Just 55 minutes from Manhattan, and with no other properties of this size so close to New York City on Long Island Sound, this is a unique opportunity to create a family home for generations to come.