glorious stone walls border the front of this property. handsome wooden gates open to the driveway which sweeps into the courtyard and a circle. magnificent landscaping, open lawns and majestic trees give the feel of back country with a skating, canceing and fishing lake and true privacy bordered by land trust, yet with the unique asset of walking to schools. a portico shelters the classic doorway opening into the generous center hall with a curving stairway, banded parquet floors with a lovely patina and a palladian window. the step-down living room has a fireplace and a columned bow window to the spectacular lake view. the exciting art galleries, entertaining rooms, or billiards room, include a step-down, two-story room with a beamed ceiling and a wall of windows to the lake, a family room or gallery with a wet bar and french doors to the terrace, a third room overlooking the gallery and an office with a cathedral ceiling. the formal dining room with a fireplace and shell cabinets has a bay window, the generous library has a fireplace, lighted display cabinets and a coffered ceiling, and the informal dining room opens to the family room/country kitchen with a solarium, a center island, and a pantry every room looks out at the entrancing lake view. the fabulous master suite has a cathedral ceiling and dazzling lake views - waking to be inspired by this every morning would be a delight a huge studio, two dressing rooms and two bathrooms. there are five additional bedrooms, including a main-floor guest suite, a large playroom and back stairs, plus there is a luxurious theater, an exercise room and a sauna with shower room. the beautifully sited heated pool and pool house adjoin the artfully hidden tennis court bordered by a waterfall. this house has a wonderful sense of happiness and delight which is immediately apparent, the close to town location is irreplaceable, and the museum-quality galleries are also ideal for gracious entertaining.