Set against a scenic landscape of verdant countryside, a classic Tudor-style mansion and pristine state-of-the-art equestrian facilities offer the ultimate haven of privacy and relaxation. With a provenance that dates to 1926, this estate was completely rebuilt in 1988 and now sets the benchmark for luxury real estate in New Canaan and Wilton, Connecticut.
Iron gates and stone walls are framed by a bounty of trees and foliage opening to reveal a private driveway, which leads residents and guests through a landscape of greenery and traditional outbuildings to the manor house. The home encompasses 10,000 square feet of interiors boasting 17 rooms, 11 bedrooms, and 11 bathrooms over three levels.
A sweeping staircase captivates all who enter, and interiors of intricate custom millwork and fireplaces reflect a bygone era of traditional elegance. A formal library and adjoining Connecticut fieldstone patio, grand living room, and dining room with crystal chandelier offer numerous spaces for entertaining. The double kitchen has been outfitted with a Viking stove and warming oven. Adjacent to the kitchen, a flower-cutting room and two-bedroom staff quarters round out the first floor amenities, while a spacious wine cellar holds more than 2,000 bottles.
The estate's 128 acres of lush landscape have been carefully cultivated and planned by award-winning landscape architect Armand Benedek, of Benedek & Ticehurst, to include two freshwater lakes, a pond, and a fully-stocked trout stream. Recreation is endless with five miles of gravel horse trails, a free-form swimming pool with waterfall, an accompanying pool house, and plenty of fly fishing opportunities. Two separate 2,000-square-foot guest cottages each contain three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a kitchen. An eight-car garage also includes storage space, and there are two areas to land a helicopter—just an 18-minute flight to New York City.
An elaborate 11-stall barn sits proudly on the estate with 8,000 square feet of interiors incorporating one bedroom, five bathrooms, a granite kitchen, and an entertaining room, complete with a wall of glass windows overlooking a serene 10-foot waterfall behind the facility. Famed architect Bartholomew Voorsanger, who was also the visionary for the National World War II Museum and the Asia Society and Museum, designed the equestrian barn. Constructed of the finest mahogany with interiors of rare butternut wood, the barn also provides spacious 12- by 14-foot horse stalls and two tack rooms, which ensure plenty of storage. An industrial laundry room, hay room, storage room, and wash area for the horses are other features, as well as two generators and a security system. A 295- by 85-foot riding arena, seven paddocks, and a one-third-of-a-mile trotter track complete the modern equestrian facilities.